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Restoration and Renovation and Life Sciences

Renovation and Modernization Underway at Stoughton Public Library / rendering by Finegold Alexander Architects / page 12





Caroline Lippincott Donna A. DeFreitas Jim Van Valkenburgh


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Featuring: BSA/AIA Awards

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Quincy Self Storage Topped Off; Integrated Builders GC Kaplan Begins Beth Israel Renovation Lockheed Window Expands Division IBEW Local 96 Shows Growth in 2017 Boston Mentor Program Meeting Demand for Skilled Construction Workers

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Plus: Up-Front, Education, Corporate, Trends & Hot Topics, Multi-Residential, Connecticut, Senior/Assisted Living, Awards, People, Calendar, and more...

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Sections: Publisher’s Message…................................6 Up-Front…...................................................7 Restoration and Renovation….................. 11 Life Sciences….......................................... 22 Corporate................................................. 28 Trends and Hot Topics…................... 30, 40 Multi-Residential…....................................31 Connecticut…........................................... 32 Senior/Assisted-Living ........................... 36 Education….............................................. 37 Awards….................................................. 41 Healthcare…............................................. 44 People….................................................... 47 Special Interest…..................................... 49 Event…...................................................... 50 Calendar…................................................51

CT ASLA Announces 2018 Professional Award Winners


BSA/AIA Announces Winners of 2017 Design Awards and Gala


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March’s HP will focus on the planning, design, and construction of our local institutions and schools. This issue is distributed at the annual Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2018 North Atlantic Regional Conference. This year’s conference, titled, “Gown, Gown, Gown, Gown & Town,” will focus

Speakers include Elayne Campos, Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM); Dale Hamel, Finance, and Information Technology, Framingham State University; Rachel Madden, Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance; Michael K. Owu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investment Management Company (MITIMCo); Stephanie Pollack, Massachusetts Department of Transportation; and Ann Reale, Massachusetts Executive Office of Education. For more information visit: www.scup. org/page/regions/na/. The March HP issue will also sport its annual MEP and Energy Supplement plus a special section devoted to women in construction.

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Up-Front MBC Hosts Tom O’Brien, HYM’s Suffolk Downs Redevelopment Boston – Thomas N. O’Brien, founding partner, managing director of The HYM Investment Group, LLC, was the guest speaker at the Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) January breakfast meeting. The HYM Investment Group recently announced that it completed the purchase of Suffolk Downs, a 161-acre property in both East Boston and Revere. O’Brien shared plans for the site located next to the Suffolk Downs and Beachmont MBTA

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HYM’s team includes CBT as master planner and architect, Stoss as landscape architect, PCA as retail architect, VHB for permitting and traffic consultant, Beals + Thomas as civil engineer, Arup as sustainability consultant, and LimnoTech as resiliency consultant. A question was asked by an MBC member regarding the January flooding in Boston and how it might affect the plans. O’Brien addressed the question with HYM’s forward-thinking principles to effectively manage for climate change and sea-level rise. The plans call for raising the ground level for buildings and at the same time providing a large centrally located open space that could also serve to quickly accommodate excess water for drainage if necessary. HYM is a Boston-based real estate firm with significant local development experience including Bulfinch Crossing, Boston; Northpoint, Cambridge; and Boston Landing, Boston. The next MBC Breakfast will host Kathy MacNeil, principal, Millennium Partners, to discuss the Winthrop Square project, February 15. For more information visit www.buildingcongress.org.

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Merrimack College Breaks Ground on Welcome Center PROCON Architect and CM

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Andover, MA – In December 2017, Merrimack College president Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D., was joined by board of trustees members, officials, and colleagues for a groundbreaking ceremony kicking off construction on the Dr. Alfred L. Arcidi Center. Longtime partner PROCON of Manchester, N.H., returned as the architect and construction manager for the 16,000sf two-story building. The Dr. Alfred L. Arcidi Center will house the undergraduate and graduate

admissions, the O’Brien Center for Career Development, and also provide specialty meeting spaces serving the entire campus. The center will border the recently opened Crowe Hall and will support the college’s goal of transforming the North District into the focal point of campus. Expected to open in fall 2018, as the college’s student population rapidly grows, it will optimize the enrollment processes for the best possible introduction to the campus. As Dr. Hopey pointed out during the groundbreaking event, “It will provide

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Quincy, MA – Integrated Builders has added the last steel beam to the 125,000sf Quincy Self Storage building located at 671 Washington Street. Integrated was selected to build the new facility from the ground up on behalf of owner GRE Quincy, LLC and development manager Jumbo Capital Management, LLC. The Integrated team includes project manager Dean Kelliher, assistant project manager Barbara Frazier, and project superintendent Jeff Seaman, who collaborated with architect BL Companies on the design.

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Worcester, MA – IBEW Local 96 recently reported that in 2017 the local union has shown substantial growth in its membership and also has added seven new signatory contractors. In the period from May through December 2017, the Worcester-based, Central Massachusetts electrical union organized 30 new members, composed of 28 journeymen electricians and two VDV (voice/data/video) technicians. The union now has 371 member electricians and technicians. The list of new signatory contractors to IBEW Local 96 includes: Evermore Light & Power, of Somerville; Renewable Construction Services, of New Bedford; Lynnwell Associates, based in Quincy; Healy Electrical Services LLC, of Boylston; Beaumont Solar Company, of New Bedford; Hickman & Sgroi Electric, Inc., of Springfield and Westfield; and E.W. Audet & Sons, based in Providence, R.I. In September, Local 96 also introduced 33 first-year apprentices into the Worcester JATC five-year electrical training program, representing the largest apprentice class in more than a decade. Local 96 business manager Thomas J. Maloney and business agent David Martinelli spoke of the growth of the union and its significance to the Central

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Focus: Restoration and Renovation BPA Awards McMullen Museum Restoration modifying it to accommodate its new function. One of the biggest challenges was creating taller gallery space on the second

by Caroline Lippincott Since 1988, the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) has hosted their annual Preservation Achievement Awards, a program dedicated to honoring outstanding accomplishments in historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston. This past year, the McMullen Museum of Art and Conference Center was awarded a BPA Preservation Achievement Award. Additionally, with over 2,000 votes, they also received the highly coveted Fan Favorite Award. In dire need of repairs and a new purpose, the 1927 Renaissance Revival palazzo was bought by Boston College from the Archdiocese in 2007. Not sure of the college’s intentions, preservationists were concerned for the building’s future, particularly given its prominence

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Renovation and Modernization Underway at Stoughton Public Library Daedalus OPM, Finegold Alexander Architects, and M.O’Connor GC Stoughton, MA – Construction is underway at the Stoughton Public Library in Stoughton. The project will expand and renovate 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.

Stoughton Public Library (before)

The existing 1969 library was well designed for its time, with a large central stair, atrium, and clerestory windows throughout. The open plan was innovative and allowed the library to evolve for many years. With the advent of technology and the passage of time, the building became outdated.

Rendering of Stoughton Public Library / Finegold Alexander Architects

According to Tony Hsiao, principal and director of design at Finegold Alexander Architects, the new design creates a much more open face to the community and the street. “It invites patrons into the library, and brings much more daylight into the interiors. The library itself was carefully

studied to make the most of what exists, while not being limited in creating a bold new library that was transformative to meet the new vision of the community for a library.” “We had to create a very efficient and compact design, that had no wasted

space for underutilized areas” said Tony. “The result is a two story addition that opened up the library at the ground floor to accommodate a much larger children and youth library, and relocated the adult collection and library meeting spaces to continued to page 14

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Renovation and Modernization Underway at Stoughton Public Library continued from page 12

the upper floor.” When construction is complete, the design-build team will have:

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• increased existing parking spaces

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• offered a variety of meeting spaces for programs and community use

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The new design will also expand the second floor and create a glazed addition that extends over the new main entrance terrace. The project is on schedule to be completed in the fall of this year.

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Kaplan Begins Renovation at Congregation Beth Israel Worcester, MA – Kaplan Construction has begun construction at Congregation Beth Israel in Worcester. It will provide construction management and design-build mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services for a 28,000sf interior renovation to the building, which was originally built in 1959. The work is slated for completion in spring of 2018. Congregation Beth Israel enlisted Leslie Saul & Associates of Cambridge as both architect and interior designer for the project, which will refresh and modernize the building and make it a more welcoming and comfortable place. The Lillian & Selig Glick Sanctuary, which can seat nearly 500 people, is the focus of the renovation. The sanctuary’s two-tiered bimah will be lowered to be closer to eye level and provide accessibility to all congregants. Extensive lighting work and the installation of a partial dropped ceiling will highlight the structure and surround the bimah and newly installed ark with natural light. A rich stain will be applied to the bimah’s wood surround to contrast against the warm primary colors of the stained-glass windows and the new silver light fixtures. The removal of the fixed, forward-facing pews will allow for repositionable chairs to create flexible seating arrangements for more intimate gatherings. An

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existing movable dividing wall that opens to the adjoining Shapiro Social Hall and expands seating capacity to 1,450 will be restored with opaque glass doors and updated hardware to encourage congregants to access the space. Throughout the sanctuary, refreshed woodwork and modular carpet tiles will serve to deliver a modernized aesthetic. Energy-efficient heating and air con-

ditioning systems and other infrastructure upgrades will streamline maintenance costs and provide a more comfortable environment. In addition, the kitchen will be refreshed with new flooring, appliances, cabinet doors, paint, and finishes. The creation of a ramp from the parking lot to the main entrance will make the space accessible to all. “Our sanctuary is the heart of our

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synagogue. We wanted to revitalize our physical and spiritual space to reflect our identity and ambitions, and selecting Kaplan Construction was a monumental decision in making our vision become reality,” said Deborah Fins, immediate past-president of the congregation and chair of the Renovation Steering Committee at Congregation Beth Israel. “Kaplan Construction was able to address our concerns and thoroughly explain various project delivery methods, patiently helping us strategize on procurement methods and work together to develop a scope that fit our budget. Kaplan has quickly become a trusted partner and resource.” With over 50 house of worship projects in its portfolio, Kaplan has worked on both new construction and renovation projects for congregations of all sizes and faiths throughout Greater Boston. Kaplan is currently providing construction management services for Congregation Kehillath Israel and Saint Paul’s Church, both in Brookline, and Daughters of Israel Mivkah in Brighton, as well as preconstruction services for the First Congregational Church in Winchester. Leslie Saul & Associates is also part of the design team for Congregation Kehillath Israel.

