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New work station area for Oncorus, Inc.’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA / Richard Gayle Photography / Page 16



John Coakley


Patrick Gallagher

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Alan Simon




Brendan FitzPatrick Meghan Marchie

Inside this Issue:

Susan Shelby


Dan Perruzzi


Featuring Interviews with

ARC-Designed Laboratory Building Unites Academic Research and Private Industry Suffolk Launches Smart Labs United Steel Named Top Workplace Griffin Wires UVM Residence Hall Meeting the Changing Needs of Today’s Pharma Labs by Robert Cunningham What Living on Mars Taught Me About Architecture, Engineering, and Construction by Brent Robertson One Milk Street Project Breaks Ground

Rocco Derrigo


Dan Bent


Plus: Publisher’s Message, Up-Front., Technology and Innovation, Trends & Hot Topics., Connecticut, Senior/Assisted Living, Healthcare, Northern New England, National, Retail/Hospitality, Mixed-Use, Corporate, Education, Multi-Residential, Municipal, Philanthropy, Awards, People, Calendar

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TRIA Completes Design of Oncorus Headquarters................................................................................. ...16

Suffolk Launches Smart Labs....................................................................................................................... 21

New work station area for Oncorus, Inc.’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA / Richard Gayle Photography

Sections: Publisher’s Message...................................6 Up-Front.......................................................7 Life Sciences..............................................15 Technology and Innovation.................... 20 Trends & Hot Topics.................... 24, 28-30 Connecticut.............................................. 25 Senior/Assisted Living............................. 27 Healthcare.................................................31 Northern New England.......................... 32 National................................................... 34

Retail/Hospitality.................................... 36 Mixed-Use................................................ 38 Corporate................................................. 40 Education.................................................. 43 Multi-Residential...................................... 48 Municipal................................................. 50 Philanthropy............................................. 52 Awards...................................................... 54 People....................................................... 56 Calendar.................................................. 58

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For fourth year, United Steel Named Top Workplace............................................................................... 26

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Publisher’s Message MBC breakfast with Mayor Curtatone

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HP recently attended a Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) breakfast to hear Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, now in his sixth term, deliver an update on the Union Square project and the Green Line extension and his vision for the economic development of Somerville.

Welcome ABXers and Greenbuild attendees!

If you picked up your first issue of High-Profile Monthly (HP) at the ABX/ Greenbuild expo, we can be fairly certain that you have a professional interest in the focus of HP: the design and construction of facilities. Enjoy the show, learn from the conferences, and get networking. More than just a lead and information source, HP invites you to participate by sending us news and articles on your area of expertise. Special thanks to Rhino PR for sending the cover photo for this issue. The story of the new Oncorus headquarters facilities designed by TRIA is on page 16. For those interested in an architect’s perspective of designing for the workplace, you will find a fascinating series of videos on the topic on MPA’s website: www.mp-architects/wps.

Mayor Joseph Curtatone with MBC Secretary, Matthew Guarracino, of JM Electrical

Obvious to anyone in the room, the mayor has a passion for his work. Under his leadership, the Somerville Public Schools have seen extraordinary MCAS growth scores, the city is undertaking some of the most anticipated transitoriented development projects in the region, and a transformation of the city’s pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure has earned the city status as one of the most walkable and bikeable cities in the nation. On December 5, MBC will host festivities and celebrate the season, induct new officers, and award the MBC annual

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scholarships at its holiday gala. Attendees will enjoy seasonal entertainment, elegant buffet dinner, and the best view of the city from UMass Club, One Beacon Street, 32nd Floor, Boston. For more information on MBC events, visit www.buildingcongress.org. Award winners

HP attended AGC of Massachusetts’ biennial Build New England Awards recently. The gala evening affair was star studded with top- dog contractors and the teams that exemplify the best in the AEC industry for New England. The Grand Honor Award was presented for Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut. Photos and descriptions of all the award winners will appear in the HighProfile December issue. New England’s AEC industry is in the

Program host and emcee Maureen McDonough

company of the best in the world when it comes to the design and construction of facilities. Usually hosted by our local industry association chapters, awards are given for the top projects and teams throughout the year. HP will cover recent

AGC’s Robert Petrucelli initiated proceedings at Boston’s Intercontinental Hotel

awards in December’s issue. The year’s Best in Show for the Connecticut ABC Excellence in Construction Awards (EICA) went to Kronenberger & Sons Restoration, Inc. for its Penfield Reef Lighthouse Project. ABC NH/VT Chapter’s EICA Chairman’s Award is the Ohrstrom Library Phase 2 at St. Paul’s School. HP will cover all the New England ABC winning projects and teams in the High-Profile December issue including 25th Annual ABC Massachusetts EICA winners slated for November 16. December will feature the HighProfile 20th year Anniversary insert. HP has invited Blasdel Reardon, Lean construction consultant, Strategic Enterprise Technology Inc. in Boston, to update his remarks from HP’s 10th Anniversary issue with, “A Decade of Change for AEC: 2007 to 2017 and Beyond.” We hope to see you in the future! Send your news to High-Profile: editor@high-profile.com THE HARVARD CLUB OF BOSTON Photographer: Sean Litchfield



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Up-Front Suffolk Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New HQ Roxbury, MA – Suffolk recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new 38,000sf, three-story addition to its headquarters in Roxbury. The new space will foster collaboration and innovation among Suffolk employees that will disrupt the industry. In lieu of a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony with an actual ribbon and scissors, the event featured interactive, digital technologies that imitated the ribbon-cutting ritual. Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, the new office space includes collaborative work spaces, an auditorium, conference rooms, a café with outdoor seating, an expanded gym with state-ofthe-art equipment, a fitness studio, and a second-floor outdoor terrace. The new space is part of Suffolk’s headquarters expansion project, which will also feature a complete interior renovation of its original office building and the launch of a Smart Lab, a collaborative environment that will be used to identify, test, and scale new technologies intended to transform the construction experience and revolutionize the industry. Guests attending the event had an

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opportunity to demo virtual reality technology and hear about Suffolk’s build smart approach and the innovative technologies and processes used to manage construction projects. The speaking program featured Suffolk chairman and CEO John Fish, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Suffolk Northeast president and general manager Angus Leary, and Suffolk chief innovation

officer Chris Mayer. Dignitaries attending the event included Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash, Massachusetts State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, Massachusetts State Representative Nick Collins, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins, Boston Inspectional Services

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and future projects to highlight in our breakfast meetings. We are also changing up our annual dinner event and having a holiday gala at the UMass club in early December! Any organization involved in the AEC community should feel welcome to attend our events. We offer member It has been a great honor to be and nonmember pricing per president of the MBC and to event so firms are welcome lead such a great networking to try us out and determine organization for the AEC if they would like to join. We community. As a result of my believe once a firm attends involvement in our monthly an MBC event they will see breakfast meetings, I have the value of membership. had the pleasure of meeting Being MBC president is Governor Baker, Mayor a significant commitment; Walsh, and the project team we all have our day jobs to for Wynn Boston Harbor. This perform, and as a volunteer Rocco Derrigo is an example of the quality organization, the quality of meetings the Mass. Building Congress the MBC is reflective of the effort we are is able to put on for our members and able to put into it. the superior networking opportunity our I will miss the regular involvement organization offers. in the breakfast program content and I will be very active with the MBC interaction with all of the boards and in the future. Past presidents sit on committees. I will, however, remain the executive board, and I am still the actively involved with the organization as chairman of the golf committee. I am a board member and past president. already looking forward to another And lastly, I have to thank Jan Breed successful tournament at Wollaston Golf for her tireless efforts as executive Club next June. director of the MBC; she is truly the The MBC program committee is hard person behind the scenes keeping the at work looking for exceptional topics organization moving forward. HP had the privilege recently of interviewing Rocco Derrigo, outgoing president of the Mass. Building Congress (MBC). He made the following comments in response to some of the questions we asked him about his tenure with the organization and his hopes for its future.

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Boston, MA – Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Public Works Department, the Boston Arts Commission, neighbors, and other stakeholders gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony in the North End of Boston. The ceremony was the kickoff for construction of site improvements at North Square, one of the oldest, continuously occupied neighborhoods in the city. The city of Boston retained BETA Group, Inc. to prepare design concepts to construction documents for the North Square reconstruction project. Treatments at the square will -include new ornamental High_Profile Advertisement - 11.11.15.ai 1 11/11/2015 lighting, brick and granite paving, planters,

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An Interview with Dan Bent High-Profile had the opportunity to interview Dan Bent, the new president of Greater Boston Plumbing Contractors Association (GBPCA), about the new position he has undertaken. HP: Why did you decide to take on the job of president for the GBPCA?

DB: I took the job because I always had a passion for the industry. That passion means to get involved with new ideas as technology changes the business model. The other side of it: I have worked for only two companies over the past 35 years — Fallon and Williams Co., where both Fran Williams and Steve Fallon were past presidents, and American Plumbing & Heating for the past 28 years, where Joe Clancy is a past president as well. Back in early 2000 I was asked to get involved and be part of the of the executive board and eventually president, but with three young boys it was just not the right time and I would not have been able to do the job with the time commitment required. But now, it is truly an honor to become president and represent our industry. HP: What are the main goals you wish to achieve?

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is our annual golf tournament, which supports the scholarship fund. We also meet monthly as contractors to discuss any industry issues.

around since 1883 and was incorporated in 1917, so there is a lot of history that has to be carried on. I also want to make sure we continue to be a vital organization and help increase our market share. In order to grow our market share, I look forward to working closely with the Plumbers Local No. 12 business manager and agents. HP: Will you be assisting Jeremy Ryan during his transition as the new executive director? DB: Yes, I look forward to working closely with Jeremy. We had quite a few applications for the job with many highly qualified individuals, but Jeremy stood out above the rest and will be a major asset to our industry. We are fortunate to have had a smooth transition period with Hugh Kelleher mentoring his successor. Hugh has done an incredible job for our organization and will certainly be missed. (He is retired but still available for all phone calls.) HP: Who is the GBPCA Scholarship designed to help? DB: The scholarship, which I have been involved with for the past eight years, is for children of Plumbers Local No. 12

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DB: Our next key event is our annual holiday get together, but our biggest event

DB: 1) Helped hire new executive director Jeremy Ryan; 2) successfully negotiated a new deal with Plumbers Local No. 12. Special thanks to the commitment and time of GBPCA committee members who were instrumental in getting this deal done. Also need to thank Plumbers Local No. 12 business manager Harry Brett, along with all the business agents as well as their committee members for their efforts and continued support to work hand in hand with the contractors of our association.

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Boston – BOND, a civil, utility, and energy construction firm, celebrated the topping off of Brandeis University’s new residence hall. The ceremony marked the last steel beam raised on the new building, designed by William Rawn Associates. It was attended by the Brandeis University community, the project team, and design partners. BOND is providing preconstruction and construction management services for the new 50,000sf building.

The building features roof-top solar array, geothermal heating and cooling, a wide central staircase, shared spaces for collaboration, large kitchen area, study space, four lounges, a courtyard, and A/V and acoustic equipment. In addition, BOND renovated the famed Chum’s Coffee House, located within the adjoining Usen Castle, which opened early for the fall 2017 semester. The project is on track, within budget, and slated for completion August 2018.

Providence, RI – Shawmut Design and Construction recently joined Wexford Science & Technology, LLC and the state of Rhode Island to break ground on the new Providence Innovation Complex. The new 195,000sf complex, which is being constructed on former I-195 land as the cornerstone of Providence’s Innovation and Design District, will create a hub of life sciences research, discovery, and entrepreneurial activity for the city and state. The $88 million project, designed by architect Ayers Saint Gross, is scheduled to be completed by June 2019 and will be anchored by Brown University’s School of Professional Studies, The Cambridge Innovation Center, and Johnson & Johnson as tenants.

