Corporate Facilities and Interiors
AvalonBay’s new regional office in Boston / Warren Patterson Photography / Page 16
INDUSTRY EXPERT ARTICLES
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Inside this Issue:
Featuring An Interview with Jane Sullivan
How Design-Build Helped Deliver Connecticut’s New Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse / KBE Building Corporation GC Delphi Construction Marks 25th Anniversary with Night of Celebration Froling Installs Boiler System for Dept. of Corrections Facility
J&M Brown Completes Electrical Construction of Boston Globe HQ Robert H. Lord Company Celebrates 50th Anniversary
For Effective Workplace Design, Embrace Humanity, by Katherine Berger and Lynn Brotman
Publisher’s Message, Up-Front, Landscape, Municipal, Technology & Innovation, Connecticut, Philanthropy, Trends and Hot Topics, MultiResidential, Awards, People, Calendar, and more…
G. Greene Team Helps Harvey Victims Portland Stone Ware Celebrates 170 Years / Jewett Construction CM
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On the Cover:
How Much Space Do We Really Need?....................................................................................................22
Robert H. Lord Company Celebrates 50th Anniversary ......................................................................... 33
MPA provided space planning and interior design services for AvalonBay’s new office in Boston Warren Patterson Photography
Up-Front.......................................................7 Interiors...............................................13, 43 Trends and Hot Topics..............................21 Corporate Facilities.................................. 22 Landscape................................................ 29 Municipal................................................. 30 Technology and Innovation.....................31 Connecticut.............................................. 33
Philanthropy.............................................. 36 Education.................................................. 38 National................................................... 44 Multi-Residential...................................... 45 Awards...................................................... 47 People....................................................... 48 Calendar................................................... 50
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Froling Installs Boiler System for Dept. of Corrections Facility.................................................................. 30
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Recently, HP attended Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) Game Changer - An Inside Look at Wynn Boston Harbor with Peter Campot, the director of construction at Wynn Development, Roy Pedersen, principal at Jacobs Engineering Group and Robert DeSalvio, president at Wynn Boston Harbor. The development spans over a 33-acre parcel of land along the Mystic River in Everett and is the largest private single-phase construction project in the history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Attendees heard directly from the design and construction team about the challenges, complexities, and the scale of this new addition to the Boston skyline, which is scheduled to open in 2019.
Michael Barnes This month’s cover image is the new offices for AvalonBay Communities, one of our region’s busiest developers. The image is a perfect example of an open, modern, and collaborative workspace, which has been trending for some time now. Margulies Perruzzi Architects is the interior designer behind their new offices; you can read more about it on pages 16 and 22. We open our Interiors issue with a trends article from Jessica Durante of Wilson Butler Architects. We also feature an interview with Maugel Architects’ head of interior design, Jane Sullivan. This month features Robert H. Lord Company of Connecticut celebrating its 50th anniversary and Delphi Construction of Massachusetts posting its 25th season. We will be sharing anniversary announcements in every issue for the next High_Profile - Advertisement - 11.11.15.ai 1 11/11/2015 12 months as part of the 20th anniversary of High-Profile Monthly (HP). In
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Groton, CT – Construction has begun on the new Ella T. Grasso Technical High School. Construction manager for the $98.3 million construction project is O&G Industries, Inc. The project will include construction of a new 220,000sf facility on the existing site. The new school will be built adjacent to the current facility, with completion of the new building expected in the fall of 2019 for arriving students, followed by demolition of the existing school where new athletic facilities will
be sited on its former footprint. Grasso serves students from 24 towns in Southeastern Connecticut, with an annual enrollment of over 500 students. Programs offered at the school include automotive technology, culinary arts, electrical, manufacturing technology, plumbing and heating, HVAC, and information systems technology. The new facility will allow the school to serve 800 students from throughout the region, offering 11 programs in technology and core programs.
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Portsmouth, NH – Two International Group (TIG) recently broke ground on 85 New Hampshire Ave., a 28,000sf, twostory, Class A office building at Pease International Tradeport. The building will feature a two-story atrium at entrance with spandrel windows to provide ample natural light. Project team members include Two International Construction: general contractor; HL Turner Group: architect, structural, and mechanical engineer; Ambit Engineering: civil; Russell Downing: electrical engineer; Novel Iron Works: structural steel; DBU Construction: sitework; and American Concrete: foundation. The building is positioned on a 20acre parcel, which already has roughly 150,000sf constructed and potential for as much as another 200,000sf in the future. Corporate neighbors include Amadeus
North Shore Medical Center / rendering by Shepley Bulfinch Site of new office building at Pease International Tradeport
and Liberty Mutual Insurance, among others. Local amenities within walking distance of the site include a daycare center, food court, post office, barber, and bank, among others. Two International Group is a vertically integrated commercial real estate company that has played a significant role in the redevelopment of the former Pease Air Force Base, which closed in 1993 and has been converted into a state-of-the-art business park.
Salem, MA – Shepley Bulfinch held a topping-off ceremony in July to mark the completion of the structural steel framing of the new 223,000sf expansion and renovation project on the Salem campus of North Shore Medical Center (NSMC), a community hospital in the Partners HealthCare System. The project team also includes Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers, LLC; Code Red Consultants; Kalin Associates, Inc.; Richard Moore Environmental Consulting; and WSP as commissioning agent. The $207 million project includes a new 111,600sf building for the emergency department and a family-centered medical/surgical inpatient unit, as well as a 111,100sf renovation of the former Spaulding North Shore building to expand NSMC’s behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. The project is expected to be occupied by fall 2019 and will provide a deeper level of emergency, specialty, inpatient, and mental healthcare to the growing North Shore community.
The new building includes a 54,000sf emergency department with dedicated areas for adult and pediatric care, separate treatment space for adult behavioral health patients, and 24 new private inpatient rooms on a medical/surgical floor with an additional floor shelled-out for future medical/surgical expansion. There will be an additional floor shelled-out to allow for future growth. Both buildings are targeting LEED Silver certification. The project team includes: Shepley Bulfinch, architect; Walsh Brothers, Inc., general contractor/construction manager; McNamara Salvia, structural; Engineered Solutions, Inc., mechanical/ electrical/plumbing/fire protection; VHB, civil/landscape; and McPhail Associates, LLC, geotechnical engineer. The renovated building provides 90 behavioral health beds to serve children, adolescents, adults, and seniors, increasing NSMC’s mental health treatment capacity by 36% and adding 24 much-needed beds to the community.
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Plainville, CT – Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut (CT ABC) and the Construction Education Center (CEC) held a groundbreaking ceremony of the new office being built on Robert Jackson Way in Plainville. The anticipated move in is January 2018. Both CT ABC and CEC have experienced tremendous growth in recent
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Londonderry, NH – Pro Star Aviation had a truss-raising in September for its 45,000sf hangar and shop currently underway. The new hangar and office facility will be located at 8 Kelly Avenue, east of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and adjacent to its machining entity, Pro Star Precision Machining. PROCON of Manchester is the designer and construction manager for the project. PROCON’s project manager and safety team coordinated efforts with the structural steel supplier CANAM Steel, Astro Crane, and Bret Steel Corporation for the erection of the beam, a challenging procedure requiring weeks of meticulous planning. Pro Star leadership and local officials attended the event and observed as two cranes lifted the 110-ton beam into position. In a little under 2 hours, experts from Bret Steel guided the 180-ft.-long structure to its permanent home and made the connections. The ultramodern building is a 30,000sf single-story Type II aircraft hangar with 15,000sf of adjoining shop space. The architects designed it with multiple windows to allow as much natural light as possible into the guest waiting area and office spaces. The first floor features a two-story glass lobby under a floating wood ceiling with comfortable seating for Pro Star pilots and prospective customers. It includes a 38-person cafeteria with hightop tables along the windows with views of the runway. Two conference rooms and the second floor office spaces also import plenty of light and overlook the nearby runway. Among the features of the highly anticipated building is a unique 28-foot tall Megadoor made of thick plasticcoated fabric that provides aircraft entry and exit. The translucent Megadoor multifunctions as a beacon by night, displaying the Pro Star logo when it is lit from within. By day, the door will incorporate natural light into the hangar,
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reducing daytime lighting loads. The truss is in place and the work continues with an expected completion in spring 2018. As Pro Star Aviation has grown and expanded for nearly 20 years, it became necessary for the company to find additional spaces to house their various operations. To date, the company’s workforce has been scattered between a hangar and office space on the west side of the airport and another location further away. When the new facility is completed, for the first time the staff of approximately 60 people will work together under one roof. According to the managing partner, Kevin Harriman, no one is more excited about the upcoming new hangar than Pro Star’s employees. His enthusiastic comment was, “They are the best, and the reason for where we are as a company. Everyone is excited to have a newer and bigger space for the hangar and offices. We will no longer be separated or confined. It will be a much-improved environment for our staff, as well as for our customers.” With a state-of-the-art hangar and office space, Pro Star will be able to continue offering its customers the highest quality avionics service/installations, maintenance, engineering, and certifications services. “This new facility is the culmination of 20 years of hard work and dedication on the part of the entire Pro Star team and is a testament to their professionalism and diligence throughout the years,” concluded Harriman.
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(l-r) Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse; Congressman Jim Langevin; Ron Simoneau, VP, New England Institutional, Shawmut Design and Construction; Sen. Jack Reed, Christina Paxson, president, Brown Univ.; James Berens, president, Wexford Science and Technology; Governor Gina Raimondo; R I Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor; Tim Rowe, founder and president, CIC; R.I. House Speaker Nicholas Mattielo; Joseph Azrack, chair of the 195 Redevelopment District Commission; Maureen Boudreau, director, Healthcare Technology Center, Johnson & Johnson; Peter McNally, executive director, 195 Redevelopment District Commission; Les Hiscoe, CEO, Shawmut Design and Construction; Bonnie Nickerson, director of the Dept. of Planning and Development, of Providence; Jesse Saglio, managing director, Head of Investments.
