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Inside this Issue: SLAM Creates New Science Nexus NEC’s SLPC Now Open Renovations Complete at Salem State’s Sophia Gordon Center Dyer Brown Transforms Corporate Workplace Sanford High & Technical Center Underway As Universities Engage in the Science and Tech Building Boom Neighborhoods are Transformed by Matthew Guarracino Unispace’s Intelligent Space Planning, Integrated Design, & Project Delivery Process by Vincent Poon Leading the Way with Lean by Kathryn Hurley


Susan Shelby


Nicholas Macy


Carrie Ciliberto


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Plus: Publisher’s Message, Up-Front, Technology and Innovation, Connecticut, Corporate, National, Multi-Residential, Municipal, Restoration & Renovation, Trends and Hot Topics, Awards, Calendar, People, and more...

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On the Cover:


Ribbon Cutting held for Hartford HealthCare’s CESI.................................................................................34

Dyer Brown Transforms Fresenius Medical Care Workplace ................................................................. 45

Sections: Publisher’s Message...................................6 Up-Front.......................................................7 Educational Facilities..................................9 Technology and Innovation.................... 38 Connecticut.............................................. 42 Corporate................................................. 45 National................................................... 47

Multi-Residential...................................... 48 Municipal................................................. 50 Restoration & Renovation.........................51 Trends and Hot Topics............................. 52 Awards...................................................... 55 People....................................................... 56 Calendar................................................... 58

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Sanford High & Technical Center Underway.......................................................................................... 28

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Publisher’s Message

Michael Barnes As High-Profile Monthly prepares to kick off a fantastic 20th anniversary program year, we will be reaching out to the most active companies in New England’s design and construction community for project profiles to acquire feedback and expert advice for our readers on the latest trends. Our 20th year theme is HP20/20

That is a focus on 20 years past and 20 years ahead. Blasdel A. Reardon, Lean construction consultant, Strategic Enterprise Technology Inc., Boston, will update his remarks from HP’s 10th anniversary issue with “A Decade of Change for AEC: 2007 to 2017 and Beyond.”

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A timeline of HP cover stories and the most notable projects in the HP headlines will be followed by today’s projections and forecasts for design and construction trends in the next 20 years. We hope you will join us at HighProfile. New England’s most active facility owners and managers, architects, contractors, and engineers are invited to participate in this special issue with advertisements and corporate profiles. Each profile will help define the AEC industry in New England. For details, contact us through your HP account executive or editor@high-profile.com.

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Twenty years ago, the High-Profile Quote of the Month was from the 1997 Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) president, Blasdel Reardon, who offered an unofficial rule of thumb: “Price, Quality, Service – Choose any Two.” More work requires more workers

According to the results of an industry wide survey released by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America, 70% of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce. Forty-six percent of firms also report they are doing more in-house training to cope with workforce shortages, while 47% report they are increasing overtime hours and 41% are increasing their use of subcontractors. State lists of construction employment show Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island up 12% from one year ago. Maine is up 8%, Massachusetts 3%, while Vermont is the only negative, coming in at -2%. HP announces Bonnie Poisson social media and IT Manager

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Up-Front UMass Boston Tops Off First On-Campus Residence Hall

(l-r) Ludger Bain Sr. project manager; Tim Hurdelbrink, director of construction operations; Bob Wice, general superintendent; and Kevin Sullivan, VP

Boston – Shawmut Design and Construction recently joined University of Massachusetts Boston, Capstone Development Partners, and Elkus Manfredi Architects for the topping-off ceremony of the university’s first oncampus residential facility. Set to open in the fall of 2018, the 260,000sf private-public project will consist of two buildings, ranging from seven to 12 stories, and will achieve a long-held goal of providing students with an on-campus residential option.

It will also include living-learning amenities such as seminar rooms, study lounges, a 23,000sf dining hall, and other conveniences to promote academic and personal development. The new residence hall will offer a mixture of styles ranging from singleoccupancy apartments to four-person units, along with flexible living-learning spaces. The project will also form the new northern gateway to campus and is part of the university’s 25-year campus master plan.

Medical Office Building Breaks Ground Damariscotta, ME – LincolnHealth, a MaineHealth member organization, broke ground recently on a new $13.7 million medical office building at the Damariscotta campus. Designed by E4H Environments for Health Architecture, the new facility is slated for completion in late spring 2018. Hebert Construction Corporation of Lewiston is the construction manager of this project. The 39,800sf facility will house primary, specialty, and behavioral care services, currently spread among four buildings. This new three-story building will feature a 1,000sf community room on the ground floor for education and special events that will be for both public and staff use. The first and second floors will house the provider practices along with consultation space for a dietician, pharmacist, social worker, physician, and other professionals as the need arises. By integrating primary, specialty, and behavioral practices in one modern facility, staff can move discretely between floors and work side by side with their peers in a collaborative setting. In developing the facilities plan over the course of two years with LincolnHealth,

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New STEAM Building E4H modeled the building after its recent design of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’s Nashua Clinic in Lebanon, N.H. By taking the model one step further, E4H created contiguous provider spaces between dedicated off-stage and on-stage areas. The incorporation of a perimeter corridor was central to this design, allowing for improved patient wayfinding and more natural light throughout the facility. Exam rooms on both floors are universal, allowing blurred practice lines between provider groups. The consult rooms on the perimeter face the outside wall along the periphery of the corridor, bringing in natural light with the advantage of being converted in the future to exam rooms if needed for additional flexibility.

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LBC Boston Celebrates Ribbon Cutting at Nova Residences Designed to achieve LEED certification, the building features include a fitness center, community/game room, dog grooming station, and onsite management office with package receiving service. Community space extends outdoors with landscaped patios, an 80-car parking lot, and onsite bike storage. With 100% occupancy upon opening, the Nova Residences feature spacious studios, lofts, and a mix of one- and twobedroom apartments. Nova Residences’ kitchen area

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Boston – LBC Boston, a diverse group of companies successfully managing real estate and business ventures, announced the grand opening of its first residential project in Boston. Located at 1505 Commonwealth Avenue in the Brighton neighborhood, Nova Residences is a six-story, 68,000sf building that offers 80 residential units, with 10 of the units designated as affordable. U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano, Massachusetts Governor Charlie

Baker, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 28 to mark the grand opening of the $25 million residential complex. Developed, owned, and operated by LBC Boston, Nova Residences is the embodiment of luxury with energyefficient stainless-steel appliances, modern cabinetry, and laundry appliances in each unit. Built on the highest point in Brighton, many apartments offer spectacular views of the Boston skyline.

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The three-year project led by LBC Boston is part of Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030, the city of Boston’s housing plan, which aims to create housing across demographics and neighborhoods,

outlines the city’s strategies for housing an expected 91,000 new Bostonians by the year 2030, and calls for the creation of 53,000 new units of housing at a variety of income levels across the city. The project team included owner/ developer: LBC Boston; architect: SN Consulting Group; construction manager: D.F. Pray Contractors; landscape architect: RBLA Design; MEP engineer: Zade Associates; structural engineer: Allen & Major Associates; civil engineer: Bohler Engineering; electrical contractor: Wayne J. Griffin Electric; LEED consultant: NV5; and leasing agent: Charlesgate Realty.

BPDA Approves New Development Adopts Imagine Boston 2030 Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors approved one new development project at the August board meeting. The approval of the $6 million, 110 Savin Hill Avenue project will yield the construction of a two-building, mixeduse development totaling approximately 23,984sf. One building will be a threestory commercial retail structure, and the second building will be a three-story residential structure containing nine condominium units. The board also voted to adopt Imagine Boston 2030, the first citywide plan in over

50 years. Imagine Boston 2030, which has been underway since fall of 2015 and has been shaped by the input of over 15,000 residents of Boston, is a comprehensive vision to boost quality of life, equity, and resilience in every neighborhood across the city. Mayor Walsh officially unveiled the plan on July 11 that outlines how Boston is experiencing an economic and population boom. While that growth presents challenges, it also presents an opportunity to provide additional pathways for economic mobility and avenues to improve quality of life throughout the city.

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Focus: Educational Facilities SCUP 2017 North Atlantic Symposium:

SLAM Creates New Science Nexus

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Providence, RI – A blessing-of-beamsand-raising ceremony was held recently at Providence College, signaling the completion of a key construction milestone for the new addition to the Albertus Magnus Science Complex, designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative. SLAM brings a new vision for the complex that is founded on creating an addition which represents a new front entrance that will become a showpiece for research and teaching. The new $50 million multiphased project, an initiative of the Campus Transformation Project, is contained within three adjoining buildings and includes a 36,000sf addition to the existing 70,000sf science complex, which will also undergo extensive renovations currently in design. The complex houses teaching and research space for the biology, chemistry and biochemistry, psychology, and engineering-physics-​ systems departments. The addition’s design uses stone as a base material that begins at the entrance and presents a three-story expression of science that continues throughout the facility. The goal of faculty and administration is to bring the excitement of what is happening in the building to the surrounding quadrangle. This provides an enriched quad experience. Their vision

Bridgeport, CT – For 50 years, Housatonic Community College has been providing an educated workforce to Connecticut’s business, healthcare, and manufacturing communities, offering over 40 associate degrees and certificate programs to its 6,000 students. Located in Bridgeport since 1971, Housatonic will celebrate its first halfcentury with the opening of a new 47,000sf student services support center, plus transformative renovations to Lafayette Hall, all designed to reinforce its commitment to science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) disciplines that are key to its continuing importance to the local community. On Oct. 27, SCUP will hold its 2017 North Atlantic Symposium at Housatonic Commuity College. Symposium co-chairs are Keith Epstein, VP for facilities, real estate, and infrastructure planning for Conn. State Colleges and Industries; and Lenell Kittlitz, assistant director, construction services for the Capitol Region Education Council. Join a panel of civic, industry, and academic leaders who will relate Housatonic’s success in creating a collaborative,

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technology-rich, and innovative curriculum to empower a thriving workforce. Engage with faculty and students who will demonstrate STEAM strategies for teaching the critical thinking, technical skills, and creativity necessary for the new innovation economy. Participate in interactive demonstrations in the labs where students learn hands-on skills that fuse engineering with creative design in manufacturing. Learn how HCC’s extensive art collection supports creative thinking and complements its integrated curriculum. Tour the new classrooms, laboratories, library, and support spaces, which will change the lives of its students and reinvigorate the manufacturing economy of Connecticut for years to come.

Providence College Science Complex addition and renovation / SLAM rendering

continues with the transformation of three adjacent brick buildings to the state-ofthe-art lab and research space. The new addition is expected to be completed in autumn 2018, with the multiphased renovation continuing into the following years. Construction is being provided by BOND Brothers Construction of Everett, Mass. “The new addition embraces the energy of the faculty, researchers, and scholars who will advance the sciences at Providence College. The existing science complex will be transformed by replacing existing windows and expanding interior layouts to create a science loft setting,” says Neil Martin, AIA, lead designer and SLAM principal.


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A Quick Chat with a University Planner High-Profile had the opportunity to talk with Nicholas Macy, director of planning and construction at the University of Hartford, on campus enhancements and improvements over the past year. HP: As a director of planning and construction, can you tell our readers what your top priorities are at the university? NM: We look to Nicholas Macy enhance our current facilities with selective additions and renovations. It is exciting to see the several enhancements and improvements we have made to the facilities as we renovate, repurpose, and expand the physical space. The central focus of all capital projects is our students first, what they need, want, and expect in our facilities. One great example of this is our new student union addition and renovation project; we are creating new gathering spaces that create and inspire collaboration and encourage students to participate in student organizations and activities. The commuter student lounge will also undergo a renovation and expansion as part of this project. The project will refresh the image and feel of our student union, incorporating the university’s brand and colors in the new addition. This

will include flexible furniture, including movable chairs, bar stools, and high-top tables in our dining and lounge areas. HP: When you’re planning renovations or additions, what do you have to take into consideration? NM: It’s an ongoing dynamic conversation amongst our students, faculty, and staff. We have to ask how this improvement aims to give our students better access. What materials will be relevant? Only then can we have a better sense of how we need to improve or expand our facilities.

New loading dock at library. Aerial photo shows the work in-progress with the demolition completed and formwork in-place for the upcoming concrete placement

New Harrison libraries expansion project: Aerial drone photo showing the expansion and renovation of the university libraries

HP: What kind of projects represent this kind of growth on the campus?

NM: In spring 2017, we finished a substantial addition and renovation to our university libraries, and this project brought our physical space, technology, and infrastructure of the buildings in line with our evolving understanding of teaching and learning. In general, the improvements we made were focused on giving our students more access to a wider variety of media and connecting them with learning materials relevant to their studies. HP: So, you embrace these changes? NM: It is exciting to see the enhancement and growth of our campus buildings and

infrastructure as we create, renovate, and repurpose the physical space to accommodate emerging learning styles that facilitate collaboration.