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November 2017

Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Amazon in Boston

by John Coakley In big cities, sleepy rural towns, and everywhere in between, there’s an epidemic sweeping the nation: Amazon fever. Ever since the eCommerce giant Amazon announced an unprecedented nationwide search for a second headquarters, inviting cities to woo them, local leaders in dozens of states have been rushing around finding suitable locations, assembling an enticing package of tax breaks and incentives, and building consensus among residents. It’s no different here in Massachusetts, where state and municipal leaders are working on a proposal to bring Amazon HQ2, as it’s called, to the Bay State. While statehouse leaders are careful to point out that more cities than Boston are, ahem, prime to host Amazon’s new headquarters, Mayor Marty Walsh has said he’s “laser focused” on bringing the corporate giant to Boston. And make no mistake: Boston, the commonwealth’s

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capital city and “Hub of the Universe,” is absolutely the state’s leading contender at this point. The Amazon HQ2 Search of 2017 is the biggest commercial real estate story in the history of the universe, and Boston would be dumb to ignore it. But is Greater Boston the right place for the internet giant? Underneath the splashy headlines promising thousands of jobs and economic development lie a series of questions that both the city and the commonwealth must answer as they

carefully weigh whether Amazon would indeed be a net positive for Boston. Let’s start on a positive note. Boston is probably unmatched on the East Coast in its pool of talent for the kinds of jobs Amazon would be offering. The large parcel at Suffolk Downs seems especially enticing, given its proximity to Logan International Airport and Boston, as well as its position on two MBTA lines. Boston’s status as a center for education — both in its public and private schools and its colleges and universities — would

most certainly serve Amazon and its thousands of employees well. Governments wooing corporations comes with its share of costs. In the last several years, Boston has wooed several corporations looking for new headquarters. Most notably, General Electric chose Boston’s Seaport as its corporate headquarters and is currently building a 2.5 acre, $200 million complex on the South Boston waterfront, with completion expected to come in two phases, in 2019 and 2021. In September, Alexion Pharmaceuticals announced that it would move its headquarters from New Haven, Conn., to Boston. A third company, insurance company Aetna, briefly considered leaving Connecticut for Boston, but ended up choosing New York City as its new headquarters. Companies increasingly look for large tax breaks and incentive packages from suitor cities. The commonwealth handed GE a combined $150 million in tax breaks and incentives, for instance, including $25 million cut of its property taxes in the Seaport. The incentives offered to Amazon will likely be greater than anything we’ve seen before. The cost of these incentives and tax continued to page 18

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Focus: Life Sciences Sustainability in Bio-Pharm Manufacturing Facilities: Challenging the Assumptions

by Patrick Gallagher Bio-technology and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, sometimes known as CGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practices) facilities, have long been maligned as energy guzzlers. In many cases, these facilities’ consumptions exceed those of R&D laboratories, which have been shown to consume at least five times more energy per square foot than office buildings. By their very nature, GMP facilities seem set up to fail on the sustainability score card. The design and engineering of these buildings is often encumbered by the requirements to adhere to strict federal regulations. Controlling energy efficiency while maintaining manufacturing standards is important to building designers and facility managers;

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however, going for industry certifications such as LEED has been considered largely unachievable. With more lab buildings challenging the sustainability status quo, the tide is turning. Currently, one company is making this a corporate priority, pursuing LEED by tackling the elephants in the room. One of Hereva’s current clients has a 200,000sf GMP manufacturing facility underway and is on track to be a leader in the industry and receive LEED certification for the site. The decision

to go for LEED is in alignment with corporate goals to be recognized for their contributions to the health and wellness of humanity. Energy and water consumption have long been cited as the primary obstacles for these types of facilities from pursuing LEED certification. This company started the sustainability conversation by facing these perceived road blocks head on. Balancing energy use with the comfort and safety of employees became the target of initial discussions about how to tackle LEED certification.

A detailed initial energy model was created to determine a baseline energy usage. That model was used to help determine where reductions could be made. Achievable measures for reducing lighting power density include individual lighting controls, LED lighting, and meeting Energy Star criteria for 90% of the nonmanufacturing equipment. The project is also addressing metering, specifically, submetering of energy and water loads for the building. This helps toward LEED credits and in the long term pays off in daily operations. Submetering helps track energy use and pinpoint use issues, which can help identify areas for further reduction or where zoning of HVAC can be modified. Typically, the specific requirements for these manufacturing, or any highperforming spaces, include outside air changes, fan efficiency, and energy recovery. Addressing the ventilation necessary to meet manufacturing standards requires careful design to be as close to energy neutral as possible. There is a risk of “oversizing” the design, and the project team must monitor the continued to page 35



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TRIA Completes Design of Oncorus Headquarters

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Cambridge, MA – TRIA, a partnerled architecture firm with a focus on science and technology organizations, announced the completion of a new 12,300sf headquarters for Oncorus, Inc., a biotechnology company developing a portfolio of next-generation immunotherapy products to treat several types of cancer. Oncorus’ new headquarters in Cambridge features an efficient and flexible workspace that supports the company’s scientific research mission and reflects the company’s branding and culture.

The Oncorus project team includes: architect, TRIA; general contractor, The Richmond Group; MEP/FP engineers, AHA Consulting Engineers; landlord, BioMed Realty; and facility management, Fletcher Martin Corporation. The TRIA design team took a holistic approach to the design of Oncorus’ headquarters. The interior designer and lab designer worked closely to design a cohesive integrated space with a variety of work areas, including labs to support highly specific needs, conference rooms for technical presentations, and collabo-

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ration areas for impromptu meetings and social interaction. Special attention was paid to the separation of workspaces and workflows in the company’s specialty lab functions. Work stations along the window line allow natural light to penetrate deep into the space, and conference rooms on the interior feature glass walls to offer transparency. One of the conference rooms features a wall-sized window to the company’s lab, providing a view to the exciting scientific discoveries taking place. Electrical Construction

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MEP Design for Life Sciences Facilities

by Hani Mardini Design and coordination of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems for life sciences facilities is particularly challenging since the quantity of individual systems and their specific access requirements are typically much more demanding than other facility types. The MEP systems are critical to the planning and future performance of a facility. There are many factors that require scrupulous consideration: • The type of science, learning, and research activities that are planned. • Specialty systems that may be required (for example, toxic or hazardous exhaust). • The extent and type of MEP services, including flexibility for future reconfiguration of the spaces. • Operation and maintenance costs. Technical expertise of the design team is a key factor when selecting the MEP consultant. Knowledge of relevant science, numerous codes and standards, and experience, are essential for development and coordination with owner, architect, stakeholders, and other specialty design teams. A qualified MEP consultant would ensure suitable design completeness, technical space planning, and proper equipment specification, selection, and capacities. It is important for the MEP consultant to be proactive and to develop an organized methodology for extracting intent and preferences from the owner, researchers, and other stakeholders. This approach helps the design team to determine and develop the MEP needs of the facility based on the specific requirements of the client. Most importantly, with a proactive mentality the MEP consultant helps to facilitate a conversation between the design team and the client to ensure that the ultimate client needs are identified. There are significant differences between types of facilities, and determining a configuration for one building may not be applicable to other facilities. It is important to consider the MEP services at the conceptual stages of the project based on intended science, learning, research, and experiments that will be implemented to ensure that space is properly allocated and early level cost estimates are appropriate. The MEP consultant would typically engage with the owner in the early stages of design to assist in developing an appropriate

MEP budget (sometimes 30% to 40% of construction cost for labs) with reviewing MEP systems that are suitable for the facility’s intended life cycle, and offer guidance with comparisons of system options and value engineering that would align with the owner’s intent. Once systems are identified, the MEP consultant would closely coordinate with the team to plan and determine optimal MEP plant location, technical space sizes, and distribution shafts/risers. Locating systems would include consideration of access for maintenance with minimal impact on the individual laboratories and building spaces. The team would also consider safety related to the design, including providing pressurization relationships between laboratories and other spaces. Coordination of routes for specialty systems, such as gases, would contribute to defining an architectural concealment solution that integrates with the overall look of the facility. Sustainability would also be considered by the MEP consultant, and includes building modeling, enhancing indoor air quality, maximizing energy efficiency, and identifying potential for water reclamation. Flexibility of systems for future reconfiguration is critical for laboratory facilities, as the research and experiments may require to be updated based on client needs and advancements in the future. Proper planning by the MEP consultant would ensure that equipment areas are accessible, risers can be readily modified and expanded, and routes are sized for a reasonable level of expandability. Defining proper commissioning of systems and startup tests by the MEP consultant leads to satisfactory future operation and maintenance (O&M) by facility personnel. Commissioning serves to optimize operating efficiencies and costs. Collecting record documents and maintenance/service manuals is also imperative so that facility teams have a readily available reference set during O&M activities during occupancy. The MEP consultant is a critical member of the design team. By engaging early, properly planning, thoroughly understanding needs, guiding commissioning activities, and considering future O&M concerns, their overall team will achieve the goal of creating a facility that meets budget constraints and which will provide current and future needs for the science, learning, and research activities. Hani Mardini, LEED AP BD+C, is Associate Principal at Vanderweil Engineers.





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ARC-Designed Laboratory Building Unites Academic Research and Private Industry

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Amherst, MA – A newly completed research facility on the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts is bringing together academic and private industry partners to advance life sciences research into products, services, and technologies benefiting human health and well-being. Designed by Boston-based architects ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge for the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), the 76,500sf Life Sciences Laboratory II (LSL2) fit-up includes specialized laboratories, device prototype production facilities, and a conference and learning center. ARC’s flexible and open design is fostering new opportunities for teaming between university researchers and private industry life sciences companies. To support this integration, the laboratory and research spaces offer a broad array of specialized core equipment and easily adaptable labs to create one of the nation’s most advanced translational research and drug therapy discovery collaborations. “The LSL2 labs, research facilities, and core equipment resources allow the University of Massachusetts and its Institute for Applied Life Sciences to become the partner of choice for top-tier pharmaceutical, biotech, medical products, and clinical research organizations,” said Adrian Walters, lab planner for LSL2 with ARC.

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ARC’s flexible and open design is fostering new opportunities for teaming between university researchers and private industry life sciences companies. Here, the entire building features complex technical spaces. The challenge was to provide an integrated and flexible design to accommodate a diversity of uses, and to support the specialized labs and core facilities equipment with the right systems infrastructure.” In addition to its partnering mission, the institute also advances the university’s educational and economic development missions by training the current and next-generation workforce in the technical skills and entrepreneurial spirit necessary to succeed in today’s life sciences industry.

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breaks are both financial and political. Residents don’t like to see their governments bending over backward for corporate interests while their cost of living and tax rates increase year over year. Ask Marty Walsh, who faced scrutiny over the specifics of the GE deal and increasingly over the Amazon proposal as well, about navigating the political seas of corporate incentives. It’s also worth looking into what happens to a region when a corporate behemoth like Amazon sets up shop. Seattle, Wash., for its part, went all-in on Amazon, with results that have been quite mixed, according to observers. While Amazon has no doubt brought money, construction, and a youthful business culture to Seattle, critics say the company has eaten up much of the available real estate across the city, increasing housing displacement and even homelessness. To be sure, without several preventative policies, an influx of high-skilled workers to work at a company like Amazon would most certainly raise the cost of living in

Boston — which is already top 10 on the continent. The lack of affordable housing in Boston could be a deterrent to Amazon and its employees, as well as a liability for city and state leaders. According to Redfin, the number of affordable homes on the market in Boston — defined as being within reach to a family earning $75,000 a year — fell by more than half between 2014 and 2016. Add to that a rather antiquated infrastructure system and a politically active base of residents particularly used to saying “no” of late (see: Olympics), and state and municipal leaders have some serious questions to consider as they walk into this endeavor. Whatever happens in the Amazon HQ2 saga, you can be sure that: 1) it will be interesting to watch and 2) Cresa will be right on top of all the developments — with inside analysis for how it impacts you John Coakley is a senior vice president at Cresa Boston, a part of the world’s largest tenant-only commercial real estate firm.

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November 2017


Bowdoin Completes Office Fit-Out

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Marlborough, MA – Bowdoin recently completed a 6,600sf fit-out for Linguamatics’ new U.S. offices at 500 Nickerson Road in Marlborough. Designed by Maugel Architects, the project includes open-office workstations, a large conference room, meeting rooms, huddle rooms, a training room, and a break room. Work included new LED lighting, extensive glass wall systems with sliding glass doors, upgraded HVAC and electric systems, and new ceilings, paint, and carpet throughout. Based in the UK, Linguamatics deploys innovative natural language processing (NLP)-based text mining for high-value knowledge discovery and


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EMD Serono Selects Erland

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Billerica, MA – Erland Construction was selected by EMD Serono, Inc., the U.S. biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, to manage multiple phased projects at the company’s Billerica campus. During the first three phases of construction, Erland is renovating two labs and building new clean rooms inside Serono’s research center. Future projects to accommodate the growth of the company in the Boston area are already in the early stage of planning. EMD Serono, Inc. is engaged in the discovery, research, and development of specialty care medicines for patients with difficult-to-treat diseases. As

the fifth largest life sciences company in Massachusetts combined with MilliporeSigma, the life sciences business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, EMD Serono recently invested in expanding its research and development presence in the state. As construction moves forward, Erland is planning and performing numerous renovations and expansion work, as well as critical infrastructure work. “EMD Serono selected Erland as a partner for multiple reasons, including our commitment to safety and experience, as well as our broader company mission,” said Tony Meenaghan, senior director of Facilities, EMD Serono, Inc.

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Technology and Innovation DivcoWest Breaks Ground in Cambridge Cambridge, MA – DivcoWest joined Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons, City Manager Lou DePasquale, and elected officials from the commonwealth of Massachusetts to celebrate the relaunch of the 45-acre development site now known as Cambridge Crossing (CX). The group gathered to ceremoniously mark the start of construction of 250 North Street, the first commercial office building to be built at Cambridge Crossing. 250 North Street will be a 430,000sf science and technology building and the first phase of a new neighborhood retail district to be built at the heart of CX. At full buildout, CX will be comprised of approximately 2.1 million sf of stateof-the-art science and technology space, approximately 2,400 new residential units in addition to approximately 2,500 existing units, and approximately 100,000sf of retail thoughtfully curated to deliver a unique and local neighborhood experience. The project will also include approximately 11 acres of activated public open spaces, highlighted by a

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Suffolk Launches Smart Labs

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Boston – Suffolk has officially launched its first of several Smart Labs the company will use to identify, test, and scale new technologies intended to transform the construction experience and revolutionize the industry. Smart Labs will soon be located in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Tampa, and Boston, in addition to the Smart Lab recently launched in New York City. While other industries have already been transformed by advanced technologies, construction productivity and innovation has lagged behind. This inspired Suffolk to integrate its “build smart” approach to the construction process, empowering project teams to explore innovative ways of leveraging new tools and technologies to provide value for their clients. Suffolk Smart Labs are a physical manifestation of this build smart approach and will enable project teams to sit side by side with clients and partners to provide a collaborative project planning, design, and construction experience that adds value for all stakeholders involved.