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Focus: Interiors Interior Design: What’s #Trending?
by Rebecca Durante You may have noticed that found space, industrial influences, and a resurgence of mid-century modern design have been prevalent for many years now. Even though these design concepts do not feel dated yet — though perhaps a little overdone — we must ask ourselves how long they will continue and what will replace them. It is a necessity in my profession to follow market trends with an ear to the ground (or really, eyes on the blogs), to track what is fresh, unique, but also lasting. Timelessness is the toughest and scariest part of trends. It’s best to analyze what attracts people to the trend and what makes it a good idea to begin with, to determine if it will have any staying power. The next trends are sometimes a reaction to what is of-the-moment. It’s understandable that what we’ve seen a lot of, we’re bored with; what was once trendy is now so pedestrian. The trendsetters will be discovering and creating what might surprise us at first but eventually will become the new norm. Color trends are significantly affected by what is prevailing. In recent years, many of us were surprised to see taupe and dusty rose coming back around. Deep jewel tones usually balance these pale colors. The revival of brass and gold is very notable as well, although we’ve not yet embraced the gold tones for long enough that it has become overdone. It leads me to believe that this trend will remain relevant for quite some time. The more pastel, dusty colors bore us more quickly and will slowly be replaced by more saturated earth tones as we begin to crave some real color. Wood may see the reverse as we learn to accept some lighter, natural looking finishes. There seems to be truth to trends resurging every 20 to 25 years, thus the recent popularity of mid-century style. When done well, vintage/retro/revival can have lasting power, as hindsight allows designers to pluck the “best of” from an era and leave behind what was likely done solely for the sake of doing. While mid-century is strong right now, a venue designed with Art Deco detailing is admired in today’s design world. But has the strength of the mid-century happened for a reason? I say yes. The style is marked by clean, simple lines, but not so modern
and stark that it appears austere. It’s got character and personality, but its traits are understated, so it is offensive to few. It also has a level of complexity that makes it relatively affordable to produce. It and similar furniture and décor styles will continue to influence for a while. Wood tones appear to be lightening, but due to a larger undercurrent in design than any trend. It’s our knowledge and conscience regarding environmentally friendly practices, materials, and creating with the wellness of society in mind. Biophilic design principles impart that people are productive and happier with a strong connection to nature. Bettering the environment and ourselves, we’ve embraced the grain, and natural quirks,
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of reclaimed lumber and plentiful FSCcertified varieties. As a result, we’ve become accustomed to more natural wood tones. As our knowledge of chemicals increases, we’re leerier of synthetic, high-gloss finishes and unnatural colors. We’ve grown an appreciation for Mother Nature’s creations and that which is handmade. There was a time when we embraced technology as a trend and design influencer. However, the current human desire is to be in an environment that is very tactile, tangible, and natural. Our growing knowledge and desire to do right by the planet and living beings is thankfully the strongest influencer today. Trends will continue to come and go, and predicting them will always be a challenge. Fortunately, we can feel confident in our designs if they’re backed by thoughtful analysis, best practices, and common sense. Rebecca Durante, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED AP, is senior associate at Wilson Butler Architects.
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Natick, MA – Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects (GRLA) has completed interior renovations for Cognex Corporation, including its four-story lobby, offices, and executive suite. Cognex sought to modernize its facility, bringing it in step with the company brand while allowing for more collaboration and efficiency, and incorporate a new sales and demonstration area to showcase products. The design team worked closely with the construction manager JM Coull, and the millwork contractor, A.P. Dailey, on the projects to achieve Cognex’s vision for the renovated space The project features an expanded executive boardroom, reconfigured offices and conference rooms, new huddle rooms, and a fully renovated four-story lobby with product demonstration area. GRLA incorporated Cognex’s color palette of black, white, gray, and trademark yellow throughout, and designed a custom reception desk fabricated from translucent Corian and lit with LEDs. A feature wall of giant “pixels,” made from the same
material, provides a stage for showcasing company milestones. The machine-cut aesthetic is carried out further with furniture, light fixtures, and finishes. GRLA continues to work with Cognex on additional renovation projects at the company’s headquarters.
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Methuen, MA – A new interior fit-out design project for the Methuen location of Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network has been awarded to JACA Architects. The Methuen Adult Rehabilitation Project entails a 2,800sf new interior fitout for an adult rehabilitation clinic, which will include private treatment rooms and a large gym filled with new equipment. This project comes on the tails of a recently completed, 6,000sf new interior fit-out for NRHN’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinic, also in Methuen.
Ongoing work for NRHN includes efforts on an Adult & Pediatric Clinic in Lowell that is being fit out in a historic mill building. NRHN was founded in 1984 and is physician-owned. In addition to its flagship location in Salem, N.H., NRHN also operates three other acute rehabilitation hospitals in Nashua, Portsmouth, and Manchester, N.H., as well as over 20 outpatient centers, a home care division, a sports medicine division, an outpatient pediatric division, and many other services for those in need of rehabilitation.
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An Interview with Jane Sullivan High-Profile recently interviewed Jane Sullivan, director of interior design at Maugel Architects of Harvard, Mass.
Rendering of Lynn YMCA, exterior
HP: What’s a recent project that you’re really excited about? JS: We’re very excited about the new YMCA in Lynn, Mass., that we are doing with the YMCA of Metro North. It’s a wonderful project. The 70,000sf facility will replace the aging structure and provide a contemporary, light-filled environment that celebrates community and fosters social interaction. Maugel’s mission is to enrich lives and communities through design — this project illustrates our mission in action. As a firm, we also have a strong commitment to employee wellness, not only within the firm, but within our projects as well. It’s great to
work on a project that aligns so closely with our corporate mission and values. HP: When approaching the design for the new Lynn YMCA, what was the top priority? JS: As a community resource, it was important for the new facility to be welcoming to all. The YMCA has been an anchor in the Lynn community for more than a century and serves over 10,000 people annually — 85% of the youth engaged are from low-income families. The health and wellbeing of the members is a top priority. Throughout the project, from strategy to execution, we kept the needs of the community front and center.
HP: What challenges, if any, did you have to overcome during the process? JS: The major challenge was to support the business mission and create an interior design that fostered a sense of
community, created a sense of wellbeing, and energized the youth. Balancing tranquility with vitality can be tricky. To overcome the challenge, we kept the continued to page 25
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MPA Completes New Boston Office for AvalonBay Communities
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Boston – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) recently announced the completion of a new office in Boston for AvalonBay Communities, Inc. MPA provided space planning and interior design services for AvalonBay’s new 15,000sf regional office, which is located on the 20th floor of the landmark Federal Reserve Building at 600 Atlantic Avenue. J.J. Vacaro, Inc. served as general contractor for the project, and Vanderweil Engineers provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services. MPA created an open, modern, and collaborative office that maximizes natural light and exterior views throughout the space. AvalonBay was committed to
ensuring that all workspace and common areas had full visual access to Boston Harbor on the south side of the building and downtown Boston on the north. MPA’s highly efficient workplace design features a blend of glass-fronted offices and workstation clusters. To break up the glass-fronted offices, workstation clusters are staggered in breaks along the perimeter and aligned with internal open office areas to offer staff an easy connection to the window line. The mirror-image floor plan of the work area provides ample opportunities for both city and water views. On entry from the updated elevator lobby, the public zone of AvalonBay’s
Café training space / Warren Patterson Photography
office provides a branded and welcoming space with spectacular views. A centrally located reception area ushers visitors into an adjacent conference center on one side and a café with adjoining training space on the other. Two retractable glass walls open the training room fully to the café, providing a multipurpose space, with water views, to accommodate full-company gatherings and hosted events. With counter space for buffet-style catering and tables, bar stools, and banquettes for casual seating, the café offers a comfortable, well-appointed space for employee interactions and impromptu meetings. The public zone of the space is branded with beautiful photography of
AvalonBay’s Boston projects. One aspect of the design that is particularly striking is the treatment of the ceilings. To reinforce the size of the open spaces, ceiling clouds float below an exposed structure in many areas, creating a dramatic effect of height and a less traditional feel. Linear pendants with direct and indirect lighting illuminate the clouds and provide appropriate task light to workstations below. Coupled with stunning artwork and graphics, sparkling light fixtures, and subtle variances of color and texture, the office has a dynamic, airy effect. AvalonBay’s new office is anticipated to achieve LEED Gold certification.
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Dyer Brown’s Breakthrough Innovation Center for Stanley Black & Decker Opens
by Alexandra Dupnik In Boston’s Seaport District, Dyer Brown has designed a new innovation center for Stanley Black & Decker, a facility for technological research in automation, adaptive manufacturing, and artificial intelligence located in the city’s Innovation and Design Building. The new, 5,100sf facility initially for about 20 employees is part of a global initiative to transform technology through research. It is the 11th breakthrough innovation center for Stanley Black & Decker to date, and its official name is the Stanley Security Futures Innovation Factory. The award-winning architecture and interior design firm Dyer Brown conceived a neutral and lightly finished backdrop for the R&D collaboration spaces, with accents of the company’s signature yellow and black, natural woodtopped workstations, exposed concrete floors, and industrial pendant lighting.
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With decades of experience on hightech workplaces and innovation spaces, the design team from Dyer Brown worked closely with Stanley Black & Decker to ensure the space would be uplifting and highly functional, accommodating its needed research equipment and mechanical and electrical capacity. “We recognize that technological innovation is changing the world at an exponentially accelerating pace and that being at the forefront of disruption is essential to success,” said Jim Loree, Stanley Black & Decker’s president and CEO, in announcing the new facility.
According to Brent Zeigler, AIA, IIDA, president and director of design of Dyer Brown, the innovation center will further benefit by being in Boston’s I&D Building, home to Autodesk and GE as well as the MassChallenge Headquarters, a nonprofit partner focused on start-up business acceleration. Stanley Black & Decker has begun a partnership with MassChallenge, fitting out the entire market space with Stanley tools and offering mentorship services to MassChallenge companies, creating opportunities to catalyze ideas and collaborate. “Boston’s innovation ecosystem
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Boston, MA – McDonald Electrical Corp. (MEC), based in Hingham, has completed the comprehensive renovation of Emerson College’s new two-floor dining hall, located at 120 Bolyston Street. The project scope included the installation of a new electrical distribution system in the building’s main electric room and wiring the facility’s mechanical equipment, located both in the basement and the building’s roof. MEC’s operations also entailed the elaborate wiring of kitchens and food prep areas, as well as the installation of general convenience power and lighting throughout these areas. Throughout the
dining and lounge areas, McDonald installed extensive decorative lighting, comprised of linear fixtures in the architectural woodwork and LED radius fixtures overhead. State-of-the-art color and scene-changing fabric light panels were also installed in the student lounge areas. The Emerson dining facility is the first building in the city of Boston to have fabric lighting panels installed. The project team included architect Elkus Manfredi, Boston; general contractor Lee Kennedy Co., Inc., Quincy; and electrical engineer Vanderweil Engineers, Boston. The NECA contractor’s project man-
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ID3A Designs State Street Café
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Hartford, CT – ID3A, LLC has completed the renovation of the One State Street Café for The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB) in its 24-story, multi-tenant office building in downtown Hartford. The project goals included a more functional kitchen, a visually appealing servery with better traffic flow to accommodate public traffic from the neighboring buildings, and a modern and diverse dining area, all while maintaining sustainable and energy-efficient guidelines. To create an open atmosphere, the design team employed the careful selection and use of color, texture, and light in combination with a new layout which relocated the kitchen and servery to gain access to perimeter windows,
natural light, and dramatic views of the surrounding city. As a premium location in a popular downtown facility, HSB was looking to create an environment that offered diverse uses as a primary focus. The new dining area, no longer used solely for lunch service, now provides various seating options for meetings and events, and the new Work Café provides comfortable “living room” huddle areas with easy access to monitors and charge stations to encourage group or individual collaboration. The fourth-floor lobby sundry store was also renovated into a coffee bar to create an additional amenity to the building with extended service hours. Both the coffee bar and the new cafeteria were designed with similar materials,
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creating an aesthetic connection. Together, the new cafeteria, dining area, and coffee bar were the first step in HSB’s effort to revitalize One State Street and strengthen their presence in downtown Hartford by offering a new and inspiring destination.