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by Donna A. DeFreitas This past year, we have seen a shift in the individual laboratory planning layouts required in research and development laboratory renovation projects; these layouts are being initiated to support research end users’ new laboratory equipment needs and allow them to process more samples and their associated data quickly. We have found this trend specifically in biologic R&D laboratories renovations, which means goodbye to the standard benchtop space and hello to floormounted equipment with adequate clearances on all sides and infrastructure brought from below or above. There is also a requirement for adjacent computer equipment to aid scientists in simulation, which minimizes the runtimes of samples and yields faster evaluation of their data collections. Examples of laboratory floormounted equipment include automated

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Open R&D laboratory floor area with overhead utilities

liquid handling workstations, high-speed cell sorters, and mass spectrometry carts. Additionally, we have seen benchtop space being replaced by dedicated biological safety cabinets (BSCs) for specific evaluation processes, dictated by specific research end users. BSCs are clean air enclosures that protect the person, product, and environment from exposure to biohazards and cross contamination during routine R&D processes. Classification is a critical consideration continued to page 40

Maynard, MA – Epsilon recently provided historic tax credit consulting services for the redevelopment of a number of prominent historic buildings across the commonwealth. The Merrick-Phelps House located in Springfield and built in 1841 is an unusually well-developed example of the Greek Revival style, notable for the elaborate Corinthian columns and delicate cast-iron railings of its portico. After several decades of neglect, the property was acquired by Develop Springfield, Inc., and now serves as office space for that organization and other local nonprofit agencies. The project was recently honored with a 2017 Preservation Award from the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Memorial Square Apartments, also located in Springfield, consists of a striking six-story brick residential block, known as the Memorial Square Building. The building was completed in 1911 to the designs of local architect E. J. Pinney. The New England Farm Workers’ Council’s renovation of the building included the restoration of the intricate brick and limestone masonry exterior and the meticulous reconstruction of the façade’s prominent bays. 441 Stuart Street in Boston’s Back Bay was originally developed as the headquarters for the New England Power Company. The brick and limestone building features numerous unique Art

Deco style details including three-story cast stone pilasters establishing the base of the building, decorative metal canopies, and aluminum spandrels with fountain motifs. Synergy Investments recently completed a $24 million rehabilitation of the building’s interior and exterior with the benefit of historic tax credits. The Plymouth post office, constructed in 1914, was designed by Oscar Wenderoth, supervising architect for the United States Post Office, and is an excellent example of early 20th century Georgian Revival architecture and a key component to Plymouth’s historic downtown. The building’s owner, 1620 Capital, LLC, recently completed a substantial rehabilitation of the historic post office building. In recognition of the high degree of restoration work, the post office project was honored with a Paul Tsongas Preservation Achievement Award by Preservation Massachusetts. The former Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy Building located in Agawam was recently transformed into the Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community facility. The former police academy building now provides affordable housing opportunities for veterans. Soldier On, a Pittsfield-based nonprofit dedicated to ending veteran homelessness, undertook the project in an effort to help bring more housing opportunities to veterans in need.


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Red Roof Inn Selects Pressure-Equalized System Mansfield, MA – Moisture problems resulting from poorly installed cladding can be a big problem for any structure. But when a hotel property suffers from moisture problems, such as the Red Roof Inn in Mansfield did, the problems can be even greater. Not only are repairs necessary, but they may interrupt business. Enter the Dryvit Infinity PressureEqualized Rainscreen System. The high-performance system was specified by project engineers Jacques Whitford, working closely with Dryvit distributor George Travis of Merrimack Building Supply and applicator Randy Gifford of Innovative Construction, as an antidote to some vexing moisture problems around several of the property’s package terminal air conditioning (PTAC) units located in the guestrooms. And as the owners soon discovered, once they addressed the PTAC problems, Infinity was the perfect solution to their recladding needs, and the energy efficiency and green benefits inherent to the Dryvit system exceeded their expectations as well. Moreover, the flexibility and lightweight nature of the pressure-equalized exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) allowed the property to maintain close-to-average occupancy levels with minimal disruption by never working on more than 25% of the

Red Roof Inn after renovation

building area at a time. “This project really represented a total team effort, from the material supplier all the way through the project engineers, to deliver a high-performance solution to the building,” said Gifford, president of Innovative Construction of Tiverton, R.I., the Infinity applicator for the project. There has long been widespread acknowledgement in the design and engineering communities that pressureequalized wall systems represent an optimal choice, particularly in multi-story construction and buildings located in areas of high rain and wind exposures. The incorporation of pressure-equalization technology into EIFS makes this optimal building technology affordable enough for mainstream use without compromising any of the performance characteristics

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that make pressure-equalized systems so effective in the first place. Those thoughts were foremost in mind when Jacques Whitford specified a pressure-equalized rain screen cladding for the five-story Red Roof Inn challenge. “Pressure equalization prevents water from entering the pressure-equalized wall area, thereby providing protection from moisture infiltration with an anticipated extended service life for the building structure, as well as providing sustainable solutions to the owner and occupants,” said Thomas W. Snyder, RA, principal, facility assessment, sustainability and renewal at Jacques Whitford. “In our opinion, the Infinity system can likely extend the service life of the structure by minimizing water infiltration that caused the prior problems.” The owner instantly recognized the unique benefits provided by the pressure-equalized cladding solution. The performance and the warranty were keys to the owner’s decision. “The recommendation from our consultant was to replace the current cladding with pressure-equalized EIFS and a new moisture resistant substrate,” said Perry Parker, senior project manager for Red Roof Inn. “The Dryvit Infinity system was the right fit for us because of the drainage and pressure equalization abilities. Plus, Dryvit provided us a 12-year warranty,

which was a big selling point. “Energy efficiency was an important part of our decision to use the Infinity system,” said Parker. “Our mission at Red Roof Inn is to be efficient, cost effective, and a segment leader. The use of the

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Infinity system helped us to meet those goals. The small carbon footprint and the tremendous green aspects of the Dryvit system were factors in us using this system with our renovation,” Parker said. Those thoughts were echoed by Gifford, whose firm is often challenged to bring green building solutions to the table for the projects on which they bid. “Any time you’re looking at a Dryvit EIFS, you’re looking at the green factor, Gifford says. “More and more for us, finding products that have third-party testing of the carbon footprint is critical, and the Dryvit systems provide us that validation.”


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CTA Construction Completes Renovation Cambridge, MA – CTA Construction Managers recently completed the 36th of 36 phases of the Newtowne Court renovation project, which includes updates to eight buildings and 268 affordable housing units in Cambridge. The multiphased approach to the renovations was designed to allow as many units to remain occupied while work was underway; with the final phase completed, the site will return to full occupancy. “We’re very proud to have completed this extensive reworking of an important Cambridge residential community,” said Paul DuRoss, principal at CTA Construction. “The renovations to this complex will improve the quality of life for hundreds of families and supplement the Cambridge Housing Authority’s mission of providing housing opportunities to families of all backgrounds.” CTA Construction, Baker/Wohl Architects, and the owner Cambridge Housing Authority started the $44 million Newtowne Court Project in 2015. The renovation plan included extensive upgrades to the interior of the 268 units, including removal of asbestos materials,

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installing engineered wood floors, new drywall and paint, replacement of all windows, new HVAC systems, electrical upgrades, plumbing upgrades, and installation of a fire protection system. Improvements were also made to the bathrooms and kitchens, including new finishes and fixtures, appliances, countertops, and cabinet doors. Landscaping and civil architecture changes were made to the exterior of the units.

One Post Office Square Redevelopment Boston – Anchor Line Partners and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) announced evolutionary plans for One Post Office Square in Boston. The 41-story iconic downtown building, across from Norman B. Leventhal Park and adjacent to the Langham Hotel, will undergo a transformation unprecedented in the Boston real estate market to deliver a vibrant and connected center of energy and innovation asset, reimagined as a beacon for downtown Boston. JLL/Anchor Line challenged global architecture firm Gensler to rethink conventional office building paradigms and to deliver a new world-class office experience for the worker of the future. Collectively, the team has delivered on that challenge, with a proposed design that fulfills not only the environmental, economic, and health goals of today’s leading organizations, but also the demand for integrated and diverse amenities for both tenants and the public to access. One of the most noticeable changes will be to the existing façade of One Post Office Square; with a new glass curtainwall, the top floor will include a unique glass expression which has come to be known as The Lantern, for its glowing visibility of the skyline. One Post Office Square will also be highlighted by a new transparent glass structure at the lower levels where three stories of retail and dining, almost 8,000sf, will transform the building’s relationship to the street. Formerly a dark passage between the building and the

hotel, the glass pavilion will be open to the public and inviting at the street level, which overlooks Leventhal Park. In addition, the team has proposed several new and dynamic indoor-outdoor opportunities for tenants and the public, designed to add richness and vitality to the downtown. The proposed outdoor spaces are plentiful and included on multiple levels. Michael Connelly, senior vice president at JLL’s project and development services team, commented, “In addition to the incredible improvements planned for the existing tower, one of the most exciting updates is a new 10-story building planned to be constructed above the garage on Oliver Street.” Construction is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018. “The benefits of this revitalization will extend beyond the brick and mortar for years to come. Our city has shown tremendous leadership in planning for a strong economic future with collaborative initiatives such as Imagine 2030. As building owners and developers, we must challenge ourselves and do our part, in partnership with the city,” said Andrew Maher, co-founder and managing partner, Anchor Line Partners. “Leveraging an existing tower to transform it to a world-class office experience through a series of strategic design elements is an extraordinary opportunity,” said Doug Gensler, managing director and principal in Gensler’s Boston office.

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SLAM Transforms Toussaint Hall at SHU Fairfield, CT – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) has completed the transformation of Pierre Toussaint Hall (formerly Bennett Hall), a 69,000sf, $21.6 million residential complex at Sacred Heart University. The five-story building, one of the last structures of this height in Fairfield, is the university’s newest undergraduate dormitory located on the school’s upper quadrangle of the main campus, creating the first component of a residential village that will provide additional on-campus housing. Pierre Toussaint Hall, part of a former skilled-nursing facility for the elderly, has been transformed into a contemporary, residential life complex of two- and four-bedroom student suites, as well as an apartment for the resident director. SLAM’s design approach required the demolition of one-story elderly apartments that surrounded the facility and replacement of the dense building exterior with transparency and an enlivened energy reflective of today’s college students. A living room addition heals this void of the demolition with views of the lovely quadrangle. The large, elegant living room is both modern and warm. Designed with a sleek, modern aesthetic with a retro feel, it fronts onto a newly formed quadrangle outdoor space to be further defined by future residential halls. Two grand full-height stone chimneys flank the entryway, drawing you straight back to the monumental salt-water aquarium. The overall space is complemented by unique lighting that includes large-scale globe pendants and recessed lighting in the ceiling and along the walls. A warm wood ceiling and wall treatment extends through the front glass, connecting the exterior patio and views of the quadrangle to the interior living room. The hall houses 171 beds with a mix of single and quad room units. The quads share a bathroom and large closet, and the singles enjoy their own bathrooms.

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An arcade-style game room for pool, Ping-Pong, air hockey, darts, gaming console, and table games is also located on the first floor. Study rooms/meeting spaces for small groups or individuals are located throughout the upper floors. Thoughtful design was used to open up existing floor area and create twostory common rooms that link floors two and three, and floors four and five together by a beautiful open stair, encouraging student interaction within the building. These spaces are furnished with soft seating and digital monitors, creating an open social space outside of the student suites for forging personal friendships or simply relaxing with views of the outdoors. The Pierre Toussaint Hall is part of a planned development project, with this building marking the first phase of a sixbuilding residential complex master plan led by SLAM.


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Bloomfield, CT – Infinity Group, a designbuild firm specializing in commercial workspaces, recently contracted with Plastic Design International, Inc. (PDI), of Middletown, to renovate and modernize PDI’s workspaces and its corporate conference room. The project comprises two phases: Phase 1 covers 1,558sf of workspace and a 300sf conference room. Phase 2 covers 2,530sf of additional workspace. Infinity Group will manage all aspects of the project from test fit to build-out, from design to managing trades and vendors, from pulling the requisite permits to filing the necessary reports and soliciting the required inspections. “This project is right in our wheel-

house,” said Verne Markham, head of Business Development at Infinity Group. “The folks at PDI let us tie in the design elements from their workspaces into their largest meeting space. And they entrusted us with accountability for every step. We’re grateful for their business and for their faith in us.” “The Infinity Group team did everything it promised,” said Jake Tuczapski, vice president of business development at PDI. “Their creativity will breathe new life into our workspace. Their professionalism will free us up to get our work done. And their determination to get it right the first time impressed us from day one.”