Smart Labs will be equipped with sophisticated tools and the latest interactive technologies such as: • A Datawall. Provides predictive analytics and operational performance indicators to effectively measure critical areas of its business. • A Huddlewall. Facilitates Lean pull planning meetings, provides closer collaboration, and helps integrate 3D, 4D, and 5D models, resulting in maximum project efficiency and optimized performance. • A Virtual Reality CAVE. Showcases the future of construction by immersing users in sophisticated virtual models. It allows clients to virtually step foot inside their building before it is built and allows architects and project teams to identify and address logistical challenges before construction begins. • Jobsite feeds. Provide live streaming and time lapse of existing projects and side-by-side comparisons of the current construction phase.

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An Interview with Michael Carr President at Touchplan, Part 3 The following interview with Michael Carr, president at Touchplan (a division MOCA Systems), is being published in High-Profile Monthly in four installments. Below is the third installment. HP: What are you most proud of in your career to date?


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MC: The staying power that we’re still here; MOCA started right before the dot-com bubble burst, and we’ve had Michael Carr to reinvent ourselves a few times to stay relevant and alive. We’ve found a way to get back to what we started out as nearly 20 years ago: providing software to help advance the construction industry and becoming the business that, when I joined, was but an idea. HP: How have you approached change?

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MC: Not unlike most people, I like to control as much as I can to minimize risk. But, a recognition I’ve come to personally is that change is a natural part of what goes on — you could look at is as a threat, which is how I used to look at it, or as an opportunity, which is how I look at it now. This is something I’ve only come to understand within the last four years and has helped me and the company tremendously. I now see change as a chance to learn, improve, adapt — pivot is not a small word around here; we do it a lot so we have to be comfortable with change. This also goes back to Touchplan as a product;

project plans change the more you learn, and you should change to take advantage of circumstances that you didn’t realize would be there when you started out. Our software emulates that — I can replan really quickly to make these learnings useful — and we do the same thing on the business side. HP: What’s most exciting about your traction to date? MC: It’s really cool to see something that started out as a flight of the imagination now being adopted by so many influencers in the industry. Touchplan is solving a real need and being met with acceptance, excitement, and awareness that this is the only way to move forward. It’s being validated, hearing customers say, “We don’t want it just on one project, we want it on all,” and, “We will never go without Touchplan again,” and that process of going from one to many projects is awesome. It’s truly incredible to see so many people getting the value that we intended out of this technology. At the end of the day, as we help improve the efficiencies, the hope is that the cost of construction goes down and perhaps we start seeing two buildings built for the price of one in a safer, less stressed-out environment. I think we are tracking to move in that direction sooner rather than later.

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High Density Parking Key to Unlocking Boston’s Development Future

by Alan Simon Boston is well known for its unique parking challenges and its cost in a 21stcentury city that is constantly on the go. As new developments shrink existing public parking inventories, many of the city’s most popular venues and shifting neighborhoods struggle with evergrowing parking shortages. The current residential housing market expansion, coupled with the city’s office space boom, has added to the parking crunch as the city’s neighborhoods once again are transforming and struggling against the onslaught of off-street parking. Site conditions in Boston have made building underground parking garages a very expensive proposition, leaving many of the city’s remaining viable developable sites virtually undevelopable due to the burdens of the prohibitive cost of providing traditional self-park underground garages.

21st-century cities with 21st-century ambitions are going to require 21st-century thinking and solutions. Boston has unique transportation complexities given its aggressive driving culture, high-water table, aging infrastructure, dwindling public parking inventories, skyrocketing construction costs, and changing population demographics. Added to this an unprecedented repurposing of existing residential communities against a backdrop of a shrinking pool of public funds. Lessons learned from the Big Dig over a decade ago demonstrate the cost burdens to the citizens of the commonwealth when forced to take on large intermodal projects that Boston needs but just cannot afford. 21st-century cities with 21st-century ambitions are going to require 21st-century thinking and solutions. Technology is rapidly changing the way humans are moving around American cities, and we are seeing a transformational change in how Americans interact with the car. Ride sharing keeps cars on the road instead of

making them park; autonomous cars are being tested across the Charles River at MIT that have sensors that help them find parking and park efficiently near their destination; and technologies are being implemented that drop you off and the car goes to find a parking space on its own or seeks another passenger. The new way of looking at the car is to have it drive as cleanly as possible on electricity, idle in traffic the least amount of time possible, thus making the parking of cars a whole new proposition to both passengers and development pro formas. Automated parking technology is not new but has finally grown into its own in

Technology is rapidly changing the way humans are moving around American cities, and we are seeing a transformational change in how Americans interact with the car. Boston. It is available now, ready to meet developers’ needs, and offers a highdensity reliable approach to unlocking small developable parcels of land in the city that have previously been considered unbuildable. Across the U.S. and in Boston, new developments are being built with ridesharing, high density parking, robotic valets, and automated parking in mind. We are excited to be playing an integral part in the new era of Boston parking by facilitating the deployment of new parking technologies throughout the city on many new projects under construction. The future of Boston parking can be seen across town, from The Factory at 46 Wareham St. in the South End being developed by Holland Development, to The Boulevard at 110 Broad Street on the Greenway being developed by New Boston Ventures. High density parking technology offers Boston’s development community and city planners a proven codified approach to address the parking crunch. The latest technologies have been adapted from global automation investments made in the materials handling industries, resulting in new parking technologies that improve parking density without additional labor costs while enhancing both the user experience and the value of a developer’s investment. Alan Simon is the owner of Simon Design Engineering.


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Low Vibration Driven Ductile Iron Piles Provide Low Overhead Foundation Support

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Iron Piles in place of traditional drilled micropiles and helical piles. The Ductile Iron Pile solution was designed and installed by Helical Drilling, Inc. (HDI), Braintree, Mass. Ductile Iron Piles are a low-vibration piling system installed by driving modular 5-meter long sections of specially designed Ductile Iron Piles. Unlike traditional driven piles, the system is installed with high frequency percussion energy that minimizes vibrations during

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Connecticut Meeting the Changing Needs of Today’s Pharma Labs

by Robert Cunningham Innovation — finding new treatments and therapies — continues to be a hot topic in the pharma industry. Keeping up with new research and drug discovery trends means today’s pharma companies must be agile and adaptable, with flexible facilities that are able to change with minimum disruptions. With the many complex processes used in the life sciences industry today, how do companies stay flexible while still giving researchers all the tools they need? Case study: designing product testing systems for today’s pharma labs

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Keeping up with new research and drug discovery trends means today’s pharma companies must be agile and adaptable, with flexible facilities that are able to change with minimum disruptions. for the HPCL process can require up to five different solvents to run. Typical solvents used are methanol, heptane, ethyl acetate, dichloromethane, and acetonitrile. These solvents are all classified as 1B flammable liquids per the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and their storage

Another compliance method, and the one we’ll examine further, is the hazardous use group (H-3) approach. This approach defines a specific area that stores chemicals in excess of the amount allowed in a control area. An H-3 area has no limit on the quantity of flammable liquids it can store, but it must meet the limitations of NFPA 30: Flammable and Combustible Liquids code for an “inside storage area.” This method keeps all the flammable liquids to one area while maintaining flexibility in the lab spaces. Increased ventilation and other additional requirements need to be addressed, but the H-3 approach allows for the remainder of the facility to keep a lower-hazard B (business) occupancy, which can also reduce initial construction costs. Responsive design: So, what would this central system be comprised of?

be divided into several control areas, maximizing the amount of flammable liquids that can be stored/used. However, the number of control areas allowed per floor and the quantity of flammable liquids allowed are reduced as floors get higher.

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East Hartford, CT – United Steel has received the 2017 Top Workplace award from the Hartford Courant. This is the fourth consecutive year United Steel has earned this recognition, which is based on results of an independent employee survey. The company also received a special award for its training program. “These awards are particularly meaningful to our company because they really do mirror the values we have established for the way we conduct business and treat employees,” said Ken Corneau, president of United Steel.

More than 860 Connecticut organizations were nominated for the Top Workplaces award, and only 60 were chosen for recognition. Award administrators, Workplace Dynamics, look for organizations with high standards of transparency, accountability, and performance. Employee surveys focus on work-life balance, respect, and care for employees, as well as recognition of accomplishments, feelings of empowerment, good teamwork, and commitment to community.

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Hartford, CT – The Connecticut Building Congress (CBC) will host the program “State of the State: A View from the Department of Administrative Services” on Tuesday November 14 at The Marquee, Gershon Fox Ballroom, 960 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with networking and registration. Please join The CBC and our distinguished panelists as we discuss the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services’ ability to deliver complex projects during extraordinary budget challenges. The panelists will discuss the DAS’ future project plans and provide some insight on the current project delivery methods as well as the selection process. Speakers will include: • Pasquale “Bud” Salemi, deputy commissioner, Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, Construction Services. • Kevin Kopetz, Esq., lead counsel, Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, Construction Services • David H. Barkin, AIA, chief architect, Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, Construction Services.

6:30 PM – 7:15 PM: Dinner & Dessert 7:15 – 8:15 PM: Program and Q&A 8:15 – 8:30 PM: Closing Remarks and Door Prize Drawing REGISTRATION: www.cbc-ct.org by November 9. The Connecticut Building Congress creates a forum for building professionals to connect, learn, and grow. Since 1952 CBC has been the premier organization for Connecticut’s building professionals to develop strong industry connections. CONTACT: Theresa Casey, FSMPS, CPSM, executive director, Connecticut Building Congress, email: cbc@ cbc-ct.org, 860-228-0163 Richard Bergan, marketing committee chair, Connecticut Building Congress, email: rabergan@ berganwood.com, 203-626-1717

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Senior/Assisted Living Vinnin Square Celebrates Grand Opening Swampscott, MA – The Residence at Vinnin Square, owned and operated by LCB Senior Living, located at 224 Salem Street in Swampscott, recently held a ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the new senior living community. The building was constructed by Callahan Construction Managers. Over 200 attendees gathered at the event, including associates from LCB and local senior living and care providers, community investors, local media, and town and state officials. Independent Living residents at The Residence at Vinnin Square have private apartments with a kitchenette and bath, along with the peace of mind of 24-hour security, three nutritious meals prepared and served anytime-dining-style onsite, fitness center, available laundry and cleaning services, a full activities program, building and grounds maintenance, and a host of optional services. Assisted Living residents have all of the above, along with assistance with the activities of daily living, including dressing, bathing, medication reminders, and other services. “We are pleased to support LCB Senior Living in delivering this exceptional

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property to the community,” said Patrick Callahan, president of Callahan Construction Managers. “Callahan brings extensive experience in the construction of high-quality senior housing throughout the region, and is proud to continue our relationship with LCB at The Residence at Vinnin Square, our third project with this respected senior living leader.” Food and refreshments were served by chefs and culinary staff from several LCB


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Bringing History to Life in the Seaport Innovative approaches to experiential landscape design elevate opportunities for education and engagement within public space

by Meghan Marchie Boston stands as a city known for its rich history, dynamic pioneering spirit, and forward-looking approach to innovation, which presents prime opportunities to incorporate these elements into its public space. The Seaport neighborhood’s newest landscape amenity extolls the interaction of education, engagement, and inspiration in an innovative approach to the experiential design of public space. Copley Wolff Design Group is working with Skanska to execute the development and construction of the firm’s vision for Harbor Way, a 70-foot-wide promenade

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with approximately 16,500sf of treelined open space. Flanked on both sides by a wide breadth of retail, the project is located in 101 and 121 Seaport, two buildings Skanska developed and built that contribute to Boston’s most sustainable

block. Harbor Way will serve as the first link within a series of pedestrian connector parks that will conclusively establish a green corridor running from the northern Seaport Square parks to the southern residential parcels.