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Boston Leads New Wave of Relocated Corporate Urban Settings
by Matthew Guarracino Amazon’s recent announcement that it’s soliciting bids from North American cities to be the home of a second corporate headquarters is yet another reminder that today’s knowledge-intensive companies crave the energy, diversity, and youthfulness of modern urban areas. In Boston, companies like GE, Vertex, and Reebok are flocking to neighborhoods like the Seaport, creating trendy, modern offices and other amenities that — in turn — attract Millennial job applicants. In April 2015, Converse moved its corporate headquarters from the suburb of North Andover to Boston’s North Station area with the goal of attracting young, creative talent. The company occupies 214,000sf of office space at Lovejoy Wharf, near TD Garden and close to both commuter rail and the T. The 10-story office’s full-glass windows and its outdoor decks provide a great view of the waterfront and the Charles River. The building itself celebrates the company’s creative culture by combining its original old brick walls with a new open design concept. It also has an open atrium complete with a central staircase connecting all floors. A 3,500sf Converse store — its second retail store in Boston — is located right at LoveJoy Wharf as well, in addition to a Converse Rubber Tracks recording studio. By incorporating each of the modern design elements of the building and office space, as well as the retail store and recording studio, Converse was able to create a modish, creative work environment that represents the Converse brand and attracts the kind of high-level, well-educated, and youthful workforce it requires. Like Converse, General Electric is in the process of moving its headquarters from the suburbs — Fairfield, Connecticut — to fast-growing Fort Point, the unofficial entrance to the Seaport. The company is now in the process of creating its own campus called Innovation Point, renovating two existing six-story warehouses and constructing a new 12-story building. The new building will have a modern design with a solar veil incorporated on its façade, showcasing
its commitment to sustainability and environmentally friendly business practices. A Harborwalk extension and public dock will provide outdoor enjoyment for employees and other citygoers. The headquarters campus is not exclusively for GE employees — it also includes workspace for local startups and students, space for community presentations, and more. For GE, the move to Boston enables the company to do just what Converse seeks to do — tap into the city’s educated workforce and dynamic innovation ecosystem. Reebok is leaving its long-time Canton location to move even deeper into the
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by Dianne Dunnell Workplace strategy focuses on marrying three important aspects of the modern workplace: 1) applying better space utilization metrics; 2) optimizing real estate costs; and 3) updating an office space to meet current trends in design and technology. Factoring in employee satisfaction and a company’s ability to attract and retain top talent, there is a clear business objective to creating a work environment that inspires, motivates, and connects employees. As how we work evolves to include greater collaboration, technology, and mobility, the design — and size — of the workplace is changing, and companies are increasingly asking “How much space do we really need?” The trend in space utilization indicates that 40% of
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an office’s individual work spaces are used at any given time, leaving 60% of space vacant due to meetings, travel, and rotating schedules. Companies are thus responding by reducing the ratio of square footage per person while enhancing collaboration space and amenities.
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Delphi Construction Marks 25th Anniversary with Night of Celebration Waltham, MA – Delphi Construction of Waltham and Mashpee is celebrating its 25th year in operations and recently marked the occasion with a night of celebration with 200-plus in attendance, including Delphi’s 75 employees, longterm clients, subcontractors, and special guests from the construction Industry. The event featured live music from the Fay/Mazelli Trio, a variety of food trucks serving seafood and French fare, plus hand-rolled custom cigars, spirit tasting, and life-size Jenga competitions. Jake Simmons, CEO, along with the rest of Delphi’s leadership, welcomed guests to the event held under the large tent and surrounding grounds at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton. During a brief presentation, Simmons shared his appreciation to all of the constituencies in attendance, many of whom have had relationships with the company since its earliest days. “To our clients, I say thank you for allowing us to win your trust and to prove our commitment over and over again. We are proud that 90% of our business comes from you, our repeat clients and your direct referrals. Thank you. To the architects in the room, we value your creative vision that is at the heart of every project. We value your partnership. We will continue to strive to be the kind of partner that
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every day.” In addition to providing a brief overview of the company’s history, Simmons touched on the future of the company with regard to the recently completed 10-year strategic planning exercise Delphi’s leadership team has just completed. Simmons described a plan of sustained growth in the coming years for Delphi. He also officially announced the recent acquisition of a new Waltham headquarters on Bear Hill Road.
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J&M Brown Completes Electrical Construction of Boston Globe HQ Boston – J&M Brown Company (JMB), headquartered in Jamaica Plain, recently completed the 60,000sf, two-floor electrical construction/tenant fit-out of the contemporary new Boston Globe’s headquarters at 53 State Street/1 Exchange Center Place in downtown Boston. The new Globe’s offices feature a futuristic newsroom, replete with ceilingmounted HD digital displays throughout, up-to-date workspaces, an abundance of laptop plug-in spaces, as well as specially designed sound-proof booths for privacy in research interviews. JMB’s comprehensive electrical project scope included providing power and electrical distribution, lighting and lighting control, and the electrical infrastructure of the iconic media company’s state-of-the-art audio-visual systems. Power installations entailed providing new switchgear in the mechanical room on the building’s 13th floor, as well as all new branch circuitry from existing building electrical panels and newly added branch panels throughout the Globe office area, located on second and third floors. Nearly all wiring is concealed within the ceiling areas of the two floors, meeting the architect’s vision and aesthetic requirements for the facility’s open ceiling concept.
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The new Globe offices are equipped with an elaborate LED lighting package, which was supplied and installed by J&M Brown. Approximately 2,000 LED lights integrate into a sleek LED grid system, which is installed above the ceiling areas on both floors. The lighting in all offices and open work areas ties into an advanced, custom-programmable nLight lighting control system, engineered to further
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Dacon Completes Renovations Quality Beverages Facilities Expanded Taunton, MA – In early 2015, Quality Beverage, a distributor of AnheuserBusch products, was seeking to renovate its facilities. Dacon collaborated with Quality Beverage and Dario Designs, Inc., the owner’s representative, to design, expand, and renovate the headquarters in Taunton and to renovate a second distribution center. The first facility to be renovated was the 60,000sf distribution center in Auburn. This project included a complete update of the building façade, 7,000sf of renovated office space, a new roof, new pavement, parking, and landscaping. Dacon began construction in October 2015 and completed the construction in April 2016. In January 2016, Quality Beverage approached Dacon to commence planning for the Taunton headquarters facility updates. Using the same design-build methodology, Dacon worked with Quality Beverage to realize the project scope and cost impacts while maintaining the budget. Dacon also implemented a phased approach and cost impacts in order to keep the existing facility operational. Dacon began construction in July 2016 and completed the construction in April 2017. Similar to the Auburn facility, this project included 14,000sf of interior office renovations to reinforce Quality Beverage’s brand, including a space that
could display its premium products. Along with the interior renovations, the project included a few building additions: a 2,500sf mezzanine, a 1,000sf pallet jack charging room, a 4,000sf exterior canopy, and an 8,200sf point-of-sale facility. Dacon facilitated updating the exterior façade, installing a new roof, and renovating the parking lot and landscaping. The new hospitality suites now serve as an entertainment area for guests, employees, and clients and features a bar and tasting area, with a central elevator that services the entire facility. The Dacon design-build process was recognized by Quality Beverage to have the ability to provide unparalleled project delivery as a one-stop-shop solution. The built-in ability to streamline resources and use experience to leverage projects early on is exactly what was needed, realizing what scope could be achieved for the budget, all along maintaining a schedule for the project and Quality Beverage’s management team.
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palette neutral and added splashes of saturated color to add vibrancy. Natural light is an important element in wellness design. A large skylight was placed along the circulation path to maximize natural light into the interior core and to illuminate a long staircase that connects the main corridor to the upper studio. To energize the youth areas, we used fun geometric carpet patterns and bright saturated colors on the floor and walls.
HP: What unique features of the project stand out the most? JS: To create a connection to the city, we designed a large, curved glass volume of space lining the street which houses the community and wellness areas and a café. The curved shape helps define the street
edge and gives the facility a visible front to the city. During the early morning or late in the day, the space glows and the activity can be viewed from the street. It’s really about letting the public see that the Lynn YMCA is a fun, happening place. HP: If you had a stamp on interior design, what would it be?
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A Courthouse 40 Years in the Making The new, $81 million Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse in Torrington, CT provides a unified setting for the county’s legal needs. The project was 40 years in the making, due to political wrangling over its location, but took just 31 months to design and build.
How design-build helped deliver Connecticut’s new Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse In the grand scheme of things, 40 years wasn’t so long to wait for the new Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse in Torrington, Connecticut, which opened its doors this September. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Notre Dame took 200 years to complete. And, to be fair, the actual design and construction of the courthouse took just 31 months. It was the other thirty-seven and a half years of political wrangling over where the courthouse should be located that caused the delay. KBE Building Corporation, with its design partner, The DLR Group, were part of the journey that brought the State’s long-languishing vision of a modern courthouse to fruition. The story of the new courthouse actually goes back about 130 years. The legal needs of Connecticut’s Litchfield County, a bucolic collection of small towns and a few bustling city centers, had been served since 1890 by a tiny, Victorian-style stone courthouse. Long an iconic emblem of an past era, the courthouse had become cramped and inefficient over the years, with the innocent often cheek-by-jowl with the purportedly guilty in its narrow corridors. In 1974, the idea of a new courthouse was first proposed by the late Superior Court Judge John Speziale. It wasn’t until 2003, however, that the Connecticut General Assembly approved construction of the new courthouse. But plans quickly bogged down over siting of the new building, design questions, and more. Finally, in 2010, the Department of Construction Services issued an RFQ for a design-build team to tackle the project. But even that process faced delay, dragging on for nearly three years, until, at last, in 2013, the State issued the competitive RFP. The design-build team of KBE Building Corporation, Farmington, CT and The DLR Group, Orlando, FL presented the winning design. The design solution features a four-story building that nestles into the Torrington neighborhood of brick buildings and is far less imposing than the five- and six-story structures proposed by the competing teams. As well, the KBE/DLR design was the only to offer a two-story garage to help manage parking on the small site. Designed as a 75- to 100-year building, the $81 million complex offers a perfect union of judicial functions that had previously been dispersed throughout the county: juvenile court, criminal court, family court, and housing court. Areas for probation officers, district attorneys, and other court support functions are now located within the facility. Enhanced security features, technology, high quality finishes, and a design aesthetic that evokes the monumentality of the space are all part of the finished building. Each courtroom type features a different design approach befitting its function.
