High-Profile: February 2017

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February 2017


February 2017


Restoration & Renovation and Life Sciences


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The newly restored New Haven Courthouse (main elevation on Elm St.) / Robert Benson Photography / page 16



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Inside this Issue: High-Value Scaffold on Boston’s Newest High-Rise Designs Restoring a Building from the Inside Out by Nancy Wiegers Greenwald Eight Tools to Building Thought Leadership by Susan Shelby LRTA Awards GTC $1.9M Pedestrian Walkway Project G. Greene to Renovate 75 Ames St. NEI Completes Reuse of Duck Mill Bowdoin Completes 30,000sf Lab & Office Fit-Out for Boston Analytical Bacon Completes University of Rhode Island Science Center

Plus: Civil, Corporate, Trends& Hot Topics, Green, Healthcare, Connecticut, National/International, Mixed-Use, People, Calendar, and more...

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Cover Story:


How Teamwork and Craftsmanship Brought Back a Beaux Arts Landmark........16

LRTA Awards GTC $1.9M Pedestrian Walkway Project............................................8

The newly restored New Haven Courthouse (main elevation on Elm St.) / Robert Benson Photography

Rendering of new pedestrian walkway linking Gallagher Terminal to the future Thorndike Exchange / CUBE 3 Studio LLC


Publisher’s Message...................... 6 Up-Front....................................... 7 Restoration and Renovation.......... 13 Civil.......................................... 28 Corporate.................................. 29 Trend & Hot Topics............ 30, 38,42 Green........................................ 31 Life Sciences............................... 32

Healthcare................................. 36 Connecticut................................ 39 National/International................. 41 Mixed-Use.................................. 43 Awards...................................... 44 People....................................... 45 Calendar................................... 46

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Bacon Completes University of Rhode Island Science Center.........................................33

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Publisher’s Message

Michael Barnes MBC to Host Breakfast with the Governor Massachusetts Building Congress will host “Breakfast with the Governor” on March 2 at its breakfast program 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston. Governor Charlie Baker joins MBC members and guests Governor Charlie Baker with an update on economic issues for the Commonwealth and the AEC community.

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The Urbanization of the Suburban Workplace was the topic of a recent MBC breakfast meeting at the Aloft hotel Seaport Boston. The panelists included Andrew Gallinaro of National Development, Michael O’Leary of Cushman & Wakefield, and Alvaro J. Ribeiro, AIA, of Margulies Perruzzi Architects. Examples of trending designs that generate and maintain leasing in suburban markets were displayed in the discussion on the theme of urban attractions in suburban office settings. ASM CEO Monica Lawton Announces Retirement

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IdeaPaint hosted an MBC Congress Unplugged event at its world headquarters, 40 Broad St. Boston recently. IdeaPaint was founded in 2008 and now has offices in over 40 countries, and boasts over 150,000 installations worldwide. Its premium dry erase paint transforms virtually any smooth surface into an erasable canvas, “leading to faster innovation, increased collaboration and greater results.” It introduced three new products into their ecosystem at NeoCon 2016. After greetings from Jeff Chaitman VP North American Sales and IdeaPaint staff, MBC members enjoyed appetizers, wine and beer, while competing and sometimes collaborating in games preprepared on the office walls.

After 20 years at the helm of ASM, CEO Monica Lawton has announced she will retire in July of this year. To find her replacement, the ASM Board of Directors Monica Lawton has formed a search/ transition committee chaired by ASM Vice President Steven Kenney, and joined by former President David Cannistraro, and directors Christopher Buell, Dana Johnston, Mac Lynch, and Bernard Quinlan. The committee has engaged the executive search firm of Sterling Martin Associates to guide the search process. The committee expects to select the successful candidate in late spring, to allow for overlap with the current leadership and ensure a smooth transition. continued to page 7

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February 2017

LRTA Awards GTC $1.9M Pedestrian Walkway Project Lowell, MA – The Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) Advisory Board recently awarded GTC Construction Management of Haverhill a $1.9 million contract for a pedestrian walkway linking Gallagher Terminal to the future Thorndike Exchange. The construction of the 140-ft. pedestrian bridge will connect the third floor of the Charles A. Gallagher Intermodel Transportation Center to the second floor of the new Thorndike Exchange development, built by Lupoli companies and designed by Cube 3 Studio. The work includes removal and reconstruction of site improvements (paved areas and concrete sidewalks), construction of new end and center support piers, and construction of a steel truss bridge structure enclosed with metal windows, louvers, and aluminum panels. The new trusses will be fabricated into two sections, each weighing in excess of 25 tons. Once the trusses arrive in Lowell, it will the responsibility of GTC to coordinate, schedule, and manage how the trusses are erected and finished between the active Gallagher Terminal and the under-construction Thorndike Exchange. The biggest challenge will be logistical concerns, such as setting and

finishing the bridge over an active bus and train terminal that shuts down only 4 hours a night. The new walkway is slated for completion in summer of 2017. Keith Zybert, vice president of GTC, says, “I am excited and appreciative of our opportunity to work with the LRTA and city of Lowell. It is very gratifying to know that GTC will be part of the team that will build a new functional and recognizable piece of infrastructure for the Transit Authority.” The new overpass

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Rendering of new pedestrian walkway linking Gallagher Terminal to the future Thorndike Exchange / CUBE 3 Studio LLC


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February 2017

DiPrete Celebrates Citizens Bank Groundbreaking Johnston, RI – Citizens Bank recently held a groundbreaking for its new 3,200-employee corporate campus. The site/civil project team led by DiPrete Engineering includes Pare Corporation (offsite utilities and geotechnical) and Beta Group (traffic and highway) in collaboration with Elkus Manfredi Architects, CRJA-IBI Group, and supported by GZA GeoEnvironmental, BR + A, and McNamara Salvia. Cushman and Wakefield is representing Citizens as the owner’s project manager, Premier Development is responsible for sitework, and Dimeo Construction Company is completing the building. Construction must be completed by June 2018. The campus will include 425,000sf of new building, structured parking, athletic fields, tennis and basketball courts, and walking trails. The building itself will feature collaborative work space, a call center, executive offices, dining and fitness facilities. Throughout the campus there will be 60 acres of preserved space that includes wildlife paths and an extensive stormwater system for protection of wetlands and sensitive areas. There are also three large culverts that span three wetland crossings. In addition to the campus itself, this one-of-a-kind project includes a

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new interchange for Interstate 295, infrastructure improvements along Greenville Avenue, extension of utilities to service the site and the surrounding area, and remediation of an onsite landfill The most impressive component of this project is the pace at which it was conceived, designed, and permitted. The fast-tracked schedule for onsite

and offsite improvements presented the team with the unique challenge of a rolling permitting process through over a dozen regulatory agencies. Design and regulatory requirements were broken up into segments and sequenced so construction could commence in phases while the design continued to evolve. Close and continuous collaboration

with state, local, and federal regulators has been key to meeting all the detailed regulatory requirements necessary to keep the project on pace. The process began in March 2016, first permits were issued in April, and shovels were in the ground in May, officially marking the start of construction on the 140-acre campus.

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February 2017

Randolph Community Ctr. Topped Off Dimock Center Breaks Ground

Groundbreaking ceremony for the Dr. Lucy Sewall Center with Gov. Baker and Mayor Walsh / © Marilyn Humphries

Randolph Intergenerational Community Center

Randoph, MA – The 31,000sf Randolph kitchen, theater and arts space, and Intergenerational Community Center outdoor amenities. was recently topped off. The town of Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype, Inc. Randolph and CTA Construction broke is the architect on the project. The owner’s ground on the $10.3 million community project manager is Daedalus Projects, Inc. center last August. The community center is expected to Once complete, residents of all ages be completed during the fall of 2017. The will be able to access and utilize the new facility will serve various recreational state-of-the-art facility. It will feature programs of the town, including the senior a variety of amenities, including a center and youth center. The recreation gymnasium, exercise and fitness rooms, and elder services department indoor walking track, a greenhouse, myCADD-High-Profile-Ad.pdf 1 5/19/16 department 1:37 PM meeting spaces, classrooms, a teaching will be housed at the new building.

Roxbury, MA – The Dimock Center broke ground recently on the state-of-theart renovation project to restore its aging detoxification facility and strengthen its comprehensive substance use disorder treatment services. The Roxbury-based health and human services organization houses one of only three inpatient detox facilities in Boston and one of 30 in the state, offering addiction recovery services for men and women throughout the commonwealth. Construction management firm Timberline Construction recently began demolition inside the existing space to make way for the new detox facility. The

renovation, designed by Platt Anderson Freeman Architects and managed by Pinck & Co., Inc., will increase the center’s inpatient acute treatment beds from 30 to 40, reaching an additional 1,000 people annually for a total of 4,000 patients served each year. The interior renovations will also create new program areas, including residential double-occupancy units, open nurses’ stations, integrated case management offices, multipurpose community rooms, integrated security, and an outpatient treatment area. The project will serve to attract and retain expert treatment providers and will stand as a leading example for future treatment facilities.

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Restoration and Renovation Boston Preservation Alliance News This past year was busy here at the Alliance! With development booming across Boston, we have engaged in dozens of projects, big and small, and attended nearly 150 meetings in 2016. We would like to share a few highlights with you from last year and then a sneak peek at what we anticipate for 2017. Projects we’ve supported

new additions that are architecturally sensitive and appropriate for the site. The Alliance worked with the project team and the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) to ensure a successful integration of new with old.

St. Gabriel’s

The Goddard House

Goddard House, Jamaica Plain — The Goddard House was built in 1927 as the Home for Aged Women. This grand Georgian Revival is one of several historic institutional buildings along Huntington Avenue that have been threatened by big development. Eden Properties found a way to save the Goddard House while creating

the historic buildings as the centerpiece of a dynamic residential campus. Projects we’re still working on Northern Avenue Bridge — The Alliance has advocated for a preservation plan for the Northern Avenue Bridge, and this year, the city has renewed its efforts to find a solution for the bridge as its deteriorating condition threatens a complete loss of the historic structure. The city is preparing an RFP to prequalified project teams to run a process from public engagement to regulatory review to design.

