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No matter your feelings on tax reform broadly, there is good news for the preservation community. The Federal Historic Tax Credit has been preserved at 20% in the final tax reform bill. For months, the future of the Historic Tax Credit was in question; the House bill initially eliminated the HTC completely, while the original Senate bill cut the credit by half. Although the proposed legislation weakens some elements of the Federal Historic Tax Credit, the preservation community has a lot to celebrate. Fix Our National Parks and Create Jobs
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Clean Energy Industry Adds 4,014 Jobs Statewide The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) announced that the state’s clean energy sector grew by 4% between 2016 and 2017, employing a total of 109,226 clean-energy workers. The figures, released as part of MassCEC’s 2017 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, found that the number of clean-energy jobs in Massachusetts has increased by 81% since 2010. MassEcon’s ReadyMass Adds 1M SF
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Springfield, MA – Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) Assistant Vice President of Administration and Facilities Maureen Socha was named Massachusetts Facilities Management Association’s (MAFMA) member of the year. Commissioner Carol Gladstone of the state Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance presented an award to Socha at MAFMA’s semiannual meeting in December. “You have a unique challenge,” Gladstone told Socha during the award
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Wear Named President of Meridian Beverly, MA – Meridian Associates, Inc. recently announced that Charles E. Wear III has been named president of the Beverly, Mass.-based firm. In his new role, he will lead the company in the development of Meridian’s client base and seek ways to expand its geographic footprint, as well as oversee the
expansion and enhancement of current services. Wear joined Meridian Associates in 1997 as a senior project manager and was promoted to vice president of engineering in 2006. Rick Waitt will remain as CEO as well as Charles Wear III spearhead the aerial and mobile LiDAR service offering.
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South Shore Habitat Breaks Ground
(l-r) Martine Taylor, executive director, South Shore Habitat for Humanity; Ted Flynn, Duxbury Board of Selectmen; from the South Shore Habitat for Humanity: Matthew Mulroney, board member; Beth Lyons, senior development officer; Ron Waite, construction manager; Evy Nelson, VP of development; Sharon Mutrie, VP; Richard McGowan, director of operations; and Noreen Browne, director of program services; David Madigan, vice chair, Board of Selectmen; Martha Himes, vice chair, Affordable Housing Trust; James Duff, South Shore Habitat Board president; Sheila LynchBenttinen, trustee, Affordable Housing Trust; Rene Read, Town manager; Steve Marshall, Duxbury resident, Board Member, South Shore Habitat for Humanity, and Shawn Dahlen, chairperson, Duxbury Board of Selectmen.
Duxbury, MA – The South Shore Habitat team was given a warm welcome by Duxbury officials at a groundbreaking ceremony held November 28, at 66 Lake Shore Drive. The lot will house a new single-family home and represents the first of seven new affordable home projects that South Shore Habitat for Humanity will deliver for Duxbury. Duxbury Selectmen Shawn Dahlen, David Madigan, and Ted Flynn were among the officials on hand to participate
in the groundbreaking, as was Town Manager Rene J. Read and Duxbury Affordable Housing Trust officials Sheila Lynch-Benttinen and Martha Himes. Construction is set to begin at the location in early December, and over the next seven months the house will be built with the volunteer effort of local residents, corporate partners, and members of the faith community. Cape Cod Lumber is also one of South Shore Habitat for Humanity’s corporate partners and supporter of these projects.
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Stoughton, MA – The town of Stoughton and Finegold Alexander Architects announced that construction has topped off for the Stoughton Library as of December 8, 2017. The project is expanding and renovating the current structure of 22,000sf to approximately 31,000sf, bringing thoughtful, program-driven spaces that are flexible, comfortable, and welcoming to more effectively meet the demands of a growing population. The design will provide an entirely new experience inside and out. The interior will feature an expanded atrium concept, which will allow additional daylight into both the enlarged adult collection and the entry gallery. The entry will feature
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Harvard Tops Off John A. Paulson SEAS Designed by Behnisch Architekten Boston – As builders hoisted the last beam into place on the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Harvard University and Behnisch Architekten took a major step toward the building’s scheduled opening in 2020. Behnisch Architekten designed the new 497,000sf complex at Harvard’s burgeoning Allston campus. The sixstory, state-of-the-art facility will feature teaching and research laboratories, classroom space, faculty and staff offices, and a host of amenity spaces on the abovegrade levels. The firm’s Boston office is designing the project. The SEAS will be among the most cutting-edge teaching and research facilities in the country. Located across from Harvard Business School and adjacent to the emerging enterprise research campus, the building will be home to more than 900 undergraduates, more than 400 graduate students, over 450 researchers, and initially, as many as 80 faculty members. Integrated sustainable features and building systems have driven the facility’s design. Multiple atria, in combination with glazed interior partitions, will transmit daylight deep into the interior. The building’s façade is composed of three integrated systems that are designed to play a crucial role in the energy performance and occupant comfort in
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New Middle School Topped Off
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Quincy, MA – The new Southwest Quincy Middle School was recently topped off. The ceremony marked the final steel beam set into place on the new 95,000sf building. It was attended by city of Quincy officials, the school building committee, Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), Ai3 Architects, owner’s project manager PCA360, and the BOND project team. BOND is providing preconstruction and construction management services for the new school, featuring collaborative learning spaces, a media center, gymnasium, music and art rooms, administrative offices, café, and auditorium.
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Hospitals emit roughly 8% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, produce more than 4.67 million tons of waste annually, and use 7% of the nation’s commercial water supply, according to Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit membership organization of healthcare institutions committed to sustainable practices. Hospitals are also the second greatest user of commercial energy behind only commercial food services. In response, sustainable and environmentally sound operational practices in healthcare are evolving from nice-to-have added benefits to strategic investments aimed at reducing a system’s operating costs and producing better patient outcomes. However, the current uncertainty about federal healthcare policy raises doubts about whether the healthcare industry can maintain this momentum around sustainability. With funding in question, many decision makers have hit pause on projects in general, asking “Are ‘added benefits’ like sustainability justified?”
...nine out of 10 clinicians and health system executives agree that sustainability provides long-term cost savings and delivers benefits in improved patient care and environmental protection. Most clinicians and health system executives think so. A September 2017 Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies survey of healthcare executives in the U.S., the Voices for Value Insights Series, found that nine out of 10 clinicians and health system executives agree that sustainability provides longterm cost savings and delivers benefits in improved patient care and environmental protection. Significantly, 95% of those surveyed believe that environmental sustainability improves the level of care provided at their healthcare facility. By
implementing sustainable- and wellnessdriven operation strategies, facilities all over the country can continue reducing their cost of care and improving patient outcomes, while maintaining the momentum in energy conservation, waste management, recycling, and sustainable design. Long-term cost savings
Sustainable practices have the ability to reduce operating costs on multiple fronts: extending the life of equipment, reducing energy and water consumption, decreasing toxins and waste, and even improving employee performance. Healthcare Finance News recently reported that hospital sustainability practices and procedures could help save the healthcare industry up to $5.4 billion over five years and almost $15 billion over 10 years.
Healthcare organizations spend up to $6.5 billion annually on energy alone, and that cost is rising with technological advancement. Healthcare organizations spend up to $6.5 billion annually on energy alone, and that cost is rising with technological advancement. In its fact sheet “Data Trends: Energy Use in Hospitals,” Energy Star reported that NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has realized $1.77 million in annual savings since it introduced aggressive energy-saving projects in 2003. Energy Star further projects that every $1 a nonprofit healthcare organization saves on energy is equivalent to generating $20 in new revenues for hospitals or $10 for medical office buildings. For-profit hospitals, medical offices, and nursing homes can raise their earnings per share a penny by reducing energy costs just 5%, according to Energy Star’s calculations. Energy incentive programs from local utilities can offset the cost of energy upgrades and magnify those investment returns. Improved patient experience
Healthcare practitioners today are moving beyond the notion of merely treating illness and toward preventative and wellness measures that are often very closely tied to sustainable design, continued to page 34
Focus: Forecast 2018 Feldmanâ€™s Forecast and Plan for 2018 architectural and structural projects as well as MEP systems. We are currently working on many projects in various stages, including the former Boston Globe headquarters, Worcester Court House, Cathedral of the Holy Cross, and the Brookline High School. We will survey two sites for our pro bono scanning historic Boston program and will work with Historic Boston, Inc. to help us identify sites for scanning.
