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Architectural firm Smith Edwards McCoy Architects, based in Hartford, Conn. since 1977, is joining Quisenberry Arcari Architects, founded and based in Farmington, Conn. since 2002. “As a result of this partnership with Smith Edwards McCoy, we will grow the firm’s expertise in education, historical preservation, and institutional work,.” said Rusty Malik, a QA architects principal.
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The Smith Edwards McCoy team will relocate to Farmington and will operate under the Quisenberry Arcari Architects, LLC mantle. Morehouse MacDonald and Associates, Inc. (MMA, Inc.) announced its new joint venture with Sterling Design. Founded in 1958, Morehouse MacDonald and Associates, Inc. (morehousemacdonald.com) specializes in custom high-end residential architecture and has worked extensively throughout the United States and Caribbean. Sterling Design is a boutique firm founded in 1997 by the highly acclaimed designer Shelby E. Simes, ASID. Divine Design Center, a newly established modern cabinet and furniture showroom, recently opened its doors on the North End waterfront. This 8,000sf facility is the brainchild of husband and wife team, Mariette and Magued Barsoum. The innovative duo established Divine Design+Build, formerly Divine Kitchens, in Wellesley, Mass. in 2004. After a move to Boston, Design Center expanded its space with its current showroom located at 2 Battery Wharf adjacent to the redesigned Battery Wharf Hotel. Divine Design Center brings both European modern design and craftsmanship to the Greater Boston market.
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Washington, D.C. – The National Demolition Association (NDA) visited the Department of Labor on June 28, to meet with Dean McKenzie, director of construction at Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The meeting was a next step in NDA’s increased activity and visibility with government affairs. OSHA expressed enthusiasm about working with the association, which led
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Boston – Gilbane Building Company joined Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, city of Boston officials, Leers Weinzapfel Associates architects, Wentworth President Zorica Pantić, trustees, alumni, students, and faculty for the groundbreaking of a multipurpose academic building on the Huntington Avenue campus at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Gilbane is serving as construction manager for the development of the new, 75,000sf educational facility. As the first academic structure to be built on the campus in more than 45 years, the structure will feature a large-scale glass and aluminum curtainwall system with zinc panel and will include classroom, gallery, lecture, and meeting spaces. The building will house several academic programs, including the
new biological engineering program, biomedical and civil engineering programs, science and manufacturing laboratories, and teaching/learning spaces to promote a collaborative environment. The facility also will serve as the home for Wentworth’s Innovation Center, which fosters collaboration among students and alumni, community members, and industry leaders. “The construction of this multipurpose academic building is further evidence of Wentworth’s focus on engineering innovation,” noted Michael E. McKelvy, President and CEO of Gilbane Building Company. “We are honored to be a part of this exciting period in the institution’s history.”
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Hingham, MA – Callahan Construction Managers of Bridgewater, in partnership with Boston and Hingham-based A.W. Perry and joint venture partner Boston Andes Capital, LLC, recently commemorated the groundbreaking of Hingham’s newest waterfront condominium community, Brio. Located at 10 Shipyard Drive in Hingham, four-story, 160,000sf Brio will breathe new life into the previously unoccupied northwest corner of the Hingham Shipyard. It will feature 77 high-end one- and two-bedroom
condominiums overlooking the marina, as well as 160 indoor and outdoor parking spaces for residents. The property is conveniently located adjacent to a variety of restaurants and retail offerings, in addition to the MBTA commuter boat and bus. Designed by architects ART & BH+A with project management by c3, a premier commercial construction consulting firm, Brio is slated to become an ideal destination for those looking to enjoy the luxury of living on the water with the convenience of direct access into Boston.
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Dorchester, MA – Lee Kennedy Co. recently broke ground, and construction is underway for the residential portion of real estate developer EDENS’ 700,000sf mixed-use South Bay Center in Dorchester. The majority of the retail and the public parking garage are simultaneously under construction, having broken ground in January. The project includes 160,000sf of retail, consisting of a mix of restaurants and shops including a flagship Wahlburgers restaurant, a 12-screen luxury AMC Theatre with IMAX, and 1,094 structured and surface lot parking spaces. South Bay Center will also incorporate 113,000sf of thoughtfully designed, usable open space and plaza infrastructure. The intent is to improve aesthetics and provide a
welcoming pedestrian neighborhood for residents, workers, and visitors. The base buildings for the 160,000sf retail portion of the project are currently being completed by Lee Kennedy Co. The 604-space parking garage is expected to open in the fall, and construction of the cinema is proceeding at an accelerated pace in anticipation of a fall 2017 opening. On the residential sites, the foundation is being installed for the larger of the two buildings. This building is scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2018. The second building is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2019. The last site on the parcel is designated for a 130-key hotel. Design is anticipated to begin this summer, and construction will follow in the spring of 2018.
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Boston – Artists For Humanity (AFH) announced the groundbreaking on a 30,000sf addition to its EpiCenter. The EpiCenter’s expansion will help Boston meet the city’s dual objectives of providing living-wage jobs for urban youth and meeting business demands for skilled workers. This 30,000sf addition will make possible the expansion of existing initiatives and accommodate new ones: • Double youth employment of highschool-aged teens to 500 jobs each year. • Hire more artists and social entrepreneurs to lead programming. • Develop pre-apprenticeship vocational programming in technology-based arts media and trades. • Engage the community through a fully
equipped Maker Studio. • Expand its successful event space for corporate and social celebrations. • Connect youth through partnerships with universities and synergistic industries. • Be the vibrant center for creativity in the Innovation District. In short, AFH’s expanded facility will be an urban laboratory where youth and community intersect in experiential and alternative education, creative placemaking, enterprise, and in pioneering social and environmental change. It will create a better launch pad for youth to be active contributors to the innovation economy. The expanded EpiCenter is designed by Behnisch Architekten and will be built by Suffolk Construction. Completion is
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scheduled for summer 2018. Chair of the Lewis Family Foundation, Harriet Lewis; president and chairman of The Lynch Foundation, Peter Lynch; and president of the Liberty Mutual Foundation and vice president of Liberty Mutual Insurance, Melissa MacDonnell will be speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony along with Artists For Humanity executive and artistic director, Susan Rodgerson, and Board Chair Patrick Planeta. Also in attendance will be AFH participants, alumni, and other major supporters. Based in the Fort Point Community of South Boston, Artists For Humanity is a national leader in youth arts enterprise and one of the largest onsite employers of youth in the city of Boston. Now in its 27th year, the nonprofit’s mission is to bridge
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by Michael Kerwin Technology is enabling dramatic changes in the retail and hospitality industries, allowing customers to shop how and when they want. These changes disrupt the traditional parameters of place and set store hours, giving way to the convenience of shopping from anywhere at any time, even incorporating social media and friends’ participation in personal shopping. In 2017, thousands of retail store closings highlight this transition. From Gymboree to American Apparel, retailers are closing traditional stores and working hard to keep pace with the changing consumer demands. It can be less expensive and far more convenient to have six pairs of shoes delivered to your home, try them on, and return the ones you don’t like, rather than to drive to the store.
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Similar changes in hospitality allow greater choice and the ability to check in and download room keys to your smartphone before arriving at the property. The social and technical trends fueling these changes include the expectations of self-directed and selfscheduled individual experiences. One local example is Dunkin’ Donuts’ “DD Perks,” which urges “DD Perks members to use the Dunkin’ app to order ahead
and speed past the line.” It is important to acknowledge how the new expectations include avoiding interaction with traditional sales people, waiters, and staff. Additionally, the “new-normal” experience of sharing activities on social media is becoming part of retail and hospitality expectations. Agile retailers are pursuing new ways to draw customers into their stores through apps and customized connected services. One example is the Neiman
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Lincoln, RI – Construction is on schedule for the new hotel at Twin River Casino in Lincoln. The 136-room hotel, designed by JCJ Architecture, broke ground in early May of this year. It is designed to be connected to the existing Twin River Casino on the site. The four-story building will provide guests with high-quality, attractive accommodations and amenities that will include a pool, fitness center, spa, valet parking, board rooms, outdoor patio, and function space. Excell Constrution Corp. of East Greenwich is the general contractor for the project, and A/Z Corporation is the construction administrator. The project is expected to create 70 construction jobs and 30 full-time jobs. Twin River Casino has emerged as Rhode Island’s largest gaming venue and tourist attraction. Twin River Management
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Boston – On Friday, July 14, Reebok unveiled the first interior visuals of its new global headquarters — the Home of Fitness — in Boston’s Seaport District. Located at 25 Drydock Ave. in the Innovation & Design Building, Reebok plans for the space to be among the most innovative and healthiest workplaces in the U.S. The new renderings showcase the fourth and fifth floors of the building, including the main arrival experience and reception area, as well as the work café.
Fourth floor arrival / courtesy of Gensler
Main entrance and reception area
• Articulation of the Reebok Delta as the first impression upon arrival at the concierge desk. • Digital display component to showcase a rotating display of brand messaging, product campaigns, and more. Reebok work space
• Alternative activity-based work zone, meeting locations to encourage collaboration. • Comfortable and light-filled environ-
ment, with an amazing view of Boston’s skyline.
• Additional meeting space for employees. • Grab and go style food offering and adjacent sit-down café. • Multiple seating zones including bar height, booths, round-group, and lounge setting. • Stadium bleacher seating for large group events and meetings. Reebok Vice President John Lynch: “The new home of fitness will be more
than just an office building, it will be a workplace unlike any other in an amazing part of the city. It will be a great environment to inspire Reebok to make the best fitness products in the world. These new visuals show that the new space is modern, beautifully designed, and innovative while retaining the authenticity of this historic building.” Reebok intends to move into the new building in fall 2017. continued to page 38
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Work Progresses at Mohegan Sun
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An exterior view of the upcoming convention and exposition center at Mohegan Sun
Uncasville, CT – A/Z Corporation is well underway on the major expansion to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville. The $80 million convention-exposition center will have a total of 240,000sf. The official announcement was made in March with a news conference at Mohegan Sun. The new facility will be located next to the 400-room Earth Tower hotel, which A/Z completed at the end of 2016. Its footprint will be the size of two football fields, with 108,000sf of convention center space and a 132,000sf exposition center. Mohegan Tribal chairman, Kevin
Brown, stated at the news conference, “This new conference center will help solidify Mohegan Sun as not just the premier conventions destination, but the premier resort in the Northeast region. It will enable us to host some of the largest trade shows in the nation and take back some of the lost conventions that seek bigger venues in Boston and New York.” Construction is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2018 in time for the third annual Barret-Jackson Northeast auto auction, which has come to be the Mohegan Sun’s largest event.
