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Boston Children’s Hospital Clinical Building / rendering by Shepley Bulfinch Architects / page 16



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Inside this Issue: Suffolk Completes Construction of Northeastern’s ISEC TFMoran Completes Work at Elliot Health System’s Medical Center Bowdoin Completes Two Eye Centers Hoylu Receives Over $250K in Orders from Suffolk New Facility for Autodesk High-Profile Interview: Mikael Reckley G. Greene Construction Completes Work at Lowell General Hospital 8D on Track for Summer Opening / Ironwood GC


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Boston Children’s Hospital Clinical Building / rendering by Shepley Bulfinch Architects


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MBC’s annual Golf Tournament, June 26, is up next. MBC recently launched its updated website with industry news and special features for members at www.

News Briefs Governor and MBC members at the Mandarin Oriental Boston

Michael Barnes A special shout-out to Anastasia Barnes for her startup of an exciting Technologies and Innovation section. The section premiers on page 28, this issue, with lots of follow up on the HP blog and in our Anastasia Barnes monthly issues moving forward.

Rocco Derrigo, Siemens Building Technologies, opens the meeting

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MBC Breakfast with the Governor

It was a beautiful day, a great location for breakfast, and a receptive crowd for “the most popular governor in the United States,” when governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts met with members of the Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) in May. The governor provided an update on economic and political issues important to the AEC community.

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Up-Front Sledge Hammers Start Demolition in Quincy

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Quincy, MA – Quincy city officials and LBC Boston executives took sledge hammers to the 1500 Hancock St. block recently to officially begin its demolition and the construction of a new, modern, commercial and residential property for the city’s downtown. In remarks before a standingroom-only crowd of city officeholders, administrators, construction workers,

and LBC executives and friends, Mayor Thomas P. Koch said this portion of the downtown area had been in decline for decades. But no more. “Combined with other projects we have going, the revitalization is happening,” he said. “It’s really happening.” The mayor and three LBC executives donned construction helmets, goggles, and, armed with gold-plated sledge

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hammers, took the first official demolishing blows to the buildings. Fullfledged demolition begins immediately after final permits are issued. The general contractor for the project is DF Pray, architect is SN Consulting Group, and the developer is LBC Boston. LBC officials estimate construction of the $40 million project will take two years and create 153,000sf of commercial and residential space. The mixed-use sevenstory building includes retail, restaurants,

residential, and a 24-hour galleria. The galleria will connect Hancock Street and the main parking area with an all-weather space with seating, art, and kiosks. “This will really enliven the downtown area with taste and design that reflects a city moving forward and creating other tasteful, habitable space for commercial and residential interests,” said Aiv Shoss, principal of SN Consulting Group, the lead architect on the project.

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New Construction Opportunities Holliston, MA – Lt. Governor Karyn Polito recently met with industry professionals and educators at the offices of construction manager Colantonio Inc. to discuss ways to educate schools, parents, and students about the high-paying opportunities offered in construction and to dispel the negative myths surrounding the industry. The industry is suffering a major shortage of tradespeople and professionals that will worsen as 20% of the workforce retires over the next five years, especially if the pipeline of candidates to fill those positions fails to improve. The group agreed that a pervasive misconception about jobs in construction contributes to the lack of students interested in pursuing those careers. Comprehensive high school guidance counselors, parents, and students are simply unaware that the industry offers countless high-paying, technology-driven trade and professional careers. Many of these rewarding opportunities do not require an expensive college education. “It is critical for the health of our economy to address this labor shortage,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “We must involve businesses, trade organizations, and higher education to market the industry to school guidance counselors, students, and parents, and develop partnerships for training and employment options.”

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Jackson-Walnut Breaks Ground

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The meeting was hosted by Colantonio Inc.’s chairman and CEO Francis Colantonio. Robert Petrucelli, president and CEO and Lisa Frisbie, director of marketing and communications, represented the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts at the meeting. Other industry reps included Michael Sanchez, chief of construction operations, Shawmut Design and Construction; Janet Chrisos, deputy director, Massachusetts State College Building Authority; and Michael O’Brien, executive VP, Winn Companies. Educators Jay Bry, VP of finance and administration, Fitchburg State University; and Dale Hamel, executive VP of the office of administration, finance and IT, Framingham State University also attended along with Holliston High School’s assistant principal Patrick Kelley and guidance counselor Mani Harwich.

Newton, MA – A ground-breaking ceremony will be held on June 8 for the $5 million, 10,000sf student center for the Jackson-Walnut Park Schools in Newton. Acella Construction Corporation is working in partnership with Ai3 Architects of Wayland on this project. The two firms have worked on several prior projects, including athletic, theater, dining, and music facilities for private and independent secondary schools.

The student center for the Jackson-Walnut Park Schools is an inspired design that integrates a gymnasium, performance stage, culinary classroom, and music space — and complements the school’s historic landmark building (a 1867 Second Empire mansion) with a contemporary design that promotes 21st-century learning. Completion is planned for the spring of 2018.

T&T Electrical Completes Wynn HQ Everett, MA – In November, T&T Electrical Contractors, headquartered in Everett, completed electrical construction of the Wynn Boston Harbor Casino’s construction headquarters facility on Charlton Street in Everett. T&T provided design-assist services in the comprehensive electrical project at the nearly 20,000sf building, managing its crew of 18 electricians in the fast-track, four-month project.

The nearly 20,000sf facility, the first on the massive 13-acre resort casino site, is serving as the construction headquarters facility for the Wynn construction management team, general contractor Suffolk Construction, and project architects. Once the Wynn resort casino is complete in June 2019, the building will become a warehouse storage building as well as a greenhouse for the casino.

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University Orthopedics / rendering by NEMD Architects

East Providence, RI – Michael Integlia & Company recently announced the groundbreaking of University Orthopedics’ new home at Kettle Point in East Providence. The 90,000sf medical center is one of the first buildings on the Kettle Point property. The firm teamed up with NEMD Architects, Inc. and DiPrete Engineering, who together completed the necessary permitting for the construction of the building. The site has been designed to accommodate the new four-story building, 395 parking spaces, drainage, and other infrastructure improvements. EW Burman is the general contractor for the facility. Located off Veterans Memorial Parkway and bordered by the East Bay Bike Path and the Providence River, the new-and-improved facility will allow University Orthopedics to provide the highest quality orthopedic care. DiPrete Engineering has received all




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necessary project permits through the city of East Providence, the Waterfront District Commission, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, and the Coastal Resources Management Council. Moving forward, a network of paths, parks, and a public parking area for the East Bay Bike Path will be provided for both Kettle Point residents and tenants. Construction is expected to be complete by late 2017.

Village Automotive Breaks Ground

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Boston – Ray Ciccolo’s Village Automotive Group has broken ground on a $13 million project slated for completion in December of 2017, when the company’s flagship store Boston Volvo will relocate to 61 North Beacon Street in Brighton. The new site of Boston Volvo will utilize a total of 42,000sf on three floors of the 71,300sf, existing brick building. The new location will include a service writeup area on the basement level (accessed through the rear of the building), a main

showroom on the street level, and an additional showroom space on the second floor. The remaining 28,000sf on the third and fourth floors will continue to be occupied by office tenants, and a 1,300sf retail store front will be added on the ground level. Boston Volvo will retain 18,500sf at 75 North Beacon Street for its vehicle service facility. Village Automotive Group has been working with Arrowstreet of Boston for the store’s architectural needs, and CM&B of Danvers is handing the construction.

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Scarborough, ME – Landry/French Construction participated in the groundbreaking ceremony of Colby College’s new mixed-use development on Main Street in Waterville. More than 100 people were in attendance, including Mayor Nick Isgro, Colby President David A. Green, students, residents, and community members. The groundbreaking ceremony, held in May at 150 Main Street, marks the construction of Main Street’s most significant building project in almost 100 years. The new five-story, 100,000sf building is a signature piece of the revitalization plan to rejuvenate Waterville’s historic downtown. The new facility will include community space, retail, and housing for 200 Colby

students, faculty, and staff. The corner of the building at Main and Appleton streets will include a large, glassed-in community forum that can be used as meeting space for Colby, the public, city, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other community groups. Glassed-in spaces on the floors above the forum space will serve as student common areas and will be visible to people on the streets below. The ground floor will include retail space, with the upper floors dedicated to student and faculty housing. Landry/French is the design-build contractor, and Ayers Saint Gross of Baltimore, Md., is the architect. Construction is expected to be completed in summer 2018.

MACOM HQ Breaks Ground Developed by Calare Properties

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Lowell, MA – Calare Properties of Hudson commemorated the groundbreaking of MACOM Technology Solutions Inc.’s new global headquarters on Chelmsford Street in Lowell. The state-of-the-art property will join MACOM’s current R&D and manufacturing facilities, at 100 Chelmsford St. and 121 Hale St., to create a world-class corporate campus environment owned and developed by Calare Properties. The new 58,000sf Class A office building is anticipated for a 2018 delivery and will feature a sleek, modern design

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Stamford, CT – Groundbreaking ceremonies were held recently for Park 215, the newest phase of Stamford’s Vidal Court revitalization. The six-story mixed-use building was designed by Kenneth Boroson Architects of New Haven and developed by the Housing Authority of Stamford (d/b/a Charter Oak Communities) through Rippowam Corporation, its development affiliate. Viking Construction of Bridgeport is construction manager on the project. Adjacent to Stamford Hospital, the entire 24,000sf street level will be occupied by medical office space, providing easy access to the public as well as tenants.

The lower level will house management offices and community spaces for residents, including a private courtyard. The four upper floors will contain 78 dwellings of one- and two-bedroom units. Approximately 60% will be subsidized, and 40% will be market rate. The site’s sloping topography will allow tenant parking at the lower level, while a street-level parking deck will be provided for commercial vehicles. Designed to current Connecticut Housing Finance Authority requirements and Energy Star standards, occupancy of the $38 million complex is anticipated by mid-2018.