Harbor Way’s overall concept was inspired by the nautical and industrial history of Boston’s Seaport District. Featuring a mix of seawall stone, corten steel, brick, and wood, the materials speak to the original character of the neighborhood. Wild and wooly planted mounds, reflective of New England’s coastal grasses, will be offset by a continuous canopy of shade trees, providing ample space for seating and gathering while bolstering the retail program that runs along both sides of the green promenade. During 121 Seaport’s excavation, a ship was found onsite; Skanska immediately stopped construction and conducted a thorough investigation to determine the ship’s origins. This discovery spurred our design team to further embrace the parcel’s past as a shipping port. The sunken schooner quickly became a pivotal element within the park, bringing continued to page 41

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by Susan Shelby As marketers of professional services, we know what PR and marketing tools are available and most effective for a desired outcome. Smart marketers conduct their due diligence and market research, execute on PR and marketing initiatives, and then gauge success and outreach. However, possessing marketing knowledge isn’t enough. Professional services marketers need to understand their firm’s objectives, business development goals, and longterm strategy in order to make marketing and public relations truly effective. For best results, align your PR and marketing strategy with your firm’s business goals. Bring PR and marketing to the planning and budgeting table

By early fall, most firms are starting to think about planning and budgeting for the next year. Advocate for PR and

marketing to be part of that dialogue. Understand your firm’s business goals and objectives, and identify emerging trends and projected growth areas where the firm will focus its business development resources. Educate your firm’s leadership and technical staff that marketing and PR are integral to establishing and maintaining brand awareness among current and potential clients. Use the PR and marketing toolbox to educate

Remember that marketers have many ways of evaluating a firm’s market perception and brand recognition, so use those tools to educate firm leadership. It’s easier to make a case for a marketing campaign or public relations initiative if you know where you’re starting. Ask yourself: Who are you trying to reach? What are you trying to accomplish? What are your key messages? What are your internal challenges? Conduct an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) to identify key areas on which to focus. Consider a client survey to ask clients for feedback, a worthwhile effort that provides the opportunity to continually improve services and client

Create a comprehensive PR and marketing plan that dovetails with the firm’s business strategy. Define what PR and marketing objectives you’re working toward and why specific tactics are included in your strategy. An integrated plan should promote key messages across a mix of earned, paid, owned, and social media as well as traditional and digital marketing. Don’t overlook your firm’s major projects

These are focus points of your plan and ways to promote in the verticals where your firm excels. To generate a steady flow of news and awareness, develop a strategy around project milestones like new wins, groundbreakings, topping-off ceremonies, and ribbon cuttings. Coordinate a teambased approach and devise a mutually beneficial strategy for project team PR, sharing project information and divvying up initiatives and awards to provide recognition for the key players. Use PR tools like press releases, byline articles, media relations, social media, and events to publicize the project throughout its life cycle, and include client testimonials and quotes whenever possible. Get creative with content creation and thought leadership

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creating content and using it to promote your expertise. Content creation — a favorite buzzword in the marketing world — involves generating material that showcases your skills to prove why you are the best choice to help clients with their projects. Intelligent, thoughtprovoking, and forward-thinking content elevates the visibility of your firm, builds your brand, and promotes you as an expert. The intention is to earn recognition as a trusted authority in your field by delivering knowledge that teaches and helps others make decisions, not sells your specific services. That’s thought leadership. Measure results

Measuring the impact and return on investment (ROI) of your PR and marketing activities is possible: It just requires advance planning. There are metric analysis tools available that monitor coverage, social media hits, website traffic, content downloads, and news mentions. The trick is finding the data that speaks to your audience, setting up baselines, and measuring on a regular basis. Strategic planning is essential across all lines of your business. Started early, a thoughtful planning process can yield a robust and effective PR and marketing plan that supports your firm’s business goals. Susan Shelby, FSMPS, CPSM, is the president and CEO of Rhino Public Relations.

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What Living on Mars Taught Me About Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

by Brent Robertson Build a habitat that can allow humans to survive on Mars they asked. Build it in the most collaborative fashion possible they asked. And if that wasn’t enough, miss the deadline and humanity loses. Good grief . . . At the last industryREdesign workshop, we challenged a diverse group of architecture, engineering, and construction professionals to use this scenario. As outlandish as this scenario is, the collaborative approaches it inspired were logical and readily implementable, and all in service to what mattered to the client, not just the project team. • Mock-ups and models. Whether they be physical or computer generated,

having models that all of the members of the team can see and interact with will invite more collaborative and creative conversation and help identify problems early. • Only create, never blame. What if contracts were designed to promote problem solving rather than fingerpointing? No matter what happens along the way, it’s not about seeking blame, rather, creating for a path forward.

• Collaboration specialists. The degree to which collaboration is effective is the degree to which the relationships people are in are healthy. There are credentialed experts in relationship building and collaboration; why not have one on your team?

• Thoughtful planning. It’s not realistic to have a plan that assures all will go perfectly. Rather, it’s having a plan that is thoughtfully developed around the notion that things will go wrong, and includes a way to flexibly deal with that reality. • Strength of culture. You can let culture happen, or you can create an environment that the kind of culture you want can grow and flourish. This requires a clear vision and set of values to live by and strong leadership to fight for and defend those values. A strong culture will go a long way to have a team that can handle change and surprise much better than one without one. • Dynamic interactions. The work-athome movement is breaking down, as the convenience of working from home is now clearly outweighed by the value of spontaneous interactions only proximity allows for. Demonstrate how you will use space, technology, or other methods to ensure interactions. • Feedback, early, often, always. One of the teams suggested they build two projects at the same time. One for playing with (perhaps at smaller scale, or with cheaper materials), one being the final product going to Mars. This would allow for real-time testing and feedback to be happening, and give the team time to response to feedback

during construction, not after when it is too late, or too expensive. • Go beyond what you know. Borrowing ideas from other industries or fields of study that could benefit a project isn’t just a good idea, it is the basis for collaboration at a higher order. You don’t have to be the expert at everything, but you do need be an expert at inviting them into the conversation. • Set yourself up for success. If you don’t have the tools to best demonstrate your thinking, create them! Whether it be through story, visuals, activities, set it up so your ideas are not only communicated, but have been presented in a way that others who need to sponsor them have what they need to carry them forward. • The breakthrough. The group came to the realization that a lot of these ideas aren’t new, and many of the firms represented at the workshop practice them in some form. However, collaboration became the context that had these ideas make sense to the client. Because collaboration makes sense. It results in better quality projects, built more quickly, for less overall cost and waste, while being a more enjoyable experience for all. Brent Robertson is a partner at Fathom of West Hartford, Conn.

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Topping Off for Colby Development

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Waterville, Maine – Landry/French of Scarborough joined Colby College and Ayers Saint Gross Architects for the topping-off ceremony of Colby College’s new mixed-used development building in downtown Waterville. The event celebrated the placement of the final beam on the $25.5 million building. Set to open in the fall of 2018, the 100,000sf, five-story building is a signature piece of the revitalization plan to rejuvenate Waterville’s historic downtown. The new facility will include community space, retail, and housing for 200 Colby students, faculty, and staff

dedicated to a unique program of civic engagement. The corner of the building at Main and Appleton streets will include a large, glassed-in community forum that can be used as meeting space for Colby, the public, city, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other community groups. Glassed-in spaces on the floors above the forum space will serve as student common areas and will be visible to people on the streets below. The ground floor will include retail space, with the upper floors dedicated to student and faculty housing.

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National Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Breaks Ground

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Cold Spring Harbor, NY - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory recently celebrated the startup of its new $75 million Center for Therapeutics Research with a ceremonial groundbreaking attended by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The renovation project, designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners, completely updates the interior and exterior of Demerec, a mid-century modern laboratory that has housed four Nobel Laureates. Demerec will be home to the new Center for Therapeutics Research, which will foster advancements

already underway in breast cancer, leukemia, autism, obesity/diabetes, and lung cancer therapeutics. The state of New York invested $25 million in this project as part of Gov. Cuomo’s economic development initiatives that include fostering a biotech corridor among major institutions on Long Island. The original facility opened in 1953 and has already been stripped down to its original cast-in-place concrete frame. The low floor-to-floor heights and large window openings typical of a midcentury building required very careful


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planning by Centerbrook and engineering consultant Kohler Ronan in order to provide modern mechanical systems to meet the energy code requirements and today’s research laboratory standards. “There is an incredible research history embodied in Demerec Laboratory, and it is very exciting to honor both the building’s past and to simultaneously create cutting edge laboratories that will be at the forefront of research studies once again,” said Todd E. Andrews, AIA, Centerbrook principal. “The renovation creates a more open floor plan, providing

expansive views to the exterior from every research space, including unobstructed views of Long Island Sound to the north.” “We are at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory today, which is hallowed ground for scientific research. You can almost feel when you walk onto the grounds that you’re in a special place and great things have happened here. And it’s very true,” Gov. Cuomo said. “The potential that we have on Long Island in this biomedical field, biotechnology field, I think it is unprecedented.”

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Construction Spending Increases in Most Categories AGC of America Report published Oct. 2017: Year-over-year changes are mixed with big drops in infrastructure. Most major construction spending categories increased from July to August, but activity was mixed compared to spending levels a year earlier, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that big drops in public investments mean infrastructure will continue to deteriorate and impede economic growth. “It is encouraging that spending rebounded in August for many types of residential, private nonresidential, and public projects,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “However, the August numbers also show that public and private nonresidential construction are continuing to slow or fall below last year’s levels. Spending patterns are likely to be uneven through next year, as previously hot categories cool off but others revive.” Construction spending in August totaled $1.218 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, an increase of 0.5% from the July total and up 2.5% from a year earlier, Simonson said. He noted that all major categories had gains for the month but private nonresidential and

public construction totals were lower than a year ago, while single- and multifamily construction both rose on a year-over-year basis. Private nonresidential spending grew 0.5% in August, after two months of steep declines, but was 2.5% below the August 2016 level. The largest private nonresidential segment was power construction (including oil and gas field and pipeline projects), which gained 0.5% for the month but dropped 7.4% from August 2016 to August 2017. The next-largest segment, commercial (retail, warehouse, and farm) construction, rose

Meeting the Changing Needs of Today’s Pharma Labs continued from page 25

researchers exactly what they need. In a recent application, a member of the AKF team designed a system that delivered five different solvents to users on multiple floors through a welded stainless steel piping network. In each lab, we provided manual draw-off stations located inside solvent-dispensing fume hoods. The dispensing hood was designed to distribute no more than one liter at a time, and an emergency stop feature added to the controls as well. Dispensing one liter at a time ensured that the hood had the capability to exhaust the vapors from a spill. The entire system was controlled by a PLC-based system located just outside of the solvent supply room. Within the solvent supply room are 10 200-liter containers, two for each solvent. The solvents are displaced from the containers by pressurizing them with nitrogen, pushing the solvent through the distribution lines. There are no pumps in this system, which removes the greatest chance for failure within the system. Automated valves switch from an empty container to the back-up container, and an alarm is sounded so an operator knows the back-up container is in use. The solvent supply room is monitored for leaks, oxygen depletion, and other potentially dangerous scenarios, and

0.1% for the month and 10.4% yearover-year. In contrast, manufacturing construction plunged 4.3% for the month and 20.8% from a year earlier. Private office construction increased 1.3% from July but only 0.2% since August 2016. Public construction spending climbed 0.7% from the prior month following large decreases in June and July. But public spending skidded 5.1% from August 2016 to August 2017. Highway and street construction declined 1.3% for the month and 6.0% from a year earlier. Among other major public infrastructure categories, spending on transportation facilities such

as transit and airport construction rose 0.8% for the month but slipped 0.4% year-over-year; spending on sewage and waste disposal plummeted 1.2% and 16.1%, respectively; and spending on water supply rose 2.6% in August but fell 6.4% year-over-year. Public educational construction was up 3.5% in August but down 2.8% over 12 months. Private residential construction spending increased 0.4% between July and August and 11.6% over the year. Spending on multifamily residential construction grew 0.9% in August and 2.% from a year ago, while single-family was up 0.3% for the month and 11.1% from the August 2016 rate. Association officials said that efforts to reform the tax code provide a good opportunity to increase public and private funding for aging and overused public infrastructure. New investments will offset declining public sector demand and help boost overall economic activity, they added. “It is hard for American employers to be globally competitive when their workers are stuck in traffic and their products are being detoured around crumbling bridges,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer.

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when any alarm condition is detected, the system shuts down automatically. The system incorporated safety features to protect the lab, staff, and the environment by offering controls preventing unwanted flow and keeping the handling of flammable liquids by lab personnel to a minimum. What we believe

Weaving together the needs for accurate and reliable operation, the flexibility to make process adjustments, adherence to safety requirements and building codes, and the ease of use by the staff requires a high level of understanding and coordination between the design team and end users. The designers’ level of understanding of the lab process is key, as this case study demonstrates. As the complexities of lab processes and regulations continue to grow, the successful design team will be the one who understands the technologies of those whose needs they are addressing and can translate those needs into a successful design. Robert Cunningham, CPD, CIPE, is AKF’s director of science and technology and an active member of the Construction Institute.

specifications closely. For indoor water use reduction, this project seeks to capture all 12 LEED points in this category by reducing indoor water use up to 50%. This will be accomplished by utilizing efficient fixtures, and most notably, by capturing, treating, and repurposing the reverse osmosis/deionized (RODi) reject water. The byproduct of this highly purified water must be treated, and careful consideration was placed on designing the location of the storage and treatment containers. By placing the units near core facilities and targeting nearby restrooms, the site will be able to utilize the water in flush fixtures. During construction, the project team is focused heavily on several initiatives. Managing indoor air quality through construction became a top priority. A custom-designed outdoor air filtration system and prevalent use of walk-off mats help to manage construction dust. Additionally, the HVAC buildout has been carefully monitored through site visits, documentation, and regular reporting, to ensure a clean system at occupancy. Management of construction waste is being aggressively addressed on the project. While this practice is not unique to LEED, it is not typical. This project is instating a tracking system utilizing

separate dumpsters for each type of waste, with a goal of diverting 75% of the waste coming off the project. Innovation and Design credits are also underway for several Green Energy initiatives. Those include the installation of a photovoltaic field in a nearby location. This is expected to offset 3% of annual energy use, a notable achievement in a project this size. Additionally, the company is committed to establishing a procurement strategy whereby a percentage of energy is supplied by renewable energy providers. A battery field for energy storage is planned as well. The company has embraced a sustainable approach to this project; they have hired LEED consultants, and the entire project team is committed to finding ways to incorporate sustainable practices into all aspects of the project, from individual lighting controls to FSC wood products and LEED-certified furniture and material purchases. Additionally, there are ongoing initiatives to incorporate sustainable practices into all aspects of building operations. Success of projects like this will blaze the trail for GMP sustainability to become the rule rather than the exception. Patrick Gallagher is the managing director of Hereva Consultants.


November 2017


Retail/Hospitality New Tasting Room for Boston Beer Co.

Waltham, MA – Vantage Builders, Inc., based in Waltham, recently announced that it completed a renovation project for Boston Beer Company at the brewer’s Jamaica Plain location. The work included a new tasting room, training rooms, barrel storage, new offices, and a mixed blend laboratory for mixing and tasting beers. The project totaled ap-

Boston Beer Company

proximately 8,000sf in two buildings. The project team included Studio TROIKA architects, Bala Consulting Engineers, and FMC project management. The highlight of the project was the creation of the tasting room in Building H, which is used for visitors, tours, and private functions. The room features a concrete-top bar, new light fixtures, custom

Cobb Hill Helps Revitalize Retail Project

Steel Structure on Loudon Road Retail Space in Concord, N.H.