Burlington, MA – The construction of Archer Hotel Burlington, a new boutique property that’s part of the 3rd Avenue development in Northwest Park, is in the midst of construction. In collaboration with LodgeWorks Partners L.P., the owners and developers of the Archer brand, Erland has been building the hotel from the ground up at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Middlesex Turnpike since breaking ground last summer. Erland announced that brickwork and EFIS are currently taking place on the exterior of the building, where metal paneling will soon commence, as well as installation of storefront and curtainwall to ensure the structure is watertight. Inside, 147 luxe guest rooms and suites are taking shape, as drywall is being hung in the units. The hotel will feature industrial chic finishes and thoughtful amenities, in-
cluding Archer’s Kitchen, for housemade breakfast, a bar with fireplace and billiards, covered patio with fire pit, a fitness studio, an indoor pool, and event space. Designed by LK Architecture, Inc., Archer Hotel Burlington will provide a warm and inviting atmosphere with a distinct nod to the neighborhood. Construction of the Archer Hotel Burlington is expected to be complete December 2017. “Whether traveling for business or for personal reasons, guests who stay at the Archer Hotel Burlington will discover an unexpected gem in a terrific setting. They can walk right down the street to the restaurants in 3rd Ave. and even visit family members or friends who live at The Tremont or Huntington apartments,” said Joel McCarthy, hospitality manager, Erland Construction.
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TFMoran Works with Texas Developer on Multi-Use Complex
Rendering of site plan / courtesy PCA
Bedford, NH – Reconstruction of the former Macy’s site is underway on South River Road in Bedford, making way for a new “lifestyle center,” a high-end multiuse complex featuring a deluxe movie theater, office building, hotel, retail shops, and a variety of vibrant restaurants. The 350,000sf complex was approved by the town in late 2016. The site was originally developed by the Jordan Marsh department store chain in the 1960s. The site was taken over and operated by Macy’s in 1996 until it closed in 2015. The site was then purchased by Dallas-based Encore Enterprises with plans to create a new lifestyle center on the 16-acre site.
Construction at the site began in March 2017 by Hutter Construction of New Ipswich and is expected to be completed by late 2018. The complex includes seven new buildings, existing Carrabba’s building, and two new parking garages. TFMoran is responsible for the structural engineering of the garages, as well as civil/site and traffic engineering, permitting, land surveying, and landscape architectural services for the whole development. The architecture is being designed by Prellwitz Chilinski Associates of Cambridge. Its approach reflects both past and present, incorporating brick, granite, cast
Rendering of new lifestyle center / courtesy PCA
stone masonry, painted wood, and metal in a palette of modern materials and historical colors throughout the complex. Eye appeal is emphasized for individual tenants and harmonized throughout the center. “Colorful awnings and canopies extend beyond the entrance, sheltering the shopper while on the sidewalk and inviting customers in,” says Laura Homich, senior associate of PCA. “Seated outdoor patios nicely blend the interiors and exteriors of the entire property, and architectural details reoccur throughout the site, visibly connecting the complex as a whole,” she continues. The new development is expected to generate approximately
$1 million in new property tax revenue for the town, and is anticipated to be a high-profile lifestyle center development within the town. The development will create a new Main Street, which, unlike many other local towns, Bedford does not already have, and also a Market Street heading towards the Whole Foods plaza. Market and Main is therefore the logical name for the complex, representing the place in town where everyone wants to go. The lively, upscale atmosphere will include fresh, new brands mixed with local favorites, including Whole Foods, which opened in the spring of 2016.
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Meeting the Challenge of Guestroom Acoustics
by Evan H. Ypsilantis Guestroom acoustics present a significant challenge to many hotel owners and operators. Noise regularly ranks at or near the top of the list of complaints, industrywide. It irritates guests during the day, prevents them from relaxing in the evening, and continues to affect their ability to sleep long after they have otherwise adjusted to their new surroundings. The financial impact of this problem can be substantial. Dissatisfied guests are less likely to return to a property and more inclined to post a negative review online. As a result, the hotel’s reputation can suffer. In many cases, there are also direct costs associated with appeasing unhappy visitors, such as by offering discounts. Traditional noise control methods should always be implemented; however, there are economic limits to what can be done, particularly in retrofit situations. In any case, noise often remains an irritant despite best efforts, because while ab-
Trying to sleep with a lot of noise / photo: iStockphoto/Antonio Diaz
sorptive materials and blocking strategies are key to reducing volume peaks as well as the distance over which noises travel, they also decrease overall background sound levels. In this pin drop environment, any remaining noises are even more noticeable and disruptive to sleep. Guests often try to use the HVAC system to raise their room’s background sound level, because they instinctively know it will cover up at least some unwanted noises. However, these systems are not designed for this purpose. They cycle on/off and do not produce the correct sound spectrum. When used excessively, energy consumption and maintenance costs also increase. The background sound level is best controlled using a sound masking system installed within each guest room. Though
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rather than help the guest.” A dial allows guests to control their room’s ambience the same way they control its temperature and lighting. They can adjust the masking volume according to their personal preference or as needed to cover disturbances from adjoining rooms, corridors, elevators, mechanical systems, ice machines, traffic, and even loud music from bars located within or outside of the hotel. Though masking will not always completely cover an offending noise, it substantially reduces its disruptive impact. Sound masking technology is relatively easy to retrofit; however, installation during construction or renovation reduces costs and, most importantly, does not disrupt hotel operation or occupancy. A sign added to the wall, the control faceplate, or the guest services guide can quickly instruct guests about the purpose and use of this amenity. “Guest feedback to our technology is very positive,” says Moeller. “They like the feature, feel it works well, and perceive it as an amenity. It also shows a proactive approach to dealing with noise in that the hotel is addressing it before it becomes a problem,” he adds. Evan H. Ypsilantis is a regional sales director with Archoustics Northeast, distributor of the LogiSon Acoustic Network.
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Group One Partners Recognized for Design Excellence
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Boston – Group One Partners, Inc. was honored recently with the Design Excellence award at the 2017 Marriott Connect conference in Los Angeles. The award recognizes the firm’s commitment to its partnership with the hotel brand and for providing excellent hospitality design by its architectural and interior design teams. On hand to accept the award were Harry Wheeler, AIA; Mary Faria, AIA; Carrie Nielsen, ASID; and Jim Ryan. “Myself, Mary, and Kevin could not be prouder of our team and this recognition,” says Harry Wheeler AIA, NCARB, LEED, principal of Group One Partners, Inc. “We are proud of our strong relationship with Marriott and look forward to continued design
collaborations. Our team of architects and designers are always looking at design trends and pairing them with our distinct understanding of how hotels actually operate and what guests want.” Working with Marriott for over 40 years, Group One Partners, Inc. has been involved in many Marriott construction and renovation projects. Currently, the firm is design architect, interior designer, and purchasing agent for the first Moxy Hotel in Boston. Located in Boston’s Theater District, this 24-story micro-hotel employs a playful and spirted design, providing guests a distinctive backstage tour vibe and VIP feel. The hotel is currently scheduled to open in late 2018.
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DM&S Plays its Hand at Wynn Boston Harbor by Katherine Marr In December 2016, Daniel Marr & Son (DM&S) began work for Canadian structural steel fabricator Canatal Industries and general contractor Suffolk Construction, installing the structural steel for Wynn Boston Harbor in Everett, Mass. The 34-acre, $2.4 billion development is recognized as the largest private, single-phase construction project in Massachusetts history, and is slated for completion in 2019. DM&S will complete a substantial portion of the structural steel work by the end of 2017. As of May 2017, DM&S has completed work on the central utility plant (CUP), a 260,000sf area, utilizing approximately 2,500 tons of steel. DM&S is currently more than halfway through the steel erection of the Podium, a 725,000sf gaming area, utilizing approximately 6,500 tons of steel. The next, large-scale phase of building will begin in midAugust with the Convention Center, a 250,000sf area, with the installation of approximately 1,500 tons of steel. Finally, in February 2018, DM&S will return to install the structural steel dunnage and screen wall on the resort’s hotel roof. With an aggressive schedule to adhere to, DM&S has worked to stay ahead of deadlines by hiring quality man power
Daniel Marr & Son is installing approximately 11,500 tons of structural steel at Wynn Boston Harbor in Everett, MA / photo by Tracy Seward
— over 100 iron workers — working day, night, and weekend shifts to complete the various phases of work. Wynn’s extraordinarily large footprint has, in and of itself, necessitated an above-average amount of
upfront planning and sequencing with many entities. The use of six different tower cranes positioned throughout the site has made the sequencing of steel erection a distinct challenge.
DM&S has utilized the vast resources of its sister companies in the effort to build Wynn Boston Harbor. Marr Crane & Rigging has supplied equipment as needed, including a 300-ton crane to assist in steel erection at the CUP and Podium, as well as a 90-ton crane to offload and pre-assemble trusses; a 90-ton crane will also be utilized to assist DM&S in the erection of the structural framing for a theme wall around the resort. Marr Scaffolding Company’s power division has also supplied scissor lifts and boom lifts onsite, while the shoring division has been involved in designing and supplying shoring towers to support the steel erection of domes, an architectural element featured throughout the resort. Upon completion, the Wynn Boston Harbor will occupy nearly 13 acres of land in Everett, changing the immediate landscape and skyline along the harbor drastically. As DM&S President Rich Burns says, “We are thrilled to be part of this exciting and challenging project. It will go down as one of the landmark achievements of the company’s nearly 120-year history.” Katherine Marr is communications coordinator at The Marr Companies in Boston. THE HARVARD CLUB OF BOSTON
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HP Interviews Dwight Groom Dwight Groom, vice president of retail at Groom Construction Company, answers some of the most important questions often asked about a modern-day approach to major retail construction. HP: What concerns are unique to a retail project in planning?
The biggest concern in planning a retail project is minimizing the effect on the store. Retailers know that their customers are easily influenced, and a poor shopping experience can steer them towards the competition. Being fully prepared on the front end will allow the least disruption. Timelines are always instrumental, so well-defined daily schedules are a major key to success. HP: What are your top concerns for a retail project under construction? Maintaining the store “brand” and shopping experience while work is being performed is critical. Quite often, construction will occur during off-hours for open-store remodels. Not biting off more than you can chew for nightly scope will minimize effects to the customers, as well as store staff, during the day. As the contractor, you must think through the entire process and always have your Plan B ready. For example, if you open an electrical trench in the floor, you may have to fit cutting, conduit, rebar, inspection, and pour-back often into a 10-hour period. There are many moving pieces, and a lot can go wrong. Having a good plan each and every day will help maintain a safe and presentable shopping environment.