St. Gabriel’s Monastery Site, Brighton — St. Gabriel’s Monastery, built in 1909, and church, built in 1928, are the two major buildings on this site in Brighton. The monastery is a designated Boston Landmark. The Alliance, working with Cabot, Cabot, and Forbes, as well as the Brighton Allston Historical Society and the Mass. Historical Commission, pushed for preservation of the church and the historic landscaping as well as new architecture. Hundreds of units of much-needed housing will come to this large site with

Ladder Blocks

Historic Ladder Blocks — Our nomination landed the Historic Ladder Blocks a spot on Preservation Massachusetts’ Most Endangered Historic Resource list late last fall. The Ladder Blocks run between Tremont and Washington streets with cross streets that create the “rungs” of a ladder. The district emerged from the Great Boston Fire of 1872 as a booming commercial area only to degrade by the 1960s into the seedy Combat Zone. With the help of the Alliance and other partNorthern Ave. Bridge

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February 2017

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Fletcher Library

Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects has completed the feasibility study for the renovation and expansion of the town of Westford’s J.V. Fletcher Library, a historic 1895 structure. The study has received final town approval and will be included in the library’s application for MBLC grant funding in January 2017. Westford native son Jonathan Varnum Fletcher donated the yellow Greek Renaissance Revival building to the town to serve as a library built on Westford Common in 1895, and it has been renovated several times, the last of which was in the 1980s. Finegold Alexander Architects’ charge was to develop a feasibility

study, drawings, and other documents illustrating alternative schemes for the existing 22,000sf library. The goals for the new structure include: • Flexibility for the library to adapt spaces and uses over the next two decades to provide a full array of services for a changing patronage. • An expanded, responsive, energizing youth services area, including: 1) an imaginative and collaborative young adult area; 2) a lively design to appeal to youth under the age of 19; 3) individual tutorial rooms for study, research, and interaction; 4) conference area/computer lab/maker space; 5) increased relaxing and inviting seating and browsing areas; and 6) creation of a “local history” space.

Edinburg Center

Bedford, MA – Integrated Builders recently announced that it has completed a 48,000sf fit-out on behalf of Calare Properties for the Edinburg Center. The project team included project manager Bob Purdy, assistant project manager Kim Sheehan, and project superintendent Mike Croteau, who collaborated with architecture firm CI Design, Inc. to meet the specifications of the fit-out. The fit-out consisted of new classrooms, offices, and treatment rooms.

There were all-new fixtures installed, including white boards and operable walls to facilitate learning. Integrated Builders also constructed a new kitchen and dining area for client, student, and staff use. Furthermore, the firm created three individual training and development rooms with a flexible design so that the area is able to convert into one larger room. There were two restroom cores installed, and VCT floors can be found throughout the new space.

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From Antiquated to Advanced:

Boston Scientific’s Global Distribution Center in Quincy

by Alvaro J. Ribeiro Renovating and repurposing a building can involve several factors: preserving existing features, updating building infrastructure, and energizing spaces for their new use. Warehouses offer their own challenges, especially “legacy” buildings that have long become obsolete. An antiquated warehouse in a high-profile location on Quincy’s Squantum Point is emerging as a modern, energy-efficient, and state-of-the-art global distribution center for Boston Scientific Corporation. As worldwide demand grows for medical devices, the expansion and modernization of Boston Scientific’s global logistics center is an important milestone for the company and the state of Massachusetts. Boston Scientific Corporation, a worldwide developer, manufacturer, and marketer of medical solutions, has located its distribution center in the north building of the vast

Boston Scientific Corporation / Margulies Perruzzi Architects

warehouse complex on Squantum Point since 1997. Located on the Neponset River and visible from Interstate 93 on approach to Boston, the buildings formerly served as warehouses for department store Jordan Marsh & Co. Seeking to expand and modernize its logistics, as well as deepen its roots in Quincy, Boston Scientific is now consolidating all of its

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operational and distribution functions into a new global distribution center in the south building on Squantum Point. Half of Boston Scientific’s global product manufacturing, including medical device products such as life-saving stents, will come through this 24-hour distribution facility housing approximately 400 employees. Comprising 60,000sf of office

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New Haven Courthouse:

How Teamwork and Craftsmanship Brought Back a Beaux Arts Landmark

by Roy C. Olsen At the northeast corner of the historic New Haven Green sits the New Haven County Courthouse. Designed by Allen and Williams, this 1914 Beaux Arts masterwork was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. By the turn of the century, the effects of pollution, sporadic maintenance, occupant-driven alterations, and the passage of time left this graceful structure in a dramatic state of deterioration. After establishing the need to comprehensively address building envelope issues, the state of Connecticut assembled a team of professionals to bring this stately landmark back from the brink. As project manager and project architect, I can say that the two most important factors that brought this complex project together successfully were seamless teamwork combined with outstanding craftsmanship. Examples are

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just too numerous to share here, but there are some key highlights that illustrate the point. While the project was complicated by the downtown urban site and active courthouse operations, we were lucky to have a sophisticated client who understood the importance of working

together, consultants who were passionate about restoration, and a GC who had the expertise in historic preservation. JCJ Architecture had the privilege of working with the State Dept. of Construction Services as the owner, representatives from Judicial as the operator, and Kronenberger & Sons Restoration as the

general contractor. Key to our success was the state’s insistence on setting a high bar for the qualification of the general contractor with subs. Our collective goal was to bring back the original design intent and to sensitively repair with as much restoration as possible. Because of the historic nature of the building and the sensitivity of operations, the state encouraged development of outline qualifications for subcontractors — setting specific parameters for craftsmen that were to undertake various aspects of the project as well as disqualification of low bidders if they did not have qualified subs in all areas. Team problem solving took on a new meaning in this project. While Building Conservation Associates (BCA) research found incomplete drawings, a full survey of the building revealed masonry damage that was far more extensive than first thought. JCJ worked with Hoffman Architects, originally brought on by the state to document emergency repairs and conditions issues, to develop a plan to address immediate concerns. These issues required that the building be immediately encased in scaffolding to protect the continued to page 34

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Burlington, MA – Maugel Architects, Inc. of Harvard announced that it recently completed façade improvements at 63 Third Avenue within Northwest Park. The 30,000sf renovation at 63 Third Avenue updated the building’s façade to create visual interest and improve the overall performance of the building envelope. The new design defined the entrances through the creative use of modern metal and simulated-wood panels applied directly to the existing façade. To allow natural light into the building’s

interior with minimal impact on the existing masonry bearing wall, Maugel added windows in a rhythm consistent with the original design — resulting in significant cost savings. In addition to Maugel Architects, other team members included R.W. Sullivan Engineering and Structural Systems, Inc. Maugel has enjoyed a 20-year relationship with the Nordblom Company and has designed exterior and interior transformations for more than 40 buildings — representing over 100 tenants ­— at the park.

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ners such as Emerson College and Suffolk University, preservation efforts saved the Ladder Blocks’ historic theaters and, over time, most other historic buildings.

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CITGO Sign — The CITGO sign has evolved from advertisement to cultural icon of Boston. It has become a landmark in the most literal sense. After launching an online petition to support the Boston Landmark Commission’s action to formally landmark the sign (after its future became uncertain) the Alliance collected over 6,000 signatures from supporters all over the country. Projects we’ve opposed One Bromfield — The Alliance joined many other organizations in opposition to a proposal by Midwood Properties to demolish several buildings in Downtown Crossing to construct a skyscraper that would dramatically impact the Historic Ladder Blocks.

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2 Oxford Street — Group One Partners purchased a building in Chinatown with the intention of demolishing it and building a new hotel. The Alliance, along with dozens of other organizations and individuals, objected to the proposal as presented, and the developer withdrew the proposal and is reconsidering the project.

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Asbestos During Restoration Work

by Roger Francoeur As I do on most mornings, I sat down today with my coffee and my never-ending todo list. Nothing much has changed in that department, except that it used to always be the trusty paper and pen. Now, it might be that or just as likely, the smart phone Notepad app. The older I get, the more critical the list becomes. I think a list could also be handy for many folks who are involved with asbestos restoration or renovation work; specifically, a checklist for dealing with asbestos issues that will inevitably come up. Asbestos in construction is highly regulated by state, federal, and in some cases, local agencies. I frequently get the “deer in the headlights” look from people when I tell them that there is no official cut-off date for the use of asbestoscontaining building materials (ACBM), like there is with, for example, lead-based paint. Although some materials were banned, you can still purchase asbestos in

building materials today. Asbestos is a carcinogen, and epidemiological studies demonstrate that several diseases are related to asbestos exposure. It can show up in many types of building material including, but not limited to, flooring, caulking, putty, roofing, siding, felt paper, insulations, ceiling tile, plaster, gypsum, joint compound, transite (cement-board) panel and pipe, gaskets, pipe and mechanical system insulation, spray-on insulation, and the list goes on. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that asbestos has been used in thousands of different products. A flurry of media attention that occurred several years ago, pertaining to tremolite asbestos contamination in vermiculite insulation from Libby, Montana, has added yet another very common building product to the list, and it turns up in many attics throughout the country. A general rule of thumb is that if it isn’t wood, metal, or rubber, then the EPA likely considers it a suspect ACBM. Still, I find that all too many building contractors are surprised to learn that many state and federal agencies require inspections for ACBM by accredited or licensed inspectors, prior to any renovation or demolition. If ACBM is present and will be disturbed, then remediation specifications and work plans must be



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Typical steps for asbestos in construction are as follows: Inspections For smaller projects, it usually requires a day of site inspection and sample gathering along with reporting. Needless to say, more time is needed for larger projects. Ideally, inspections are completed during project design to allow for adequate planning and budgeting. Laboratory analysis on the samples typically takes two to three days, as well as review time. Of course, rush jobs would take less time, but this means asking for premium rates for lab analysis. Inspections are detail-oriented tasks requiring planning for site access, proper sample extraction, dealing with

public relations issues, and extensive documentation and reporting. Only licensed, accredited inspection firms should be used, and they should have adequate professional liability insurance coverage for environmental testing services. Remediation specification or work plan Managers should plan on a week or two, if possible, to allow for necessary review, meetings, coordination, draft preparation, and modifications of project design. They should also allow additional time for bidding of the work by qualified design firms with adequate professional liability insurance coverage. Ideally, managers would plan to complete this design work in conjunction with the overall renovation/ construction design and planning phase. During this time, impact studies can be performed and all the various abatement options can be reviewed. With abatement costs potentially representing a large portion of the overall project costs, impact studies and design are critical. A good design document is also essential for the solicitation of apples-to-apples bids from qualified abatement firms, not to mention a thorough contract. Notifications All contractors at the site should be continued to page 36

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A Residential Renaissance

by Frank H. Hagaman Hartford, as most major cities in New England, spiraled into a deep real estate decline in the later ’80s. In anticipation of building commercial projects, developers had purchased many historic buildings in downtown, torn them down, and left major swaths of empty lots. Our Main Street is testament to the destructive acts which tore apart the fabric of the city. Still today much of this remains, leaving surface parking lots where once stood 19th and 20th century buildings of true architectural merit. The ghosts of buildings never-to-bebuilt haunts downtown development and stymies the recreation of a tax base on which to operate Hartford. In its wisdom, the Connecticut General Assembly created and capitalized the Central Region Development Authority in June 2012. It was established with the challenge to do the following: • Stimulate new investment, provide

for multicultural destinations and a vibrant multidimensional downtown. • Attract major sports, conventions, and exhibitions. •D evelop residential housing. • Operate, maintain, and market the Connecticut Convention Center. • Stimulate family-oriented tourism, art, culture, history, education, and entertainment. •M anage designated facilities. • Stimulate economic development in the Capital region. • Revitalize development and redevelopment property within Hartford. • Facilitate the relocation of the area state office buildings. This charge has been skillfully managed by Michael Freimuth, the CRDA executive director, acknowledged as a man of wisdom and vision who has made tremendous contributions to the revitalization of Hartford’s downtown. He has brought financial resources to a strategic investment policy in projects which have made an impact on the capitol city bringing new and vital development. His challenge has been a big one, involved with housing, retail, cultural, tourism, and managing large facilities owned by the state. For those of us in Hartford doing work to revitalize the city, Freimuth’s

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presence is felt throughout. CRDA has become one of the most helpful allies in recognizing that historic preservation contributes to community economic development. Connecticut has a robust state historic tax credit with both residential and commercial allocations. These credits have provided a powerful financial tool to reuse and preserve buildings deemed to be historic. Hartford has many such buildings, with an interesting twist defining historic as those 50 years of age or older.