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Dimeo Selected for Three Rhode Island Higher Education Projects

URI College of Engineering / rendering courtesy of Ballinger

Kingston, RI – The University of Rhode Island selected Dimeo Construction Company to serve as its construction manager on the new 186,258sf Engineering Teaching and Research Building. The architect for the project is Ballinger. The new teaching facility will encompass over 186,000gsf in an H-shaped, six-story facility, which includes two teaching wings, a walk-out lower level, and mechanical penthouse. The first floor, located on the quad level, will have a large south-facing commons and a combination of instructional labs


and interactive classrooms opening up to student interaction spaces. The upper floors will comprise flexible, modular labs in close proximity to the faculty offices, and graduate student workstations. These adjacencies will help to create a research environment that encourages and supports collaboration and interaction. Each floor will also have shared administration suites, instructional labs, and seminar spaces. The new COE is seeking to obtain a LEED Silver rating. The new College of Engineering replaces five separate buildings built in the 1950s and ’60s.

Providence College, Ruane Friar Development Center / rendering courtesy of Perkins Eastman

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facilities, athletic training center, offices, a new Friar Athletics Hall of Fame, and a dining room, in addition to an atrium spanning Alumni Hall and Slavin Center, along with facilities for career and professional development services and infrastructure improvements. At University of MassachusettsAmherst, Dimeo teams are continuing previous assignments including Commonwealth Honors College and North Residential Apartments, and are underway with the new Isenberg School continued to page 45

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September 2017

NEC’s SLPC Now Open

New England Conservatory / photo Ann Beha Architects

Boston – New England Conservatory’s students and faculty soon will perform, rehearse, and celebrate their music in a new setting — the first building added to NEC’s historic Boston campus in 60 years. The new Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC) is a 10-story structure offering spaces for preparatory and professional work, research, and experimentation. Designed by Ann Beha Architects, in collaboration with Gensler, the SLPC offers orchestra and jazz rehearsal rooms; a black box opera theater workshop; the NEC music library; and 256 student rooms in singles, doubles and suites; with a dining commons and spaces for collaboration and community. With two distinct masses, the SLPC building exterior is a composition of variegated terra cotta tiles, applied in

mixed patterns, with broad glass expanses at street levels, and a stainless-steel screen cladding the performance wing. Offset operable windows animate the upper floors, and north-facing open lounges offer expansive views of Boston. At the building base, dining and performance spaces offer street views, and open stairs connect the performance and study floors, encouraging students and patrons to travel through the shared facilities. The black box opera theater, with 225 retracting seats, is a tall, resonant space, with an orchestra pit, a mechanical gantry for scenery, lighting, and seating changes, and exceptional audience-performer proximity. It is the only facility of its kind in Boston, providing performance flexibility and opportunities for innovative musical collaboration.

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Aerial view of Lincoln School



Lincoln, MA – Daedalus Projects, Inc. was recently selected to serve as owner’s project manager for the Lincoln School project. The Lincoln School is a 137,452sf, single-story, campus-style facility that serves as the sole public educational facility for Lincoln students in grades K-8. Originally constructed in 1948, the building needs extensive repairs to bring

it up to code and improve the functioning of essential mechanical elements. The town is also considering options for the new construction of an addition that would accommodate a cafeteria and other educational spaces. Daedalus’s team for this project includes Richard Marks, Tom Gatzunis, Shane Nolan, and Alicia Monks. Dan Tavares of CGA will serve as a consultant to Daedalus, providing Quality Control and Design review services.

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September 2017


Interview with ASM CEO Carrie Ciliberto Carrie Ciliberto is the new chief executive officer of Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts, Inc. (ASM). HP: What will be tops on your to-do list moving forward?

that, I believe it will serve them very well throughout their career. So, part of my goals will be working with other industry groups. HP: What events are on the horizon for ASM?

CC: One of the top priorities is to continue to enhance ASM’s strong advocacy program to ensure that subCarrie Ciliberto contractors are working under fair laws. Another is to create educational events and programs that focus not only on relevant content, but also facilitate relationship building. Another priority is to engage our young professionals. They are our future leaders, and as you know, the industry is suffering a workforce shortage and we want to be part of the solution. HP: Does ASM have a young professionals group? CC: We do have a young professionals group. I believe in collaboratingwith other industry stakeholders and associations whenever we can. I think that networking and relationship building are very important. If young professionals learn

CC: We are looking at a variety of future programs. On September 27, we have a safety program on silica. On October 3, we have a financial planning event at the Embassy Suites in Waltham, and we have our biannual gala at the Westin Copley on November 9. Those are three in-person events we have scheduled at the moment. I am also working with some groups to see if we can put something together by late summer or early fall designed to get young professionals together. We also are incorporating webinars as a way to facilitate our statewide and regional programming. It is often difficult for folks to come in person to some programs, so we are looking for other ways to get members involved and feel the value of their membership. We have a number of webinars scheduled for this fall, and some are free. The ASM website provides registration details for all of these events.

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HP: What is the core message that you want to get out to the AEC industry?

helped prepare me to lead ASM: My first was right out of college as an advertising and marketing professional. My second career was as a legal professional practicing law in Colorado for more than 10 years. And, my third career was in the construction association world coming from the Associated General Contractors of America in D.C., where I worked with a wide variety of industry coalition members. I think these three different areas have provided me with a unique perspective that allows me to make a critical analysis of a situation yet have some creative freedom in developing solutions and the entrepreneurial spirit to implement them. ASM has a long and accomplished history, and I am very proud to be taking over at the helm. So, we will honor the past but embrace the future . . . and the future is bright.

CC: In a lot of ways the answer is in our mission statement, which is to protect and advance the interests of all subcontractors and suppliers and to promote professionalism in public and private construction through education, communication, and advocacy. That being said, we all work in the same industry and we all have the same interests at a high level. We want fantastic projects, we want them to be built on time, on budget, and safely. So, I look forward to collaborating with other industry stakeholders to create mutually beneficial opportunities for our respective members. HP: What background do you have that has helped you to prepare for this position?

CC: I have had three careers that have

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As Universities Engage in the Science and Tech Building Boom

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by Matthew Guarracino As the race intensifies for leadership in key technologies — with competitors from around the globe also trying to emerge as leaders — Boston-area higher education institutions are making major investments in new science and technology centers. In turn, these developments are helping to revitalize urban neighborhoods by attracting investments in housing, retail, and office space as well. Of course, higher education investment enhances students’ technical skill sets, which bodes well for their success in the area’s knowledge-based economy. The new, skilled workforce generated from these facilities not only helps to develop existing businesses already in the commonwealth, but it attracts new businesses as well. At Northeastern, the school’s new In-

terdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex has become a beacon of research and innovation in Boston’s Lower Roxbury and South End neighborhoods. It consists of the school’s College of Science, Bouve College of Health Sciences, College of Engineering, and College of Computer and Information Science.

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Though designed first as a space for both students and teachers to collaborate, the school’s president also wants the facility to be open to the Roxbury community and potential future students. As the first private research development in Roxbury, the ISEC has created more than 1,300 jobs from the construction

phase to the post-opening phase, benefiting members of the community and the city as a whole. Also, part of the ISEC’s plans includes the construction of a pedestrian bridge over the MBTA Orange Line, commuter rail, and Amtrak. When completed, it will connect two sections of Northeastern’s campus and help to strengthen the bonds between the university and the neighborhood, which will also find the footbridge a helpful link to public transportation. Another higher education facility on the cutting edge of STEM research is Harvard’s newest life sciences facility in Allston, the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab. Not only is this space to explore scientific research, but it provides local startups in the life sciences sector with the office space, lab resources, and programming they need to help them grow. The Life Lab, along with other Harvard facilities in Allston, has created a local innovation hub that continues to foster groundbreaking scientific research that benefits the community as a whole. In 2013, Harvard created a 10-year master plan for the development of new facilities and social spaces in Allston, including a planned

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South Natick – Nauset Construction recently began work on a project that will transform an 18th-century tavern into a new facility used by the middle school on the campus of the Riverbend School in Natick. The completed project will provide new classroom, office, and multipurpose space for Riverbend’s expanding campus. Designed by Piatt Associates, the project includes the conversion of the Peletiah Morse Tavern, which was built in 1748 to serve as a residence, tavern, and stage stop for travelers on the Old Hartford Road, as well as the construction of a two-story, 4,200sf addition. The existing addition to the tavern (circa 1901) was demolished to make way for the new building. When completed, the new facilities will house science and math

classrooms, a large multipurpose space for music instruction, a welcome center, and administrative offices. In order to retain the character of the tavern, historically accurate replica windows and a hand-hewn front door will be installed, and the wood siding, trim, and masonry will reflect the style of the original buildings. The tavern’s first floor will be lowered for added ceiling height, a second floor ceiling will be exposed to reveal the original beams, and a faux chimney will be rebuilt in the tavern using the bricks from an original, which had previously been demolished. In addition, the entire MEP and fire protection systems in the tavern will be replaced. The project is anticipated to be completed by mid-December.

MassDevelopment Helps Expansion Boston – MassDevelopment has issued a $52.8 million tax-exempt bond for Williams College, which will use bond proceeds to build and equip its science center; build a library storage facility; improve its utility systems; install micro steam boilers and standby diesel generators; update building interiors; buy furniture; and improve accessibility. Established in 1793, Williams is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college with graduate programs in the history of art and in development economics. In 2016, MassDevelopment issued two tax-exempt bonds totaling $104.6 million that Williams College used to demolish its science center, build two science buildings, and renovate two science buildings. In 2013 and 2011, MassDevelopment provided $126 million and $89 million, respectively, in tax-exempt bond financing for Williams to build a new library and media center; renovate existing academic and athletic facilities; and repair and renew various elements of its campus.

“Williams College engages its students in critical thinking from a global perspective and continues to be a national leader in higher education,” said MassDevelopment Executive Vice President of Finance Programs Laura Canter. “This bond will allow Williams to renovate its existing buildings and expand with new science facilities in order to continue to provide high-quality education to its world-class student body.” There are three academic divisions (languages and the arts, social sciences, and science and mathematics), 25 departments, 35 majors, and concentrations and special programs. Williams is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation, and its faculty is noted for the quality of its undergraduate teaching. Virtually all faculty members engage in research activities that complement their commitment to teaching, and encourage active participation of students in that research.

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TFMoran Provides Civil/Site Design for SNHU’s Monadnock Hall Hooksett, NH – TFMoran of Bedford provided survey, permitting, civil/site engineering, and landscape architecture for the new four-story dormitory at Southern New Hampshire University, located on East Side Drive in Hooksett. The 103,440sf building contains apartment-style dormitories made up of single and double bedrooms; in total there are 300 beds. Included are many amenities not typical to a college dorm, such as a full kitchen, living room, and a separate shower off from the bathroom.

The project architects are Mackey Mitchell of St. Louis, Mo., and Lavallee Brensinger of Manchester, N.H., and the general contractor is Whiting Turner of Framingham, Mass. Located on the first floor of the building will also be a fitness center, game room, and a common Main Street. The project architects are Mackey Mitchell of St. Louis, Mo., and Lavallee Brensinger of Manchester, N.H., and the general contractor is Whiting Turner of Framingham, Mass. The exterior of the structure is a new design for SNHU, made up of natural stone and metal panels. A ribbon-cutting event is planned for early September, after students get settled into their new home.