by Michael Feldman Last year was our largest year ever at Feldman Land Surveyors, with over $10 million of revenue. By projecting out the activity from Q4 of 2017, we forecast that 2018 will show an increase of about 10% to 12% over 2017. Construction throughout 2018
We have been working on sites of all sizes in all major sectors. There continues to be a strong demand for accurate, consistent, and reliable survey consulting services delivered with a high level of flexibility in scheduling. Construction managers need more than a firm that simply lays out a column grid. They need a firm that understands that these grids are not static, but they are part of a site or building that is dynamic and can change as concrete cures or as the temperature changes. They need
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due diligence, and acquisitions are still being requested. Also, automated deformation monitoring for active construction sites abutting tunnels, tracks, or other important features will continue, and we are employing this technology to provide these services in a safe and remote manner without having to staff it onsite. 3D laser scanning/BIM
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Triax Names 2018 as the Year of Digital Disruption Norwalk, CT – Triax Technologies, Inc. recently shared its predictions for the key trends that will shape the construction industry in 2018 and shatter its reputation as one of the least digitized industries. “Few industries have as great an impact on our economy as construction, yet the industry has been slow to embrace the digital tools and real-time data that have transformed other industries,” said Chad Hollingsworth, co-founder and CEO, Triax Technologies. “This past year, the reduction in skilled labor drove contractors to seek out new technologies, such as IoT-enabled wearables and cloudbased solutions, to unlock efficiencies, improve safety, and achieve more with the same number of resources. In 2018, jobsite technology will no longer be an option, but a necessity, that is expected by executives, insurers, project leaders, and crews everywhere.” Below are the five trends that Triax expects to shape the construction industry in 2018: IoT remains key to the connected jobsite
The growth of construction-focused, internet-connected systems will continue to shape the way industry stakeholders approach projects, manage operations, and leverage historical data on future projects. The proliferation of useful, previously
reporting, more firms will demand a single stream of real-time, data-driven insights that can be used to improve project management and execution. Hardware and software providers will offer more options and flexibility than ever before, and a system’s ability to collect data at scale will be the key differentiator. Leveraging real-time data
unavailable data from a variety of sources, including workers, machines, tools, materials, and the environment, will be aggregated, monitored, and analyzed for real-time, actionable insights. As jobsite technology matures, those companies that embrace it will see increasing ROI, and those companies that don’t will lose their competitive edge. Power to the end user
Construction technology is surging, and as more solutions hit the market, organizations need to fully weigh the needs and realities of end users. Technology that is cumbersome or difficult to use won’t be readily adopted. By selecting solutions
that are practical, low maintenance, and scalable, organizations will facilitate adoption, which is critical for leveraging data and unlocking productivity gains. In addition, as technology increases at the jobsite, manual processes will be phased out and more data will become available to the average worker, enabling improved planning, coordination, and communication. Integration momentum to take hold
In 2018, integrated systems will no longer be optional, but mandatory. While contractors have traditionally been limited by separate methods and tools for estimating, bidding, collaboration, and
Increased technology usage leads to more sources of insightful data, and IoT early adopters will place an increasingly high priority on reporting, cloud-based dashboards, and the visualization of data. This plethora of new data, emerging tools such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and predictive analytics will be used to unlock insights to enhance decision making, increase efficiency, and improve profitability at the jobsite. The rise of insurtech
In 2018, the insurance industry will increasingly leverage technology to help determine jobsite risks and, in turn, help reduce these risks and costs. With IoTenabled technology, insurers can increase visibility, assess risk, combat potential fraud, and reduce premiums. And as project participants, including insurers, better understand and leverage IoT data, real-time location systems (RTLS), big data, and predictive analytics will only grow in importance.
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KBE Wraps Up 2017 With 16 New Project Awards Farmington, CT – Continuing a trend of steady growth, KBE Building Corporation has been awarded 16 new projects. The major East Coast construction services firm works throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, and through its affiliate, KBENY, serves clients in metropolitan New York.
Maplewood of Southport, LLC has also chosen KBE to build its new 92,000sf assisted living and memory care facility, which will provide 98 units. Substantial completion is planned for May 2019 and final completion July 2019. Other recently awarded work includes:
At Purchase College at SUNY, KBE’s Northeast office and design-build partner Newman Architects have been selected for the 78,588sf residence hall, which will start construction in February. KBE’s Mid-Atlantic office has begun work on the new Brandon Avenue Upper Class Housing project at University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The six-story, 140,000sf residence hall will provide 326 beds, along with a two-level, 65,000sf structured parking garage with parking for 137 vehicles. The project is designed by Goody Clancy of Boston. At American International College in Springfield, Mass., KBE (Northeast) is constructing a new two-story, 15,000sf addition attached to a 6,000sf existing building to be renovated. This will house the college’s exercise science academic program. Senior living projects
KBE’s senior living portfolio continues to expand, with six new senior living facility
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projects with owner/developer Columbia Pacific underway or slated to start in 2018. The two- and three-story buildings average 95,000sf and provide 140+ living units. KBE is starting work on projects
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Preconstruction phase services for the extensive façade and curtainwall renovation of Trefz Corporation’s 18-story headquarters at 10 Middle Street in Bridgeport, Conn. KBE is design-builder with BL Companies for the Ox Ridge Riding & Racquet Club in Darien, Conn., featuring a 26,000sf indoor riding arena and 17,000sf squash/fitness center. At KBENY, KBE’s affiliate serving metropolitan New York, new work includes renovations to the David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center, and demolition and ground-up construction of a new retail store at 250 Canal Street, both in Manhattan. KBE’s Mid-Atlantic office was also recently awarded interior tenant fit-out work for The Main Event retail/entertainment venue at the Columbia Mall in Columbia, Md. and It’s Sugar at Harbor Place in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. KBE is currently completing extensive renovations to this high-visibility retail/entertainment center.
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by Jay Moskowitz City Point Partners is a program management firm with a specific expertise in transportation and public projects. We provide project management, project controls, public outreach, and onsite construction oversight on public and private horizontal and vertical construction projects. In 2018, we anticipate that we will be kept busy throughout the year providing onsite construction management, estimating and scheduling, and public outreach services to our clients. We continue to see growth in the public sector, and the agencies we work for in the commonwealth of Massachusetts such as the MBTA, MassDOT, Massport, and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority have robust capital improvement plans. We are also following many transportation-related opportunities in the state of Rhode Island. Our owner’s project management group continues to track opportunities in higher education for both public and private institutions in the New England area but remain watchful of the proposed tax overhaul coming out of Washington and the effect on the investment strategies of these clients. With Mayor Walsh beginning his second term, we are also looking forward to seeing more affordable housing opportunities in the city of Boston. The mayor has made increasing the housing stock in the city a priority going forward, and our OPM group will be watching these development opportunities. Currently, we are serving as the OPM on the city of Newton’s Crescent Street affordable housing development. Our project controls group grew significantly in 2017, and as our clients
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The study examined the degree to which contractors are deploying technologies that can help improve jobsite safety, a concept that was also examined in 2012. Different technologies were explored, including BIM, mobile tools, and emerging technologies like drones and wearable devices. The findings reveal the ways in which technology is already helping to improve safety and how it is likely to do so in the future. Over two-thirds of contractors who use BIM (69%) state that it has a positive
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• Hagerty Family Café, Midfield Commons, Innovation Lounge, and several other new restaurants on the first floor. • Grojean Family Loft, a student media center, and climbing wall on the second floor. • The Tripp and Sheila Smith Center for Recreational Sports on the third and fourth level. • The Meruelo Family Career Center on the fifth floor. • The 1842 Club on what is termed level 5.5. • A new broadcast position for NBC Sports and Dahnke Ballroom on the seventh level. • Rasmus Family Club on level eight. • Football coaches and game management booths, university boxes, and an additional hospitality club on the ninth floor. • On the lower level is a large commissary kitchen and trucking garage to support game-day and other events. All student life and academic departments will be occupied in January 2018, except for the Psychology Department in Corbett Family Hall, which is anticipated to be occupied later in the spring. “This has truly been a collaborative and inspiring project that begins a new chapter in the University of Notre Dame’s history, that architecturally draws on the inspiration of the original stadium completed in 1930,” says Steve Ansel, AIA, design principal, SLAM. “The vastness of this project can easily be translated through the staggering number of bricks, steel and tradesman it took to create the Campus Crossroads. But what’s even more compelling is the school’s vision and purpose in bringing new life to this iconic stadium that will create a new legacy through the experiences shaped by students, faculty and community year-round,” said Ansel.
