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Billerica, MA â€“ Shawmut Design and Construction joined the town of Billerica recently for the groundbreaking of the new 325,000sf, $176 million Billerica Memorial High School. The facility, set to open in fall of 2019, is designed to accommodate 1,600-plus high school students from grades 8 through 12 as well as a 200-plus student pre-K program. In partnership with the town of Billerica, LeftField, and architect Perkins+Will, the team developed a plan for the project that organizes the building around two main axes. The first will serve the civic public functions,
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Springfield, MA – MGM Springfield recently celebrated the topping off of the casino resort by placing the final curved steel beam atop what will be the hotel rotunda along Main Street. This significant construction milestone comes as the much-anticipated resort moves toward its opening in 2018. Michael Mathis, president of MGM Springfield, was joined by Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Mass. Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby, local officials, AECOM Tishman representatives, project subcontractors, workers, and labor representatives from more than 20 building trades to mark the occasion. Also in attendance was Sanborn Head’s geotechnical and environmental team of engineers and technicians. As the principal in charge of the site assessment and due diligence, Senior Vice President Tricia Pinto said, “I’m proud that we contributed to the integrity of the MGM structure and am certain that it will give the
economic boost the community is looking for. Sanborn Head has been instrumental in this mixed-use redevelopment that is expected to transform the South End area of Springfield. I’ve been working on this project since 2012, and it gives me a great sense of pride to see the structure reach its final height.” The final steel construction beam was signed by the construction workers and dignitaries, hoisted, and adorned with an American flag and a symbolic tree. Covering three city blocks, MGM Springfield will combine new construction and revived historic buildings. The property will feature a 252-room boutique hotel, a world-class spa, diverse retail offerings, an expansive gaming floor, and approximately 40,000sf of banquet and meetings space. Other amenities will include a luxury cinema, high-energy bowling complex, seasonal skating rink, and an outdoor marketplace featuring local artisans and lively events.
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Over time, real estate is often one of the safest and most lucrative investments. But the key phrase is “over time.” Markets fluctuate, recessions come and go, and downturns often hit real estate markets the hardest. All of which begs the question: Are we headed for a recession or any kind of real estate correction any time soon? It seems as though the Great Recession was just yesterday, but it ended in Massachusetts in 2009. That’s eight years ago. History suggests that means another one is on the way. It’s worth noting that the United States has experienced a total of 47 recessions in the last 200 years. From the end of one recession to the beginning of the next one, that time span for the last dozen has been about six years. The longest span was about 10 years.
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Boston – Shawmut Design and Construction recently celebrated the topping off of Noble and Greenough School’s new Academic Inquiry Center. Set to open in January 2018, the project includes ground-up construction of the Academic Inquiry Center adjacent to the ongoing renovations to the Baker Building. Additional renovations include fully equipped classrooms and labs suitable for biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as electronics and robotics workrooms built to foster research and innovation. In partnership with architects at William Rawn Associates, the 21,400sf Academic Inquiry Center is designed to function as a dynamic learning facility,
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Boston – Daniel Marr & Son (DM&S) recently announced three major projects. The company will begin the steel erection in August on a five-story, 200,000sf addition located on top of an existing two-story building in Cambridge. Working for general contractor John Moriarty & Associates of Winchester, DM&S will also erect the precast concrete façade, consisting of approximately 300 panels. Steel fabricator for the project
is Novel Iron Works of Greenland, N.H. Stresscon of New Brunswick, Canada, is supplying the concrete panels. In September, DM&S will begin the structural steel work on the ground-level parking garage at the MIT SoMa complex (Kendall Square Initiative Project South of Main). Approximately 2,700 tons of structural steel framing, including many large plate girders, will be used in construction. The structure will eventually
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Landscape Architecture & Civil Engineering Integrated Development: Not Just a Trend, A Solution
by Robert E. Duval One significant trend in land development projects these days is towards mixeduse development; that is, an integrated mixture of residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, or industrial uses in close proximity. Recently seen primarily in large urban centers, the concept of mixed-use development is now moving into smaller cities and towns across New England. The advantages of integrated development can be substantial. Among other benefits, traffic volumes, parking needs, and stormwater flows can all be reduced by taking advantage of the interaction between related uses. For example, apartments and offices located in close High_Profile - Advertisement - 11.11.15.ai 1 11/11/2015 proximity will tend to reduce vehicle trips because some tenants will be employees
of the office; thus, some of the vehicle trips usually expected become pedestrian trips. Likewise, parking inventory can also be reduced through shared parking. Using the same example, peak apartment parking demand falls outside of regular business hours, thus fewer total spaces can be provided for the same amount of development. Studies have shown that mixed-use centers can reduce traffic volumes by a third or more, significantly reducing offsite traffic impacts and the high associated costs of mitigation. And onsite parking supplies can also be reduced by 10% or more. This reduces not only construction costs, but helps reduce other negative impacts as well; as pavement area decreases, less land can support more development, and the cost and extent of stormwater infrastructure to capture, detain, and treat all that unnecessary pavement goes away as well. Also, where multiple properties can be combined into a single development, greater land use density can be achieved by avoiding internal lot line setbacks. 11:40:56 AM This results in more efficient parking layouts and elimination of unnecessary
pavement, further reducing needed land area, construction costs, and the burden of excess runoff on stormwater infrastructure. Landscape architecture plays a significant role in making mixed-use development work. First of all, each building must be placed so that it allows convenient, safe, and attractive pedestrian connections between all other major uses. It is generally taken that “walking distance” in New England is approximately 1,400 feet or about a 7-minute walk. Obviously, this figure is dependent on age, health, purpose of walk, weather, and other imponderables, but it is also largely dependent on establishing a clear, direct path and an attractive walking environment. Therefore, it is important for the landscape architect to make pleasant and easily traversable pedestrian routes part of the earliest site planning exercises. Of course, the concept of mixed-use development is not new — many of us remember when they were simply called “downtown.” However, as exclusionary zoning became common in the postWWII years, it became more and more necessary for city and suburban residents
alike to have to drive to the store, to school, to work, and so on. It did not take long for the congestion and inefficiencies of this type of travel to manifest. Up to the present day, the primary solution to these problems has been to “build your way out of it”; that is, by building ever-larger highways and parking lots. Today, more community planners understand the benefits of mixed-use development and revitalizing city centers, particularly older, under-utilized manufacturing or commercial areas. This trend provides more employment opportunities within a city, makes more efficient use of existing road and utility infrastructure, reduces the need for constant expansion of highways, and reduces development pressure on nearby greenfield sites. As more communities embrace mixed-use development in their zoning codes, we can expect this healthy trend to accelerate, returning a large measure of prosperity and vibrancy to New England cities and towns. Robert E. Duval, PE, LEED AP, is president and chief engineer at TFMoran, Inc., Bedford, N.H.
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BSLA Recognizes Copley Wolff Design Group
Somerville’s largest addition of open space in over 50 years, the park serves active/passive uses and connects the new neighborhood to a riparian resource area. / photo: Anthony Crisafulli
Boston – Copley Wolff Design Group announced recently that it has been recognized by the Boston Society of Landscape Architecture in its 2017 BSLA Awards Program. The firm was a recipient of the Merit Award in Design for its extensive work on the vibrant landscape design details at the Assembly Row project in Somerville. Copley Wolff served as the primary landscape architect for the project developed by Federal Realty Investment Trust. Completed in 2014, Phase 1 of the development included the transformation of an underutilized and ecologically degraded site into a neighborhood containing a waterfront park, offices, multi-family
residences, restaurants, and retailers. When the team set out to create this new community, they understood the need for thoughtfully designed streetscapes, outdoor public spaces, and parks to engage visitors and community members alike. The firm’s efforts in the creation of this engaging environment included: • Walking and biking paths connecting the regional bicycle network to public transportation. • Waterfront park with flexible green space, a community dock, and 11 acres of public riverfront access. • A playground containing a spinning structure, water-play, and a climbing/ sliding feature.