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Does Your University Have a Lazy River? How One WBE Sees Higher Ed Trending

by Laureen Poulakis How do you capture the attention of top incoming freshman from around the globe? Marketing? Is it Snapchat, video live streaming, drone footage of your campus, Facebook? Or is it the built environment? As Boston’s real estate market continues to heat up, colleges are upgrading their spaces. While the growth of regional universities is often tied to local real estate trends, there’s a new market driver — student expectations. Colleges are focused on improving the overall campus experience due to rising competition, enrollment demands, and a response to the consumer. The Northeast has seen an uptick in the redevelopment of college campuses, particularly those within an urban core like Boston. Initially, we saw investment in learning and research spaces, student centers, and dormitories. Contemporary

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and high-tech academic buildings have been popping up on campuses all over Boston. Laboratories, emerging concepts in flex-space design, and common areas for collaboration are also trending while new technologies are changing the landscape of student-professor interactions. Students come to an urban center like Boston for that sense of adventure. Because of apartment demand and inventory shortages, rents are on the rise. Colleges are finding ways to provide oncampus housing all four years and in some cases, into graduate school. Dormitory programming trends include central air, in-building laundry, markets and coffee

find ways to independently power and climate control their space. There’s greater competition, and the pressure is on. National trends show colleges must provide a dynamic environment to attract and retain students. Boston traditionally offers world-class higher-ed opportunities, and that stability, coupled with new consumer demands, is resulting in a strong market sector for the local design or construction firm. Laureen Poulakis is a principal at Brennan Consulting. The firm was recently WBE certified.

shops, media lounges with 10-foot movie screens, and gaming rooms. Students are also seeking varied dining experiences, from visiting chefs to allergen-free cafeterias. Universities must be increasingly creative in space and infrastructure design. As the economy stays strong, we’re seeing the construction of new fields, indoor athletic centers, the interconnection of buildings, energy facilities, and co-gen plants. Not only are traditional student spaces expanding, but more adventurous upgrades are appearing like lazy rivers, rock climbing walls, and giant ball pits. Sustainability is also driving colleges to

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Cogswell Completes School Installation Community Rallies for Classroom Reno

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Abington, MA – Cogswell Sprinkler Co., Inc. of Worcester, recently completed the fire protection installation work at the new 235,370sf Abington Middle High School. General contractor for the project was Brait Builders of Marshfield. The new LEED Silver-certified building will feature a western wing for grades five through eight, an eastern wing for grades nine through 12, a segregated area of preschool classrooms, two cafeteria eating areas sharing one kitchen, a 750-seat auditorium/performing arts center, and a gymnasium. Taking advantage of the sun’s free energy and light, with large windows

throughout the building, the building will collect rainwater for reuse in the restrooms, and the site will have solar panels to serve the building’s electrical needs. Safety and security features were also designed into the entire building. Cogswell Sprinkler’s contribution included the installation of wet and dry type sprinkler systems. Cogswell’s project manager, Mike O’Donoghue, and sprinkler foreman, Ken Barch, worked with the Brait Brothers’ team to bring this project to completion ahead of schedule.

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Gloucester, MA – Windover Construction announced the completion of a classroom renovation and reconfiguration project at the Wellspring House Education Center. The space was transformed from one large classroom into a multiroom suite including foyer, computer lab, conference room, galley kitchen, and working office space, complete with a separate entrance at Wellspring’s Veronese Community Education Center, home to its Adult Learning Initiative (ALI). The center now offers the ability for students to attend class, use computers for

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UMass Old Chapel a New Campus Favorite

by Regan Shields Ives When the University of Massachusetts set out to restore and renovate the historic campus icon — the Old Chapel — which stood empty on the campus for more than 15 years, the goal was to create a high-quality restoration and adaptive reuse of the building that met both code and access requirements. The challenge was establishing the program due to the multiple user groups and departments involved. The building, designed as a multi-use student center, lecture, and event space, has only been open since early 2017 and has proven to be far more successful than anticipated for students, alumni, and staff — on both a formal and informal basis. The Old Chapel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a jewel in the heart of the campus and a recognized historical asset for the town of Amherst, Massachusetts. According to staff at UMass, “Every seat in the ground floor is filled” on a daily

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basis with students working independently or in small working groups, and it is a preferred venue over the adjacent library. In addition, they are receiving multiple event requests per day. There will be four weddings — mostly alumni — in the fall, in the Great Room on the second floor. Lectures, breakfasts, concerts, movie nights, group gatherings, and more abound in a space that was once silent.

“The requests for space use for the 2017-2018 year have been overwhelming — and that doesn’t even include student requests,” said Melissa Cleary, manager, UMass Old Chapel. “We have received about 175 requests for the academic year so far this summer, and we expect student requests to increase as soon as they arrive on campus.” The chapel was originally designed

by Steven C. Earle in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, constructed in 1884 as a multi-purpose facility for lectures, religious services, a library, and reading room. The building was renovated in 1936 and served as a classroom building for more than 60 years but was closed in 1999 for code and access deficiencies. In 2014, Finegold Alexander Architects, along with a team of engineers and specialty consultants, began to evaluate the building for restoration and transformation. The final design created an integrated landscaped terrace with accessible ramps and a contemporary glass entry pavilion at the south façade. A flexible layout with multi-use spaces, new AV and IT systems, a large-format interactive display wall, an underground mechanical vault, and insertion of an elevator brought the building up to code. In addition, the second-floor Great Hall was restored to its original, historic splendor. The design exceeded the target for LEED Silver and achieved LEED Gold certification. Construction was completed in the fall of 2016, and the ribbon cutting took place in March 2017. The success of the building sets a new benchmark for campus planning and creative reuse of historic building assets. Regan Shields Ives, AIA, LEED AP, is a principal at Finegold Alexander Architects.

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Industry Leaders Celebrate Cianbro Opening Pittsfield, ME – Distinguished guests, including Maine lawmakers and national industry experts, joined Cianbro leaders Pete and Andi Vigue for a ceremony and tours to celebrate the opening of its new workforce development facility in Pittsfield. In an era of chronic shortages of skilled craftsmen and -women in the construction industry, Cianbro has used in-house educational efforts over the years to develop thousands of highly qualified construction professionals. The addition of the new state-of-theart facility will allow the company’s workforce development department — The Cianbro Institute — to base future

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educational initiatives from within the facility’s new fully equipped classrooms, office spaces for instructors, and spacious areas for larger educational gatherings.

Cianbro plans to continue efforts to ease the region’s worker shortage through the use of the new facility. “We believe that the challenges that we face with the workforce in our country and state are disguised opportunities,” said Cianbro chairman and CEO, Pete Vigue. “And we believe that it is our responsibility within this organization and within our industry to invest in the development of our future workforce while providing them an opportunity for personal growth. What we’ve learned when we support and believe in people is that the opportunities are endless, not only for individuals but also for our company.” Until now, the Cianbro Institute has utilized space within the company’s

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operational services building in Pittsfield, in combination with classrooms located in the community. At these locations, the institute has conducted sessions ranging from new hire orientation and craft education to leadership development. With the team now moved into the new facility, the core of Cianbro’s workforce development programs will exist under

one roof where instructors and the support team will work together in close proximity. In addition, the new location provides some simple efficiencies such as eliminating travel and setup time between facilities, better management of classrooms, better communication among the team, and a loading dock to offer the ability to move necessary equipment in and out for classroom use. As Cianbro continues to extend its reach as a company (currently working in more than 40 states), it will be critical for instructors to have the ability to deliver certain developmental opportunities remotely or via broadcast. By having multiple rooms equipped with cameras, this option will become a reality, giving Cianbro the opportunity to reduce travel costs, reach more team members at one time, and cut down on time away from a project. Additionally, the facility will have a skilled-trades multifunctional room to conduct a variety of hands-on educational sessions. For example, rigging is an important skill to develop across many of the trades. The multifunctional room will offer the ability to set up 16-foot gantries for indoor demonstrations and activities. The possibilities for this room are plentiful, as are all of the many potential uses that the new Cianbro Institute facility brings to the company.

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Transforming Universities Through Project Management Information Systems (PMIS) to the changing construction landscape. Project management information systems (PMIS) have been a consistently growing trend over the last 20 years and can greatly contribute to the execution of capital projects and programs. by Sean Sweeney Many colleges and universities know all too well the competitiveness and importance of developing a desirable campus environment with first-class facilities to capture the greatest talent. Growing capital resources through donations, revenues from sports or research, and endowments have all catapulted the nation’s top institutions as major owners of construction projects. Whether it be a new campus center, a new stadium, a state-of-the-art research lab, or an entire capital program, many campuses are saturated with construction activity. Like many owners in today’s construction industry, colleges and universities are looking for better ways to lower costs, meet schedules, and manage risks associated with their large capital projects. Fortunately, for universities embarking on capital improvement programs, project management technologies have adapted

PMIS platforms are software solutions that can collect, compile, process, route, and synthesize project data in a manageable format. PMIS platforms are software solutions that can collect, compile, process, route, and synthesize project data in a manageable format. Although these systems aren’t exclusive to the construction sector, they are increasingly becoming the norm for the delivery of major projects and programs. They bring a multitude of benefits such as: • Arming stakeholders with access to real-time project information 24×7. • Allowing for proactive decision making, which leads to improved risk mitigation as well as budget and schedule performance. • Increasing productivity through the standardization of processes, electronic

forms, and report templates. • Minimizing the likelihood of risks through the development, training, and enforcement of comprehensive policies and procedures. • Enhancing accountability through a digital audit trail that shows when project data was modified or approved and by whom. There are several key factors that should be considered as more universities embark on PMIS implementation:

Partnering with an implementation team with proven results

A successful implementation begins with ensuring you have an appropriate PMIS expert that is familiar with construction programs. An experienced consultant will evaluate existing processes and take industry best practices into consideration to develop a customized implementation solution, whereas an inexperienced individual may provide you with a static, out-of-the box system. Defining a control environment

Another core element of a successful implementation is to have a clearly defined project governance and controls environment to accurately envision, communicate, select, and contour a system that best suits the university’s needs.

Right-sizing the system

Poor PMIS implementation can lead to unnecessarily cumbersome processes. It is important to recognize that depending on the size of the project, the system can be as detailed or as simple as the university needs it to be. For instance, a smaller project may not need a robust PMIS, as this would only create more unnecessary work. Confirming system integration requirements

Downtime, redundancies, and manual processes due to ineffective connections or migrations from legacy software or data are recipes for PMIS integration failure. It is also essential to develop an escalation process and assign responsible technical and content stakeholders for each legacy system.

Training and fostering a new culture

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Renovations Complete at Salem State’s Sophia Gordon Center

Salem State University Performing Arts Complex, Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts / Leers Weinzapfel Architects / © Alan Karchmer / Otto for Leers Weinzapfel

Salem, MA – Leers Weinzapfel Associates recently completed the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Salem State University. The renovation transforms a midcentury theater facility into vibrant theatrical teaching, performance, and support spaces for a new generation of students. Originally constructed in 1958 as a general-use auditorium on a developing campus, the 650-seat Mainstage Theater building was ripe for reimagining, no longer meeting the current needs

of the theater department and the wider university. The design for the project reflects Salem State’s departmental goals and maximizes the program space within the existing building shell by providing a balcony and a more intimate theater. The public approaches a transformed exterior terrace and enters a generous lobby, which leads to a 490-seat theater with a balcony and galleries. The theater affords good sightlines and ceiling height, providing an

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enveloping space for student performance and instruction. The program also includes a large rehearsal room, green room, dressing rooms, scene shop, sound lab, light lab, prop storage, conference spaces, and an art display area. The project creates a cohesive, engaging, and transparent learning environment for the university’s theater department; provides a specialized space

for performing arts and community connection; enhances opportunities for a richer array of academic and cultural events; creates a new and uplifting face and experience for the Salem State community, potential students and visitors; connects to the evolving campus quadrangle; and increases the visibility of the theater department and its productions.