Many of the larger abandoned buildings are surprisingly defined as being historic; many have started their productive life as commercial office space. Developers have realized that the buildings may be reused as residential properties. The most striking high-profile development has been the reuse of 777 Main Street, formerly known as the Bank of America Building (originally built for Hartford National Bank), a tall, prominently located building on Main continued to page 21

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G. Greene to Renovate 75 Ames St. Cambridge, MA – G. Greene Construction was recently awarded a contract from The Broad Institute to provide construction management services for its 75 Ames Street third-floor renovation project in Cambridge. Work includes renovations to 4,800sf of laboratory space to accommodate the LIU GROUP in its move from Oxford Street. Laboratory renovations will consist of two new warm rooms, modified bench space and laboratory sinks, with vented chemical storage cabinets in the existing tissue culture room. An emergency shower will be added to the tissue culture room, and new mobile bench areas will be composed of existing inventory. G. Greene will also complete renovations to the existing office area totaling approximately 2,800sf. The renovations include updating a large corner office and meeting space. Completion is scheduled for February 2017. The project team is made up of Rick Shearns, project executive; Michael Robarge, assistant project manager; and Mark Taylor, project superintendent, who will be working in conjunction with Wilson Architects of Boston and The Broad Institute. The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard was launched to improve human

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Boston – ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge has completed a $10.3 Million renovation and addition of Weston Hall at Williams College to create a new front door for the College and provide a new home for the Admissions and Financial Aid Offices. Weston Hall features 22,000 square feet of new office, social, presentation, and meeting spaces, many them designed to welcome students and their families advancing through the admissions and financial aid applications process. The project earned LEED© Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design.

“The project converted what had become a warren of dark rooms into a welcoming place for prospective students and their families and for current students visiting financial aid,” said Jim Kolesar, Assistant to the President for Community and Government Relations. “ARC teamed with Williams College to design a newly-reinvented Weston Hall by taking a long-term view of the opportunities to offer both a warm and inviting space and a building that will provide energy efficiency benefits for years to come,” said Jan Taylor AIA, ARC’s project architect.

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Street, State House Square. However, groundbreaking for Hartford 777 Main Street is only one of several projects to bring people into the city. CRDA has participated in nine adaptive reuse projects of vacant and abandoned historic buildings. In a city with a significant low-income population, CRDA has been able to navigate successfully the desire to produce affordable housing units matched with an economic development strategy to attract market-rate units. One excellent example of an adaptive reuse of a historic gem in downtown is the Judd & Root Building at 179 Allyn Street, whose renovation has revitalized a central district. New tenants relocating to downtown or being attracted to living in Hartford now are creating a retail demand for goods and services, restaurants, and entertainment venues. After decades of decline, Hartford is witnessing a true renaissance. There

is life on the streets once again. Even though many historic buildings have been lost forever, there is still sufficient fabric to attract community development. The concept of adaptive reuse plays a significant role in bringing to life buildings which seemed to have lost their practical opportunities to contribute, and to pay taxes, once again in Hartford. Frank H. Hagaman is the executive director of the Hartford Preservation Alliance in Hartford, Conn.

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Renovations Complete for Quinnipiac University Brand Strategy Group Amenta Emma Architects

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Hamden, Connecticut – Amenta Emma Architects recently transformed a 19th-century house into a 21st-century powerhouse for ideas for Quinnipiac University’s Brand Strategy Group, that is responsible for the University’s marketing, communications, brand identity, and digital initiatives. The old house was a hard sell to the university’s client, a veteran of the advertising world who imagined a New York City loft environment. “It had creaky floors and was closed and claustrophobic. It didn’t feel like an office that would be

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Neshamkin French Architects and TFMoran Complete The Armory gutted and four new floors sensitively inserted to create 42 residential units. The design provides a variety of unit types, including traditional one-, two-, and three-bedroom flats; live/work units; and duplex penthouses featuring tremendous downtown Boston and Mystic River views. A central, two-story, interior atrium allowed the design to take full advantage of the building’s depth and provides natural light to the building interior. The original building, built in 1907, consisted of an A-frame style main structure surrounded on three sides by conventional two-story wood-framed structures supported on masonry walls. The steel truss structure in the main area

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Charlestown, MA – Neshamkin French Architects and TFMoran Structural Engineers of Bedford, N.H., provided architectural and structural engineering services for the renovation of the former Armory building in Charlestown, Mass. into 42 luxury condominiums with underground parking. Construction was completed by Eastridge Construction Management of North Reading, and the project was

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Lawrence, MA – NEI recently celebrated the completion of Union Crossing II, involving the $20.2 million adaptive reuse of the historic Duck Mill. Located in Lawrence at the corner of Union and Island streets, this project is the second phase of a two-mill renovation. The challenging conversion and restoration of the decayed five-story 132,000sf historic mill building included the creation of 73 family-friendly affordable apartments and 35,000sf of commercial space. The space features original elements of the building including over-sized windows with views of the North Canal

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Kaplan Boosts Affordable Housing Supply Boston – Per the state’s Chapter 40B law, Massachusetts requires each city and town to have 10% of its housing stock as affordable. While the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development lists Boston as having an impressive 18.30% subsidized housing inventory, this is not enough to cover the soaring demand. The Boston Housing Authority provides affordable housing to more than 58,000 residents in and around the city of Boston, but receives over 10,000 new applications each year. With more applicants than available affordable housing, the wait can sometimes take years. Thanks to Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm, Boston’s limited supply of affordable housing will soon increase. Kaplan is currently responsible for extensive renovations at three complexes in Boston. Together, these projects will provide 127 rent-assisted apartment units, as well as retail and office spaces, common amenities, and community space. 2101 Washington Street Kaplan is in the process of completing the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of a historic building at 2101 Washington Street. Formerly home to the Tropical Foods supermarket, the project will

The project, expected to be complete in early fall, is the outcome of an eightyear effort by the Roxbury community and the city of Boston to bring economic diversity and private investment to Dudley Square. 2101 Washington Street is owned by Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC), a leading developer of affordable housing in the nonprofit sector and one of the largest community development corporations (CDCs) in Massachusetts. Lyman School Apartments Lyman School Apartments / photo: Marie Sobchuk

create 30 mixed-income rental units, ranging from studio to three-bedroom units, and 7,500sf of retail space, a building management office, lobby, and bicycle storage closet. The 44,000sf building requires extensive renovations, including new framing, roof, and core area for the elevator and stairwells. Kaplan is installing all-new utilities (gas, water, electric, sewer) as well as new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection (MEP/FP) systems. The building will receive new windows, storefront, and stucco on the exterior of the building, in compliance with National Park Service standards.

Originally built in 1912 and converted to senior low-income housing in the 1980s, the Theodore Lyman School’s historic red-brick structure is currently undergoing much-needed renovations. Kaplan is tasked with modifying and rehabilitating the occupied space to create a mix of 45 rent-assisted studios and one-bedroom apartments, including five handicapped accessible units, plus office space, common amenities, and community space. Interior and exterior renovations to the Lyman School Apartments include: installation of allnew windows, kitchens, and flooring; masonry restoration; painting; sprinkler system extensions; installation of central air conditioning; and building upgrades to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including an exterior ramp and an interior lift. Located at 30 Gove Street in East Boston, the 40,000sf, five-story elderly housing apartment project is being subsidized by the federal government’s Housing and Urban Development Division (HUD) and supported by the East Boston Community Development Corporation. The building

was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. The project is anticipated to be finished this summer.

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St. Botolph Terrace Kaplan recently completed renovations to the St. Botolph Terrace apartment complex, another MPDC-owned affordable housing project. Originally built in 1899 and last renovated in 1999, the complex consists of nine buildings located at 351-367 Massachusetts Ave. The project renovated 52 affordable units, ranging from studio to four-bedroom apartments, and required careful consideration for staging and phasing as the units were occupied during construction. Interior renovations included new flooring; painting; common area lighting; modern life-safety and security systems installation; and bathroom, kitchen, and lobby upgrades. Exterior renovations featured repointing, replacing stone lintels and cornices, and repairing minor structural issues related to masonry.

SCI Completes Custom House Providence, RI – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI) recently finished the restoration and renovation of 32 Custom House Street in downtown Providence. The project featured the conversion of the historic office building, which was built in 1875, into 11 apartment units and street-level commercial space. Work began on the $2.1 million project in first quarter 2016 and was recently completed in December 2016 — under budget at $1.7 million. The project started as a gutted building with fire damage, and was allinclusive from start to finish. Some of the items addressed included: historical restoration of exterior masonry; new fire escape construction; all new electrical service and fire alarm into space; and all new HVAC system throughout. “The renovation/restoration was completed in full compliance with the codes established by the Providence


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Modular Approach Makes Pieces Fit for Affordable Housing Development

by Ed Smith When The Community Builders Inc. (TCB, a leading nonprofit real estate developer, owner, and manager of affordable and mixed-income housing, decided to renovate all of the units at Leyden Woods in Greenfield, Mass., one of their biggest concerns was how to execute the project with as little disruption as possible to the lives of the families who live there while minimizing relocation expenses. Modular construction proved to be a good solution to the problem. TCB, together with Delphi Construction, knew at the outset they would face a considerable challenge employing a traditional construction approach on such a time-sensitive, occupied construction project, the scope of which included the teardown and new construction of 49 buildings and 200 units spread over eight courts. Zan Bross, the director of design and construction for TCB overseeing the project, noted, “As a team, we believed

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that a well-designed, well-constructed, and well-managed modular execution could deliver the speed and efficiency necessary to meet our compressed timetable while delivering a final product that would strengthen the neighborhood.” That belief was well-founded. The project, which broke ground in the fall of 2015, has just entered its eighth and final court, with 35 buildings already completed to date. Residents of six courts have already moved back into their new units. The $78 million project is ahead of schedule and will wrap up the remaining 14 buildings by the spring of 2017. The Community Builders brought in Davis Square Architects of Somerville, Mass., to handle the design. Civil engineering was provided by Stantec. Delphi Construction of Waltham and Cape Cod, Mass., managed construction.