How design-build helped create the ideal courthouse The biggest design challenge for the KBE/DLR team was how to fit all of the required program components into a building that didn’t overwhelm the scale of the neighborhood. “In the simplest of terms, there is a lot of square footage, a lot of program area, and a lot of parking on a very small site. As well, we had to make sure we achieved all the required adjacencies of departments and functions within the building,” explained Todd Orr, AIA, DLR’s lead architect for the project. For KBE and DLR, design-build enabled the team to accelerate the problem-solving process. “Having KBE at the table with us, from the RFP phase through Design Development and Construction Documents, was essential,” Orr adds. “In a different delivery method, we would have been shooting from the hip, but this allowed us to design in real time, getting the constructability and cost input needed to finalize our design decision. As well, KBE’s preconstruction team offered a lot of innovative ideas that helped improve the building and the budget.” “The scale of the building was critical to the project being accepted within the community,” adds KBE Project Executive and principal Antonio Mancini. “We could have easily made this 5 or 6 stories with all on-grade parking. But it would have been terribly out of context – and operationally, would have spread the required interior adjacencies over too many floors.”
The KBE/DLR team took full advantage of the collaborative aspects of design-build delivery. Construction started with 50% documents for the foundations and superstructure; the team expanded the design-build process to engage with specialty subcontractors to design-assist on several building components.
Instead, the courthouse is a 3-1/2 story steel structure, with brick cladding to match the neighboring commercial buildings. A limited fourth floor on one wing uses a metal panel exterior to minimize its visibility. A connected two-level garage, along with on-grade parking, accommodates visitors and staff parking.
Of course, no project gets to the end date without a few obstacles along the way For the courthouse, those obstacles came in the form of the coldest winter on record and an unexpected need to continually de-water the site for 2-1/2 years. Twenty snowstorms assailed the state in the winter of 2014-2015, dropping 60+ inches in the region – double the annual average. Every excavation had to be cleared of snow… and then cleared again. The schedule called for rock blasting and removal for that winter – but the trucking equipment couldn’t mobilize because of the extreme cold.
The building unifies the district’s legal system under one roof, with unique settings for family, juvenile, criminal, and housing courts, and offices for district attorneys, law clerks, probation officers, and more.
Once blasting did start, the team ran into extensive groundwater, starting the long and tedious de-watering process. For a year and a half, 100,000 gallons of water were being pumped each day. “Our engineer described it as dropping an entire building into a bathtub,” recalls KBE Project Manager Shaun St. Lawrence. The other challenge was the size of the site itself. The quintessential postage stamp lot and poor conditions of adjacent roadways meant continually re-building and re-locating the 250ton crane needed to erect the structural steel. “We started construction with 50% Construction Documents for just the foundations and superstructure,” St. Lawrence explains. “The constant interaction between KBE’s field and preconstruction team and the design team led by the DLR Group was critical as the team worked to finish the design documents. In many cases, we brought design-build process right to our subcontractors and engaged them in a design-assist process that helped quickly resolve a number of design issues.” For example, the architect preferred a metal panel siding for the limited fourth floor level. To keep pace with the schedule, KBE and DLR and the other design consultants worked with several siding subcontractors to develop design options that satisfied energy efficiency and aesthetics. KBE vetted these options with a building envelope consultant, and selected the system that would ensure the integrity of the envelope. Building a 100-year-building adds other demands as well, including the quality of the finishes. KBE had a full scale mock-up of a courtroom – judge’s bench, witness bench, clerk’s space, juror box – constructed in the millwork shop. This gave the owner, design team, and KBE the chance to review and sign off before those standards were applied to the other courtrooms. “All in all, the courthouse represents the best of what design-build can achieve,” says KBE’s Mancini. “The team was able to bring to fruition a stunning facility that combines the monumentality of a public building with a high-functioning, high-tech space that supports the legal needs of the county.”
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Project Facts: Cost: $81 Million Size: 183,000 sf Design-Builder: KBE Building Corporation Architect of Record: The DLR Group Associate Architect: AM Design Engineering: BVH Integrated Services Landscape Architecture: CR3 All photos: Paul Burk Photography
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Why Workplace Transformation? Workforce demographics are changing
by Erica Mullen The kind of work we do today is radically different than the work we did even 20 years ago. Corporate office design has to adapt and change to meet evolving workplace strategies and drive corporate growth. A workplace transformation is the rethinking of flexible work spaces to accommodate different kinds of work, workers, and technology. There are a number of drivers influencing how we work today. Complex work requires different spaces
Over the past 20 years, much of our structured and process-oriented work has been automated or outsourced. Our work today is unstructured, complex, and creative, requiring more intense periods of focus and collaboration.
As experienced and skilled Baby Boomers head to retirement, organizations must appeal to younger cohorts of workers (Gen X, Gen Y, and Gen Z). By 2030, it is predicted that 75% of the workforce will be Millennials (also known as Gen Y). Millennials tend to seek work/ life balance, seamless technology, and inspiring workspaces. Companies may also need to seek talent from a broader geographic area, creating a virtual and distributed workforce. Technology continues to shape how we work
Today’s powerful mobile devices, ubiquitous internet access, and cloudbased applications make working anywhere, anytime, possible. Companies must employ strategies such as bringyour-own-device (BYOD) to meet the expectations of a younger and more techsavvy workforce. What does it look like?
So what does a workplace transformation look like? It starts by bringing together leadership, human resources, IT, and facilities to align their goals. Each of these departments view the workplace
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through a different lens, so when you’re able to sync these visions and goals, real innovation can happen. Sample goals might include: • Attracting and retaining talent. • Engaging employees. • Creating a culture of innovation. • Optimizing real estate. • Building brand and culture. • Supporting creative thinking.
• Supporting mobile workers with unassigned touchdown areas and HD videoconferencing to connect local and remote teams. • Fostering creativity and collaboration with dedicated spaces and easy-to-use technology. • Enhancing employee wellbeing with opportunities to change posture (sit/ stand/lounge) throughout the day. • Creating spaces for employees to socialize and gather. • Designing inspiring spaces to represent your brand and encourage creative thinking. • Communicating organizational news through digital signage in common areas, helping everyone feel connected. The bottom line . . .
Workplace transformation strategies might include: • Offering choice and control with an ecosystem of spaces that balance privacy and collaboration throughout the floorplan.
The level of your transformation can be dramatic or subtle, depending on your existing workplace culture. A more traditional organization might take smaller steps than one with a more progressive ideology. Regardless of the scale, any steps a company makes towards transforming their workplace to meet today’s evolving needs will create real bottom-line results. Erica Mullen is digital content manager at Red Thread
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exciting destination for children of all ages to play and engage. The primary goal in designing the Healy Playground was to create an inclusive, engaging, multi-use playground that better serves a wide range of abilities, ages, and types of play. New elements include an obstacle/ropes course, contemporary climbing equipment,
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Boscawen, NH – Froling Energy of Peterborough recently completed the installation of a biomass boiler system at the Merrimack County Department of Corrections facility in Boscawen, in partnership with Johnson Controls, Inc. Two jail facilities sit close to each other on the Merrimack County Complex site. One jail has been continuously active, while the other was vacant for a number of years, in need of updating.
The overall project included major renovations to the older jail as well as a boiler house and enclosed walkways that would connect the two facilities. The biomass boiler system installed at the jail has a number of innovative features that significantly reduced costs and made the project financially viable. The high-efficiency boiler burns a new biomass fuel. This is the first site in the U.S. to employ a new rake-style chip management and storage system.
The Viessmann Vitoflex 300-UF boiler is one of the most efficient, cleanburning biomass boilers in the world. The model KPT-1250, which was deployed here, has a maximum heat output of 4.268 million BTUs per hour. Screened semidry wood chips are the new fuel that has a number of advantages. Having just 25% moisture content, they burn cleaner in the Viessmann boiler than green chips. Using just a multi-cyclone on the exhaust, the boiler meets all New Hampshire regulations for particulate emissions. Wetter fuel usually requires the installation of an expensive electrostatic precipitator (ESP). The new storage system is the Javo Toploader, an innovative overhead rakestyled chip management system that allows the chips to be dropped off by live floor trucks. The new storage area’s maximum capacity is 60 tons of screened semidry wood chips (25% moisture content). Again, this storage system design, which is backed into by chip delivery trucks, is much less expensive to construct and outfit with material handling systems. The new boiler system is expected to
View from the boiler end of the biomass fuel storage area where wood chips dropped off by live floor trucks and then pulled forward with a Javo Toploader overhead rake.
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The following interview with Michael Carr, president at Touchplan (a division of MOCA Systems), is being published in High-Profile Monthly in four installments. Below is the second installment. HP: What are your company values? MC: Our preeminent goal is to advance the industry, be helpful and add value to projects, staying at the forefront of construction Michael Carr technology by pushing the envelope, and being that trusted advisor. Integrity is also critical, because any time you’re helping, if you don’t have integrity, there’s a concern that there’s either a conflict of interest, or you don’t have the customer’s best interest at heart — you’re interested in making money. It’s important for people to understand that our No. 1 goal is to help them build better. HP: Why is now the time for your company to exist? MC: In the construction industry, there is this growing idea of collaborative planning in Lean construction — Lean is on the rise. Also, there’s an openness to using tech to help with our day-to-day lives: smartphones, touch-enabled tablets, and other devices that make it possible to have more of a human interaction with data; think of advancements like pinch-tozoom, even! In addition, the whole cloud component is also here, which allows for a quick transfer of information between people — and it’s widely accepted that people can push data into this environment. These three things are all happening right now, cou HP: What was your first (code/product) ship like — and what was the same or different compared to your most recent? MC: Our first build was really just around replicating the pull planning process with Post-it Notes, which automated and supported the process but didn’t carry through to execution. There were no activities that you could refine and plan with and have updates on progress. The first version only represented a small portion of what happens on a project. What helped us is having people involved that are really good at identifying what they needed and verbalizing it so that we could provide a solution that meets actual needs.