Concord, NH – Cobb Hill Construction Inc., of Concord, N.H., is managing construction of the revitalized retail space on Loudon Road in Concord. The new 7,800sf building, made up of three retail units, is a new steel structure with a modern façade built on the existing

building’s footprint. Additionally, a new parking lot and walkway will be added around the building. The project, led by project manager Chuck Lowth and site manager Glen Woodard, is set to be completed in late fall.

MassDev Bond Helps Plenus Expand Lowell, MA – MassDevelopment has issued a $4.6 million tax-exempt bond for Plenus Group Inc., a family-owned manufacturer of soups, sauces, and gourmet frozen foods based in Lowell. MassDevelopment enhanced the financing with a mortgage guarantee and an export guarantee.


Plenus Group is using bond proceeds to buy and renovate the site it currently occupies in Lowell, and to expand with a 16,195sf addition. The company will also use proceeds to buy and install new manufacturing equipment for this facility. Middlesex Savings Bank purchased the bond.

millwork and windows, and an impressive barn-door entrance. Vantage also built a training room with a dedicated bar. The new conference room features IdeaPaint, a whiteboard paint that transforms walls into a dry-erase writing surface that is ideal for idea sharing and brainstorming. In the Main Building, Vantage

renovated the mezzanine area, to add offices and a conference room with IdeaPaint. A new mixed blend lab was created, where the essential work of beer mixing and tasting takes place. The project included significant building systems work at both locations, including HVAC, plumbing, ductwork, and fire alarm/fire sprinkler systems.

Polar Design Finishes Steel Frame

Sullivan Toyota dealership under construction

Braintree, MA – Polar Design Build announced that it has finished the structural steel frame of the 40,000sf automobile dealership under construction for Sullivan Toyota in Kingston. The project team includes owner’s representative Richard Vazza, architects The Curtis Architectural Group, civil engineers McKenzie Engineering Group, structural engineers Flood Consulting, and MEP engineers CBC Engineering. In Phase 1, there were two existing buildings demolished onsite. The construction team carried out Geotech ground improvement and the installation of Geopiers before the foundation was poured. The dealership was constructed with structural steel and metal insulated

panels on the exterior. The first floor is 34,000sf and will be made into a showroom. The second floor is 6,000sf and will be made into an office and storage area. In addition, there will be an elevator installed with access to each floor. In Phase 2, Polar will replace the original lot and create 310 spaces for new and used vehicles as well as customer and personnel parking. The Sullivan Toyota dealership will then shift its operations from the old building to the new building. There will be associated site-work, and a final cleaning will occur. The new dealership is due to be completed in March 2018.

November 2017


Trends and Hot Topics

Today’s Workplace Trends Transforming How Law Firms Will Operate in the Future work, as well as injecting a fun factor into office spaces, can help firms evolve with the changing cultural attitudes and expectations across current and future generations. Varied work settings and common areas, like cafés and lounges with casual seating, are becoming more popular. As demographics change and Millennials move into management, expect to see more flexible layouts with larger collaborative spaces for teambased work, and smaller private spaces for quiet work and confidential meetings.

by Dan Perruzzi As the workplace continues to evolve, law firms are also changing rapidly in response to internal pressures and external market forces. Technology, generational change, and new business pressures are just a few of the demands that are creating new trends in law office design. To keep up, law firms are becoming more focused on how the quality of the workplace can reinforce firm culture and help attract and retain talent — and clients — in an increasingly competitive legal landscape. While other industries are moving to remote work, lawyers still spend 70% of their time in the office. However, new workplace strategies are transforming legal offices across the country. Traditional large office footprints, private offices, spacious law libraries, and the 1:1

New ways of working A new conference center with reception area is the showcase of national law firm Robinson+Cole’s Boston office, providing a welcoming, comfortable, and flexible space with the technology necessary to accommodate client needs.

support-staff-to-lawyer ratio are fading to make way for new office environments that support today’s work styles, technological advances, and the need for more efficiency and flexibility. As law firms face global competition, generational change, and leadership succession, these workplace strategies and trends should be considered when renovating, relocating, or designing a legal workplace for the future.

Engaging a multigenerational workforce

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Generation Y will account for 50% of the workforce by 2020, and Millennials will make up 75% of the legal workforce by 2025. Research shows that Millennials value a greater worklife balance than their Baby Boomer or Generation X counterparts. Providing innovative ways to better blend life and

Technology is dramatically changing space allocation in law firms. Large rooms once used for law libraries loaded with books are dwindling as that information becomes digitized. Document scanning, e-signatures, and electronic filing are also shrinking the storage needs for document filing. Wireless connectivity and teleconferencing equipment are becoming standard office features to ensure productivity with virtual legal teams and global clients. Law firms are increasingly turning continued to page 52

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Mixed-Use Nauset Well Underway at 121 First Street

121 First Street / photo JLL

Cambridge, MA – Urban Spaces is well underway with its newest development, 121 First Street, in Kendall Square. The speculative 62,100sft, mixed-use development is being built by Needhambased Nauset Construction. The building will feature approximately 48,500sf of Class A office space and 10,000sf of retail space in one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets. JLL is the exclusive leasing agent for Urban

Spaces. A summer 2018 completion is anticipated. Designed by award-winning architectural firm Perkins Eastman, the development is located across from CambridgeSide in the First Street Corridor, which links the MBTA Lechmere Green Line and Kendall/MIT Red Line stations. The project is down the street from the long-awaited development of Northpoint, which is now moving forward, and will

121 First Street / rendering by Perkins Eastman

be the first of a four-parcel, master plan development that will include housing, retail, and office spaces. A vacant two-story windowless warehouse and a surface parking lot were razed to make way for the five-story development, which will be composed of structural steel over a reinforced concrete slab. The façade and exterior will be comprised of a combination of stonework, metal panels, and solar-ban glass; 52 parking

spaces will also be built to accommodate employees and retail customers. “Our vast experience building in tight urban infill developments is serving us well on this project,” said Nauset Construction president Anthony Papantonis, whose firm has previously collaborated on several projects with Urban Spaces, including most recently, 7 Cameron, a 37-unit, transit-oriented community in Porter Square in Cambridge.




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November 2017

Construction Completed for The Merc

Merc apartments and retail / Shupe studios

Waltham, MA – Northland Investment Corporation’s new mixed-use residential development in downtown Waltham, The Merc, blends history and convenience into an evolving neighborhood. Erland Construction recently completed construction of the 436,000sf project at a 4.5-acre site on Moody and Main streets, named after the historic mercantile building that once stood on the same corner. The complex, comprised of three five-story buildings, is built with materials to replicate the façade of the original structure, with similar masonry details and large windows. Stantec was the architect for the project.

Sky deck at The Merc / Shupe Studios

The Merc contains 269 apartments, a two-story parking garage — with 300 spaces available underground and 92 spots above— and retail space on the

first floors of two of the buildings. It also includes a wellness/fitness center and sky deck. “We are proud to be a part of this transformation in the community,” said Jeff Ellowitz, residential group manager, Erland. “Currently, the apartments are fully leased, and most of the retail space is leased as well. Anchoring that retail space will be Brothers Marketplace, an affiliate of Roche Bros. Supermarkets, planning to open in the spring of 2018. People can also take advantage of the close walking distance to the train station for an easy commute to Boston or the suburbs.” “Constructing several large buildings, between two busy roads and at a tight site with limited laydown area, was a

39 unique challenge. An example of this is when the parking garage was just a hole in the ground, 30 feet below grade; it took up more than half the site, which did not leave us room for equipment, materials, or make it easy to maneuver,” said Alan Scott, Erland’s project manager. “Building The Merc required not only a vision, but collaboration and skill. It’s because of our partnership and our joint skills that we were able to overcome these challenges, and our teams worked extremely well together.” During construction, Erland also performed work while two banks were operating onsite; Erland successfully moved the businesses to The Merc’s Building A, the first completed in 2015.

Seaport Unveils Art Installations Boston – Strengthening its position as one of the most exciting and dynamic areas in the city, the Seaport will unveil three public art installations this fall. As of today, visitors can enjoy Dear Seaport, a crowd-sourced, interactive magnet wall. Quarks, clusters of colorful orbs, and Louvres, a text-based mural, will also debut soon. WS Development, which is transforming 23 acres of waterfront land within the Seaport, curated each exhibit and collaborated with local and internationally renowned artists, including Fort Point’s Claudia Ravaschiere and Michael Moss.

Dear Seaport / photo by Seaport by WS Development


November 2017


Corporate Reebok Unveils Sneak Peak of HQ Fitness Facility Canton, MA – Reebok recently revealed visuals of one of the most important elements of its new Boston headquarters — the state-of-the-art, two-story, 30,000sf fitness facility. Reebok employees are currently in the process of moving to the new location at the Innovation and Design Building in South Boston, with the move expected to be finalized in December. The two-story interconnected gym is expected to open in October and be fully operational in November. The gym, and Reebok’s new office space, were designed by global architecture firm Gensler. The contractor for the project is Gilbane. The fitness amenities include a boxing ring; a 13,000sf CrossFit box; multiple studio spaces for yoga, Pilates, dance, spin, and other classes; treatment rooms; and access to personal trainers, nutritionists, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, meditation, and physical therapy. Reebok is also rolling out a new workout incentive program whereby employees will be given a credit towards their membership each time they use the facility. Any employee who utilizes the

New Reebok gym at the new Boston HQ / courtesy of Gensler

facility 10 times per month, will do so free of charge. More than 30 different fitness classes will be offered each day at the new gym – more than 10,000 hours of training per year. The facility will also serve as an integrated lab and provide a testing ground for the brand’s latest product innovations. Reebok president Matt O’Toole said that the fitness facility was a key priority when it came to the design and development of the brand’s new headquarters.

“Reebok is building a fitness facility that is among the best in corporate America. We are offering a state-of-theart fitness experience with amenities including a full-size boxing ring, a worldclass CrossFit box, a wide range of classes that cater to all workout preferences and levels, and access to top trainers across fitness disciplines. This is certainly not a typical corporate gym with treadmills and elliptical machines.” With the new incentive program in

Birds-eye view of fitness spaces at new Boston HQ / photo by Gensler

place, O’Toole estimates that 90% of staff will work out completely free of charge. “This is an investment the brand is making on behalf of our employees, because we know first-hand that a fit workforce is a better workforce — physically, mentally, and socially,” said O’Toole. “Reebok has a goal of being the fittest, healthiest workplace in the country, and the incredible facilities at our new location will help us achieve this goal.”


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Bringing History to Life in the Seaport continued from page 28

Night View of Harbor Way / courtesy SKANSKA

together an array of various disciplines with the intent of creating an immersive, Seaport-specific learning landscape. To help carry out Skanska’s vision, Copley Wolff Design Group collaborated with historic shipwright Harold Burnham, and Boston-based exhibit designer Amaze Design, to fabricate an outdoor museum that would provide both public amenity space and historic insight. The park will feature five informational stops that incorporate found objects, informational graphics, feature lighting, and even a toscale sculpture of the ship’s “structural bones.” While the landscape aims to celebrate

relics of the Seaport’s past, the team felt the project must also speak to the neighborhood’s future. In an effort to harness the tech-driven energy of Boston’s Innovation District, the designers began to explore ways that emerging technologies could better communicate the story within the landscape. Copley Wolff worked closely with Amaze Design to generate interpretive content for the site, which ultimately led the team to join forces with Trivium Interactive, a Boston-based company specializing in media-based experiential design. The three disciplines of designers agreed on the overall tech objective:

Retail/Promenade area / courtesy SKANSKA

to layer information over real-world conditions in order to fully bring the ship, and its past, to life. Once the intent had been set, the team settled on an approach that could best support their vision, resulting in the introduction of augmented reality (AR) into the overall design. Defined as the superimposing of computer-generated images over a user’s view of the real world, the AR component of the project will provide a secondary informational experience through the layering of animated graphics over built landscape features. Visitors will have the option of using a digital display provided onsite or downloading a smartphone app

to access the fully immersive experience linked to the five stops within the outdoor museum. Whether it be interacting with a graphic history of the shipping industry, activating the ship’s final voyage over a crafted bronze map, or watching a life-size version of the schooner construct itself over the sculpture of the ribbing, Harbor Way’s 3D tech component establishes an inspiring precedent for the melding of landscape with experiential information. Meghan Marchie, PLA, ASLA, is a landscape architect with Copley Wolff Design Group.