Reclaimed steel trusses connect the present to the past and act as a gateway to the park. The plaza engages visitors and promotes social interaction. / photo: Anthony Crisafulli
• An amphitheater used for community events. • A public plaza used for farmers’ markets and festivals. The various mixed-use elements that comprise Assembly Row were unified through Copley Wolff’s intricate design developed to provide flexible public spaces, pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, and increased access to the waterfront. The engaging and appealing outdoor spaces were made so in part through the bold use of salvaged granite and reclaimed steel trusses. The streetscape of the community features planters surrounded by granite curbing along the outer edges of sidewalks and trees spread
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Announces 2017 Award Winners Boston – The Awards Committee of Boston Society of Landscape Architects recently announced the winners of the 2017 BSLA Awards Program. Excellence Award in Design
• CRJA-IBI Group Reclaiming a Post Industrial Riverfront (Boston, Charlestown, Cambridge, Mass.) Excellence Award in Analysis and Planning • Reed Hilderbrand Laguna Gloria (Austin, Texas)
Honor Awards in Design • Chester Engineers Alewife Stormwater Wetland (Cambridge, Mass.)
• LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects Pond Residence (Wellfleet, Mass.) • Reed Hilderbrand The Blue Garden (Newport, R.I.) • The Office of James Burnett The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati, Ohio) Honor Award in Communication
• Arleyne A. Levee, Honorary ASLA and Edited by Sarah Vance, ASLA The Blue Garden: Recapturing an Iconic Newport Landscape
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• Reed Hilderbrand Boston Public Library (Boston, Mass.)
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Honor Award in Analysis and Planning
• Sasaki Las Salinas (Vina Del Mar, Chile) Merit Awards in Design
• Copley Wolff Design Group Assembly Row (Somerville, Mass.) • Halvorson Design Partnership Western Avenue (Cambridge, Mass.)
• Halvorson Design Partnership Mount Auburn Cemetery Birch Gardens (Cambridge, Mass.) • Klopfer Martin Design Group Kennedy Plaza (Providence, R.I.) • Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture Stone Court Villa (Paradise Valley, Arizona)
• Reed Hilderbrand MacDowell Colony Savidge Library (Peterborough, N.H.) • Richardson & Associates Lakeside Mountain Retreat (Greenwood, Maine) • Sasaki Sacred Heart University Martire Center (Fairfield, Conn.)
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Honor Student Awards
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• UMass LARP Studio for Redesigning the Riverfront for Springfield (Springfield, Mass.)
Merit Award in Communication
• Sonja Vangjeli and Dana Shaikh Stitching Boundaries (Lima, Peru)
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Merit Student Awards
• Terrence Parker The StoneBale (Rollingsford, N.H.)
• Kathleen O’Connor Minuteman NHP Cultural Landscape Design (Lincoln, Mass.)
Merit Awards in Analysis and Planning
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Red Bridge at Elm Park Recognized
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Nashua, NH – The city of Nashua has engaged Halvorson Design Partnership to develop a vision for future development along the downtown riverfront. This three-month-long planning exercise involves in-depth analysis and community outreach and will guide the city over the next 20 years. The city has begun seeking input from Nashua residents and business owners
about their desires for the downtown district. Ultimately, the completed planning process hopes to identify key areas for future economic development, create better connections for pedestrians and local businesses, improve waterfront amenities for public gathering, and minimize ecological impact on the river itself.
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North Bank Bridge Park Wins BSLA Excellence Award CRJA-IBI Group Landscape Architects
The North Bank Bridge / photo by Chuck Choi
Vertical light columns illuminate Underbridge Plaza / photo by Chuck Choi
Cambridge, MA – The North Bank Bridge Park is a winner of the 2017 Excellence Award in Design from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. The project reclaims a derelict underbridge space overwhelmed by vestigial industry, highway ramps, and the looming Zakim Bridge and transforms it into a safe, vibrant, welcoming, aesthetically pleasing and fun Underbridge Plaza that gently tames its gritty urban character while still honoring it. It is the last park built within the New Charles River Basin, a formerly
inaccessible portion of the Charles River on both the north and south banks, referred to as “The Lost Half Mile.” The North Bank Bridge Park created the first river-edge connection between the Charles River and the Boston Harbor, finally fulfilling a century-old vision of Charles Elliot. A key feature of the Park is the Underbridge Plaza, an unexpected urban outdoor room that borders on the Charles River with the Zakim Bridge as its roof, creating a new kind of urban public space which responds directly to
the urban industrial context and the sleek monumentality of the Zakim Bridge. To celebrate the Piranesian forest of concrete highway piers, and to give a sense that the lights were on, CRJA-IBI Group, the landscape architects and one of the members of the Joint Venture design team, conceived of vertical light columns to occupy and animate the Underbridge Plaza, implemented in collaboration with an artist. The Underbridge Plaza’s unanticipated uses include bike club parties, luxury car ads, engagement photos, and morning calisthenics. The North Bank Bridge, the project’s
sculptural centerpiece, spans a rail corridor, among other obstacles, to create vital pedestrian and bicycle connections between Cambridge and Charlestown. CRJA-IBI Group worked with the bridge designer to develop the bridge’s S-curve alignment as an extension of the approaching park pathways. Sustainable measures included the use of native riverbank planting, reclaimed granite seawall blocks, reclaimed granite cobblestones, and the removal and capping of various onsite contaminated materials. The planning and design for the North Bank Bridge Park took nearly a decade.
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In June 2011, a tornado ripped through multiple areas of Western Massachusetts. Downtown Springfield suffered major damage. The Six Corners neighborhood was hit hard, including the namesake six-legged intersection in the center of the neighborhood. In the wake of the disaster, the city grasped the opportunity to address the redesign of the intersection, which was plagued with confusing geometry, numerous accidents, and long delays, not to mention concerns for pedestrians. It looked for ways to maximize the limited funding available for the reconstruction of the area to include a sensible, costeffective approach to the intersection. My engineering firm, Fuss & O’Neill, worked along with the city of Springfield to evaluate potential solutions to the many issues posed by the unique intersection. Initially, over a dozen conceptual designs were developed and reviewed. What made this project so unique was the location, Six Corners, which resulted in the design of a six-legged roundabout. The design balanced complex geometry challenges that resulted from the locations of the four existing city streets: Walnut, Hancock, Alden, and Ashley, as well as surrounding properties, businesses, and the adjacent Gerrish Park. Right of way and space in general were severely limited in this urban area, and the design was refined multiple times to maximize existing rights of way yet still meet applicable roundabout design criteria for entrance and exit angles. The Fuss & O’Neill team has extensive experience with public infrastructure projects, including design and implementation of single- and multi-lane roundabouts. They modeled the proposed roundabout geometry in Torus (a computer program specifically for roundabouts). Once the two-dimensional geometry was developed in Torus, the alignments and roadway layout information was integrated into our AutoCAD Civil3D model of the intersection for the development of final design documents. As with any project in an urban area that dates back hundreds of years, there were significant challenges with utility relocations. Early collaboration and coordination with the utility providers was key to minimizing conflicts. Our team understood that assisting in thoughtful reconstruction called for coordination with the Springfield Department of Public Works on public outreach to
surrounding neighborhoods. The proposed roundabout was a major departure from the existing signalized intersection. Sensitivity to the needs of residents was an iterative process of listening to concerns and educating the public on the merits of a roundabout, and why it was appropriate for the area, including speed reduction, traffic calming, lower delays, and safer pedestrian corridors. We were pleased to reassure the public that this project would make their neighborhood both safer and more aesthetically pleasing. With careful planning, the city redirected the tragedy of the tornado to create multiple benefits for the city and the surrounding neighborhood, including: • A safer traffic flow, employing a roundabout design that will ensure that drivers will experience a safer area in the heart of the city and pedestrians will safely navigate the intersection.