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Healthcare Facilities Improving Patient Privacy Using Design

by Kevin Caron Efforts to prevent unauthorized access to information usually focus on securing documents and electronic data. However, protecting the privacy of speech is also critical in healthcare settings. Patients know that if they can overhear conversations, others can hear them as well, making them uncomfortable. Patients also have a right to auditory privacy, which is officially recognized by federal regulations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that healthcare entities take “reasonable safeguards” to protect a person’s Protected Health Information (PHI) from being verbally transmitted to unintended parties. However, healthcare facilities pose

several challenges to achieving this goal. For example, the areas used to share medical and financial information — in person and over the phone — are often located within earshot of patient waiting areas. These spaces are typically open, with clean lines of sight to the reception desk, allowing sounds to travel unobstructed over a distance. Sensitive conversations also occur in exam/consultation rooms. Though many believe they can achieve speech privacy

Registration and waiting area, Thundermist Health Center, Wakefield, R.I.

simply by building adequate walls, much like water, sound travels via any available path, including ductwork, faulty door seals, back-to-back outlets, and even

the smallest of gaps above the ceiling. Speech passes through these cracks in the armor into other rooms and corridors. If the background sound level in the adjacent areas is lower than the voice level penetrating the walls, patients can overhear others’ consultations. Therefore, though increasing the facility’s background sound level might seem to contradict the goal of achieving effective acoustics, it is a necessary step — one accomplished by installing a sound masking system. This technology uses loudspeakers located above the ceiling to distribute a sound that is often compared to softly blowing air, but engineered to provide a spectrum that improves acoustics. Any noises below this new level are covered up, while the disruptive impact of those above it is lessened. Similarly, conversations are either entirely masked or their intelligibility is reduced, improving privacy and providing a better overall patient experience. Sound masking is easy to retrofit, but if included from the outset, one can more accurately specify the elements used to block and absorb noise, allowing the design to be delivered in a more cost-effec-

Illustration of a sound masking system in a clinical environment / photo courtesy of K.R. Moeller Associates Ltd.

tive manner and with greater assurance of achieving the intended results. Thundermist Health Center Thundermist greatly values their patients’ privacy and comfort. With these goals in mind, the organization contracted Archoustics Northeast to provide sound masking throughout their Wakefield, R.I. health center — a 20,000sf facility that opened in 2015, which not only serves medical and dental patients, but also offers Thundermist’s walk-in medical service continued to page 17

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New OR at Bridgeport Hospital

Bridgeport Hospital Hybrid OR / photo: Shepley Bulfinch

Bridgeport, CT – Shepley Bulfinch announced a ribbon-cutting ceremony held in April for the new hybrid operating room at Bridgeport Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health. The new 1,500sf hybrid operating room (OR) combines integrated technology and sophisticated imaging facilities into a state-of-the-art operating theater that will be used for cardiac, vascular, and thoracic surgery. The project was completed on a relatively short timeline of only one-anda-half years from predesign to completion, and on a limited $5 million all-in budget. The new facility includes new solid surface walls and epoxy painted ceilings to mitigate hospital acquired infections. The project team included mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection: Bard, Rao + Athanas (BR+A) Consulting Engineers; structural engineer: Spiegel Zamecnik & Shah Inc. Structural Engineers; and construction manager: Turner Construction. The new hybrid OR combines two

existing operating rooms, an associated scrub room, and a storage room to accommodate the new facility. Previously, heart surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery were performed in two separate operating rooms, but the new hybrid OR can now accommodate either or all of these procedures in the same space. The highly sophisticated equipment demanded a number of unique design requirements, including special attention paid to the flooring, which had to be extremely accurate in terms of materials and leveling. During construction, the hospital’s blood bank was relocated as the team from Turner Construction worked from below to ensure all specifications were met. Since construction took place in an otherwise occupied and working hospital, thorough consideration of noise and vibration control was also required. The integrated imaging capabilities enable minimally invasive surgery, supplanting the need for high-risk, major open surgeries.

UMMHA Cogen Addition Underway

Leominster Hospital project under construction

Worcester, MA – Cogswell Sprinkler Co., Inc. is working with Harry Grodsky & Co., Inc. to complete the new cogen addition located at the UMassMemorial HealthAlliance/Leominster Hospital Campus. The cogen addition will allow Leominster Hospital to save energy by utilizing cogeneration, a highly efficient process that uses one fuel to generate two types of energy — electrical and thermal. By capturing and using heat that would otherwise go to waste, cogeneration reduces the overall fuel consumed in the process. It is one of the cleaner and most cost-effective options available for energy production.

Cogswell is performing fire sprinkler design assist in conjunction with FM Global and local authorities to then install an FM-compliant hazard category 3 wet pipe sprinkler system in this 28,000sf addition. Cogswell Sprinkler’s project manager, Brian Gird, and design technician, Adam Wagner, are working diligently with Harry Grodsky Company’s sr. PM/executive, Kevin Varney, project manager, Casey Flynn, and foreman/ superintendent, Mark Pappagallo along with FM Global’s engineering specialist, George Bourisk, to successfully bring the project to completion by mid-September.


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June 2017

E.G. Sawyer Awarded Electrical Construction of BCH’s New Clinical Bldg. Boston - E.G. Sawyer, based in Weymouth, has been awarded the comprehensive core and shell electrical construction of the new Boston Children’s Hospital Clinical Building on its Longwood Medical Area Campus. The 11-story 565,000sf tower with four additional floors below grade and a two-story mechanical penthouse, will be the largest facility on the BCH campus.

The facility will support the most advanced, specialized technology and care methods for patients and enhance BCH’s delivery of high-level tertiary and quaternary care. The state-of-the-art building will feature expanded cardiovascular facilities, a state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, additional inpatient rooms, clinical support areas including labs, pharmacy and dietary, as well as a rooftop healing garden. The facility will support the most advanced, specialized technology and care methods for patients and enhance BCH’s delivery of high-level tertiary and quaternary care.

Boston Children’s Hospital Clinical Building / rendering by Shepley Bulfinch Architects

The project team includes the architect of record, Shepley Bulfinch of Boston, MA. and the planner, FKP of Houston, TX. The project is utilizing lean construction

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June 2017


Bowdoin Completes Two Eye Centers

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Reception area area for NECO Eye Center

Brookline, MA — Bowdoin recently completed a 4,700sf build-out for the New England College of Optometry (NECO) in Brookline to create the newly designed state-of-the-art NECO Center for Eye Care. The patient care and optical dispensary, designed by Cube 3 Architects, features fully equipped patient examination rooms and testing areas, set up to diagnose visual and health problems, and develop optimum treatment plans, whether they be as conventional as fitting a new pair of glasses, or as impactful as providing low vision rehabilitation services. Bowdoin is now focusing on the second phase of NECO’s clinical campus, which colocates the related activities of clinical research and student pre-clinical training in a facility designed to enable students to understand new models of eye care delivery that are transforming clinical operations and patient care.

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Bowdoin also recently completed an 8,000sf fit-out of a new eye surgery center for SurgiSite North in Chelmsford. The facility, designed by Hardaway Sziabowski Architects, includes an operating room, pre-op and recovery areas, exam room, sterilization room, scrub corridor, and waiting room.

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(QuickCare), a special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), behavioral health counseling, pharmacy assistance, social services, and more. Archoustics Northeast installed the LogiSon Acoustic Network, the sound masking, paging, and music technology for which they are the exclusive distributor in New England. They also tuned the system using TARGET, a proprietary application that ensures the sound reliably meets the desired masking spectrum and, therefore, provides consistently effective and comfortable coverage throughout all treated areas. Andrew Tomkiewicz, Thundermist’s

director of information technology, is pleased with the results, stating that “By implementing the LogiSon system, we have noticeably improved speech privacy around our checkin/checkout area, as well as throughout the exam rooms and offices. The addition of background music in the corridors and common spaces is also a plus, and is easy to set up and control.” Thundermist is now working with Archoustics Northeast to install the LogiSon Acoustic Network in its Woonsocket location, which is undergoing complete renovation and expansion. Kevin Caron is a regional account manager with Archoustics Northeast, distributor of the LogiSon Acoustic Network.

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June 2017

On the Road to USP 800; Where Are You?

by Derek Veilleux Pharmacies around New England are in various stages of planning and implementing facility and operational changes to meet the requirements of USP 800 by July 1, 2018. The mile markers are slipping by, but wherever you are on the road to compliance, it’s not too late to consider your options. What is USP 800 and does it apply to me? Aimed at improving employee and patient safety, environmental protection and drug quality, USP 800 was approved by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention in 2016 to establish practice and quality requirements for the handling and preparation of hazardous drugs. USP 800 defines handling as any of the following: receiving, storing, dispensing, compounding, and disposing of hazardous drugs. Even if you do not compound hazardous drugs, USP 800 regulates how you receive, store, and dispense them. Compliance will be man-

datory July 1, 2018. These changes to regulations will affect USP 797, for which revisions are now out for review and comment. In addition to moving hazardous drug handling to USP 800, USP 797 will also recategorize and consolidate the current CSP microbial risk categories of low, medium, and high risk into risk categories 1 and 2. Category 1 drugs have a shorter beyond use date (BUD) and may be prepared in a segregating compounding area. Category 2 drugs have a longer BUD and must be prepared in a clean room environment. How can a gap analysis help me? A gap analysis provides a clear road map and demystifies the process for responding to recent and upcoming regulatory changes. Its structured approach for reviewing your existing pharmacy and documenting deficiencies as they may apply to USP 797 and USP 800 is the best way to set a baseline against the new regulations. A thorough gap analysis addresses the physical environment, clinical processes, and hazardous materials management. The team conducting this process should include your facilities director, an architect, engineers, and pharmacy staff. Including a pharmacy consultant may be

beneficial, depending on the expertise level of your staff. Along with reviewing spatial relationships, the gap analysis team documents the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing infrastructure. The team also works with you to understand current state processes and flow. This discussion includes a review of your pharmacy’s compounding and sterile risk levels, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) documentation and BUD strategies. A final gap analysis report includes a facility compliance document detailing probable future considerations as well as ratings (poor, fair, or compliant) for existing system components. The report includes recommended solutions for identified deficiencies and order of magnitude costs for addressing them. You may be able to address certain deficiencies through operational changes, an economical way to overcome financial constraints and reduce the level of renovations required. How do I keep my pharmacy in operation during construction? You have a number of approaches available to you. The quickest and arguably least expensive approach is to build a new pharmacy in a new location.

This turnkey approach requires a new air handler and pharmacy equipment, but it allows your pharmacy team to function without missing a beat. Finding temporary available space in the right location elsewhere in your facility may be your biggest hurdle. You can save some expense by relocating existing equipment, but that will require stoppage of work while you recertify rooms. Alternatively, you can renovate your existing pharmacy in place, a more complex approach requiring multiple phases and piecemeal construction. Renovation adds a substantial premium to the cost of the project, but in space-poor facilities it may be the only option. Other options include operating out of a temporary pharmacy, offloading volume to other system pharmacies, subbing out compounding, or parking a mobile pharmacy trailer onsite. Ultimately, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to meeting USP 800 compliance. With the destination fast approaching, be sure your approach aligns with your organization’s goals and priorities. Derek Veilleux, AIA, EDAC, NCARB, is a principal and d irector of healthcare practice at SMRT Architects and Engineers.