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Sanford High and Technical Center Underway Sanford, ME – Construction of the new 332,000sf state-of-the-art Sanford High School and Technical Center is underway. The facility, which was designed by Lavallee Brensinger Architects in coordination with general contractor Hutter Construction, will serve as a model for integrated secondary education that focuses on 21st-century learning. Career technical education is integrated within the academic core programs and organized into four academic pathways: science and technology; business and management; arts and communication; and human services. These pathways allow students to embrace education through their individual interest areas and allow faculty to focus studies on those aspects within each wing. A full complement of career and technical labs and support areas were designed to add flexibility and the integration of technology to prepare students for an exciting and ever evolving field of study. Extracurricular and community use areas also have a particular emphasis at this facility, which includes an 850-seat performing arts center, a 2,000-seat stadium, and an artificial turf field. Highlighting Sanford’s commitment to maximizing energy efficiency was the decision to incorporate Genest Omni Block, an integrally insulated concrete

Rendering of the new Sanford High School / renderings courtesy of Lavallee Brensinger Architects

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block system with an exceptionally high r-value and performance that easily exceeds all local, state, and federal energy codes. The construction of the building includes 12 types of Genest Concrete architectural block, both on the interior and the exterior. For 90 years, Genest’s concrete products have been manufactured right in Sanford, using a local workforce and materials, making them the ideal choice for the project. During design, Genest worked closely with Lavallee Brensinger Architects to create extraordinary results within a very conservative budget. Custom block color mixes were created (at no extra charge to

the project) to be used in many façades and applied in unique patterns to embrace the design vision for Sanford High School and Technical Center. Block mixes were reviewed not just for color but also for costs, and agreed to prior to competitive bidding. Products were also reviewed for longevity, energy efficiency, and durability. The labor force behind the masonry installation at the school is also Maine-based and is being provided by Maine Masonry. The landscapes PICP system was designed by Sebago Technics Inc. of South Portland. Shaw Brothers Construction of Gorham is completing the site

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Higher-education facilities must meet more demands than ever, often combining functions by blending state-of-the-art classrooms with laboratories, offices, lecture halls, and other needs. In many cases, dormitories include retail space and other amenities to add activity. Administrators and designers are learning that precast concrete structural and architectural components can help meet these diverse needs while providing attractive, efficient, and resilient designs. At Suffolk University in Boston, administrators wanted to announce the shift of their campus to Boston’s downtown area by creating a flagship academic building with state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, a cafeteria, and indoor and outdoor gathering areas. To achieve that, designers clad the building with precast concrete architectural panels

featuring four textures that provide a moving, 3D effect across the façade. Precast concrete provided an economical approach that met the tightened budget that resulted after the Great Recession, according to NBBJ, the architect of record. The building’s design is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification. Several types of precast concrete components helped the Pendleton West classroom building on the Wellesley College campus in Wellesley, Mass., achieve its goals of upgrading the facility while bringing it in line with the campus’ aesthetic language. After evaluating options, designers at Kieran Timberlake in Philadelphia value-engineered the plan to feature architectural precast concrete panels with a distinctive board-form finish. It was created with molds using actual hemlock boards. Precast concrete stair treads and landings also were used to quickly create stairways during construction. Erection of all the components took less than three weeks using one crane, helping the building meets its deadline for the fall 2016 semester. At Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Conn., the school’s one-story precision manufacturing building was built rapidly using insulated precast concrete panels. The warehousesized building used 20,105sf of panels with preinstalled granite water tables, sills, embedments for canopy and sunshade attachments, and recessed areas to support anodized aluminum panels. Speed of construction was a key consideration, according to architectural firm Moser Pilon Nelson Architects. The panels also provided a high-tech appearance and added points toward the building’s

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Learning Decentralized, the Academic Campus Intensified

by Chad Reilly No longer confined to the classroom or to four years after high school, learning now regularly occurs outside the walls of schools and across entire lifespans. This change in how and when learning happens has impacted the function of the academic campus. We see the implications for these changes most clearly by exploring three shifts: 1) the ability to learn anytime, anywhere; 2) more hands-on learning; and 3) community and industry partnerships. Learn anytime, anywhere

Online learning environments are getting more sophisticated, attractive, acceptable, and normalized. What does all of this mean for physical campuses? To remain competitive, universities are radically rethinking how they utilize their facility assets. Face-to-face social interaction and in-person collaborative learning are two aspects of campus life that cannot be recreated in a virtual environment, so facilitating and promoting these types

of experiences is of utmost importance. Today, open, mixed-use social commons and bookable, semiprivate learning spaces are becoming as common as classrooms. The design of these spaces needs to account for both the varying groups that will use them and also for the different types of work that will happen in them. Providing flexibility of use and adaptability is paramount in these collaborative spaces, which may include flexible teaching spaces, formal and informal study suites, and multimedia rooms.

hands-on discovery. In our open-source culture, sharing is encouraged and a key way of learning.

Higher education campuses and facilities need to respond to the existing state of campus life and culture while building in enough flexibility to account for an, at times, unknown future.

The rise of hands-on learning

As research into how humans construct meaning and apply new knowledge and skills reveals the mechanics of how we learn, we also better understand how students’ surroundings impact their learning. Hands-on and experiential actions ground concepts in reality. This increased focus on hands-on learning and the need to help students develop skills relevant to the working world have changed the way we use our classrooms. The focus on real-life experiences and problem-solving has led to an increase in simulation labs, makerspaces, and other nontraditional teaching labs. Coding, open-source hardware, Legos, 3D printing, and laser cutting are all emerging tools in the classroom that allow students to learn quickly through

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Relationships with industry partners and local communities are important to universities as they can help facilitate shared funding, research collaborations, and increased well being and quality of life for both students and residents of the community. Spaces that are accessible and open on the periphery of campus invite community and industry partners in for discussion and collaboration. Buildings can be strategically sited to intersect with local surroundings in an inviting, unobtrusive way. Open ground floors create space to house outside functions and community gatherings.

Looking towards the future

What will the classroom or campus look like in 10 to 15 years? This is a difficult prediction to make. There are many variables to consider. What impact will virtual reality and other new technologies have on teaching methodologies and student expectations? What more will we learn about the neuroscience of architecture and physical space, and how will that inform the design of even more responsive learning environments? What are the jobs of the future, and how will academia factor into training and job readiness? Higher education campuses and facilities need to respond to the existing state of campus life and culture while building in enough flexibility to account for an, at times, unknown future. No matter what — the student experience needs to be at the center of both campus planning and design. Using the design process to gather insights, feedback, and ideas of both current and future students can inform strategies that optimize their learning and help attract them to the physical campus. Design solutions that are informed by this type of information will set both higher education institutions and their design partners up for long-term success. Chad Reilly, AIA, is vice president and managing principal at HDR, Inc.’s Boston office.

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West Newton, MA – Productivity and streamlined construction are more important than ever on construction projects of all scopes and sizes. On June 29, more than 30 professionals from NECA Boston Chapter attended the NECA Prefabrication Design Management Workshop. The NECA management education course focused on key steps to effectively implementing prefabrication as an integral part of the productivity management system. The course instructor, Dr. Perry Daneshgari, adjunct professor at University of Michigan (M.S. Engineering), is a well-known expert

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Providence, RI – BOND has been selected by Stonehill College to provide preconstruction and construction management services for its new Leo J. Meehan School of Business. The project is being managed by the Providence office team, whose leadership has been instrumental in building a strong relationship with the college. Design and project partners include: S/L/A/M Collaborative, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers (BR+A), and Nitsch Engineering. The state-of-the-art $30 million school of business launches the college’s revitalization program to transform

the campus for the future. Located in the main quadrangle of the campus, the 65,000sf facility will provide an innovative and active learning space for students in accounting, finance, international business, management, marketing, economics, and healthcare administration. It will feature cuttingedge technology and flexible, adaptive classrooms that support hands-on learning and collaboration, preparing students to operate more successfully in the real world. Building construction is slated for completion in August 2019. Soffer Athletic Center Berkshire School

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Intelligent Design of STEM Spaces

by Kristian C. Kowal As colleges and universities adapt to new paradigms in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), higher ed learning environments need to adapt with them. The question is, how do we reach a generation of learners in a media-saturated society who have never known a world without the interface of technology and handheld devices?

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study “phone booths” when work needs to happen in an uninterrupted environment. In student-focused buildings, provide a greater ratio of collaboration spaces to scheduled classrooms and teaching labs. This is a major shift from the past. It’s important to think critically about these spaces. Lounge areas are still an important type of space within higher education facilities, but we need to be careful about creating spaces that are too unstructured. Instead, include areas specifically designed for small group and project-based peer interaction. Design them to be acoustically isolated and enhanced with technology and furniture that will allow students to rearrange the room to best fit the task at hand. As the boundaries between the life


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Just as pedagogies are changing from the “sage on the stage” (i.e. lecturing professor) to a “guide on the side” (i.e. facilitating professor) A/E professionals must become engaged partners with their higher education clients in order to provide solutions that address new learning styles and teaching methods while embodying each institution’s unique vision. Several national trends are influencing today’s STEM buildings: • Technology must be fluidly integrated into classrooms, teaching labs, and collaboration spaces. • Spaces need to accommodate new  teaching methodologies, such as the flipped classroom (where video lectures are viewed at home and “homework” is completed in the classroom in the form of exercises, projects, and discussion). • Renewed emphasis on the value of project-based small group work and • An interdisciplinary, experience-based approach to developing workforcebased skills and critical thinking. New technologies and approaches are pushing educational facilities design in new directions, but discipline is critical. Rather than going from a single purpose classroom, i.e. lecture, to a non-structured classroom, consider designing classrooms that have two or three variations in furniture arrangements. Give students a choice of space types, such as private

sciences and physical sciences continue to blur, the need for flexible teaching labs that accommodate multidisciplinary experiments and demonstrations will increase, and designers can make the transition between these labs and adjoining spaces fluid and intuitive. The beauty of what’s happening in STEM lab environments is that, rather than creating some radical new paradigm, we are responding with simple, logical decisions such as configuring utilities, gases, and other core functions along the perimeter of a lab and leaving the center of the lab open to facilitate a flexible arrangement of tables, chairs, and lab stools. Designing all labs and classrooms on the same repetitive structural module enables any space to function as a teaching lab, a research lab, or a classroom. courtesy rendering Ultimately these changes in pedagogy and the built environment need to involve students in hands-on discovery at an early stage in their educational experience and enable them to function effectively in collaborative and multidisciplinary environments. These changes will help prepare today’s and tomorrow’s students to successfully enter the workforce and intelligently design the future of our complex world. Kristian Kowal, AIA, NCARB, CDT, is a principal at WBRC Architects Engineers.

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hi-fidelity mannequins, de-briefing classrooms and wet tissue lab training, with designed program expansion of additional robotic training, virtual reality, and lap box training. The facility has been a positive economic contributor in Hartford, attracting nearly 11,000 regional and national medical professionals to the city each year. Fuss & O’Neill provided civil engineering services for the design, permitting, and construction phases of the project. The proposed building addition occupied the majority of the site and included a tunnel providing vehicular access to the street. Fuss & O’Neill



Hartford, CT – Fuss & O’Neill and Tecton Architects recently joined Hartford HealthCare in a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the expansion of the Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) at Hartford Hospital. The event recognized the contributions of the project team, program leadership, corporate donors, and community representatives in completing this major Connecticut project. CESI is the largest simulation teaching facility in New England and a top tier facility globally. The new 47,000sf, three-story addition provides programs in medical/surgical patient rooms using

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and plans for new apartments. Additionally, MIT is solidifying its long-standing reputation for being on the innovation cutting edge with its new science and engineering facility MIT.nano, now underway. Over the years, MIT’s many developments have helped to transform Kendall Square, which continues to be the center of several biotech and pharmaceutical companies and acts as Cambridge’s innovation and tech hub. Likewise, Sidney Street in Cambridge has seen a cluster of biotech spinoffs spring up on the edges of MIT’s campus, resulting in new luxury apartment developments such as Chroma and new restaurants walkable within the neighborhood. And the most recent example is Boston University’s Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering located on Commonwealth Avenue. Specializing in systems neuroscience, cognitive neuroimaging, and biological design specifically, the recently completed life sciences facility will now act as a critical center for scientific research at the university and in the area at-large. The development has already helped

stimulate the life sciences sector in Fenway, adding to the recent move of life sciences company Decibel to Fenway, the area’s first lab space. Fenway has undergone a significant transformation recently, buoyed by Fenway Park and the Longwood Medical Center. CILSE’s completion should underscore the recent proliferation of new restaurants and stores popping up on Brookline Avenue and the periphery around Kenmore Square. One common bond linking each of these facilities are the opportunities they offer to their communities and the city at large. They are critical to biotech, pharmaceutical, and biomedical companies in Greater Boston, contributing to groundbreaking research that is benefitting not only Massachusetts, but the nation as a whole. Boston’s higher education building boom will not only encourage future graduates to specialize in STEM, but it will continue to have a reverberating effect on the city’s neighborhoods as the city transitions into a major life sciences research and technology hub. Matthew Guarracino is the business development manager at JM Electrical Company, Inc.

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What Is a Makerspace, and Do You Need One?

by Robert C. Hicks Makerspace, hackerspace, fab lab, incubator space, entrepreneurial center, shop, studio — the terms sometimes seem to be interchangeable and don’t suggest any clear distinction between them. Everyone now seems to want a “makerspace” — sometimes in the library, sometimes in the engineering department, sometimes in a building by itself. So what is a makerspace? In its simplest form, a makerspace is a place to actively design, test, experiment, explore, build, innovate, and collaborate around the making of something. The complications begin with a determination of what is to be made. A group of students may come together to make a presentation for a group project. Another group of students come together to make a business plan or

refine a business process. A third group might be making a physical prototype of a piece of research equipment or a physical model of a building component. Each member of the group may be working on a different part of the final product, and some may need help or training in how to make their piece. All of these individuals are making something, but their needs for a makerspace are very different. For anyone planning a makerspace, the first question to be asked is, “What is to be made?” Once this is determined, it is possible to determine the characteristics of the project and to begin the design process for your makerspace. Changeability and adaptability: support flexibility

All makerspaces share certain common requirements. They need to be easily reconfigured and adaptable to a wide variety of activities. Furniture must be moveable and support one person, small group, and large group projects. Messy: encourage the spirit of exploration

Makerspaces must allow for messy work. Making is not always neat and clean.

It is often messy, with parts and pieces spread around. By creating space that is functional and “not too precious,” the focus can be on supporting hands on learning and experimentation.

laboration and spontaneous interactions.