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Saxe Middle School auditorium Rendering of new wing for Boston Preparatory
Boston – MassDevelopment has issued a $12 million tax-exempt bond for Boston Preparatory Charter Public School (Boston Prep) in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood. The school is using proceeds to build, furnish, and equip a 32,000sf, three-story wing to expand its recently completed middle and high school and to renovate and reconfigure the main entrance of its existing building. The expansion will allow the school
to accommodate 300 additional students, an increase that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education authorized in 2017. Citizens Bank, N.A. purchased the bond. MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss said, “MassDevelopment is pleased this tax-exempt bond will allow the school to grow, helping future generations of students expand their intellectual horizons.”
Glastonbury, CT – S/L/A/M Construction Services (SLAM CS) has completed owner’s representative services for the town of New Canaan Saxe Middle School additions and renovation project. The project team included the architectural firm of JCJ Architecture, construction manager O&G Industries, and environmentalist Tighe & Bond. This multiphased project consisted of a new 24,000sf two-story addition composed of STEM, science, art, and general classrooms. Construction also involved the complete renovation of a 60-year-old, 750-seat auditorium and new
choral and band rooms. The project was tightly organized and phased to minimize disruption to the middle school students and staff. Environmental abatement and disruptive work was performed during the school’s closings. Additionally, SLAM CS worked with a local subcontractor to remove and refurbish the existing 1950’s seating in the auditorium. This additional value to New Canaan Public Schools saved money, achieved the school’s environmental stewardship goal, and provided a higher quality product.
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Groundbreaking Held for New Millis Elementary School
Millis, MA – A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently to celebrate the start of the new Clyde Brown Elementary School in Millis, Massachusetts. The new 90,000sf Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) energy-efficient facility is designed around a forward-thinking educational plan with flexibility for the future. A key feature of the design is to deploy the media center out to academic pods to create learning corridors that are expanded and useable for multiple modes of teaching. Superintendent of Schools Nancy Gustafson welcomed guests, faculty, and students to the ceremony. “The outcome [of this school project process]
Rendering of new Clyde F. Brown Elementary School, exterior view looking southwest / Tappé Architects
truly exceeds my dreams,” she said. “We will have a building that not only brings the fifth grade back into a more developmentally appropriate setting but also alleviates the crowding in the middle-high school.” Agostini Construction is the general contractor, and Compass Project Management is the OPM. The project architect is Tappé Architects. Invited guests to the event included Jack McCarthy, Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Mr. McCarthy took a moment to speak, committing the MSBA’s ongoing support to the project as it unfolds. Massachusetts
State Representative Shawn Dooley offered words of praise for the community of Millis in backing the school project, and he presented a citation from the House of Representatives congratulating the town of Millis. Erika Jacques from the office of Senator Richard Ross presented a citation of congratulations from the Massachusetts Senate as well. Kate Kelly, from the office of Representative
David Linsky, was in attendance to offer congratulations from Representative Linsky on the occasion of the official start of the building construction process, and his excitement and continued support for the project. “We are delighted that the project has reached this significant milestone,” said Charles Hay, managing principal at Tappé Architects. “The new school will
Clyde F. Brown Elementary students pose for groundbreaking photo.
Design/Build team for Clyde F. Brown Elementary School • Architect: Tappé Architects • General Contractor: Agostini Construction • Hardware: Campbell McCabe • Structural: Engineers Design Group • Mechanical & Electrical: Griffith & Vary, Inc. • Plumbing/Fire Protection: Architectural Engineers, Inc. • Landscape: Warner Larson • Civil Surveyor: Nitsch Engineering • Geo-Technical: Weston and Sampson • Owner’s PM: Compass Project Management
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offer a wonderful 21st century learning environment for the students of Millis and helps to create a campus with the middle/high school that benefits the entire district.” Clyde F. Brown Elementary School principal, Jason Phelps, spoke briefly to thank the voters of Millis, on behalf of the school community, for their support of the project, and introduced the entire student body of Clyde F. Brown Elementary School, in attendance with bright yellow
Clyde F. Brown Elementary School 2nd floor commons, Millis, Mass. / Tappé Architects
plastic “hardhats,” as they were led by the Grade 4 students in singing “This Land is Your Land” accompanied on the guitar by music teacher Mark Femino. Wayne Klocko, Chair of the Millis Elementary School Building Committee, shared words of thanks to the entire elementary school building committee for their commitment and hard work over the course of the project to date. Jim McCaffrey, Chair of the Millis Board of Selectmen, spoke at the occasion
of the ceremony as well. McCaffrey stated, “Today’s ceremony [marks] a new investment by this community in our future. This project says a lot about our town and the willingness of this community, as a whole, to invest in our children.” Chair of the Millis School Committee, Denise Gibbons, concluded the ceremony remarks, offering heartfelt thanks to the community for their investment in the future of the children of Millis,
recognizing members of the community who were instrumental in supporting the project from its inception. The Millis Marching Band, led by band director Janice Norton, closed out the ceremony with their rendition of “Celebration.” Following the ceremony, student representatives from each grade level, kindergarten through grade four, were invited to take part in a ceremonial “groundbreaking,” using small shovels to mark this historic day.
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Corporate New HQ for Boston Scientific Customer Fulfillment Center Quincy, MA – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) of Boston recently completed a new, 694,000sf global customer fulfillment center for Boston Scientific Corporation, a worldwide developer, manufacturer, and marketer of medical devices. Located on Squantum Point in Quincy, the state-of-the-art facility expands and modernizes the company’s logistics and distribution functions, and aligns with the goals of the company’s global facilities master plan. Comprising 64,000sf of office space and a 630,000sf customer fulfillment center, the building’s office space was designed to meet global workplace strategy standards that Boston Scientific is deploying around the world. The center includes 2.5 miles of high-efficiency, smart technology conveyor and the first installation of an enterprise warehouse management system for Boston Scientific Global Distribution. The sustainably designed building is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification for existing buildings. The open office space features a mix of workstations and glass-fronted offices,
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supported by town squares, breakout cafés, training spaces, and a variety of meeting rooms. To enhance the employee experience in the new building, Boston Scientific chose a variety of amenities including a fitness center, 24×7 grab-and-go food kiosk, and game room. Adjoining the full-service corporate café, the waterfront
roof terrace with outdoor casual seating and conference spaces offers stunning views of downtown Boston and provides
a compelling amenity for employees. MPA inherited legacy warehouse conditions that guided the repositioning of the south building and the development of the open office floor plan. Different weight-bearing capacities of the existing floor slab informed the location of major building functions such as the warehouse and its accompanying storage. The large building features a unique, L-shaped footprint, so MPA’s design stretched the office spaces along the building’s edge to distribute natural light to the interior. Different corporate functions occupy each of the L’s wings, maximizing operational efficiency from the unique layout. The existing precast façade was completely replaced with an energyefficient, metal panel rain screen system and new ribbon windows. The corner of the building was removed and updated with a multi-story curtainwall to create a dramatic canopied main entry.
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Building Pathways Boston Visits American Plumbing training, outreach to young adults, and advocacy, the company addresses the need to recruit top talent into the industry while opening career pathways to women, people of color, individuals with disabili-
ties, and transitioning veterans. “APH is proud to partner with Building Pathways Boston to help create more career opportunities in the construction industry,” added Clancy.