HP: How is building for a retail giant different from a mom and pop operation? While the major retailers are usually open to suggestions, they’ll typically outline their own procedures and schedules, having learned from trial and error. On the other hand, the mom and pop retailer will lean much more heavily on the contractor expertise to help define the construction process. As mentioned before, the retail giants make a living on selling their brand and consistency. They don’t want the customer experience to vary from store to store; therefore, every step of the construction process is based around maintaining the shopping experience their customers expect.
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Leading the industry in advanced building technology services: HP: What projects does Groom have currently in the ground for New England? Groom is currently under construction and planning multiple remodels for TD Bank, Target, CVS, Best Buy, JC Penney, and several others. In fact, we have completed approximately 11 Targets and 14 TD Banks alone in the New England area so far this year. We are also currently working on several larger ground-up commercial projects in and around the Boston area.
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Many communities across the United States are experiencing a “retail apocalypse,” underscored by news that 300 retailers have filed for bankruptcy this year alone and more than 8,600 stores are estimated to close by the end of the year. For towns and cities still recovering from the aftershocks of the Great Recession, the turn away from retail is troubling. Despite this nationwide trend, though, the Greater Boston region’s building boom is creating a growing need and opportunity for retail. Increasingly, high-profile, multi-use developments are being built in the city and, in turn, are generating interest from flagship retailers. Take Downtown Crossing. With the addition of Millennium Tower last year, the neighborhood — which, for years was a staple of Boston commerce before hitting hard times — continues to undergo a complete transformation. Retail tenants are moving in, including Primark and Old Navy — both projects of JM Electrical — as well as Roche Brothers, among others. The area is once again brimming with activity, as new restaurants such as Caffè Nero, another JM project, set up shop. The addition of residential and mixed-use buildings are creating a sense of community in these urban neighborhoods, fostering an environment where people can live, work, and play in one space — the perfect opportunity for retailers. The Seaport District has also been making changes recently, with a number of new residences, offices, hotels, and retail space being built. The Seaport Square project alone is a 6.3 million sf neighborhood occupying 23 acres of space, and 1.12 million sf of the project is solely dedicated to retail. At One Seaport Square, located within the Seaport Square master plan, retail space is occupied by a Showplace Icon movie theater, Kings bowling alley, and an Equinox fitness center. Likewise, Reebok’s new headquarters, which is moving to the Seaport this fall at the Innovation & Design Building, will bring 700 jobs to the Seaport, and include a Reebok FitHub retail store as well as a farm-to-table cafe. Over the past decade, office buildings and residential buildings have flooded the area with people but without retail nearby; the area offers no grocery store or pharmacy, and few other shopping options. That may soon be changing. We are seeing that as more residential
and office space is built, developers are increasingly inclined to build retail space that accommodates these new neighborhoods. After all, part of the community experience that comes with these new residential buildings is the convenience of having a number of retailers close by. With so much going on for retailers in the city, suburban retailers have also begun making a point to find new urban approaches. CityTarget in Fenway, which opened in 2015, occupies four floors and 160,000sf of space at the intersection of Boylston and Kilmarnock streets. And the recently opened two-floor, 21,000sf Central Square Target joins already similarly “small Targets” on Commonwealth Avenue near the BU campus and on Boylston Street in the Fenway, as well as in Packard’s Corner in Brookline. At the same time, Marshalls has also set up shop in several Boston neighborhoods, including its newest store in Fenway, which was designed specifically for its urban clientele. And, as previously mentioned, Roche Brothers is contributing to the transformation of the former Filene’s Basement site, occupying 25,000sf at its flagship store in Downtown Crossing.
With new neighborhoods like the Seaport and Boylston Street in the Fenway emerging, the future seems bright for retail in Boston, even as the rest of the country faces the retail apocalypse. A part of this new approach by suburban retailers stems from a recent trend by baby boomers, who are moving from the suburbs and into large apartments in urban areas. In places like New York and Chicago, older generations of people are purchasing multi-million dollar condos in the city to avoid the maintenance and upkeep that comes with suburban living. And with this move comes the need for large suburban retailers to cater to this market by finding creative ways to follow them into the city. With these trends in mind, the Boston retail market remains relatively adaptable. Still in the midst of a building boom, and buoyed by news that online retail giant Amazon is moving into Fort Point, it is likely these residential and multiuse buildings in Boston will continue attracting retail. With new neighborhoods like the Seaport and Boylston Street in the Fenway emerging, the future seems bright for retail in Boston, even as the rest of the country faces the retail apocalypse. Matthew Guarracino is the business development manager at JM Electrical Company, Inc.
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by Bradley Cardoso Conference centers of the past included little more than functional meeting room furniture and basic presentation equipment. Today’s high-tech business world commands high-performance and amenity-rich spaces for offsite company conferences, training workshops, and corporate meetings. Even highly acclaimed conference centers are being revitalized with physical and technological improvements to stay competitive.
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and soda machines minimize waste. Setting lounge areas around the perimeter filters natural light deep into the building, reducing the need for artificial lighting.
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Flexibility is crucial to accommodate a variety of events. Designs should allow multiple configurations with customizable options to meet any organization’s needs, from intimate settings for oneon-one interviews, to moderate-sized breakout sessions, to large conferences. Repositionable furniture can quickly transition a space, such as going from 96 guests in a classroom formation to 200 theater-style. Sustainability
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A modern, visually clean décor scheme allows uninterrupted focus on learning materials. Softer LED lighting, high reflectance materials, and smart sensors to control lighting schemes prevent eye fatigue. Acoustical benefits are achieved by moving mechanical systems into hallways and installing magnetic-locking doors to eliminate noise interruptions. A founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC), the only professional association representing small- to medium-sized venues focused on meetings, training courses, and conferences, the Four Points Conference Center in Norwood, Mass. is undergoing a full renovation. The redesigned conference center boasts a flexible floor plan of 40 rooms that can be reconfigured to host from two to 500 attendees, and features all new furnishings including ergonomic chairs and tables with built-in power sources. ADA accessibility upgrades include widened doorways throughout the center and enlarged bathrooms. The bright and simple décor is welcoming and distraction free, with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and an expert culinary team providing fresh, premium-quality offerings. Incorporating smart design elements keeps conference centers functional and efficient while meeting the changing needs of planners and meetings. Bradley Cardoso, AIA, is a principal architect at Hobbs Brook Management.
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How a New WBE Firm Lays Out Boston As cranes continue to dot Boston’s skyline, Laureen Poulakis and Brennan Consulting, Inc. provide a unique delivery of construction services. “Our team creates value and brings commitment, innovation, and state-of-the-art technology to complex construction layouts. We deliver unparalleled attentiveness to our clients. It’s the foundation of our practice,” says Poulakis. Boston clients are increasingly referring to Brennan Consulting as the go-to firm for construction layout. The core of Brennan’s practice has always been reliability, responsiveness, and the delivery of a quality product. Brennan’s inventory includes a number of robotic total stations, enabling field personnel to work accurately with one- or two-person crews. Reflectorless total stations, 3D laser scanners, GPR, and GPS receivers also highlight their sophisticated equipment line. Current clients using Brennan’s unique construction services include: • Suffolk Construction – WT Rich Construction • Skanska – Bond Brothers • Cranshaw Construction – Vynorius Companies • ProCon – Mount Vernon Group Architects • D onham & Sweeney (now Context) Architecture – DiMarinisi & Wolff Architects • The Abbey Group – Waypoint Companies • G rossman Companies – Multiple MA municipalities • DCAMM – MWRA
August 2017 Arthur M. Sackler Museum Harvard for Bond Brothers This Harvard museum renovation requires Brennan Consulting’s complex construction layout services. The project brings many challenges, beginning with field measurements of existing steel columns and building façades to insuring the accurate alignment of proposed shear walls. The Sackler Museum is part of the Harvard University Art Museums, a network of buildings housing the Fogg, the Busch-Reisinger, and several research centers.
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This month’s featured projects: College of the Holy Cross Hart Center for Bond Brothers As a 138,000sf renovation with 143,000sf of addition, the new Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex poses several construction layout challenges. Beginning with field measurements of existing steel columns and building façades, to insuring accurate alignments of the proposed addition, Brennan surveyors deliver high-quality geometry and controls. GE Headquarters for Suffolk Construction The construction layout complexities are vast on this 390,000sf, 12-story glass structure connecting two renovated, century-old, brick warehouse buildings. Brennan Consulting surveyors and engineers are confirming existing controls and establishing a high-accuracy baseline for all trades to use during construction.
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MPA Completes Office Design for the GBCC
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Boston – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) has completed a new office at 265 Franklin Street in Boston for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (GBCC). The GBCC engaged MPA to assist in weighing options for staying or relocating. MPA provided programming and fit-plans for several locations, and assisted the GBCC in choosing to relocate to a higher floor within the same building. A primary driver for GBCC’s new office space was the ability to host their own events and offer touchdown workspace to their business members. The GBCC’s new office also dovetailed with a broader effort to reshape their image through the rollout of
a new brand identity and website. The new 11,000sf space offers an abundance of natural light and sweeping views of the city. The GBCC’s new brand image is prominently featured through the incorporation of screen displays and brand colors, as well as wall graphics promoting the organization’s mission, purpose, and logo. MPA designed the public event area to allow GBCC staff to flexibly reconfigure the space to suit event needs. The furniture can be arranged for classroom-style lectures and theater-style seating or emptied for networking events. By collapsing a glass wall, a corner conference room can be subdivided from the space. When
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an event is not in session, staff and GBCC members can avail themselves of the dining area or soft-seating collaboration space, above which the GBCC’s mission statement is proudly displayed. Telephone closets adjacent to the event space allow attendees to discreetly step away and attend to pressing business. For more than a century, the GBCC has helped drive economic growth throughout the region while building a vibrant business community of 1,400 organizations of varying size and industry. “At the chamber, our membership is more dynamic, innovative, and focused on the strength of the collective greater Boston business community than ever
before,” said James E. Rooney, president and CEO, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. “We wanted our new office space to be reflective of the chamber’s work today, and of our vision for the future of our organization. Margulies Perruzzi Architects demonstrated their ability to understand that vision, and made our new office space reflective of who we are and how we want to serve our growing membership.” In the office area, the GBCC’s purpose statement is prominently visible, strategically placed at a height above the cubicle walls. In their new space, staffers enjoy modernized cubes, informal collaboration space, and sit-to-stand desks.