• A more-efficient traffic flow that will reduce vehicle delays at the intersection and improve traffic flow through the area. The low speed design of the roundabout will also reduce overall vehicle speeds in the corridor, not just at the intersection itself. • A more aesthetically pleasing design. Our team incorporated landscaping in the center of the roundabout and used Gerrish Park as an inspiration for the landscape design, bringing a valuable change to a rundown area in need of a catalyst. Now those driving through Six Corners will see a huge improvement. This intersection is the gateway to Springfield College, a prestigious college in the city. Those looking to attend or attending the college will drive through the new Six Corners roundabout that is safe and beautifully landscaped. The project is set to be completed by the summer of 2018. The new roundabout is going to completely change the experience of drivers in the Six Corners area of Springfield. We strongly believe the reconstruction of the Six Corners Intersection, coupled with the new Elias Brookings School on Walnut Street and the recently rebuilt JC Williams Community Center on Florence Street, will continue to fuel the renovation of this historic Springfield neighborhood. While challenging, this is a project that I am extremely proud to be a part of. Dan DeLany is a senior project manager with Fuss & O’Neill.
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Capturing the Rich History of East Boston’s Waterfront
by Ian S. Ramey Boston’s historic waterfront — once a booming working center for our region’s shipping and maritime industry — is experiencing an inspiring rebirth that launches a new future for engagement with the shoreline while also honoring the past. New development, particularly along East Boston’s waterfront, is working as a catalyst to unlock the potential of vacant, underutilized property to foster public engagement and reintroduce both locals and visitors to our city’s rich seaside history. The work being done along East Boston’s waterfront stands as a notable case study on ways collaborative property development and well-integrated design can produce an inspiring new destination that is intertwined with the past. A waterfront reimagined East Boston was a busy port and hub for industrial activity as early as the 1800s. The neighborhood served as the
center of the city’s clipper-ship-building industry, home to many shipyards, wharves, and warehouses that dotted the neighborhood’s waterfront. Even after the age of wooden shipbuilding, East Boston maintained its status as a hub for shipping, marine repair, and industrial activity. It wasn’t until the late 1900s that these waterfront lots began to be seen as valuable locations for redevelopment and recreational activities. Fueled by the region’s need for more housing, the revitalization of the postindustrial vacant lots along East Boston’s waterfront is providing new opportunities
to reimagine underutilized land and to reconnect the public with our city’s maritime roots. Copley Wolff’s site design for three new East Boston developments achieves this integration by weaving a common thread through the landscape design and wayfinding along the water’s edge to draw the public back to the waterfront and honor our city’s past. Among these projects is Boston East, which is currently under construction on a site that has been vacant for decades. The project will bring an apartment complex with “live-work-sell” units for
artists, a kayak launch, a community gallery, and open space. As part of the Boston East development, Copley Wolff is collaborating with developer Trinity Financial and design firm ICON Architecture on the design of a public park that will display interpretive artwork reflecting the site’s shipbuilding and marine railway history. This interpretation of the social and historical meaning of East Boston in its local context will provide outdoor space that is unique, educational, and meaningful to users. continued to page 42
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Worcester, MA – Worcester-based Sustainable Comfort, Inc. (SCI) is currently conducting a deep energy retrofit of the triple-decker building at 38 Stanton Street in the Bell Hill neighborhood of Worcester. The SCI team is using an integrated project delivery technique to repurpose the 4,395sf building, built in 1917 as an economical way to provide workforce housing, for today’s target market and the next 100 years. The project encompasses SCI’s new vision for the triple-decker, built to top-level green building standards
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to reduce the transfer of energy, moisture, odor, and pests between apartments. The project team consists of Albert LaValley acting as developer, Taylor Bearden as the project manager, Andrew Consigli as the architect, and Margo Valdes as the sustainability designer. Worcester-based subcontractors on this project include HVAC Experts, Fanning Plumbing & Heating, and Spotlight Kitchen and Bath, Inc. This is the first project of its kind for SCI in Worcester. The SCI team
is currently working to purchase and rehabilitate other triple deckers in the surrounding neighborhoods, all in an effort to support the city in which they live and love: Worcester, Mass. “We love the concept of coming full circle, people who went to college in Worcester, staying in Worcester, working in Worcester, and building businesses in Worcester. We want to support the new working class of Worcester, and entice them to stay here,” remarked Albert LaValley, president of Sustainable Comfort, Inc.
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Haverhill, MA – Merrimack Street Ventures (MSV) recently announced that the initial phase of apartments have begun to be occupied at Harbor Place in Haverhill, a mixed-use community offering apartments, a college satellite, corporate offices, and cultural amenities all situated around a public plaza and adjacent to a grand boardwalk along the Merrimack River. Working closely with the full-service real estate firm Peabody Properties, MSV notes that occupancy of the residential building has significantly added to the transformation of this riverfront property. The general contractor was Dellbrook / JKS of Quincy. The Architectural Team served as architect. This scenic riverfront location offers a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment homes with underground
parking available and private balconies on select apartments. This new residential community is made up of 80 apartment homes of which there are 27 one-bedroom apartments, 46 two-bedroom apartments, and seven three-bedroom apartments, with seven handicap accessible apartments. Residents also enjoy a fitness center, outdoor community green space, spectacular views, pedestrian walkways and, onsite professional management. Also located on the campus is a fivestory, 58,000sf commercial building which will soon be occupied by HC Media’s new, state-of-the-art recording studio; the corporate headquarters for Pentucket Bank; and a new satellite campus for the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Finally, there are four prime ground-floor restaurant spaces in the two buildings.
TFMoran Designs Washington Mills Lawrence, MA – TFMoran, Inc. of Bedford, N.H., is providing landscape architecture, civil/site engineering, and permitting services to SMC Management Corporation of Watertown, Mass., for redeveloping the former Lawrence Packaging/Newark Atlantic Paperboard site at 240 Canal Street in Lawrence. The new project is titled Washington Mills Apartments II. Once home to a leading manufacturer of paperboard and printed packaging, this iconic riverside mill property is being
Washington Mill Apartments
converted to a combination of multifamily residential and commercial uses featuring 198 loft-style apartments, 19 studio units, and a self-storage facility, with covered parking on the first-floor level. Market Square Architects and JSN Associates, Inc. of Portsmouth, N.H., are providing architectural and structural engineering services for this mixed-use development. The site contains a seven-story brick
Washington Mills Apartments II site plan
mill building dating back to the early years of the 20th century. The architects are preserving the exterior of the sevenstory mill while completely renovating the interior into one- and two-bedroom apartments on the upper floors with a self-storage facility on a portion of three of the lower floors. The ground level will provide covered parking for residents. An adjacent one-story brick mill building will be partially demolished to create a riverfront park, and the remainder will be converted into drive-in loft units, providing a combination of garage/ workshop and residential space options for its tenants. Demolition of the former mills is currently underway while renovation plans are being finalized. The project has already met with the approval of the Lawrence Conservation Commission and the Lawrence Historic Commission.
Quincy Plans $44M Community
Rendering of proposed apartments
Quincy, MA – WinnDevelopment and its nonprofit partner, NeighborWorks Southern Mass, are moving forward with plans to build a $44 million, 140-unit community in Quincy that will feature the largest number of workforce units ever financed under MassHousing’s Workforce Housing Initiative. The project has several other, unique angles — middle income apartments make up almost two-thirds of the units, which is an outsized proportion nationally. The number of middle-income units is very substantial. And, it’s rare to see new construction projects of this size with income restrictions. The property abuts the former Fore
WinnCompanies CEO Gilbert Winn speaking at the announcement event
River Shipyard, once the nation’s premier shipbuilding facility but largely dormant for three decades now. Community leaders hope the mixed-income development will create more private investment opportunities in the area.