Whether it is used to create a PowerPoint presentation or a physical prototype, all makerspaces must provide access to the necessary tools and, in many cases, instruction in how to use them. Tools such as specialized computer software, a 3D printer, or a CNC milling machine might come with these spaces, but there are many others that will support a rich and robust experience: high-speed internet connection, sturdy worktables, or multipurpose hand tools. The purpose of the makerspace will dictate the tool sets required.

Shared knowledge: encourage learning from one another

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Places to meet: promote synergies and participation

Although much work may get done “at the bench,” there is a need for meeting rooms, and places for informal gathering. Having them proximate to and visible from the larger making space(s) encourages col-

Food: support a social and collaborative environment

Denizens of makerspaces are often there at all hours of the day and night. Providing a place to prepare and eat food will support usability of the makerspace. Makers tend to share knowledge and know-how with one another. It is important to encourage a collaborative, sharing environment, supported by faculty or staff with specialized training on how to safely use specific tools. A sense of community

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An Interview with Michael Carr President at Touchplan The following interview with Michael Carr, president at Touchplan (a division MOCA Systems), will be published in High-Profile Monthly in four installments. Below is the first installment. HP: How​​would​​ you​​describe​​ Touchplan? MC: Touchplan​ ​is​ ​a​ ​ unique​​software​​that​​ is​ ​able​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​ the​ ​construction​ ​ industry​ ​by helping​ ​ people​ ​through​ ​ Michael Carr better​ ​planning,​ ​better​ ​execution.​ ​We​ ​ provide​ ​the​ ​technology​ ​to enable​ ​them​ ​to​ ​ do​ ​that. The​ ​fundamental​ ​difference​ ​with​ ​ Touchplan​ ​and​ ​some​ ​other​ ​approaches​ ​ really​ ​boils down​ ​to​ ​how​ ​we​ ​use​ ​ technology.​ ​Oftentimes,​ ​computers​ ​ are​ ​brought​ ​into​ ​the​ ​mix​ ​to​ ​tell you​ ​the​ ​ answer.​ ​With​ ​Touchplan,​ ​we’ve​ ​made​ ​the​ ​ conscious​ ​choice​ ​to​ ​have​ ​the computer​ ​ provide​ ​you​ ​with​ ​a​ ​superpower​ ​to​ ​help​ ​ you​ ​come​ ​up​ ​with​ ​the​ ​answer​ ​yourself and​ ​then​ ​expose​ ​your​ ​team​ ​to​ ​things​ ​ you​ ​otherwise​ ​wouldn’t​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​see​ ​or understand. HP: What​​is​​your​​m ission/vision​​for​​the​​ company? MC: My​ ​unofficial​ ​mission​ ​is​ ​that​ ​we​​ bring​​tech​​to​​improve​​overall​​efficiencies,​​ communication, and​ ​processes​ ​that​ ​are​ ​ involved​ ​in​ ​construction. My​ ​vision​ ​is​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​the​ ​construction​ ​ industry​ ​to​ ​match​ ​the​ ​massive​ ​growth​ ​and productivity​ ​improvements​ ​that​ ​industries​ ​ like​ ​agriculture​ ​and​ ​manufacturing​ ​ have​ ​seen consistently​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​ years,​ ​thanks​ ​to​ ​tech.​ ​In​ ​addition,​ ​I​ ​ want​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​to achieve​ ​this​ ​vision​ ​ with​ ​people​ ​and​ ​tech;​ ​it’s​ ​important​ ​to​​ recognize​ ​that​ ​the​ ​people are​ ​a​ ​key​ ​part​ ​of​ ​ the​ ​flow​ ​and​ ​management​ ​of​ ​information​​ and​ ​processes. HP: What​ ​inspired​ ​you​ ​to​ ​start/join​​ MOCA​​Systems​​and​​Touchplan? ​​MC: I​ ​had​ ​the​ ​good​ ​fortune​ ​of​ ​going​ ​ to​ ​MIT​ ​in​ ​the​ ​civil​ ​engineering​ ​group​ ​ surrounded​ ​by​ ​tech and​ ​software​ ​ engineers​ ​—​ ​robotics​ ​and​ ​software​ ​were​ ​ the​ ​big​ ​main stage.​​ I​ ​was​ ​in​ ​this unique​​ place​ ​where​ ​my​ ​industry​ ​wasn’t​ ​reliant​ ​ on​ ​those​ ​things,​ ​but​ ​I​ ​was​ ​immersed​ ​with people​ ​where​ ​that​ ​was​ ​their​ ​main​ ​focus. I​ ​started​ ​to​ ​realized​ ​there​ ​was​ ​a​ ​real​ ​ gap​ ​between​ ​state-of-the-art​ ​technology​ ​ and​ ​the construction​ ​industry​ ​—​ ​we​ ​had​ ​ accomplished​ ​some​ ​incredible​ ​things​ ​ like​ ​sending​ ​men​ ​to the​ ​moon​ ​and​ ​the​ ​ development​ ​of​ ​artificial​ ​intelligence,​​ but​ ​structures​ ​were​ ​being​ ​built the​ ​same​ ​ way​ ​they​ ​had​ ​been​ ​for​ ​50 to 100​ ​years;​​

nothing​ ​had​ ​really​ ​changed,​ ​and​ ​that made​ ​ me​ ​curious​ ​to​ ​try​ ​to​ ​change​ ​it​ ​and​ ​make​ ​it​ ​ better. I​ ​graduated​ ​and​ ​worked​ ​for​ ​a​ ​ general​ ​contractor​ ​in​ ​Seattle​, ​and​ ​I​ ​saw​ ​ firsthand​ ​just​ ​how not​ ​state-of-the-art​​ construction​ ​was​ ​—​ ​I​ ​thought​ ​maybe​ ​I​ ​ could​ ​join​ ​a​ ​research​ ​lab​ ​or something​ ​ but​ ​quickly​ ​discovered​ ​there​ ​were​ ​no​​ things​ ​like​ ​NASA’s​ ​jet​ ​propulsion​ ​labs for​ ​ construction​ ​—​ ​there​ ​was​ ​nothing! Then​ ​this​ ​opportunity​ ​came​ ​up;​ ​my​​ thesis​ ​advisor​ ​came​ ​up​ ​with​ ​MOCA​​ Systems, ​and that’s​ ​how​ ​it​ ​started​ ​—​ ​she​ ​ called​ ​me​ ​and​ ​one​ ​other​ ​student​ ​back​ ​ —​ ​the​ ​premise​ ​of​ ​the company​ ​was​ ​off​ ​of​ ​ our​ ​thesis​ ​research​, ​which​ ​at​ ​the​ ​time​ ​was​ ​ simulating​ ​construction​ ​on a​ ​computer​ ​and​ ​ having​ ​the​ ​computer​ ​tell​ ​you​ ​the​ ​answer.​ ​I​ realize​ ​now​ ​that​ ​there​ ​was​ ​a fundamental​ ​ flaw​ ​there​ ​—​ ​which​ ​was​ ​that​ ​we​ ​removed​​ people​ ​from​ ​the​ ​equation,​ ​which​ ​I now​​ realize​ ​are​ ​so​ ​important​ ​to​ ​this​ ​process.

“With​​Touchplan,​​we’ve​​ made​​the​​conscious​​choice​​ to​​have​​the computer​​provide​​ you​​with​​a​​superpower​​to​​ help​​you​​come​​up​​with​​the​​ answer​​yourself and​​then​​ expose​​your​​team​​to​​things​​ you​​otherwise​​wouldn’t​​be​​ able​​to​​see​​or understand. ”

Fast​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​a​ ​few​ ​years​ ​ago​ ​with​ ​ Lean​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Last​ ​Planner​ ​System,​ ​which​ ​ is​ ​based on​ ​the​ ​understanding​ ​that​ ​people​ ​ can​ ​work​ ​together​ ​and​ ​learn​ ​and​ ​improve​ ​ over​ ​the course​ ​of​ ​the​ ​project.​ ​That​ ​ improvement​ ​—​ ​which​ ​happens​ ​over​ ​the​ ​ course​ ​of​ ​weeks​ ​and months​ ​—​ ​means​ ​ the​ ​team​ ​will​ ​converge​ ​on​ ​a​ ​really​ ​good​ ​ approach​ ​and​ ​answer,​ ​but​ ​the technology​ ​ they’re​ ​using​ ​to​ ​do​ ​that​ ​is​ ​Post-It​ ​Notes​ ​and​ ​ spreadsheets!​ ​This​ ​was​ ​a​ ​great approach,​ ​ but​ ​supported​ ​by​ ​very​ ​low​ ​tech,​ ​if​ ​any. Now,​ ​we’re​ ​all​ ​constantly​ ​carrying​ ​ smartphones,​ ​and​ ​information​ ​flows​ ​ very​ ​quickly​ ​with this​ ​tech,​ ​so​ ​readily​​ available​ ​that​ ​it’s​ ​in​ ​our​ ​pockets.​ ​And​ ​the​ ​ construction​ ​Lean/Last Planner​ ​process​ ​ is​ ​all​ ​about​ ​information​ ​flow​ ​between​​ team​ ​members,​ ​and​ ​yet,​ ​it’s​ ​still​ ​not being​ ​ supported​ ​by​ ​technology.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​a​ ​firm​​ belief​ ​that​ ​we​ ​can​ ​change​ ​that.

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September 2017

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: Changing What We Can See

by Michael DeLacey Have you ever shopped for an apartment or house online? You browse through various websites, perusing floor plans and pictures of dozens of spaces. Finally, you find an apartment that meets your requirements. The floor plan shows the living room is 13-ft. by 15-ft., and you think, “That sounds good.” You study the photograph of the living room and think, “That looks amazing.” But when you view the actual space in person, you think, “Wow, it looks much smaller than in the picture!” Now imagine instead of looking at a floor plan and a picture, you put on a virtual reality (VR) headset and toured the space virtually. VR provides added information that allows you to understand depth and scale. With VR, you can truly experience the size and dimension of the space. Applying this tool to design, construction, and operations and maintenance

generates endless possibilities. In design review, building owners can tour the design intent in a way that allows them to better interpret how the space will look and function. Engineers will be able to more realistically visualize the space and how and where to locate systems and equipment. Contractors will be able to more effectively discern how to install systems and equipment. Maintenance staff will appreciate a significantly better way to evaluate how they will access equipment for maintenance, including viewing the projected space between pieces of equipment or structures, ensuring there is available room to efficiently maintain it. VR completely immerses the user in the environment and essentially creates the experience of a new reality. The concept of these systems in the AECO industry and beyond are driving billions of dollars into VR funding; just look at the ventures of Google, Apple, Microsoft, and newcomer, Improbable. Augmented reality (AR) makes additional vital information accessible for construction professionals. AR is the process of superimposing virtual information on the real world. With AR and using either a hand-held device, tablet, smartphone, or a headset like Microsoft’s

HoloLens or DAQRI’s Smart Helmet, you can visualize both the real world and virtual world together. Applying AR in the construction arena enables 4D, time-based model information to be superimposed on realworld conditions. This enables immediate feedback because it reflects what is currently constructed to what will be or what should be completed in the field according to the project schedule. During the operations and maintenance phase, AR can be applied to look through walls, floors, and ceilings by superimposing as-built modeling data on the finished structure. This greatly improves the ability to respond to maintenance emergencies and significantly enhances the efficiency of operations and maintenance. Combining AR and VR technologies with building information modeling (BIM), an operative standard for the AECO industry, provides a greatly improved method of visualizing geometric data and spatial relationships and delivers the extended information related to what is being viewed. BIM provides the essential “backbone” data that is collected, updated, and shared in real time through the project life cycle. A well-defined BIM process that begins

in the design phase and continues through construction and into operations and maintenance ensures access to a data-rich model. Staff gains immediate access to peripheral information like equipment installation instructions, operating manuals, and warranties all in real-time, heads-up displays. The integration of BIM in a project — with or without other technologies — can reduce costs, shorten schedules, enhance communications, and improve overall productivity. The investments being made and rapid growth in both AR and VR software and hardware definitively demonstrate these technologies are already playing major roles in design, construction, and operations and will only continue to become more prominent in the future. While there is an upfront cost to purchase the hardware and software — in the thousands, but not tens of thousands — they are feasible and worthwhile additions to budgets that demonstrate their benefits quickly. As organizations are embracing new technologies — BIM, AR, and VR — in all project phases, they are recognizing the ability of these tools to deliver impressive results. Michael DeLacey is principal and CEO of Microdesk.