The fourth key contributor in this case was the manufacturer of the state-of-theart modular units themselves: Simplex Homes of Scranton, Pa., a firm that has been pioneering modular manufacturing for 45 years. For other developers who may be considering a modular approach, Bross emphasized the importance of putting together the right team of partners. “All construction projects depend on the ability of the constituents to work well together, but this is greatly heightened in the case of modular projects. It’s vital that the chosen partners be not only highly capable in their own right but that they can

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also function exceptionally well as a team.” Joe Mastromatteo of Delphi Construction concurred with Bross’ view and credits a combination of careful planning, good communication, and a team-oriented mindset for the success of

the Leyden Woods project. “The challenges of modular construction are unique. You have buildings being designed in one state, permitted and built to order in another, and shipped in by truck exactly when needed. This requires a tremendous amount of coordination between the architect, the manufacturer, our project development team, and our crews in the field throughout all phases of construction. Above all, it is critical to work out every detail of the plan from the beginning. Many of these activities are being executed months in advance, so the discovery of any needed changes may affect something that already happened months ago,” Mastromatteo said. Mastromatteo pointed out there are other factors that construction managers on modular projects need to take into consideration which are not issues on built-in-place projects, such as the effects of shipping. “With partners like Davis Square Architects and Simplex Homes, we could be certain that the units left the facility as designed and in pristine condition, but 300 miles on the road can take its toll. We implemented rigorous quality control measures onsite before setting any piece in place. These included infrared scans to continued to page 41

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Teams with Middlesex Corp. Shrewsbury, MA – Moulison Heavy Electrical, based in Biddeford, Maine, has completed the state-of-the-art LED lighting and lighting control system of the arches and handrails at the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge on Route 9, which connects Shrewsbury and Worcester over Lake Quinsigamond. The under-bridge lighting project, composed of 64 rectangular LED spotlights installed on the piers of the bridge, was handled by the Moulison crew working on a barge. Dynamic lighting control settings are achieved by a controller located at the bridge or by MassDOT via a laptop. The project also entailed Moulison’s installation of surrounding traffic signals and roadway lighting. Middlesex Corp. was the general contractor for the project.

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Braintree, MA – Helical Drilling Inc, a geotechnical design-build company, announced the completion of three recently completed projects. The following is the summary of those completed projects: Helical Drilling completed work on an existing New Bedford, Mass., warehouse in preparation for a 50,000sf addition that needed to remain in service during construction. The addition required column loads exceeding 300 kips and wall footing loads that surpassed 10 kips per linear foot. The design team evaluated different Insurance Bonds Employee Benefits Risk Management foundation support, and Geopier RAP ground improvement was chosen as the most cost-effective solution as it INSURANCE ANDSURETY SURETY BONDS FOR INSURANCE AND AND BONDS FOR eliminated premium costs associated with INSURANCE SURETY BONDS FOR the excavate/replace option, including offsite soil disposal, dewatering, potential General Contractors Property and Liability Insurance Building Owners and Managers Property and Liability Insurance Building Owners and Managers Property and Liability Insurance shoring, and potential underpinning of TradeProperty Subcontractors Building Coastal Developers Coastal Property Insurance the existing structure. Property Developers Coastal Property Insurance Generaland Contractors Builders Risk Insurance Owners Managers Builders Helical assisted replacing a singleGeneral Contractors Builders Insurance Trade Subcontractors SuretyRisk Bonds Property Developers Surety Bonds span bridge along the Route 110 Corridor Trade Subcontractors Surety Bonds leading into downtown Stratford, Conn., Proud Partners with Oscar B. Johnson for the Connecticut Department of Oscar Vice B. Johnson Proud Partners with Executive President Transportation (DOT). Oscar B. Johnson INSURANCE AND SURETY BONDS FOR Executive President Helical installed the 60 drilled ExecutiveVice Vice President micropiles per the DOT’s design using Eastern States Insurance Agency, Inc. Building Owners and Managers Property and Liability Insurance compressed air percussive drilling Eastern States Insurance Agency, Inc. Property Developers Property Eastern States InsuranceCoastal Agency, Inc. Insurance methods. General Contractors Builders Risk Insurance Trade Subcontractors Surety Bonds 50 Prospect Street | Waltham, Massachusetts 02453 | (781) 642-9000 | (781) 647-3670 fax | esia.com Helical Drilling provided deep foundation services for a commercial ProudPartners Partners with Proud with 50 Prospect Street50| Prospect Waltham,Street Massachusetts | (781) 642-9000 | (781) 647-3670 fax | esia.com Oscar B. Johnson | Waltham,02453 Massachusetts 02453 project at 291 Mystic Avenue, Medford, Executive Vice President Mass. The Helical team completed the (781) 642-9000 | (781) 647-3670 fax | esia.com installation of a low-headroom, deep Eastern States Insurance Agency, Inc. foundation system within an existing 50 Prospect Street | Waltham, Massachusetts 02453 | (781) 642-9000 | (781) 647-3670 fax | esia.com


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Due to the high-traffic location, much of the electrical work was done on after rush hour, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Moulison Heavy Electrical’s project manager Dave Power supervised a crew of eight Local 96 electricians in the project, which spanned over three years commencing in August 2012, with completion reached in early 2016.

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high-bay building to support the new concrete slab while limiting installation vibrations. Helical was successfully awarded the project based on the specified micropile solution. However, Helical approached the project team with a potential value engineering option to save time and money. After completing an additional boring to identify the depth of the underlying glacial till/rock layers, the ductile iron pile alternative was selected for floor slab support based on cost savings and, more importantly, more than two weeks of schedule savings.

February 2017




JM Electrical Completes Avalon Boston – JM Electrical Company, Inc. recently completed project operations at Avalon North Station, a 600,000sf development located at One Nashua Street in Boston’s North End. JM Electrical installed HVAC controls throughout the building’s common areas to monitor essential building systems. The staff also installed a cold-purge smoke control panel as well as T-stats for vertical heat pumps. In addition, JM did fuel oil interlock wiring for the generator system and interlock wiring for dryer and toilet exhaust fans. Designed by CBT Architects and constructed by John Moriarty & Associates, the 38-story, mixed-use tower contains 503 rental apartments, 3,575sf of retail space on the ground floor, and on-site resident parking. It also includes a sky pavilion lounge, rooftop deck, and fitness center. Jay Colleton, JM Electrical’s foreman on the job, oversaw the daily operations


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commercial construction project, this is expected to drive construction over the next 12 to 24 months. Here in New England, we are seeing continued consumer optimism with the incoming presidential administration. Even with the small increase in the federal interest rates, the economy continues to support growth and new construction. The automobile industry remains strong, and we have also experienced development in the manufacturing/distribution, retail, recreational, and financial sectors. One limiting factor across the country is the disappearance of the skilled workforce. Finding qualified and skilled labor has proven to be a challenge for many industries, and the construction field is no exception. We have had to be creative with recruitment and hope to encourage more young people to invest their time and energy into the building trades. The construction industry offers great opportunities for career stability and development for hard-working, dedicated individuals. We are excited for another great year in 2017! Craig Jewett is the owner and president of Jewett Construction Company in Raymond, N.H.

Boston – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) recently unveiled new workplace strategy research to help businesses envision and leverage their workplace to inspire tomorrow’s talent. MPA’s research promotes a design discussion around the workplace as an environment where a company’s greatest assets — its people — come together to invent, produce, create, and improve lives.

There is a clear business objective to creating a work environment that inspires and motivates employees, and it is extremely important for people to see the missions, goals, and ideals portrayed in the physical space. The workspace is an important physical asset within which a high degree of ingenuity and productivity is enabled. There is a clear business objective to creating a work environment that inspires and motivates employees, and it is extremely important for people to see the missions, goals, and ideals portrayed in the physical space. While the design solution will vary

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by industry and company, MPA has learned that the design challenges remain constant. In compiling this research, MPA draws on more than two decades of working with countless companies to help them create the optimal work environment. For a workplace strategy to be prosperous in any industry, businesses must focus on these critical aspects to: • Inspire creativity with collaboration and technology, support for mobile work, and quiet space. • Attract and retain talent by creating community, supporting social interaction, and promoting wellness. • Enhance mission engagement by crafting an image and increasing brand awareness. MPA’s workplace strategy research concludes that today’s office environment is a place of industriousness as much as it is a collegial, social setting where like-minded talents share knowledge and innovative thinking. Given how much time is spent in the workplace, workers need a setting that inspires and motivates, and businesses need a setting that inspires productivity. A strategically designed workplace can accomplish both. MPA’s research is available online and as a downloadable PDF at http://bit. ly/2gb3Bw8.

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Green Industry Leaders Commit To Green Building Stock in the Northeast Boston – Approximately 2,500 professionals from every field related to buildings and the codes that govern them will gather at the BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade Show March 7 to 9 to share best practices and provide an actionable model for climate change mitigation. This year’s program, which features more than 60 sessions and workshops and 100 exhibitors, is unprecedented in its diversity. Sessions focus on buildings of all types and sizes, including several case studies of high-performance building projects on college campuses and the techniques used to engage occupants in their operation. “The most effective way that we, as professionals, can mitigate climate change is to ensure that our largest buildings are as efficient as possible. But it’s not just about the buildings anymore. Our sessions go beyond energy. They address the whole system — from how much energy it takes to produce and transport our building materials, to how our buildings are designed to operate in the context of a smarter and cleaner grid, to whether building occupants know how to operate their buildings to minimize their

environmental footprint,” said conference co-chair Stephan Wollenburg, an independent energy consultant in Worcester. One example of this whole-systems focus is the opening plenary session, which will be given by Dr. Craig Jones, of Circular Ecology. Dr. Jones is an embodied energy, carbon footprint, and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) expert. In 2012 he was listed as No. 14 on Building Design’s list of the most influential people in UK sustainability. He provided data to carbon footprint the construction of the London 2012 Olympics and tailored an embodied energy and carbon database for the $22 billion Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, which aspires to be the first zero-carbon, zero-waste, and car-free city. Dr. Jones’s session will provide a visual overview of how our own local consumption can have unexpected impacts –- even on the other side of the world. Other themes of this year’s conference include: Water, water everywhere How to heat water efficiently, how to conserve it as a natural resource, and how to build for resilience where flooding is an increasingly present threat. This year’s

BuildingEnergy Boston Conference features a number of sessions on water, including a not-to-be missed hands-on opportunity to learn from world-class expert Gary Klein on how best to configure your DHW system for energy efficiency. Occupant behavior We all know that a building is only as efficient as the occupants that use it. As South Mountain Company concluded in a white paper several years ago, “There are no net zero buildings, there are only net zero occupants.” This year’s conference features several sessions to ensure that energy-efficient projects perform as intended, and that the occupants know how best to optimize the building for efficiency and comfort. Community-scale solutions No building is an island. Several of this year’s sessions focus on scaling energy efficiency and resiliency solutions to communities and neighborhoods. In one such session, a group of leaders who call

themselves “Boston Women Leading Change” will dive deep into ideas and solutions they generated from a June 2016 trip to Copenhagen that can readily be imported to cities in the Northeast, including stormwater management, wind energy, transportation planning, district heating, and social resiliency. New technologies The BuildingEnergy Boston trade show floor will feature the latest in sustainable energy technologies including energy storage solutions, charging technologies for electric vehicles, and more. In addition, two “lightning round” conference sessions will highlight succinct, practical information on many products and services, such as the advantage of chilled beam systems and extracting value from energy management data. BuildingEnergy Boston 2017 features industry experts from the Northeast and beyond.