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June 2017


TFMoran Completes Work at Elliot Health System’s Medical Center

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Bedford, NH – TFMoran, Inc., of Bedford, provided site design and civil engineering, permitting, surveying, and landscape architecture services for a new 58,000sf Elliot Health System’s Medical Center located at Hillside Shops at Bedford on Leavy Drive. The medical office building broke ground in December 2016 and is the final phase of this multi-use development designed by TFMoran and originally developed by AV Bedford, LLC. This new state-of-the-art medical center will house three existing Elliot primary care practices, that are now at three different locations in Bedford. According to Elliot Health Systems, “The two family medical offices will be combined in the new facility, and the pediatric office will also be relocated in the new center. Services such as lab, mammography, x-ray, bone density

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screening, and pharmacy will also be included for better patient care.” This two-story medical office building is located on a sloping site and will have at-grade entries on two sides at upper and lower levels. Lavallee Brensinger Architects of Manchester designed the exterior to have traditional New England forms and materials accenting the entrances and corners. Constructed by A W Rose Construc-

Site plan for Hillside Shops at Bedford / by TFMoran

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June 2017

G. Greene Construction Completes Work at Lowell General Hospital

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Lowell, MA – G. Greene Construction has cut the ribbon on the new 12,000sf critical care unit addition and renovation at Lowell General Hospital. This project doubled the size of the existing ICU and added 11 new intensive care unit rooms, supportive clinical and reporting spaces and expanded the central nurses’ station area. The ICU rooms had multiple specialties including bariatric, isolation, ADA, and other critical care disciplines. To support this clinical space was an expansion of the existing floor plan that created a new exterior wall, racetrack style

corridor, multiple family rest/meeting areas, and a shared lounge. This area was created by an addition of a stunning twostory glass exterior curtainwall that wraps around the new exterior of the building. This curtainwall was installed below an active ICU that was kept in full-time operation. A new 5,500 sf healing garden was created in the adjacent outdoor space for patients, families, and staff to visit. “This is a magnificent project and a much-needed addition to the greater Lowell community. This will almost eliminate the need for our population to leave Lowell and travel to Boston for this

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high level of clinical care…now offered at Lowell General Hospital,” said hospital president, Jody White. Bob Greene, president of G. Greene Construction, added, “The staff at Lowell

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New Medical Office to Be Benchmark For Future Construction Designed by Kenneth Boroson Architects

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East Lyme, CT – Construction of the first commercial structure within the town’s newly established Gateway Planned Development District (GPDD) is proceeding on schedule and on budget. The 9,000sf building, designed by Kenneth Boroson Architects of New Haven, will house two practices under one roof: a pediatric dental group and an orthodontia specialist. The narrow site on Boston Post Road is currently surrounded

by commercial, government, medical, and retail. Colliers International is serving as owner’s representative. The consultant team includes Innovative Engineering Services, Perrone & Zajda Engineers, Martinez Couch & Associates, Douglas Kycia Landscape Architect, and PM&C Cost Estimators. While the dental technology will be state-of-the-art, the exterior of the new

Construction underway at new dental office in East Lyme, Conn. / Kenneth Boroson Architects

structure will blend seamlessly with the area’s traditional structures. In order to adhere to GPDD restrictions, which discourage flat roofs, the new building incorporates an Arts and Crafts style with sloped rooflines and residential character. The design was received enthusiastically by the town and will be the benchmark for future new construction in the GPDD. The ongoing collaboration between the design team and the East Lyme Zoning

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June 2017

Rethinking the Healthcare Workplace

by Jason Costello With the current and proposed changes to our nation’s healthcare delivery system, there is one aspect of healthcare that is often overlooked: the healthcare setting as a workplace. The workplace is an environment where your greatest asset — your people — come together to invent, produce, create, and, frequently, improve the lives of others, and nowhere is the latter more true than in a healthcare workplace. Large hospitals and medical centers may employ thousands of patientfocused staff, including doctors, nurses, lab technicians, and a variety of medical support employees in every capacity. The healthcare setting is their workplace, and healthcare organizations are right to be embracing the current trend in workplace strategy for rethinking the design of healthcare settings. Just like their corporate counterparts, healthcare organizations function in a highly competitive marketplace for both

new patients and physicians. Hospitals aim to attract — and retain — the best medical talent, and administrators understand that the work environments they create for employees play a significant role in achieving that goal. The different workstyle needs of a multigenerational medical workforce are also a consideration in workplace design. Finally, space utilization, collaboration, and technology are each playing a role in this overlay of healthcare and workplace strategy.

The workplace is an environment where your greatest asset — your people — come together to invent, produce, create, and, frequently, improve the lives of others, and nowhere is the latter more true than in a healthcare workplace. Broader changes to the healthcare team are shifting space and technology requirements in hospitals as well as medical offices. For example, a collaborative treatment team in a patientcentered medical home model must accommodate an interdisciplinary team, including a physician, social worker, nutritionist, physical therapist, and other providers. This team-based approach

requires technology-enabled meeting spaces for the team to develop treatment plans and review patient care progress, especially for chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. Conference spaces are also needed to accommodate patients participating in group education programs, particularly with the trend to incorporate behavioral health into primary care. Corresponding to the space needs of new healthcare delivery models, hospitals are investing considerable resources to convert to electronic health records (EHRs), digitizing patient records, and eliminating the need for paper filing. This paperless approach has extended to the patient’s bedside, with clinicians requiring mobile connectivity to access medical records while doing rounds. Hospitals are redefining mobile work to address the needs of clinicians who may not have a personal office (or even a desk) on campus but still require access to digital information beyond the capacities of their phones. Hospitals are also taking a new look at space utilization and evaluating administrative, department, and clinical support spaces for efficiency. The anesthesia department at a major Bostonarea teaching hospital had grown by 30%, but available space limited its response

to growth to an ad hoc expansion in different locations that led to a variety of inefficiencies. It was evident that the nonclinical shared office space for anesthesiologists, located adjacent to the surgery department, wasn’t efficient, and when studied, Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) found that shared offices were utilized only one day a week — a 20% utilization rate. Rotating surgical, teaching, and research schedules by doctors sharing an office resulted in this space inefficiency. Working with MPA, the anesthesiology department reflected on how the space could be better utilized as well as facilitate interaction and communication. The solution was to move the group offices and create hoteling work spaces in a nearby administrative building, providing physicians with space for taskintensive research in less valuable real estate. Training rooms, huddle spaces, as well as high-density benching solutions for checking email and resident research were designed in direct proximity to the operating room to allow staff to productively utilize time between cases. The new setup allows the anesthesiologist to meet with residents in a convenient huddle space after surgery, rather than continued to page 42

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June 2017


Designing for Dignity in Behavioral Healthcare Settings

by Peter J. Pinkerton Designing a mental health facility requires special considerations to protect the safety and dignity of patients in a fragile psychiatric state and ensure the security of staff. Previously, designs restricted freedom and created institutional atmospheres focused on safety, further stigmatizing patients. Today, we recognize that providing both safety and dignity are not only possible, but beneficial to the healing process. Connection to nature Natural light and the ability to view exterior environments have been shown to advance healing and recovery. Clerestory windows of shatterproof glass admit light and access to nature, but shield patients from passersby, with embedded shades for each patient’s control of their environment. Natural light is welcomed deeper into adjoining rooms via glazed openings. Residential atmosphere Making a space feel less institutional

reduces anxiety and contributes to a comfortable, homelike impression. Thoughtful color and material choices including soft palettes of earthy beiges, blues, and greens and natural materials such as wood generate a calming, soothing effect. Soft seating with durable yet beautiful upholstery brings a residential feel while maintaining safety.

ISU shows the nurses’ station, dayrooms, and abundance of borrowed light in the dayrooms / Blind Dog Photography

Shatterproof acrylic and secure hardware allow visual elements while eliminating potential self-harm materials. Freedom The ability to control one’s social environment promotes positive socialization and engagement. A U-shaped nurses’ station open on both sides allows staff to react quickly during a crisis but encourages positive socialization between patients

and staff. The warm, inviting atmosphere appears as an intentional design feature but provides staff protection from assaults and improves workflow. Interaction is further encouraged when patients have the flexibility to select the atmosphere best suited to their mood, from more secluded, private areas to larger, more social and open spaces. Trends indicate that choice of environment produces a more dignified patient experience. Inpatient stabilization unit An inpatient stabilization unit (ISU) provides the opportunity to begin evaluation and treatment of arriving behavioral health patients immediately. Where possible, the patient’s condition is stabilized within the unit, and the patient is released back into the community. If continued treatment is required, patients can be transitioned into a behavioral health unit within the hospital. An ISU offers a therapeutic environment for patients experiencing a behavioral health crisis, rather than just a safe holding environment typically found in emergency departments. Harriman incorporated best practices when designing a new admissions area and ISU. Patients are provided with a secure environment during admission

ISU light features the access to natural lighting through the clerestory human-impact-resistant glazing. / Blind Dog Photography

and a private and dignified experience throughout their treatment. Staff benefit from improvements in workflow and circulation as well as enhanced security. The ISU boasts an abundance of natural light, an open design, and a soothing ambiance. Integrating healing design features gives us the opportunity to shape psychiatric healthcare by going beyond function and safety to include the dignity and respect all people deserve. Peter J. Pinkerton, IIDA, NCIDQ, is an associate and senior interior designer at Harriman.

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Municipal Harriman Awarded Renewal Projects

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Boston – Harriman has been selected by the Fall River Redevelopment Authority (FRRA) and the New Bedford Harbor Development Commission to develop urban renewal master plans for the two cities. The first of two urban renewal plans for Fall River is for the waterfront, and the second is for the downtown. Each plan is expected be completed in the summer of 2017. Other members of the redevelopment

team include Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. of Hartford, Conn., for support on plan elements related to transportation and infrastructure; FXM Associates of Mattapoisett, Mass., for market analysis of existing and potential market trends; and Bonz and Company, Inc. of Boston to undertake any necessary appraisals. The New Bedford plan will identify strategies to strengthen city’s working waterfront and deep-water harbor and identify opportunities to draw visitors


from the downtown to experience the vibrancy of the waterfront. The redevelopment plan will provide specific implementation steps and public actions, tied to a timeline and potential financing structure, and tailored to the specific needs of the New Bedford community. The challenge is to respect and strengthen the port’s current waterdependent industrial uses while providing safe public access at specific locations. The Fall River plans will outline proposed public infrastructure improvements, such as how to connect the waterfront to local neighborhoods with improved pedestrian and bicycle access, as well as future connection to the larger region that includes new access to the Veterans Memorial shared-use path and the future site of the proposed South Coast Rail expansion. New parcels for development will be identified to encourage private entities to establish restaurant, retail, housing, and tourism options within the area. Previously, the city of New Bedford engaged in strategic planning to integrate new business opportunities from the emerging offshore wind industry with New Bedford’s commercial fishing, cargo, and cultural tourism sectors. While the original strategy looked at the whole waterfront, this process is now tasked with planning for key focus areas that will have the greatest impact in revitalizing the waterfront.

New Bedford redevelopment site plan

In addition to Harriman as the lead urban planners, the team for the New Bedford plan includes Sasaki Associates of Watertown for urban design and land use planning, APEX of New Bedford for environmental analysis, and FXM Associates of Mattapoisett for market and economic analysis. The team also includes Boston-based HSH Associates for transportation planning, and Bonz & Company for its real estate development expertise. Harriman and the city of New Bedford finalized the contract in December 2016.