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Norwell, MA. – A group from Building Pathways Boston recently visited the corporate office and pre-fab shop at American Plumbing and Heating to gain valuable knowledge and hands-on experience in the plumbing industry. “We were happy to host the group from Building Pathways, and we hope that by sharing our knowledge, experiences, and passion for what we do helps them to find out which career path would be best for them in the construction industry,” said Sara Clancy, principal at American Plumbing and Heating. Building Pathways creates opportunities for low-income area residents, particularly in under-served communities,
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York, ME – Jewett Construction of Raymond, N.H., has been contracted by the Center for Wildlife in York, Maine, to build a new, 16,000sf wildlife medical clinic and visitor center. The project, which has been many years in the making, is an effort to provide adequate space for environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation and
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Municipal JF White Finishing Airport Project Worcester, MA – NECA Boston contractor JF White Contracting Co.’s electrical division, headquartered in Framingham, is nearing completion of comprehensive electrical installations associated with the Worcester Regional Airport’s new taxiway and advanced Cat III instrument landing system project. The project scope includes installation of new inpavement lighting systems (taxiway edge and lighting fixtures), airfield guidance signs and electrical infrastructure upgrades, the communication ductbank and fiber optic backbone system, electrical vaults, and the airfield lighting control and monitoring system. The project also entailed installation of 12 new approach lighting towers and modifications to the existing approach lighting tower, as well as installation of NAVAID shelters, NAVAID equipment, and an emergency generator. The new light towers are tied into the electrical and navigation lines. The $32 million CAT III system, paid for by both federal grants and funds from the Mass. Port Authority, provides for landings in low-visibility weather conditions which often impact Worcester
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Regional Airport. J.F. White is managing the project with its crew of 11 IBEW Local 96 and Local 103 foremen, journeymen, and apprentice electricians and four telecom technicians. Project manager Thomas Pyle and electrical superintendent Mike McLaughlin are heading the project team’s operations. The project team also includes architect and engineer Jacobs Engineering of Boston; general contractor J.F. White Contracting Co.; and Massport, the owner.
Holliston, MA – Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. has recently completed the electrical installation work at Newton Fire Station No. 3. The newly constructed 31,000sf facility is connected to the existing fire headquarters building constructed in 1928 and maintains a historically accurate exterior, with technological updates on the interior. Griffin Electric’s installation work included power and lighting, with systems for fire alarm, UPS, paging, lightning protection, and telecommunications. A driveway snow melt system was installed in front of the emergency vehicle bays, to provide for easy access in and out of the fire station during the winter months.
Compass Project Management of Medfield served as the owner’s project manager, working with general contractor Commodore Builders of Waltham. Schwartz/Silver Architects, Inc. of Boston was the designer on the project, while BVH Integrated Services of Newton served as the electrical engineer. Five apparatus bays for multiple emergency vehicles were part of the construction, with crew quarters situated above, and includes bunks, a fitness area, kitchen, and patio. An emergency operations center contains 40 workstations and several screens to monitor situations, events, and breaking news, while handson training facilities include a maze room and manhole/confined spaces.
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The Marr Companies Celebrates 120 Years of Success The following interview was conducted recently with Daniel Marr III HP: How did the Marr family find its way into the construction industry? DM: Daniel Marr arrived in America in 1898 ready to put down roots and start a new venture. An adventurous and skilled sea captain, he endeavored to put his talents and hard work ethic to use in his new community. Along with his son John D. Marr, he established Daniel Marr & Son, a steel erection and rigging firm delivering services to important projects emerging in the city of Boston. The firm evolved into an innovative and durable operation, capable of responding to the demands of the marketplace and everchanging building construction industry.
The 120th anniversary year: (l-r) David E. Hughes, Christopher D. Hughes, Katherine M. Marr, Jeffrey T. Marr, Jeffrey T. Marr Jr., Daniel F. Marr III, Robert L. Marr, David B. Marr, Patrick D. Marr and David B. Marr Jr.
throughout New England, including our South Boston headquarters, Dorchester, Canton, Springfield, and our Providence, Rhode Island, branches. Through efficient quality service and expertise on every jobsite, Marr project managers and salespeople have been able to cultivate long-standing relationships with customers, who learn to entrust Marr with meeting their project needs and schedules.
HP: There have been roughly 20 recessions in our economy since 1898. What do you think kept Marr afloat during those difficult years? DM: Through six generations, there’s been a stewardship to what was started in 1898. The first generation embodied an entrepreneurial spirit. And through the five succeeding generations, the company has embraced that entrepreneurial spirit and strived to bring new innovations to our industry with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced techniques. There has also been a productive rhythm at the company, established by earlier generations and built upon in later ones. Pursuing the region’s major construction projects has led to work that has put the Marr name on the map. HP: Tell us how you decided eventually to expand into four separate companies. DM: As control of the business was passed down, from Daniel to his son John and then to John’s son Daniel F. Marr Sr. in the 1940s, there were numerous challenges to face in the aftermath of the Great Depression. However, the construction industry was transforming and the demand for state-of-the-art equipment was rising. To meet new challenges and continue to succeed in the marketplace, the firm invested in truck cranes, which would replace wooden derricks. On the heels of this, in 1942, the firm founded Marr Equipment Corporation to provide other New England companies with the large equipment they required. Soon after, in 1945, we founded Marr Scaffolding Company, and the companies have worked in unison to this day. Fast forward to 1969; with fourth-generation owners Bob and Dan Marr at the helm, Marr took control of Isaac Blair & Co., a specialty shoring and rigging company founded in 1820. And in 1993, the formation of Marr Rigging Company completed the “Companies” designation as a one-stop
HP: Has your business model changed or grown over the years? Daniel Marr & Son Company’s first South Boston office located at 384 Dorchester Avenue
shop for construction contractors. Today, Marr Equipment Company operates as Marr Crane & Rigging. HP: Can you describe the culture at your company? Both onsite and in the office? DM: We are considered a large/small company. Being family-owned for six generations and having employees who themselves represent the second and third generation of their family to work for Marr, we would say the culture is very much one of family, friendship. There is a mutual respect and a team spirit here, where support from one another is essential and contributes to the overall team’s success. No man stands alone.
part of a company that retains the most dedicated and skilled professionals for 10, 20, even 50-plus years. Thanks to the people of Marr, the business has flourished from a very small operation in South Boston to a robust enterprise in five different locations
HP: Behind every successful company, is a team of dedicated employees. What is it about Marr’s employees that have helped make Marr so successful? DM: The source of our business success and longevity is certainly our people. Across Daniel Marr & Son, Marr Scaffolding Company, Marr Crane & Rigging, Isaac Blair & Co., and Saf-Lok Scaffolding Company, Marr employs an average of 300 people, including administrative and field personnel, such as crane operators, scaffold builders, riggers, and ironworkers. There is a strong sense of loyalty felt by the people here; they are
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DM: Each year, top-of-the-line equipment is acquired to service the needs of our customers, who range from subcontractors and general contractors to property owners and developers. Ingenuity runs high on our team — we confidently take on the challenges that come with maintaining historic structures and as it relates to new construction; Marr has a steady and consistent hand in the building process that spans all phases of a building’s completion. We have been challenged numerous times over the years to overcome architectural obstacles, site restrictions, and unique building designs. There isn’t much we haven’t seen, and we have rarely encountered a situation where we couldn’t come up with a solution. We are known for our problem-solving capabilities and are proud of what we have been able to achieve. The companies’ products and services generally complement one another. Our team’s ability to pull from one another, to rely on each other’s fast and dependable service, is a special aspect of our business and an advantage that customers have come to value and depend on for the success, ease, and safety of their project work. We proudly own our ability to be a full-service firm, with each of our companies and their respective divisions strengthened by the capabilities of the next.
Connecticut KBE Earns OSHA Partnership
It’s hard to heal patients in a dirty environment.
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Farmington, CT – A sterling safety reputation has earned KBE Building Corporation two new Safety Training Partnerships with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hartford Area Office and federal OSHA. These represent the fourth and fifth partnerships that OSHA has recognized KBE with since the first partnership in 2014. KBE’s two newest partnerships are underway on the city of Waterbury’s new Public Works Facility and the expansion of the Seabury Active Life Community for seniors in Bloomfield. Previous partnerships were recently
completed at three KBE project sites: the 211,000sf Next Generation Connecticut Residence Hall for the University of Connecticut in Storrs, the new 183,000sf Litchfield County Judicial District Courthouse in Torrington, and the 372,000sf Jewish Senior Services senior living campus in Bridgeport. Through SPP, KBE Building Corporation, and OSHA combine forces to set a standard that will inspire construction companies around the country to voluntarily take steps to improve their own safety practices, instead of waiting for the government to get involved when a situation becomes too dangerous.
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Patient care is complicated. It gets harder when contaminants from the materials, process and workers involved in construction are introduced. That’s why the Carpenters union has developed “Infection Control, Risk Assessment” (ICRA) with national leaders in construction, health care and infection control. It’s a comprehensive certification program that teaches carpenters to recognize and avoid creating environments that hamper the healing process. Ask for ICRA-certified carpenters for your next project.
Work progresses on new office building.