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Colantonio Completes Historic Yarn Works Renovation

First floor: after

Fitchburg, MA – Colantonio Inc. recently completed its renovation of the historic Fitchburg Yarn Mill for WinnCompanies’ Yarn Works Apartments. The Architectural Team (TAT) designed the project. The three-story, 182,500sf brick building is located on the banks of the Nashua River and served as one of Fitchburg’s largest textile operations for more than 60 years. According to historical reports, the original mill was built in just five months at a cost of $600,000 using a unique wood and steel I-beam configuration. Building

materials included 2 million bricks, 1 million board feet of lumber, 500 tons of steel, 7,000 tons of granite, 18 freight-car loads of cement, and 2,000 barrels of lime. The original design allowed river water to flow through the mill’s partial earthen basement, which positioned the 65,000sf first floor in the flood plain. Colantonio’s crew removed the entire first floor and rebuilt it two feet higher with concrete slab. The structure required extensive additional support to supplement the existing

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granite footings. Colantonio worked with TAT and ODEH Engineers to thoroughly examine the crawlspace foundations and develop a cost-effective solution: add small stub columns supported by the existing granite. This approach eliminated the need for additional foundations. Restoration work included replacement of more than 280 8-ft. x 10-ft. windows; repointing and repairing the exterior brick envelope and chimneystack; and structural reinforcement to the roof. The firm replaced the damaged southern yellow pine cornice roof trim with wood

fabricated and cut to match the existing design. The building now boasts a 3,000sf common room with 17-foot tall windows, a central atrium gallery, a fitness center, and laundry facilities. Each of the 57 market-rate and 39 affordable units enjoys restored woodwork and brick features, an expansive view, and plenty of natural light. Built in 1907, the mill was designed by noted industrial architect Frank Sheldon; it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. For the past 10 years, however, it has sat vacant.


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Life Sciences Top 4 Boston Life Sciences Development Trends of 2018 in the world. As the biotech sector continues to flourish in 2018, new trends in the Boston development industry will lead the way for the rest of the country. Here are just a few:

common areas, balconies, terraces, and outdoor spaces that encourage informal interaction. Ginkgo Bioworks, located in the Seaport’s Innovation and Design Building, reflects this new approach. Not only is the Seaport and waterfront a hub for cultural institutions and restaurants, but the Innovation and Design Building itself offers diverse amenities including on-site food destinations, Reebok’s gym facility, green space, seating areas, access to the Harborwalk, and more.

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by Matthew Guarracino Recognized globally as a leader in the life sciences sector, Greater Boston is home to the largest concentration of life sciences researchers in the country. Even in the first quarter of 2018, lab-space vacancy rates are tight in primary life-sciences markets, with less than 5% here in Boston. And, according to a recent study by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, local biotech research-and-development positions have soared 40% over the past decade to nearly 35,000 jobs. Today, the region represents more than one-third of the industry’s venture capital funding. With areas such as Kendall Square and the Innovation District attracting many leaders in tech and life sciences, it is no surprise that the city has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative

Historically, the life sciences industry has grappled with helping scientists and researchers better collaborate with one another due to lab spaces that are often secluded. Today, that model is changing significantly to include more open, shared, and flexible spaces in the workplace. New approaches to design will encourage a more collaborative work environment, changing the way researchers interact, share ideas, and socialize — especially in college and university settings. And with open space also comes more lighting. In many instances, we are seeing more windows and natural lighting incorporated into these facilities — such as Boston University’s Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering, and Northeastern’s Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex — to complement the open, fluid layout of these buildings.

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From the Seaport to Somerville to Allston, developers are including all possible amenities in order to attract tenants. This battle of amenities is pushing the city to create new, modern developments, sustaining Boston’s status as one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States — and this trend is no stranger to the life sciences sector. Just as residential, academic, and commercial developments are catering to a demand in contemporary amenities, life sciences facilities are incorporating things like

Facility design must take into account the tools, technologies, and amenities that contribute to the health and wellness of researchers who spend long hours on the job. While one floor may require additional wet labs focused on biological research, another floor may need increased ventilation to handle fumes created in chemistry labs. With designs tailored for specific tasks and more traditional spaces able to accommodate special HVAC systems, labs can be incorporated into a variety of spaces. Take, for example, facilities like Novartis, continued to page 37

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Erland Construction Completes Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. Bedford, MA – Erland Construction recently completed construction of Ocular Therapeutix Inc.’s new headquarters space in Bedford. Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of innovative therapies for diseases and conditions of the eye. In nine months, Erland conducted a renovation of an existing three-story, 70,000sf building located at 15 Crosby Drive in the Crosby Corporate Center to house new office and lab space. In addition to six new clean rooms and additional lab support spaces, the renovation produced open and private offices, conference rooms, a lunch/meeting room, and main lobby staircase. One of the challenges for Erland was conducting the work while two clean rooms and a lab were occupied by researchers on the third floor. “This was a challenging project due to the sensitivity of Ocular’s business and the fact that the building was partially occupied during construction. The collaboration between the Ocular team, TRIA, and the Erland Construction team made everything from securing permits to developing safety plans to designing and building a flexible lab environment completely seamless and successful,” said Gregg Conboy, senior project manager, Erland Construction. Erland partnered with Boston-based

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TRIA, who designed the space. “From the get-go, Erland did a fabulous job. Not only did they keep our employees safe, but they did not disturb our work during this extensive renovation. We were kept well-informed throughout every step of the process,” said Jim Fortune, chief operating officer, Ocular Therapeutix. “The added benefit was that Erland anticipated our current and future needs, and that was incorporated into the design of our new spaces.” One major component of this renovation was the town of Bedford’s permitting

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process. “Erland’s ability to help us better understand the town’s requirements avoided what would have certainly resulted in extended permit approval timelines,” said

Fortune. “The construction expertise, execution, and support made this a very successful project for us, and an enjoyable experience as well.”




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Timberline Completes Office Expansion for Sage Therapeutics Cambridge, MA – Timberline Construction has completed an office expansion project for Sage Therapeutics. It has renovated approximately 30,000sf of space for the phased occupancy of the company as it continues to grow and hire more employees within the historic Athenaeum Press Building, part of the Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. portfolio. Timberline worked closely with Sage and its internal vendors, as well as Sage’s design team, Spagnolo Gisness & Associates. The contemporary reception area welcomes employees and visitors to the office. The office project includes multiple workstation configurations, such as break-out areas, private offices, phone rooms, and conference rooms to provide options for working independently and collaborating as a team. Additionally, two private wellness rooms were introduced to offer comfortable seating, a sink, refrigerator, microwave, ample lighting, and storage. The scope also involved renovating two sets of base building bathrooms within their space. The renovated bathrooms received updates to all finishes, partitions, vanities, and accessories. Within the project, two separate adjoining areas connected the first

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phase of the project to the second phase. Close coordination and communication between all parties was required for the removal of these walls for tenant safety, while keeping the space clean and staying on schedule. A proud feature component of Sage’s renovation is the new staircase, designed and built to connect the existing floor to newly fit-out space on the floor above. The staircase and handrail was a custom design by Spagnolo Gisness & Associates. The delivery required working in-between

the building structural columns, while avoiding the main network room. Timberline’s innovative solution challenged conventional methods to

respond to the unique spatial constraints, while working around tenant activities. This involved building and installing the steel on the third floor above, from which the floor joists could then hang. The new employee cafeteria was designed to be multifunctional to allow plenty of space for company gatherings, meals, and storage. Timberline was able to reconfigure the existing café to allow for a temporary wall to be built to separate the construction from the actively utilized space.

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February 2018

Striking a Balance Between Transparency and Privacy in Health and Science Projects

Transparency and privacy considerations are inherent to most workplace environments, especially those with an open office layout. Healthcare and science projects pose further challenges, as such spaces often have stricter requirements regarding confidentiality and proprietary information. While research and development teams rely on a high degree of collaboration, there is also the need for security and privacy, even internally between departments. Thoughtful design can strike the right balance for transparency and privacy in busy healthcare and science workplace environments. Acoustical considerations

It’s important to understand all the acoustical requirements involved in a project, as well as take the needs of end users into consideration. Designing walls and ceilings to their respective specifications — sound transmission

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In behavioral health environments, the free expression of emotion is entirely encouraged and speech privacy of the spaces need to support that philosophy. The mock-up led the design team to consider additional acoustical measures that went beyond the guidelines and standard best practices. Transparency and visual connection

Glass walls can create literal transparency that fosters an open and inviting atmosphere, as well as provide exterior views, natural light distribution, and connection between adjoining spaces. Of course, glass also creates visual privacy challenges. There are several methods to address privacy concerns with the use of interior glass. Clerestory windows that

start above eye level can help distribute natural light and offer views to the exterior when there is no desire to have transparency between adjoining spaces. When there is a desire for full-height glass, art glass or films can be used to change the levels of transparency. There is a plethora of options available for glass treatments, including frosted glass or patterned effects that transition between varying levels of transparency. Glass options can also combine frosting with custom patterns to achieve a certain look or incorporate brand identity. Glass treatments offer a lot of flexibility for balancing transparency with privacy while still transferring light. continued to page 44

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classification (STC) and noise reduction coefficient (NRC) ratings —may not be sufficient for the purpose of the space. Sound masking adds background noise to reduce distractions and protect privacy and can be useful when used appropriately; however, it is often misused to cover up sound that can be reduced with active noise control. Before utilizing sound masking, it is recommended to look at the acoustical design and try to correct any areas of deficiency. Electrical outlets, doors, and end wall conditions with exterior glazing are some of the usual suspects that contribute to sound leakage. For projects with complex acoustical conditions, consider hiring an acoustical consultant and/or building mock-ups and testing of the design concept. In addition to HIPAA privacy law requirements and mandated acoustical guidelines for healthcare projects, there are further privacy concerns to be addressed for specific clinical programs. For a recent project with behavioral consult rooms, the project team designed and built a mock-up consult room to evaluate the acoustics for noise control and speech privacy. The client clinicians noticed that although words were not discernible between spaces, emotional vocalization (laughter and crying) was clearly detectable in the mock-up design.

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Lockheed Window Expands Commercial Div. and partners heightened levels of Pascoag, RI – Lockheed Window support, attention, and expertise Corp. recently announced the to their ongoing and future transfer of ownership of its projects. Slocomb has been in residential division to Slocomb the window and door industry Windows and Doors, Inc. in order for over 55 years, making the to better serve its residential transition as easy as possible window customers and partners. for our residential division This transition will provide customers and partners. This Lockheed’s existing residential Michael S. Kosiver change in focus will also allow customers with more support us to focus on entering new markets while also allowing Lockheed to meet and offering improved and increased the growing demand and opportunity in-house fabrication of various panel from the commercial construction and systems, unitized curtainwall systems, renovation sector. and computerized CNC machining.” The President and owner, Michael S. decision for Lockheed Window Corp. Kosiver, explains, “Over the years, we have seen the amount of opportunity and to end residential operations was driven demand in the commercial construction by the amount of untapped opportunity sector grow exponentially. This transition in the commercial sector, coupled with Slocomb Windows and Doors, Inc. with a commitment to better serve its will allow us to focus on our commercial growing network of commercial-division operations and provide our customers customers and partners.