When I started my career with a general contractor, I was on three projects over two years. With MOCA working as a consultant, I found myself on dozens of projects every year, which makes you learn faster. At Touchplan, we are able to quickly bring best-of-class knowledge to our app because we are dealing with so many contractors and subs — this really influenced Touchplan — past, present, and future.
“ ...when we look at tech, it’s less about giving people the answers and more about giving them the tools to spot patterns and understand the consequences of their decisions and what the effects of their performance is — this cycle and process is what’s driving the improvement.”
HP: What was your journey like to get where you are? MC: It was a process that started off with wanting better data, better models, better tech. Effectively, I’ve been on this mission to increase the trajectory of that productivity curve, which has pretty much been flat in construction since the ’40s. We started by bringing computer models into the process and sought to have them give us the right answer or the optimal solution. Over the course of time, though, we recognized we had a flawed approach — people needed to be integral in our solution — that was a fundamental shift for us. Nobody blindly follows a computed solution no matter how good of a solution it is. Now when we look at tech, it’s less about giving people the answers and more about giving them the tools to spot patterns and understand the consequences of their decisions and what the effects of their performance is — this cycle and process is what’s driving the improvement.
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It happens every day — people eagerly move into their company’s new or renovated facility only to discover that they experience more noise disruptions and have less speech privacy than expected. Perhaps the building’s acoustic performance wasn’t adequately planned prior to construction, the consequences of various interior design decisions weren’t anticipated, or a particular area’s function has changed and so too have its occupants’ needs. In any case, the question is invariably, “Now what?” What’s clear is that these deficiencies must be addressed in order to prevent further impacts on occupants’ productivity, privacy, and comfort. What’s at issue is how much of the organization’s budget can be allocated to solutions and the degree of operational disruption they can weather during implementation. More often than not, the missing element is an appropriate ambient — or background — sound level, as Chris Fitts, president of Fitts Insurance in Southborough, Massachusetts discovered when his firm relocated to a new office. “We were very pleased with the new space,” says Fitts, “but as we got to work, we realized one thing was missing: background sound. The new space was too quiet for the nature of our work.” Fitts adds that this type of environment was “not conducive to good workflow and created client privacy concerns as conversations could easily be overheard across the space.” These pin drop conditions are addressed using a sound-masking system — a technology that distributes an engineered sound throughout a facility in order to raise its ambient level in a controlled fashion. The sound is similar to soft airflow, but specifically designed to mask the frequencies in speech, improving privacy. It also covers up other unwanted noises or reduces their disruptive impact by decreasing the degree of change between baseline and peak volumes within the space. There are several factors that make sound masking an attractive retrofit solution. Budget pricing is low, particularly relative to other acoustic treatments. It’s usually far less disruptive to apply to an occupied workplace and can be used to improve acoustics in both open and closed plan.
Indeed, in Fitts’ case, his firm “invested time and effort in researching a solution and found sound masking to be the answer.” After prospecting several technologies, they chose to employ the LogiSon Acoustic Network in their space. “The result is a more comfortable, confidential, and productive workplace . . . and the best part is you can hardly notice the sound masking unless you are listening for it,” Fitts states. Alex Lawner, senior manager, strategic projects, at EBSCO Information Services, had a similar experience when his company transformed a significant portion of their space into a more open environment designed for collaboration. “Upon completion of the first phase of this effort, we began to notice that our new space yielded less than desirable acoustic results. There was an increase in noise distraction and less speech confidentiality,” says Lawner. “Mobile partitions could not solve this challenge alone,” he adds. After examining several options, his organization also chose the LogiSon Acoustic Network for sound
Though sound masking might not be the only improvement necessary to correct deficiencies in acoustic performance in all cases, for many organizations it provides the greatest opportunity for improvement while creating the least upheaval in an already occupied environment.
masking. “Since the first installation, our customer-vendor relationship has grown into a partnership with the continuous goal to improve customer/employee happiness and productivity,” Lawner states. Though sound masking might not be the only improvement necessary to correct deficiencies in acoustic performance in all cases, for many organizations it provides the greatest opportunity for improvement while creating the least upheaval in an already occupied environment. Evan H. Ypsilantis is a regional sales director with Archoustics Northeast, distributor of the LogiSon Acoustic Network.
Connecticut Robert H. Lord Company Celebrates 50th Anniversary doors and stopping at local gas stations for directions paid off. Soon enough, Bob hired account executives located in those states. Product offerings grew to include Hussey Seating (telescopic bleachers and auditorium seating) and Porter Athletics (basketball, volleyball, and other athletic equipment). By the year 2000, the company outgrew its Glastonbury office and relocated to its current showroom/ (l-r) Peter Lord, vice president of sales; Robert Lord, founder; John Lord, president and CEO J. Fiereck Photography
You might ask how a relatively small family business thrives in a time of eCommerce and large national sales companies. The answer is simple: adaptation. Over the past 50 years, the Robert H. Lord Company (RHL) successfully adapted to the ever-changing educational furniture and architectural products market and, in doing so, has morphed into a leader in several niches within this market throughout New England. Robert “Bob” Lord started his classroom furniture dealership in the basement of his home with the support of his wife, Nancy, and a few neighbors as his “office staff.” A significant opportunity soon presented itself: representing a major
manufacturer of classroom furniture. This boost allowed Bob to grow the business by adding classroom and science lab case goods, folding walls, and library furniture to his product offerings. The resulting growth enabled him to move the business to his first office in Glastonbury, Connecticut and increase staff — changes that gave RHL a strong foothold in Connecticut’s K-12 educational furniture market. Bob realized that continued growth would require continual changes. In the early 1980s, Bob turned over the Connecticut territory to his son, John Lord, and began to call on the rest of New England. Reaching beyond Connecticut was not an easy task, but knocking on
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continued to prosper. While maintaining a strong presence in the K-12 market, the RHL portfolio grew to include private schools, higher education, public libraries, and field houses. Teaming with leading manufacturers like V/S, Haworth, Sico, and Smith System, RHL offers furnishings to support current theories of pedagogy and facilitate new methods of educating people of all ages. Its staff includes people experienced in design, architecture, construction, and project management — people with experience in designing and building educational facilities. By continuing to learn and adapt, the Robert H. Lord Company has transformed into a company with the expertise to create learning environments that support educators, students, and athletes.
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Get ready to be wowed. New technologies in design software, manufacturing techniques, and materials have converged to create new design opportunities. Here are just a few of the possibilities: Customized and nonstandard architectural shapes (interior and exterior) can be manufactured on computer-driven machinery and replicated at reasonable costs. A virtually endless choice of materials, including finish materials for interiors, is available. Embedded technologies (flat screen TVs, monitors, iPad docking stations, and security, video, and audio systems) can be incorporated into the manufactured interiors. Corporate branding and art work can be component parts of the manufactured solutions. Plants can be hung and nurtured on
wall systems that circulate water. Increased sustainability and flexibility are key components of interior modular solutions. Employing modular interior construction allows landlords to easily adjust configurations to meet the changing needs of tenants, increasing the marketability of properties. New embedded technologies, electrical, and plumbing components can be added to modular construction systems by simply popping off the exterior wall tile to access the interior wall cavity. This agility has become a top priority in the industry. According to Julie Whelan, head of occupier research with CBRE, “For the second year of this survey, we are seeing a continued trend across industries and geographies where real estate executives are seeking greater operational flexibility as a top strategy to add value across their real estate portfolios.”[i] Modular interior construction allows for the rapid reconfiguration of space to meet the changing ways we use interior workspace, from open co-working space, to incorporating private rooms, and to changing the look and feel of a space, as
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Much has been written about the potential of off-site modular construction for cost-savings in the form of reduced waste and increased efficiency.[ii] These are
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Ronald McDonald House Holds Ribbon Cutting New Haven, CT – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Sept. 13 for the new Ronald McDonald House serving Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital (RMH CT) on 860 Howard Ave. directly across the street form Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. The new facilities replace the 12 bedroom house at 501 George Street that has allowed RMH CT to provide a warm and caring environment for more than 10,000 families over the last 32 years. This new house features open space in the common areas, larger comfortable bedrooms with private bathrooms, sunrooms and family lounges, a children’s playroom, teen room and family patio. In general, the house provides a warm homelike atmosphere with large windows, welcoming colors and plenty of volunteers to support the children and their families throughout their stay. The first phase, of a three-phased expansion that will culminate in a 42 bedroom facility, cost $11.35 million to build. Construction was completed in one year to create the 28,000sf state of the art facility. The co-chairs for the Capital Campaign, David Fusco and Larry Lazaroff, announced that over $5.4 million was donated from the community for this special project. The
to thousands and thousands of families for the decades to come.” Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital provided tangible support from the beginning of the project by providing the land across the street from the hospital, a generous subsidy for 10 years to assist with loan repayment, and the purchase of the 501 George Street property. They also will help by providing more land next door for Phase III.
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G. Greene Team Helps Harvey Victims
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Holliston, MA – Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc., in conjunction with the Holliston Housing Trust and the MetroWest/ Greater Worcester chapter of Habitat for Humanity, is a home build sponsor for what will be two single-family homes on Chamberlain Street in Holliston. Habitat for Humanity is an international nonprofit organization that “advocates for affordable housing, promotes dignity and hope, and supports sustainable and transformative development.” It relies
on volunteers and the donations of individuals, businesses, and organizations from communities all around the world. Griffin Electric will send a number of employee volunteers to assist with the project over the course of several Saturdays during the next three months. Alongside the future homeowners, the Griffin team will lend a hand with general construction efforts for the two homes, which will each contain three bedrooms and 1.5 baths upon completion.
Boston – When retired Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling put out a call for help, G. Greene Construction Company, Inc. immediately stepped up to the plate. Greene learned at 10 p.m. August 31 that Curt’s convoy needed additional trucks and drivers for Operation Bullpen, a donation drive heading to Texas to deliver supplies to Hurricane Harvey victims. By 11 p.m., four G. Greene trucks and eight volunteer drivers had been organized to transport 10 tons of relief supplies to the hurricane-ravaged region. Volunteers included Tim Connaughton, Tom Cavanaugh, Kevin Deverix, Jeff Farron, Chris Healy, Tyler Laforce, Andrew McKay, and Bob Zemeitus. By morning, the G. Greene trucks and their drivers were fueled up and en route to the Shaw’s plaza in Medfield, Mass., where each truck was loaded with donated food, water, and personal items.