Plainville, CT – CT ABC and CEC announced that work is progressing quickly on the new office building in Plainville. Plans are to move in early 2018. This office relocation is especially important to the CEC and the training of the future workforce. The new space will allow for more classroom space, additional educational opportunities, and
hands-on training space to enhance the learning experience of our apprentices. A quick update by the numbers: • 8,000sf (vs. the current 3,000sf!). • Two hands-on training rooms. • Two classrooms. • One conference room. • Lots and lots of parking spaces.
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When Construction Becomes a Living Classroom
by Seth Duke Sometimes we’re taken by surprise when the things we do to help someone else end up being as much of a benefit to us. It was not long after O&G Industries of Torrington began the four-year additions and renovations project at Orville H. Platt High School in Meriden that the construction management team, with the school’s career center, fleshed out a shared vision. They recognized that what lay ahead of them could become a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity, a “living classroom” to give interested teenagers up-close exposure to the building of their school and the careers possible in construction. That was the genesis of Platt Builds, a program that ran all four years of the project, successfully introduced more than 90 students to construction, and earned awards from the Midstate Chamber of
Final graduating class of Platt Builds, with O&G project management and supporting high school administration.
Commerce for excellence in execution and the Connecticut Construction Industry Association for service to the community. O&G project manager Dave Cravanzola and project superintendent Steve Baranello created the program’s curriculum. They saw that the number of skilled tradespeople has declined in Connecticut and that Platt’s collegebound numbers were below state average. “We wanted students to see they could prepare for high-paying jobs in
construction without a college degree,” says Baranello. So they committed to developing a program, naming it Platt Builds, as a way to wring educational opportunities out of the project. Cravanzola and Baranello presented the outline of Platt Builds to every party
just heard and seen as a way of reinforcing the lessons. That was the third component. When Platt Builds’ reputation spread among the student body, the program maxed out its capacity. In the program’s final class last spring, one senior had enrolled in the construction management program at CCSU, others were going to colleges for technical careers in IT and architecture, and others were set to train in a trades. “Coordinating Platt Builds from the school side, O&G was all about organization and quality,” says Abby Marcantonio, Platt’s college and career coordinator. “Dave and his management team, and the experts he would bring in, were always extensively prepared no matter how busy they were with their own work. And I loved how all the tradespeople and managers talked about how they came to be doing what they do, and that for many of them ending up in construction was not a straight path. I know that opened our kids’ eyes. I can’t say enough phenomenal things about how that program gave our kids such an outstanding educational opportunity.”
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working the project and secured their commitment. The architect, engineer, and union reps would participate, as would essentially all the men and women the students would see working at their school. Accommodating school schedules and the demands of the project, students convened at least monthly. Each session followed the same three-component format. It began with a classroom presentation, delivered by a different specialist every month. The second component was out onsite, where students saw real-world application of what they had just learned. Over lunch the students would be informally quizzed about what they had
In the end, the benefits of Platt Builds went more than one way. Says Cravanzola, “It was rewarding to see young people interested in construction. There is an immense amount of opportunity waiting for them. And for us who led the program, Platt Builds was rejuvenating. To have been able to listen to all these talented people talk about the fundamental things they do, you get reinvigorated about what you’re doing — the construction industry really is an amazing industry to be a part of.” Seth Duke is corporate marketing and communications Manager for O&G Industries, Inc., a long-time member of the Construction Institute.
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Peabody, MA – Congress/Consigli, a joint venture of Congress Building Corp. of Peabody, Mass., and Consigli NY of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., began construction on the 110,000sf White Plains Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing facility. The $60 million facility consists of 160 beds of skilled nursing, including 76 specialized rehabilitation beds, 42 Alzheimer’s secure beds, and 42 long-term-care beds, each on specially designed nursing units.
Congress’ long and deep experience over decades in the construction of nursing and assisted living facilities, and Consigli’s experience in hospital and medical construction, as well as its strong local presence in the Hudson Valley, contribute to this strong partnership. Congress has also been selected as the developer for this state-of-the-art skilled nursing facility. The Architectural Team of Chelsea, Mass. is the architect for the project.
Amerst, NY – Finegold Alexander Architects recently announced the groundbreaking of a 300-seat sanctuary that will represent the merger of two conservative congregations, Congregation B’nai Shalom (CBS) and Temple Beth Tzedek (TBT) in Amherst, New York. The sanctuary building will include community, administrative, and support spaces. The new 10,000sf building will be constructed at the current site of CBS and will link to existing spaces. The new congregation has already combined and is known as Temple Beth Tzedek. “The rabbi(s) and the congregation originally asked for a sanctuary in the woods, since the site is heavily wooded to the east,” said Rebecca Berry, AIA, LEED AP, president and sustainability
director, Finegold Alexander Architects. “Unfortunately, wetlands, tree conservation, and site restraints suggested otherwise.” “The solution was inspired by the metaphorical connection to the wooden synagogues of Poland and the wish to be close to the woods. The design conceived an all ‘old wood’ structure, the sanctuary having a dramatic exposure to the east and the wooded site,” Berry said. “Twelve glass panels from the original TBT synagogue will be relocated to this east wall above the ark, an interpretation of the polychromatic interiors of the synagogues’ historic antecedent,” added Berry, noting that a connection to TBT’s former space was important. “The glasspaneled wall truly brings the congregation into the woods.”
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attend the information session to learn more about beginning a rewarding career in carpentry. “The information session is an essential first step in becoming a union carpenter,” said Schultz. “It prepares women who are interested in carpentry to understand the expectations and requirements of the Pre-Apprentice Program. Women who have graduated from our Sisters in the Brotherhood Program are already on the jobsite and earning a good salary and health and retirement benefits.”
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Unlike earlier sustainability efforts that focused on a building’s impact on the natural environment, healthcare
and corporate facilities have begun a major transition to consider a building’s impact on human occupant health. The healthcare industry is seeing a shift to wellness as a model of care, incorporating the built environment and promoting new design strategies to get there. It is now commonplace to specify healthier building materials that are low maintenance and nontoxic, which in earlier standards were considered a pricey novelty. Decision makers now weigh the impact of our physical environment on patient and public health throughout the life cycle of a building. The increase in extreme weather events related to climate change is also taking its toll on our healthcare facilities. Recent events have shown how vulnerable our healthcare infrastructure is, and how resiliency and related sustainable building practices are imperative for a healthcare facility to remain functional under the worst storm conditions. Building resilience and sustainability into hospitals offers long-term benefits to patient health and well-being in addition to operational savings, while providing the capacity to adapt and respond to changing conditions and hazards. Making an investment in healthcare sustainability and wellness pays off. Suzanne Abbott, LEED AP BD+C, is senior business development manager for SMRT Architects and Engineer Inc., in its Andover office.
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Worcester, MA – A Wellness Center at Worcester State University with fitness equipment that sends power back to the grid during a workout has earned a LEED Gold certification for sustainable design and energy performance from the U.S. Green Building Council. Designed by Boston-based ARC/ Architectural Resources Cambridge for the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) and the university, the $52.6 million Wellness Center’s sports, fitness,
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and social spaces are a popular hub for the entire university community. The 101,000sf Wellness Center hosts varsity and intramural sports and provides flexible space for fitness and health activities, community events, and university gatherings. It offers a twolevel, 9,000sf fitness center, a 1,500-seat competition gymnasium and a separate multi-purpose gymnasium, an elevated indoor running and walking track, and student interaction and amenity spaces. Within the fitness center, workout
bikes and ellipticals are designed to generate electricity instead of consuming it. Thanks to an internal micro-converter embedded in the machines, the power produced during workouts is returned to the grid to power the lights and other equipment in the facility. In the first two months of operation, the power-producing machines generated 35,079 kilowatt hours, enough to provide the annual power for three average-size homes. The use of this equipment underlines the commitment to sustainability and
energy efficiency observed in the design of the Wellness Center. Other features include a solar-heated hot water system, rainwater harvesting and reuse, LED lighting, high-efficiency boilers, and lighting sensors that detect if there is sufficient daylight to allow lights to be turned off. The Wellness Center is the fourth LEED-certified building on the Worcester State University campus. The university has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review four years in a row.