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Boston – Stantec, a designer of sustainable and resilient environments, has become a Fitwel Champion, further solidifying its commitment to supporting the health of employees and communities. Fitwel is a global health workplace certification system, providing design and operational strategies to improve building occupant health and productivity. It was created as a joint initiative by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the General Services Administration and is administered by the Center for Active Design (CfAD).

Health-focused rating systems respond to growing demand from building occupants for healthier workplaces. Fitwel certification evaluates current health and wellness attributes, and provides a road map for building owners and managers to prioritize and implement health-focused improvements. Stantec has committed to achieving Fitwel certification for three of its own offices (Boston, Denver, and Toronto) and to initiate a program which will eventually grow to include more offices. The firm’s Boston office recently achieved Stantec’s first Fitwel certification.

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Vantage Builders Completes Renovation for Strategic Spaces

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Boston – Vantage Builders, Inc., a general contracting and construction firm based in Waltham, has completed the renovation of new, expanded headquarters for Strategic Spaces at 280 Summer St. in Boston’s Seaport District. The firm relocated to the Seaport District from 40 Broad St., almost doubling its office size to approximately 7,000sf. The new location houses the firm’s 24 employees as well as its Client Experience Center, offering visitors a chance to explore the latest trends and insights in interior environments. Both the office and the showroom

display the firm’s design solutions, particularly a wide variety of customized, prefabricated “Doing It Right This Time” (DIRTT) interiors, for which Strategic Spaces is a partner. All interior elements including walls, millwork, architectural ceilings, integrated technology, and power/data are custom fabricated by DIRTT. Following designs from studio TROIKA architects, Vantage did a complete fit-out of the first-floor location. One of the first steps was to infill a preexisting spiral staircase, which had left a 5-ft. x 8-ft. hole, with a new metal deck and concrete.

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The project team also included Bala Consulting Engineers. The Client Experience Center has four private offices, three huddle rooms, one large conference room, and a stateof-the-art atrium space encompassed by a canopy. The open office area also has a timber frame structure that provides lighting, audio-visual equipment, and sound dampening, enhancing communication and collaboration. A kitchen area allows for employee breaks and prompts increased interaction between coworkers. The project included the installation of new HVAC and electrical systems.

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Preparing for the Inevitable: Construction Crises quickly and ethically in a challenging moment. Before a crisis

by Susan Shelby and Peter Hillan Bodily harm and serious property damage are major risks when dealing with active construction projects, despite strict adherence to safety regulations. Construction firms designate time and resources to safety programs, equipment, and coordinators, but they often fail to plan for how to handle a crisis. Crisis situations happen daily and can happen to any firm at any time. Many are preventable and recoverable if companies assess operational risks and make corrections and prepare a crisis communications plan that determines roles, protocols, and how to control the narrative. It’s important that companies view crisis communications planning as a necessary part of business, as well as a preparedness exercise for responding

Prepare for an emergency by understanding your company’s goals, assessing potential threats and occupational risks, and reviewing the preferred ways to communicate with key stakeholders. The company leadership should consider if it would need specialized consultants to support a crisis response, as well as identify the employees, customers, and suppliers who would be involved in outreach. Dedicate training time for scenarios most likely to occur (job site accidents, data breaches) to develop muscle memory with internal decision makers. As part of a crisis communications plan, organize a crisis response team (CRT) with a designated crisis manager, a safety/OSHA coordinator, and a deputy crisis manager for administrative aspects. It is very helpful, ahead of a crisis, to develop relationships with a law firm, an IT forensics firm, and a communications coordinator to manage public relations, traditional and social media, and the website. A one-page document listing the CRT with contact information as well as brief instructions for handling the crisis

should be created and kept accessible in the cloud and with laminated print versions for field staff. A crisis is not the time to learn how to talk to stakeholders and the media, so identify potential spokespeople and arrange for media training. During a crisis

When an accident happens or a critical issue arises, it’s time to activate the CRT and assess the situation. The goal is for the company to control its narrative when others are likely to create competing and ill-informed story lines. Companies should: • Determine which trained spokesperson is best suited for the situation. • Inform employees and key partners. • Maintain active outreach as information arrives. • Instruct staff to refer calls to the appointed crisis communications coordinator and log all media inquiries. The CRT should be prepared for television and radio crews to arrive at the job site and/or company headquarters. The designated spokesperson should be available and prepared, and the CRT can help to keep information accurate by distributing written statements and a

fact sheet to media and key stakeholders. It’s important to provide as many facts as possible to maintain the company’s visibility and control of the narrative. A polite and humble demeanor and sincere sympathy should be maintained. Anything in writing, whether internal or external, should be appropriate for all stakeholders and media to see. The CRT should work with the company’s law firm to protect and review privileged communications. For an effective and timely response, the CRT should commit to responding to the media’s immediate needs and give a detailed description of how the company will rectify the situation. Avoid speculation and provide answers to the following: • What happened? • Who or what is responsible? • Why did it happen? • Were there any deaths or injuries? • What is the extent of the damage? • Is there any danger of future damage or injuries? • What is being done? • When will it be over? • Has it happened before? continued to page 31

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Multi-Residential Axiom Awarded Chapel Hill Landing

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Medfield, MA – Axiom Architects of Hanover was recently awarded the Chapel Hill Landing project, located on Hospital Road in Medfield. The development is owned by Country Estates of Medfield, LLC. This single- and multi-family residential community will feature 49 condominium units with varying floor plans ranging in size from 2,100sf to 2,600sf. Although the entire development is not expected to be completed until 2018 or 2019, a model unit has been completed and can be visited by interested parties. The community, which offers both single-family and townhouse-style homes, also features miles of nature and hiking trails with views of the Charles River, as well as a river walkway, canoe and kayak launch site, and the 40-acre Medfield Sledding Hill all nearby. Landscaping, snow, and refuse removal services are

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Preparing for the Inevitable: Construction Crises continued from page 30

• Were there any warning signs? Today’s world moves at the speed of a tweet, and we live in a 24×7 news cycle, so leverage social media to gauge public reaction and disseminate updates. A designated member of the CRT should carefully monitor and participate in online conversations, staying accurate and brief and avoiding emoticons and abbreviations. Pause any planned posts that had been scheduled for social media. After a crisis

The crisis has passed, and everyone breathes a sign of relief. However, a recovery phase is a crucial chance to demonstrate a company’s trustworthiness. The CRT should evaluate the effectiveness of its crisis communications plan by reviewing stakeholder feedback and media coverage to assess reputational

damage and determine what steps need to be taken. It is often best to go “above and beyond” to reassure stakeholders. Hold an internal debriefing to adjust the plan as needed. Even with safety precautions and good business practices, accidents happen. Companies would be wise to prepare now to prevent one from turning into a reputational crisis. Susan Shelby, FSMPS, CPSM is the president and CEO of Rhino Public Relations, a full-service PR and marketing agency. Peter Hillan is a partner at Banner Public Affairs, a full-service government relations and crisis communications firm.

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Connecticut SLAM Completes Multiple Projects at the University of Hartford West Hartford, CT – The S/L/A/M Collaborative and S/L/A/M Construction Services (SLAM CS) recently completed the design and construction of two renovation projects and provided construction management on a third at the University of Hartford campus in West Hartford. These projects include the interior renovation of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and an addition and renovation to the Gengras Student Union (GSU). SLAM CS also provided construction management services with JCJ Architecture as the architect for the renovation of the sports center natatorium. The Maurice Greenberg Center project involved the 5,800sf interior renovation of the second-floor library, which has been transformed into new space for the university’s Center for Judaic Studies, that now contains offices, teaching and seminar rooms, and a research library display of ancient artifacts and historical/ rare books. Renovations also included the demolition and replacement of the exterior curtainwall of the south elevation, new interior improvements, and HVAC upgrades to the 10,140sf sports center

Gengras Student Union

natatorium. This renovation included the creation of a new courtyard in front of the indoor pool. The Gengras Student Union project provided a 3,000sf addition and renovation of 82,260sf. The project features the expansion and improvements to gathering and recreational spaces, common areas, dining space, offices, and meeting rooms. The student union has transformed the current patio into modern community spaces for students, faculty, and staff, while providing a concept of Main Street to student life services. The former Suisman Lounge area serves as an expansion of the Career Services Center and new gathering

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spaces designed to promote collaboration and encourage students to participate in student organizations and activities. SLAM was also able to include deferred maintenance work, sustainable upgrades, LED lighting, and two new

air handler units. The expansion and renovation required was an occupied renovation that was a multiphased approach to minimize disruptions and maintain the functionality of the student union during construction.

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Bloomfield, CT – BVH Integrated Services, a multi-disciplined consulting engineering firm, recently announced the opening of its new headquarters, which complements the firm’s other location in Newton, Mass., that also recently underwent a renovation. The new Connecticut office is located at 206 West Newberry Road in Bloomfield and boasts 24,000sf of space to accommodate its 105 current employees. The building, which was previously the home to CREC Museum Academy for preschool and kindergarten, underwent a total renovation to create a space that

meets the needs of BVH’s company culture and engineering process. The new office space includes multiple collaboration stations, state-of-the-art technology, an employee café, and an open floor plan to help foster interaction and creative thinking. The firm also announced the following leadership changes: James W. Ohlheiser, PE, LEED AP, chairman of the board; George Iskra, PE, board member; Karl F. Frey, P.E., CEO; and Thomas St. Denis, P.E., LEED AP, president. Gregory H. Van Deusen, PE, senior vice president, will remain part of the senior management team.

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February 2018


Innovative Workspace Trends: Personalized and People-Centered Design

by Deborah Laviero Whether the workspace is new or existing, the goal of modern design is to create an environment that captures the personality of a business, nourishes and supports employees, and engages visitors. New technologies, along with economic and social forces, have changed the ways people work together, and the landscape of workplaces continues to evolve. The ability to evolve with industry trends allows designers to create the collaborative and adaptable spaces that meet all clients’ needs. A successful design approach requires you to put people first and create a streamlined and synergistic process that allows design partners to deliver exceptional workspaces. How do you effectively meet the changing needs of the workplace?

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Living Office, a research-based framework that helps organizations and their design partners create workplaces with a variety of purposeful settings that support people’s activities and fulfill their needs. We work with companies to make sense of the complexities and unique needs of their business to develop a workspace solution that is best suited for them. What can the new workspace achieve?

Each space is designed to reflect the unique personality of a business. The moment guests enter, they understand the company and the brand message they are trying to convey. They are warmly greeted by a bright and inviting space, with furnishings that echo the company’s ethos, history, civic involvement, and industry recognitions. Employees are embraced by the company culture as they work and interact with each other and their guests. The modern workspace empowers people to be their most creative selves and to meaningfully connect with others. It frees employees to customize their methods, tools, and workspaces. Its adaptable furniture settings foster well-being, innovation, connectivity, and streamlined collaboration to maximize productivity and retention. Wellness is a theme throughout the space. Movement within the office is

Innovative workplace solutions create spaces for collaboration. This sit-to-stand desk allows multiple people to collaborate around the monitors.

encouraged through the centralized placement of printers, recycling, supplies, and meeting spaces. Low panel heights create an open, collaborative atmosphere. Cut-in windows and shades diffuse sun glare to allow natural lighting and temperature control that supports live greenery while creating a natural, residential feel. Multifunctional spaces

Adaptable workspaces and functional furniture empower employees to feel and work their best.