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Montclair State University Center for Environmental & Life Sciences / photo Mike Peters ©

Montclair, NJ – Designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative, the Center for Environmental & Life Sciences (CELS), a 100,000sf building at Montclair State University, has received LEED Gold certification. Laboratory buildings have historically been enormous energy users. To reduce this concern, this project uses a multimode mechanical system separating classroom, lecture hall, and general-space conditioning with chilled beams coupled with heat-recovery enthalpy wheels. The laboratories utilize variable air volume (VAV) terminal units and VAV fume hoods with glycol loop heat recovery that avoids any chance of cross contamination. The lighting for the project incorporates task lighting, scene controllers, and occupancy sensors for classrooms, conference rooms, and open plan workstations as another strategy for saving energy and to give occupants better control. The occupancy sensors can also detect CO2 levels and communicate with the mechanical system to bring in more fresh air. Other sustainable features incorporated include: 40% water use was reduced by utilizing low-flow toilets, urinals, and faucets; 78% of the construction waste was diverted from a landfill; 37% of materials in the building were made from recycled materials; 25% of the materials were sourced within 500 miles of the project site; 57% of the wood used in the project was derived from sustainable sourced forests (meeting Forest Stewardship Council requirements); and low emitting materials used for the paints, adhesives, carpets, and composite woods help to remove that toxic “new car smell” often associated with new buildings.

Montclair State University Center for Environmental & Life Sciences green roof / photo Mike Peters ©

Montclair State University Center for Environmental & Life Sciences / photo Mike Peters ©

One of the building’s most scenic features is the green roof above the second floor that is used as a study site and retreat. Green roofs are encouraged by LEED as an approach to cool the building and to better retain stormwater. The green roof helps extend the life of the roofing membrane, provides energy savings, and creates valuable public green space. It also provides students with a unique place to conduct studies and experiments. The advantage of the green roof includes extending the green space of the campus, reducing heat transfer through the roof, improving energy efficiency, limiting rainwater surges, serving as an outdoor classroom, and providing an entertainment venue.

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Suffolk Completes Construction of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex at Northeastern University Northeastern University ushered in a new era of transformative research with the official opening of its state-of-the-art

Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC), an architectural marvel designed to spur innovation, collaboration,

and scientific breakthroughs for years to come. The state-ofthe-art facility was designed by architectural firm Payette, and construction was managed by Suffolk. The six-story building features 230,000 square feet of research and educational space for the university to expand its capacity to engage in path-breaking interdisciplinary research. This research cuts across a range of fields, from community resilience, to cybersecurity, to coastal sustainability, to drug delivery. At the core of the ISEC is a glass-filled atrium, which facilitates connections between researchers. Upper floors are comprised of two wings: an office wing and an adaptable laboratory wing, connected by two sky bridges. Overall features include: • Offices and lab space to accommodate 700 faculty members and graduate students. • A central spiral staircase and conference spaces, lounges, and kitchenettes on five floors to encourage meetings and impromptu exchanges. • Wet and computational laboratories are colocated, and modular — fully adaptable to each research team’s needs. • Glass walls surrounding a six-story, skylit atrium put science on display — and foster a culture of transparency. • The ground floor doubles as a conference center, with a 280-seat auditorium, staging area, café, and room for 200 seated dinner guests. • More than 13,000 square feet of essential core facilities and tools at basement level serve the university community: laboratories for genomics, metabolomics, and proteomics; functional nuclear magnetic resonance imaging; and electron microscopes. Designed with energy efficiency in mind, the ISEC reflects Northeastern’s commitment to sustainability in every way. The building’s central atrium transfers air from offices to labs for more efficient ventilation and a footprint that optimizes natural light. This “cascade approach” to recirculate air will significantly reduce energy costs and consumption. A curved southwest-facing curtainwall of vertical, sun-shading aluminum “fins” maximizes daylight penetration while minimizing heat gain. The building features energy

efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures, and a 40% reduction in water use over baseline standards is anticipated. The building is on track to achieve LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Suffolk utilized its “build smart” approach to manage construction of the ISEC project, such as implementing Lean Construction principles and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) to enhance teamwide collaboration, increase efficiencies, and minimize waste. Construction of the ISEC, which took approximately three years, was completed on time and on budget despite a number of logistical challenges, including its location next to active railroad tracks used by three different transportation agencies, as well as a parking structure. This was made possible by the close cooperation and teamwork among Suffolk, its trade partners, Payette, and Northeastern University, which was key to the successful completion of this incredible facility.

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June 2017


Technology & Innovation What Other Industries Can Teach Us About Virtual Reality

by Bill Fishkin While BIM is the “measure twice, cut once” adage writ large for AEC industries, other professions have embraced the benefits of virtual reality beyond clash control and design review. Take note; lessons may be learned. Aeronautics Aerospace leader Lockheed Martin was an early adopter of VR for design review and collaboration. According to ​Via Satellite, Lockheed has saved over $10 million by incorporating VR into their development process. Lockheed also understands VR’s ability to spark imaginations and plant seeds for the future. Lockheed’s absolutely inspiring and incredible “​Generation Beyond: Mars Bus Experience​,” a school bus outfitted with

Virtualization of Terminal E expansion, Logan Airport

virtual reality, mimics a trip across Mars. As the bus travels around Washington, D.C., elementary school passengers experience the Martian landscape through the bus windows. By overlaying the virtual landscape over the actual topography and streets system of D.C., every turn the bus takes provides a new view of Mars to the touring school kids, all while inspiring a new generation of kids who will likely be the first to land on Mars.









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Hoylu Receives Over $250K in Orders from Suffolk Pembroke, MA – Hoylu, a visual ideation and collaboration provider headquartered in Sweden with offices in North America, Asia, and Europe, recently announced it has received over $250,000 in orders from Suffolk Construction, one of the largest construction companies in the United States. The orders represent an expansion of Hoylu’s business with Suffolk, who have been customers of Hoylu’s products and services since 2016, starting with the Huddlewall, a packaged solution that provides a turnkey product that includes hardware, software, and ideation materials. The Hoylu Huddlewall features an expansive ideation space that provides workstation performance and additional screen real estate for reviewing CAD files, editing blueprints, enabling web applications for Lean planning, or performing interactive brainstorming sessions with pen-based interaction. The product also features the Hoylu Inspiration Suite of software, designed to help teams work faster and more interactively and create a clear ROI for enterprise-level collaboration. Finding

The Huddlewall features an expansive ideation space that provides workstation performance and additional screen real estate for a variety of uses.

effective ways for teams to interact while viewing 3D models of complex buildings and conducting Lean planning is a high priority within the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) community. “Many construction companies have tried using smart boards to help facilitate team collaboration, but run into software limitations. In addition to our own collaboration and ideation software, Hoylu Huddlewall is an open platform that can run all of the existing third-party applications that AEC firms know and use today. But now these products can be used on a huge display in a big room, ideal for team collaboration and planning,” says Andrew Jamison, vice president of sales U.S. at Hoylu.

“Suffolk’s vision is to transform the construction experience by building smart,” said Chris Mayer, chief innovation officer at Suffolk. “By adding sophisticated new tools and technologies such as the Hoylu Huddlewall to our toolbox, we will be able to manage our projects with more efficiencies, provide clients a more predictable and enjoyable experience, and revolutionize our industry.”


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High-Profile Interview: Mikael Reckley

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Recently, Anastasia Barnes, BD manager at High-Profile Monthly, sat down with Mikael Reckley, the Northeast field marketing manager for Procore, to discuss his journey from working at an internationally known construction firm to joining one of the fastest growing construction project management software firms in the U.S. AB: Prior to joining Procore, you were already working in the AEC industry, correct? MR: Yes, I joined Turner Construction after leaving the Army in 2001. I started off as an assistant superintendent in charge of structural steel. At that time, most of what we did was pen and paper. We had the push-to-talk Nextel phones and a radio. There were 87 Turner employees onsite and we had one digital camera for the field staff. Aside from Excel and Word, we were using a particular project management software at the time that had its challenges. We only had two licenses for the program, so we had to make sure others weren’t logged in when we had to write requests for information (RFIs). It was extremely slow and not very user friendly. It would literally take me a couple of hours to write one. I spent time on a couple of other jobs in different departments, and our technology didn’t get much better over the years..

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We wanted consistency for the client, and we were looking for a single source of truth instead of having our data spread out in multiple locations and unorganized. AB: So, it sounds like your frustration with the lack of technology was the impetus to learn more about it? MR: Exactly! In 2008 two major things happened for me in the world of construction technology. One, I discovered the existence of building information modeling. Two, I teamed up with a co-worker of mine, and we developed a website that would allow jobs to do punchlist on a website. The implementation of BIM and the development of a homegrown punch

Mikael Reckley list tool caught the attention of some of the higher executives at Turner, and within a short time I shifted from being a traditional employee to eventually running their virtual design and construction department. I gave several trainings and webinars to many Turner employees across the nation on topics such as BIM, construction technology, Lean construction, and sustainable construction, and became a respected speaker and trainer in the company. AB: How did you end up at Procore? MR: In 2012, my boss at Turner called me into his office and gave me the mission of finding a better project management tool than the myriad of programs we were using at the time for project administration, file sharing, punch list, and drawing management, etc. It became the wild west of point solutions that varied from project to project. We wanted consistency for the client, and we were looking for a single source of truth instead of having our data spread out in multiple locations and unorganized. I found three programs, one of which was Procore. After pulling a focus group together of project engineers and project managers, we selected Procore and eventually piloted on a $100 million renovation for Harvard University. It quickly became popular and spread from job to job. Eventually I became more passionate about what Procore was doing and how they were changing the industry and ended up joining them. Procore is currently the most widely used construction project management software on the market.