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Haverhill, MA –Copley Wolff Design Group recently celebrated the dedication of Harbor Place, a 176,000sf mixeduse property in Haverhill, marking the completion of the transformative waterfront project designed by The Architectural Team for project owners the Greater Haverhill Foundation and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs. Copley Wolff was tasked with leading the landscape design for the development, which includes commercial, retail, and residential components, as well as a satellite campus for the University of Massachusetts. The dynamic design for the property encompasses streetscape improvements along Merrimack Street, a waterfront boardwalk, and a public/private courtyard plaza. The courtyard design consists of a large open lawn bordered by extra-wide
terraced concrete seat walls. In addition, the courtyard provides three semi-private alcoves for restaurant spill-out space. The area is designated through a combination of curved seat walls and planters that incorporate salvaged yellow brick details from the historic Woolworth building that once shared the site. To honor the reconnection of the site to the Merrimack River, maritime-style detailing is used on prominent features such as the courtyard’s buoy — a water feature element consisting of style steel and mesh. The Harbor Place project showcases the city’s determination to reconnect its residents and visitors to the historic waterfront and promote business growth through innovative mixed-use programming.
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Somerville, MA – The Somerville Planning Board has voted unanimously to support Union Square Station Associates’ (US2) Coordinated Development Plan (CDP), and the board of aldermen voted to approve district improvement financing, setting in motion crucial upgrades to Union Square’s infrastructure. The CDP is a blueprint that maps to the goals set by the Union Square Neighborhood Plan, which includes new commercial, housing, open and green space, each an important component that will contribute to a dense and diverse network of public spaces that serve a variety of people. Now, the stage has been set for growth and the evolution of a 2.4 million sf mixed-use employment center
in Union Square that will garner $11.3 million in annual tax revenue through commercial development. With the approval of the CDP, design review of the first phase of the project will begin. Construction of the first development phase, a mix of commercial and residential uses, is slated to begin in 2018. At full build-out, the project will include 1.4 million sf of new work spaces for companies that will generate 5,000 new permanent jobs, along with more than 4,000 new construction jobs and millions of dollars in job linkage payments to support local workforce development initiatives. Housing and new open space and retail are also planned.
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Bristol, RI – Pare Corporation announced the recent completion of the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol. The ribboncutting ceremony was held on November 11, 2017 to coincide with Veteran’s Day. The $121-million Veterans Home, which includes 260,000sf of new building construction and required approximately 45 acres of sitework, is a worthy tribute to Rhode Island’s veterans and will provide a comfortable and nurturing environment to those who have sacrificed so much on behalf of the nation. The new facility includes 208 private bedrooms subdivided into “neighborhoods,” kitchenette common areas, and recreational spaces for residents. There is also a two-story “commons” community center, which includes a main dining room, a library, a barber shop, a bank, administrative offices, and healthcare offices. Pare was responsible for site/civil and geotechnical engineering, wetlands and traffic permitting, and construction-phase services. The scope of work included schematic site planning, stormwater management design, water and sewer connection design, final site design, construction documents, and construction observation. An important component of the project was moving a historic 60-foot-tall water tower 807 feet to a new location near the
Historic tower in new location on RIVH campus
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MassDev Helps Expand Housing Options Beverly, MA – MassDevelopment has issued a $3.8 million tax-exempt bond for Harborlight Community Partners, a Beverly nonprofit community development corporation. Harborlight will use bond proceeds to buy and renovate 26 studio apartments on Boston Street in Salem for Boston Street Crossing, a housing development for individuals who have experienced homelessness. Harborlight will also contract with Lifebridge to provide support services for Boston Street Crossing tenants. In addition to the tax-exempt bond, MassDevelopment assisted the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development with the approval of federal low-income housing
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If you want to divide a 20,000sf floor into four spec suites, make sure those spaces are code-compliant for egress, life safety, and other rules, whether they are leased to one, two, or four tenants.
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by Karen Bala For brokers and owners of office buildings, constructing “spec suites” as ready-tooccupy office spaces can be a no-fail way to lease out commercial buildings — if they are designed well. In fact, spec suites or “marketing suites,” as they are known — spaces built out by a building owner for the purpose of marketing a vacant suite or floor — “are growing in popularity and in size,” says the Colorado Real Estate Journal, “with new projects devoting entire floors and buildings to spec space.” Making spec suites successful, however, requires market savvy, cuttingedge design, and expert knowledge on building codes. The workplace experts at Dyer Brown have designed dozens of spec suites, and as a result have identified some important rules to follow:
shaped corners of the office building, so they may be inherently less attractive to renters. It’s critical to emphasize the positives for these spaces and to add better finishes and lighting to make less appealing spaces more marketable. Some spec suites use high-impact wall graphics and displays to tell a story about their building or neighborhood. Hospitality-inspired designs with warmer colors, wood finishes, and dimmable lights can attract many companies looking for a workplace that fits a more casual lifestyle or company culture.
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While it has been trendy, not every company wants a colorful, bold “techinspired” space. The best spec suites find a careful balance between the building owner’s own identity and the likely profile of incoming tenants. The right design mix tells a story about the owner and reflects the local market, too. Accentuate the positives
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The spec suite approach does not always work in every building. In a very popular
building or location where the spaces are likely to rent quickly, the cost and time of building a spec suite can be avoided. As a first step, work with the architect to estimate the construction cost for the fitout. In some cases, it might be better to take the raw space to market instead. If these rules are followed, a quick lease-up is likely for the spec suites — a real home run for building owners. By preparing the space as ready-to-go, you instantly go to the top of the list for prospective tenants who’ve fallen behind in their planning. Plus, the build-outs always create a more sensory experience, which can be much more impressive and convincing than a 3D walk-through animation or detailed renderings. Karen Bala, AIA, LEED AP, is senior architect at Dyer Brown.
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Winter Weather Tips from Siemens Building Technologies
by Brycen Spencer Winter is here, and it’s important that building and facility managers think about ways to ensure a safe, warm, and easy winter. Below are a few tips for building and facility managers to keep in mind as we head into these colder months: Cooling towers and chillers. Your winter heating systems are online and operating by now, but winterizing your cooling systems may not have made it to the top of the list yet. Facility managers should be thinking about the cooling systems that are not in use over the winter and preparing them for the next season; for example, cooling towers and traps should be drained. Chillers that won’t be needed this winter should be taken offline and scheduled for maintenance. Freeze protection. Make sure that all
piping is well insulated, temperature set points for unit heaters are sufficient for freeze protection at exterior locations, and life safety infrastructure, like sprinkler systems, are not at risk of freezing. A frozen sprinkler isn’t just a life safety concern, it also presents a property damage risk. Air handlers checks. Throughout the fall, many facilities use outdoor air to provide free cooling to buildings. Now is a good time to inspect and test your outdoor air dampers and air handler sensors to prevent an unexpected frozen coil as the temperatures drop. Schedules and set points. Take time to evaluate your building automation system schedules and comfort set points. As we enter winter, you may have different occupancy schedules and a different set of temperature set points that will not only improve comfort, but will also improve energy efficiency. Power outages. Reliable power is essential for many facilities and, for facilities such as hospitals, it presents a life safety risk. If power interruption or prolonged power outage plans aren’t in place, we encourage facility managers
to develop their plans. Facility owners should evaluate and test the resiliency of their main power coming from the utility as well as backup power they rely on, such as uninterruptable power supply/
by Chad Wisler Does this article title take you back to the days of exacting space programming and subsequent test fits and final design documentation based upon specific people and processes in a client’s company? It wasn’t that long ago actually. Then we had a revelation that flexibility and adaptability perhaps was more attractive to clients (to win projects) or better yet . . . may support their operational mission and desired company culture. This became a wave of change in workplace design starting with the dot-coms, high-tech, life science, GSA, and academia. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a shift back towards less open offices and more defined working spaces (either as collaborative spaces or the infamous dedicated office). This change of workplace philosophy is healthy and at a minimum promotes the discussion with our clients. Learning from history, we know the current best practice workplace design philosophy will continue to cycle. Knowing this is true, how can we minimize the risk to the project? How can we support flexibility and adaptability of the building to support this cyclical change in workplace? While it’s nearly impossible to design a project for ultimate flexibility, there are several key strategies that can be employed to reduce these risks during the designconstruction phases and subsequent occupancies for the next 20, 50, 100 years. Limit constraints
The structural system and the cadence of columns, beams, floor-to-floor heights, and the building core won’t change over the lifetime of the building. Once these design variables are set, they’re set. Study the optimization of these core attributes. A column grid of 20’x20’ to 30’x30’ will increase the load capacities of the columns and potentially increase the horizontal structural system. Similarly,
batteries, back-up generators, or generator fuel storage. Brycen Spencer is the service sales manager at Siemens Building Technologies of Canton, Mass.