February 2017


Life Sciences Bowdoin Completes 30,000sf Lab & Office Fit-Out for Boston Analytical

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Salem, NH – Bowdoin Construction Corp. recently completed a 30,000sf lab and office fit-out for Boston Analytical in Salem. The project, designed by Margulies Perruzzi, included 20,000sf of chemistry, stability, and microbial labs, a

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Bacon Completes University of Rhode Island Science Center

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Providence, RI – Bacon Construction of Rumford recently completed the new $69 million Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. The Beaupre Center houses URI’s chemistry department, along with a federal Center of Excellence for Explosives Detection, Mitigation and Response, one of the country’s most important research and training resources in the war against terrorism. Replacing Pastore Hall, which was built in 1953 and accommodated 800 students, the new center triples the amount of space

for teaching labs, serving more than 7,000 chemistry students yearly — roughly 1,400 per day — and also greatly expands the space for research laboratories, providing facilities for faculty members researching technologies and applications to benefit the nation at large, including developing advanced batteries for energy-efficient cars, improving magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan machines, and creating new early disease detection methods. Among the features of the fourstory, 135,000sf center, designed by Wilson Architects Inc. of Boston, with

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management by Keogh Construction Management of Rumford: • Fourteen teaching labs and 18 faculty research labs, with a total of 172 fume hoods. • The 240-seat Victor J. Baxt Lecture Hall and another, smaller, lecture hall. • The Teknor Apex Instrumentation Lab. The building exterior features a number of façade materials including gray face brick, manufactured stone, phenolic resin, composite metal panels, and a significant amount of glass curtainwall and punched window opening, allowing for natural lighting and views of the

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Maugel Designs LBF USA Facility

February 2017

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Marlborough, MA – Maugel Architects, Inc. of Harvard announced the design of the new $37 million manufacturing facility for LFB USA, a unit of France’s biopharmaceutical firm LFB Group. The 70,000sf facility will house 30,000sf of clean room manufacturing space, 20,000sf of warehouse space, and 14,000sf of office space. Maugel worked closely with the client and the consulting process engineer to ensure the clean room manufacturing was efficient and state-ofthe-art. A distinct modern aesthetic was designed for the building’s exterior. Other team members included Whitman & Bingham Associates; TF Moran, Inc.; William F. Lynch Co., Inc.;

Shepherd Engineering; SNC-Lavalin Project Services; and R.P. Masiello. “LFB’s addition to Marlborough’s expanding biotech cluster reinforces the positive outlook for the MetroWest region,” said Jon Cocker, institutional studio head at Maugel Architects. “For more than two decades, Maugel has been designing labs and life sciences facilities in the Boston suburbs. It was a pleasure working with LFB on this exciting new facility in MetroWest.” Located on Crowley Drive, the facility will produce the drug ATryn used in the treatment of preeclampsia, a leading cause of maternal and infant death.


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Building being renovated for Ocular Therapeutix

Beford, MA – Construction has begun for Ocular Therapeutix, an ophthalmic medical device and pharmaceutical company. This project, constructed by Erland, is a major renovation of an existing three-story, 70,000sf building located at 15 Crosby Drive in the Crosby Corporate Center in Bedford. The architect on the project is TRIA Inc. When complete, the building will house new open and private offices, conference rooms, lunch/meeting room,

main lobby staircase, six cleanrooms, and lab support spaces. The work is being executed while two existing clean rooms and a lab on the third floor are being occupied by Ocular. In order to manage the logistics of this scenario, the construction team was required to build temporary partitions, develop a life safety plan with safe means of egress, carefully maintain existing utility systems, and secure a certificate of occupancy for this space.

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public, court personnel, and members of the project team. For example, portions of the Elm Street column capital scrolls — 65 feet off the ground — were crumbling, a condition called “sugaring.” While a new cleaning procedure was developed to stabilize the existing material, the repair process began with a digital scan and offsite fabrication of new material in Wisconsin. Stone carvers employed a Dutchman repair method in which they carefully removed the damaged portions of column capitals, attached new material, and refined the marble work with hand tools. The work of these individuals was nothing less than spectacular. On numerous occasions, the entire team rallied to develop strategies that would address immediate safety concerns and then to determine the proper way to move forward. This focus on teamwork and collaboration was crucial to our success, but it would have fallen short if not for the incredible work brought by the many craftsmen, architects, and engineers who dedicated themselves to the successful completion of the first phase of repair to this landmark building. Roy C. Olsen, RA, CSI, CCS, LEED AP, is senior associate, director of technical resources at JCJ Architecture.

Repairs to Elm Street doric column capitals and restored tympanum / Robert Benson Photography

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February 2017

IALS Brings Healthcare Discoveries

Ctr. for Biometric Analysis Tops Off

Exterior of Umass Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences/ photo by Consigli Constrction

Amherst, MA – The opening of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at UMass Amherst marks a $150 million investment to bring new discoveries in health care services and products to market. More than $20 million in IALSrelated sponsored research awards have been secured, which includes more than 30 projects associated with industry collaborators. The investment in state-of the-art equipment is designed for use not only by UMass faculty researchers, but also industry and academic partners.


Crews place final beam at topping-off ceremony

IALS is a life sciences laboratory research center including research facilities and state-of-the-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 center is about innovation and impact, an investment in translational science applied to real-world problems. The focus is on innovative healthcarerelated services and products.

Bar Harbor, ME – PC Construction recently reached a major milestone on The Jackson Laboratory’s new Center for Biometric Analysis when the final piece of structural steel was signed by employees of the laboratory and members of the construction team before being bolted into place. The center, a 21,000sf facility, is a significant expansion of research capability for The Jackson Laboratory and represents an important publicprivate partnership between the state and one of its leading institutions.

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Healthcare MPA Completes Expansion of Spaulding Rehab Hospital Cape Cod Sandwich, MA – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) has completed the expansion and renovation of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod in Sandwich. MPA designed a two-story, 6,230sf addition and renovated 12,800sf of space in the existing 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital. The expansion of the 76,900sf hospital addresses space constraints, enhancing accessibility and preparing the hospital to meet projected demand for outpatient services as Cape Cod’s population ages. The project expanded Spaulding’s physician services clinic by 33% and added two physician exam/treatment rooms and eight new outpatient therapy rooms, doubling the private treatment space and increasing Spaulding’s outpatient capacity to accommodate up to 21,000 more visits per year. A new multipurpose room on the first floor will be used for current and planned wellness and education programs and community-based support groups, and a quiet room gives nursing mothers or

anxious children a private space to wait for appointments. On the inpatient unit, five treatment rooms were added and a patient/family resource room was created. MPA redesigned the reception area and expanded the lobby, registration, and waiting areas to enhance accessibility for patients with mobility impairments, provide private spaces for registration, and improve workflow. The reception area’s hospitality design includes a curved reception desk with two custom-height counters that allow patients to comfortably stand or sit in a wheelchair at registration. The expansion and renovation of Spaulding Cape Cod was a complex, multiphase project that required careful coordination among the clinical staff, design team, and contractors. Phased over 10 months, MPA worked closely with construction manager Columbia Construction Company to sequence construction work, permitting the hospital to maintain normal operations without impacting inpatient and outpatient care. First, the team completed the new entrance and reception “living room,”

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod / Warren Patterson Photography

offering patients and families an exciting first impression and preview of improvements to come. With the completion of the new addition, programmatic elements were then moved to their new location, allowing the team to renovate as well as

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notified of testing and inspection results as soon as possible and in accordance with OSHA requirements. In addition, 10-day notice must be provided in accordance with the EPA National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants regulation and various other state regulations. In many New England states, the notification is directed to the appropriate state agency and there is a fee depending on the type and size of project. Emergency notifications can be filed to address immediate public health conditions. Abatement Although abatement must often be completed first thing and as quickly as possible, it is important to allow enough time for it to be done correctly, thoroughly, and safely. The project manager must allow sufficient time for adequate cleaning, inspections, and testing. Otherwise, a problem may become more serious and result in failure to pass the final clearance tests. Only experienced and licensed abatement contractors must be used to conduct removal, repair, packaging, and disposal of asbestos. The abatement contractors will also need to be monitored, inspected, and their work tested by an independent industrial hygiene monitoring firm. Both groups should have the necessary insurance for this type of environmental work. Records Finally, following the abatement work, there are more deadlines. At a minimum,


restore existing spaces to their original purpose. Spaulding Cape Cod communicated frequently with staff, patients, and their families about what to expect with the renovation, an effort that resulted in a successfully received project.

the following abatement records should be submitted to the owner within 30 days of completion of sitework (and before final payment to the asbestos contractor): • Site supervisor logs and daily sign-in sheets. • Notifications and permits. • Copies of current entity license, worker licenses, and training records. • Copies of OSHA exposure monitoring results. • Signed and completed copies of the asbestos waste shipment records (WSR) must be submitted within 35 days of each shipment. If this isn’t received, the owner/manager of the project must notify the contractor and request a status report. If the WSR is still not received by 45 days, then the owner/construction manager must notify NH DES. The construction manager and project industrial hygiene consultant should also review the records and submit their own reports. It is important to remember that the end product of abatement is not a building or a material, but asbestos that has been handled safely and disposed of properly; and okay, piles of paperwork. So, for the health of our environment, it is critical that thorough and complete asbestos records and testing reports be completed by those involved in the project. Roger Francoeur is president of RPF Environmental, Inc., with offices throughout New England.

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High-Profile: Healthcare


Acentech Consults on New UVM Inpatient Building Burlington, Vermont – Acentech, of Cambridge, Mass., recently announced that it has been selected to provide consulting services for a new inpatient building at the University of Vermont (UVM) Medical Center in Burlington, Vt. Working with the project architect, E4H MorrisSwitzer Environments for Health, Acentech is providing architectural acoustics and mechanical system noise and vibration control consulting for the new inpatient bed replacement facility, named The Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Building. To meet today’s hospital design standards and patient care expectations, UVM is constructing a $187 million, 180,000sf addition above the existing emergency department parking area. The new design features four inpatient floors, each with 32 single-occupancy, technologically sophisticated rooms that will vastly improve the patient experience by enhancing privacy and reducing noise. Increasing the medical center’s singleoccupancy rate from 30% to 90%, the private rooms feature modern amenities and well-defined zones for the patient, clinician, and family. Acentech is providing recommendations for room acoustics, sound isolation, and mechanical system noise and vibration control, establishing floor vibration design criteria, and addressing

UVM’s new inpatient bed replacement facility / E4H MorrisSwitzer Environments for Health

the effects of footfall-induced vibrations. Acentech’s experts will also work with E4H MorrisSwitzer designers to examine the environmental noise impact of this

new facility and offer solutions for mitigating mechanical noise to the neighboring community. The Whiting Turner Contracting

Company of Baltimore, Md., is the construction manager, partnering with Neagley & Chase Construction Company of South Burlington, Vt.