Low Vibration Driven Ductile Iron Piles Provide Low Overhead Foundation Support continued from page 24

another UPS facility in New Jersey. The Ductile Iron Pile solution developed by Helical Drilling, Inc. delivered a 1:1 replacement of the micropiles. The design consisted of a Series 118/7.5 pile (118 mm outer diameter with 7.5 mm wall thickness) installed with an oversized 220 mm (8.5 inch) conical grouting shoe to allow grouting of the pile interior and the annular space along the pile exterior during driving. The piles were designed to support compression loads by terminating after achieving set on rock while also developing frictional capacity to resist tension loads through a grout-to-ground bond zone. A 1-inch diameter Grade 75 threadbar was installed full-length in the center of the grouted piles to resist the tension loads. Following localized saw-cutting of the existing slabs and excavation of pile cap locations, a total of 79 piles were installed with average lengths of about 27 feet. Piles were installed by cutting the modular 5 meter sections and using compression couplers to work within areas of about 20 feet of overhead clearance. Full scale load testing showed about 0.2 inches of compression movement at 100 tons and about ¼-inch of tension movement at 25 tons. All load testing and production

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installation were completed in only 10 working days to limit the impact of the foundation installations on the active operations. Only an hour down the road at the Stratford, Conn. location, a similar mezzanine construction plan required support of 18 column locations with loads up to 180 kips combined with both tension and lateral loads. Soil conditions at this location included up to 7 feet of dense granular fill followed by medium

dense sand and gravel to depths of nearly 30 feet. Groundwater was only about five feet below grade. The plans called for a helical pile system to provide working capacities of 30 tons (compression), 10 tons (tension) and 2.5 tons (lateral). CVMNEXT Construction elected to continue with a Ductile Iron Pile value engineering approach which provided the same capacities, but reduced the potential for unanticipated capacity or installation

issues with the helical piles in the saturated sand and gravel. The Ductile Iron Pile design again delivered a 1:1 replacement of the specified pile loads to avoid any foundation redesign. Because the pile loading demands were lower than at the Hartford project, a Series 98/6.0 pile with a 180 mm (7 inch) conical cap was installed to develop full compression and tension capacity in friction. The pile with its grouted perimeter produces significant and reliable friction capacity from the combination of densification during driving and the grout-to-ground bonding. A 1-inch diameter Grade 75 threadbar was installed full-length in the center of the grouted pile to provide tension resistance. Tension load testing on a 24-ft long, non-production pile exhibited about 0.3 inches of movement at 30 tons (100% of compression load) and about ¾-inch of movement at 60 tons (200%). Only nine working days were needed to install nearly 80 production piles along with test pile installation and load testing. Brendan FitzPatrick is director of engineering and marketing at DuroTerra. DuroTerra provides Ductile Iron Pile design/build services throughout North America.


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Franklin Highlands

Boston – MassHousing has closed on $34.4 million in financing for the Franklin Highlands community in Roxbury and Dorchester. The financing will extend affordability at the 270-unit community by 20 years and allow Maloney Properties, Inc. and the Franklin Park Development Tenants Association to launch major renovations across the property. Northeast Interiors (NEI) and Maloney contracting group are the general contractors, and Icon Architecture is the architect for the project. Franklin Highlands is comprised of 14 four-story apartment buildings, located in a 10-block area near Franklin Park. Maloney Development LLC and the Franklin Park Development Tenants Association will undertake $32 million in extended property renovations, including extensive masonry repairs to exterior walls, new roofs, repairing and replacing windows, and upgrading HVAC and electrical systems. MassHousing is providing a $27.6 million permanent loan and a $6.8 million second mortgage loan. The financing resulted in a new, 20-year Section 8

Housing Assistance Payment contract on all 270 apartments. “We are very pleased to complete this transaction with Maloney Properties and

“MassHousing is committed to creating quality affordable housing opportunities for the residents of Massachusetts.“ the Franklin Park Development Tenants Association,” said MassHousing executive director Tim Sullivan. “MassHousing is committed to creating quality affordable housing opportunities for the residents of Massachusetts, and this refinancing advances that mission by unlocking an extensive property modernization and extending long-term housing affordability for hundreds of lower-income families in Dorchester and Roxbury.”

N.H. Army National Guard Renovated Concord, NH – Brookstone Builders, Inc., headquartered in Manchester, recently announced that it has been selected to perform a renovation project by the N.H. Army National Guard. The scope of work involves the renovation of two buildings located on Pembroke Road in Concord. Building A involves 1,100sf of renovation, inclusive of bath and shower rooms, offices, breakroom, and

conference room. Building L involves the renovation of 16,000sf, that includes select demolition, roof removal, installation of new blastresistant window glazing, two preengineered aluminum structural canopies with polycarbonate glazing panels, new energy-efficient gas-fired boilers, rooftop air conditioning units, miscellaneous interior renovation and finishes, and related sitework.

November 2017


Education NECC Spurk Building Renovations Complete

(l-r) Jonathan Spurk; Rep. James Kelcourse; Steven Spurk; Michael Heffernan, secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance; Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives; John Spurk; Jeff Linehan, chair, NECC Board of Trustees; Carol Gladstone, commissioner of DCAMM; James Peyser, secretary of education; Lane Glenn, NECC president; John Dimitry, former NECC president; Sen.Barbara L’Italien; Sen. Bruce Tarr; Rep. Linda Dean Campbell; Bill Heineman, NECC vice president of academic and student affairs; Hannah Benning, NECC student trustee; and Bill Cox, vice chair, NECC Board of Trustees

Haverhill, MA – The Northern Essex Community College (NECC) community recently celebrated the newly renovated $18 million, 80,000sf Spurk Building, one of the most widely used academic buildings on the college’s Haverhill campus. RDK Engineers, an NV5 company, worked alongside the project architect, DiMella Shaffer Associates,

providing MEP/FP engineering design services for transforming and renovating the classroom building that plays a critical role in the success of NECC students. The 50-year-old building was closed for a year in order to complete the renovations, which include new windows, classroom and restroom upgrades, safety advances, accessibility upgrades, and

NECC Spurk Building

a new HVAC system. As the hub of the campus, closing the building and relocating classes and activities was a challenge for the college. It is home to 33 classrooms and 54 faculty and administrative offices created to support students. These centers include the career center, business and accounting academic center, the academic coaching center, the reading and writing center, and

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Wentworth Earns University Status

November 2017

Callahan Completes Co-Op Program

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Wentworth Institute of Technology

Boston – Wentworth Institute of Technology has received approval for university status from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. As required by the Code of the Massachusetts Regulations, the institute has established graduate programs in four “distinct professional fields of study” and has demonstrated that it has “faculty, facilities, and resources necessary to support sound graduate programs.” Over the last eight years, Wentworth has developed graduate programs in design (Master of Architecture); management (Master of Science in Construction Management, Master of Science in Facility Management,

and Master of Science in Technology Management); engineering (Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering); and sciences (Master of Science in Applied Computer Science). The Institute has also been recognized as a university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report. The institute’s name will not change; it will remain as is — Wentworth Institute of Technology. The university designation will help the institute expand its name recognition, and the value of the Wentworth degree will be enhanced as the institute continues gaining regional and national visibility.

Quincy, MA – Callahan Construction Managers of Bridgewater has completed the latest installment of its constructing communities initiative with Quincy High School through a co-op work program for select high school graduates. The partnership, which launched last fall, aims to inspire the next generation of engineers, architects, and builders by providing students with real-world experience in the construction industry. Through a competitive interview process among high school seniors who participated in the program during the school year, two students were selected to participate in the summer co-op. These students spent the summer working and learning alongside Callahan at two of Quincy’s most compelling new projects, Meriel Marina Bay and Crown Colony, gaining first-hand industry experience and building lasting relationships with local employers.

Four classes at Quincy High School participated in the student program — carpentry, electrical tech, plumbing technology, and metal fabrication. Callahan then invited select dedicated students from the program to join the team for a summer co-op, which provided students with extensive opportunities to apply skills onsite and experience the various stages of construction firsthand. The co-op helped these ambitious students dive deeper into the construction industry, form mentorships, and build a foundation of real world experience. Each day brought new challenges, lessons, and opportunities for growth. Callahan collaborated with Hines, the developer of Meriel Marina Bay, and The John Flatley Company, the developer of Crown Colony, to extend the opportunity to local students in the Quincy community.

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November 2017

Charter School Expands


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Rendering of UVM’s new residence and dining facility / rendering by Engelberth Construction Atlantis Charter School

Fall River, MA – MassDevelopment has issued $24.5 million in tax-exempt bonds for Atlantis Charter School in Fall River. The school is using bond proceeds to build, furnish, and equip a 98,000sf, threestory building that will house classrooms, a gymnasium, administrative offices, and common areas. Atlantis Charter School is also using bond proceeds to build and equip an outdoor athletic field. MassDevelopment enhanced the financing with a charter school loan guarantee. The Washington Trust Company of Westerly and BayCoast Bank purchased the bonds, and HJ Sims advised the school on financing. Atlantis Charter School serves nearly 1,400 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The school added ninth grade

in fiscal year 2015 and is adding one grade per year through fiscal year 2018. As of April 2017, the school had more than 500 students on its waiting list. Atlantis Charter School’s new campus was designed in collaboration with higher education and industry partners. In addition to a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, the Upper School building will also include five school-to-career academies, which were developed in consultation with area colleges and universities, public and private institutions, as well as local community members and parents. The academies include business and entrepreneurship; STEM; arts, culture, and design; teacher development; and health, med-tech, and sports medicine.

Burlington, VT – Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc., an electrical subcontractor, has recently completed the electrical installation work at the University of Vermont’s (UVM) new Central Campus Residence Hall. With capacity for 695 first-year students, the 207,000sf facility is located in the center of the UVM campus, adjacent to classroom and academic facilities. Its traditional design offers a 450-seat dining facility, connector to the Bailey/Howe library, seminar rooms, and a fitness center. It has been designed to achieve a LEED Silver designation. Griffin Electric’s on-site work involved the installation of power and lighting to include corresponding switchgear, power wiring, and lighting. Systems for fire alarm, emergency generator, and lightning protection were also set up by the team,

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Walsh Brothers to Renovate FSU Arena Fitchburg, MA – The Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA) selected Walsh Brothers, Incorporated to provide preconstruction and construction management services for the renovation of Fitchburg State University’s (FSU) Carmelita Landry Arena at the Wallace Civic Center in Fitchburg. Construction is underway and expected to be complete by January 2018. This revitalization project will create a renovated athletic building that will be the public face for varsity sports at FSU and will include a field house with multipurpose turf sports flooring, strength and conditioning center, batting cages, integrated audio-visual systems, locker rooms, and design and branding around the university’s and teams’ logos. Walsh Brothers teamed with MDS/ Miller Dyer Spears architects to provide the input and analysis to assist MSCBA and FSU decision makers in reaching costeffective decisions on program priorities, space use, allocation, responsive design solutions, targeted renovation investment, and maximum impact for their project outlays, through a process of evaluating design options. The firm also will provide preconstruction analysis and construction phase follow-through on issues such as existing building systems constraints, infrastructure improvements, constructability,

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access, and site management. “Our investment in this comprehensive transformation to the Landry Arena will not only play an important role in the University’s student athlete recruiting process, but it will benefit campus life for all students. The building will have a multi-purpose use and will also be

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Boston – MassDevelopment has issued $10.3 million in tax-exempt bonds for the Charles River School (CRS), which will use bond proceeds to build a 13,000sf middle school building that will house seven classrooms, six breakout rooms, science learning spaces, and a common room. CRS will also use proceeds to furnish and equip this new building, to renovate its Founders House, and to refinance previously issued debt. Needham Bank purchased the bond. Founded in 1911, CRS is a progressive independent school for children in pre-


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in the needs of varsity coaches, sports medicine professionals, and town soccer programs, for example, are significant. If everyone has what they need, the building will eventually engage the entire campus and community,” said Richard Walsh, president and chief executive officer of Walsh Brothers.

Ribbon Cutting Held at SMAST New Bedford, MA – BOND, located in Boston, recently celebrated the opening of the new University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST). A ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by members of the University, BOND executives, the project team, and several dignitaries, including: Robert E. Johnson, chancellor of UMass Dartmouth; Martin T. Meehan, president of UMass; William R. Keating, U.S. Representative; Mark C. Montigny, State Senator; Antonio F. D. Cabral, State Representative; Jon F. Mitchell, Mayor; and Patricia A. Filippone, Executive Director, University of Massachusetts Building Authority. BOND worked closely with architect, Ellenzweig; project manager, Hill International; DCAMM, UMBA, and UMass Dartmouth to provide preconstruction and construction management services for the project. The new building consolidates the marine science program of the university into a comprehensive LEED Silver certified facility. The building opened on time for the fall 2017 semester.

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Holy Cross Hart Center Expanded Ostrow Electric and IBEW Local 96 Team Up

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Worcester, MA – Electrical construction of the newly renovated and expanded Hart Center athletic and recreational facilities at the College of the Holy Cross was recently completed by IBEW Local 96 signatory contractor, Ostrow Electric of Worcester. Ostrow worked on a project team with architect, Sasaki Associates, Inc., of Watertown, general contractor BOND, based in Everett, and engineering firm Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers (BR+A), of Boston. The comprehensive electrical project

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scope in the multiphase project included the renovation of the existing 140,000sf Hart Center sports facility and the ground-up electrical construction of the adjoining 150,000sf new performance center addition. Renovations to the existing Hart Center arena included electrical installations for the new entrance to the building, new lighting systems for the entire facility, and state-of-the-art A/V systems. The renovated field house features a fully modernized basketball and ice hockey arena for the Holy Cross NCAA Division

1 programs, exercise studios, weight training rooms, shower and locker room, and the college’s centers for health, wellness, and fitness programming. The Hart Center’s new sports performance facility entailed Ostrow and its IBEW Local 96 crew providing installations of the facility’s primary and emergency power, electrical distribution, interior and exterior lighting and lighting control systems, fire alarm system, tel/ data, and security systems. The state-ofthe-art addition houses a 64,000sf indoor practice facility for the college’s Division

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Yarn Works Apartments Completed

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Cambridge, MA – Construction will soon begin at 50 York Street in Cambridge, the site of the former St. Patrick’s Apartment building that was destroyed by a fire last year, displacing 16 families. Community Development Corporation Just-A-Start is working with NEI General Contracting and Winslow Architects, Inc. to put those affordable housing units back in service. In 2016, a 10-alarm fire in the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood of Cambridge jumped from building to building involving 18 buildings, including St. Patrick’s Apartments, a former church that had been converted to affordable housing. Built in 1909, St. Patrick’s Roman

Catholic Church featured a large, open bell tower and several stained glass windows. Though the structure was extensively damaged during the 2016 fire, some of the windows were salvaged and at least one will be incorporated into the design of the new building in an effort to maintain its history. The original building was demolished in the spring, and in November, NEI will begin the $6 million new construction, which is being built within the original foundation footprint. In addition to the 16 new units, the two-story, podium-style construction will include upgrades such as underground parking, an elevator, handicapped access, and sprinklers.