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Boston – Touchplan, a construction software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool for implementing Lean construction principles, announced the reveal of its latest, highly anticipated functionality: the ability to instantly convert timeconsuming and idle master schedules into valuable and measurable work processes. Initially created for financial purposes and crafted by schedulers rather than those doing the physical labor, master schedules continuously create confusion and disconnect between the proposed plan and the actual work. Touchplan’s latest update provides a solution that will effectively put construction back on the map and pull the entire industry out of the past. To launch this exciting new feature, Touchplan was sure to address a few specific needs: • Work in conjunction with any existing master schedules (i.e. P6, Microsoft Project). Take the information provided
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Reliability vs. Innovation: Introducing Emerging Technology by Joe Mihalick and Raymond E. Doyle As a building owner’s eyes and ears, facilities teams are often expected to go beyond thinking about how a building is working to thinking strategically about how to improve the building’s operations. Often this means researching and recommending new equipment or technology to reduce costs and improve performance, but it comes with risk. Being an early adopter of innovative practices can be a gamble if the technology is not fully proven to perform, and that can put the expert team in a bind. So, how should facilities teams decide when to innovate and when to stick with the tried and true? Finding the rewards, without the risks
We all know that finding the right balance between the status quo and emerging technologies is particularly important for mission-critical facilities. While 20-20 foresight is impossible, there are measures your facilities partner can take to mitigate the risk and ensure the new technology decision will not compromise reliability. Before you embrace the big “I” – Innovation – consider three additional “i’s”: Investigate myCADD-High-Profile-Ad.pdf
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references and determine where the new technology has been used. Then speak to the end users on the positive and negative results they’ve seen. • If feasible, do a site visit to review the installation. • Ask the manufacturer for a list of failures and warranty repairs it has done for the last year. Installation
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• Run mathematical test models to understand the mechanics before installation. • Confirm the specifications sheet for the purchase includes a full parts and labor warranty that lasts at least five years. Myriad new technologies have been introduced to data centers and other critical facilities, with positive effect. For example, alternate power sources such as fuel cells or 400v power can increase reliability and help balance efficiency and availability, sometimes at lower cost than grid power. Similarly, heat wheels and custom in-rack cooling systems can drive down costs while maintaining reliable uptime. But others have seen growing pains that underscore the need for creative solutions to make the technology work. Case in point is the variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology, which has merits such as expandability, heat transfer within the system with reduced compressor load, and energy efficiency. As an added bonus, this technology has become more affordable, therefore boosting the ROI for its use.
VRF systems were introduced in Japan nearly 30 years ago1, and have gained popularity in Europe and elsewhere but they’re still relatively new in the United States. In 2012, it was estimated that VRF had 35% market share in China, India, the European Union, and Eastern Europe, but only single-digit market penetration in the United States,2 largely because there are still risks associated with it. At one new installation of a VRF system, the owner needed to phase out an existing system within an occupied building, with the use of hot work permits. Several months after startup, the new VRF unit began to leak at multiple connection points in its metal piping. The system used compression fitting and metals that were lighter and less expensive than traditional copper piping for refrigerant systems, but the metals were susceptible to thermal stress and fatigue failures. The remedy was to change all the piping to similar metals (copper in this case) and specify that all joints be silver soldered. This was chosen over brazing due to lower temperatures, thus reducing the risk of damage to the control boards. While hindsight is 20-20, the client is very happy with the final system, with the reliability and the reduction in the building’s energy cost. New technology provides a number of benefits, but as we’ve seen, additional groundwork is necessary to decide if the application is right for you. Investing in rigorous due diligence will help ensure your technology innovations yield years of trouble-free service and validate the bet you made on new technology. Joe Mihalick, CFM, MCR, SLCR, LEED GA, is director of operations at C&W Facility Services. Raymond E. Doyle, PE, LEED AP, is principal at WB Engineers+Consultants,
1 Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems, ASHRE Journal, April 2007 2 Vaunting VRF: An Energy Slashing System Is on the Rise, Buidlings.com, 12/30/2013
Autodesk Invests in Smartvid.io
Boston – Autodesk, Inc. has announced an investment in Boston-based startup Smartvid.io. This is construction-focused technology rooted in machine learning and helps reduce risk in a high-risk, lowmargin industry. Autodesk also introduced a number of customer-driven new features and services for Autodesk Revit users designed to improve the work of professionals across the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Smartvid.io embraces machine
learning to automate speech and image recognition, make photos and videos searchable using system-generated (automated) SmartTags, and provide metrics on project safety, productivity, and quality. The investment is expected to accelerate the delivery of AI to the AEC industry and the built environment as a whole. Autodesk continues to deploy its own machine learning service — Autodesk BIM 360 Project IQ — which identifies and prioritizes risk on a project site before those risks turn into costly problems.
Connecticut SMPS CT Announces 2017/18 Board of Directors
Glastonbury, CT – The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Connecticut Chapter announced the board of directors for the 2017/18 program year, which begins on September 1. Board officers are elected by SMPS CT chapter members. Sharon Pomeroy, CPSM, is the marketing director for Caldwell & Walsh Building Construction and this year’s chapter president. Recognized with the Grace Waldvogel Member of the Year Award (2015 to 2016) for distinguished service to the chapter, she has actively served on the board, programs, and membership committees and participates in local, regional, and national events. Samantha VanSchoick, marketing
and business development manager at nonprofit real estate developer CIL, returns to the board this year as president-elect. VanSchoick has been involved with SMPS CT for four years, serving in multiple roles including director and communications committee chair. Nichole Petersen, director of marketing at Flow Tech, Inc., will begin her third consecutive year as chapter secretary during the 2017 to 2018 year. For the past four years, Petersen has been involved with SMPS CT, serving as the sponsorship committee chair and a programs committee member. James Bancroft, PE, is the general manager for Lenard Engineering, Inc. Bancroft has been a member of SMPS CT for over 30 years, has served as a past
president, and returns to the board in his current role as chapter treasurer. Kathy Nanowski, director of marketing and business development at Fuss & O’Neill Inc., returns to the board this year as immediate past president and leadership committee chair. Nanowski has been involved with SMPS CT for over 10 years, serving in multiple roles including president and secretary. Nanowski will serve as advisor to the current president while focusing on creating a pastpresident’s advisory board. Jessica Osborne, marketing manager for BL Companies, will return to the board as a director this year. She has been a member of SMPS for nearly a decade and served on the board since 2013, most
recently as immediate past president. Alicia M. Washington, director of marketing at HRP Associates, Inc., looks forward to another year on the SMPS CT board as a director. Washington Ron Paolillo has been involved with SMPS CT for three years, having served on the programs committee. Washington’s initiatives include membership growth and MBE participation. Ronald Paolillo, director of marketing and business development at the Robert H. Lord Company, joins the board this year as a director. A three-year member of SPMS, Paolillo serves on the membership committee and as a new member ambassador. Marta Dabrowski, CPSM, is marketing coordinator at WSP. She is new to the board this year as a director, previously serving as a member of the communications committee. Dabrowski received the Grace Waldvogel Member of the Year Award for the 2016 to 2017 program year.
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A Lengthy Upswing Stimulates Innovation in Hospitality
by Jeanne M. Muscolino Despite uncertainties concerning the global economic and political climates, the U.S. lodging industry is enjoying its 87th consecutive month of positive revenue per available room (RevPAR) growth, and the outlook remains cautiously optimistic. The activity in the U.S. hotel market in recent years has been remarkable. A few highlights include the creation of the world’s largest hotel company as a result of the Marriott-Starwood merger, Anbang’s record-breaking purchase of the Waldorf Astoria for $1.95 billion, a perpetual influx of new brands into an already crowded landscape, and, of course, Airbnb’s disruption of business as usual. Hotels are vying for the attention of an increasingly complex population.
Consumers are better informed, armed with powerful tools at their fingertips, and more likely to share their experiences. This highly competitive and communicative environment has compelled hoteliers to redefine, design, and deliver the ultimate guest experience in hopes to land that coveted top ranking on TripAdvisor. Many shifts have occurred in this environment, including the following. Localization is an essential and lasting movement
It goes deeper than sourcing local building materials, local beef, and hiring a local artist to create a locally relevant feature wall in the lobby. Authentic localization has a positive impact on the community while creating memories for travelers who seek to immerse themselves in local culture. In addition to partnering with local businesses to offer distinctive classes, events, and excursions, hotels are giving back by hosting nonprofit events for free, offering youth activities, and even hosting homeless pets. Hotels are reclaiming their roles as the cornerstones and economic engines within the community. Founded by “cultural curator,” Alex Calderwood, in 1999, Ace Hotel has mastered the creation of intention-
ally designed properties that reflect their roots while playing a transformative role within their neighborhoods. Luxury is less fussy, and more accessible
There is still plenty of room and appreciation for luxury hotels like Baccarat, which dazzle guests with jaw-dropping, opulent design. Perceptions of luxury, however, are evolving. Many consumers are placing greater value on moments than materials. Ian Schrager’s latest project, Public Hotel in New York City, is a prime example of understated luxury, offering simple rooms, enticing food and beverage venues, and a multifaceted arts and entertainment space, all at an affordable rate. The sharing economy is influencing shared spaces
Hostels are becoming more mainstream, attracting guests of all different ages and backgrounds. This option encourages guest interaction and makes group travel effortless. The Wayfarer in Santa Barbara and the Freehand Hotels of Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles are winning with their communal-style accommodations. Food and beverage is better leveraged
as a must-have, loss-leader in the hotel industry, are now treated as opportunities to raise the bar and capture additional market share. Hotels are catering not only to overnight travelers, but to their immediate neighbors and wider markets by creating F&B destinations. Many hoteliers are thinking outside of the box by teaming with celebrity chefs, local brands, and specialty coffee shops to lure traffic. Spatial fusion can lead to sensational results
The 21c Museum Hotel founded in Louisville in 2006 offers guests the perfect blend of contemporary art, local culture, and hospitality. Launched as an urban renewal project, 21c has gained raving reviews and has recently boomed to eight locations. The synthesis of various building types is a trend that we’ve seen take off outside of the hospitality market as well. The JCJ Architecture team is working on several blended designs including a groundbreaking project called Lodgic Everyday Community, a mix of productivity-boosting workspace, childcare, and healthy dining, all in support of work-life balance, due to open in Champaign, Illinois, in 2018. continued to page 42
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Northern New England WBRC Architects Engineers Helps Reinvent AURA
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Portland, ME – Downtown Portland has an eye-catching new entertainment venue on the corner of Center and Free streets. Aura (formerly Asylum) opened in late April to enthusiastic reviews. The reinvented, rebranded venue, designed by WBRC Architects Engineers and constructed by Consigli Construction, emerged from the renovation and expansion with a 1,000-person capacity, nearly double its former size. Aura now offers state-of-the-art production capabilities and a variety of upscale function rooms characterized by sophisticated interiors and sexy lighting,
along with renovations of its popular sports bar and basement dance club. The addition of two stories allowed the design team to create a new balcony level that offers a combination of fixed seating and standing attendance, as well as additional restrooms and a bar. Combined with the main level, Aura can now accommodate up to 1,000 people, increasing the number of national touring acts that the venue is able to host. Other key members of the project team included Allyson Wyand, WBRC interior designer; a full MEP, civil, and structural engineering team from WBRC;
and concert promoter and consultant Alex Gray. Some of the diverse acts the Aura will host this year include Good Charlotte, Ted Nugent, Buddy Guy, Wynonna Judd, and UFO. Aura is being hailed by concertgoers for its outstanding acoustics, and it’s also being praised by neighbors for its impressively low level of sound leakage during events. “The design team did a great job of creating excellent sound quality that stays inside the building,” says Rob Frank, WBRC’s commercial studio director. Even those who simply walk by Aura
during an event feel like they are part of the action, thanks to a multistory window wall that allows people to see into and out of the venue at night, a feature WBRC project architect Jocelyn Boothe calls “a lens into the space.” Aura’s centerpiece, the new concert venue, offers seated ticket-holders a line of sight that co-owner Krista Newman calls “amazing.” Fellow co-owners Laurie Willey and Valerie Levy agree, noting that performers, too, are enjoying the closer artist-audience connection in the redesigned venue.