February 2017


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High-Value Scaffold on Boston’s Newest High-Rise Designs

by Katherine Marr and Keith Wells

Two-point adjustable suspension scaffolds, also known as suspended scaffolds, are no secret to contractors who rely on their high-efficiency performance for exterior wall construction and maintenance of high-rise buildings. A variety of types of suspended scaffold are widely applied in the field, and they are presently in great demand by customers of Marr Scaffolding Company due to their adaptability for customization on unique building designs with complex site logistics. With new construction’s progressively innovative designs on the rise in Boston and other urban areas, the challenge for

builders and equipment manufacturers to accommodate such design innovations is on the rise as well. In Boston, the welcome development of new neighborhoods requires not only making use of the available vertical space, but also the horizontal or ground-level space — which translates into building in tighter spaces within a stricter footprint. Contractors have had to get creative around architectural decisions that don’t necessarily consider the construction process, including the logistics of using powered equipment such as cranes, aerial lifts, and mobile platforms that require controlled space to operate safely and efficiently. Simultaneously, equipment manufacturers have taken advantage of advances in technology and engineering to improve their products to meet new challenges. Suspended scaffolding equipment is a good example of this. Marr Scaffolding Company has seen an exponential increase in demand for suspended scaffolding. At any given time, approximately 15% of installation projects in the company rotation require suspended scaffolding. Comprised of three basic components — counter-


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Scaffold towers support an elevated rigging system for suspended scaffolds above mechanical equipment on the roof at Serenity Apartments.

balanced rigging beams, an electric or air traction hoist, and modular platforms — a suspended scaffold is temporary and can be installed and dismantled for contractors to work on the façades of buildings of all shapes and sizes. When the space and shape of roofs and outer walls call for the modification of a more standard setup (for instance, the project requires an 11-ft. overhang versus a 4-ft. overhang), Marr works closely with equipment manufacturers to design a configuration that suits the specific needs of the project. Marr’s designs are engineered, and highly trained and experienced crews configure the set-up to meet a building’s specific requirements. Often utilized by multiple trades (glass, insulation, waterproofing contractors, and masons, etc.), Marr’s team dismantles the equipment when the trades have completed their work with no permanent changes to the building. As a matter of course, Marr provides familiarization to customers as a way to assist users in becoming acquainted with the equipment. With an increase in the number of set-ups requiring unique/nonstandard configurations, close to 90% of Marr projects are professionally installed and dismantled by Marr crews. Their strict attention to detailed drawings and compliance with OSHA safety standards guarantee sound applications and the successful meeting of customers’ needs. Currently, Marr is supplying multiple suspended scaffolds on a single project for Sunrise Erectors, Inc. at Serenity Apartments in Boston. Due to the location of this 17-story high-rise bordered by the Jamaicaway and S. Huntington Avenue, the use of boom lifts or mast climbing platforms were not an option for performing the exterior work. Instead, 13 suspended scaffolds were installed on the apartment roof in a variety of standard and unique configurations. To account for obstructions on the roof such as generators, AC units, and other mechanical equipment, Marr Scaffolding

installed systems scaffold towers to support an elevated rigging system for five of the 13 configurations. Certainly, the most complicated part of the installation is the rigging, but with proper planning and engineering, a creative solution can be found. For this project, multiple trades will utilize the suspended scaffolds over the course of one year.

Marr Scaffolding supplied 13 suspended scaffolds for exterior façade work at Serenity Apartments.

The value of suspended scaffolds is in part due to its versatility and the access the equipment provides workers. So long as architects seek to design buildings that reach new heights in style, creativity, and engineering, there will always be a demand for a product that has seemingly limitless design possibilities. Other recent suspended scaffold projects include: 50-60 Binney Street, Cambridge, for Karas & Karas Glass; Yotel Boston, Seaport Boulevard, Boston, for Tishman Construction; Parcel B Fan Pier, Boston, also for Karas & Karas Glass; and Berklee School of Music, Boston, for John F. Shea Roofing. Katherine Marr is communications coordinator at The Marr Companies. Keith Wells is a sales representative for the aerial lifts division at Marr Scaffolding Company in Boston.

February 2017


Connecticut 'Women Who Build’ Summit Hartford, CT – The Construction Institute of the University of Hartford recently announced panels and keynote speakers for the 2017 “Women Who Build Leadership and Networking” Summit, a premier event for architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, owners/ operators (AECO), lawyers, accountants, and other professionals in the industry. The event is being held Wednesday, February 22 at the University of Hartford campus. The institute announced that Paulette Brown, immediate past president of the American Bar Association (ABA), will be the keynote speaker for the event. She will share her experiences as a groundbreaking woman having held a variety of leaderships positions during her career. Rashda Rana, an internationally known construction arbitrator and mediator, and president of Arbitral Woman, will start the day with an opening keynote on the power of diversity in driving business success and decision making. The “Women Who Build” Summit will feature panels including: Panel 1. “Women in the Industry

— Our Past, Our Present, Our Future,” with Marcia Kellogg, moderator; Nancy Clayton, senior associate, Pickard Chilton Architects; Danielle M. Crafford, junior superintendent, Gilbane Building Company; Sarah Epifano, senior business development director, SKANSKA; Jezelle Gordon, student, University of Hartford. Panel 2. “Negotiation Skills for the AEC Industry,” with Ava Abramovitz, professorial lecturer, George Washington University Law School; Conna Weiner, arbitrator, Conna Weiner ADR; Deb Mastin, attorney, Law Office of Deborah Mastin PLLC. Panel 3. “Understanding Your Company’s’ Financials and What They Mean to You,” with Linda Ferraro, moderator, Leading Women; Susan Coleman, University of Hartford Barney School of Business; Rebecca W. Lyman, Cohn Reznick. Panel 4. “A View from the Top and How to Get There,” with Einat Dorobantu, director, Strategy & Implementation Phalcon LTD; Liz Holland, CEO, Abbell Associates; Joanna Kripp, senior project executive, Gilbane Building Company; Rashda Rana, president, Arbitral Women.

CBC Holds Joint Dinner Plantsville, CT – CBC cordially invites you to the 21st Annual Joint Dinner of the Design and Construction Industry, an evening of networking, collegiality, and relationship building on Wednesday, February 22, at Aqua Turf, 556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, Conn. Registration and the networking reception (cash bar) take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; dinner and keynote address by Kevin Lembo, comptroller, state of Connecticut, begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost for the reception and dinner is $59,

and cost for reception only is $30. This annual event is an extraordinary business opportunity for members of the various participating professional associations. In an effort to stay connected to government officials, state agency officials and legislators are invited. CBC is one of the 34 hosting AEC industry organizations. Register through the American Institute of Architects CT. Please note CBC as your affiliated organization! For questions, call AIA CT. at (203) 865-2195.

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February 2017

Restoring a Building from the Inside Out

by Nancy Wiegers Greenwald Extending the life of an existing building is both a science and an art. The first step is deciding whether the building should be preserved or replaced. There are many reasons for preserving older buildings that are unrelated to cost. Preserving our nation’s valuable historical buildings is one important reason. Buildings that represent the character of a town or a university and buildings of architectural significance may be deemed worth preserving. In other instances, the decision may be based largely on the economics. The cost of new construction may sometimes be less than the cost of renovation. However, in addition to preserving capital expenditures by extending the life of existing buildings, thoughtful renovation allows a building to be used more wisely and flexibly and

can incorporate modern amenities as well as select green building features that allow for greater sustainability. Members of the Construction Institute (CI) have shared their expertise and creativity about several aspects of renovation. New technologies for assessing existing structures Many renovation projects begin with the realization that the building plans, if they can be located, don’t reflect the current condition of the structure. Working with the unknown is costly. Obtaining an accurate measurement of the as-built condition has not always been achievable. Fortunately, we now have the technology to create accurate maps of existing structures through the use of 3D laser scanning. In their recent presentation to the Construction Institute’s BIM Council, members Andy Ives of Langan Engineering and Matt Wunch of BVH Integrated Services described the process by which accurate measurements are captured through 3D laser scanning. Stated simply, data from the scanning is used to create a point cloud representation of the existing structure. The point cloud in turn, can be translated into a 3D model,

SLAM CS Hires Two Glastonbury, CT – S/L/A/M Construction Services (SLAM CS) recently hired Tanya Cutolo, AIA, LEED AP, as business development director, and Nathan Bernier, LEED AP, as a senior estimator. Cutolo brings over 25 years of experience working in the design and construction field. She will be responsible for the leadership of the SLAM CS marketing team, developing new business opportunities, and enhancing engagements with existing clients. With 14 years of experience, Bernier’s expertise is in the healthcare market. He has worked on multiple renovation projects at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, UMass Medical


known as a building information model (BIM) that can be used by designers and engineers. Although there is an upfront investment by the owner to use this technology, the investment is well worth it. Using better data allows for a faster turnaround and more accurate designs, which in turn can significantly reduce waste and time in the construction process. Improving energy efficiency and sustainability Retrocommissioning is a process that allows building owners to realize costeffective improvements in energy savings measures and building system operations and programming. CI members Mark Miller of Colliers International and Rob Morrow of The Weidt Group shared their companies’ approaches and experiences at the CI’s 2015 Owners’ Forum Program. The process involves more than evaluating and replacing older equipment. It requires a holistic assessment of energy use in the building employing sophisticated software and the use of targeted controls and modern monitoring systems. System data is brought into management software that can be made available to facilities managers through an app. Renovating the building envelope Evaluating and repairing the exterior of a building is a crucial part of any renovation. CI member Hoffman Architects are specialists in the rehabilitation of building exteriors. Robert Delagrange of Hoffman shared some of the considerations taken into account using the example



Center, Eastern Connecticut Health Network, St. Mary’s Medical Center, and Saint Vincent’s Medical Center. His primary focus at SLAM CS will be providing additional support in the firm’s estimating department, with a focus on design-build projects.

of their work on Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Conn. The project spanned a number of buildings, each of which presented different challenges. On one building, masonry and concrete deterioration required repairs to resolve defects and prevent further deterioration. Another involved the replacement of a roof on a historic building. Still another involved evaluating options for the replacement or renovation of a 60-year-old glass and aluminum curtain wall system to create a more energy-efficient, modern system. Preserving the interior requires a careful consideration of preserving the outside of a building. Maintaining renovated facilities with state-of-the-art data management Capturing and translating data collected during the renovation process into a practical tool for facilities management is an important goal. CI member Kevin Wyman, P.E., Martinez Couch & Associates, LLC teamed with Jorge Sanchez, 3DVES, LLC to present to the CI’s BiM Council a process they have developed to combine BIM information with other building information model data to provide a working model for facilities management. Another approach to facilities data management is the interactive cloud-based system involving an interactive floor plan, photo documentation, and embedded documents that has been developed by CI member Building-Files. Nancy Wiegers Greenwald is executive director at The Construction Institute.