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Unispace’s Intelligent Space Planning, Integrated Design, & Project Delivery Process

by Vincent Poon What is uniBIM? uniBIM is a unique process that integrates a collection of different technologies across all phases of the project journey, from strategy to design and construction. It creates projects that fit clients’ cultures and goals in ways that are more cost- and schedule-effective than traditionally possible. uniBIM is integrated into how Unispace works, so to understand uniBIM, it’s important to know: Who are we? A global leader in workplace strategy, design and construction, we recently moved into our new Downtown Boston studio at One Post Office Square and our new New York studio at 285 Madison Ave. Both designed and built by the Unispace team, our new activity-based studios exemplify our agile, revolutionary, cross-discipline approach to workplace design that is disrupting the industry on a global scale. What do we do? We practice what we preach. Our approach challenges

convention and dated industry norms, and we construct workplaces that cater to the needs of the next generation of companies and their employees. We work for clients across the world, and in the Northeast partner with global pharmaceutical clients like Boston Scientific and Shire

beginning of projects. Aligned with our full-service methodology, uniBIM is our proprietary process that integrates a collection of different technologies across all phases of the project journey, from strategy through design and to delivery. From the beginning of the process,

Pharmaceuticals; professional services companies like Berkeley Research Group and Robert Half; and tech startups like Animoto and Desktop Metal; among hundreds of others. How do we do it? Unlike other firms, we bring full strategy, design, and construction integration right from the

intelligent space planning integrates a 3D scan into BIM where virtual reality experiences can be created. Clients can often have difficulty understanding what a space can truly be like through a 2D floorplan. Our process allows clients to see the space interactively in a 3D format, so together

we can comment, adjust, and approve much earlier than traditionally possible. In a deadline-driven industry, these drastic efficiencies can save us substantial time in the project schedule by quickly creating test fits and layout options to generate and track budget, transforming design guidelines into plug-and-play smart space-type blocks, and generating interactive virtual reality experiences at any stage of the project to expedite decision making. The process also allows us to forecast and reduce risk, linking costing and specification databases to deliver near real-time cost estimating, detecting schedule interruptions and clash detections early, and maximizing coordination and reducing change orders during construction. Ultimately, this increases quality and results in cost savings, streamlining information and quality management for the entire process and improving efficiencies and collaboration across disciplines. What is the reality modeling process?

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Smith Edwards McCoy Joins QA

Architect Works on Reno of Alma Mater Bridgeport, CT – When local architect George Perham put a shovel in the ground at Stratford High School’s groundbreaking for a $125 million renovation, it was at the building where he first fell in love with architectural drawing. “This was one of the most meaningful groundbreakings of my career,” said Perham. “As I stood there with a shovel in hand, I thought back to 47 years ago when I drew my first architectural line here.” The 1970 graduate is a principal of Antinozzi Associates Architecture and Interior Design of Bridgeport, the architects on the new 236,000sf addition and renovation of Stratford High School that will create a state-of-the-art school for faculty and students. Perham credits his high school drafting teacher, Mr. Kekacks, with nurturing his love of drawing. “I totally fell in love with the idea of drawing lines with pencil and straight edges that actually turned into places to live, work, and play,” Perham said. Because of his enthusiasm, he completed every class project ahead of schedule.

(l-r) Tyler Smith, Tom Arcari, Kent McCoy, David Quisenberry, and Rusty Malik George Perham

His teacher, he said, had to create a project each of his three years in architectural class that wasn’t in his school year plan for him to design. “I still have the drawings for one of the projects — a vacation home for a wealthy client.” At the recent groundbreaking, Perham joined other town and regional dignitaries in taking the first turn of dirt to mark the opening of the project, which is slated for completion in 2020.

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Farmington, CT – Architectural firm Smith Edwards McCoy Architects, based in Hartford since 1977, is joining Quisenberry Arcari (QA) Architects, founded and based in Farmington since 2002. According to QA Architects, the unification with Smith Edwards McCoy will allow the QA Team to further cultivate its original vision and fortify new market and project opportunities in the education and historic preservation sectors, where Smith Edwards McCoy has garnered high recognition.

“As a result of this partnership with Smith Edwards McCoy, we will grow the firm’s expertise in education, historical preservation, and institutional work; engage with a team of highly respected and talented professionals; and increase our creative and planning resources,” said Rusty Malik, a QA Architects principal. “We recognized that joining forces will mutually benefit both firms. Accordingly, our professional staff and consulting teams are intent on making a seamless and positive transition,” said Kent McCoy, principal of Smith Edwards McCoy Architects.

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KBE Ranked Top 400 Natl. Contractors Fuss & O’Neill Announces New Owner Fuss & O’Neill Manufacturing Solutions, LLC Manchester, CT – Fuss & O’Neill, a civil and environmental engineering firm, has announced that Larry Bouvier has become an owner of Fuss & O’Neill Manufacturing Solutions, LLC. Bouvier has 30 years of experience in heavy industry and specializes in reliability engineering, total productive maintenance, and Lean manufacturing. He has been with the firm for six years. “We’re very pleased Larry has become an owner of Manufacturing Solutions. His passion for assisting manufacturing clients, using his tremendous experience in heavy industry, has consistently resulted in significant improvements in our clients’ businesses. We look forward to working with Larry to develop Manufacturing Solutions into a premier maintenance consulting and training firm,” said Peter Grose, CEO.

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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 at least the last 20 years.”

Among the recent projects keeping KBE in these top rankings are University of Connecticut’s 210,000sf Next Generation Connecticut Residence Hall in Storrs, the new 300,000sf home for Jewish Senior Services in Bridgeport, and the 136,400sf University Town Center and Safeway in Hyattsville, Md.

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Bouvier says that his goals include developing Fuss & O’Neill Manufacturing Solutions into a premier national maintenance, consulting, and training firm over the next 10 years.

BETA Welcomes Salimeno Hartford, CT – BETA Group, Inc. recently welcomed Thomas Salimeno, PE, LEP, to its Hartford team. He joins the firm as an associate, with 30 years’ experience in the environmental engineering field.

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Leading the Way with Lean Why a Lean team builds it safer, better, faster

by Kathryn Hurley A recent Dodge report surveyed 81 owners to compare their best project versus a typical project. The results from the owner’s perspective are notable and not surprising. Projects utilizing Lean techniques are three times more likely to be completed ahead of schedule and two times more likely to be completed under budget. So how do you lead the way with Lean? It begins with a behavioral shift. Industry research and Gilbane’s successful projects have brought into focus that it is all about effective collaboration for results. This Lean behavior has had a significant impact on safety, communication, and efficiency for the team at the Fairfield University Marion Peckham Egan

School of Nursing project. “How can I influence the construction progress? What can I do as an owner to create a Lean culture and behavior for this project?” notes David Frassinelli, associate vice president for facilities management at Fairfield University. “My goal is to make Fairfield University the most attractive place to work for our design and construction partners.” How did he incorporate this culture? It started with the right people at the right time. The owner invested time to create opportunities for conversations while engaging the CM and A/E early, helping to reduce the learning curve, and created a transparent and seamless integration from preconstruction through construction. People, processes, and tools are all essential and interdependent elements comprising a Lean operating system, which powers continuous improvement and advancement. Gilbane’s advanced planning and scheduling (AP&S) methodology incorporates milestone schedules, pull

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planning, weekly work planning and metrics, but offered much more. Utilizing AP&S at Fairfield offered an open, visual, and disciplined approach to planning. It elicited potential problems earlier, prevented constraints when needed, and provided a streamlined approach for resolution when they occurred. Jose Hernandez, principal at Newman Architects, attended a pull plan Gilbane conducted with trade contractors on the Fairfield School of Nursing. “Attending a pull plan session was an eye opening experience. It allowed me to staff effectively for a number of critical issues that were required to support the construction. The pull plan helped in planning and evaluating the staffing needs to have the right people out there at the right time.”

Weekly work planning was displayed in the project site trailer on the main wall for all to view at any time. This was a visual reminder that brought the schedule to life for Gilbane and Trade Contractors and offered an open-book scheduling concept with the owner and A/E. We believe that our Lean journey produces better results and better experiences for our clients when we apply Lean across all the dimensions of our delivery model — with personal learning, high performance project teams, and innovative discovery. Always evolving, Lean is empowering excellence. Kathryn Hurley is a project manager at Gilbane Building Company and an active member of The Construction Institute. Both she and Jose Hernandez are active members of The Construction Institute.

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Corporate Dyer Brown Transforms Fresenius Medical Care Workplace Lexington, MA – Dyer Brown Architects has announced the completion of key components of new office facilities for Fresenius Medical Care. Covering approximately 100,000sf of space, the newly completed workplaces represent a major step in reaffirming the global healthcare services provider’s corporate culture and ongoing organizational transformation. Among the newly occupied workplaces is a fully renovated, 30,000sf floor of one of two office buildings Fresenius occupies in Lexington. Dyer Brown has also completed the “IT Clinic,” a 2,000sf walk-up service desk for employees needing assistance from the IT department at one of the three buildings the healthcare company occupies in nearby Waltham. Positive employee responses to the new approach to technical support services have led Fresenius to consider replicating the method in its other buildings. “Fresenius is a big company, and a growing one,” says Sara Ross, director of corporate services for Dyer Brown. “Our goal is to help them align departments and use space more effectively, so they

IT help desk / photo by Darrin Hunter, courtesy Dyer Brown

don’t expand their real estate needlessly. By doing so, we create an optimally productive work environment for the client’s entire team, while also weaving spaces together to boost collaboration and innovation.” “We’re also refreshing the workplace aesthetic,” notes Ross. “That means improving the design and impact while also incorporating strategies that help recruit new talent and keep employees active, happy, and healthy.” The primary benefit of Dyer Brown’s approach to the now complete gut renovation is the bolstering of interaction

Workspaces incorporated into IT Clinic / photo by Darrin Hunter, courtesy Dyer Brown

and collaboration among the staff. According to the design team, the new workplace design achieves these aims by refreshing the workspaces while reorganizing them into neighborhoods with three types of conveniently located collaboration spaces, known as impromptu, AV, and whiteboard. The impromptu neighborhoods are set up for spontaneous conversations, while AV areas support meetings needing technology for presentations. The whiteboard settings are ideal for teambased problem solving.

One of the AV neighborhoods in the renovated Fresenius workplace / photo by Greg Premru, courtesy Dyer Brown

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Newton, MA – MassDevelopment has issued a $2.4 million tax-exempt bond for Newton Communications Access Center Inc. (NewTV), a nonprofit media center in Newton providing local programming and training services.

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Fuss & O’Neill Acquires CLD Consulting visions were closely aligned, as Manchester, CT – Fuss & O’Neill both firms emphasize long-term Inc. announced the acquisition client relationships and a repuof CLD Consulting Engineers, tation for quality and integrity. Inc., to establish a strong civil Together we will expand the and environmental engineering services we offer our clients and presence in all six New England provide greater opportunities for states. The two companies will our employees’ careers.” combine business operations in CLD will bring its expertise the coming year. Peter Grose in highway and bridge design, “We are very excited about traffic/transportation services, municipal the enhanced possibilities created by the engineering, and private development joining of our two firms,” said Fuss & to add to Fuss & O’Neill’s 90+ years of O’Neill president and CEO, Peter Grose. land development, traffic/transportation, “The dedicated professionals at CLD have water resources, environmental services, earned their firm well-deserved respect and facilities engineering. As a company amongst their clients and peers, and we of nearly 350 engineers, scientists, and look forward to welcoming them to the planners, in 11 offices, the acquisition Fuss & O’Neill Family. will establish Fuss & O’Neill as a New CLD CEO Chris Bean said, “We England leader of civil and environmental recognized from our first meeting with engineering services. Fuss & O’Neill that our cultures and

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imaging process, both the design and construction team have a constant point of reference to understand the existing conditions. • Dynamic test fit. The design team lays out the 2D plan with the client’s requirements to create the test fit. This not only shows your potential space, but syncs to the bigger picture. • Virtual flythrough and walkthrough. Simultaneously, from the 2D plan we can create a virtual flythrough video or a walkthrough demo that can be controlled by the client. Per their feedback, layouts, materials, and other components can be adjusted in the model with everyone in the same room. This leads to rapid prototyping that creates buy-in and approvals, moving the project forward much more efficiently. • Views brought to reality. Construction

documents are a natural extension from the plans, and since the smart block components carry pricing, FF&E information, and materials specs within them, the delivery team can rapidly get data and create take-off schedules to build the space just as the client and design team envisioned it. This marriage of proprietary technologies and unique processes provide us unparalleled insight into the mission, culture, employee needs, workflow, and business goals of our clients. We then use that knowledge to design a customized workplace that maximizes productivity, efficiency, and employee satisfaction and health that is not possible with traditional firms. Vincent Poon is a global principal for design and digital integration at Unispace.