Harvard’s Klarman Hall Topped Off
Education Daedalus to Serve as OPM
Belmont High School to Release RFP Soon Belmont, MA – At a recent meeting of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Owner’s Project Manager Review Panel, Daedalus Projects, Inc. was unanimously approved to serve as the owner’s project manager for a feasibility study of the Belmont High School project. The Belmont High School Building Committee (SBC) recently held a public meeting to introduce the Daedalus team to the community, where SBC Chair Bill Lovallo cited Daedalus’s track record of successful MSBA projects and previous experience with public facilities in the town of Belmont as major factors in the decision to hire the firm. The existing Belmont High School was built in 1970 and does not adequately meet the needs of the student population. Overcrowding has placed considerable strain on the building’s facilities and is anticipated to worsen significantly in coming years. The school is located on a challenging site that is bordered by commuter rail train tracks to the north, Clay Pit Pond to
(l-r) Clifford V. Gayley, William Rawn Assoc.; William Rawn, founding principal of Rawn Assoc.; Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria; Beth Klarman, president of the Klarman Family Foundation; Seth Klarman, president and CEO of The Baupost Group; and Richard Walsh, president and CEO, Walsh Brothers
the south, and residential and commercial properties to the east and west. The project team has begun the designer selection phase and expects to release a request for proposals to architects in the coming weeks.
Boston – Richard C. Walsh, president and CEO of Walsh Brothers, Incorporated, joined the leadership of Harvard Business School (HBS) recently at the topping-off ceremony at the construction site of the new Klarman Hall Convening Center. Scheduled to open in fall 2018, Klarman Hall will combine elements of a large-scale conference center, a performance space, and an intimate community forum where HBS can harness the energy and creativity of the thousands of students, faculty, alumni, and leaders of all kinds who come together at HBS each year for a wide variety of activities, from research conferences to symposia to cultural events. Klarman Hall was designed by William Rawn and Associates as a vibrant space with an eye toward flexibility,
adaptability, and accessibility. This LEED Gold sustainability standard design also features technology enabling virtual connections with scholars, practitioners, and thought leaders from around the world and acoustics and equipment for many types of events, from case discussions and lectures to films and cultural showcases. This state-of-the-art structure is made possible by a generous gift from Seth Klarman, president and CEO of The Baupost Group, a Boston-based investment management firm, and his wife, Beth, president of the Klarman Family Foundation. This traditional ceremony, signifying the completion of the structural phase of the project, included remarks by Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria, Seth Klarman, and Richard Walsh.
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UMass Amherst Celebrates Construction of New Design Building Designed by Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Construction Manager Suffolk Constructionj34
Design Building is the largest modern wood building in the Northeastern United States / courtesy of Albert Vecerka/Esto
Amherst, MA – The University of Massachusetts Amherst celebrated the official opening of its new Design Building, the largest modern wood building in the Northeastern United States and one of the first institutional buildings in the region to employ an engineered timber structure. The building was designed by nationally acclaimed Boston architectural firm Leers Weinzapfel Associates, and construction was managed by Suffolk of Boston. At the conceptual stage of the Design Building project, the WoodWorks-Wood Products Council undertook a preliminary life-cycle assessment (LCA) to demonstrate the significant environmental benefits associated with the wood option being considered. Constructed with cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated columns, the 87,000sf facility is the most advanced CLT building in the U.S. and saves the equivalent of over 2,300 metric tons of carbon when compared to a traditional energy-intensive steel
and concrete building. The university’s Building and Construction Technology program developed some of the CLT technology and has been testing native Massachusetts species for CLT suitability with support from a National Science Foundation grant. “The Design Building reflects the university’s commitment to sustainability and innovation in education,” said Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. “It is a landmark building that offers an optimal space for team projects and experimentation and serves as an educational tool for students exploring every aspect of architecture, design, planning, and construction.” The interdisciplinary building is home to three academic units: architecture; building and construction technology; and landscape architecture and regional planning. It intentionally features exposed structural elements and service systems for teaching, while it’s Trimble Technology Lab provides advanced tools for design
UMass, Design Building / courtesy of Albert Vecerka/Esto
research and development. The building’s multidisciplinary program, organized around an interior courtyard of exposed timber and an exterior landscaped courtyard and outdoor classroom, will foster collaboration across the disciplines. At the upper level, the building has a roof garden supported by the long-span wood-steel “zipper” truss that is exposed
in the atrium below. Other sustainable features include LED lighting, motion sensors, ample daylighting, electro-tinting glass, heat-recovery systems, bioswales, rain gardens, low-flow faucets, and public transportation access. Even before its completion, the Design Building was featured in the Timber City exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
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Staircase leads to the roof garden / courtesy of Albert Vecerka/Esto
Senior/Assisted Living Stroudwater Lodge Hosts Grand Opening Celebration PROCON CM, Gawron Turgeon Architects environment includes a robust selection of programs and services specific to older adults. Among the numerous amenities are a theatre, salon and barber shop, gourmet kitchen, pub, and a fitness center. Planned group programs are also available for the residents to enjoy, such as computer, yoga, or painting classes through the Artists in Residence Program.
Stroundwater Lodge grand opening / PROCON
Westbrook, ME â€“ Northbridge Companies and the Sandy River Company recently welcomed local dignitaries, partners, residents, and friends to the grand opening of Stroudwater Lodge Senior Living. PROCON of Manchester, N.H. was the construction manager, and Gawron Turgeon Architects of Scarborough, Maine designed the building. This 90,848sf state-of-the-art multilevel community features 95 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments with the option of independent or assisted living. The thoughtfully designed
Stroudwater Lodge night exterior / Blind Dog Photography
Stroudwater Lodge living room / Blind Dog Photography
Community members who like cooking may take classes with the executive chef. Stroudwaterâ€™s design, with its gabled roof and A-framed entry, echoes the
welcoming style of a Maine Lodge. The community sits on a 65-acre wooded campus adjacent to sister community Avita of Stroudwater, which opened in 2013 and focuses on memory care. Exterior elements feature manicured landscaping complete with comfortable seating and an outdoor patio with a fire pit. It also boasts approximately a mile of walking trails for residents that enjoy outdoor excursions.
Stroudwater Lodge apt bedroom / Blind Dog Photography
Healthcare SALMON Upgrades Facility
Worcester, MA – Cutler Associates and Cutler Design worked with SALMON Health and Retirement to turn its Plantation Street location into a preeminent short-term rehabilitation site for central Mass. Ranked among the top five Worcesterarea nursing homes for 2016 to 2017 by U.S. News & World Report, Beaumont’s numerous, impressive upgrades raise the quality of service to an even greater level. Extensive interior renovations to the entry-level public spaces create a fresh, inviting experience for all visitors. The new internet café and multimedia room are high-tech destinations for residents, their family members, and friends. Beaumont’s just-enlarged rehabilitation gym includes state-of-the-art services for both occupational and physical therapy. The four residential floors received complete interior renovations, in keeping
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with the concepts developed for the entry area. Specific attention was paid to the level-housing short-term rehab residents. One wing was renovated to modify the semiprivate rooms into private rooms. In addition, Beaumont’s Tapestry Program area received renovations specific to the needs of those with memory impairment, such as brighter lighting, their own beauty salon, and a calming interior environment. Navigating the many residents, their numerous visitors, and staff members affected during such a multiphased renovation is a skill in which the Cutler team takes great pride. Being sensitive to the individual needs of the clientele while renovating their individual living space is a delicate task, handled with the utmost professionalism and care. Beaumont at Worcester remained fully occupied throughout nearly four months of construction, and a grand opening was held recently.