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31 Teams with Procore People of a certain age will recall how everyone said that computers will make paper obsolete. Remember? Not so fast. Notably, in construction, architecture, engineering, and related fields, there are times when having plans on paper makes it easier for the project management team to see at a glance both the big picture and granular details in relation to the full project scheme. Brian Burke, founder of, says, “While tablets and other devices are fantastic in many situations, many industry professionals prefer to view schematics and read text on sharp, crisp printed plans. We offer exactly what they need — faster, smarter, and cheaper.” He says is one of the best ways to print construction documents from anywhere in the world and have them delivered to anywhere in the United States within one business day. And now that has teamed with Procore software, users have the advantage of printing and delivering construction documents on-demand using a seamlessly integrated app. Procore is the developer of advanced construction management software that creates solutions to streamline complex processes, create frictionless business operations, and manage the entire life cycle of construction. GCs and subcontractors can easily get their construction documents printed and delivered right from their Procore dashboard when using the app —

Plans on paper makes it easier for the team to see both the big picture and granular details.

available as its “print plans” option. Burke says, “Service integration innovations like the Procore/ combination keep construction technology on the cutting edge. It’s only natural for Procore customers to want ease of use for an integrated construction document printing service as they move from their bidding phase into the project planning and management phases of the projects they win. Together, we’re enhancing users’ experience,

offering the lowest cost, most efficient printing distribution system yet conceived.” Rob McKinney, the ConAppGuru, and construction tech leader James Benham, founder /CEO of JBKnowledge, the creators of SmartBid, described how clients benefit with Plans4Less. com integration: “Our users still use lots of paper and need hundreds of prints. We have customers using the product, saving money, and getting better service.” FCI Constructors, Inc., of Colorado Springs, has been using with tremendous success. Upon opening his email one day, Will Kiser, FCI project engineer, got a message from one of his firm’s offices instructing everyone in the company to use Plans4Less to save money on printing plans. He emailed Burke: “You keep delivering crisp, quality plans, even the big 36 x 48’s for a dollar a print. Then you get the plans on time to exactly where my guys need them at our various sites. Even the shipping costs are low. You guys get an A+ for overall value, and I’ll even throw in a gold star for your can-do attitude!” Burke says, “We continue to look for innovative ways to make the printing experience easier and more rewarding for enterprise software clients in the construction industry and beyond.” He notes that is the first and only print company to be in the Procore App Marketplace, and will be integrated into their software by the fall.


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construction. SGA is a leader in virtual design and construction (VDC), the techbased project delivery method featuring complex and comprehensive 3D building models created in Autodesk’s Revit software. The BUILD Space is a collaborative R&D workshop focused on the future of the building industry. It accommodates a research residency program for industry innovators and startup companies, who have access to 60 pieces of equipment, including 3D printing, laser cutting, six industrial robots, and 11 workshops for woodworking, metal fabrication, and more. The ceilings are reinforced with two layers of carbon fiber composite with epoxy resin and fireproof coating to safely support the heavy machinery.

Cooney Joins Nickerson Dir. of Social Media and Emerging Technology Boston – Nickerson, a full-service various clients and respective communications agency with target audiences. He will also offices in Boston, New York, and develop strategies and programs Miami, recently announced that to utilize new and emerging Matthew Cooney has joined the technologies in creative formats team with a focus on leveraging to further the reach and impact cutting-edge technology to of campaigns. develop fully immersive and Cooney has over seven years engaging marketing strategies. As of experience managing social the director of social media and Matthew Cooney media and leading internal and external teams globally with emerging technology, Cooney demonstrated success in growing audience will create and implement creative social and engagement. Most recently, Cooney media strategies for Nickerson’s diverse held the position of principal product portfolio of clients, as well as lead the manager at Dell EMC. Prior to joining firm’s efforts in leveraging new and Dell EMC, he managed the launch of the emerging technologies to the benefit of enterprise wide social media presence client branding and business goals. for Blue Cross Blue Shield and managed In his new role, Cooney will be social media for organizations including responsible for the development and iRobot, Monster, and the Massachusetts implementation of multi-platform social Institute of Technology (MIT). media programs tailored to Nickerson’s

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Recently, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for GE Innovation Point, which is GE’s new global headquarters in Boston. Speakers included GE Chairman & CEO Jeff Immelt, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Innovation Point will be home to 800 GE employees as well as collaborators from the innovation, startup and learning communities. Suffolk is managing construction of the new twelve-story, 295,000 sf building that will be part of the future campus. During the planning phase, the Suffolk team worked closely with the project

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Northern New England Work Begins on Office Building

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Sturbridge, MA – Maugel Architects announced that construction has begun on a 43,000sf Class A office building located on Charlton Road in Sturbridge. Arland Tool & Manufacturing, Inc., an international contract manufacturer based in West Brookfield, selected Maugel and RP Masiello of Boylston to design-build the project. The three-story office building will feature modern masonry and glass elements and showcase a multistory lobby that adds visual drama and natural light into the interior. The project is

being constructed on a high-visibility parcel owned by Arland located at the junction of Interstate 84, Route 20, and the Massachusetts Turnpike. “Working with the Arland Tool and RP Masiello team was a pleasure,” said Mike Kunz, senior project manager at Maugel Architects. “Maugel and RP Masiello have worked together on many successful design-build projects throughout the years. Arland is developing a wonderful new Class A office space; we are confident it will be a highly desirable asset in the Sturbridge area.”

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Sunapee, NH – Construction is underway at Sugar River Bank, in Sunapee. The 1,800sf renovation project is being managed by Raymond-based Jewett Construction Company in partnership with the NES Group. Along with a complete cosmetic makeover, including drywall, flooring, and millwork, the building will be updated to meet codes, increase energy efficiency, and improve the customer experience. This fast-paced project will be

completed in time for the summer tourist season and is underway while the bank remains fully operational. This is not the first bank that Jewett has constructed during a 45-year history in the industry. According to President Craig Jewett, “We’ve had the opportunity to build dozens of financial institutions over the years. It’s fantastic that even as modern banking evolves and changes, community lenders are still finding creative ways to maintain a need for brickand-mortar banks and credit unions.”

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Pfeiffer Facility to Expand

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South Portland, ME – Design-build construction manager and general contractor Jewett Construction of Raymond, N.H., has been selected to manage the scale house replacement at ecomaine in Portland, Maine. This is the second ecomaine project for Jewett, following an interior locker room renovation in 2016. The scale house is used to weigh vehicles when they arrive and depart from the facility. The project will include the creation of a temporary scale house, demolition of the existing structure,

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relocation of the scale control equipment, and the construction of a new building, in addition to various site improvements.

Nashua, NH – Maugel Architects announced that Pfeiffer Vacuum has selected the firm to design a 24,000sf expansion to Pfeiffer’s facility in Nashua. The project includes the construction of a new two-story office building addition to Pfeiffer’s existing one-story structure and the reconfiguration of interior spaces to optimize manufacturing efficiencies and to create a modern open-concept work space. Sleek high-tech finishes featuring an abundance of glass and modern elements were selected to reflect Pfeiffer’s European roots. Construction will be done while maintaining full business operations.

In addition to Maugel Architects, other team members include Aho Construction, TF Moran, and RDK Engineers. “It was a pleasure working with the team at Pfeiffer Vacuum to design the Nashua expansion,” said Mike Kunz, senior project manager at Maugel Architects. “The modern office building addition and more efficient manufacturing workflows will provide a wonderful workspace for Pfeiffer employees.” Headquartered in Asslar, Germany, Pfeiffer is a leading provider of advanced vacuum technology and solutions. The expansion will enable the firm to consolidate local operations at its Nashua location.

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Multi-Residential JM Electrical Completes Control System Project at Lovejoy Wharf Harbor, the Charles River, Downtown Boston, and Cambridge. Other amenities in the development include a rooftop terrace on the 12th floor, a wharfside health club, fitness studio, resident lounge, library lounge, business center, and more. Now open to the public, a Boston

Harborwalk addition has been built along Lovejoy Wharf. Converse has also opened a retail store adjacent to the condominium. The building will be Boston’s first condo development with no parking spaces due to its proximity to public transportation, as it is located right by North Station.

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Lynnfield, MA – JM Electrical Company, Inc. has completed project operations at Lovejoy Wharf, a 15-story, 157-residence luxury condominium building at Bulfinch Triangle in Boston. A complete building automation system was installed to control the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning serving the core of the building, as was individual standalone temperature control in each of the residences, which range from studios to three bedrooms. JM was also responsible

for the control of the life safety systems, including stairwell pressurization and the critical control of the fuel oil feeding the emergency generator. Developed by Related Beal and designed by Stantec, The Architectural Team, and Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, the building contains groundfloor retail space in addition to its condominiums. Several residences will feature outdoor terraces, and each of the residences will provide views of Boston

Westport, MA – Delphi Construction, Inc. recently announced it will begin the construction of Noquochoke Village, a large affordable housing development in Westport. The project is owned by The Community Builders, Inc. and was designed by DBVW Architects of Providence, R.I. The work comprises new construction of 50 affordable townhome-style units in seven buildings plus a community building on five acres of land in the South Coast town. The property will feature a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom townhomes.

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June 2017


CSNDC Celebrates Completion of Whittier-Lyndhurst-Washington Apts.

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Boston – The Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (CSNDC) celebrated the completion of Whittier-Lyndhurst-Washington Apartments. This initiative involved the transformation of four problem properties into 44 affordable rental units. All sites are within a half-mile radius of one another in the Codman Square neighborhood of Dorchester. NEI was responsible for construction on two of the properties including the new

construction of a LEED Silver certifiable four-story building on a formerly vacant lot on Washington Street. The structure features a combination of eight residential units and 1,000sf of retail/office space on the first floor. The second property involved the historic rehab of a century-old three-story brick structure on Lyndhurst Street that was damaged in a 2007 fire. The rehab consisted of a complete gut and full building reconfiguration, creating eight new residential units. In addition to

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these two properties, WLW also involved the construction on a second vacant site, creating 13 units, as well as the preservation of 14 occupied units in the former Whittier School. The project was financed with state housing and historic tax credits and with federal low-income housing tax credits awarded by the State Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Other supporters of the $20 million project include the city of Boston, Bank

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Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corporation recently completed several Connecticut projects as general contractor. FedEx Ground Hub, Wallingford 1,500sf renovation and addition to the occupied distribution facility, coordination work around heavy vehicular traffic. The interior portion of the project included a full security screening area, a break room, and a large storage room. On the exterior, site improvements and expansion included removing 20,000 yards of soil to construct a large parking lot for tractor trailers, retaining walls, storm infiltration systems, new security perimeter fencing, relocation of existing gas and water services, modified septic systems, and modified riprap storm channels to prevent future erosion of wetlands cause by storm run-off. Cumberland Farms KBE served as GC for both the Monroe and Fairfield locations. The Monroe location was a new construction, while the Fairfield location was a renovation.

The stores feature a large assortment of freshly prepared foods, dairy products, chilled drinks, snacks, pastries, coffee, and more. KBE has constructed a total of 13 Cumberland Farms locations throughout Connecticut. UConn Health Center Starbucks Café Located in the tower addition at UConn Health Center in Farmington, this project in the tower addition at UConn Health Center in Farmington: required coring through the foundation and coordination of waste piping installation on the floor below, which is home to an active Hybrid Surgery Area. Careful coordination was required, along with maintaining the highest levels of Infection Control Measures, the hospital’s requirements for cleanliness in areas of high risk patient care. TD Bank KBE completed the ground-up construction and interior fit-out of branch offices in Winsted and Torrington.

Hartford, CT – Amenta Emma Architects announced that Pawel L. Honc, LEED AP BD+C, has passed the Architectural Registration Examination and is now a licensed architect in the state of Connecticut. Honc joined the firm in January 2015. He is currently working on the firm’s largest project to date, the renovation of the State Office Building at 165 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. Amenta Emma also announced the addition of Jason M. Walls, AIA, as a project architect to the firm’s Stamford

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Haines Joins BVH Integrated Bloomfield, CT – BVH Integrated Services, P.C., recently announced that Steven Haines has joined the organization as director of technical operations. In this newly created position at BVH, he will take a leadership role in the firm’s information technology and related practice areas, forming the foundation for

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the firm’s ability to work effectively, communicate ideas, and produce project documentation. Haines previously served as managing director of Centerbrook Architects and Planners, where he was responsible for the implementation of policies and procedures to ensure excellence in design and business practices.