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Public Works Project of the Year to Waterbury State Office Complex Waterbury, VT – The Waterbury State Office Complex redevelopment project in Vermont has been named a 2017 Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The project is being honored with APWA’s Project of the Year award in the category of disaster or emergency construction/repair at a cost of more than $75 million. Waterbury State Office Complex Redevelopment Main Office Buildings / Westphalen Photography
When Tropical Storm Irene swept through Vermont in 2011, it flooded nearly every river and stream in the state. The entire state was ravaged, and more than 1,500 state employees were displaced to other locations around Vermont. The team of winners includes the state of Vermont through the Department of Buildings and General Services as the managing agency; PC Construction as the primary contractor; and Freeman French Freeman as the primary consultant. When Tropical Storm Irene swept through Vermont in 2011, it flooded nearly every river and stream in the state. The entire state was ravaged, and more than 1,500 state employees were displaced to other locations around Vermont.
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20,000sf steel-framed central plant and maintenance facility with wood biomass boilers and emergency generators. The work also included the restoration of the 13 buildings comprising the historic core to their original grandeur. Given its location on the banks of the Winooski River, reducing flood risk was a primary emphasis, and existing buildings received innovative foundation improvements to mitigate potential for future flooding. New and renovated buildings were also elevated, and all occupied areas are now 6 inches above the 500-year-flood level. Awards will be presented during APWA’s 2017 PWX, Public Works Expo, annual conference taking place in the Orlando Orange County Convention Center in August. The APWA Public Works Projects of the Year awards are presented annually to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects, recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, contractor, consultant, and their cooperative achievements. This year, APWA selected projects in five categories, including disaster/emergency, environment, historical restoration, structures, and transportation.
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Dover, NH – Jewett Construction currently is managing three projects in the city of Dover, with a fourth coming soon. The 40,000sf Bill Dube Ford Toyota dealership on Dover Point Road will be completed this summer. The new facility replaces the existing dealership, which has been managed by the Dube family for 40 years.
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Education Hajian Architects Completes MIT Addition Cambridge, MA – Hajian Architects Inc. has completed the design for a new addition and renovation for the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity at MIT, located on Memorial Drive and the Charles River. The five-story building, constructed in 1925, was originally designed as a fraternity house by renowned architect Felix Burton of Boston. In 2008, Hajian Architects Inc. of Watertown addressed several structural and fire protection issues that had presented themselves in the building. It also completed an analysis and report of the building systems with its structural, mechanical, and electrical consultants to examine the building with the idea of developing a plan to maintain and enhance the living experience for the students over the next 100 years. The DKE addition will include a three-stop elevator, bringing accessibility to all the public areas of the fraternity as well as one of the three residential floors. New bathrooms, computer room,
with accents in the official colors of the DKE national organization. A complex structural system has been designed with helical piles and concrete-grade beams in order to address the soil-bearing issues
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fire alarm systems, kitchen upgrades, and other infrastructure improvements should allow the fraternity to function as
intended for the next century. The façade will be constructed with a Nichiha concrete panel rainscreen,
which presented themselves during the analysis of borings taken in the area of the addition. The building is located on Memorial Drive directly adjacent to the Charles River. Partners and brothers, David Hajian and Paul Hajian are very familiar with fraternity and dormitory projects, having worked for many educational institutions, and for more than a dozen fraternal organizations at MIT alone.
Construction to Start for New Duke University On-Campus Complex Designed by Centerbrook
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Centerbrook, CT – Duke University announced that construction will begin this summer for the new Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners. The new building will include event and office space for the Duke Alumni Association and a visitor center, totaling nearly 47,000sf of new construction and renovations. Highlighting the development is an arresting new 20,200sf events building with a grand dining and presentation hall, exhibits and lounges, a café, and visitor
support services. Designed to be the first campus stop for returning alumni, prospective students, and visitors, the building also includes a smaller meeting pavilion wing. “The new events building is a modern adaptation of the campus’ architectural style,” said Mark Simon, FAIA, Centerbrook principal and project architect. “The striking contemporary glass complements solid walls that hint at Gothic traditions with vertical fenestration, cast stone panels, and a
base of locally quarried “Duke stone,” a prominent campus characteristic. We are also recalling the original campus’ courtyard forms by gathering three buildings with arcades around a grassy celebration quad.” The second new building in this project is a 16,900sf two-story alumni office designed for staff who support Duke’s alumni and development activities. The renovation of the 7,400sf Forlines House is the third aspect of this project. Part of the original design of Duke’s West
Campus, Forlines is a two-story building clad in Duke stone. Originally constructed as a private residence for a university leader, the building most recently housed Duke’s office of news and communications. As part of the project, the house will be renamed Forlines House to honor the alumni association’s previous home. The renovation removes modifications implemented through the years, restores the original rooms and details on the first floor, and enhances the second floor for continued use as executive offices.
Marr Shores Harvard’s New Science and Engineering Complex by Katherine Marr In December 2016, Marr Scaffolding Company’s shoring division began work for JDC Demolition at the site of Harvard’s Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) in Allston, Mass. Located across from Harvard Business School and the Harvard Innovation Labs on Western Avenue, the six-story complex, designed by the Boston office of German architectural firm Behnisch Architekten, will feature classrooms, laboratories, lounge spaces, and 70,000sf of public green space when it opens in the fall of 2020. The SEC will also house close to two-thirds of Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), making it one of the most advanced science and engineering facilities in the world. Construction of the new complex was approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (formerly the BRA) in April 2016, six years after Harvard halted construction of the complex due to the 2009 financial crisis. With plans to build SEC “2.0” on top of the original site’s foundation, there were challenges to confront early on in this second phase of construction, such as Harvard’s extensive, new design changes and the previously installed steel foundation built to 33
Marr Scaffolding Company’s shoring division installed more than 100 shoring towers at Harvard’s new Science and Engineering Complex.
feet underground. Working for general contractor Turner Construction, JDC demolition set out to remove parts of the existing steel framing and concrete slabs to prepare for new construction, including the building of new cores for stairs and elevators and the installation of new steel. Prior to this work being done, Marr spent over seven months installing more than 100 shoring towers throughout the site designed with multiple layers of steel
beams ranging from 50 lbs. to 2,500 lbs. each. Both Shore-X and Hi-Lite shoring systems were utilized, with towers reaching up to 30 feet high and supporting loads between 30 Kips and 400 Kips. The towers were designed in-house and engineer-reviewed and stamped to accommodate load capacity requirements while allowing room for the removal of old columns and new permanent steel connections. Marr Scaffolding’s power
division provided two lulls and a scissor lift for the duration of the project, while Marr Crane & Rigging supplied a 300-ton crane to transfer equipment in and out of the site. Working in stages, Marr crews dismantled the shoring towers as permanent steel installations were completed in various site locations. The final dismantle is slated for early August.
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North Kingstown, RI – A. Autiello Construction Co. (AACC), headquartered in Cranston, RI, recently completed the J6 / J7 production line expansion for Toray Plastics (America), Inc. The 30,000sf addition will house Toray’s new food packing lines at its facility in the Quonset Business Park. Toray retained the services of AACC to design and construct the addition, providing Toray with a single-source solution. In addition to the expansion, AACC has completed a number of projects in the Quonset Business Park, including: Dominion Diagnostics, NOAA Okeanos Explorer Berthing Facility, and the
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NORAD Bentley Distribution Building. Anthony Autiello Jr., president of AACC, said, “On behalf of everyone at A. Autiello Construction, we are very proud to be a part of a project that will bring manufacturing jobs back to our home state of Rhode Island.”
Concord, NH – North Branch Construction has completed the renovation of Concord Coach’s corporate offices and maintenance facility located on Langdon Street in Concord. Udelsman Associates of Hollis, provided design for this project. The existing office and storage space within the building was renovated to create
new offices, including all new window, mechanical, and electrical systems. The renovated facility also features a new training room, new conference room, and a new fitness room. This newly-renovated facility will accommodate the growth and expansion of Concord Coach Lines, Inc.
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Fifth floor work area / courtesy of Gensler
Fifth floor homebase / courtesy of Gensler
“We chose to partner with Gensler on our new home because not only are they an internationally renowned architecture firm, but they also understood our vision of creating a collaborative workplace that will help our brand improve performance and represent our unique company culture, grounded in our passion for fitness.”
Arlyn Vogelmann, Studio Director and Principal at Gensler: “We are inspired and energized by Reebok – together we are creating a new world-class headquarters experience for both their staff and customers that will allow them to provide the most active and healthy workplace, attract top talent, and showcase the brand in the best possible way.”
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Green MLK, Jr. School Wins Green Award Design by Perkins Eastman Boston – At the USGBC MA Green Building Showcase held in June at Northeastern University’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, Perkins Eastman was awarded the 2017 Green Building of the Year award for its design of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School located in Cambridge. The design, targeting LEED for Schools Platinum, was recognized not only for its impressive, significant list of sustainable features, but also for its altruistic impact on education and the immediate surrounding community. The MLK School stood out among the other exemplary green buildings in the contest, demonstrating the impact that a sustainable design from a forward-thinking firm can have in a major city. Completed in December 2015, the MLK School has an impressive list of sustainable features and results. With
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one year of operating data collection, the project performed 12% better than predicted, and its actual Energy Use
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Intensity is over 65% better than the average school in New England; the design became a benchmark of success within Cambridge’s devotion to a net-zero future. The building’s PVs are projected to provide 47% of its energy needs; there are two 10,000-gallon cisterns that reclaim stormwater for toilet use, and 65 geothermal wells support the heating/ cooling system.