SUNY Holds Topping Off Designed by S/L/A/M Johnson City, NY – The State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY Binghamton) held a milestone topping-off ceremony for its new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM). The new $60 million, 105,000sf academic/research-oriented facility will be located on a new, eight-acre health sciences campus being developed in Johnson City, approximately two miles from the main campus. The new four-story building will house approximately 36 new faculty, staff, and 240 students. The spaces will include state-of-the-art research and instructional labs, lecture halls, a pharmacy practice lab, library, faculty offices, student activity space, appropriate support spaces, and interactive classrooms that can be used for lectures, team-based learning, and small-group work. There will be compounding, phar-

SUNY Binghamton School of Pharmacy under construction / photo: The S/L/A/M Collaborative

maceutical care and sterile labs, mock community and hospital pharmacies, as well as a state-of-the-art simulation lab. A medicinal garden will also be located outside the building. Nearly two floors of the building will be dedicated to research with high-tech research tools and equipment as well as high-throughput screening capabilities and large-data computing.

February 2017


National/International CarbonCure Named in the 2017 Global Cleantech Top 100 Halifax, Canada – CarbonCure Technologies, a leading CO2-utilization technology provider, recently announced it was named in the prestigious 2017 Global Cleantech 100, produced by CTG (Cleantech Group). The Global Cleantech 100 represents the most innovative and promising ideas impacting the future of a wide range of industries. Featuring companies that are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges, the Global Cleantech 100 is a comprehensive list of private companies with the highest potential to make significant market impact within a five- to ten-year time frame. This year, a record number of nominations were received: 9,900 distinct companies from 77 countries. “We are honored to receive this award for the second year in a row. We are proud to be leading the industry with our solution that is available today for concrete producers to sequester waste CO2 to make concrete both greener and stronger,” said Robert Niven, CarbonCure’s CEO and founder. CarbonCure’s CO2-utilization technol-

CarbonCure Technologies Inc. is competing in the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE challenge, and is partnering with several multinational players from across the supply chain including industrial gas, cement, and concrete.

ogy is one of a select few commercially available solutions that could help reduce global emissions by more than 10% by 2030. Niven was in San Francisco for the Cleantech Forum, where the Global Cleantech 100 award winners were revealed, alongside Dr. Issam Dairanieh,

CEO of CO2 Sciences, and Dr. Lars-Erik Gartner, innovation technology specialist of The Linde Group, in a session called “Carbon-based products: An overlooked trillion-dollar market opportunity?” The session described how scalable innovations in the “carbon-based products industry,” such as CarbonCure’s, could

represent a market size approaching $1 trillion by the year 2030. This award announcement comes on the heels of several other recent awards for CarbonCure. Recently, CarbonCure received the 2016 Manning Innovation Award, and was listed as a semi-finalist in the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE.

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check for water infiltration and insulation voids, additional testing of all mechanical systems, and a variety of other inspection processes.” On the design side, architects need to bring a special touch to modular projects. Davis Square Architects’ Kevin Mowatt is the job captain on the project and commented on the approach demanded by modular construction. “As a design and planning studio working in multiple sectors, Davis Square Architects has a mission to produce excellent design, build sustainable communities, and deliver attentive, affordable service to our clients. This holds true whether the project is traditional construction or modular. While there are certain inherent design limitations when working with what is essentially just a series of boxes, skilled architects with creative vision can utilize these components to create a space that leverages economies of material and scale while being highly functional and aesthetically pleasing.” Mowatt emphasized the importance of working closely with the manufacturer to ensure that every detail in the architectural plans and specifications is captured and faithfully carried into manufacturing. “Architects typically do not have such an entwined relationship with subcontractors, but in modular construction, the

Leyden Woods street view / Damianos Photography

manufacturer must become an integrated part of the design team from the earliest stages, and the architect must be closely involved and highly communicative during the manufacturing process,” Mowatt said. TCB is more than pleased with the end result in all regards, including aesthetics, energy efficiency, and most importantly, a welcoming new home for the residents of the Leyden Woods community “One of the concerns some people have with modular construction is that it may end up looking blocky or feel box-like. This is an outdated misconception. This project proves that with a creative design team working collaboratively with the manufacturer, that simply does not have to be the case. Each unit at Leyden Woods has a very natural flow, each building is

visually distinctive and interesting, and each court has its own cohesive design that really brings it all together as a neighborhood yet respects the vernacular style of this rural community,” Bross said.” In addition to the speed and efficiency factor of modern modular construction, there is also an undeniable sustainability benefit to the technology, according to Simplex Homes vice president, Dave Boniello. “We like to say that as a company, we were green before it was cool. We demonstrate our commitment to sustainability both on the manufacturing

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side and in the units themselves. Modular building is inherently green in that there is far less waste, but we take this to the next level by relentlessly recycling at every possible opportunity, including drywall cutoffs, wire, copper and aluminum. The

Leyden Woods units are all Energy Starcertified and represent state-of-the-art energy conservation, from the insulative panels and blown-in cellulose to green construction materials and energyefficient fixtures. These modular units are designed to reduce energy use and resource consumption at every turn.” Boniello also sees the Leyden Woods project as a showcase for modular construction and a good indication of the direction multifamily construction may be — and in his view, should be — headed. “Leyden Woods is our largest project to date, but I don’t think it will hold that record for long. I may be a little biased, but I believe that given the obvious benefits of modular in terms of speed of construction, energy efficiency, design flexibility, and value delivered to the client, that modular will only continue to gain in popularity as the construction method of choice in multifamily residential and other markets as well. With partners like Delphi Construction and Davis Square Architects and highly satisfied clients like The Community Builders, I think the future of modular construction looks very bright indeed.” Ed Smith is the marketing and communications director at Delphi Construction Inc.


February 2017


Trends and Hot Topics

Eight Tools to Building Thought Leadership

by Susan Shelby Your clients — and potential clients — have real problems that keep them up at night. You have real solutions that can solve their problems. How do you establish yourself as the industry expert that can save the day for them? Thought leadership. Thought leadership is established by creating content and using it to promote your expertise. Content creation — a favorite buzzword in the marketing world — involves generating material that showcases your skills to prove why you are the best choice to help clients with their projects. Intelligent, thought-provoking, and forward-thinking content elevates the visibility of your firm, builds your brand, and promotes you as an expert. The intention is to earn recognition as a trusted

authority in your field by delivering knowledge that teaches and helps others make decisions, not sells your specific services. That’s thought leadership. To start, you need a topic that highlights your expertise, time to write and create content, and a firm understanding of how to reach your target audience. Content creation and distribution can be timeconsuming. Many firms struggle to find the time and recognize that outsourcing this task provides them with high-caliber material that exemplifies their true talents, but at a quicker pace than they themselves could achieve. Content can be in any medium, ranging from the written to the spoken word, and from simple infographics to detailed videos. Key points to remember when creating content: • Keep your target audience in mind. • Determine what issues your audience faces. • Offer guidance and real solutions. • Keep writing simple, clear, and free of jargon. • Include key words that will reach your target audience in their online searches.

Ideally, your original content can be repurposed into a variety of formats for maximum value and impact. Key points can be pulled from a byline article to create social media posts, and the slideshow used during a presentation can be uploaded as a blog post on your website. Once you have created your content, the next step is distributing it across a variety of channels. A well-rounded thought leadership tool box should contain eight tools. Tool No. 1: social media

infographics are an excellent way to highlight your innovative thinking and creative problem solving. Showcase your thought leadership by displaying the efforts and results of how you completed a difficult project. These images can be used to recognize your thought leadership across a number of platforms, including social media updates, email blast campaigns, collateral for presentations, and graphics accompanying byline articles.

Social media channels offer excellent ways to deliver original thought leadership directly to your target audience. Posting original content, not exclusively reposting articles or reinterpreting news items, is the key to defining your competence. Popular platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook are an effective way to reach audiences. Many industry groups have online communities. Join in and participate in discussions to become an invaluable and supportive resource. Tool No. 2: byline articles

Thought leadership involves story-telling, and what better way to tell a story than with a video? Content marketing videos featuring project tours with client testimonials and how-to tutorials are all the rage these days, as YouTube and Facebook videos go viral in this social media age. The intention is to educate your audience by distributing helpful advice and a first-hand look at your expertise in an engaging and entertaining way.

Byline articles published in industry publications provide an excellent way to position yourself as a thought leader. The content should be written from the thirdperson perspective and deliver knowledge that a reader will find actionable and useful. The goal is to express your expertise, not create a self-promotional marketing piece. Tool No. 3: speaking opportunities Further brand yourself as an industry expert and reach your target audience by presenting at conferences or hosting seminars. Your topic should highlight how you approached a project challenge and your unique solution to it. Many speakers find it beneficial to invite a client to participate with them, further demonstrating expertise from the end user’s point of view. Tool No. 4: website Your company website differentiates your brand and allows you to communicate how you stand out from your competitors. Website content should highlight your specialized skills and what services you offer and should be written using keywords that will help clients find you via organic search. A blog can be used to disperse clear and concise thought leadership messages by showcasing past and present work and how you solved project challenges. Tool No. 5: visual aids Visual aids such as slideshows and


Tool No. 6: videos

Tool No. 7: webinars

True thought leaders can identify current and future trends in their industry, giving insight into market changes and what can be expected in the future. They use their knowledge to help others solve their problems and prepare for what lies ahead. One way to display this thought leadership quality is by hosting webinars. Conducting webinars is a way to solidify your relationship with current clients and introduce potential clients to the wealth of expertise you hold. Tool No. 8: awards

Awards are another instrument to convey your visionary thinking and exceptional problem-solving skills. While winning an award certainly is prestigious, awards go beyond accolades by providing validation of your authority and authenticity in your field. The recognition earned demonstrates that you are an expert, further branding you as a thought leader. Establishing thought leadership helps generate positive brand awareness; indicate vision and drive; and emphasize knowledge, intuition, and credibility. Becoming a thought leader takes time, but if you start with a solid foundation based on your skills and build upon it with consistent messages, you can construct your own reputation as a thought leader. Susan Shelby, FSMPS, CPSM, is the president and CEO of Rhino Public Relations.