Construction Progresses at BMC Cambridge, MA – Acentech is providing acoustical and vibration consulting services for Boston Medical Center’s (BMC) Menino Pavilion addition and renovation project, the largest capital investment included within BMC’s fouryear Clinical Campus Redesign plan. With the Menino project, BMC is the first academic medical center in Massachusetts to use an integrated project delivery (IPD) framework and the largest to employ collaborative project delivery in New England. The project management team is comprised of owner Boston Medical Center, program manager Tocci Building Companies, architect and engineer TRO, and construction manager Suffolk Construction. Under the IPD agreement, all risk and reward is shared equally by the four parties and key subcontractors. The project includes the demolition of an existing infill building, 227,000sf of renovations to the Menino Pavilion, and a new 112,000sf addition inclusive of a pedestrian bridge with elevator towers at each end, speeding transport directly from the state’s busiest heliport to the hospital. Once open, the facility will provide expanded services for radiology, surgery,
Rendering courtesy of TRO Design
emergency and trauma, pharmacy, central sterile processing, interventional procedures, and inpatient care units. Acentech is providing room acoustics, sound isolation, mechanical system noise and vibration control, and structural dynamics vibration consulting services for a variety of spaces, and the company is addressing several acoustical challenges on the project, such as the design option to locate an MRI above a lecture hall, the structural design of the building and associated vibration impacts, adherence to new FGI guidelines, and prioritization of acoustical recommendations. Work on the project is being performed in multiple phases while the hospital is fully operational. The project is scheduled to be completed in spring 2018.
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MassDevelopment Selects TCB
Mixed Use Boylston Properties Adds Hotel Watertown, MA – Boylston Properties, now creating a new, mixed-use Arsenal Yards with retail, restaurants, residences, and entertainment space, recently announced that a Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton will be included in the redevelopment. Boylston Properties, along with The Wilder Companies and partners, hopes to begin construction later this year on the property that will bring retail, residential, dining, and entertainment venues to the area, while also providing more green space, bike paths, and outdoor gathering areas for the community. The architects for the new hotel will be a collaboration of Prellwitz Chilinski Associates and Group One Partners. The hotel and garage will be in the first phase of the redevelopment project, along with half of the planned retail and restaurants, with the hotel opening in spring 2019. The new facility will have approximately 145 rooms, with retail space on the first floor. It is planned for the northwest corner of the property, along Arsenal Street and adjacent to a parking garage. Planning of the new community was undertaken over the last two years with
extensive involvement of the Watertown community, as well as city agencies and officials. Handsome historic portions of the original manufacturing complex will be retained, with creative architectural additions, respectful restoration, and sustainability as priorities. Arsenal Yards will be welcoming and highly accessible for bicyclists and pedestrians and have sheltered parking for those who drive or live there.
Boston – MassDevelopment has selected The Community Builders (TCB), a national nonprofit housing developer based in Boston, as the developer for a 29-acre portion of a 35-acre parcel of residential land at Village Hill Northampton. TCB, in collaboration with Valley Community Development Corporation, plans to build 65 apartment units and 2,500sf of commercial space on two Village Hill parcels. In Village Hill Northampton, MassDevelopment has transformed a former state hospital into a community featuring office, retail, and manufacturing uses; market-rate and affordable homes and apartments; and a variety of open space and recreation areas. To date, the property has 191 housing units, including single-family and multifamily homes, townhouses, and duplexes, along with more than 400 employees in several businesses. “The Community Builders has successfully partnered with MassDevelopment on many housing projects throughout the commonwealth, and we are thrilled to work with them once again at Village Hill Northampton,” said MassDevelopment president and CEO Marty Jones. Fifty-five percent of the apartments will be affordable to households earning 60% of the area’s median income, and the remaining units will be affordable to
households earning 120% of the area’s median income. MassDevelopment also set aside a fiveacre portion of the parcel for the Village Hill Cohousing Group, which had been working with the site’s previous developer, Energy Positive Homes, to develop co-housing. The Group will have seven months to search for a new co-housing developer. The Agency will retain ownership of a one-acre portion to develop five single-family houses, townhouses, or duplexes compatible with existing Village Hill Northampton homes.
“This project will provide a variety of affordable housing options and valuable open space to Northampton residents.” – Marty Jones “We are delighted that MassDevelopment has selected TCB to develop new workforce and affordable rental housing on this beautiful site,” said Eliza Datta, TCB’s regional vice president of development, New England. “We look forward to building on the success of our previous mixed-income development work at Village Hill and creating new opportunities for families of all incomes to live in this special community.”
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Portwalk Place Achieves LEED Silver Leasing Begins at Meriel Marina Bay PROCON Architect and CM
Hampton Inn Portsmouth, N.H. / Joseph St. Pierre Photography
Portsmouth, NH – PROCON of Manchester recently announced that Portwalk Phase 3 achieved LEED Silver certification. The development is comprised of the Hampton Inn & Suites and the Aria Residences. PROCON was the architect and construction manager for the project, which was the final phase of a nearly 400,000sf, multiphase enterprise consisting of hotels, condominiums, retail spaces, and parking. Together, the mixed-use development
Portwalk Phase 3 Aria lounge / Joseph St. Pierre Photography
occupies a city block in downtown Portsmouth. XSS Hotels of Manchester developed the hotel portion, and Boston-based Cathartes developed the apartment complex and parking garage. The 79,486sf Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel and the Aria Residences were completed in August and October 2014 respectively. The hotel features 124 guest rooms including 24 suites, and the 151,885sf Aria offers one- and twobedroom luxury apartments.
Quincy, MA – Hines, owner and developer of Meriel Marina Bay, announced that leasing has started for the recently completed luxury residential building in Quincy. Callahan Construction Managers of Bridgewater was the CM working in collaboration with the architectural team of Elkus Manfredi and Cube 3 Studio. Veitas and Veitas was the project’s structural engineer. Helical Drilling was the geotechnical design-build contractor. Located on a scenic seaside peninsula just a few miles south of Boston, Meriel Marina Bay delivers luxury waterfront living and diverse amenities, paired with the convenience of easy access to I-93 via car, a complimentary shuttle to the Red Line North Quincy MBTA station, and a water ferry to downtown Boston. Meriel Marina Bay is a mixed-use development comprised of two fivestory buildings featuring 352 luxury apartments with ample garage parking and approximately 20,000sf of premier ground-level retail space ideal for dining establishments and specialty boutiques. Featuring a wide variety of thoughtfully designed layouts including studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes, the apartments at Meriel Marina Bay offers breathtaking views of the Boston skyline, Boston Harbor, and the vibrant Marina Bay boardwalk.
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The 90-foot-long walkway links Bennet Academy with the Cheney Building.
According to Glenn Salamone, president of QSR, his company faced several challenges constructing, moving and installing the walkway. Once the three sections were shipped and assembled onsite, his team had to fit the entire structure into a space with tight tolerances of only 1.5 inches both in length and width. In addition, they had
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High-Profile: Connecticut : The 8th Annual Visionaries Forum
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Anastasia Barnes Business Development Manager at High-Profile Monthly. For its eighth consecutive year, the Construction Institute is again hosting its most popular event, The Visionaries Forum. The forum provides a platform for new ideas, strategies, and technologies to be shared and presented to A/E/C professionals in New England. As the media sponsor for this year’s event, I really want to hone in on the focus of this year’s forum, a discussion on the virtually, augmented mix of technology that has taken our industry by storm. In order to be a visionary within a company, one needs to be involved with an organization that fosters “forward” thinking and promotes an innovative culture. Okay, check. Once we have that in place…what about the tools to implement these forward thinking ideas.