Ergonomic seating, height-adjustable desks, and personalized spaces promote physical and mental health while maximizing employee performance. Open meeting spaces in common areas offer casual, versatile, and multifunctional solutions for formal or impromptu meetings. Glass-enclosed spaces offer a quiet haven for focused work or relaxation. A kitchen, indoor and outdoor café, and a Ping-Pong table encourage employees to continued to page 50



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CT ASLA Announces 2018 Professional Award Winners Landscape Architectural Design: Corporate Institutional


New Haven, CT – The Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CTASLA) recently announced the winners of its annual Connecticut Professional Awards competition, presented at the organization’s annual meeting in December. CTASLA conducts the awards competition to recognize excellence in landscape architectural design, planning and analysis, communication, and research. To be eligible, an applicant must be a landscape architect or designer in the state of Connecticut, and the entrant or project location must be based in Connecticut. “These projects showcase the depth and talents of our members and the value that landscape architecture brings to the built environment across Connecticut,” said Debra De Vries-Dalton, president of CTASLA and a designer with Aris Land Studio, of Bridgeport, Conn.

The jury for this year’s consisted of members of Chapter of ASLA. Winners of the 2018 ASLA Professional Awards include:

competition the Alaska Connecticut competition

Towers|Golde, LLC (New Haven), Award of Excellence for University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital (Lexington, Ky.)

Dinep + Schwab (West Hartford), Honor Award for The Healing Garden at Cone Health Cancer Center (Greensboro, N.C.)

Towers|Golde, LLC (New Haven), with Devore Associates (Fairfield), Merit Award for Norma Pfriem Healing Garden (Bridgeport)

Towers|Golde, LLC (New Haven), Merit Award for 1775 Tysons Boulevard (McLean, Va.)

Milone & MacBroom, Inc. (Cheshire), Merit Award for Entertainment & Media Company Campus Green (Bristol)


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Doyle Herman Design Associates (Greenwich), Honor Award for Engaging the Native Landscape (Rye, N.Y.)


Anne Penniman Associates, LLC (Essex), Honor Award for Island Habitat Landscape (Mason’s Island, Mystic)

BL Companies (Hartford), Merit Award for Connecticut State Veterans’ Cemetery Expansion and Improvements (Middletown)

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Gregory Lombardi Design Incorporated (Cambridge, Mass.), Merit Award for Field Point Estate (Greenwich)

Anne Penniman Associates, LLC (Essex), Honor Award for Elizabeth Park Master Plan (Hartford/West Hartford)

The S/L/A/M Collaborative (Glastonbury), Merit Award for Sacred Heart University Campus Master Plan (Fairfield)

Devore Associates (Fairfield), Merit Award for A Coastal Home (Stamford)

Reed Hilderbrand LLC (New Haven), Merit Award for Forest Cucoloris (New Haven)

Threshold Landscape Architecture, LLC (Redding Ridge), Merit Award for Landscape for Walking, Gathering and Listening to Music (Redding)

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Senior/Assisted Living Brightview Selects PROCON for New Senior Living Community Shelton, CT – Foundation work is underway on a new Brightview Senior Living Community. The latest addition to Brightview’s assortment of quality communities is located at 30 Beard Sawmill Road off Route 8 between New Haven and Bridgeport. Brightview Senior Living Development, of Baltimore Md., chose their longstanding partner PROCON of Manchester, N.H., as the architect and construction manager for the 168,000sf continuum senior living community. It was important to the PROCON architectural team to design a building that would feel like home for the residents and fit into the neighborhood. Since the Shelton project is adjacent to Wells Farm, a farmhouse style vernacular was a natural choice. The building’s design not only blends with its surroundings, but its gabled roof with bays, oriels, balconies, porches and a porte-cochère entrance all convey a sense of home. The design team chose clapboard siding accentuated with a stone veneer to complete the exterior finishes. PROCON’s vice president of architecture, Erik Anderson, expressed that

Front entrance of Brightview Senior Living Community / rendering by PROCON

he and his team made a concerted effort to design the community so that it would draw the residents outside. “Our intent was to blur the lines between indoors and outdoors. We focused on bringing as much natural light as possible into the building through the use of cathedral ceilings, glazed walls, and dormers.” Anderson added that special attention was given when designing the Wellspring

Village area. “The memory care wing was designed with every apartment surrounding a sensory garden and close to common areas to ensure residents are able to take advantage of the many activities offered.” The Shelton community is PROCON’s ninth collaboration with Brightview and the second to be located in Connecticut. In 2016, PROCON completed the 70,000SF

Brightview on New Canaan in Norwalk. Shelton’s design features 161 luxury apartments in a variety of styles and care options. The apartment choices include 87 Independent Living, 48 Assisted Living, and 26 Wellspring Village Apartment Homes. Wellspring Village is a specialized Brightview neighborhood designed to enhance the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

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Education Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Workforce

by Jimmy Lehoux Since the early ’90s we have been told, “If you do not go to college you will never be successful,” but where has this gotten us? An entire generation believes that getting into college debt is the only option for creating an employable future. Many college graduates are taking jobs in unrelated fields, and there is a major gap in the number of students entering trades or even exploring vocational opportunities. But, trades are a viable alternative. Plumbing, electrical, mechanical, hardscape, and carpentry have taken a back seat because we are not promoting them in our public schools. The results are that over 1.5 million opportunities in the trade industry are currently unfilled. Also, our present trade workforce is aging without being replaced in significant numbers. This construction industry gap presents a major problem for homeowners, property developers, and, ultimately, our infrastructure. Who will be there to do the work in the next five, 10, or 15 years? It seems to me that over the course of time our public education system has taken a wrong turn. I believe it is time to make a U-turn in our perceptions about trade education and start showing students (as young as seventh grade) that there are alternatives to college. Just imagine the positive results of a junior high student recognizing that their natural hands-on abilities are positive? Envision how this

would boost their self-esteem and the things they could achieve? Nourishing their hopes towards a career in trade has endless possibilities for them, as well as the future of construction. For this reason, we need to reshape the public school system’s perceptions about trade education and present it as a viable and alternative path to traditional education. Like college-focused learning, trade instruction is rigorous, requiring a lot of personal time to complete. But, it is more likely to provide a good-paying job out of high school while the student is still learning and honing their craft.

Let’s remember that success comes in all forms, and we need to reassess all the viable options for today’s graduating classes, because today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce.

Additionally, I believe that it would be immeasurably valuable to include tradefocused job fairs alongside traditional college fairs when the student is old enough to intern. It’s time that we rate our schools based on success achieved in a field regardless of the vocation. Let’s remember that success comes in all forms, and we need to reassess all the viable options for today’s graduating classes, because today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce. Jimmy Lehoux is the PROCON subcontractor ambassador.

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Pfizer, and Kendall Square’s Lab Central which acts as a hub for high-potential life sciences startups seeking access to collaborative, contemporary spaces with high-tech labs. Advanced lab systems/equipment

As an extension of the sustainable design concept, more advanced technology and equipment will be necessary in order to meet the specific system needs of these facilities. As previously mentioned, laboratories require more complex ventilation systems and control systems to allow for proper air flow in experiments involving chemicals and other substances. This is especially true for a number of unique, technical labs in Boston.

MIT’s nanotechnology facility requires highly specialized systems that can control airflow in temperature-sensitive laboratories. This facility had to install a state-of-the-art HVAC system, providing the clean room spaces with air supplied from multiple air-handling units. The impact of Boston’s developers, builders, and subcontractors — who understand the precision and expertise needed to meet this industry’s special construction requirements — contributes to the Greater Boston life sciences industry’s world-class reputation. Matthew Guarracino is the business development manager at JM Electrical Company, Inc.

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Dimeo Completes Yale Residential Colleges Awarded the AGC Build Connecticut Award

Yale University, Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray College

New Haven, CT – Yale University selected Dimeo Construction Company to partner with the dean of architecture Robert Stern and his firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects to construct the university’s first residential colleges in over a half century. The recently completed project allows for expanded admission and reduction of crowding in the existing residential colleges, all while increasing enrollment

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Growing Your Company? It Takes Hard Work back at the whirlwind year that was 2017 and push forward in 2018, I can’t help but reflect on what it has taken to grow our company. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

by Craig Jewett Working hard has always come easy to me. I’ve always had a fast-paced drive and the energy it takes to push through to get the job done, whatever that may be. It may sound strange to some, but when I am working hard I am most comfortable. For Jewett Construction, 2017 was the busiest in our 45-year history. We’ve grown nearly 400% over the past few years, with more clients in more markets than ever before. Thanks to a solid core of existing and long-term repeat clients, we have achieved and exceeded our growth and revenue goals. I am incredibly proud of this accomplishment. As I look

We’ve always been a relatively small, family-owned construction company. We’ve had a handful of projects and a manageable staff size, and as president, I’ve been able to oversee and keep on top of all of our work. We have had some basic processes in place, but our flexibility and get-it-done attitude has helped us push through most unexpected challenges. In 2016, our growth was anticipated, and I knew that we needed to start surrounding ourselves with people who have more knowledge in more areas of expertise than I do. As the leader of a company, it is important to recognize what you don’t know and bring in the people who do know it. In just the past two years I’ve hired a director of preconstruction, director of marketing, director of

R&D Laboratory Renovation Trend continued from page 16

in the selection of a BSC and needs to be evaluated with the end users and their environmental, safety, and health (ES&H) counterparts to understand both the R&D processes and handling hazards that are created within the enclosures. The type of classification selected and the laboratory utilities required within the BSCs may have a large impact on the type of infrastructure required in a R&D laboratory renovation project. We’ve seen this shift of decreased bench space and increased concentration of BSCs provide a higher level of potential safety for researchers regardless of historical ES&H classifications of their research activities. Lastly, we are seeing continued removal of write-up desk space from laboratories. Perhaps this is based on the use of more floor-mounted, large-throughput equipment that utilizes computerized means to collect sample data; or, it may be a client-specific ES&H change in their standard operating procedures. While researchers have reported liking to live in their laboratory spaces, the push to change research culture, to have them set up and do hands-on experiments in the laboratories and then perform non-lab activities in office space, provides obvious benefits, ranging from increased collaboration, lower first costs, and lower resulting operating and maintenance costs. In R&D laboratory renovations, the success of the project is driven by establishing a proactive approach with


specific end users of the laboratory spaces, to understand their current and potential future research equipment needs and work flow patterns, making them an integral part of the design team to help them own their research laboratory spaces and understand how to properly operate within them. The development of an equipment matrix with all the proper information on the laboratory equipment specifications and the required infrastructure becomes a key means to document the renovation design development process and can help initiate the discussions on the project requirements for the future. Communication is always a key element in every project, specifically in an occupied R&D laboratory building as it engages all key stakeholders from the researchers, ES&H and building facilities early and helps to understand the purpose of their subject matter expertise to provide an interactive design and construction phases. Finally, it is critical that there is clear and concise documentation of the existing and new infrastructure capacities, provisions for system isolation for future modifications and possibly improving the current building design and record documentation; all which are key project turn-over packages to support the new operation of the facilities as well as the flexibility and adaptability for future R&D equipment changes. Donna A. DeFreitas is associate principal at Vanderweil Engineers in Boston.

President Craig Jewett speaks to associates at a December 2017 all-company meeting.

construction, and chief financial officer. This team of individuals challenges me and pushes our company forward every day. Does it make me uncomfortable sometimes? Absolutely; it is never easy to hear about the things that my company needs to improve on. But we have a rule here at Jewett that we “check our egos at the door.” Nobody is immune to that, especially not me. Take time to work on the company

When we were smaller, I was always working in the company: visiting clients, managing jobs, covering vacations, and getting into the weeds on each project. For a smaller company, that was okay; I was busy, but I had or made the time to stay involved. It has always been go, go, go! This year, as we have grown and expanded, our team came to a quick realization that we all needed to take more time to work on the company, rather than in it. So we have blocked out time every week to work on Jewett Construction. We have worked on our mission statement and redefined our core values. We have talked about what and where we want Jewett Construction to be this year, in two years and in five years. How will we get there? We have carved out time to work through each item and hold each other accountable. If we just talk about it, we will never get there. We have made standard operating procedures a priority for each role in the company, redefined and reallocated roles, and solicited feedback from all staff to improve processes.