Marlborough, MA – Universal Window and Door provided the historic replica windows for the recently completed Yarn Works Apartments in Fitchburg, a former mill that was converted into 96 units of mixed-income housing for WinnCompanies. The Architectural Team (TAT) served as the architect on the project, and Colantonio, Inc. was the general contractor. “Yarn Works is a once-proud historic property now reborn as a modern community asset that not only provides badly needed housing but also direct and indirect economic impacts for the local community,” said Larry Curtis, president and managing partner of WinnDevelopment. Universal provided windows for over 350 openings, including approximately 280 8-ft. by 10-ft. windows designed to maximize the amount of natural light in the units. The historically accurate aluminum replacement windows also allowed the redevelopment to meet the stringent requirements necessary to qualify for federal and state historic tax credits from the National Park Service and Massachusetts Historical Commission. The completion of the project was celebrated at a late September ribboncutting ceremony that was attended by Mass. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, and Fitchburg Mayor Stephen L.

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TFMoran Preserves Piano Mill for Residential Use

Ivory Keys Apartments rendering designed by Maugel Architects

Leominster, MA – In conjunction with Maugel Architects, Inc. of Harvard, Mass., TFMoran, Inc. of Bedford, N.H. provided structural design of the renovation of the historic Jewett Piano Case factory located at 140 Adams Street in Leominster, Mass. The plan to convert the timber-framed mill building into Ivory Keys Apartments, a 43-unit affordable residential apartment building, was spearheaded by Ivory Keys, LLC, an affiliate of L.D. Russo Inc. of Harvard, the developer and constructor of the project The entire four-story mill structure was framed of wood, rather than brick masonry at the exteriors, which is more typical of mill buildings standing today.

Ivory Keys Apartments under construction

Before the project began, the century-old historic mill building was in disrepair and vacant for several years. An extensive field investigation and evaluation conducted prior to beginning the project to determine the feasibility uncovered several issues, including a nearly one-foot lean of the building, water damage and lateral instability issues. The project plans include foundation work and incorporating steel frames into the building to correct the lean, lateral instability and years of neglect. In addition to structural repairs, a significant effort was made to preserve the nature of the historic mill. This included preserving the aesthetics of the

exterior. Also, interior spaces will respect the history of the building, including preserving many pieces of the interior and exposing some existing timber structure as architectural features. The attractive and structurally sound Ivory Keys Apartments will offer studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom living options. The renovation and addition of the 140 Adams Street project will complete the redevelopment of the commercial buildings in the Adams Street neighborhood. Construction is well underway, and apartments are anticipated to be move-in ready for the spring of 2018.

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Municipal MassDevelopment Issues Bond for YMCA MassDevelopment has issued a $37.7 million financing package, including a $27.7 million tax-exempt bond and a $10 million New Markets Tax Credit allocation, for the YMCA of Metro North. The proceeds will be used to acquire a half-acre parcel of land next to the Lynn YMCA, on which it will build, furnish, and equip a second facility for the center. The 70,000sf, state-of-the-art facility will include a family aquatic center, gymnasium, locker rooms, an indoor track, fitness studios, and a family adventure center and child watch area. The YMCA of Metro North will also use tax-exempt bond proceeds to refinance previously issued debt. The bond was purchased by Boston Private Bank & Trust. The $10 million New Markets Tax Credit allocation from MassDevelopment is part of a total $21.5 million New Markets Tax Credit package for this project that also includes $5 million from the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, $4 million from the Capital One Community Renewal Fund, and $2.5 million from Boston Community Capital. Capital One, N.A., was the tax credit investor in the transaction, contributing



$7.4 million in equity. “MassDevelopment’s New Markets Tax Credit program helps stimulate investment in projects that benefit communities across the commonwealth, such as community and health centers, mixed-use developments, and performing arts centers,” said MassDevelopment president and CEO, Lauren Liss. “With this financing, the YMCA of Metro North will have the resources necessary to grow

Lynn YMCA / Maugel Architects

its programming and expand with a modern new facility.” The YMCA of Metro North was formed in 2012 after the Greater Lynn YMCA, which included the Saugus Family YMCA and the Peabody/ Lynn YMCA, and the Melrose Family YMCA merged. The organization offers programs based on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. During FY16, the YMCA served 72,332

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LAN-TEL Provides Camera Installations

It’s hard to heal patients in a dirty environment. LAN-TEL worker installing security camera / credit WBZ-TV

Boston – As Boston city officials hurriedly prepared for the free speech rally at the Boston Common, to be held on August 19, security and public safety were major concerns, given the violence that broke out a week earlier in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Boston Police Department (BPD) contacted LAN-TEL Communications, a Norwood-based low-voltage contractor specializing in security systems, to install security cameras at the bandstand on Boston Common in advance of the rally. By the next morning, LAN-TEL’s crew of IBEW Local 103 certified technicians were on-site at the Boston Common installing cameras at the rotunda where speeches would occur. Within 4 hours, the installation was complete, addressing the city’s immediate need for

heightened security. Commenting on the increasing security demands in Boston, project manager Eric Johnson said, “Security at large-scale public events in a major city like Boston is more demanding than ever. Public safety is the primary consideration for the Greater Boston law enforcement community, and LAN-TEL understands when it comes to situational awareness, we must respond expertly and immediately.” LAN-TEL is the often called-upon security system provider for the city of Boston and surrounding areas, having installed hundreds of state-of-the-art video cameras throughout Greater Boston and integrating them into Boston’s central intelligence headquarters.

MassDev. Supports Upgrades

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Whitinsville, MA – MassDevelopment has provided a $100,000 TechDollars loan to the Whitin Community Center (WCC) in Whitinsville, which will use loan proceeds to update its computer hardware and software systems; enhance its financial and general ledger accounting system; add online registration and payment processing; and upgrade its membership and volunteer tracking systems. The Whitin Community Center is a private nonprofit that was founded in 1922 by the Whitin family. The WCC serves more than 5,000 members, from preschool children to active seniors, through a variety of health and wellness, recreational, social, and family-based programs, services, and events. The WCC offers both member-based and

community programming at low or no cost to those who use its services. “The Whitin Community Center provides Blackstone Valley with access to important services and recreational activities that allow individuals and families to engage with their community,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss. “I’m pleased this MassDevelopment loan will help the Center upgrade its technology systems for the next generation of Blackstone Valley residents.” “The Whitin Community Center is very thankful to MassDevelopment for providing funding for projects that we could not otherwise afford as a nonprofit,” said Whitin Community Center Executive Director Heather Elster. “We cannot wait for our customers to experience all the benefits of these exciting changes.”

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NERCC Teams Up for Wounded Warrior

Griffin Electric Donates to Pantry Shelf

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Holliston, MA – Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. has donated over 40 backpacks filled with school supplies to aid the Holliston Pantry Shelf’s backpack drive. Since 2014, Griffin Electric has collected donations to support area students as they begin a new academic year. This annual initiative ensures that students from elementary through high school age are armed with the necessary tools for success. The Holliston Pantry Shelf offers free assistance to local families through its many programs, including food and paper supply collections, as well as backpack and holiday gift drives. Griffin Electric supports all of

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these measures, providing donations and sponsorships to the organization throughout the year.

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Hanson, MA – The New England Regional Council of Carpenters has announced its partnership with Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors, Commodore Builders, and other sponsors in the construction of a new home for United States Army Corporal Paul Skarinka, his wife, and two children in Hanson. A ceremonial groundbreaking for the project was held recently at the site. Corporal Skarinka was eight months into his first tour with the U.S. Army when his unit came under enemy fire outside of Baghdad. He suffered a severed artery and serious damage to his left arm and leg from a rocket-propelled grenade and has undergone 22 surgeries as well as amputation of his left leg and partial amputation of his left arm. He and his family live in a home that

is not handicap accessible or conducive to his needs as a recent amputee. His new home will be fully handicap accessible and tailored to his injuries. Corporal Skarinka currently works as an EMT/paramedic with the Plympton Fire Department and Brewster Ambulance Service. “Union carpenters are honored to be a part of this project, assisting a family and an individual who has given so much for our country,” said Tom Flynn, executive secretary-treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. “We like to put our skills and our tools to good work, and we know from our union’s experience across the country with Jared Allen’s Home for Wounded Warriors how effective his team is at coordinating these construction projects.”

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to real estate as a strategy to create more efficient law practices and deliver costeffective legal services. As firms decrease support staff and rely on contract attorneys, law firms are aggressively reducing their office footprint. Singlesize offices are becoming more common, and space metrics are changing from the traditional 900sf to 1,000sf per attorney to 500sf to 600sf, according to JLL’s “Law Firm Perspective 2016.” New attitudes about space design

Many law firms are incorporating support space designed for collaboration and team proximity, rather than proximity to partners. The old planning metrics of support staff to partners has dramatically changed, and more legal work is becoming group-based within a firm. The legal workplace is shifting from the traditional office/support/library model to spaces that offer open, collaborative areas for teamwork and social functions. Although attorneys still require private offices for focused, individual work, expect square footage efficiencies to continue. Design features such as low-walled workstations and glass-fronted offices provide greater transparency and better access to natural light and views, and modular construction is enabling firms to efficiently redesign


With an emphasis on natural light and warm, neutral colors, the design of Robinson+Cole’s new reception area announces a more modern office and ushers visitors into the adjacent conference center. / project photos credit: Warren Patterson Photography

a space as the organization changes and grows. The legal workplace is being designed with an eye toward increased collaboration, enhanced productivity, and greater employee satisfaction. Lawyers in succeeding generations tend to value the office as a marketing tool, as well as the place where they spend the majority of their working time. As the legal profession evolves, these workplace trends and strategies will have significant impact on how law firms will operate in the future.

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Peabody, MA – A desire to help end veteran homelessness has led Karen Fish-Will, CEO of Peabody Properties, a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), and her sister Melissa Fish-Crane, COO, to form Peabody Veteran Supportive Housing, which to date, has developed four veterans housing communities for formerly homeless veterans. Peabody Properties was designated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to create four permanent supportive housing developments under the VAMC Enhanced Use Lease Initiative. Pleasant Street Apartments in Beverly was the first

permanent housing community dedicated solely for formerly homeless veterans. This was followed up with the first nationwide on-campus site of permanent housing solely for formerly homeless veterans, Valley Brook Village in Basking Ridge, N.J. These two projects and two newer projects — Bedford Green in Bedford, Mass. and Howard House in Brockton — are excellent examples of the nonprofit private sector and government sector coming together to fix a societal problem, namely permanent affordable housing for homeless veterans.

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November 2017


PROCON Owners Support United Way

Manchester, NH – PROCON owners Sally and Mark Stebbins are longtime United Way contributors and Alexis de Tocqueville Society members. Their family has supported United Way through personal contributions, corporate fundraisers, and challenge matches over the past 60 years. On October 1, 25 Granite United Way business supporters and their guests boarded a bus to Gillette Stadium for a New England Patriots game. It was a fun and eventful conclusion to the 2016/2017 “Get on the Bus” Stebbins family challenge match that raised over $100,000 for nonprofits that support the community. To be eligible, each business agreed to host a new workplace campaign or pledged a new corporate gift. In turn, the

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Stebbins family committed $50,000 to match these new corporate gifts to United Way. All of the qualified business donors received a complimentary pair of tickets to “Get on the Bus” for a Patriots game and enjoyed time on the football field before the kickoff. The excursion also included a lunch reception at the new Hilton Garden Inn – Patriot Place, which was designed and built by PROCON. In previous years’ campaigns, Granite United Way usually attracted three to four new companies. PROCON’s Get on the Bus challenge match brought in 25 new corporate donors who contributed to this year’s campaign. One longtime partner of PROCON,

Metro Walls, participated in the Get on the Bus challenge and raised over $21,000 last year and $20,000 in this year’s campaign. Regardless of the amount donated, United Way campaigns provide an opportunity for businesses and their employees to make a positive impact on their community and serve a greater cause together. Due to the success of this year’s campaign, the Stebbins family has agreed to host another Get on the Bus challenge match for the 2017/2018 year. As Granite United Way pacesetters, the Stebbins family is passionate about fostering positive change in the New Hampshire community. Each year, their company hosts a workplace campaign where members of the United Way community share with employees how their

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BVH Voted One of Top Workplaces

Awards Nickerson Earns Multiple Top Honors

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Boston – Nickerson, a full-service public relations agency, and Nickerson Real Estate Partners have received seven PRISM Awards following the annual PRISM Awards Gala hosted in October by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB). This marks the second consecutive year that the firm has been recognized by the prestigious real estate awards program, with the team earning a total of 23 awards since 2016. Nickerson received Gold Awards in the following categories: • Best Print Brochure, Community for Sconset Landing on behalf of Novaya Ventures and Five Mark Properties. • Best Video (Broadcast TV or YouTube), National for Sconset Landing on behalf

of Novaya Ventures and Five Mark Properties. • Trade Partner/Subcontractor of the Year. Additionally, the team received Silver Awards in the following categories: • Best Ad (Digital or Print), Community for Sconset Landing on behalf of Novaya Ventures and Five Mark Properties. • Best Digital or Print Marketing Campaign, Builder, Remodeler or Associate for management of Callahan Construction Managers’ Twitter campaign. • Best Marketing Event or Series of the Year for MMB By the Sea: Boardwalk Expansion Celebration, Meriel Marina Bay on behalf of Hines. • Customer Service Professional of the Year.