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National SLAM, MCA Team Up On CC Renos

It’s hard to heal patients in a dirty environment.

Burrill Galleria / rendering by The S/L/A/M Collaborative

Columbia, MD – Marshall Craft Associates (MCA), in collaboration with The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM), has designed the full interior renovations of the former N and ST buildings at Howard Community College. Once complete, the buildings will house general-purpose flexible classrooms, student commons, a small café, study spaces, offices, and a lecture hall. Additional specialized instructional laboratories will facilitate experiential learning for a variety of academic programs, including culinary and hospitality management. “The design vision for the project is centered around the cultivation of a sense of community for the building occupants (students and faculty) through the creation of a stimulating environment possessing a modern aesthetic that is consistent with recent environments created on campus,” says Lynn Cain, AIA, LEED AP, design architect.

Student collaborative commons / rendering by The S/L/A/M Collaborative

In support of this vision, the design team sought to identify opportunities for the creation of spaces dedicated to social interaction, idea exchange, and outsidethe-classroom learning experiences. These different types of spaces are intended to create student equity that, in turn, will greatly impact the goal of fostering a sense of community. The design also seeks to capitalize on the inherent characteristics of the adjacent programmatic relationships. Within the ST building, the Galleria

Nursing lecture hall / rendering by The S/L/A/M Collaborative

is a large two-story volume fit with soft seating that will serve as the highly social living room. The space serves as a primary entry point for the east side of campus and provides a nurturing environment where a series of dynamic ceiling panels will maximize access to daylighting, improve acoustics, and appropriately scale the volume. A series of warm neutral tones create a crisp backdrop against which vibrant hues, deployed in a restrained manner, will serve as wayfinding to adjacent classrooms, faculty offices, and a small café. Two student areas flank the Galleria and serve as anterooms for classrooms and faculty offices. These moderately scaled spaces provide much-needed queuing space during class changes, break-out opportunities capable of accommodating individuals or small groups, and areas in which students and faculty can collaborate outside of the classroom. While existing circulation routes within the buildings remain intact, they will undergo a dramatic reshaping that introduces a variety of opportunities for integrated break-out, touchdown, and staging functions. Upgrades to lighting, finishes, technology and furnishings will also contribute to the transformative experience. The project is scheduled to be completed by fall 2019.

Patient care is complicated. It gets harder when contaminants from the materials, process and workers involved in construction are introduced. That’s why the Carpenters union has developed “Infection Control, Risk Assessment” (ICRA) with national leaders in construction, health care and infection control. It’s a comprehensive certification program that teaches carpenters to recognize and avoid creating environments that hamper the healing process. Ask for ICRA-certified carpenters for your next project.

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MassDev Bond Funds Housing Complex

Team Announced $1.6B Redevelopment Boston – WinnCompanies has announced the development team for the $1.6 billion redevelopment of New England’s first public housing complex, Mary Ellen McCormack, in South Boston. The development team includes architect, The Architectural Team; landscape architect, Copley Wolff Design Group; transportation, permitting, and civil engineer, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB); sustainability and green design, New Ecology; project management consultant, Pinck & Co, Inc.; and marketing consultant, The Concord Group. The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (AFL-CIO HIT) will serve as the financing partner for the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) project, creating access to the capital needed to rebuild the 27acre site into a vibrant mixed-income community, including 200 workforce (middle-income) apartments, with a thoughtful design that embraces the needs of existing residents and connects with the surrounding neighborhood in a positive way. The proposed redevelopment would take place over four phases, paying close

attention to the needs and concerns of relocated residents. The current proposal calls for a total of approximately 3,000 new units, including replacement of all existing units, creation of workforce (middle-income) units, as well as market-rate apartments and home ownership condominiums. In addition, each building’s units, regardless of affordability, will be of identical quality and integrated evenly among each newly constructed building. “We look forward to working with WinnCompanies and the BHA, and appreciate their commitment to building affordable housing, and building it with 100% union labor,” said Ted Chandler, COO of the AFL-CIO HIT. The AFL-CIO HIT is a $6 billion investment fund that has financed more than 120,000 units of union-built housing across the country. More than two-thirds of the units financed are affordable to low and moderate income families. It is directed by Stephen Coyle, former director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and is recognized as one of the earliest and most successful socially responsible investment programs.

Leominster Housing Complex

Boston – MassDevelopment has issued a $6.96 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of Ivory Keys LLC, an affiliate of the project’s sponsor, L.D. Russo Inc., a construction and development firm in Harvard. Bond proceeds will be used to transform a vacant historic mill building that formerly housed a piano manufacturing facility in Leominster’s Adams Street neighborhood into a 41-unit affordable rental housing complex. All units will be affordable to residents with incomes at or below 60% of the area’s median income, while four

units will be set aside for homeless individuals and families, and four will be reserved for residents eligible for the Commonwealth’s Community Based Housing program, which provides funding for the development of housing for people with disabilities, including elders. MassDevelopment also assisted the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development with the approval of federal low income tax credits that will provide $3.6 million in equity for the project, and Enterprise Bank purchased the bond.

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NEI Celebrates Start of Olmsted Apts.

Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, and other members of the team gathered for the green revival ceremony.

Boston – NEI General Contracting is working with Lena New Boston and ICON Architecture on Phase 2 of Olmsted Green Apartments in the Boston neighborhood of Mattapan. The team recently joined Mass. Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to celebrate the project as well as honor state- and citywide support of affordable housing. The new construction at Olmsted Green, which began in March, is an

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SCI Completes Standish Village Reno Dorchester Lower Mills, MA – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI) recently finished a renovation project at Standish Village, a senior living residences facility located at 1190 Adams Street in Dorchester Lower Mills. The project featured the complete renovation of common areas on the first floor as well as a new entrance to the memory care wing and a new concrete pad leading into the building. Public restrooms on the first floor were relocated to accommodate a larger private dining room, and a new reception desk was installed. Additional work included new and custom millwork, paint, flooring, and new lighting. Custom millwork in the activity room and a new sitting area in the memory care unit were also included. “We take all renovations in occupied space seriously, but even more so when we work in a Memory Care Unit. Residents there have some challenges and a renovation project has the potential to cause some distress if not handled properly,” said Tom Quinlan, president of South Coast Improvement Company. “We coordinated very closely and frequently with staff to ensure as little disruption as possible. Both from that standpoint and the quality of work, I would deem this a successful project.”

Common areas and the activity room were renovated

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The existing fire station is old, in serious disrepair, and too small to adequately meet the needs of the Maynard Fire Department. Monks is currently helping the town with site selection for the new facility, after which design work will begin. On Cape Cod, the Daedalus team (led by project manager Joe Sullivan) was selected as OPM for the Bourne Police Headquarters facility. This new police headquarters will be constructed on an empty lot just off Route 6, and will feature state-of-the-art facilities, a shooting range, and improved areas for community interaction. During construction, a wastewater treatment facility will be constructed on the same site; once completed, this facility will serve the needs of the new police headquarters and Bourne’s downtown area.

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Boston – MassDevelopment has issued a $14.8 million tax-exempt bond for the YMCA of the North Shore. The bond proceeds will be used to renovate and build an addition onto the Greater Beverly YMCA to increase available program space. The organization will also use proceeds to build and equip a 14,000sf educational center at the Beverly location to accommodate children’s classrooms, program space, and administrative offices, and to refinance existing debt. People’s

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United Bank purchased the bond. The YMCA of the North Shore was established in 1858 as the Salem YMCA and is currently comprised of seven full-service facilities. The organization provides services to over 45,000 members across 24 communities. The YMCA’s programs address youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, bringing community members together by connecting people of all ages and backgrounds.

security, and a $2.6 million tax-exempt bond in 2006. Brockton Area Multi Services Inc. is a private, nonprofit human services corporation that provides services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, mental illness, behavioral health, and public health needs. The organization delivers its services to nearly 25,000 children, families, and individuals each year in more than 120 locations across the state. Programs range from after-school enrichment programs to substance abuse recovery support groups to family counseling services.

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Restoration and Renovation Colantonio to Renovate State House Senate Chamber Holliston, MA – Construction manager Colantonio Inc. was recently selected by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to perform a general renovation of the historic Senate Chamber and associated Senate Lobby of the Massachusetts State House. Colantonio is charged with executing the work while preserving the essential architectural elements of the chamber. The firm’s specialists will carefully catalog, remove, restore, and reinstall each piece of historic interior architectural woodwork and stained glass. The same method will be applied to the light fixtures, which include a series of decorative wall sconces and the large, wrought-iron chandelier suspended above the center of the dome ceiling. The plasterwork in the dome will be repaired and repainted to meet current acoustical standards. The firm must also protect the surrounding spaces that contain historic materials, finishes, and priceless antiquities while working around the daily operations of the state house. “The state house is the face of Massachusetts and the city of Boston,

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and every part of it is meaningful to our nation’s heritage,” said chairman and CEO, Fran Colantonio. “We are honored to work with DCAMM, CBT Architects, and the state house staff to restore the Senate Chamber as its architectural showpiece.”

The dome’s sunburst ceiling is lined with 360 pieces of carved wood, each representing a degree of the compass. Carved emblems representing commerce, agriculture, war, and peace sit high on the corners of the four walls, which consist of 1,500 blocks of wood. Marble busts of

state and national figures stand in the wall niches and behind the Senate President’s desk. Although little has changed in the Senate Chamber since its last major renovation in 1898, age, wear, poor environmental systems, and more than 20 coats of paint have led to cracked cornices, falling ceiling pieces, and leaning columns. The space needs new or upgraded HVAC, safety, audio, and information technology/ data systems. Accessibility and functional continued to page 57

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Critical Best-Fit Analysis for Construction Managers

by Michael Feldman When an addition, renovation, or adaptive re-use project enters the construction phase, it seems that responsibility is falling on the construction managers (CM) more and more to verify in field (VIF) the existing conditions. Revit models are delivered to the CM with all of the design elements, including all structural and architectural features; however, it is hard to know the origination of these models. Were they built by compiling record plans? Actual field measurements by surveyors? Surveygrade 3D laser scanning performed in a way to accurately stack all floors and columns to one-quarter-inch accuracy? We are routinely called to work with the CM to perform quality control on these models so they can know what can be relied upon during the critical phase of


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by Susan Shelby We’ve heard the adage: “Good things come to those who wait.” While there is certainly truth to this, a more realistic virtue may be: “Good things come to those who wait . . . patiently.” As professionals in the AEC industry, we understand that projects require patience every step of the way. A typical project has many, often lengthy, phases: programming, schematic design, design development, construction documentation, and construction administration. And to land that coveted project takes time — sometimes years! It’s a long-term process to network and court prospective clients, prepare marketing and business development (BD) materials, create proposals, and compete for the project. Even developers play the waiting game to secure funding and construction permits.

Just like securing, designing, and building a project, there’s a process to public relations (PR). Similar to your BD efforts, successful PR professionals work hard to cultivate strong relationships with publications, editors, and freelance writers. And guess what? To build traction for a client’s new PR program and garner meaningful results, that takes time, too! For clients, it can be hard to understand the level of investment, time, and effort required to generate results from a PR and/or marketing campaign. Frequently asked questions (FAQs) include:

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times can range from two to six months — sometimes longer! Editors also receive a plethora of pitches on a daily basis, so your pitch really needs to stand out to get attention. For example, Architectural Record receives 3,000 project pitches, on average, every year but only features a handful each month in its print magazine.

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Similar to your firm’s first meeting with a prospective client, it may take several encounters with an editor to develop a working relationship that bears fruit. An editor may not be interested in your article topic for a particular issue but could contact you many months later when editorial needs change. Some publications conduct extensive due diligence before deciding to publish a project. It could take months of strategic and consistent communication with an editor to see placement of your news or article. What makes a project newsworthy?

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BARNES Named No.1 Metal Builder

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DiPrete Personnel Announcements

People Jody Banks Joins Siemens Boston – Siemens Industry, where he was responsible for Inc. recently announced that overseeing and coordinating Jody Banks has joined the installations of various energy Boston branch of its building management equipment and technologies division as service managing personnel. Prior to supervisor on the Siemens that, Banks served as project Harvard team. He transferred manager/service sales with Brandt from the Austin, Texas, branch Engineering. earlier this year. “Jody’s experience with the Banks In this role, he will lead U.S. Navy and his great industry one of the company’s Harvard-based and customer skills makes him the ideal building automation and mechanical person for this position,” said Rick White, service teams. His responsibilities operations manager of the Siemens include managing and developing a team dedicated Harvard office of Siemens’ that includes service specialists, service Building Technologies Division. “We mechanics, and engineering specialists. Banks was most recently a senior are excited to have him as part of our project manager with Incenergy, LLC, Harvard team.”