The Year of Our Associates and embracing technology

Looking forward to 2018, we have decided to call this year, The Year of Our Associates. In many ways, I’m old school. When I was first introduced to the construction industry, it was all about rolling up your sleeves, working long hours, evenings, weekends, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. Sure, those things are still valuable and can help us push through to close out a job or to reach a major milestone, but with today’s modern workforce and new

technology, we must reinvent ourselves. Today, technology has us all connected to our work at all times. Being on the job no longer means being at the seat at your desk. Smartphones, tablets, drones, 3D modeling, and project management software connect our employees to the office and to the field without physically being there. Our meetings are mostly digital, we rarely print physical plans, and we deliver close-out packages on a thumb drive or through a file-sharing service. All of these things make exceptional performance possible, while maintaining flexibility. Work-life balance is more important than ever; career development, employee culture, and a fun and rewarding work environment are not only desired, but expected. Finding quality workers is more difficult today than it has ever been before. As a result, we need to constantly evolve to stay competitive and to attract and retain talent. Changing engines midflight

If there is one lesson that I have learned more than anything else in 2017, it is that it’s okay to make a change if things are not going according to plan. I like to use the analogy of “changing engines midflight.” We are 30,000 feet up, cruising along, and all of a sudden we realize we have a bad engine. The only way that we are going to get the team and the aircraft onto the ground safely is to change it midflight. It is scary, there is uncertainty, and there are certainly no guarantees. But what option do we have? At the end of the day, I’m flying a plane with a team around me that supports and believes in what we are doing as a company. If something does not work or fit, it’s okay to slow down, make a change, and then push forward. I could never have imagined what a crazy ride 2017 would be for our company. I am proud of what we have accomplished, and I am excited about where we are going. Growing a company is fun, and it can be incredibly rewarding, but get ready, because it is hard work! Craig Jewett is the owner and president of Jewett Construction Company in Raymond, N.H.

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Awards BSA/AIA Announces Winners of 2017 Design Awards and Gala Boston – The Boston Society of Architects/ AIA (BSA) recently announced the winners of the 2017 BSA Design Awards: Honor Awards for Design Excellence hosted by AIA Philadelphia

FIVE HONOR AWARDS: • John Wardle Architects and NADAAA for Tanderrum Pedestrian Bridge, Birrarung Marr and Melbourne & Olympic Park, Australia • Payette for Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, Boston •T  ouloukian Touloukian for Fisher Hill Reservoir Gatehouse and Comfort Station, Brookline, Mass. • Ann Beha Architects for Saieh Hall for Economics, Chicago, Ill. • designLAB architects with BSHM Architects for Seton Hill Arts Center, Greensburg, Pa. SIX AWARDS: • Mecanoo Architecten with Sasaki for Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, Boston • Kyu Sung Woo Architects for Forest of Light, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Republic of Korea • Leers Weinzapfel Associates for Design Building, Amherst, Mass. • Machado Silvetti for Qasr Al Muwaiji Exhibition Pavilion, Ail Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates • Charles Rose Architects for Seaholm Power Plant Offices, Austin, Texas •T  ouloukian Touloukian for FarnhamConnolly State Park Pavilion, Canton, Mass. EIGHT CITATIONS: • Perkins+Will for Keene State College, Living+Learning Commons, Keene, N.H. • Utile for Girard, Boston • ORG Permanent Modernity for Brakel Police Station, Brakel, Belgium • Goody Clancy for Alan and Sherry Leventhal Admissions Center, Boston • Sasaki for Martire Business and Communications Center, Fairfield, Conn. • Moskow Linn Architects for Six Rural Interventions, Constable Farm, Norwich, Vt. • William Rawn Associates Architects for The Winsor School, Lubin O’Donnell Center for Performing Arts and Wellness, Boston • Shepley Bulfinch for Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab, Boston Harleston Parker Medal sponsored by the City of Boston

This year’s recipient of the 2017 Harleston Parker Medal is the Boston Public Library, Johnson Building Transformation, designed by William Rawn Associates,

BSA Award of Honor Recipient, Henry N. Cobb FAIA / Ben Gebo Photography

BSA Honor Award / Ben Gebo Photography

BSA President Jay Wickersham with Gala host Peggy Fogelman / Ben Gebo Photography

Architects for the Boston Public Library. People’s Choice Award selected among the Harleston Parker Medal finalists

This year’s winner is the Boston Public Library, Johnson Building Transformation, designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects for the Boston Public Library. BSA Award of Honor

• Henry N. Cobb FAIA Harry’s six-decade-long career with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners has made a lasting impact on the architectural design of buildings of all types — cultural, institutional, civic, and commercial — and the built fabric of countless cities. His contributions to Greater Boston alone are significant: the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse and Harborpark; Harbor Towers; Harvard’s Center for Government and International Studies; 30 Dalton and One Dalton now rising in the Back Bay; and the most recognizable structure of Boston’s 20thcentury skyline, the John Hancock Tower (now known as 200 Clarendon Street). In addition to his built works, Harry has contributed to the design community through his service on institutional boards and multiple teaching appointments, including a five-year term (1980-85) as chair of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Harleston Parker Medal winner - Boston Public Library’s Johnson Building transformation designed by William Rawn Associates / Bruce T. Martin Photography

Payette for Northeastern’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex Warren Jagger Photography

Earl R. Flansburgh Young Architects Award

Co-sponsored by the Flansburgh family, the 2017 winner is Joshua Simoneau AIA, urban designer and architect at Beyer Blinder Belle. BSA’s Commonwealth Award

• Vivien Li Hon. BSA, president and chief executive officer at Riverlife and former president of The Boston Harbor Association (now known as Boston Harbor Now). continued to page 42

Touloukian Touloukian for Fisher Hill Reservoir Gatehouse and Comfort Station image courtesy of Anton Grassl ESTO


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BSA/AIA Announces Winners of 2017 Design Awards continued from page 41 BSA Honorary Member

• Matthew Kiefer Hon. BSA, director at Goulston & Storrs. Housing Design co-sponsored by the AIANY Housing Committee

Leers Weinzapfel Associates for John W. Olver Design Building at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst / image courtesy of Albert Vecerka ESTO

Mecanoo Architecten with Sasaki for Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building / image courtesy of Anton Grassl ESTO

Kyu Sung Woo Architects for Forest of Light, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Republic of Korea / image courtesy of Timothy Hursley

Machado Silvetti for Qasr Al Muwaiji Exhibition Pavilion, Ail Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates image courtesy of David Ewan

Charles Rose Architects for Seaholm Power Plant Offices, Austin, Texas Image courtesy of Casey Dunn


TWO HONOR AWARDS: • ISA – Interface Studio Architects for El Chalet, Philadelphia, Pa. • NO ARCHITECTURE for Courtyard House, Aurora, Oregon THREE AWARDS: • GLUCK+ for Artist Retreat, Upstate New York • studio ai architects for Malabia 933 Condominium, Buenos Aires, Argentina • Roger Ferris + Partners for Green House, Bridgehampton, N.Y. FOUR CITATIONS: • MERGE Architects for Grow Box, Lexington, Mass. • Handel Architects for Enclave at the Cathedral, NYC • Young Projects for Wythe Corner House, Brooklyn • ISA – Interface Studio Architects for Powerhouse, Philadelphia, Pa. Small Firms/Small Projects Design

FOUR HONOR AWARDS: • BOS|UA for Health Yoga Life, Cambridge, Mass. • I-KANDA Architects for Cabin on a Rock, White Mountains, N.H. • Matter Design and FR|SCH Projects for Five Fields Play Structure, Lexington, Mass. • Studio Luz Architects for Meyer Street Residence, Boston FOUR AWARDS: • Moskow Linn Architects, Six Rural Interventions, Constable Farm, Norwich, Vt. • J.Roc Design for Trefoil House, Stowe, Vt. • Kennedy and Violich Architecture for Meister Consultants Group – A

Cadmus Company, Boston • Reverse Architecture for Zigzag House, Falmouth, Maine SIX CITATIONS: • J. Roc Design for Wood Flow, Boston • D.W. Arthur Associates Architecture for David H. Koch Childcare Center, Cambridge, Mass. • Ruhl Walker Architects for Rudolph House, Cambridge, Mass. • Studio Luz Architects for Piedmont Park Square, Boston •T  ouloukian Touloukian for Fisher Hill Reservoir Park Gatehouse and Comfort Station, Brookline, Mass. • Reverse Architecture for Micropolis, Boston Unbuilt Architecture and Design

ONE HONOR AWARD: • La Dallman Architects for Industrial Capriccio: Floating Garden, Milwaukee, Wisconsin TWO AWARDS: • NADAAA for Justice in Design, NYC • 3six0 Architecture for Thematic Pavilion, Yeosu, South Korea THREE CITATIONS: • HDR for Shelter in a Forest, Turkey • HKS for FBI Headquarters Repo/Hack: The Josef K. Ministry of Dataism and Cyber Intelligence, Washington, D.C. • La Dallman Architects for Waterlily Landing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin The sole criterion was design excellence. Other considerations by the jury included addressing of social values climate; creative solutions in the face of complex urban conditions; use of intelligent restraint; and the execution of concept at all scales of a project. For more details and project images visit, designawards.architects.org/2017award-winners/.

Attendees of the Gala gathered at BSA Space for networking prior to the awards ceremony Ben Gebo Photography

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February 2018

Green Leaf Wins DBIA Award


CCIA Honors Dimeo

(l-r): Jami Anderson and Tom Dube, both of Green Leaf Construction; Keith Poulin, DBIA New England; and Mike Vogel, Andy McBeth, Mike Mason, and Dan Spinney, all of Green Leaf

Leominster, MA – Green Leaf Construction was honored recently by the New England Chapter of the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) with a Silver Award, recognizing the recently completed Central Distribution Facility for F.W. Webb Company. Hailed as one of the largest buildings in New Hampshire, the new Central Distribution Facility encompasses nearly 1 million square feet of warehouse and Class A office spaces. Green Leaf led the project designbuild team, which included ci design,

inc., Hayner/Swanson Engineering, Geotechnical Services, Inc. (GSI), AVID Engineers, Summit Engineering, CANAM, and Fabcon. “Each and every team member had a part in driving value for F.W. Webb on this project, and making it the success it was,” said Green Leaf COO Thomas Dube upon accepting the award. The DBIA promotes the value of design-build project delivery and teaches the effective integration of design and construction services to ensure success for owners and design and construction.


(l-r) MacKenzie Abelli and Brett Dootson, both site safety engineers; Chris Doepper, project executive; Ryan Broadbin, project manager; Peter Beltz, MEP project manager; Bob Kunz, corporate safety director; and Montel Walcott and Justin Griffith, both site safety managers

Providence – Dimeo Construction Company recently received the Platinum Safety Award in Building Construction for overall safety performance from the Connecticut Construction Industries Association (CCIA). This is the highest safety honor awarded by the CCIA. Dimeo has been recognized at the Platinum level since 2011, the first year of

the program. CCIA’s safety committee established the awards to encourage safety in construction and recognize companies that maintain a formal safety and health program or related policies and procedures. In order to be recognized at the Platinum level, recipients must have met or exceeded national safety statistics.