“We are very honored that the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School complex, which is Cambridge’s first near net-zero school, has received this prestigious award,” said Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale. “We believe this building represents Cambridge’s commitment to architecture that is beautifully designed and sustainable.”
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Aerial of 8.1MW Worcester Landfill Solar Project / photo: Wayne Dion, Dion Photography & Mass Electric Construction
Worcester, MA – In April, IBEW Local 96 signatory contractor Mass. Electric Construction Company completed electrical installations for the 8.1MW solar farm atop the city of Worcester’s capped 25-acre former landfill. The project, among Massachusetts’ largest municipality-owned solar arrays, is comprised of 28,600 solar panels mounted on 1,430 solar racks. Mass. Electric’s crew of 65 Local 96 journeymen electricians provided installations in the fast-track seven-month project. Project manager Mike Sanders and project superintendent Mark Delisle headed the project team. Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. of Lowell, Mass., was the project’s solar developer. As reported in the Worcester Telegram, John W. Odell, Worcester’s
director of energy and asset management, estimates the project will generate approximately 10 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The electricity, fed from the Worcester solar farm to National Grid, will offset approximately $2 million in annual electricity costs for Worcester, equivalent to about 20 percent of the city’s municipal electricity budget. The total project cost of $27 million has an expected payback of only about six years, in part due to the higher value of the Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) that were utilized in the project’s planning and financing stages. The solar project is undergoing final testing and a ribbon cutting will be scheduled in late July or August when the facility goes online.
Bridgeport, CT – Bridgeport International Academy (BIA), housed in the former Seaside Institute for girls, built in 1886 as a school for female workers at an adjacent factory, has made major updates to its facility’s energy infrastructure to coincide with its teachings on conservation. United Illuminating (UI), a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc., assisted a unique team in developing this project. The team was led by a partnership with BIA stakeholders and Integrated Building Services, with support from Sustainable Real Estate Solution. Originally built in the late 1900s as a school for female workers from Warner Brothers Corset Company, the building was later home to a local newspaper and then in the 1980s converted to apartments. BIA moved in 10 years ago and renovated the second floor as a new home for its school. Through lighting, controls, and heating system upgrades, the team replaced 21 of the 40 water source heat pumps and three-split system, many of which were constantly failing or in need of repair. Teachers and staff now have the ability to control temperature and lighting in classrooms from phones or laptops. Signif-
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icant savings is achieved with the ability to control settings based on occupancy. The project was financed by RENEW Energy Partners with key support from the Connecticut Green Bank, who provided low interest financing. Integrated Building Services and its major subcontractor, Coastal Mechanical, delivered a turnkey energy services upgrades program to increase BIA’s energy efficiency, achieve long-term cost savings, and make a s ignificant reduction to the school’s carbon footprint.
Mirak Automotive Group Installs 540 kW Solar PV System Partnership with Solect Energy Arlington, MA – Mirak Automotive Group, a new and pre-owned car dealership and service center, has partnered with Hopkinton-based Solect Energy to install a 540 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on the roof of its Mirak Service Center. The solar array consists of 1,440 photovoltaic (PV) panels and is expected to produce 639,042 kilowatt hours (kwH) of energy annually. Mirak projects that the array will cover 100% of its service facility’s energy needs. Additionally, its excess production will help defray energy costs at other buildings in the Mirak Automotive Group through net metering. Mirak will realize significant savings from its solar installation in a number of different ways. The array was designed to cover 100% of the electricity needs of the Mirak Service Center and also to provide additional electricity to defray energy costs at other Mirak sites. By net metering its excess production, Mirak expects to substantially reduce its energy bills at its Mirak Chevrolet and Mirak Hyundai dealerships. Net metering allows customers to receive credits for any electricity that they generate but do not use. Finally, Mirak will be able to take advantage of state and federal tax and financial incentives, including Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs),
Arlington-MA based Mirak Automotive Group’s solar array consists of 1440 photovoltaic (PV) panels and is expected to produce 639,042 kilowatt hours (kwH) of energy annually. Mirak projects that the array will cover 100 percent of its service facility’s energy needs. / Photo courtesy of Solect Energy
which are financial incentives based on the amount of solar energy the system generates. Electric utility providers in Massachusetts purchase SRECs to help them meet their state-mandated goals of a percentage of power coming from renewable energy sources. Mirak Automotive Group, an 80-year company with a history of excellent customer service, is one of Massachusetts’ most successful retailers of electric cars from General Motors (GM) and Hyundai. Its service center is also one of the largest in New England, with more than 60 service bays. Mirak was determined to
demonstrate its leadership in sustainable practices and investigated solar as part of its efforts to become a GM Certified Green Dealer. A key component to earning that recognition is a commitment to using renewable energy and pursuing energy efficiency. “It was important to us that we set a good example in the community for sustainable practices,” said Rob Mirak, president of Mirak Automotive Group. “Solect Energy made the process of moving to solar seamless; from the outset, with their detailed financial proposal, to the installation, where they made sure there were no
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Introduce Small Works Agreement Worcester, MA – IBEW Local 96 and the Central Massachusetts Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) have recently introduced a Small Works Agreement that will enhance the union electrical industry in this region to compete more favorably with nonunion electrical contractors on facilities that do not exceed 50,000sf or four stories in height.
This agreement enables contractors to utilize journeymen electrician wage rates that are the most competitive in the electrical industry. Applicable properties and projects include: office buildings, shopping centers, auto dealerships and garages, churches, nursing homes, hotels, retail and wholesale facilities, educational facilities, manufacturing facilities, soar projects
(500 panels or less), lighting retrofits, warehouses, gas stations, residential buildings, restaurants, entertainment facilities, hospitals, and medical clinics. This agreement enables contractors to utilize journeymen electrician wage rates that are the most competitive in the electrical industry. Through this agreement, IBEW Local 96 and NECA Central Massachusetts contractors are able to deliver their highly skilled labor force that implements safety procedures that are the strongest in the industry to projects throughout Worcester and Central Massachusetts at rates that are competitive with nonunion shops.
KBE Ranked Among Top 400
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Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corporation was recently ranked as one of the top 400 contractors and one of the top New England contractors by Engineering News-Record. Jim Culkin, KBE COO, noted that, “We’ve been ranked by ENR among the nation’s top 400 contractors each year for
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Fairhaven, MA – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI), a designbuild general contractor serving New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, recently began construction of a new UrgentCare facility at 208 Mill Road in Fairhaven. Work began in May and is anticipated to be complete by October. The cost of the project is $600,000. UrgentCare is owned and operated by Southcoast Health System, not-forprofit, community-based health system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. “We’ve had a tremendous working
relationship with Southcoast Health over the years, and we’re delighted to be working on the UrgentCare centers that make emergency services available on a local level without a trip to the hospital,” said Tom Quinlan, president of South Coast Improvement Company. Southcoast UrgentCare centers are equipped with staff and equipment to treat a wide range of medical situations— e.g., broken bones, contusions, cuts, burns, animal bites, etc. South Cost Improvement’s work will include a complete buildout for the facility with examination rooms, X-ray, rooms, waiting area, office space, parking, exterior work and more. That scope also includes new millwork, lighting, and design services.
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Marlborough, MA – Wayne J. Griffin Electric has completed electrical installation work for GE Healthcare in Marlborough that included phased fit-up work for office, lab, and cGMP spaces. The Griffin Electric team was responsible for the installation of power and lighting at the facility, which included 100% efficient LED lighting fixtures. In addition, systems for fire alarm, life safety, tele/data, emergency generator, security cabling, UPS, and frequency converter were installed. GE-manufactured products were utilized as part of the lighting package installed, as well as for the switchgear and UPS systems.
Suffolk, of Boston, served as the project’s construction management firm, while Symmes Maini & McKee Associates of Cambridge was the architect and electrical engineer. To complement the company’s existing life sciences operation in Westborough, the medical equipment manufacturer has taken residence within a 200,000sf site in Marlborough Hills. The new U.S. life sciences center for biopharma research and business, GE Healthcare’s Marlborough operation includes stateof- the-art laboratories, assembly spaces, customer appreciation facilities, and training and office areas.
JACA to Design Tobey Expansion Wareham, MA – JACA Architects recently announced it has been awarded the design project to significantly expand the emergency department at Tobey Hospital, one of four hospitals that comprise the Southcoast Health System. The current emergency department has the capacity to treat 15,000 patients annually, although the hospital’s emergency services currently treat an
average of 31,000 patients annually. Given this overburdened care offering, Tobey Hospital will expand the emergency department’s annual patient capacity to 40,000. Additionally, JACA Architects has been tasked with creating private rooms out of the department’s current doubleoccupancy rooms. Construction is tentatively expected to begin this summer.
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Modular construction is getting more attention
Marriott’s modular construction initiative is well underway, with up to 50 deals expected in 2017 which incorporate prefabricated guestrooms or bathrooms. Expect to see modular gain even more momentum, especially with select service hotels, as early adopters wrap up projects. Technology-driven experiences could offer endless possibilities
The biggest names in food, fashion, automotive, and media are busy incorporating innovative technologies to create fun, memorable ways for consumers to interact with their brands. Pioneers like Breakfast, based in Brooklyn, have invented kinetic display systems, robotic
signs, music democratizers, and hashtag printers that allow guests to create billboard-sized works of art in real time. Tech-inspired interaction has been widely untapped, and the possibilities for hotels are endless. I am curious to see how the next few years will play out. Which brands will thrive and which will fizzle? What moves will giants Airbnb and Google make? Most of all, I am excited to see what can happen when we spend less time talking about Millennials, and more time sparking true innovation. Jeanne M. Muscolino, NCIDQ #32346, LEED AP Associate, is business development manager at JCJ Architecture, a founding member of the Construction Institute.
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William Webster, former FBI director, said: “Security is always seen as too much until the day it’s not enough.”1 Terrorist attacks and the threats of them have become common as we receive our daily news. A focus of attention at present is on highly vulnerable soft targets such as shopping malls, concert halls, schools, churches, and hospitals. Soft targets also include buildings located close to hard targets (government and other buildings with sophisticated surveillance and protection systems in place). Most soft targets are venues where security has not been a primary focus. Although many facilities managers are becoming increasingly aware of their buildings’ exposure and are assessing their particular vulnerabilities, the need for improvements to the safety and security of these buildings and their occupants still remains.