increasing the floor-to-floor heights often increases the project first costs due to the added façade area. However, each of these project variables are counterbalanced by added adaptability and flexibility of the building for years to come. Determining the right balance of these variables is a true investment. Plan for change
The MEP distribution systems are comprised of a wide variety of items ranging from ductwork, conduit, cable tray, piping, terminal boxes, coils, valves, supports, sensors, etc. That’s a lot of items that will need to be rerouted or replaced over the life of the building, or worse yet, for each individual renovation. Knowing this, there are strategies that can be employed at the design phase to reduce changes. These include sizing distribution for blocks rather than individual zones, treating distribution systems as floor-level resources to be tapped as needed, and organizing the distribution in classical above ceiling zones. Consider the use of wireless thermostats, controls, and sensors. Additional strategies include planning floor plate zones for future vertical distribution to support sinks and core equipment. Standards for interior partitions (demountable) and systems are key at the floor level to facilitate change as well as maintain design levels of daylight penetration. Communication
Engage the owner, not simply about the current trends, but rather looking forward and strategizing together on the projectspecific options to make sure the solutions are appropriate. Engage the consultants; each has a wealth of experience and knowledge, not purely in their discipline, but often across the built environment. Communication includes planning for change and documenting capacities, provisions for system isolation, and maintaining building design and record documentation. Design is interactive and founded on study. A building designed for flexibility and adaptability for an owner over the lifetime of the building is truly a purposebuilt design. Chad Wisler, PE LEED AP BD+C, is a managing principal at Vanderweil Engineers in Boston.
Philanthropy AEC Professionals Gain New Perspectives
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Boston – It is often said that life is about learning — about ourselves and our relationship with the world around us. Anthony Papantonis, president of Nauset Construction, and Michael Liu, principal of The Architectural Team (TAT), rediscovered the meaning of that adage during a recent trip to Cambodia with Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston (HFHGB). The construction professionals (who also sit on the Habitat Greater Boston’s board of directors) were members of a Big Build team that traveled to that impoverished nation to help build 23 homes for the people of Battambang.
The homes are single-story, one-room structures, approximately 10’ high x 14’ wide x 22’ long. They were constructed using poured concrete frame with terracotta brick or CEB partitions for walls, with a metal door and single windows at the front and rear. The roof frames were made with teak wood beams (which is native to Cambodia) with attached corrugated metal roofs, and the floors were made of concrete. Although there is no running water or plumbing, each house comes with a bricked-in bathroom, with a toilet that is connected via pipe to a submerged precast tank behind the house. Concrete finishes were applied over
(l-r) Michael Liu, Lark Palermo, Peggy Orlin, and Tony Papantonis
the brick or CEB structures to complete the homes. Each of the 23 building sites had a translator assigned to it, as well as a safety officer. The home that Papantonis and Liu helped to build was constructed with fired brick and mortar. “Although I have construction experience, I’m certainly not a mason,” said Papantonis of the building process. “They had a couple of roving construction supervisors that were local and familiar with this style of building, and once they showed us what to do, we just went to work. It was an interesting learning experience.” The crew of approximately 1 dozen
volunteers was able to finish the house in just five days. And while the job entailed considerable physical labor, the biggest challenge may have been the climate conditions. Temperatures topped 95 degrees with 98% humidity, according to Lark Palermo, president and CEO at Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston, who also participated in the project. “Everyone worked incredibly hard during this build trip,” said Palermo. “We pushed through the extremely high temperature and humidity, knowing that the end result of our efforts would mean a new home for a local Cambodian family.”
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Farmington, CT – Nine years . . . $2.75 million in donations and services . . . 13,000 volunteer hours . . . these are the latest tallies from KBE Building Corporation’s 50 Ways to Make A Difference corporate philanthropy program, launched in 2009. The program was established to celebrate the firm’s new ownership, name change, and then-50 years in business. Over the years, KBE has provided corporate donations and employee volunteer time to charitable causes and agencies benefiting children, seniors, and military veterans in Connecticut and Maryland. This year, KBE’s 50 Ways program has helped more than 25 not-for-
profit community support agencies in Connecticut and Maryland, where the firm has offices. The firm’s 2017 donations total $320,000 and 1,000 hours of volunteer service by KBE employees. KBE also provided $17,000 in scholarships to Connecticut Technical High Schools graduates pursuing further education in construction management, building trades, architecture, or engineering. Organizations that have benefited from the 50 Ways program this year include: • Associated Builders and Contractors, Chesapeake Shores Chapter • Americares • American Red Cross
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continue to develop that program. We currently have a staff member licensed with his Part 107 pilot’s license and will have more certified in the coming months. We spent a significant part of 2017 testing the accuracies of data collected from this process, and we are positive about the results. We have embraced this technology that allows us to survey a 20-acre site in a matter of hours. We then take the high-resolution photography and process it with 3D data to produce a point cloud of information that will be used in conjunction with the photos to produce survey grade plans. (l-r) LAN-TEL senior project manager Eric Johnson; STEC executive director Camille Clarke; Carlos Telles, director of finance and administration; LAN-TEL apprentice Scott Whitcomb; senior technician Sean Pappas / photos: Lynne Damianos
Norwood, MA – In response to recent vandalism that took place at Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center (STEC) in Dorchester, LAN-TEL Communications, Inc. has completed the pro bono installation of a wireless video surveillance camera system at the facility that ties into area Boston law enforcement offices. LAN-TEL, a NECA Boston contractor, furnished and installed six video security cameras, complete with an antenna system that integrates into, and is monitored at, one of Boston law enforcement’s regional
intelligence centers. Eric Johnson, senior project manager and security specialist. supervised a crew of IBEW Local 103 technicians in the community outreach project. Senior technician Sean Pappas provided project guidance and oversight, while Scott Whitcomb used this project as an extended practical exercise for his apprentice training through LAN-TEL, which augments the Greater Boston JATC’s apprenticeship field training program
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Focusing on our Feldman team
We will continue our in-house education program where we offer classes taught by our staff to further education and cross-train everyone at our firm. From construction survey to hands-on laser scanning, and MEP modeling to CAD drafting, we developed these courses as a response to a request from our team to offer more educational opportunities. We will continue to build on our company culture that focuses on health and balance, and we will continue to provide healthy food choices in the office along with weekly yoga classes and sessions with a fitness trainer.
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Backlash Beer Company
Backlash, our first-floor tenant, will open its brewery and taproom in 2018 and will provide the neighborhood with some retail activity and will be a fun place to meet with clients and friends alike. Giving back to our community
We will continue to hire interns from Roxbury and Dorchester and will continue to be a good Roxbury neighbor by helping the good people of Orchards Gardens. We will support the nonprofit partners of ours and donate per our usual mode of giving. Michael Feldman is president and CEO of Feldman Land Surveyors.
United Steel Award-Winning Projects East Hartford, CT. – Engineering News Record honored the firm for its work on four projects: the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.; the Boston Public Library renovation; the new Worcester Regional Transit Authority Vehicle maintenance, operations, and storage facility; and the restoration of the Old Chapel at UMass, Amherst.
Delphi Wins Award
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Mashpee, MA – Delphi Construction was honored with an award from The Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors during the recent 25th annual Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony. The firm was recognized for its outstanding work on a multi-million dollar custom residential construction project in Marstons Mills. The award-winning project consisted of the new construction of an architecturally distinctive, 11,000sf custom waterfront residence and 3,000sf guest house in coastal Marstons Mills on
Cape Cod. By applying highly developed scheduling methodologies, Delphi was able to reduce what would typically be an 18 to 24 month duration for a residential project of this size and complexity down to 15 months from start to substantial completion. Delphi senior project manager Corey Heaslip and assistant project manager Sue Ellen Walker, along with other representatives from Delphi Construction’s Cape Cod office, accepted the award on the company’s behalf.
Emerging Practice of Prevention
Sandy Hook Elementary School
The Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) recognized United Steel with the Build New England Grand Honor award for its role in the new Sandy Hook Elementary School. United Steel was recognized by the Massachusetts Historical Commission as part of the team that renovated the Old Chapel at UMass, Amherst. The company also received a NuHeights Design Award from NuCor Corp. for outstanding steel joist and decking design work on the Worcester Regional Transit Authority Vehicle Maintenance project.