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June 2017


Transformative Healthcare:

The Roles of Technology, Lean, and Evidence-Based Design

by Robert Amatuli and Antonia Ciaverella

Technological advancements continue to shape our future, a fact that is especially true of the healthcare sector. On its own, technology certainly brings innovation to healthcare, but when paired with a Lean approach and evidence-based design (EBD), healthcare becomes transformative. To maximize this potential and establish a new standard of excellence in patient care, healthcare facilities are increasingly leaning on these design principles. In a Lean approach to healthcare design, the whole is more than the sum of its parts. The efficiencies designed into the system can result in improved culture, communication, workflows, and employee satisfaction. For patients, going Lean can mean shorter wait times, shorter clinical times, reduction of error, and a

higher-quality experience. Built into this system is a feedback loop, leaving room for continuous improvement. This Lean strategy is informed by an EBD approach which uses data collection and analysis, peer-reviewed research, and projectspecific data to assess and improve patient experience. Lean efficiencies also allow hospitals to spend money elsewhere, helping compensate for lower reimbursement rates that are cutting into operational needs. Hartford Hospital’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) offers a leading example of how the interconnection of technology, Lean, and EBD can transform healthcare. This world-renowned surgical simulation center is the largest teaching facility in New England and annually provides nearly 11,000 residents, clinicians, physicians, and surgical specialists with state-of-the-art educational and training opportunities. Locally, CESI is an inspiration to the community’s future STEM leaders, offering tours to local high school students. CESI’s design incorporates the principle that patient care starts with the physical environment, creating spaces that are both staff- and patient-

friendly. For clinical staff, CESI provides collaborative learning opportunities, skills building, and innovative practices that directly translate to patient care. Using a three-part method of teaching theory, learning skills, and practicing proficiency, user groups are trained in simulation spaces that are designed for

the real world and are reminiscent of practice. This Lean approach means minimal time lost in translation between the technical skills learned at CESI and their application in a patient care environment. The incredibly innovative program at CESI includes numerous advanced technological features, including medical/surgical patient rooms using hi-fidelity mannequins, debriefing classrooms, and wet-tissue lab training, with designed program expansion of

additional robotic training, virtual reality, and lap-box training. CESI is one of only a few facilities in the country to offer a fully comprehensive range of robotic (and other high-tech) training capabilities. The challenge that facilities like CESI face in integrating technology into the healthcare experience is how to maintain the personal relationship between provider and patient. This human connection remains fundamental, and without it, isolation and confusion can develop. However, with the influence of Lean and EBD, caregiver-patient relationships are easier to maintain. These design principles present value-based approaches that focus more time on employee wellness and patient care, with resulting operational benefits. Applying these strategies into the design and planning of a healthcare building creates more-efficient workflows, minimizes stress on staff, and ultimately allows for more time at patient bedsides. The end result can be a beautiful, efficient space that balances consistency with flexibility and ensures that staff culture is supported by the spatial layout. At CESI, maintaining a human connection between provider and patient is embodied in the social values of the program as a continued to page 45

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SLAM Selected to Design and Build Chapel Haven’s Campus Expansion Glastonbury, CT – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) and S/L/A/M Construction Services (SLAM CS) have been selected to respectively design and construct a major multiphased, multiyear expansion and renovation of Chapel Haven’s campus located in New Haven, Conn. Chapel Haven is an award-winning, nationally accredited residential school and independent living facility offering a wide variety of program options which empower adults with cognitive and social disabilities to live independent and happy lives. Originally housed primarily in 11 buildings on approximately 2 acres, the campus today encompasses a constellation of buildings that have been acquired over the course of the last two years. Chapel Haven has purchased additional property to expand the campus to accommodate the organization’s growing programs and vision. Working in partnership with Chapel Haven’s leadership and staff, SLAM developed a plan to accommodate the growth of its programs and address the lack of campus cohesion. The new facilities will be designed to foster a greater sense of community within the fabric of the Westville neighborhood of New Haven. The engagement of SLAM to work with Chapel Haven on the fast-track design and construction process is the

Architectural rendering of Chapel Haven’s REACH building / by The S/L/A/M Collaborative

next step in an impressive $41.75 million capital campaign to create an aging services facility, transform the campus, create new teaching and housing spaces, expand employment, and grow Chapel Haven’s endowment. SLAM distinguished itself throughout the architectural procurement process for its creativity, vision, and approach to the project. SLAM’s multidisciplinary in-house team provided a unique integrated design-build

delivery method which streamlined the process by bringing planning, design, and construction together in the early stages, ultimately enabling Chapel Haven to fast-track the project and begin the first phase in June, with SLAM CS beginning construction on the first building in late July. Phase 1 of the project consists of three buildings; the first to be built will be a 32,500sf building, which will

house the Residential Education at Chapel Haven (REACH) and REACH Bridge programs, providing housing and educational services for adults 18 years of age and older with mild developmental disabilities and autism. In this intensive 24-month program, REACH adults learn to negotiate all aspects of independent living while enjoying a state-approved education program and a nationally accredited transitional living program. Upon graduation, they may choose to continue living in the area and receive continued support from Chapel Haven. This first phase of construction also includes a new addition to the existing Hub Building, which will serve as a Welcome Center. The program is intended to provide a new front door to Chapel Haven’s campus. The final 36,500sf building in Phase 1 will house both the Schleifer Adult Independent Living (SAIL) and Aging Services programs and will primarily provide housing and supervision for adults who benefit from a continuation of services from the Chapel Haven community. The planning and design approach led to four-story buildings organized around a series of exterior spaces for the residents. Drawing from the architecture continued to page 44





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Major growth spurt for Massachusetts residential housing has been helped by the speed of construction, economy, and easy finishing of precast concrete hollowcore. The recent boom in residential housing options in the greater Massachusetts area, especially multifamily units such as apartments, condominiums, and university dormitories, has led developers and designers to find economical options that are quick to construct. Many have turned to precast concrete hollowcore for floor/ ceiling units.

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The units are extruded with various-shaped voids that run the length of the pieces, which are typically 6 to 16 inches thick and 2 to 12 feet in width. The voids help lighten the structural load while retaining strength. In some cases, the cores

can be used as mechanical or electrical runs. The pieces offer a variety of benefits, including speed of construction, especially when used with precast concrete load-bearing wall panels or columns. Their long spans provide interior design flexibility, while their controlled production ensures consistent, high quality. This production method allows the underside (ceiling side) to be painted or have a light finish applied and provide an attractive, fast finish. The benefits these components provide can be seen in a range of apartment and condominium projects completed in recent years. At the Alloy Residences, part of the large Assembly Row mixed-use community in Somerville, for instance, hollowcore is being used to help create 122 highend condominiums to be completed in 2018. The hollowcore, erected in five months in 2016, helped speed up construction and provided quicker floor turnover, according to designers at PROCON Inc., the design-builder. Hotels also benefit, such as the Fenway Residence Inn by Marriott in Boston. The 120,000sf, eight-story building features 175 guest rooms.

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Genest Unveils Comfort Block The 90-year-old Maine-based concrete company invents building product for homeowners and high-performance sector. Sanford, ME – Founded in 1927, Genest Concrete, a fourth-generation concrete block producer, distributor, and retailer, unveils Comfort Block — a fully insulated, self-contained concrete building block wall system. This is the first product of its kind in the U.S. being released into the residential and small-scale construction market. Inspired by German engineered masonry products, the 16-inch-thick wall system replaces the need for wood and drywall during construction and offers a cost-neutral, chemical-free alternative to building net-zero, passive structures. Other benefits include: • Comfort Block exceeds energyefficiency standards. • Is resilient to fire and natural disaster. • Results in decreased energy and insurance costs. • Is mold, pest, and chemical free. Chris Genest, general manager of Genest Concrete, developed the Comfort Block product with two goals — put the masons back to work and create a masonry product that offers entry into the green build movement that is sweeping the world. “Masonry is a beautiful craft, but a

dying industry,” says Genest. “We need to put the masons to work and make it easy for young apprentices to get started — but we also need to follow the market as it evolves.”

An international study shows that green building projects are expected to double in the United States by 2018. Comfort Block follows passive house standards and resilient building models by exceeding energy-efficiency and durability standards.

The wall system is precisely calibrated, needing only thinset or concrete glue, not mortar, to secure the blocks in place. This process limits the mess and water needed at the jobsite while increasing the speed of construction. Once set, the blocks are covered by plaster on the inside and stucco on the outside. Since all products used in the construction process are nonorganic, there is no opportunity for mold or termite penetration — creating a healthy chemical- and toxin-free environment that is particularly important for people suffering from allergies or chemical sensitivities. Currently, there are four homes in various stages of construction. Each has been designed by traditional architects, built by masons or general contractors, and wired and plumbed by traditionally trained and licensed subcontractors. Chris Genest built his own home using the Comfort Block wall system. His energy bills have decreased by 90%, and his homeowner’s insurance cost has decreased because of

Preconstruction Analysis • Construction Management General Contracting • Design/Build Services • Capital Improvement Building Envelope Improvements • Interior Renovations the structure’s ability to resist fire, flood, wind, and pest damage, unlike traditional stick-built homes. “Comfort Block is going to be a catalyst growth, and it marks a turning point for small-scale commercial and residential construction,” says Genest. “For a little company that started transporting sand and gravel by horse and buggy in the 1920s, we are pretty proud of the mark we believe this product will leave on the industry.”

Comfort Block compared to wood Comfort Block is a low-maintenance material that does not burn, mold, or invite pests. The walls are significantly stronger to resist extreme weather events such as floods, hurricanes, and tornados. Wood construction is prone to rot and fire, and considerable effort must be made to insure that it lasts a lifetime. Building with Comfort Block is cost-neutral to stick-building after the first year, when energy and insurance savings are realized. Comfort Block homes exceed minimum construction standards energy efficiency. Comfort Block compared to insulated concrete forms (ICFs) Comfort Block is the inverse of ICF construction, as the insulation is on the inside versus the outside. ICF requires sheetrock on the inside and siding on the outside to protect the insulation, making it prone to moisture damage. Comfort Block compared to concrete modular units (CMUs) Comfort Block has self-contained insulation, while CMUs require an additional step for that to be added, making construction quicker and cheaper. The blocks are precisely calibrated and can be stacked and glued quickly. Comfort Block uses no mortar, so there is less water on the jobsite needed, and construction is expedited.