February 2017


Mixed-Use Watertown Approves Arsenal Yards

Arsenal Yards / rendering by Prellwitz Chilinski

Watertown, MA – The Watertown Planning Board gave a 5-0 vote of approval to Arsenal Yards, a vibrant new development with a mix of uses at the former Arsenal Mall in Watertown being planned by Boylston Properties and The Wilder Companies. Arsenal Yards is a redevelopment and expansion of the former Arsenal Mall. The mixed-use development will feature

350,000sf of retail and entertainment, about 500 residences, and 100,000sf of existing office space. Boylston Properties and The Wilder Companies plan to begin construction in six to eight months. The project will feature eclectic and authentic retail, locally curated shopping and dining opportunities, comfortable open spaces, a specialty grocer, a cinema and entertainment lounge, and many

Rendering by Prellwitz Chilinski

other attractive amenities, designed as a neighborhood hub with residents of Watertown and neighboring communities in mind. The creators and developers of Arsenal Yards are investing millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements to transform the extensive paved surfaces and aging intersections. The improvements will include the city’s own Arsenal Park, an

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United Steel Wins Three Awards

Gilbane Gets CCIA Platinum Award

Glastonbury, CT – Gilbane Building Company was recently honored with a Platinum Safety Award in Building Construction from the Connecticut Construction Industries Association (CCIA). CCIA’s Safety Committee established these awards to encourage safety in construction and recognize companies that maintain a formal safety and health program or related policies and procedures. In order to be recognized at the Platinum level, recipients must have met or exceeded national safety statistics.

Awards are presented across three categories: Heavy/Civil Construction, Building Construction, and Specialty Construction. “We are honored to receive this award from the Connecticut Construction Industries Association. To be recognized for our commitment to safety is the highest compliment and further representation of Gilbane’s dedication to the safety of our team members, trade contractors, and the communities where we build,” notes Dennis Mullen, safety director for New England.

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East Hartford, CT – United Steel, Inc. has received three honors from industry organizations throughout the region. The company was named one of the “Top Workplaces” in the Greater Hartford region, given out annually by The Hartford Courant based on an independent survey of local employees. United Steel also received the 2016 Outstanding Appreciation award based on a nomination by its employees. The Massachusetts Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors recognized United Steel for its problem solving and challenging work on the Worcester Regional Transit Authority’s Maintenance and Operations Facility. The third award, which came from

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the Connecticut Construction Industry Association, honored United Steel’s community-based SteelDay 2016 program. Each award was presented to United Steel during the last quarter of 2016.

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detected on it. Boston Scientific selected Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) to design the interior fit-out and building envelope renovations to the state-of-the-art facility, which is expected to be complete in June 2017. MPA inherited legacy building conditions that guided the repositioning of the warehouse and the development of the open office floor plan. Different weight-bearing capacities of the existing building’s slab limited the location of major building functions such as the warehouse and its accompanying storage. The interior office space was brought up to the Boston Scientific Global Workplace design standards that are being deployed around the world, including global headquarters in Marlborough, Mass. Like the headquarters, branding appears throughout the workspace, highlighting Boston Scientific’s products and patient stories. The large south building features a unique, L-shaped footprint, so MPA stretched the office spaces along the

building’s edge to distribute natural light throughout the office. Different corporate functions occupy each of the L’s wings, maximizing operational efficiency from the unique layout. To enhance the employee experience in the new building, Boston Scientific chose a variety of highend amenities. As the jewel of the building, the roof terrace adjoining the full-service corporate dining facility offers stunning views of downtown Boston and Squantum Point and provides a compelling amenity for employees. MPA’s design has repurposed the exterior skin and infrastructure of an antiquated warehouse building into an attractive, energy-efficient, and naturallight-filled office and distribution facility. By incorporating new technologies in logistics and providing an amenity-rich and sustainable work environment, Boston Scientific is investing in the future of this facility in Quincy. Alvaro J. Ribeiro, AIA, is a senior architect at Margulies Perruzzi Architects.

February 2017



Amenta Emma Appoints Koslow

Vida Receives Engineer License Bedford, NH – Robert Vida, PE, of TF Moran, Inc., recently passed both the Professional Engineer (PE) and Structural Engineer (SE) exams. He serves as a structural engineer for TFMoran, Inc. His experience includes the design and analysis of commercial and residential building.


Vida is a 2016 Autodesk Revit Structure Certified Professional and attends the annual Revit Technology Conference North America. The SE exam is an optional two-day exam for structural engineers and is the next level beyond the PE exam.

New York, NY – Amenta Emma Architects recently announced the appointment of Alexander L. Koslow, RA, as studio director of the firm’s Manhattan office. He will be leading the business development, design, and management of projects for building owners and corporate clients throughout the New York region.

Koslow previously worked in the design firm Saladino Group, as well as the corporate design firm, MKDA. His experience includes highend projects for retail, hospitality, corporate, and residential clients throughout the United States. His practice focuses on a range of arKoslow chitectural and interior projects across multiple commercial sectors.

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Rhino PR Welcomes Cavallaro


South Hamilton, MA – Rhino Public Relations recently announced that Danielle Cavallaro has joined the firm as an account executive. In her new role, she will provide daily support for press release and article writing, editorial research, client reporting, and deadline tracking, as well as overall agency administration. Prior to joining Rhino PR, Cavallaro was the marketing manager at DMS design in Beverly. Past work experience includes advertising and editing positions.

TFMoran Adds Two TFMoran recently announced that Maureen Kelly and Shaun Vando have joined the civil engineering department in its Bedford office. Kelly serves as a civil project engineer. Her experience includes watershed analysis, drainage assessment, and stormwater retention, as well as calculations for residential and commercial structures. Vando serves as a civil project engineer with over 18 years of experience that includes site design for retail



developments, transportation, and multiuse projects.

Marchesi Smith

Boston – Dyer Brown recently announced a number of executive promotions: Heather Stanley has been elevated to senior manager, building services. She will co-lead the Building Services studio with director Deniz Ferendeci. She joined Dyer Brown in 2006. Elizabeth Spatola, a project manager in the workplace and retail/hospitality studios, is highly proficient in design and programming. Her role includes day-today management for projects and internal coordination.


20 years of experience in construction management. He has been part of the Delphi team since 2007. Delphi COO, Keith Shaw, made the announcement at a recent company meeting: “Our company as a whole will benefit greatly from Larry’s vast experience delivering complex projects.”

ing the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and The Community Builders, Inc. Gerrick’s experience includes working on matters of corporate governance, contract negotiation, real estate development, insurance and financing. Gerrick


Charisse Marchesi Smith has been elevated to the role of a project manager for corporate services. She recently received Boston Emerging Leader honors from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). Maureen Lyne takes on the role of assistant project manager, building services, to serve the firm’s growing clientele in building ownership and management. The firm has promoted Kelly Conover to marketing manager and Natalia Gilio to the role of marketing assistant.

Bedford, NH – Eckman Construction has hired Ashlynne de Pinquertaine to its project management staff in the role of assistant project manager. She has been working in the construction industry since 2010, having worked for project owners and area subcontracting firms.

de Pinquertaine

Executive Director: Union-Based Contractor Association • •

Emphasis on contractor/union relations Plan and manage meetings and events

Must have: • Understanding of complexities of unionized construction industry and collective bargaining

Cannistraro Adds Gerrick Watertown, MA – J.C. Cannistraro, LLC recently welcomed Regina R. Gerrick to its corporate services team to serve as the firm’s in-house general counsel. She has over 12 years of significant legal experience working in organizations includ-


Eckman Hires de Pinquertaine

McHugh Named PE at Delphi Waltham, MA – Delphi Construction, Inc. recently added Larry McHugh to its leadership team in the role of project executive. He will have oversight of multiple project teams in the delivery of construction projects across all of Delphi’s active markets. McHugh has more than



Ability to work effectively with variety of interest groups in the piping trades Strong writing, speaking and interpersonal skills

Send resume by March 15, 2017 to: admin@GreaterBostonPCA.com www.high-profile.com

February 2017


Calendar SMPS February 15 Mix@6 Scholars Bistro 25 School Street, Boston Join your SMPS Boston colleagues for networking. Mix@6 is open to all SMPS Boston members. Registration not required.

Host your event at BSA Space

Jamie Kinch, senior director of Global Real Estate and Facilities at Sonos, lays out a road map for creating a digital workplace from a real estate perspective.

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Governor Charlie Baker joins us with an update on economic issues for the commonwealth and the AEC community. Limited attendance with MBC members priority.

March 2

7:30AM Registration & Refreshments 8:00AM – 9:30AM Program & Q&A


Mandarin Oriental

Corenet – New England

101 Seaport Boulevard Suite 600, Boston

We offer membership within the Mechanical Contractors Association, Mechanical Service Contractors Association, and the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau. We support our member contractors through our educational seminars, labor and government relations, industry news and marketing. Committed to the future of our industry, we sponsor MCA student chapters at Northeastern University and Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Our affiliation with the Mechanical Contractors Association of America and our strong, cooperative relationship with the United Association enable us to offer our members numerous opportunities to build lasting, beneficial relationships with peers while acquiring the business knowledge and tools to keep their company successful.

Breakfast with the Governor


The Growing Influence of Technology on Workplace Strategy

Promoting the Mechanical Contracting Industry for

March 2


February 15

More details at architects.org/bsaspace 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210


debbiez@corenetglobalne.com or call (508) 454-5020

The Construction Institute February 22 2017 Women Who Build Summit University of Hartford campus A premier event for the AECO industry for architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, owners/ operators, lawyers, accountants, and other professionals in the industry. http://construction.org/event/TheWomenWhoBuild2017

NAIOP MA February 15 Building Connections: NAIOP Member Mixer 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM LegoLand, Assembly Row 598 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA Join NAIOP for a networking cocktail party and information session. Learn more about NAIOP Massachusetts and its committees – leadership, committee chairs and staff will be on hand to answer questions.

IIDA IIDA New England’s 2017 Design Awards! Royale Boston 279 Tremont St., Boston http://iidane.org/design-awards/

NESEA March 7-9 BuildingEnergy Boston Seaport World Trade Center, Boston Trade Show, Workshops, Conferences and much more. http://nesea.org/boston

SCUP March 5–7 2017 North Atlantic Regional Conference Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass. Building Bridges: Co-ops, Consortia and the Collaborative Economy Two Events. One Great Location! http://www.scup.org/page/regions/ na/2017

USGBC March 8 Presinar: Achieving Net Zero Energy The Sustainability Hub, 912 Main Street, Worcester, Mass. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST Net zero building fundamentals will be explored and Walgreens team of architects and engineers will share their approach for the Evanston, Illinois Walgreens store, which is expected to achieve net zero status and LEED Platinum certification. http://usgbcma.org/civicrm/event/ info?reset=1&id=1101

February 2017



The Healthcare and Educational Facilities Design and Construction Event for New England SAVE THE DATE

April 4+5, 2017 Seaport World Trade Center Boston


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unique sessions with AIA Credits extraordinary speakers

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incomparable advisory board members remarkable educational partners:

Session Tracks Include: • Building Enclosures • Building Materials • Case Studies • Codes & Regulations • Educational Facilities

• Energy & Performance • Healthcare Facilities • Marketing & Practice • Sustainability




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