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Quincy, MA – For the 11th consecutive year, J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A) has ranked among the top corporate charitable givers in Massachusetts. The company was recognized No. 5 overall for average per-employee volunteer hours, with 38.91 per employee. The announcement was made recently at the 12th annual Corporate Philanthropy Summit held at Fenway Park, which was attended by nearly 500 leaders representing a wide range of local and national companies with a presence in Massachusetts as well as many nonprofit organizations. Calnan & Associates also continues to give time and financial resources to organizations like The United Way, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Children’s
“Our community continues to inspire us every day to be the very best we can, and we feel strongly that it is our obligation to return that support in every way we can,” said Jay Calnan, CEO of J. Calnan & Associates. Hospital, Scholar Athletes, International Rett Syndrome Foundation, On the Rise, and the Jimmy Fund. JC&A has also had the opportunity to grant a Make-A-Wish child his wish of having a pirate ship themed tree house; build a new bakery for the St. Coletta and Cardinal Cushing School of Massachusetts, and convert a basement into a handicapped accessible living area for a child involved in a hockey accident.
Manchester, NH – Metro Walls, Inc., provider of full-service commercial framing and drywall, recently donated $20,000 to The New Hampshire Food Bank to assist in their hunger relief initiatives throughout the upcoming holiday season. The critical funding will support the N.H. Food Bank’s efforts to distribute nutritious food to more than 400 partner agencies statewide. Metro Walls has made it a priority to help this agency by donating over $100,000 to the Food Bank since 2011. “The N.H. Food Bank is very grateful to Mike Dion and Metro Walls for their continued generosity and support. On a daily basis, 10% of men and women and 13% of children go hungry in New Hampshire. Partnerships like this are
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critical in helping us feed people in need,” said Eileen Liponis, executive director. The fall season brings with it Hunger Action Month, a nationwide awareness campaign urging businesses and residents to take action to fight hunger. In New Hampshire, the need continues to grow. One in nine New Hampshire residents — including one in five children — are food insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal is coming from.
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Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects and the city of Boston announced the completion of an $18.7 million renovation and reopening of the Eliot Innovation Upper School at 39 North Bennet Street in the North End. Finegold Alexander Architects served as the designer and architect. The project team also included: Col-
antonio Inc, general contractor; Boston Building Consultants, civil and structural engineer; R.W. Sullivan, MEP/FP engineer; Bryant Associates, civil engineer; and Kalin Associates, specifications. “The project involved the complex reconstruction of three connected historic buildings on North Bennet Street to provide a total of 42,000sf of education space
for grades 4-8,” notes Christopher Lane, senior associate, Finegold Alexander, who served as project manager. “The neighborhood density was also a factor in routing materials and deliveries throughout the project.” The design incorporates a welcoming and transparent first floor, to reflect the school’s place in the center of the North End community. The entry point in the lobby is defined with porcelain tile and bold colors. It connects to a media/library room that can be closed off from the rest of the school and used in the afternoons and evenings as a community meeting space. “A school reflects the heart of a community, and we gave the building a heart,” said Tony Hsiao, principal and director of design at Finegold. Two new stair towers, expanded roof monitor, enlarged window openings, and restoration of the historic façades and roof dormers were a sensitive blend of old and new in the transformation of Eliot Innovation School. In addition to the multi-purpose room, cafeteria, and administrative offices, the
New 3rd floor interior view, features an opening to the top level bringing daylight to corridor and classrooms/Edward Caruso Photography
new school houses 20 general-purpose classrooms for 15 to 20 students each; specialty counseling spaces; two SPED classrooms for 10 students with dedicated computers; and two enrichment classrooms, one for visual arts and one for technology/robotics. A multi-purpose media room (library) is located at the heart of the building, as well as a warming kitchen. All new HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and life-safety systems are provided.
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Fusion of Business and Science Education at Bentley University by Robert Quigley A new cross-disciplinary teaching, research, and collaboration space, designed by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge for Bentley University, provides a promising and practical model for fusing business and science education. The goal is to prepare business school students for jobs in an economy increasingly driven by scientific discovery and technology innovation. Dynamic science hub attracts students
Opened in January of 2017, the project features an 85,000sf transformation of Jennison Hall, a 1960s structure that is the oldest and largest classroom building on Bentley’s Waltham, Mass., campus. On Jennison Hall’s first floor, a vibrant hub for science was designed to provide a welcoming, active destination that generates interest and excitement among students who can see into the interactive labs and learning spaces. “The new Jennison Hall teaching and research labs embody the latest thinking in innovative science teaching and learning,” said Rick Oches, PhD, chair of the department of natural and applied sciences. “ARC’s design creates a dynamic new learning environment with interdisciplinary laboratories, high-tech classrooms, and interactive social spaces that encourage team-based activities and collaboration. The renovations create an ideal environment to support Bentley’s curricular fusion of the liberal arts and sciences with business.” Focus on flexible, adaptable learning spaces
To fulfill the university’s integration and cross-discipline learning goals, the new spaces on multiple floors at Jennison Hall feature transparency and flexibility, with glass walls and daylit rooms that place science investigation and teaching on display. One of ARC’s goals in planning and designing this renovation was to provide the university with a building capable of changing as quickly as contemporary science, technology, and teaching methodology are developing. With its adaptable infrastructure and flexible options for configuring labs and classrooms, the new Jennison Hall will readily accommodate changing program needs for future upgrades and present-day variations of use across science disciplines. Collaboration and spontaneity welcomed
Three multidisciplinary instructional labs for chemistry, physics, biology, and earth and environmental sciences combine with informal student gathering spaces. These spaces are ideal for teaming work and individual study, with
large-screen monitors to plug into, white boards, and flexible furniture setups. “We wondered how long it would take students to find and start using these rooms,” said Professor Oches. “The day we opened, they were found and filled.” Adjoining the science labs is a new dry laboratory, modeled in part after Bentley University’s popular MBA Studio. Called a collaboratory, it is a team-based, flexible learning environment to supplement the more traditional wet instructional labs. A variety of teaching spaces, including both active learning classrooms and tiered case
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study classrooms, are dispersed on three floors of the building. Social interaction niches and quiet study spaces throughout the building offer a variety of student experiences. Streamlined, seven-month construction schedule
To accelerate the schedule and avoid the disruption of prolonged relocations and logistical hardships, the team engaged in extensive preplanning that allowed for construction to be completed in seven months. Instead of a phased renovation spread across multiple academic years, the acceleration was accomplished by taking the entire building out of service for only the summer and fall semesters. Consigli Construction Company was the construction manager, and CSL Consulting was the owner’s project manager, working with the university and ARC on a fast-track renovation completed on January 16, in time for the start of a new semester. “Jennison Hall is at the heart of Bentley University’s campus and is critically important to academic excellence,” said Gloria Cordes Larson, president of Bentley University. “ARC teamed with us to develop creative, innovative approaches for our soup-to-nuts overhaul of this 50-year-old building. The design provides our students and faculty with a dynamic new environment that supports interactive, team-based learning.” Rob Quigley, AIA, is a principal at ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge.
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Crowe Hall Opens at Merrimack College Designed and Constructed by PROCON
HKS exterior south building / renderings by Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Boston – R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP, a Boston-based, full-service engineering firm, collaborated with architectural design firm Robert A.M. Stern (RAMSA) on the design of two new pavilion buildings, a gateway building, and winter garden on the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Cambridge campus. The project adds 91,000sf of indoor space to the campus. The pavilion buildings were designed and constructed with the objective of creating a campus that better amplifies the school’s mission, allowing students to engage in learning both inside and outside of the classroom. In doing so, by completing this project, the campus now offers inviting and comfortable, collaborative spaces which further inspire engagement and learning. In an effort to address the lack of collaborative interaction space on its campus, the school decided to create new spaces with an emphasis on improved daylight, wayfinding, and identity, and better connect the campus to the nearby Charles River and Harvard Square.
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As a result, the construction of the collaborative pavilion (consisting of the south and west pavilion buildings) was built. The new buildings house a relocated and expanded kitchen and dining area, flexible classrooms, 24-hour study space, and tiered offices and support spaces. The two-story gateway building connects the Taubman and Belfer buildings, creating an inviting campus entry point. The south pavilion building bisects the existing courtyard, creating an opportunity for a glass-roofed winter garden atrium space and raised courtyard which can also be used for gatherings. The creation of the raised central courtyard now unifies the campus and enables the preservation of green space while providing new space for underground deliveries and storage, backof-house operations, and covered bike parking. This project was also designed to achieve LEED Gold certification and to meet Harvard University green design guidelines.
Monarch School Grand Opening CLD | Fuss & O’Neill Site Engineers
Andover, MA – Merrimack College recently celebrated the opening of Crowe Hall — its first academic building in nearly 30 years — with “An Evening of Gratitude.” College President Christopher E. Hopey, PhD, was joined by board of trustees members, faculty, students, and colleagues to celebrate the building’s inauguration. It was a milestone occasion for the college, whose last new academic building opened in 1989. PROCON of Manchester, N.H., designed and constructed the 49,000sf facility. The design team conceived a modern structure with a standout appeal that would also harmonize with its landscape. The building’s proportions and centralized location act as a center of gravity that draws the eye without overwhelming its surroundings. The exterior is composed of colonial red insulated metal panels flanking a light gray midsection. Inside, the entrance foyer’s carpeted floor showcases an inlaid Merrimack College logo and flows into the woodlook, vinyl-planked floors. The 80-person, high-tech lecture rooms feature floor-toceiling glass walls for an open concept feeling and face outward to the spacious
Building exterior, Crowe Hall
halls. The interior is composed of various high-tech metal panels that reflect the forward thinking of its programming. Crowe Hall, named after board chairman Michael Crowe and his wife, Kerridan Crowe, houses the Girard School of Business and the Mucci Capital Markets Lab, a mock financial trading floor. There are three floors of high-tech 50- and 80-person tiered lecture rooms and classrooms, 28 faculty offices, conference rooms, a financial capability center, and the comprehensive business advising center. The new building will enhance connections across the college community by providing its students with new ways to collaborate, learn, and grow.
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Rochester, NH - The Monarch School recently held its grand opening and will serve students who have a range of physical and or mental conditions that make the learning environment they need different. Children with autism, mental handicaps, and physical handicaps are all served by the school and taught in ways that work for them. This school will serve communities from all over New Hampshire, Southern Maine, and Massachusetts. Throughout the project, Rick Lundborn of CLD | Fuss & O’Neill, the site engineers, helped the school in selecting other professionals like geotechnical engineers and contractors to help with the project
Companies also involved in the project were Jewett Construction Co.; SUR Construction; S.W. Cole Engineering, Inc.; HBLA, Inc.; and Destefano Architects. These New England businesses all saw the importance of the Monarch School’s mission and provided service at reduced fees or donated directly to the construction cost. Harold and Josephine Jacobs donated the 8.8 acres of the land that was originally part of their farm. “It has been incredibly rewarding, and I was allowed along the way to help the Monarch School assemble a team of engineers and contractors that also felt their mission was one worth helping,” said Rick Lundborn, CLD | Fuss & O’Neill.