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walk across campus. The task-based, high-utilization design will transform the space into a shared resource for everyone in the department. Finally, the design of multifunction spaces is another page taken from corporate workplace strategy. For the anesthesiology department in its new location, a break and lounge space doubles as a collaboration room for presentations and meetings. The movable café furniture ensures that the space stays active throughout the day, providing a casual setting that creates community and

supports social interaction. The healthcare setting is intrinsically a task-based work space, one that is shifting in design requirements. With the emergence of new medical delivery models, the need for improved utilization, and the desire to attract and retain top medical talent, healthcare organizations are tapping workplace strategy best practices to rethink the healthcare workplace. Jason Costello, AIA, EDAC, is an associate principal and partner at Margulies Perruzzi Architects.

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Window Films Provide Choice for Trend Toward Expansive Fenestration

by Peter Davey Advancements in window film technologies have increased dramatically and have improved the quality of our lives. From the original sun control window film patent issued to 3M Company in 1966 to recent rollouts of dual-technology insulating film and daylight redirecting film, we have enjoyed a more comfortable, safer, and healthier experience in our buildings due to installations of quality window films. Facility and property managers are challenged by the architectural trend toward expansive glass in windows, walls, and doors. Typically, glass generates heat gain, heat loss, and safety concerns — compounded by associated rising heating and cooling expenses. Green-minded clients are driving the market toward energy conservation and healthy indoor environments with demands for natural lighting. A quick, clean, cost-effective quality window film retrofit can address all these concerns. Upon installation, reduction in heat gain; heat loss; glare and UV damage to fabrics, furnishings, and floors; security; and overall aesthetics are immediate. Ultimately, a window film

retrofit is an affordable option over glass replacement and can generate a return on investment — often within two to three years. Film options include: Daylight redirecting film. A highly engineered film that redirects sunlight deeper into a building, it reduces dependence on artificial lighting while providing benefits of natural light. Data indicates

that natural light increases employee productivity, decreases absenteeism, improves test scores, boosts retail sales, and improves patient recovery times. Climate control. A dual-technology film that reduces solar energy entering your building while helping to prevent the transfer of radiant Like insulation for windows, this film is particularly effective in the Northeast. Metallized. These traditional solar control window films with high optical clarity include a microthin layer of metal to reflect infrared solar radiation. Nonmetallic. Solar control films

National Grid Announces Program Waltham, MA – National Grid recently announced the launch of a new program that will support building designers, engineers, contractors, trade, and other professionals in achieving their energysavings goals. The National Grid Professional Network offers energy-efficiency expertise, technical support, and financial incentives for both new construction and retrofit projects. The network will help professionals deliver added value to its clients by helping them save energy, reduce maintenance costs, decrease equipment and building ownership costs, increase asset value, and improve building occupant comfort and employee productivity. The network provides an umbrella for existing trade ally programs such as Project Expeditor (PEX) and Value Plus Installer (VPI) while offering benefits to professionals currently not in National Grid programs. “National Grid is committed to helping professionals involved in energy efficiency grow their businesses,” said Terry Sobolewski, chief customer officer, National Grid. “Our professional network provides energy-saving solutions that add

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manufactured without metals, these films are not susceptible to corrosion in coastal environments and do not interfere with Wi-Fi and cell phone reception. They offer reflectivity that is actually lower than glass. Exterior. Both metallic and nonmetallized, they have a durable UV resistant hardcoat that withstands harsh weather. Exterior films offer easier access to glass that may not have been accessible. Night vision. Traditional metalized films reflect equally inside and out, becoming mirror-like at night. Night vision films reflect more toward the exterior and less toward interior, providing the performance of a reflective film that can be seen through at night. Ceramic. These films utilize a layer of ceramic material to reflect solar energy. They will not reflect quite as much energy as other nonmetallic films and are more reflective. However, they offer higher visible light transmission than night vision films. Safety and security. Designed to hold broken glass in place, these low-profile, high-performance films help reduce the risk of injuries and property damage due to flying glass shards and exposure to the elements. They hold glass in place in the event of blasts, violent weather, or vandalism. Combination safety and solar control films provide varying levels of each benefit. Antigraffiti. These films help safeguard your property from vandals using spray paints, markers, and other tools that mark, scratch, and deface property while additionally provid-

ing protection typical of safety and security films. Specialty films. Designer films, window/wall graphics, and architectural finishes enhance interiors, provide privacy, promote products, enhance company image, and resurface furniture, elevators, walls, and doors. Given the variety of fenestration and films, seek experienced professionals to help guide you toward the best product for your specific application. Choose a manufacturer that has longevity in the field and stands behind their products with solid warranties. Select an authorized and certified window film dealer with experienced professionals and trained installers. They will provide film samples, specifications, and all the support required to help you reach your project goals. Peter J. Davey is president of American Window Film, Inc., a 3M Authorized Prestige Window Film Dealer, located in Foxboro, Mass.

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of the surrounding neighborhood and regional campuses, the exterior character combines traditional forms and materials to give the buildings a rich texture and intimate scale. Sloped roofs and dormers, combined with porches, are components that help break down the scale and create a more residential feel rather than an institutional one. A generous use of windows also brings daylight and views to the interior spaces where desired. “Working with The S/L/A/M Collaborative has been a fun process for the staff, administration, and our consultants,” said Leland Torrence, owner’s representative. “They have met the challenge of our high expectations for this fast-track project. The design-build team has provided the services that have allowed us to complete master planning, zoning, and permitting that will get a shovel in the ground in just six months.”

Chapel Haven President Michael Storz said Chapel Haven looks forward to designing a campus that culminates “years of comprehensive strategic planning and visionary practices.” Chapel Haven’s Structural Task Force chose SLAM based on the firm’s impressive track record developing projects in New Haven and its broader experience with large-scale educational, institutional, and medical applications. “I am so proud of Chapel Haven’s founding in 1972. We were the first agency of our kind to champion the idea that adults with disabilities can gain independence and live happy, productive lives,” Storz said. “With the expert help of SLAM, we are poised to become a pioneer once again with the planned addition of aging services and a complete transformation of our campus.”

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Retail & Entertainment Lighthouse Elec. Completes Old Navy Boston – Lighthouse Electrical Contracting, Inc., based in Rockland, has completed the fast-track electrical construction of the 30,000sf, two-level Old Navy store at Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing. The comprehensive electrical tenant fit-out project entailed installing the store’s power, lighting, fire alarm system, and exterior signage, as well as providing power to the store’s HVAC system and assisting in its commissioning. Hirsch Construction Corp., Danvers, was the general contractor, and the architect on the project was Sargenti Architects of Paramus, N.J. The Old Navy store’s interior lighting requirements were a key component of the electrical scope. The store features an open ceiling design, and Lighthouse Electrical’s installations included more than 6,000 feet of Unistrut lighting grids, which support the extensive LED tracklighting package. The fire alarm system, furnished and installed by Lighthouse, integrates into the main building’s fire alarm system. The NECA Boston contractor worked in tandem with the fire alarm manufacturer,

Old Navy store at Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing, Boston

both in the system’s testing and commissioning. Lighthouse PM Kenny Grant and Foreman Carl Freedman managed a field crew of 10 IBEW Local 103 electricians in the fast-track four-month project. The NECA contractor commenced construction in September 2016 and the project was completed as scheduled, in December. Old Navy opened its Millennium Tower store in January 2017. The Downtown Crossing store is the Northeast flagship store for the retail chain.

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8D on Track for Summer Opening Ironwood GC Malden, MA – Around the corner from Boda Borg, completed by Ironwood in 2015, 8D Room Escape & Board Games will occupy a 3,300sf space in Malden Center and will open to the public early summer 2017. The concept was designed and developed by QB Entertainment of Quincy. The project began in October 2016 with a full conception-to-construction delivery model. Ironwood’s design-build team, led by Molly Pidgeon, has worked side by side with QB Entertainment owners Derrick Zhao and Mo Liang, making every inch of this space visually intriguing and mentally stimulating. Upon stepping into the reception area, guests will feel they are in for a sensory experience. The textures and colors at the entry evoke a sense of drama and hint at the experiential environments beyond the archway. Lead designer and project manager Resa Gray encountered many existing condition challenges impacting design and construction, including low ceiling heights, floor elevation changes, and the overall condition of the space due to its being vacant for so long.

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Monarch School Installs Solar Array

J&M Brown Completes MIT Theater Cambridge, MA – J&M Brown Company, Inc. (JMB), headquartered in Jamaica Plain, has completed the comprehensive electrical construction of MIT’s new Theater Arts facility at Building W97, 345 Vassar Street, in Cambridge, a project that entailed the complete reshaping and renovation of a former warehouse at that location. The project team included the architectural firm designLAB Architects, Boston; construction manager Shawmut Design and Construction, Boston; and engineering firm Vanderweil Engineers, also of Boston. The project had a sustainability focus and is targeting LEED Gold certification. The facility houses new rehearsal spaces, studios, costume and scene design shops, dressing rooms, and performance space for the MIT Theater Arts program. J&M Brown provided upgrades of the building’s infrastructure as well as all electrical systems. JMB’s scope included installation of a new electrical distribution system and fire alarm system and LED lighting integrated to an advanced lighting control system with occupancy sensors. The renovation was preceded by the com-

MIT’s new Theater Arts facility

plete gutting of the existing building. J&M Brown’s low-voltage division, Spectrum Integrated Technologies, provided the facility’s security and AV system installations, working with AV consultant Boston Light & Sound. The facility’s sophisticated and extensive AV systems required more than 35 separate conduit runs, which connect the performance area to the AV control room. Two months of preconstruction planning was a critical component of the project, as JMB and Spectrum met the aggressive four-month construction schedule. The implementation of full CAD coordination was a significant factor in streamlining the construction project.


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Rochester, NH – With the installation of a rooftop solar array this month, the Monarch School of New England under construction in Rochester has reached another milestone. Monarch currently operates two campuses in Rochester. The new school is expected to open in the summer of 2017. A gala event and grand opening will be held on Thursday, September 7. Jewett Construction serves as the general contractor on the project, which was designed by DeStefano Architects. The 11,860sf facility will house a large multipurpose room, a computer lab, a woodworking/shop area, an art and music room, a greenhouse, a kitchen for preparing student lunches, and numerous classrooms and administrative offices. The exterior will include cementitious siding, an asphalt shingle roof, and multiple cupolas. Plans also include a half-court basketball court for students. The day school serves students with significant physical, medical,

developmental, behavioral, and emotional disabilities. The new facility will allow the school to enhance its career and technical education for young adults by providing the necessary equipment and space to educate and train students for a wide variety of work options in the agriculture, hospitality, technology, and service sectors. ReVision Energy installed the 47.4-kilowatt solar array. The solar energy company owns the system through a power purchase agreement (PPA), which allows the school to benefit from lower electric costs with no upfront installation cost. The PPA also includes a future option for the school to purchase the array at a significant discount. The construction of the school is being funded by community support, a generous pool of corporate donors, and a loan from the Bank of New Hampshire. An ongoing capital campaign seeks to raise $1.3 million.