Storefront with 3M Safety & Security Film installation after smash and grab attempt / photo courtesy American Window Film, Inc. and 3M Company
A virtually invisible, high-performance safety and security window film on perimeter windows fortifies and holds glass in place upon impact — reducing the risk of injuries and property damage in the event of blasts, break-ins, violent weather, or vandalism that results in glass breakage. A low-profile measure of security, high-quality security films have proven that strength no longer correlates directly to the thickness of a film — par-
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ticularly those films utilizing advanced nano- and alternating micro-layered technologies and have proven their strength through rigorous GSA blast testing or other credible blast testing procedures and independent glazing standards. Combined with a robust attachment system, these films can withstand high winds and blast impacts. Although the glass may break, the film and attachment system holds the glass in place — providing protection from dangerous glass shards and exposure to the elements. The fairly recent introduction of dual-technology climate control film that utilizes both traditional solar heat control as well as radiant heat control technologies in one film is significant for our Northeast climate zone. This highly engineered film reduces heat gain in warmer months and heat loss in colder months. Although this is also a feature of traditional solar control window films, this dual-technology climate control film takes it a step further by additionally reflecting radiant heat back into a room during colder months — making it particularly beneficial for Northeast property owners, given the region’s dramatic seasonal temperature shifts. The Department of Energy and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy recently published the results of an investigation of the financial performance of energy-efficient office buildings through a comparison by Commercial Building Integration (CBI) of green and nongreen buildings. Their investigation indicates “that owning and operating energy-efficient, high-performance properties is a sound investment strategy that results in multiple financial benefits, including lower utility bills, higher rents, improved occupancy, and greater net operating income (NOI).”2 Similar to safety and security films, solar
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Multi-Residential JM and Navitas Complete Project at Van Ness Apartments Lynnfield, MA – JM Electrical Company, Inc. (JM), a leader in advanced building automation system (BAS) installations, and Navitas Systems Integration (NSI), a Boston-area BAS provider, recently announced that they have completed project operations at Van Ness Apartments, a multi-use development in Fenway. In the commercial tower, the companies completed the core and shell as well as the tenant fitouts for the building. A full security system was also installed throughout both buildings. Additionally, JM and NSI installed a full building automation system as well as the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning control system and lab controls. The architect is Elkus Manfredi Architects, and general contractor is John Moriarty & Associates. It is managed by Samuels & Associates Management, LLC. Developed by Samuels & Associates and Weiner Ventures, Van Ness is LEED Gold certified. The development is composed of two buildings: a 13-story building that contains 172 residential units, and an 11-story building that
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Providence, RI – Corporate Art Group Inc. has renovated a historic building located in the heart of the Providence Jewelry District. Reborn into 95 Lofts, it is now a modern living experience that includes exposed brick, original hardwood floors, natural light, and incredible views. Built in 1904, the six-story Irons &
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and automated luggage storage provides easy access at any time of day. Hotel staff are playing a more supporting role, intervening when the automated systems don’t get it right or guests’ demands exceed the current systems. Room “keys” that are downloaded onto smartphones result in further separation between the traditional hotel service staff and guests. In addition, apps for room service and reservations are replacing the concierge role. It is not uncommon for a guest to arrive, enjoy their stay, and leave without interacting with physical representatives of the property. Technology-savvy consumers vote with their wallets, selecting frictionless opportunities whenever possible. The retail and hospitality industries need to plan technology-suffused responses to the growing demands for independent interactions and experiences. The role and nature of physical spaces need to be reenvisioned, to create an environment that delivers these experiences. Entrances and lobbies need to incorporate kiosks and related human/ machine interfaces. Pedestrian flow into and through spaces needs to be streamlined, emphasizing free movement while providing supporting personnel only to supplement the experience. Apps and
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related technologies will continue to grow in importance, serving as the primary consumer interface. Market-sensitive competitive design will be required for each project, thoughtfully incorporating insightful responses to these consumer selection and spending trends. Guest and/ or customer “portals” will continue to grow in importance, bridging the physical and online aspects of shopping and hospitality. The design community will be called on to create these new types of spaces and experiences, in light of the ongoing development of independent and selective self-directed consumers. Michael Kerwin, RCDD, CCS, DCCA, is a principal and leads the Technology Design Group at Vanderweil Engineers.
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ACEC-RI 2017 Engineering Awards
Bruce C. Bolling Bldg. Awarded
VHB awards winning project team (l-r) Peter Chiu, Joe Wanat, Bharat Patel, Tom Hennessy, Jeff Klein, Peter Pavao, and Rachel Dooley
Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building / Architect Sasaki Associates
Cambridge, MA – The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) recently announced its 2017 Gold and Silver Medalists, marking 30 years of honoring innovative urban placemaking. Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building
of Boston received a Silver Medal. The building is a community-oriented mixed-use development, integrating public school headquarters, public meeting space, retail, and transit.
RELCO Named Vendor of the Year South Yarmouth, MA – Cape Associates, Inc. of Eastham, named Reilly Electrical Contractors, Inc. (RELCO) its 2017 Vendor of the Year. Richard Bryant, executive vice president of Cape Associates, Inc. said, “This year, RELCO has best demonstrated our ideals and standards for customer service. They have fostered a similar corporate culture; that same uncompromising commitment to quality and integrity that is found in our own mission statement. Their responsiveness, professionalism, and attention to detail is critical in the success of our projects
and reflects the same qualities that our company was founded upon.” Cape Associates is a custom building and remodeling company focused on renovation and improvement projects as well as property management services. RELCO has been working with the Cape Associates team for over nine years.
Cable Mill Lofts Gets Tsongas Award Designed by Finegold Alexander Architects Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects and The Traggorth Companies recently announced that Preservation Massachusetts has named Cable Mills in Williamstown as the winner of the Paul and Nikki Tsongas Award for Biggest Impact: Rural/Suburban. Cable Mills is a historic mill complex that has been renovated, restored, and redesigned into 61 one-, two-, and threebedroom residences, with a long list of amenities. Thirteen of the residences are affordable housing units. With the first phase of development complete, Cable Mills is now included on the National Register of Historic Places. “The design of this extensive project truly embodies the power of preservation,” said Jim Alexander, FAIA, senior principal at Finegold Alexander Archi-
tects. “The buildings are historically significant due to the character and quality of their design as well as their role in Williamstown’s and America’s late industrial manufacturing history. The team was able to revive an abandoned location to create a lively residential community that enhances Water Street and contributes to the larger community.”
Providence, RI – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Rhode Island announced the recipients of the 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards. The following four awards were presented at the annual meeting on June 19 by Executive Director Marcel Valois. 1ST PLACE Gold Anchor Award for a project with construction costs of more than $10 million
VHB, led by Bharat Patel, PE, for the design of the replacement of I-95 Providence Viaduct in Providence. Owner: Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Geotechnical engineering: GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. 2ND PLACE Blue Ribbon Hope Award for a project with construction costs of more than $10 million
Pare Corporation for the civil/site design of the Richard E. Beaupre Center for
Chemical and Forensic Sciences Hall on the Kingston Campus of the University of Rhode Island. 1ST PLACE Gold Anchor Award for a project with construction costs of less than $10 million
PRIME AE Group, under the supervision of Russell Moresi, PE, for the Shippee Bridge Replacement Route 98 in Burrillville. Owner: Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Geotechnical engineering services: Paul B. Aldinger & Associates, Inc. 2ND PLACE Blue Ribbon Hope Award for a project with construction costs of less than $10 million
VHB, led by Peter Pavao, PE, for the RIDOT Statewide Wrong-Way Driving Mitigation Program. Owner: Rhode Island Department of Transportation.
Dianne Dunnell Gets IIDA Award Boston – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) announced that interior design director and associate partner Dianne Dunnell, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, received the 2017 Leadership Award from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), New England Chapter at its annual Business Leaders Breakfast. She has been an interior designer in the Boston community for more than 20 years and with MPA since 1999. As MPA’s director of interior design, she works on a variety of projects in the corporate and professional services markets, including projects for Philips North America and Dassault Systèmes as well as several large financial and consulting firms in Boston. In addition to her client work, she has devoted herself to volunteering for numerous organizations, supporting fellow designers and members of the IIDA community, and advancing the interior design profession within the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Dunell’s involvement with IIDA New England spans 17 years, and her roles for the organization include Boston
Dianne Dunnell with Paul Lewandowski of Lavallee Bresinger Architects, president of the IIDA New England Board of Directors / Kim Neal Photography
City Center Director, vice president of communications, and six years on the IIDA New England Chapter Board of Directors. She also recently served as president of the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition (MIDC) and previously held the roles of Grassroots Director and VP of Communication for the organization. Her involvement with the MIDC helped to engage the local design community in a grassroots effort that resulted in changing interior design legislation within the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Arup Office Scores a First in WELL Certification Designed by Dyer Brown less sedentary, and a circadian lighting system that simulates changing daily sunlight. Water filtration; furniture and finishes with minimal VOCs and contaminants; and advanced metering for HVAC also contribute.
The sunlit open-plan offices are punctuated by distinct amenity areas and huddle spots, according to Jennifer Taylor, Dyer Brown’s project manager, as well as sit-to-stand workstations and varied inviting workspaces.
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Outstanding Smart Growth Awards Open-plan offices are punctuated by various workstations
Boston – The Boston home for Arup, designed by Dyer Brown Architects, recently received Gold certification under the WELL Building Standard — making it the first project in New England to be WELL certified. Opened in late December, the 16,000sf space for Arup at 60 State Street in Boston represents a collaboration between Dyer Brown and its client. One of the goals for the project from the outset has been double certification: The team set goals to achieve both WELL Silver — which the project has officially surpassed — and LEED v4 Platinum, one of the industry’s
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most demanding sustainable building standards. Arup’s Boston offices incorporate a large pantry and lounge areas for employees, a new wellness room, “active movement design” layouts to make work
Providence, RI – Fuss & O’Neill, a full-service civil and environmental engineering consulting firm, was part of two multi-team projects recognized at the 2017 Rhode Island Smart Growth Awards. The projects, both receiving Outstanding Smart Growth awards, were Bristol Industrial Park and WaterFire Arts Center located in Providence. Fuss & O’Neill delivered the environmental, civil, and landscape architecture aspects of the Bristol Industrial Park project, including environmental site assessments and investigations, remediation, site and stormwater planning, landscape architecture, and construction administration, turning
125,000sf of space into 45 manufacturing businesses and more than 100 jobs in the heart of Bristol. Fuss & O’Neill provided environmental, civil, landscape architecture, and hazardous building materials services to the WaterFire Arts Center development in Providence. For this large-scale revitalization project, Fuss & O’Neill provided comprehensive services including pre-purchase due diligence, project financing support, full civil and environmental design, permitting, and construction oversight, bringing about a space that preserves a historic building and brings opportunities to its neighborhood.