Toussaint Hall under construction / photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek
Rendering of Pierre Toussaint Hall
Fairfield, CT – Sacred Heart University (SHU) students will have a new residence hall this year named after Pierre Toussaint, a freed slave who became a noted philanthropist. Construction crews have been working at the former Jewish Senior Services site for the past several months to turn the land — now called SHU’s Upper Quad — into a residential village. “Most rooms in the hall will be doubles, but there also will be single rooms. The hall’s ground floor will be
used for common spaces and staff offices. Students will have use of an arcade-style game room and a large, common lounge area with a fish tank,” said Joel Quintong, director of residential life. While crews work on renovations for the new hall, they also are creating open outdoor spaces and terraced steps in amphitheater style to walk up and down between the Upper Quad and Lower Quad. The Upper Quad also will feature a ’50s-themed diner.
Marr Installs Mast Climbers at Emmanuel College Boston – Julie Hall, a 19-story residence hall at Emmanuel College in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, is being rebuilt to accommodate students from both Emmanuel and the MCPHS University with contemporary apartment-style living spaces, function and meeting rooms, lounges, a convenience store, and underground parking. The 267,500sf building is replacing the existing Julie Hall and will allow for 84% of students to live on campus, up from the current 73%. This project is a result of Mayor Marty Walsh’s efforts to encourage colleges to build new oncampus housing to free up some of the housing stock in Boston for year-round residents. Beginning in July 2017, Marr Scaffolding Company contracted with Salvucci Masonry to install 26 mast climbing work platforms on the exterior of the new Julie Hall. A mix of M- and P-units were installed on a low-rise section of the hall (70 feet high); these platforms are ideal for scaling smaller and more restricted areas for masonry work. Additionally, 12 F-unit mast climbers were installed on an adjacent, high-rise section of the hall (220 feet high); these platforms are designed for higher speed performance with high capacity, which allows for various trades — including masons, waterproofing companies, and
Since July, Marr has installed 26 mast climbers at Emmanuel College’s Julie Hall
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Rendering of Bellesini Academy by Carson Chan
Lawrence, MA – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm, recently announced that it has completed an expansion to the Bellesini Academy, an independent school supporting 100 students in grades five through eight in Lawrence. Kaplan provided design/build services for the addition. Project team members included: Cornerstone Architects of Westford, project architect; Feldman Development Partners of Andover, owner’s rep; Ipswich River Engineering of Middleton, structural engineer; Reid Mechanical Corp of North Andover, HVAC; Rice
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for quiet, heads-down work. Activitybased work design moves an office from individual space to “we” space. An example space designed with the ABW model, leveraging the same head count and support space program as noted in the HPW planning model, would require 6,660rsf. The ratio, without considering a remote work program, would be 166sf/person. One size does not fit all. A company may implement a mostly HPW and use the ABW model for select departments or teams. More than 50% of companies are also providing remote working options. A conservative mobile work ratio would reflect 1:1.3 seats to people. A more aggressive goal, where 70% to 90% of staff are mobile, would lean toward a 1:4 or 1:5 ratio. So how much space do you need? While a HPW averages 150sf to 200sf/ person, some firms that embrace technology and activity-based work can achieve less than 100sf/person. The key is to select the right planning model that best fits your future, not current, office needs, based on industry sector. Leveraging digital storage and mobile devices, and following space-sharing strategies, may allow employees to work more efficiently and possibly reduce an office footprint by 50%. Thoughtful space utilization analysis and design execution will yield a more successful workplace result. View MPA’s workplace strategy video series (or read the full report) at: http://mp-architects. com/wps. Dianne Dunnell, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, is the interior design director and an associate partner at Margulies Perruzzi Architects.
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For Effective Workplace Design, Embrace Humanity by Katherine Berger and Lynn Brotman CEO and human resources directors know from experience that thoughtful design is critical to an effective, productive workplace. While goals for workplace design like sustainability and occupant wellness have become industry standards, at Svigals+Partners, we have been quietly pursuing another goal for our office projects that we believe supersedes the others: humanity. By focusing on the essential qualities of the people who work in the spaces we design, we produce highperforming workplace and office projects that optimize productivity and employee satisfaction. Focusing on humanity in the design process can lead to breakthroughs for the company or institution over its lifetime. But more importantly, employees are much more productive and creative when they feel a sense of pride, community, and engagement in a space. The future belongs to organizations with the most creative thinkers, and effective workplace design will support and even enhance creativity. The key to unlocking employee potential is to create productive playgrounds — environments that facilitate progress and inspiration while allowing new ideas to
Kitchen and break room in Wood Creek’s new headquarters / Robert Benson Photography, courtesy Svigals+Partners
flourish — rather than mere work space. To create productive playgrounds for our clients, we focus on two core principles: choice, and belonging. Supporting choice empowers employees to discover how they can most effectively contribute, which can be accomplished by programming a variety of workspace options. Some employees may prefer quiet and privacy, while others may work best in an open, socially activated space; some do their best work at a desk, while others may prefer a cozy lounge chair or a counter-height space for working while standing. As for the sec-
ond principle, belonging, the concept is closely interconnected with that of community. Reinforcing the company brand and culture can engender a sense of belonging and community, as can elements that make employees feel comfortable and like their authentic selves. Informal gathering spaces can accomplish this, and also ergonomic furniture that is crafted to adjust to a range of body sizes and types. We’ve been putting these principles into action on a current project, the new headquarters for pharmaceutical innovator BioHaven. This major interior
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MPA Releases Video Series Designing for Successful Work Environments Boston – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) recently released a series of videos aimed at helping businesses utilize their workplace as a tool to become more successful. The five-part video series outlines the business and workplace transformation drivers that help create a productive and inspiring workplace, now and for the future. MPA’s video series and research is available online at: http://mp-architects.com/wps. The workplace is an important physical asset that is fundamental in helping businesses achieve their goals. There is a clear business objective to creating a work environment that inspires, motivates, and connects employees, and it is important for employees to see a company’s mission, values, and culture conveyed in their physical space. While the design solution will vary by industry and company, research shows that there are common goals. There are three core strategies, which are covered in detail in the videos, for making the workplace an effective tool for any business that considers people to be their primary asset: • Inspire creativity with collaboration and technology, support for mobile work, and creation of quiet space.
renovation for a century-old bank building in New Haven, Connecticut — the design of which has involved the use of virtual reality technology — aims to deliver a workplace that emphasizes choice. The company’s leadership agree that providing options for where and how to work is viewed by employees as empowering and helps cultivate that essential sense of belonging. In the heart of the space, we have programmed a large family-style table, establishing a point of casual connection. The idea behind this is to create a space that encourages informal interaction, where employees can feel relaxed and open — and where we expect the employees to be at their most creative. Through the use of glass partitions, a design element that also helps to maximize the penetration of natural daylight, the communal table becomes a shared point of reference for the office, visible from the front entrance, work stations, and conference rooms. The glass walls also establish easy visual connections among the various work spaces and offices, creating a sense of openness and transparency and reinforcing the core sense of community and belonging. Katherine Berger, NCIDQ, is an interior designer, and Lynn Brotman, NCIDQ, IIDA, is an associate principal at Svigals+Partners in New Haven, Conn.
• Attract and retain talent by creating community, supporting social interaction, and promoting wellness. • Enhance mission engagement by crafting an image and increasing brand awareness. MPA’s workplace strategy research has shown that there are specific design solutions that help a company express its culture, industry, and leadership while producing quantifiable contributions to the bottom line. Further, the key to creating a high-performing workspace is to provide an environment that supports business objectives and prepares for evolving workplace trends. The workplace that a company designs today must support the workforce of the future. MPA’s video series closes with insight on four major topics that companies should consider as they plan real estate solutions for the future.
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Copley Wolff Selected For Housing Complex Landscape Design Boston – Copley Wolff Design Group, a landscape architecture and planning firm, has been selected as part of the design team, led by WinnCompanies, for the $1.6 billion redevelopment of New England’s first public housing complex, Mary Ellen McCormack in South Boston. As landscape architect on the 27acre site, Copley Wolff will focus on producing a site design that integrates with the surrounding neighborhood, providing accessible, walkable streets and welcoming community spaces. The redevelopment plan proposes the creation of a vibrant mixed-income community with 200 workforce/middle-income apartments. Through a public feedback process, Copley Wolff will use the community’s input to inform a dynamic design that may include public gathering spaces, gardens, courtyards, roof decks, playgrounds, and parks. The firm hopes to build upon the existing and familiar street patterns of the neighborhood to connect to major and secondary streets, with open spaces woven in to provide pedestrian and
bicycle connections to Moakley Park and public transportation. “As a firm whose mission is focused on creating memorable spaces that bring people together, the Copley Wolff team is energized by the opportunity to reimagine the open spaces within the Mary Ellen McCormack site,” said Andrew Arbaugh, project manager at Copley Wolff Design Group. “Our goals for this project center around optimizing connectivity and open space, creating a community that seamlessly links with the surrounding neighborhoods, and generating social interactions.”
Attleboro, MA – WinnDevelopment, the development arm of WinnCompanies, has been awarded the financing needed to acquire a historic jewelry factory in Attleboro and redevelop the site into 91 units of mixed income housing. The $36 million adaptive reuse project will retain the exterior of Mechanics Mill, a four-story, 137,800sf historic brick building, while converting the interior into modern apartment homes for residents 55 and older, including a suite of amenities and adult day care services for individuals suffering cognitive and
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Nauset Completes Housing for VietAID
Nauset Construction and the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Boston – Nauset Construction and the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) recently joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, celebrating the completion of the Upper Washington apartments community. The 48,000sf mixed-use project provides 35 units of much-needed affordable family housing in Dorchester’s Four Corners neighborhood, along with over 3,500sf of commercial space.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of architectural firm Utile, Inc., which designed the mixeduse community; Trinity Management, LLC, the property manager; the Mass. Department of Housing and Community Development; many community partners and project lenders and local, city, and state dignitaries. The completed project transforms nine city lots and one private lot into one three-story, 16,000sf structure located
Exterior of Upper Washington Apartments (35 units of TOD affordable housing for VietAID)
at 331-337 Washington Street, and one four-story, 31,775sf building at 322-336 Washington Street. Both buildings feature first-floor commercial and community space totaling approximately 3,600sf, that are now occupied by the offices of Four Corners Main Streets and Four Corners Yoga + Wellness. The buildings are composed of woodframed construction above a structural steel frame on the first floor. The unit mix includes four one-bedroom residences, 21
two-bedroom residences, and 10 threebedroom residences, with nine of the units occupied by formerly homeless families. Amenities include a gym, community room, laundry facilities in both buildings, a playground, and 25 parking spaces. The project is certifiable under LEED Silver, incorporating many sustainable elements including high-performance insulation, energy-efficient MEP systems, and reclaimed materials from the demolition of an existing structure on the property.