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However, only about half of architects (51%) do similar reviews to optimize construction safety. The biggest barrier to wider use of PtD among architects is concern about taking on construction liability, reported by 79%, followed by lack of client interest at 63%. Correspondingly, most architects (81%) would be influenced by requests from their clients to take this approach, and over two-thirds (68%) would be influenced by insurance incentives. With global studies linking between 22%and 63% of workplace fatalities to designrelated factors, getting owners onboard with demanding this approach, providing liability coverage for architects seeking to practice it, and getting insurance companies to reward them appear to be powerful ways to enhance the safety records of buildings. “The survey findings confirm two things we have been hearing for years,” says Cain. “Owners drive construction safety and health, and architects are reluctant to implement PtD solutions without client pressure. By ensuring the entire team, starting with the owner/client, focuses on preventing jobsite hazards, we will continue to see improvements in worker injuries, illnesses, and fatality rates.” P43 Editor’s note: This original story came from Dodge Data & Analytics.
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improving jobsite safety increases. “Technology is drastically improving jobsite safety, providing tangible results in protecting workers and firms alike,” says Jim Dorris, United Rentals’ vice president of environmental, health, and safety. “Evolving data platforms, tools, and service capabilities will deliver innovative new safety solutions, and United Rentals is excited about the emerging road map to safer projects of all types.” Another emerging trend explored in the study is PtD: the effort to help improve construction safety by actively considering safety issues during design, from the schematic stage forward. The study included an architect survey on this issue, which found that while few architects were aware of the formal name for this process before taking the survey, the use of key PtD practices occurred at least to some degree. Most architects (83%) report that they have worked with GCs and key trades before the completion of schematic design to identify opportunities for prefabrication. Roughly two-thirds are either reviewing the design during schematic for safety during building operations/ maintenance (68%) or use a life-cycle safety approach to improve safety during building operations (66%).
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C.E. Floyd Promotes Doucet and Fournier
KBE Expands Preconstruction Team Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corporation has promoted Erica Millard, CPE, LEED AP, to manager of preconstruction services, and has added two new Millard preconstruction managers. Millard joined KBE in March of 2012 as a senior project engineer in the field and has worked as an estimator and preconstruction manager. She previously worked with Balfour Beatty in Washington, D.C. She is a certified professional estimator and LEED Accredited Professional. William Culviner was promoted to preconstruction manager. He worked with KBE as an intern and was hired in 2014 as an estimator. He is currently
hospitality chair of the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) – Nutmeg Chapter. Chris Desrosiers has joined KBE as a preconstruction manager. He has more than 10 years of experience as an architect and previously worked with JCJ Architecture, Lerner | Ladds + Bartels, and DiLeonardo International. He has worked on projects throughout the U.S., the Middle East, and Far East.
Bhangoo Returns to Gilbane
Boston – Gilbane Building Company recently welcomed back Raj Bhangoo as senior business development manager based in its Boston office. He has over 13 years of business development experience and previously worked in the Boston office for the interiors group from 2004 to 2014. Bhangoo was the director of marketing and business development for Callahan Construction Managers in Bridgewater.
Jewett Welcomes Gregg Blair accounting department for one of Raymond, NH – Jewett the larger homebuilders in North Construction has hired Gregg America. Blair as chief financial officer. President Craig Jewett said, He brings more than 20 years “We are a different company of finance, accounting, and than we were even just two operational management or three years ago. We are experience to the firm. managing more projects, in more Blair is tasked with industries, with more employees improving Jewett Construction’s Blair than ever before. We brought in financial forecasting, to Gregg as CFO because we needed more streamline spending, and to improve horsepower to forecast and manage our processes throughout the organization. accounting department.” Prior to joining Jewett, he ran the U.S.
Bedford, MA – C.E. Floyd Company recently announced the promotions of Peter Doucet II, LEED AP BD+C, and Andrew Fournier. Doucet has been named project executive. He is a key champion of the Lean Construction Program and is involved in projects at athenahealth in Watertown, and Middlesex School in Concord. He was with C.E. Floyd for 11 years before spending three years with Cranshaw Construction as a project superintendent, where he worked on the both the Green District (Allston) and Ink Block (Boston) developments. In early 2015, Doucet returned to C.E. Floyd as a project manager.
Engineering, Inc., a small, family-operated consulting firm. Throughout his career, he focused on energy studies, HVAC design, decentralization, and co-generation projects. Coming to Fuss & O’Neill was an opportunity to work on new projects and with new industries.
ARC Adds Fernández-Donovan
design projects for ARC’s higher Boston – ARC/ Architectural education and independent Resources Cambridge, an archischool clients. tecture, planning, and interior Prior to joining ARC, design firm based in Boston, reshe was a senior associate at cently announced the addition of Sasaki Associates. Her previous María Fernández-Donovan, AIA, Boston-area design experience LEED AP BD+C, as a senior also includes positions at Design associate to the practice. Partnership of Cambridge and An architect experienced Fernández-Donovan Graham Gund Architects. She in the planning and design is a registered architect, a member of the of athletic, academic, residential life, American Institute of Architects (AIA), and student life buildings, Fernándezand is certified LEED AP BD+C. Donovan will work on a variety of campus
e3i Promotes Center to Partner Boston – e3i Engineers Inc. recently announced the promotion of Ryan Center to partner of the firm. A member of senior leadership as director of operations, he oversees all internal operations, staffing, and quality control; he ensures each and every project is
staffed appropriately and running efficiently. His specialized experience focuses on infrastructure and the design of power distribution systems, lighting systems, and low voltage systems including communication, fire alarm, and nurse call systems, all with multiple redundancy.
Coreslab Promotes Velez Thomaston, CT – Coreslab Structures has announced the promotion of Cesar Velez to chief estimator/project consultant position. He brings with him years of experience in building materials and structures. Velez has made substantial contributions in developing both total precast concrete as well as combination precast concrete and steel projects.
Fuss & O’Neill Hires Culver Manchester, CT – Fuss & O’Neill recently hired Rick Culver to join the energy and facilities department. He brings 34 years of experience to his role as senior mechanical engineer. Culver spent the entirety of his career at Saren
Fournier has been named project manager. He joined C.E. Floyd in early 2015 after seven years with Suffolk Construction and William A. Berry Construction, where he worked on several healthcare projects. He’s currently managing fit-outs of two Partners Urgent Care clinics in Burlington and Cambridge.
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CBI Consulting Acquired by Vidaris
Two Join Siemens Building Technologies
Boston, MA – CBI Consulting, development markets. CBI Inc., a 33-year-old architecture, business will be conducted as interiors, and engineering CBI Consulting LLC, a Vidaris firm headquartered in Boston, Company. has been acquired by Vidaris, “The joining of CBI and an architectural consultancy Vidaris unites two market located in New York City. The leaders and allows CBI to bring partnership will significantly even greater resources as well Teller broaden both practices and as a broader range of services to solidify Vidaris’ leadership in the our clients and the market,” said Michael Teller, a CBI consulting principal. “CBI Boston market, according to the recent is now an important part of a larger orannouncement. ganization that has a global architectural CBI has more than 30 employees presence and is one of the world’s top providing services to clients in the consultancy firms. This is a tremendous corporate, government, institutional, opportunity for our staff and our clients.” higher education, housing, and real estate
Boston – Siemens recently announced that Meghan Duggan and Scott Redfern have joined the Boston branch of its building technologies division to support the company’s clients in higher education at a world–renowned university in Cambridge. Duggan’s primary responsibilities will include expanding and developing existing accounts within Building Automation and Energy Services by creatively identifying new ways to meet client and industry needs. Redfern will manage, maintain, and lead the customer service team’s approach to client relationships. Before joining Siemens, Duggan worked as director of business development at Energy Source and director of energy services at AKF Group. She also
Hereva Expands in Boston & San Diego Ensminger joined Hereva as a senior project manager in the San Diego office. Pina, a client services manager, ensures Hereva’s brand is represented in the marketplace. Ensminger Ruggles is an assistant project manager and a recent graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology. “These employees bring exciting
energy and diversity to our team, which furthers Hereva’s mission to deliver excellence in project execution to our clients.”
was the assistant director of sustainability and energy management at Harvard Business School. Previously, Redfern was director of operations and account management for Distech Controls Strategic Accounts Team. He also served as director of operations for Schneider Electrics Data Center Solutions.
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