JLT Personnel Announcements Boston – JLT Specialty USA, a U.S. subsidiary of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc., recently announced the appointment of Andy O’Brien as partner. He will be primarily responsible for leading the development and growth of the Boston office. The appointment is part of JLT’s continued investment into construction specialty, further supporting JLT’s partnership with Construction Risk Partners (CRP) in January 2017. Prior to joining CRP, O’Brien spent over a decade with Aon, where he was responsible for developing and implementing brokering strategies and

key initiatives on all insurance placements within his region. O’Brien began his insurance career as a senior underwriter at Liberty Mutual. JLT recently announced another key new hire to its CRP in Boston. Tyler Oakes has been appointed as senior account executive. He joins JLT from Aon, where he served as an account executive/broker within the construction services group. In this role, he served as a key advisor and account manager to both owner and contractor clients. Before Aon, Oakes was a senior underwriter within Liberty Mutual’s construction vertical.

Designing Spaces to Produce Online Course Content continued from page 26

students. They support development of online class material and provide students a means for developing experimental visual projects. However, there’s another opportunity for institutions. Once content is developed, universities can monetize it by repackaging it for consumption by professionals in individual courses or packaged courses for use in employer certification programs. This content can be distributed through massive open online course (MOOCS) platforms, which have surged in popularity. In 2016, 58 million students registered for one of 6,850 courses available from more than 700 universities. Tying institutional needs with the need to develop content for a MOOC, BH+A was commissioned to design a video-capture studio and innovation classroom to support and strengthen our higher education client’s online teaching


platform edX. edX was developed by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is supported by hundreds of other universities. edX has a series called MicroMasters, which offers graduate-level courses from top universities. Individuals can take a MicroMasters series and later apply for course credit toward a master’s degree from the same university. This model allows students to obtain a master’s degree for less money than traditional program enrolment. This makes developing content for edX or other MOOCs an opportunity for universities to market to prospective students by showcasing relevant courses and introducing prospective students to what the learning experience at that institution would be like. Dan Chen, AIA LEED AP, is a principal at Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype.

DiPrete Engineering recently announced the promotion of senior project engineer Brian Giroux, PE, to director of engineering and design. He joined DiPrete as a civil engineer in Giroux 2006 after gaining experience in the field as a geotechnical engineer at Professional Service Industries and a civil engineer at Tilton and Associates. He is currently working on Reynolds Farm in North Kingstown, Citizens Bank Corporate Campus in Johnston, and the New England Institute of Technology’s Campus in East Greenwich. In his new position, Giroux will be working closely with designers and engineers to find the most efficient engineer-

ing and computer aided design (CAD) solutions. The company also announced its recent promotion of Dana Nisbet, PE, from civil engineer to project engineer. Nisbet Nisbet joined DiPrete in 2015, and as project engineer she will work closely with designers, civil engineers, and drafters, directing their work and providing guidance to the junior staff. Additionally, she will assist with project planning and resource scheduling as well as attending regulatory meetings. She has worked on a variety of DiPrete’s projects including the new Citizens Bank campus in Johnston, Lacroix Drive in West Warwick, and Glacier Ridge in Glocester.

RPF’s MacDonald Certified Northwood, NH – Benjamin examination, has demonstrated a MacDonald, a senior minimum level of knowledge and environmental health and skills in the following subject matter safety consultant with RPF areas: air sampling, instrumentation Environmental, Inc. recently and analytical chemistry; basic passed the American Board science, toxicology, and biohazards; of Industrial Hygiene exam biostatistics and epidemiology; and earned his Certified community exposure; engineering Industrial Hygienist (CIH) controls/ventilation; ergonomics; MacDonald credentials. health risk analysis and Industrial hygiene is the science of hazard communication; IH program protecting and enhancing the health and management; noise and thermal stressors; safety of people at work and in their nonengineering controls; radiation – communities. An individual with CIH ionizing and nonionizing; and work credentials has met the requirements for education and experience, and through environments and industrial processes.

AKF Welcomes Jansen Boston – Jeffrey Jansen has direction and mentoring, quality recently joined AKF Group’s control oversight, and client team in Boston as a senior service. mechanical engineer. Prior to joining AKF, Jansen With more than 20 years of was a mechanical engineer at industry experience, he brings an reputable design firms, where impressive portfolio of projects he designed mechanical systems across all sectors, including highly and established his exemplary complex mission-critical and life reputation overseeing complex Jansen science research environments. projects for national clients His responsibilities include technical throughout the country.

Gaston Electrical Adds Demore Norwood, MA – Gaston Electrical Co., Inc. announced that Brian Demore has joined its team as senior project manager. A licensed Massachusetts Master Electrician, he brings over 23 years of professional experience in the electrical industry and has worked on projects ranging from large-


scale office fit-ups to complex, landmark builds such as the Boston Convention Center. In his new role, he will oversee all aspects of respective construction projects for select clients, with duties ranging from budgeting to project workflow, manpower management, and successful project close-out.

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September 2017

Fletcher Thompson Announcements

Dimeo Hires Three

Ansonia, CT – Fletcher Thompson (FT) recently hired principal/director of architecture, Ray Sevigny, AIA, and continues to strengthen its healthcare practice. Sevigny joined the firm in August and has over 34 years of experience as a principal architect and project manager from his company Sevigny Architects in addition to his experience at Yale New Haven Hospital. His expertise includes the development and implementation of multiple healthcare, education, corporate, and library projects. He is experienced in the coordination of project programming, schematic design, design development, construction documents, and construction

Providence, RI – Dimeo Construction Company recently hired three new team members. Vincent DeVito, systems engineer, was an IT intern in the Dimeo internDeVito ship program and switched to IT after four years in residential construction. Montel Walcott, CHST, site safety manager, joins the firm from Walsh Construction Company where he was in the safety department for four years. He



administration. FT also recently promoted associate Katheen A. Ryan, LEED AP, NCDIQ, to a project management position. She excels at people skills, time management, budgeting, and interior design. As project manager, she keeps projects on track and within budget.

Amenta Emma Welcomes T. Barker

Thomas A. Barker

Hartford, CT – Amenta Emma recently welcomed Thomas A. Barker to its Hartford office. He previously worked for Ivy Design Associates as an intern architect and held internships at Newman Architects, where he further developed his CAD drafting and Revit modeling skills. Barker has joined the firm’s commercial studio, where he is currently working on the office relocation of a global investment management firm in Hartford.




worked on Q bridge in New Haven and Moses Wheeler Bridge in Milford, Conn. Steve Martinelli, project engineer, was an intern in the Dimeo internship program at the Copley Place project site in Boston.

Elizabeth Musacchio Joins ARC relations, proposal management, Boston – ARC/ Architectural industry recognition and brandResources Cambridge, based in ing, advertising, and digital Boston, announced the appointmarketing presence. ment of Elizabeth D. Musacchio, Prior to joining ARC, MusacCPC, as director of marketing. chio was director of marketing at A communications and marTimberline Construction Corpoketing professional with over a ration. Her previous marketing decade of experience, she will and business development exlead ARC’s marketing team and Musacchio perience also includes positions direct the firm’s strategic marketwith Parsons Brinckerhoff (now WSP) ing planning, communications and public and CDM Smith.

Colantonio to Renovate State House Senate Chamber

AMJ Appoints Dann

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Boston – EMJ Corporation, a recently serving as vice president construction services company, of business development for recently appointed Ed Dann Dellbrook | JKS. as vice president of Northeast “Ed’s expertise in sales business development. strategy paired with his years Dann is based in EMJ’s of experience positioning large Boston office and will develop construction firms make him opportunities to drive growth an asset to our Boston office, as and identify new markets for well as the entire corporation,” Dann diversification in the Northeastern said Neil Pratt, Executive VP of United States. He will lead the business EMJ Boston. development team in building new “My objective is to help our clients relationships with regional clients and succeed by creating long-term strategies spreading awareness of EMJ’s brand and that allow them to achieve their goals,” unique construction approach. said Dann. “I’m excited to join a company Dann has more than 30 years of sales that is focused on delivering unique value and sales management for large private commercial construction firms, most and exceptional experiences to clients.”

improvements must be made to the Senate rostrum, Senator’s benches, Clerk and Court Officer stations, and public gallery seating. Areas of related work include the Senate Reading Room, Lobby, Catering Room, Work Room, Bartlett Hall, and Governor’s Corridor. Legislators, who will meet in the Gardner Auditorium in the meantime, can expect to move back into the Senate Chamber in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Matthew Namet Joins Structure Tone Boston – Construction management veteran Matthew Namet has joined the Boston office of Structure Tone as special projects estimating manager. In his 25-year career, Namet has become a recognized specialist in preconstruction, particularly for interior fitouts and renovations in the


commercial office and education markets. Namet actually began his career at Structure Tone, working for the company for six years. He then honed his skills in the industry over the next 18 years, estimating and providing preconstruction services throughout the Boston area.

Bartlett Hall laylight underside

The state house, designed by noted architect Charles Bulfinch, is considered a masterpiece of Federal architecture and among Bulfinch’s finest works. Built in 1798, it is designated a National Historic Landmark. The Senate Chamber sits on the third floor, directly below the iconic gold dome.

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Transforming Universities Through PMIS continued from page 25

of a PMIS program, leaders need to drive the digital or technology culture within their organizations by setting principles and ensuring the department’s goals connect to the university’s overall transformative agenda. In the end, it is the talent of your people: program and project managers, business and financial analysts, contract and project control experts, and other

project teammates that deliver successful outcomes. Enhancing their effectiveness with the appropriate PMIS will produce even better results through greater transparency, efficient communication, earlier issue identification, and streamlined decision making for the benefit of all. Sean Sweeney is associate vice president and a leader for the higher education sector at ARCADIS in Boston.

BSA Through October 15 Architecture Cruises Spectacular views of historic and contemporary architecture along Boston Harbor, the Charles River Locks, and Basin. Private architecture cruises, ideal for corporate parties, can also be arranged. Call 617-621-3001 for pricing and availability. Tickets are available online at charlesriverboat.com/tickets

CFMA September 19 Annual Golf Classic Sandy Burr Country Club The proceeds of the Golf Outing will benefit the CFMA of Massachusetts Chapter Scholarship Program. http:// mass.cfma.org/events/golftournament

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ISPE Boston October 4 26th Annual Product Show Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. Exhibits from over 375 vendors displaying new technology and innovation in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical field. http://productshow.ispeboston.org/

USGBC MA September 21 Building Tour Get a hands on expierence with the best green buildings in the area. These tours are led by the project team and are driven by the questions in the group. http://usgbcma.org /civicrm /event/ info?reset=1&id=1225

NAIOP October 10-12 Celebrating 50 Years of NAIOP The premier industry event connecting developers, owners, investors, brokers and more, consistently attracts approximately 1,400+ attendees from across North America. www.naiop.org/converge17

SCUP October 27 North Atlantic Symposium Housatonic Community College Engage with faculty and students who will demonstrate STEAM strategies for teaching the critical thinking, technical skills and creativity necessary for the new innovation economy. For info: https:// www.scup.org/page/eventsandeducation/event/home?data_id=759


October 17 Understanding How Changes to the New 2017 AIA A201 Standard Contract Impacts your Projects and Relationship with your Clients This workshop will walk attendees through the changes to the 2007 and 2017 A201 documents and provide a legal analysis of the implications on your project and risks to your firms. http://www.agcmass.org/ events/calendar/2017-10-01 October 26 AGC MA Build New England Awards 2017 The Intercontinental Hotel Join us as we honor building excellence through collaboration at the industry’s premier award event of the season! For more information contact Barbara Canoni, canoni@agcmass.org or Kara Morgan, morgan@agcmass.org

CBC September 25 22nd Annual Robert J LeFloch Memorial Golf Outing Shuttle Meadow Country Club Join us for a fun day of golf or join us for dinner while helping to raise money for the Connecticut Building Congress Scholarship Fund. http://www.cbc-ct. org/event-2587016

NESEA October 12 BuildingEnergy NYC Conference + Trade Show TKP New York Conference Center More than 600 industry leaders and emerging professionals gather to learn from and network with each other. http://nesea.org/conference/ buildingenergy-nyc

Mass Building Congress September 21 Game Changer - An Inside Look at Wynn Boston Harbor Westin Waterfront Hotel Speakers: Peter Campot, Director of Construction, Wynn Development; Roy Pedersen, Principal, Jacobs Engineering Group; Robert DeSalvio, President, Wynn Boston Harbor To register: http://buildingcongress.org/events/ details/game-changer-an-inside-lookat-wynn-boston-harbo

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