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Acentech Welcomes Four
SCI Promotes Quinlan to COO Marion, MA – South Coast ensure smooth co-existence of Improvement Company (SCI) reconstruction work and day-tocently promoted Henry Quinlan day activities at the project site. to chief operating officer. Quinlan began with South In his new role, he will Coast Improvement in 2000. be responsible for oversight Prior to that, he coached football of project managers and site at Wagner College from 1995 to superintendents at all South 2000 and served as the school’s Coast Improvement projects. Quinlan assistant director of athletics This includes devising and from 1998 to 2000. implementing work flow systems to
Jewett Promotes Dan Ray
Raymond, NH – Jewett Construction recently announced the promotion of Dan Ray from preconstruction project manager to manager of integrated design. He is responsible for the coordination of the design and construction teams from project conception through completion to ensure that clients receive best-in-class construction drawings and documents. He manages all aspects of the Pre-Engineered Metal Building (PEMB) and Butler Systems business, handling everything from pricing, ordering, shipping, and delivery while keeping an eye on trends in the PEMB marketplace.
Cambridge, MA – Acentech, a global multi-disciplinary firm, recently welcomed four new consulting and professional staff to its Cambridge headquarters. Andy Carballeira, a senior consultant in the Acoustics group, has a decade of acoustics skills and brings expertise to Acentech’s national projects involving educational, commercial, and residential facilities. His areas of concentration include architectural acoustics, noise and vibration control, and environmental acoustics. Rob Hnasko, senior consultant in audiovisual systems design, brings expertise in audiovisual, IT infrastructure, and security design. He has over 16 years of experience helping clients better understand the everchanging, multifaceted world of technology. His projects with Acentech include an array
of markets, from higher education and K-12 buildings to corporate commercial facilities. Nick Dragoni, technical assistant in noise and vibration, brings to Acentech skills well suited for the oversight of highly technical equipment in the instrumentation labs, and will be participating in field measurements. His interest in acoustics and vibration stem from extensive experience in audio recording and production. Kat Sanford, administrative assistant, joined Acentech after working as a teacher for three years. Prior to joining Acentech, Sanford served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa, working with a village to improve water and sanitation conditions within the community. She also worked in Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey, and Ghana.
TFMoran Personnel Announcements Petrovick Joins Elaine Construction Bedford, NH – TFMoran recently made several personnel announcements. Cassi Beroney has been promoted to accounting assistant at TFMoran’s headquarters in Bedford. Beroney She has been with the company for five years, previously serving as administrative assistant/receptionist. Her new tasks include payroll, billing, and other accounting duties. Joshua Barr has joined the company’s Portsmouth team as a survey and environmental permitting summer intern. He has experience working as a caretaker at Salcha River State Park in Alaska and at Saco River Salmon Hatchery in Maine.
Evelyn Picozzi was welcomed to the Portsmouth office as a project engineer. She has over 30 years of experience in drafting and designing, civil engineering, AutoCAD, and piping engineering. Prior experience includes creating details of mechanical components for nuclear power plants, onsite field survey, and numerous land development projects on the east and west coasts.
Hamilton Joins C. E. Floyd Bedford, MA – Ryan Hamilton has joined C.E. Floyd Company as business development manager. He will be working in the educational, senior living, healthcare, and hospitality sectors while maintaining current client relationships and developing new, strategic relationships. Hamilton has five years of experience in the AEC industry. Previously, he worked at Consigli Construction and Corporate Events New England. Hamilton
firm, and most recently on Newton, MA – Caroline the owner’s side for Harvard Petrovick has joined Elaine University, brings a breadth of Construction Company as senior experience and perspective to project manager. her role and to our growing team. As a member of the project Caroline’s strong communication management team, she will manand organizational skills, age all project documentation, coupled with her advocacy on scope refinement, schedule modbehalf of the client, are just the ification, contingency planning, Petrovick skills Elaine looks for when and financial oversight to ensure enhancing its team,” says Lisa Wexler, on-time and on-budget completion for corporate and institutional clients president and third generation of Wexlers “Caroline’s background working in the responsible for the stewardship of Elaine early part of her career for an architectural Construction.
Building Impact Adds Akinc with Impact,” are focused Boston – Building Impact, on helping Boston nonprofit a 13-year-old nonprofit organizations achieve greater organization, brought in Bridget effectiveness in delivering their Akinc as CEO earlier this year to missions and demonstrating the grow the organization’s impact. results. She has led teams focused on Building Impact’s current technology enablement and gopartners consist of 22 leading to-market strategy for both highorganizations including its growth Silicon Valley-based Akinc founding real estate firms software companies such as BEA National Development, The Davis Systems, and for nonprofits such as The New Teacher Project. Companies, Paradigm Properties, and The Mass. Institute of Technology The Bulfinch Companies, and most (MIT) and Building Impact, entering its recently, MIT’s Executive MBA (EMBA) third year of partnership entitled “Leading program.
Liss New President/CEO of MassDev. AKF Group Welcomes Nault Boston – The MassDevelopment Prior to MassDEP, Liss had Board of Directors unanimously worked for the commonwealth voted to approve Lauren Liss at the Executive Office of for the position of president and Transportation and Construction CEO. from 1997 to 1999. Most recently, As MassDEP Commissioner at Rubin and Rudman, which beginning in 1999, Liss oversaw she joined as a partner in 2003, the development, implementation, Liss represented clients including and enforcement of air, water, large public corporations, Liss waste, and site cleanup policy for higher-education institutions, and the commonwealth. At DEP, she managed developers. a $110 million annual budget and a staff Her areas of expertise include land use, of 1,100. transportation, and administrative law.
Bowdoin Promotes Pat Melle Needham, MA – Bowdoin Construction Corp. announced the promotion of Pat Melle to senior project manager. He joined Bowdoin as a project manager in 2003 and has managed projects in all five market sectors. He has helped to grow the retail market sector by building relationships with clients that resulted in repeat business. In addition to his current duties, he will serve as account manager for the company’s retail accounts. Melle
Allen Orsi Promoted Foxboro, MA – Pare Corporation recently announced that Allen R. Orsi, PE, has been promoted to vice president. His experience includes the evaluation and design of dams and levees, dam removal analysis and design, as well as geotechnical engineering to support public Orsi and private projects. He has managed three of the firm’s largest dam
remediation projects over the last four years. He also has managed several multiyear dam rehabilitation programs, assisting owners of multiple dams to prioritize their needs. He has developed standard approaches to streamline Pare’s evaluation and analysis process. Orsi interned at the firm in 2000.
Fuss & O’Neill Promotes Ten Manchester, CT – Civil and environmental engineering firm Fuss & O’Neill recently announced its promotions for June 2017. Ten employees have received advancements in their professional careers. The promotions scatter across a wide range of offices and departments. • Douglas Brisee is a water resources engineer in the Manchester office and has been promoted to Senior Engineer I. • Robin Casioppo is an environmental scientist in the Manchester office and has been promoted to Scientist III. • Eric Grulke is an environmental engineer in the Manchester office and has been promoted to Engineer II. • Harl Humphrey is an environmental engineer in the Trumbull office and has been promoted to Engineer III. • Craig Lapinski, is a civil engineer in the Manchester office and has been promoted to Senior Vice President/ Practice Team Leader.
• Stephanie White is a landscape architect in the Manchester office and has been promoted to Project Manager. • Stefanie Wierszchalek is a hydrogeologist in the Manchester office and has been promoted to Senior Hydrogeologist I. • Matt Wujcik is a scientist in the Manchester office and has been promoted to Project Manager. • Celicia Boyden is a water resources engineer in the Providence, R.I., office and has been promoted to Engineer II. • Stephanie Oleksyk is an administrative assistant in the Quincy, Mass., office and has been promoted to Administrative Assistant II. CEO of Fuss & O’Neill, Peter Grose, says, “Fuss & O’Neill takes its employees’ career development very seriously. We’re very pleased to acknowledge the advances made by employees evidenced by recent promotions, and we look forward to their continued growth in our organization.”
Boston – AKF Group recently announced that Robert R. Nault, RCDD, has joined the firm as a senior information technology project manager for the IT/AV/ Security Group in the Boston office. He brings over 35 years of experience in government, healthcare, higher education,
biopharmaceutical, corporate, and financial projects throughout the United States. His responsibilities include business development as well as design and engineering for structured cabling systems, power over ethernet (POE) wireless, distributed antenna systems (DAS), and security and surveillance systems.
Construction Resources Hires Horton Farmington, CT – Construction director at MBH Architecture, Resources, Inc. announced where he was responsible for the hiring of Brian D. Horton the conception and execution as executive vice president of expanding its client base and of development. He has 40 doubling the size of the firm’s years of experience in business manpower over his five-year development, construction tenure. management, and brand He will be acting in the same strategy in the architecture and capacity in his new role both in Horton construction industry. local Fortune 500 companies, Prior to joining Construction nationwide, as well as international Resources, Horton served as the executive markets.
Katherine Shoss Joins Bulfinch Needham, MA – The Bulfinch was the director of marketing Companies, Inc. recently and senior associate at ARC/ announced that Katherine F. Architectural Resources Shoss has joined the firm as vice Cambridge, where she worked president, director of marketing. for over a decade overseeing all In her new role, she is responsible marketing efforts. Prior to that, for strengthening awareness she managed marketing efforts of the Bulfinch brand and its for the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, successfully portfolio of properties within Shoss driving the group’s recruitment Greater Boston. and development efforts. Prior to her role at Bulfinch, Shoss
WBRC Welcomes Karen Rand
Portland, ME – Karen Rand, certified interior designer, has joined WBRC Architects Engineers. She has over a decade of experience in commercial, healthcare, and educational space planning, selection of FF&E, specifications, inventory, and LEED projects. Previously employed by Ziegler Cooper Architects of Houston, Texas, Rand will focus primarily on commercial and civic projects at WBRC. She is a LEED Accredited Professional (ID+C), is NCIDQ certified, and is a member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).
Kara Forsythe Earns BCSP Cert. Northwood, NH – Kara L. Forsythe, SMS, has completed all requirements for a Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) certification. She is a senior environmental health and safety consultant with RPF Environmental, Inc., and has worked with commercial and industrial clients for the
past 17 years. BCSP credential holders are among the most highly trained, educated, and experienced individuals in the safety field. Certificants must recertify every five years to maintain certification, ensuring they remain knowledgeable in their practice.
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