(l-r) AIA members Richard Connell, Matthew Shea, Mark Rhoades; and AIA N.H. President Elect, Alyssa Murphy.

New London, NH – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) completed design of the new Colby-Sawyer College Center for Arts + Design in New London, in fall 2017. The $7 million, 15,000sf single-story facility and hub of creativity is set with views of Mount Kearsage, as part of a developing academic quad in the southeast portion of campus. In January, SLAM received the AIA New Hampshire Honor Award for the 2018 Excellence in Architecture Design for the Center for Arts + Design, recognizing and honoring the project team’s achievement for creating and enhancing the built environment and for its overall design excellence, including an aesthetic, creative, safe, valuable and sustainable building. The architecture’s mid-century exterior reflects the arts village concept with a variety of building forms and materials that also complement the styles of the adjacent historic buildings. SLAM embraced the New England barn aesthetic, while offering a more playful interpretation. The result is an arts facility created to be a museum in and of itself. The barn form allowed for a south

facing solar array roof, supporting the college’s goal to transition to a carbonneutral campus by 2050. This space takes advantage of stunning vistas of Mount Kearsarge and outdoor sculpture garden, providing a naturally lit visual arts exhibit space, and access to the state-of-the-art black box theater. A clear circulation spine allows for direct access to the various studios, which in turn share an outdoor arts yard where exterior kilns are located, enabling larger sculptures to be constructed, as well as welding and painting by students. Also featured within the center is a fine art gallery; four art studios with support space for graphic design, drawing, photography, printmaking, painting, ceramics and sculpture; outdoor art areas; along with faculty offices and support areas. The building is designed to accept a future phase, housing more art studios and performance spaces. Construction services were provided by North Branch Construction of Concord, New Hampshire. SLAM has also designed the College’s Ware Student Center expansion project completed in 2013, in addition to developing its Master Plan.


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Healthcare Maugel Selected for Genesis Facility RP Masiello GM

New Genesis nursing facility / image by Maugel Architects

Dracut, MA – Maugel Architects recently announced that Genesis HealthCare selected the firm and general contractor RP Masiello of Boylston to design and build a new 83,000sf, 120-private-bed skilled nursing facility located on Loon Hill Road in Dracut. Other team members include Thompson-Liston Associates, Johnson Structural Engineering, Seaman Engineering, and A. Normandin Design. The building’s façade features modern, clean, lines and forms that integrate exterior and interior spaces through a mix of clapboard siding and aluminum composite materials. A welcoming, open lobby on the entrance floor provides sightlines to a glass-walled therapy area, a restaurant-style dining room, and other

building amenities, such as a hair salon and community gathering space. The site also includes an outdoor therapy garden, ambulance entrances, and a parking area at grade under a portion of the building. The three upper floors feature 40 private, light-filled patient rooms on each level, with one floor dedicated for long-term care and two floors designated for short-term care. All floors feature multiple nursing stations, a dining area, nourishment kitchens, medicine rooms, day rooms, staff offices, utility rooms, and rooms for bariatric and special care. To accommodate higher-acuity patients, the facility provides 12 telemetry rooms featuring interactive telemedicine monitors for 24×7 remote patient monitoring.

Striking a Balance Between Transparency and Privacy continued from page 26

Shades and blinds allow users to change the wall condition completely at will and also can be specified with a wide variety of finishes and levels of opacity. In healthcare spaces requiring higher levels of infectious control as well as manufacturing clean rooms with stringent requirements, blinds can be placed between two pieces of glass to eliminate the dust control issues with shades and blinds. Another option gaining popularity is smart glass, which can transform from clear to opaque (frosted) with the flick of a switch. There are also smart films that can be applied to existing glass and microscopic blinds that are nearly invisible when open and create a frosted appearance when closed. In addition to the up-front costs of smart glass, maintenance and life cycle costs need to be considered. Many of the visual screening techniques create a blurred effect that will conceal identities but still allow some light and connection between spaces. Another aspect to consider is that motion may still be noticeable, and that is not always desirable. The motion of blurred figures


behind frosted glass or nearly opaque shades can sometimes be a distraction to researchers, clinicians, or patients. Acoustic and visual considerations often go hand in hand and can create contradictory project requirements. In a cancer center infusion space, clinicians required direct visual observation of each patient from a shared work space but wanted their conversations in the space to be private. The design of the wood and glass work area provided enough acoustical privacy and made the clinicians seem accessible to patients without creating a fish bowl effect. Wood finishes and natural color schemes can also help to soften the cold and hard feeling sometimes associated with glass. In health and science projects, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to balancing transparency with acoustical and visual privacy. Designers need to look at the specific needs of each client and use several acoustical strategies for individual spaces within the project. John Fowler, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP, is an associate principal in the Health+Science studio at Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA).

Green Leaf Completes Health Center Fitchburg, MA – A grand opening celebration was held at the recentlycompleted ACTION Community Health Center, located on Water Street in Fitchburg. The new facility, located in the Market Basket Plaza, includes 7,400sf of medical, dental and behavioral health spaces. Green Leaf Construction, of Leominster, converted a former grocery store into a larger medical office facility for Community Health Connections (CHC), enabling them to better provide affordable primary medical care as well as preventative and restorative dental services and behavioral health services in a central and accessible location. A

large gathering room with kitchen and restrooms, complete with lockers and showers within the new center allow CHC to further serve the community. “We feel fortunate to have been able to assist CHC in expanding their mission to provide much needed medical care to an underserved population within our community,” said Green Leaf COO Thomas Dube. Community Health Connections began in 2002 as one primary care practice in Fitchburg and expanded in reach and scope of services to care for individuals and families of all ages and incomes. Accessibility, compassion and quality remain its core mission.

BPA Awards McMullen Museum Restoration continued from page 11

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the balustrade. This approach created higher ceilings while maintaining the character of the building’s exterior. Other work included matching and restoring the original limestone, marble, and mahogany finishes and installing galleryquality climate control systems. To ensure that this new museum could hold its own with the many university art institutions in the area, additional square footage was needed. Visitors now enter the museum through a new three-story 7,000sf glass addition. With its processional staircase, elevator, abundance of natural light, and panoramic views, the new addition contributes both functionality and a newfound vibrancy to the site. The fluidity and openness of the addition allows museum-goers to seamlessly float in and out of the large and flexible gallery spaces that occupy the second and third floors. Previously situated in Devlin Hall, the new McMullen Museum now has double the gallery space that it had prior to the move. In addition to the museum, the first floor is home to the University Conference Center. Accessible through the mansion’s former main entrance, the conference center is equipped with five new meeting spaces, all of which have

McMullen Museum addition

direct access to the formal lawn. The new McMullen Museum of Art and Conference Center successfully blends old and new, a design challenge that is not easy to take on. Complementing one another, the two parts create an award-winning cohesion of style, material, and aesthetic. The once closedoff and introverted private mansion is now a welcoming and energetic site for members of both the BC community and Boston to enjoy for years to come. This prominent architectural statement of Boston’s history remains a seamless part of the modern cityscape. Caroline Lippincott is an intern at the Boston Preservation Alliance.

February 2018


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February 2018


Company Profile Dyer Brown Approaches 50th Year

ARUP offices, Boston

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Boston – Dyer Brown is nearing 50 years in business with 50-plus employees and a growing roster of projects across the United States. The firm recently opened its second office located in Atlanta, Georgia and is poised to continue its national growth delivering integrated architecture, interior design, and associated consulting services. Led by project managers Maggie Mitchell, IIDA, LEED GA, and Molly California — one of the 13 design professionals to join the firm in 2017 — Dyer Brown’s Atlanta team has already completed its first major workplace, a 27,000sf office and call-center space in Alpharetta, Georgia, for lender Renew Financial.

Delivering a crisp professional look with pops of color in a highly collaborative setting that supports productivity and employee satisfaction, Dyer Brown’s design for the expansion office is already being used as a template for refreshing existing offices of Renew Financial, a provider of loans for homeowner energyefficiency upgrades. Founded in 1969, Dyer Brown has developed a multifaceted professional staff including architects, interior designers, and experts in 3D visualization, graphic design, and facilities consulting, who consistently provide innovative and compelling design solutions. The firm’s clientele — predominantly in the workplace, hospitality, and higher

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education sectors — includes several global brands that have entered into ongoing working relationships with Dyer Brown. The firm also delivers unique, oncall service arrangements for large client groups, under the banners of Building Services for real estate owners and management companies, and under Corporate Services for major companies with large facilities portfolios and long-term planning and architecture requirements.

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DeLeo Elected Leading Partner

DREAM Welcomes Garland Boston – DREAM Collaborative development, recruitment, and recently welcomed Jonathan strategic planning for the firm. Garland, Assoc. AIA, LEED Garland has extensive expeAP, NOMA, to its leadership rience ranging from large-scale team. As associate principal and mixed-use developments and director of design, he will be renationally recognized projects sponsible for translating project including the Vietnam Veterans program, scope, and design viMemorial Visitor Center on the sion into exceptional, compelling Garland National Mall in Washington, design concepts and providing D.C., to smaller-scale multifamily, K-12, design leadership to ensure design intent, commercial, and worship facilities milestones, and deliverables are met. throughout the Greater Boston area. He will also contribute to business

BW Kennedy Hires Bruetsch Arlington, MA – BW Kennedy & Co., a full-service builder and Bruetsch has 15 years of construction manager, recently experience working in the life announced the addition of Jason sciences industry managing and Bruetsch to its staff. building programs. As a senior planner, he During his career, he has been works with clients during the responsible for a wide range of preconstruction stages of a tasks – from overseeing facility project to evaluate feasibility, and laboratory operations, Bruetsch create detailed programming capital projects and relocations, requirements, and to plan the logistics managing cross functional projects and that will result in a successful project. teams, and lease negotiations.

Canton, MA – James A. DeLeo, serve as partner of Gray, Gray & MBA, CPA/MST, of Burlington, Gray while managing the firm’s has been elected to serve as leadenergy and succession planning ing partner at Gray, Gray & Gray, practices. LLP, an accounting and business “It is a privilege and honor to advisory firm headquartered in step into a position that was so Canton. DeLeo has been instruwell defined by my predecessor mental in developing a thriving Joe Ciccarello,” said DeLeo. mergers and acquisitions practice DeLeo “Joe has led Gray, Gray & Gray’s group at Gray, Gray & Gray, and significant growth over the past has also played a key role in its client 10 years, resulting in a very exciting time services department. for our firm. We are ideally positioned to DeLeo joined Gray, Gray & Gray in serve the tax, accounting, and business 1990 and was elected a partner in the firm advisory needs of businesses throughout in 2002. New England and across the country. DeLeo succeeds C. Joseph Ciccarello, Helping our clients to succeed is not only CPA, MST, who had led Gray, Gray & Gray since 2008, and who will continue to what we do but also what we love doing.”

MPA Welcomes Fowler Boston – Margulies Perruzzi and complexity, including Architects (MPA) recently surgical centers, cancer centers, welcomed John Fowler, AIA, compounding pharmacies, and EDAC, LEED AP, to its master planning for medical leadership team as associate campuses. principal in the Health+Science In addition to leading project studio. teams and managing client He brings 17 years of relations, Fowler’s new role experience designing and includes strategic planning and Fowler managing healthcare and business development to help laboratory projects of increasing size grow MPA’s Health+Science studio.