This is where technology comes into play. So, let’s break it down. There’s VR technology (virtual reality) which is software (usually a head mounted display with a screen controlled by a computer) that creates an experience that becomes your reality. A great example of this technology is Theia Interactive out of Chico, California. This company provides the latest VR technology for a number of industries, including construction and design. Then, we have Augmented Reality (AR) which is essentially technology that super imposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. Finally, there is mixed reality, which is the one that really had me stumped. According to an article written by Eric Johnson on recode.com, mixed reality lets the user see the real world (like AR) while also seeing believable, virtual objects (like VR). And then it anchors those virtual objects to a point in real space, making it possible to treat them as “real,” at least from the perspective of the person who can see the MR experience. CI’s 8th annual forum brings together a developer, a strategist, a distributor and a customer to share their knowledge and experience with technology. This couldn’t be a better way to educate and celebrate our industry’s ever-evolving future!
I asked this year’s panel of speakers for quotes on what he/she may be discussing at the forum. Here is what they had to say: Given the velocity of technology development today, infrastructure planners, designers, and contractors need to overcome their aversion to risk and new technology to avoid being blindsided by those who are willing to take advantage of digitization. – Terry Bennett, Senior Industry Strategist, Autodesk Inc. With augmented reality, you can take a building information model (BIM) and project it at scale on the construction site. This technology allows the user to seamlessly manage work flows and will eventually eliminate paper drawings. – Paul Sells, Director of Industrial Solutions at Daqri
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Innovation comes from convergence. Technologists already know the benefits of software and new features, and construction workers know the pain points they face every day. When we
bring the two together, magic happens, and we can design a better future for everyone. – Alissa Briggs, head of design at Plangrid As CMs, one of the inherent risks in our role is driving innovation for innovation’s sake, letting the “cool” factor eclipse practicality or otherwise over-engineering a solution. That’s why Skanska’semployee-driven Innovation Grant Program is such an important forum. It leverages the ingenuity and creativity of our people to inform and ground our technology and innovation strategies. – Director of Market Strategy, Innovative Construction Solutions, Skanska The Construction Institutes’s Eighth Annual Visionaries Forum will be held on Thursday, May 11th at 3pm at the Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Boulevard, 4th Floor in Hartford, Connecticut. There is still time to sign up for the event, visit https:// tinyurl.com/kta67nx
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Beyond BIM: The Future of Visualization A sign strategically positioned at the recent groundbreaking ceremony for Suffolk Construction’s corporate offices in Roxbury, MA subtly reinforced the company’s commitment to both innovation and efficiency: “Pixels are cheaper than bricks.” At the direction of Suffolk CEO John Fish and overseen by Chief Innovation Officer Chris Mayer, Suffolk Construction has embraced new technologies and the tenets of lean construction to develop their signature “Build Smart” initiative. As CEO Fish stated at the ceremony: “Our team is fully committed to transforming the construction experience for our clients by leveraging state-of-theart technologies and processes.” When it came time for Suffolk to plan their groundbreaking ceremony, they again took inspiration from their “Build Smart” operating principle. Dusty shovels and hard hats gave way to virtual reality headsets and game controllers as Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Suffolk CEO John Fish, and Northeast President and GM Angus Leary virtually “broke ground” on Suffolk’s new headquarters. They partnered with Theia Interactive, a California-based virtual design studio specializing in creating stunningly accurate and life-like real time visualizations. Suffolk not only
Suffolk CEO John Fish virtually breaks ground as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (far left) and Suffolk’s Chris Mayer look on.
made virtual dirt fly at the ceremony, they continue to disrupt traditional construction management by pushing the boundaries on what’s possible when a company is energized to provide robust and technologically advanced collaboration tools for the benefit of their clients. Theia’s VR experiences are gamechangers, allowing everyone from clients to investors to end-users not only access to environments before they are ever
built, but also full control while inside the demonstration. Unlike videos and 360° renders, users control their own actions inside the environment, going where they want, when they want. The only way to be as fully immersed in the environment is to actually build it. And while these experiences can be accessed through mobile apps on phones and iPads, or via touchscreens, the most immersive tours are experienced utilizing VR headsets, which is exactly how the attendees of the
Fall 2016 Suffolk groundbreaking viewed that event. Theia has created virtual hotels, medical facilities, homes, multifamily projects, entertainment venues, and civic spaces. Theia has built, from 3D engineering data, high-performance automobiles and the showroom floor which housed them. They have completed projects from multinational companies to small-town home builders. What all of Theia’s projects share is an unparalleled level of detail and standard of quality. “We see significant value in leveraging virtual reality technologies to deliver more predictable and efficient projects for our clients with the highest levels of quality and safety,” says Kevin Bredeson, Vice President of Virtual Design and Construction at Suffolk. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Theia Interactive to produce these virtual reality experiences. Every step of the way they have exceeded our expectations and we look forward to working with their team on future projects.” With the incorporation of even more dynamic and engaging collaboration tools on the horizon for Theia, they continue to push the limits of virtual reality while ushering in a new era of visualization for architects, engineers, and contractors.
High-Profile: Connecticut : The 8th Annual Visionaries Forum
HP: Are your employees encouraged or incented to be creative and innovative? Longevity comes to those who adapt and progress. A truly visionary company recognizes that the best progressive ideas come from those closest to the challenges — their employees. Employees bring unique perspective and offer practical solutions. But to obtain those solutions, a visionary company must foster an environment where every voice is heard and respected. Recognizing that new or younger employees are the least likely to feel comfortable identifying and voicing areas of change, Fuss & O’Neill created the Emerging Leaders Group. Our board selects a group of early-career professionals to lead a year-long program in which these employees select an area of opportunity, develop a solution, and present their project. These projects are put into practice, and the group is recognized for their contribution. This ownership and sense of self, instilled in the nascent phase, evolves and develops throughout a career, creating a company culture of openness and empowerment.
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High-Profile: Connecticut : The 8th Annual Visionaries Forum
HP: What is a quote that embodies your “visionary” philosophy Value engineering isn’t just a process. It is a mindset. It is a strategic approach that differentiates between doing a project right — and doing the right project.
HP: What is a quote that embodies your “visionary” philosophy? Vision is not seeing things as they are, but as they will be.
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CT ASLA Announces 2017 Professional Award Winners New Haven, CT – The Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CTASLA) has announced the winners of its annual Connecticut Professional Awards competition. Winners of the 2017 Connecticut ASLA Professional Awards competition include:
• Louis Fusco Landscape Architects (Pound Ridge, NY), Merit Award for Lakeside Haven (Pound Ridge, N.Y.)
Landscape Architectural Design — Corporate Institutional
• Anne Penniman Associates, LLC (Essex), Honor Award for Connecticut River Compound (Lyme, Conn.)
• Wesley Stout Associates (New Canaan); Honor Award for Halo Wellness Center (New Canaan, Conn.) Landscape Architectural Design — Municipal/Public Spaces • BL Companies (Meriden) Merit Award for State of Connecticut Veterans Memorial at Minuteman Park (Hartford, Conn.) •S tantec Consulting (Hamden), Merit Award for Villano Park & Rochford Field (Hamden, Conn.) • Milone & MacBroom, Inc. (Cheshire), Honor Award for The Meriden Green (Meriden, Conn.) Landscape Architectural Design — Residential • Wesley Stout Associates (New Canaan), Merit Award for Byram Shorefront (Greenwich, Conn.)
• Louis Fusco Landscape Architects (Pound Ridge, NY), Merit Award for Back Country Sanctuary (Greenwich, Conn.)
• Louis Fusco Landscape Architects (Pound Ridge, NY), Honor Award for Beach Front Lookout (Old Greenwich, Conn.) Landscape Planning & Analysis • University of Connecticut Community Research and Design Collaborative (Storrs), Merit Award for East Lyme — Lands of Unique Value (East Lyme, Conn.)
BL Companies (Meriden), Merit Award for State of Connecticut Veterans Memorial at Minuteman Park (Hartford, Conn.)