BPA Receives Multiple Awards 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-theart 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.

Bloomfield, CT – BVH Integrated Services, P.C., has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by the Hartford Courant for the fourth consecutive year. The Top Workplaces award is based solely on results from an employee survey centered on work-life balance, respect, and care for employees; recognition of accomplishments; feeling empowered; good teamwork; and commitment to community. BVH was one of 60 companies chosen as a Top Workplace out of 863 nominated organizations throughout the state. “It is an honor to be named one of Connecticut’s Top Workplaces for the fourth consecutive year,” says Karl Frey, president of BVH. “BVH is made up of talented, hardworking individuals. Each employee

at BVH knows how to collaborate with others, working as a team to make sure that quality engineering designs are delivered to our clients. With all of the effort and determination that our employees show, we recognize that a work-life balance is very important, and all of us at BVH can also have fun.” Workplace Dynamics began the Top Workplaces awards in 2006, and the entire program has been based on one belief: “The most successful companies are the ones that employees believe in.” The program identifies organizations that excel at organizational health and workplace engagement. Workplace Dynamics looks to define and award workplaces where there is voluntary meeting of high standards of transparency, accountability, and performance.

Affanato Receives Cushing-Gavin Award Quincy, MA – The N. E. MCA recently announced that Stephen P. Affanato, executive VP of the organization, is the recipient of the 2017 Cushing-Gavin Management Award. On December 1, The Labor Guild and the region’s labor-management community will gather to celebrate the 51st Annual Cushing-Gavin Awards

Dinner at IBEW 103, when the award will be presented. Since 1967, the CGA Management Award has been given yearly to a manager who exhibits tremendous leadership in the industry. Affanato has long been a friend to The Labor Guild, serving as co-chair at the 2013 CGA Dinner.

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transformation, for instance, were 400% more likely to say their enterprise software was very easy to use. • Software usability can affect employee retention among experienced staff. Almost 46% of the important middle age demographic surveyed would consider changing jobs due to poor enterprise software usability IFS chief technical officer in North America Rick Veague said, “Usability is much deeper than a graphical user interface. The underlying architecture of the application must be amenable to supporting agility. Putting a fancy interface on enterprise software that fundamentally cannot deliver agile processes does not deliver real usability. Respondents who said their software did a poor job preparing them for digital transformation were 28% more likely to

want their software vendor to make it easier to align their software with their business. So in a software selection process, it is important to ask software vendors to demonstrate their ability to support different business processes, modes of manufacturing and encompass different sites that do different things all in the same business solution.” IFS vice president of marketing in North America Steve Andrew said, “Before we can be understood, we must first understand. Conducting research like this is one way we at IFS can ensure we are successfully addressing the needs of the complex industrial organizations we serve. Sharing this research lets us be go-givers, helping companies facing digital transformation understand the current state of the market.”

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Deane Joins Ranks of 40 Under Forty Class Recognized by BD+C Glastonbury, CT – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) recently announced that associate Ryan Deane, ASLA, PLA, joins the ranks of the 40 Under Forty Class of 2017, an honor that is bestowed annually by Building Design+Construction (BD+C) magazine to the AEC industry’s rising stars making impactful contributions in business, philanthropy, and in their communities. Deane joined SLAM’s Landscape Architecture Studio in 2004 and acquired his professional licensure as a landscape architect in 2006 at the age of 23, making him the youngest licensed professional in the firm. “The innumerable ‘firsts’ that Ryan has achieved over his 13 years at SLAM are both staggering and inspiring to his teammates and studio leaders,” says William Karanian, AIA, principal and chief operating officer, SLAM. “We are proud of the recognition he has received as a 40 Under Forty, and look forward to the continued achievements he will make both at SLAM and within the community.” Deane chose “Landscape Architechie” for his BD+C profile title to underscore his passion for technology. At SLAM,

between Vimeo and YouTube. At SLAM, he has served on more than 100 projects within the higher education, healthcare, and corporate studios, employing his extensive experience in comprehensive facility master plans, detailed site designs, and construction administration. He has served on highprofile projects at the University of Notre Dame, Campus Crossroads Stadium Expansion; Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering at Rutgers University; and Homer Stryker School of Medicine at Western Michigan University. Ryan Deane / S/L/A/M Collaborative

he has introduced the use of various 3D visualization programs and Autodesk Civil 3D. He is known as an industry leader in evaluating workflows and improving efficiencies in order to help landscape architects collaborate with industry consultants. In 2012, he introduced rendering software to SLAM, and, within a year, he and the landscape team produced SLAM’s first full-length fly-through animation for the campus transformation project underway at Providence College. His work has garnered over a half million views

The BD+C recognizes honorees for both their professional and volunteer activities. The BD+C recognizes honorees for both their professional and volunteer activities. Deane is chair of the Digital Technology PPN with the American Society of Landscape Architects, where he is also a featured blogger for “The

Field.” He has published several articles on virtual and augmented reality and serves as a contributing editor for Landscape Architecture Magazine. He volunteers his time as a mentor of ASLA student members, giving yearly lectures at UMass and UConn, and offered his skills to survey, design, and provide construction documents for a memorial basketball court for the Jill E. Harrington Hanzalik Chase Your Dreams Foundation in his home town Bernardston and Northfield, Massachusetts. At SLAM, Deane is currently focused on the emerging trend of virtual reality and was first to introduce Oculus Gear VR to colleagues and clients. The Oculus can provide a virtual perspective to contractors, for example, in understanding the final aesthetic, or assists laymen who enter a new building to visualize themselves standing at the front door. Deane used the Oculus to piece together a workflow for use as a design and presentation tool in the amphitheater at Eastern Connecticut State University’s Fine Arts Center and at the groundbreaking ceremony for Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering at Rutgers University.

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Boston – DiPrete Engineering has announced several major management promotions. Nicole Reilly, PE, LEED AP, is now the firm’s first female vice president. She joined DiPrete in 2006 after gaining valuable experience in the public sector from the town of Narragansett, R.I. She is currently working on the Citizens Bank Corporate Campus in Johnston, R.I. Len Bradley, PE, has been promoted to principal. He joined the company in 2000 after completing over a decade of engineering and design work throughout Southern New England. Bradley is a technical and strategic adviser to DiPrete’s engineering team.



Eric Prive, PE, who leads a team of civil and environmental engineers, has been promoted to senior project manager. He joined DiPrete Engineering in 2000 when he was a student at the University of Rhode Island. He is currently working on South County Commons in South Kingstown, R.I. Chris Duhamel, a professional engineer and professional land surveyor, has been promoted to principal of the firm. He has over 30 years of land surveying and will be responsible for improving the firm’s relationships with existing clients and extending opportunities to new clients.

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Mashpee, MA – Multimarket construction management and general contracting firm Delphi Construction recently announced its hire of Melissa Cheslock as project manager working out of the company’s Cape Cod Office. She will focus primarily on projects on the Cape and South Coast of Massachusetts Cheslock brings 10 years of construction industry experience in both commercial and residential markets. Delphi also announced its hire of Olivia Henry as marketing and business development coordinator working out of the company’s Cape Cod Office. Prior to getting on board at Delphi,



Henry worked in bank marketing, merchandising, and member service. She will assist with all aspects of marketing and business development activities across all channels, including print, digital, social media, and events.

Warner Larson Promotes Johnson


Boston – Warner Larson Landscape Architects recently announced the promotion of Ti Johnson, ASLA, LEED AP, to associate principal. Over his 13-year history with the firm, he has designed and managed some of the largest and most complex projects in Warner Larson’s 40-year history. Over the past three years, Johnson has led and advanced the firm’s mid-Atlantic presence from Richmond, Va., while continuing to oversee New England projects through the firm’s Boston headquarters.

Siemens Personnel Announcements Boston – Siemens Industry, Inc. recently announced that three new members have joined the Boston branch of its building technologies division. Joseph Connell has joined as a senior project manager. His responsibilities in this position include overall planning, forecasting, executing, and leading large projects in and around Boston and Cambridge. Most recently, Connell was regional operations manager for Stanley Black & Decker. Prior to that, he served as senior security operations manager for Allied Barton Security Services. He also served in the United States Air Force. Raquel Powers has joined as a senior sales executive. In this role, she will lead

the division’s construction sales team in the Greater Boston area. Powers was most recently project manager at Automated Logic Corporation. Prior to that, she served as owner/founder of Crane Graphics and 21st Graphics for over two decades. Gerber Santos has joined the Boston branch of the building technologies division as a sales executive. He will be responsible for leading and developing the construction team’s presence in the Rhode Island market. He will work out of the company’s local office in Cranston. Before joining Siemens, Santos was sales support engineer at Ready Chain/ Igus Inc. Prior to that, he served as direct account manager at Trane Inc.

JLL Names Georgules Research Dir.


Boston – JLL recently announced that senior VP Julia Georgules has been named the New England research director. She will direct the research program for the region and strategically partner with the firm’s business lines and clients to track and analyze commercial real estate markets. Georgules joins New England research after 10 years with JLL. Most recently, she served as director of U.S. office research. Previously she was research manager leading the Northern California research team.

High-Profile: People

November 2017


Medeiros Elected to PCC Council Wellesely, MA – Darian Parking Association (NPA), Medeiros, PCC, CPP of Simon with a substantial body of work Design Engineering, a senior experience and references within job captain with over 18 years the parking industry. The NPA is of experience nationally in parking solutions, was recently the nation’s leading parking trade elected into the National group advancing the interests of Parking Association’s Parking the private and public sector in Consultants Council (PCC) to parking technology, sustainable focus on the continuing industry Medeiros adaptation and advancement mobility, certification, advocacy, of high-density/automated parking research, and education. technologies nationally. Founded in 1951, NPA has more than The PCC was formed in 1972 and is 2,500 members and represents all facets a prestigious, peer-reviewed group of vetted parking consultants of the National of the parking industry.

Fuss & O’Neil Hires Harlow


Manchester, CT- Fuss & O’Neill has hired Charles (Chuck) Harlow, PE, former manager of traffic engineering at the Connecticut Department of Transportation. He has 30 years of experience in traffic and transportation engineering. As chief traffic engineer, he will be an integral part of the community development team, serving as an experienced QA/QC assessor and as a mentor to junior staff. His areas of expertise include traffic and pedestrian safety, traffic signals and signal systems, signing and pavement markings, and maintenance and protection of traffic.

Lou Tarmy Joins City Point Partners Boston – City Point Partners recently announced that Lou Tarmy, a 25-year veteran of the architecture/engineering/ construction industry, has joined the company as its director of program management. His extensive experience includes managing the implementation of major capital improvement projects for public


sector clients and developing creative solutions to complex challenges. He has developed a specific expertise with advising large organizations on their capital delivery processes Tarmy will be managing the firm’s growing portfolio of projects with Massport, among his other responsibilities.

Gary Hall Joins Dowling Houy Boston – From running his own Hall has worked companies landscaping and construction such as Fidelity Investments and business to cultivating and Vistaprint . developing relationships with “From budget to timelines customers in various sales roles, to unusual challenges, Gary Gary Hall’s diverse background keeps his clients’ best interests at the forefront. Gary’s depth is a perfect fit for the Dowling of experience in construction, Houy team, according to Jeanne facilities relocation management, MacLellan, principal at Dowling and sales makes him a natural Houy. Hall at keeping a balance-positive “We’re glad he chose us to approach to working with contractors and bring to bear over 15 years of experience clients.” added MacLellan overseeing a multitude of projects, from “The Dowling Houy team welcomes the limited one-off moves to extensive, Gary as we look forward to his new multiple-phase relocation projects for experiences with us on future projects.” over 500 people.”

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After having Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) done for each one of your Concrete Masonry Unit mix designs, is there anything in particular that you learned? - Environmentally Lowering Impacts

A: Dear ELI: Having EPDs for each of our mix designs has really helped us see what factors affect the environmental impacts of our products. One interesting thing we uncovered was that previously valued sustainable attributes, such as recycled content and regional materials, didn’t matter as much as we thought for environmental impacts. What mattered the most was the amount of cement in a mix. Cement content affected most of the impact indicators; global warming potential (GWP), acidification, eutrophication, smog creation and ozone depletion. The less cement we use, the less impact we have. One way to reduce the cement content is to use Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCMs) such as slag (a by-product of the steel industry, unfortunately not usually a regional material anymore). For easy numbers, let’s take a CMU mix design that uses 10% cement. If we replace 40% of the cement with slag, and we were looking at recycled content, the overall weight of pre-consumer recycled content is only around 4%. But, if we look at the GWP, comparing these 2 mix designs, it is lowered by more than 1/3. There were many other things like this that we uncovered by having EPDs for every mix design. Now, not only do we have our EPDs for the rating systems, we also have an environmental impact baseline and solid direction of how to improve our sustainability moving forward.

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