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Bedford, NH – TFMoran, Inc. recently announced the addition of four team members to its engineering and surveying firm. Devon Christen, EIT, has joined the structural engineering department, serving as a structural engineer in the Bedford office. His coursework included structural steel and concrete design, engineering hydrology, and materials science. Christen serves as a structural engineer, with prior experience in new construction and renovation for residential and commercial projects utilizing Autodesk REVIT and RISA 3D. Marinus Vander Pol III has joined TFMoran’s Portsmouth division office as a survey technician. In addition to boundary and subdivision surveys, his 10 years of land surveying experience includes construction layout, existing conditions and ALTA surveys, along with deed research and instrument operations.

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Fred Roach has joined TFMoran’s Bedford office as an administrative assistant. His duties include production of plans and reports, file and archive maintenance, deliveries, and other administrative functions for all departments. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration from Franklin Pierce University. He has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement and administration, as well as many years of experience in professional driving. Engineering technician Andrew Gray, EIT, was recently added to TFMoran’s Portsmouth division team. His over 10 years of experience includes civil project management, permitting, construction inspection and oversight, and geotechnical investigations. Prior to TFMoran, Gray was the SWPPP lead inspector for the $14 million Portage Cove Harbor Expansion in Haines Borough, Alaska.

Dimeo Adds Two Boston – Dimeo Construction Company announced that Neil MacKenzie has joined its Boston-based team as senior estimator/ planner. With approxiMacKenzie mately 40 years of experience, he is a technical construction professional with a valuable combination of field construction experience, procurement experience, and a deep, broadbased estimating and customer relations

background. He has had significant experience working with a wide range of clients within the life sciences, corporate, industrial, residential, and development industries. Pedersen Nathan Pedersen has joined the Dimeo team as a full-time site safety engineer at the Lowell Justice Center, in Lowell. Prior to joining the team full-time, Nathan was a site safety intern at the Lowell Justice Center.

Amenta Emma Promotions Hartford, CT – Tony Amenta, founding partner of Amenta Emma, recently announced the following promotions among its staff: Robert H. Adams and Craig A. Battisto, AIA, LEED AP, have been promoted to associate principal. Promoted to senior associate are Jenna M. McClure, AIA, LEED AP, Peter K. Bowman, RA, and Dennis J. Faga, AIA. Christina M. Blakemore, Heather A. Bear, and Kemal Zahirovic have been promoted to associate. “These team members have been


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an integral part of Amenta Emma’s architectural and design practice and have contributed to its work through design excellence and creating valuable client relationships,” says Amenta.

Manchester, CT – CLD|Fuss & O’Neill recently announced that Kevin Grigg, PE, the firm’s current COO, has been selected by the board of directors as the new president and CEO of the firm, effective July 1, 2018. He will be replacing Peter Grose, PE, who has served as Grigg CEO for the last eight years and will be retiring after 39 years with the company. Grigg has been with the firm for the past five of his 30+ year career. He has managed projects and business units in the environmental, facilities, water, and

transportation markets. “I feel very privileged for the opportunity to lead a great group of people. In my time here, I have gotten to know our employees, and am constantly impressed by their ingenuity and dedication to improving our communities. I have learned so much from Peter, in particular, and have watched the company make great strides under his leadership. I am excited by this opportunity to continue the path that we are on and help the company evolve as we tackle new challenges,” says Grigg.

Exerior Designs Adds Paquet Manchester, NH – Exterior eventually moving into hotel Designs, an exterior cladding development construction. In contractor, recently announced 2011, he joined a Canadian-based that Nicholas Paquet has joined truss and wall panel company the team as executive VP. where he helped them excel from He worked full time through nine to 52 employees and a near college as a foreman and project 7x increase in revenue. manager and began a career in Paquet will assume construction working within responsibility from Bob Tupper, Paquet the exterior panel and drywall who will continue to oversee projects directly and ensure that Exterior industries. Designs continues to deliver excellence Paquet worked with the metal on every project. panel and commercial siding industry,

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Bedford, NH – Eric Picard, PE, recently passed the Professional Engineer exam and is now a licensed structural engineer in New Hampshire. Picard joined the TFMoran Structural Team in 2012. His experience includes the design, analysis, and construction administration of municipal, commercial, industrial, and residential projects throughout New England. Picard is a member of the Structural Engineers of New Hampshire.

Three Senior Level Promotions at Delphi Waltham, MA – Delphi Construction recently announced that Corey Heaslip, Tony Freitas, and Tom Howes have been promoted from within the company. Both Heaslip and Freitas Freitas have been elevated to project executive positions where they will oversee project delivery teams across Delphi’s major markets.



Howes has been named director of business development.

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Special Interest Boston Mentor Program Meeting Demand for Skilled Construction Workers Boston – The Compliance Mentor Group (TCMG)’s Construction Mentor Program is helping students from Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) and Madison Park Technical Vocational High School gain experience and skills they need to get well-paying jobs in the high-demand construction industry. In Boston’s current construction boom, more than $10 billion in building and renovation is taking place at nearly 80 sites across the city. Since the average construction project costs $166 million, having skilled construction workers is essential. However, statistics show these workers are hard to find, especially female and minority ones. The National Association of Home Builders says the percentage of unfilled jobs in construction is at a 15-year high. This skills gap is exacerbated by Boston Resident Job policy, which requires that construction companies hire at least 40% minorities and at least 12% women. The Construction Mentor Program (CMP) aims to close that gap through authentic learning at a Harvard Business School construction site overseen by Walsh Brothers, Inc. “The program allows contractors and subcontractors to mentor

Group at site (l-r) Nicole Richer, CMG LLC; Richard Walsh, president and CEO of Walsh Brothers; BFIT students Lillia Sakher, Ardi Elshani, and Djilali Chaker; and Dan Goudovitch, Walsh Brothers / photo by Walsh Brothers

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young people and find skilled workers,” says Nicole Richer, owner of TCMG. “The students gain valuable workforce

readiness skills and get to network with construction professionals.” The program is in its sixth year.

“Every year, it has been eye opening for our students to begin to understand all that goes into a commercial project,” says BFIT Director of Career Services and Industry Partnerships Emily Leopold. “Mentees witness first-hand the monumental level of coordination that is necessary between a variety of stakeholders and contractors in order to complete an extremely complex project on time and within budget.” Leopold also praised the connections students make through the program, which lead many of them to find jobs. The number of students was winnowed down through three phases from an original group of 29 in October to a final group of eight. Five of the students are from BFIT and three are from Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. Students who are chosen must have a good academic record, show aptitude and interest in the construction field, and be able to benefit from the program. This year’s project is Harvard Business School’s Klarmen Hall. The building is approximately 90,000sf in size and is expected to be completed in October 2018.

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Event 2018 GLOBALCON Conference and Trade Show Boston – Each year, approximately 2,000 energy management professionals come to a major North-Eastern US city for the GLOBALCON annual conference and trade show to network with their peers, share best practices, and learn about the latest industry developments. It has been presented by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for the past 29 years – making it one of the longest

This year the event is scheduled for March 22-23, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Visit www.globalconevent.com for more information.

running events for business, industrial, and institutional energy users. This year the event is scheduled for March 22-23, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. “Our members recognize and attend

events like GLOBALCON because they bring together the top experts in all areas of energy management, power, buildings, and clean technologies.” stated Bill Kent, managing director of AEE. “These are the individuals that are discussing and defining the paths to improved energy efficiency, facility optimization and sustainability.” The conference opens with leaders of the private and public sectors discussing strategic energy directions of global importance. Leading the clean energy challenge is this year’s energy company partner and sponsor – National Grid. Jeannette Mills, senior vice president, safety, health & environmental will open the conference by posing a key question: “The energy industry is changing and evolving at an unprecedented pace. As politicians, regulators, customers, and communities look for affordable solutions to the climate change challenge, leadership in energy is more important than ever. Who will lead the transition to a clean energy future?” The conference attendees are able to attend sessions across four categories; leading edge initiatives: Energy

Manager’s Summit, Data Analytics & Energy Services, and Advanced Energy Solutions. Many of the sessions help facility managers and building owners

identify creative ways to reduce their energy consumption. Technology developments is one key aspect that runs across all sessions.

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connect or simply take a break. Casual settings create purposeful variety and are perfect for teambuilding or after-hour gatherings. Adjustable soft lounge seating, table seating infused with technology, high-top tables, and mobile whiteboards allow meetings of all sizes and formality. Semicircular freestanding furniture turns common areas into versatile, multifunctional spaces for brainstorming and visual thinking. How technology is changing the way employees work

New technologies are creating endless opportunities to refine the workspace. For example, Herman Miller has launched a new way to collect data in the workplace. Live OS is a system of cloud-connected

furnishings, an app and dashboard that allow employees to create a personalized workspace environment with a sit-to-stand desk. It collects data for each employee, which allows an organization to respond to people’s changing needs, empowers them to work better, and activates workplace strategy. Live OS can be installed in chairs and height-adjustable work surfaces to automatically adapt to its user and also provides status reports to the organization on how employees are utilizing the technology. Technologies like these will continue to create even more personal and effective workspaces. Deborah Laviero is an executive VP of OFI and an active member of The Construction Institute.


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March 6 BWiC Inspire Award

March 28 Professional Development Series: Protecting Your Right to Payment

Seaport Hotel, Lighthouse Ball Room 1 Seaport Lane, Boston 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Join us as we celebrate the most exemplary women in construction who demonstrate leadership, generosity, innovation, and unwavering commitment to their career, colleagues, and industry. Contact Information: http://www.agcmass.org/ bwic-inspire-awards


GCI Office, 100 Unicorn Park, Suite 2 Woburn, Mass. 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM This seminar will educate contractors on the various mechanisms available to protect and enforce their rights to payment. We will cover a wide range of available contractual and legal tools. http://web.abcma.org/events

7:00 AM - 9:45 AM Millennium Partners on Winthrop Square Kathy MacNeil, Prinicipal, Millennium Partners joins us to discuss the Winthrop Square project. For information: http:// buildingcongress.org/events

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March 21 “Building” Trust- General Contractors & Subcontractors Panel

March 21-22 GLOBALCON

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM A candid discussion between General Contractors and Subcontractors. Speakers: James Apodaca, Project Executive at Commodore Builders; Aimee Kingston, Director of at Dimeo Construction Company; Jacquie Magill, Founder/ President at EDM Construction Inc.; James Miller, Executive Vice President at Salem Glass Company; Moderator: Dave M. O’Connor, Esq., O’Connor & Associates, LLC

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March 7 - 9 The BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade Show Westin Boston Waterfront The region’s leading event for professionals and practitioners in the fields of high-performance building, energy efficiency, and renewable energy brings more than 2,000 industry leaders and emerging professionals together for three days. http://nesea.org/conference/buildingenergy-boston

SMPS March 21-23 SMPS Northeast Regional Conference

Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore MERGE is the theme of the 2018 SMPS Northeast Regional Conference. For info and to register: www.smpsnerc.org

Hynes Convention Center in Boston GLOBALCON showcases a powerful schedule of events covering energy management, power distribution and generation, buildings and facilities, energy services and commissioning, and sustainable development. For information: https:// usgbcma.org

AFE March 29 Second Annual AFE Region 8 Trade Show & Workshops Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center This event features Tabletop Exhibits, a full schedule of professional development seminars on facility trends and best practices and a networking reception. Also offered will be our three day CPMM Review Class in New England. http://www. afe.org/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_ id=244299&item_id=622655

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