Landscape Architectural Communications • TO Design, LLC (New Britain), Merit Award for New Britain Historic Urban Walking Trail (New Britain, Conn.) Images of the all award winners can be viewed at http://www.ctasla.org/2017. Awards.htm.
Villano Park & Rochford Field / photo: Stantec Consulting
Halo Wellness Center / photo: Wesley Stout Associates
New Britain Historic Urban Walking Trail / photo: TO Design, LLC
The Meriden Green / photo: Milone & MacBroom, Inc.
Restoration & Renovation Fenway Park Renovations and Improvements Complete Boston – Gilbane successfully beat winter conditions and an aggressive schedule to safely complete improvements and renovations at Fenway Park. The renovations were completed in time for the Boston Red Sox season opening day game on April 3. The depth of both the home and visitor dugouts has been increased by moving the front rail of the dugouts forward 3 feet, providing better circulation, improved sight lines from bench seating areas, and additional space for storage of bats and helmets. The field wall between the dugouts has been moved forward the same 3 feet to align with the dugout expansion, allowing for the addition of a new row of seats in the area from home plate to each dugout, and additional rows of seating behind the camera pits on the first and third base side. A total of 124 new seats have been added. The new, relocated field wall houses new televisions and built-in antennae systems, which required significant coordination among all parties involved. Four new day-of-game suites have been constructed on the State Street Pavilion level of the ballpark. The new
Mayor’s Walkthrough (l-r) Jonathan Gilula, Red Sox exec. VP / Business Affairs; Boston Mayor Marty Walsh; Sam Kennedy, Red Sox president; and Bill Scannell, president, Global Enterprise Sales & Customer Operations Dell EMC / ©2017 Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox
party suites offer great views of both the playing field and the Boston skyline and can be used as individual spaces for 12 people or combined to create single, expanded suites accommodating 24. Additionally, several rows in the back of the right field grandstand were removed
to accommodate the construction of the new “Tully Tavern” bar area. Terraces with swivel stools, tables, and standing room spaces feature charging stations and 64-inch televisions. Other projects include the right field foul pole, “Pesky Pole,” which underwent
assets in well-located submarkets,” commented Jeffrey Laliberte, managing director and head of acquisitions at Wheelock Street Capital.
Ayles joined Antinozzi Associates in 1994 and has led the firm’s business plan, marketing efforts, and staff recruitment and retention since 2006. In Guilford, he chaired the Standing Building Committee, Historic District Commission, and participated on other major town planning and facility committees.
extensive structural repairs to reinforce areas that were impacted by general wear and tear over the years. A new removable field wall system has been installed in front of the bullpens, in the same location and with the same dimensions, to better accommodate nonbaseball events that continue to be popular at Fenway Park. Additionally, a new video board was installed in right field, replacing the Cumberland Farms sign that previously occupied that space and requiring significant structural reinforcement. “This year’s project is the largest renovation in Fenway Park in six years. The project demanded an aggressive schedule, with all construction operations being completed before the Red Sox season home opener versus the Pittsburgh Pirates April 3,” noted Justin MacEachern, Gilbane project executive. “There were several logistical challenges including working safely through the bustle of the Fenway neighborhood while keeping the park fully operational for historical tours, Spartan Races, hockey games, and many other events.”
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Wheelock, Seyon Form Joint Venture
Michael Ayles Elevated to College of Fellows
Boston – Wheelock Street Capital, a private real estate investment firm headquartered in Greenwich, Conn., and Boston, Mass., in conjunction with The Seyon Group, a Boston-based real estate investment firm, recently announced a newly formed programmatic joint venture to acquire industrial real estate assets in prime Northeast markets. Bryan Blake, managing partner at Seyon, said, “Despite today’s competitive landscape, we believe there continues to be opportunity to acquire the right product in highly desirable locations.” The joint venture began with the acquisition of three assets, totaling $32 million, located along the Route 128 corridor in Greater Boston. “We believe there will continue to be growing demand for infill industrial
Bridgeport, CT – F. Michael Ayles, FAIA, NCARB, principal of business development at Antinozzi Associates, has been elevated to the College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has been involved with AIA for over 25 years, serving at local, regional, and national F. Michael Ayles levels on numerous committees and constituency groups. Having chaired many of these efforts, he most recently has focused on leading the AIA Center for Civic Leadership, which a dvocates for architects to use their knowledge to become civic leaders a nd enhance the quality of life in our communities. Fellowship is the AIA’s highest membership honor, awarded to professionals for exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society.
NDA Elects Knightly President Washington, D.C. – The National Demolition Association (NDA) announced that Scott Knightly of Envirovantage in Epping, N.H., has been elected the new president of NDA for the 2017 to 2018 term.
Knightly joined the association in 2005. In 2007, he was elected to the board of directors, serving in all key executive roles prior to his election to president January 31, 2017 at the annual business Scott Knightly meeting held at the Demolition Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. The National Demolition Association represents more than 600 demolition companies throughout the United States and Canada.
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more economic activity to the city. And we certainly see strength in today’s economy. JM Electrical has worked on a number of multiresidential developments, ranging from small-scale, five-story buildings like Hub 25 in Dorchester, to skyscrapers like the 60-story Millennium Tower in downtown Boston. And we continue to be busy working on residential buildings, as we are currently onsite at Serenity Apartments in Mission Hill and Lovejoy
Wharf — both expected to be complete within the next two months. However, those in the development and construction business would be wise to be ready. A slowdown in 2019 or 2020 seems inevitable (and the continued tumult in D.C. could prompt one earlier). That means be careful with expenses, invest wisely in expansion, and realize that the ROI may not be so quick. Matthew Guarracino is the business development manager at JM Electrical.
Municipal Harriman Completes Community Ctr.
We Got it! Exterior of Sargent Community Family Center gymnasium / Blind Dog Photography
Presque Isle, ME – Harriman, a multidisciplinary design and engineering firm with offices in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, has finalized work on the 30,000sf Sargent Family Community Center in Presque Isle, a $7.9 million project funded by private donors and public funds. Harriman developed a master plan and was responsible for architectural and interior design, and civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering. Nickerson & O’Day, Inc. of Bangor was the general contractor. The center is part of a strategic economic development plan to strengthen the city of Presque Isle, enhancing downtown revitalization and improving the health of the people who live and work in the area. The master plan for the site included the community center as well as new traffic patterns, parking, and recreation fields. The facility features a large central lobby equipped with a reception counter and administrative offices that overlook a teen center, senior center, gymnasium, and multipurpose room.
Each functional space accommodates multiple programs to provide maximum utility and flexibility. The kitchen is situated so it can serve senior citizen meals and cater events hosted in the spacious lobby. The William Haskell Gymnasium, named for the city’s first recreation director, can be easily reconfigured to accommodate a variety of programs with spectator areas and an indoor walking track. The lobby floor features a compass rose to represent Presque Isle’s directional compass and emphasizes togetherness and celebration of one another. Floorto-ceiling glass walls allow for open visibility, reinforcing an intergenerational connection that is a priority to this community, while still providing dedicated spaces for age-specific activities. The interior color palette was selected in collaboration with a volunteer building committee, and light, natural tones were chosen. The grounds are arranged to allow for maximum future expansion options, and the building is oriented to welcome visitors who arrive from multiple directions by either foot or car.