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of labor to materials cost is generally 70% to 30%. Modular construction turns this ratio on its head, with 30% of the cost in labor and 70% in materials. Off-site construction is also beneficial for the environment by reducing manufacturing and construction site waste. Modular and panelized construction projects are regularly meeting LEED standards today. Case studies: Marriott Hotels and the New Heathrow London Airport Terminal
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as well as holistic module construction is Marriott International. Marriott has announced plans to use modular construction on about 13% of its North American hotels. The company issued a press release indicating that it expects to sign 50 hotel agreements this year that include prefabricated bathrooms or guestrooms in their design. Marriott has already opened one modular hotel in California, completed two months ahead of schedule. Marriott’s adoption of the technology is mission driven: “We want to
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modular design and construction systems. Both Stamford Office Furniture and DIRTT are members of the Construction Institute. The Construction Institute (construction.org), a division of the University of Hartford, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association of diverse professionals working to improve the construction industry by sharing experiences and knowledge, advancing relationships, and developing business leaders statewide.
Awards Solect is No. 1 Mass. Rooftop Solar Developer private companies. The list looks at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment — its independent small and midsize businesses. This is the fourth consecutive year
that Solect has appeared on the Inc. 5000 list. Nationwide, Solect is ranked No. 1,234, a significant jump from last year’s No. 2,756. By sector, Solect is in the top 50 fastest-growing energy companies nationwide (No. 42).
BPA Receives Multiple Awards A 150 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system installed by Solect Energy on the roof of Elite Envelope, of Randolph, MA. The solar array produces approximately 50% of the company’s annual electricity use.
Hopkinton, MA – Solect Energy announced that based on an analysis of Massachusetts Department of Energy (DOER) data and rankings from Solar Power World magazine and Inc. magazine, the company has once again achieved No. 1 ranking for commercial-scale solar rooftop providers in Massachusetts. According to the Mass DOER SREC database, Solect has installed more commercial-scale solar arrays between 50kW and 1MW in Massachusetts than any other company. (Commercial-scale projects are commonly defined as systems between 50kW and 1MW.) This represents more than 350 individual installations at companies throughout the commonwealth.
An analysis of the Massachusetts rankings in Solar Power World magazine’s recent Top Solar Contractors list also shows Solect as the top commercialscale solar rooftop developer in the state. Additionally, Solect was ranked sixth in the nation for all commercial solar providers. The company has also received national recognition for its continued rapid growth. Solect was named the 32nd fastest-growing company in Massachusetts and the No. 2 solar company in the state, according to Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Company List. The Inc. 5000 is the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing
Boston – Boston Public Library’s $78 million Central Library Renovation has recently been awarded seven national and local awards, celebrating the project’s design excellence, preservation, and outstanding collaboration. Among the honors are the prestigious 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards from the joint American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Library Association (ALA) program as well as the Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Achievement Award. The project team includes architecture and design services by William Rawn Associates; Architects, Inc.; construction manager, Consigli Construction Co., Inc.; and owner’s project manager, PMA Consultants LLC. July 9 marked the one year anniversary of the Central Library Renovation grand reopening. The Central Library
Renovation was a City of Boston capital project approved and executed under the leadership of Mayor Martin J. Walsh and in conjunction with the City of Boston Public Facilities Department and Boston Public Library. The Central Library project, completed in July 2016, features updates to the lower level, first and second floors, mezzanine, and the building exterior of the Johnson building. Goals of the renovation included reconnecting the building to the street and providing a welcoming and 21st century urban library experience to patrons and visitors from around the world. Offerings include a state of the art lecture hall, business library and innovation center, a new Children’s Library and Teen Central, a WGBH satellite news bureau and studio, a café, a hi-tech community learning center, and more.
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Pare Hires Eight New Team Members
People Two Join North Branch Concord, NH – North Branch Construction announced its recent hires of Rebecca White and Kenneth Rimm. White, who joins the firm in the newly created position of White human resources generalist, has over 20 years of experience in human resources, specializing in employer/employee benefits, client implementation, payroll, and customer service. Having worked within several industries including healthcare staffing, PEO, and manufacturing, White brings a diverse skillset to her new role for the company.
Rimm joins the firm as project superintendent. He is an army veteran with over 40 years of construction experience as both an estimator and project superintendent, speRimm cializing in high-end residential homes and light commercial construction. He owned his own framing, roofing, and siding company for 12 years. His first assignment with North Branch will be supervising the firm’s major addition and renovation at the Sunapee Cove Assisted Living facility in Sunapee, N.H.
Fitch Joins TFMoran Structural Team Bedford, NH – TFMoran has announced the expansion of its structural engineering team to 12 people with the addition of Harold Fitch. Fitch is a versatile structural designer with over 24 years of experience in private and public sector work, including over 20 years in the Army and Army National Guard.
His recent work experience includes structural design of healthcare, senior living, multiresidential, hospitality, and commercial facilities. His background also includes field survey and construction experience while serving in the military, and he led a Forward Fitch Engineer Support Team during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 to 2005.
SCI Hires Marques
Marion, MA – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI) recently hired John Marques as a project manager. A construction veteran with more than two decades of experience, he will work out of SCI’s Marion office and manage construction projects as part of the company’s healthcare, retail, and assisted living division. Marques formerly was with Commercial Dry Wall & Construction in New Bedford. He holds an unrestricted construction supervisor’s license as well as his OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 certifications.
AKF Appoints Cunningham Boston – AKF Group, a global leader in MEP design, planning, and commissioning, announced the appointment of Robert Cunningham, CIPE, CPD, as director of science and technology. Cunningham, who has been a senior fire protection and plumbing/sanitary engineer in AKF’s Boston office, brings more
than 25 years of expertise in fire protection and plumbing design. He also has extensive international experience managing projects in Ireland, the United Kingdom, China, and the United Arab Emirates. Cunningham said he looks forward to building on AKF’s past successes as a life sciences leader.
Lincoln, RI – Pare Corporation recently introduced its newest team members. Peter B. Georgetti, PE, joined Pare’s environmental division as a managing engineer. He has over 25 years of diverse experience working as a consulting engineer and in various engineering and management roles with municipalities, primarily in the state of Connecticut. Michael P. Flynn, a licensed site professional and certified hazardous materials manager, joined Pare as a principal environmental scientist. He brings over 25 years of experience in assisting municipal, state, and federal agencies and private clients comply with environmental regulations and manage contaminated soils/groundwater in a costeffective manner. Andrew T. DaSilva recently joined the geotechnical division of Pare as an engineer. He interned in Germany through the International Engineering Program and has worked extensively on environmental investigation and remedial projects. Kyle Stanley has joined Pare as an engineer in the transportation division, where he will be focusing on roadway, traffic, and drainage projects. He came to Pare from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, where he served for three years as a summer intern. Nathan Meersman, a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, comes to Pare as an engineer in its environmental division, where initially he will be assisting with water modeling and stormwater projects. Michael Moulico joined the environmental division as an engineering technician. His initial assignment involves construction observation for a pipeline project; however, he will also be performing groundwater quality monitoring, environmental site assessments, and design-related assignments for the division. Joseph Martino brings 25 years of
experience in the water supply industry to his role as senior construction observer in the environmental division. Before joining Pare, he was the superintendent of the Johnston Water and Sewer Department and a construction observer for a consultant to the Providence Water Supply Board. Michael Mello brings to Pare 10 years of experience in the construction and rehabilitation of water mains as a construction observer in the environmental division. He is currently providing construction observation for projects in Hingham, Mass., and for the Providence Water Supply Board.
ARC Welcomes Tansantisuk Boston, MA – ARC/ “Anne’s experience with Architectural Resources complex and technically Cambridge welcomed Anne R. demanding projects, combined Tansantisuk, AIA, LEED AP, with her knowledge of campus senior associate, to the practice. design and construction, aligns An architect and educator well with our holistic approach,” with more than 25 years of said ARC president Philip Laird. experience with large-scale “She understands how to identify academic, civic, corporate, and integrate the right elements Tansantisuk and science and technology that lead to a successful outcome projects, she will work with ARC’s higher for students, faculty, and campus education and independent school clients. communities.” Prior to joining ARC, Tansantisuk Tansantisuk has been a guest lecturer worked with Boston-based architects on design for several architecture schools Elkus Manfredi and Kallmann McKinnell including Boston Architectural College. & Wood. She served as a trustee and chair She is a graduate of the Rhode Island of the Buildings and Grounds Committee School of Design, where she earned both of Green Mountain College from 2011 a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor to 2015. of Fine Arts in Architecture degree.
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Suffolk Hires McCarthy
Boston – GZA recently announced In his work with industrial that senior principal Gregg and power clients, McBride diMcBride has been appointed rects projects in ecological and to the Board of Registration of public health risk assessment, Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup regulatory compliance, permitProfessionals by Mass. Governor ting, and environmental invesCharlie Baker. tigations of subsurface soil and McBride will fill the groundwater and surface water. licensed site professional (LSP) He also develops clean-up stratMcBride manufacturing position on the egies for brownfield projects in board. He has been a LSP since 1997 and Massachusetts. has more than 30 years of experience as Prior to joining GZA in 1987, he an environmental scientist specializing was with Stone & Webster Engineering in the impact of contaminants in the Corporation. environment.
Boston – Suffolk recently provide added value to clients and announced it has hired Charles their projects. McCarthy as vice president of McCarthy comes to Suffolk operations for its mission critical with 18 years of experience in sector. the construction industry, with In this role, he is responsible an emphasis on managing highly for identifying and cultivating complex mission-critical faciliclient relationships, recruiting ties. and developing team members, Prior to joining Suffolk, he McCarthy and ensuring all construction was construction executive of the federal contracting and mission critical projects adhere to Suffolk’s highest groups for the Minneapolis-based firm M. safety and quality standards. He will A. Mortenson Construction. He has also leverage state-of-the-art technologies held leadership positions with DPR Conand innovative solutions to enhance the struction and Clark Construction Group. performance of his project teams and
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Marlborough, MA – Universal and Hayward Industries. Window and Door recently Dudka comes to Universal announced the appointment from The Brickle Group as of Andrew J. Dudka to vice senior director of operations. president of operations. He His manufacturing experience brings 30 years of operational includes stints within the textile, and management experience in medical device, high-tech, manufacturing environments capital equipment, and consumer for a number of global firms, inelectronics industries. He will Dudka cluding Thermo Electron/Fisher be responsible for all facets of Scientific, Teradyne Connection Systems, operations at Universal.
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