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Google Cardboard, viewers experience the frightening confusion even mundane tasks represent to dementia patients. Lesson: ​ Virtual reality is a storyteller’s medium. Don’t just model the systems of the structure; tell the story. If you are building a high-end hotel, show the luxury. If a state-of-the-art hospital is your next project, model the technologically advanced equipment required for the facility. Those additions will tell a significantly more impactful story. Lessons learned Get the most impact from your VR experiences by creating detailed demos with a longer lifespan and more uses than required for design review and clash control. Let your VR tell the story of the project for the benefit of your client and their clients. Bill Fishkin is president of Theia Interactive.

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Matching PR Efforts to Your Firm’s Business Development Goals

by Susan Shelby Strong client relationships are the core of business development (BD). Strategically building and nurturing client relationships can help you navigate your firm into the directions of growth you wish to attain. Public relations (PR) sets the stage for these relationships by enhancing your public image and increasing market exposure to create brand awareness and establish your firm as a thought leader. PR ensures that cold calls are never cold. Successful BD requires setting achievable objectives designed to grow your business. It starts with identifying your target audience, understanding what drives them, and determining how best to reach them. It requires creating materials

that showcase your thought leadership to demonstrate your firm’s expertise and experience in the market. The key to effective business development is an integrated approach that includes PR and marketing. PR is integral to building a long-term presence in the industry and maintaining topof-mind awareness among current and potential clients. Promoting expertise, strengthening credibility, and delivering

wards stated BD objectives. Prepare for the meeting by thinking about industry trends and what keeps your clients up at night. What are the common issues and problems that typical clients face? What technical knowledge, best practices, and project experience can your firm offer clients? Take this information and develop three-to-five solid topics that showcase your expertise and on which you will base the tactical PR and marketing activities in your plan.

A coordinated public relations plan is the key to successful business development. actionable content that educates your target audience should be a priority. Once you determine business objectives and growth strategy, rally your team to brainstorm and design a focused PR and marketing plan. Ideally, a PR brainstorming meeting should be held each fall to prepare a plan for the upcoming year. Of utmost importance is generating topics for thought leadership to target your plan to-

A well-prepared PR plan focuses on delivering key messages to your target audience based on your business strategy. Common PR tactics to shape the public’s perception include: Press releases Consistently distributing meaningful company news to relevant local and industry publications increases credibility,

maximizes visibility, and elevates brand name recognition among your target audience. PR professionals know what constitutes newsworthy coverage, how to create professional content, and have relevant media connections. Byline articles An engaging and professionally written article placed in a respected publication solidifies your industry expertise and presents additional BD and marketing opportunities for the firm. Refer to your prepared list of topics when identifying target publications and relevant editorial opportunities. Know which publications accept contributed byline articles (versus articles that are written by their own editorial staff). Prepare the pitch, and, once secured, be sure to meet the editor’s deadlines. Published byline articles are especially useful, as they can be easily promoted to current and potential clients via email blasts and social media posts. Media relations Just as it takes time and effort for you to continued to page 49

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Philanthropy Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston Awards Breakfast Raises $280K Boston – Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston celebrated 30 years of assisting families with limited incomes achieve “simple, decent, and affordable” homeownership at the annual American Dream Awards Breakfast, held at the Seaport Boston Hotel on May 4. The event, which raised over $280,000 for Habitat Greater Boston, honored Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey for her contributions to the community and recognized several additional individuals who have provided invaluable service to the organization. The lead sponsor, Santander Bank, was joined by a number of financial institutions. Sponsorship for the event was buoyed by several construction, design, and commercial real estate firms, including Platinum Builder and Golden Ladder construction sponsors C3, Dellbrook/JKS, Nauset, Callahan, Suffolk, Tocci, and John Moriarty Associates, as well as The Architectural Team and Building Restoration Services; and CRE firms Beacon Communities, Related Beal, Barkan

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People JCJ Hires Two to Strengthen Team Boston – JCJ Architecture recently announced the addition of Robert C. Hicks, AIA, and Lorenzo Mattii, RA, to the firm as principal and design principal, respectively. Both will be responsible for delivering comprehensive planning and design services, with Hicks focusing on higher education projects and Mattii leading a variety of private, public, and institutional projects. Hicks works side by side with higher education clients in the planning, design, and management of academic, student life, athletics, and science-based facilities, among other building types. Prior to joining JCJ Architecture, Hicks was a senior project manager and senior associate with Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates and a director of project



services with Hoskins Scott & Partner Mattii is a recognized and awardwinning architect with more than 20 years of global experience in the design of complex performing arts, institutional, civic, and hospitality projects. Prior to joining JCJ, he was a design partner with Safdie Architects, design director at Pfeiffer Partners, and a senior design associate with Rockwell Group.

Gilbane Announces Promotions Providence, RI – Gilbane Development Company (GDCO), the real estate development, financing, and ownership arm of Gilbane, Inc., announced the promotions of Russell Broderick to senior vice president and Robert V. Gilbane Jr. to vice president. Broderick joined Gilbane in 1992. Select projects completed or underway include Hill Farms State Office Building in Madison, Wis.; Surfside Narragansett in Narragansett, R.I.; and several student housing projects. Gilbane joined the company in March 2012 after working as an associate


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Bedford, NH – Scott Olsen, EIT, has joined TFMoran, Inc. as a project engineer. His experience includes construction inspection, stormwater management, site and roadway grading, underground utility work for commercial and residential projects, and a $35 million federal renovation project. His certifications include Army Corps of Engineers CQC, OSHA 40 HAZWOPER, and OSHA 30 General Industry. TFMoran also announced that Stephen Williams has joined its team as a stormwater and construction inspector. He has over 30 years of experience, including soils testing, concrete and asphalt inspection and testing, monitoring



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develop business relationships, it takes a similar effort to establish relationships with the media. If your firm doesn’t have those contacts, a PR professional can assist with reaching targeted press and establishing your firm as a credible expert source for articles and contributed information. Again, rely on those previously determined PR topics to offer editors expertise in line with the publication’s editorial calendars. Typically, an editor will ask for a phone interview with your expert on the stated topic. Industry awards Industry awards can differentiate your firm from the competition and highlight exceptional work. Seek industry award programs that align with your business goals and project achievements. Remember to tap the project team to strengthen the project narrative in award submissions. Speaking opportunities Identify speaking opportunities at con-

ferences, trade shows, and local business events to position your staff as experts in the industry. Research opportunities, noting required experience, materials, and deadlines for submission. Using one of your brainstormed PR topics, help your staff write a speaking abstract with learning objectives and submit to the event organizer. Once secured, assist your team with materials preparation and rehearsal, if needed. Strategic thinking and planning are essential to any business. Successful business development identifies areas for growth and employs public relations and marketing strategies to help achieve those initiatives. Match your PR efforts to your BD goals to shape the future of your firm. Susan Shelby, FSMPS, CPSM, is the president and CEO of Rhino Public Relations.



Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects recently announced that Rebecca Berry, AIA; Ellen Anselone, AIA; Jeffrey Garriga, AIA; and Regan Shields Ives, AIA, were unanimously voted by the firm’s board of directors to the positions president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary, respectively. In concert


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with Maurice Finegold, FAIA; James Alexander, FAIA; and Tony Hsiao, AIA, their new roles will add fresh perspectives to continue the firm’s legacy to preserve and enhance places and spaces through innovation, inspiration, and transformation of the built environment.

WBRC Promotes Monyok Portland, ME – Civil engineer Paul A. Monyok, PE, has been promoted to principal at WBRC Architects Engineers. Over the past decade, he has performed a diverse range of work at WBRC, including lead roles in the site/civil engineering for Joint Force Headquarters in Augusta, UCU Headquarters in Orono, The Avenue student apartment complex, also in Orono, and many others. Monyok

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The 2017 Season of Architecture Cruises .

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Safety Award Breakfast Boston College Club 100 Federal Street, Boston The AGC of America National Safety Awards and the Massachusetts Merit awards will be presented. safety-award-breakfast-2017-210

IFMA Boston June 20 2017 IFMA Boston Golf Classic Red Tail Golf Club 15 Bulge Road,Devens, Mass. 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM It is a single course, so only 36 foursomes available this year. For information: Carolyn Hickey, carolyn.hickey@stvinc. com; or Darren Wicks, darren.wicks@ /

MBC June 26

MBC 68th Annual Golf Tournament


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June 15 The Annual Green Building Showcase Northeastern University’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM A celebration that highlights building excellence across the commonwealth. Over 100 projects on display, more than 300 industry leaders in attendance, amazing speakers, and an open bar with great food.

CFMA June 20 Massachusetts Construction Industry Suicide Prevention Summit Sheraton Needham Hotel 100 Cabot St, Needham, Mass. As an industry, the construction community has the opportunity to bring the recognition of mental illness and suicide risk out in the open. Recognizing the signs, having resources for assistance available, and removing the stigma associated with mental illness are important steps in which we can all participate.

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SCUP July 8-12 SCUP’s Annual Conference Marriott Wardman Park Hotel Washington, D.C. Leaders from across the nation will share fresh insights and practical solutions that will inform and advance your institution’s strategic direction. /

USGBC July 13 50 Milk Street, 18th Floor, Boston 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Legislation and policy drives our industry, but who drives changes in legislation and law? Join our Advocacy committee as they interpret, suggest updates to, and advocate for advances in laws and policy related to green buildings. All are welcome to join in this high-level discussion. For information - events/month

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DEAR HEIDI Q: We are designing a large health care facility.

What role can Concrete Masonry play in creating a resilient


- Resilient Construction Has Extreme Longevity

A: Dear RaCHEL, Concrete masonry construction has strength, durability, longevity, fire resistance, seismic and blast resistance, all of which contribute to the resiliency of the built environment. The durability of concrete masonry construction is well known and vital during the more visible aspects of natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. However, there are lesser known resiliency benefits of CMU construction. Concrete masonry provides a simple and cost effective way to utilize thermal mass which helps to increase the passive survivability of a structure. Thermal mass is the ability of a material to store thermal energy, thus regulating the interior building temperature between daytime highs and nighttime lows. This, along with operable windows, helps to stabilize interior temperatures. Basically, thermal mass helps to reduce heat loss when it’s cold and helps to maintain cooler interior temperatures when it’s hot. It increases the comfort of the occupants, helping to extend the length of time that people can remain before extreme temperatures require evacuation. In the case of fire, CMU structures and interior partitions are non-combustible and durable under fire conditions. These walls compartmentalize fires and don’t allow them to spread, even if sprinkler systems fail. For exterior walls, the FORTIFIED program calls for a non-combustible building envelope with a minimum fire resistance rating of one hour. This is an easy requirement for CMU assemblies to meet, as their fire ratings go up to 4 hours while providing a durable envelope. Heidi Jandris, BArch, is a technical expert and a trusted voice of the industry. For concrete masonry questions, email or tweet @heidiAJS

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