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by Steve Harris It’s no secret that the construction industry has a reputation for having some of the most precarious and dangerous work environments. Companies must make safety a top priority to prepare themselves and every jobsite for almost any potential unsafe or hazardous situation. A culture of safety requires commitment from leadership that must exist through every level of the company. This will make sure necessary resources are available and prevention measures are in place to better prepare the project and workers before even a shovel breaks the ground. Each project and jobsite presents a different set of challenges and unique variables. Recognizing these variables before the project begins will ensure that the correct training and protocols are utilized regardless of what situation
may result. A construction manager must be committed to the personal safety of not only its own employees, but also to its subcontractors and anyone else who walks on the jobsite. At Jewett Construction, our Best in Class 4EverSafe program consists of four specific points. Management commitment and employee involvement An experienced management team should be leading the way by setting policies, assigning and supporting responsibility, and involving employees in the process to guarantee a well-informed team. It’s about knowing the risks and routinely taking preventive measures so that accidents do not happen. Worksite analysis Field staff and superintendents need to actively engage in continuous vigilant daily analysis and reporting of the worksite to identify, abate, and eliminate potential hazards. They must hold daily meetings, trainings, and report on the jobsite to ensure safety. Hazard prevention and control Employees and subcontractors should be
New England Lab Opens Showroom
Showroom ribbon cutting (l-r) John Claiborne, Matthew Teal, Ed Seegmiller, Brian McGee, Mario DiFonte, and Steven Teal
Woburn, MA – New England Lab and its largest manufacturing partner, Mott Manufacturing, recently opened a product training center in Woburn. This new facility includes a 2,300sf lab furniture and equipment showroom, with 1,600sf of adjacent conference and collaboration spaces. The colorful product showroom
features Mott lab benches with different levels of adaptability, as well as functioning Mott fume hoods and cabinets made from a variety of materials. Other manufacturing partners’ products are on display, including a media ceiling with easily reconfigurable mechanical systems.
required to know and comply with all safety rules established by OSHA and the federal, state, and local governments. Encourage other contractors to take it a step further by implementing their own initiatives, which prevents and controls hazards on all occupied sites. Training for employees, supervisors, and managers Make sure managers, supervisors, and employees are trained to understand, control, and prevent hazards. Specific topics, equipment, and materials
pertaining to the daily duties of that particular jobsite will be recognized and should include formal training scheduled to OSHA standards. We’ve implemented our 4EverSafe Program into every aspect of each job, from planning to pre-construction, to punch lists and closeouts. Our focus on safety puts clients at ease, and no project is considered a success unless it is performed safely and accident free. Steve Harris is field operations manager at Jewett Construction.
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An added example is The Eddy, a residential project developed by Gerding Edlen and designed by Stantec, which opened its doors to residents late last summer. Copley Wolff’s scope of work includes the design of engaging waterfront-centric public amenities that encourage the public to enjoy and interact with the waterfront. Features such as extensive seat walls, a great lawn and monumental deck with panoramic downtown views, fishing stations, and an accessible boat launch allow visitors to reconnect with the city’s nautical tradition. Finally, The Davis Companies’ redevelopment of 99 Sumner St., located on the old Hodge Boiler Plant site, will make what has long been an inaccessible portion of the waterfront open to the public as it will provide a critical missing link in East Boston’s Harborwalk. Copley Wolff Design Group’s scope of work for the publicly accessible portions of the project includes the design of a broad water’s edge walkway that serves overlook areas, a shared public-private
open space with shade structures with seating, a connection to an adjacent public park, and a 240-foot segment of the Harborwalk that incorporates historic interpretive markers. The Harborwalk The development of these three sites is helping to reposition the East Boston waterfront as a hub once again, but this time as a destination for housing, public recreation, learning, and interaction. While each of these properties features landscape design components that are unique to the architecture and rich history of each site, the overall design integrates landscape strategies that carry a cohesive theme to create a continuous Harborwalk that attracts visitors and fosters education with references to the waterfront’s heritage. Complementing these elements are unique design features intended to encourage people to reconnect with the waterfront and learn about each site’s individual history. Ian S. Ramey, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP, is landscape architect with Copley Wolff Design Group.
Life Sciences Harvard’s Pagliuca Lab Gets Honors Littleton, MA – Triumph Modular Incorporated, and manufacturing partner NRB Inc., were awarded First Place, as well as the prestigious Best of Show, in the permanent modular category for the Pagliuca Life Lab at Harvard University at the 2017 Modular Building Institute Awards of Distinction. The awards were presented at the 34th Annual World of Modular Awards of Distinction in Tucson, Arizona. Harvard University engaged design firm Shepley Bulfinch and modular specialist Triumph Modular in preconstruction, as well as called on NRB and Shawmut Design & Construction to join the team in a deep collaborative effort to coordinate, design, and build the 15,000sf wet lab. The Pagliuca Life Lab is made up of 33 modules, which were built offsite by NRB using the latest practices in modular construction, which includes concurrent activities on and off the project site. The lab incorporates highly complex systems and equipment required for advanced life sciences research within a wet lab facility. The first floor is designed in an open format with work tables, seating,
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MPA Completes New Boston Lab Built by Bowdoin
Boston Analytical Lab in Salem, N.H. / Gregg Shupe Photography
Boston Analytical Lab kitchen/dining area / Gregg Shupe Photography
Salem, NH – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) announced the completion of a new 30,000sf laboratory and office facility for Boston Analytical, the life sciences division of Alpha Analytical. Located in Salem, the new and expanded space houses high-tech chemistry and microbiology laboratories equipped with the most sophisticated and up-to-date analytical testing equipment. Built by Bowdoin Construction, interior features include new lab casework, fume hoods, epoxy floors, and a new energy-efficient HVAC system with a high-efficiency boiler plant. MPA coordinated closely with contractors to provide appropriate space for the specialized mechanical and support systems required to maintain the
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Jewett Hires Alain LeBlanc Raymond, NH – Jewett Construction welcomes Alain LeBlanc, LEED AP, as project manager. He brings more than 15 years of construction experience managing projects. Prior to joining Jewett, LeBlanc worked in Maryland and Massachusetts in the life sciences, aviation, corporate office, and retail industries.
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6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Please join us, as we highlight the contributions to the A/E/C community throughout the year and celebrate the best and brightest within the Facility Management profession. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/14th-annual-ifma-boston-awards-of-excellence-tickets-32886565603?aff=erelexpmlt
SCUP July 8–12 SCUP’s Annual Conference:
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC Thought leaders from across the nation will share fresh insights and practical solutions that will inform and advance your institution’s strategic direction. www.scup.org
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P-ACB INSTALLATION AFTER SUPERSTORM SANDY PROJECT NAME Rockaway Beach Queens, NY
ENGINEER McLaren Engineering Group
DEAR HEIDI Q: We have a project which is over budget and has limited space. Is it possible to eliminate catch basins and retention ponds if we use a Permeable Articulating Concrete Block (P-ACB) paving surface? - Stormwater Alternatives are a Must-have
A: Dear SAM: Depending on the soil type and specific site conditions, it is possible to eliminate traditional storm water infrastructure, such as catch basins and retention ponds, by using a high performance permeable articulating concrete block (P-ACB) paving surface. These systems allow for a more natural, vertical infiltration path, recharging local groundwater and reduce pollutants by filtering out suspended sediments. The specialized shape allows for the paving units to have open joints which donâ€™t need to be filled with sand. This allows for a much higher infiltration rate compared to traditional permeable pavers and pervious concrete pavements. The open joints also reduce the probability of being filled or obstructed over time. If the joints do become clogged, maintenance is performed by using a specialized vacuum. If a significant amount of sediment accumulates in the aggregate bedding, the units can be easily removed, allowing the subgrade to be cleaned and re-installed. Another advantage of these systems is the larger unit size, which allows for heavier loads, making them perfect for parking lots and driveways. The infiltration rate is so high for these systems, that walkways, and/or a parking lot (or even just a percentage of the parking lot) with a P-ACB system can handle the runoff (in most cases) from the entire site, eliminating the need for catch basins and underground structures. This could save the owner of the property a considerable amount of money and space. For more information about Permeable Concrete Block Paving Surfaces, visit our website, www.ajandris.com. Heidi Jandris, BArch, is a technical expert and a trusted voice of the industry. For concrete masonry questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @heidiAJS
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