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High-Profile Monthly’s (HP) annual Society of Colleges and University Planners (SCUP) section features Mike Moss and John Fogarty invitation to SCUPs regional conference, followed by news and updates of college and university design and construction news in New England. Check out every monthly issue of HP for educational facilities news. High-Profile is bringing awareness to National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) with a special section profiling women in construction. We encourage businesses across the A/E/C industry to join us. This issue’s annual supplement, Building Energy / MEP is being produced by Thomas D’Intinosanto. How we address energy in our facilities with the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems technologies of today, can define
Kathleen MacNeil, Sr. Associate, MP Boston, an affiliate of Millennium Partners (MP) was the guest speaker for a recent Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) breakfast. Her talk was in two parts, first a description and update on the Winthrop Square project downtown Boston. After fielding questions, she
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talked at length about creating diversity in the construction industry and how Millennium Partners is focused on creating job opportunities for women and minorities. The proposed Winthrop Square project includes redeveloping a parcel in the heart of downtown Boston into a vibrant mixeduse project with approximately 1.592 million square feet containing residential, office, retail, restaurant, parking and other commercial uses along with a vibrant and inclusive Great Hall space. It’s 709
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Worcester, MA – Susan Coghlin Mailman, president of Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc., of Worcester, was elected to serve a two-year term as president of the Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts (ASM). Commenting on her role, Mailman said, “I am honored to become chair of the ASM Board of Directors and to be able to represent the interests of subcontracting firms throughout Massachusetts. I believe our industry is a story of workforce development. The construction industry needs to diversify its workforce. We need to welcome women, and I mean really welcome women — as respected colleagues that work in the field, that manage our projects on jobsites, that serve as estimators and CAD engineers and purchasing and accounting folks,
and ultimately own and operate our businesses.” She added, “We need to embrace our diverse ethnic populations. Our state has stagnated in natural born citizens, yet our immigrant populations are growing. “The success of our businesses, I believe, will hinge on our ability to train and develop a diverse workforce. A nod goes to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for their work in the state on behalf of women and people of color — they are impacting families’ lives with good paying jobs. The entire industry will benefit because of the effort being made today.”
Incoming ASM President Susan Coghlin Mailman presents Distinguished Industry Service Award to outgoing president, Joseph Bodio
Renovation Kicked Off at Nonnewaug Designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative
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Woodbury, CT – A traditional groundbreaking ceremony was held recently for the renovation of Nonnewaug High School (Region 14). Members of the student body, parents, staff, administration, building committee members, construction personnel, and elected officials attended the event. O&G Industries of Torrington is the construction manager. They join architect the SLAM Collaborative of Glastonbury and owner’s project manager Colliers
International of Madison on the project team. The $63.8 million project involves a 145,000sf renovation of the school facility. Key features will include construction of modern science labs, a full auditorium with performance stage, visual arts rooms, technology and liberal arts areas, and athletic fitness facilities. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020.
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Boston – Arcadis recently announced that it has been selected owner’s project manager (OPM) by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) to oversee a capital improvements construction program enhancing four of its iconic facilities. Massachusetts served as a prime destination for meetings and events in 2017, generating more than $775 million for the local and regional economy. “The MCCA invests tens of millions of dollars annually to ensure our portfolio of venues delivers an exceptional experience as we welcome visitors from around the world to Massachusetts,” said MCCA executive director David Gibbons. “Arcadis’ planning and program management expertise is key to the continued improvements and development of our award-winning facilities on behalf of the commonwealth and in service to our customers.” As OPM, Arcadis will act as
Tulsa, OK – JCJ Architecture recently announced the expansion of its national practice with the opening of an office in Tulsa. The new location bolsters JCJ’s national footprint, with existing offices in Atlanta, Boston, Hartford, New York City, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Diego. “With the opening of our new Tulsa office, we have the expanded resources and talent to continue to advance our clients’ project needs and help fuel JCJ’s
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Trainor Joins NAIOP MA Needham, MA – NAIOP Massachusetts, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, recently announced that Suzanne Trainor has joined the team as a government affairs associate. She comes to NAIOP with experience in public policy and government relations from the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association. Before that, she worked in political organizing and at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. This expansion of the organization’s staff reinforces its commitment to representing the industry and advocating
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imagined as the building’s lobby and amenity spaces. The ground floor of the new building will house a café with indoor and outdoor seating areas. In addition to providing a distinctive residential address, the development will extend the activity along the Greenway and preserve views down Broad and Wharf streets to the Boston waterfront. To further transform the Greenway and enhance the surrounding pedestrian environment, the developers, New Boston Ventures, have donated $60,000 towards the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. The Boulevard amenities will include concierge service, a club room, a fitness center, pet spa, and an underground parking garage featuring a state-of-the-art automated guided vehicle (AGV) system, the first installation of its kind in the city of Boston. Construction began in early 2016, and completion is expected in August 2018.
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Tanglewood Hosts Topping Off of Four-Building Complex
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Lenox, MA – Tanglewood hosted a ceremonial topping off event at the construction site of the festival’s new four-building complex, celebrating the placement of the final steel beam on top of the building site. The new building complex will support the performances and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center — the BSO’s prestigious summer music academy — and serve as the home of the new Tanglewood Learning Institute. The beam — which was placed on top of the covered walkway connecting each building — was painted white and signed by the construction team, who were fêted at the event in celebration of this project milestone. The new four-building complex
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is being designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects, led by William Rawn and Cliff Gayley, and is the largest building project at Tanglewood since the construction of Ozawa Hall in 1994. Reed Hilderbrand is serving as the project’s landscape architects. Consigli is the general contractor building the new complex, and Skanska is the owner’s project manager. Kirkegaard Associates, led by Joseph Myers, is serving as the project’s acoustician. Since construction began on the Tanglewood building project in September 2017, Consigli Construction Co., Inc., the general contractor on the project, has erected 275 tons of steel (with the average temperature during steel
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work 25 degrees F.), completing the basic structure for the four buildings, including Studio 1, a multi-use performance and lecture space; studios 2 and 3, two smaller rehearsal and performances spaces; and a 150-seat dining café, designed to be an informal place for audience members and musicians to interact. The construction of this project began in September 2017 and since then the team of workers on the project have put in 23,921 hours of work, with the
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IIDA NE Awards High-Profile Monthly (HP) asked IIDA NE Awards night co-chairs Heather Brunini and Marcus Hamblin to share the importance of this annual event with our readers. The winners will be published in the next issue of HP.
of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. HP: Why were the Design Awards created? IIDA NE: The Design Awards event was created in 2007 to celebrate teamwork and showcase interior design projects throughout New England. HP: Who is included in a “team” for an award?
HP: What is IIDA NE? IIDA NE: The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) works to advance the value of interior design and its practitioners as well as to cultivate leadership within the profession. IIDA has more than 12,000 members in nine specialty Forums in 30 chapters around the world committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and advancing interior design through knowledge. The IIDA New England Chapter (IIDA NE) was incorporated in 1972 and serves the states
IIDA NE: The team consists of anyone that works on the project: general contractor, owner’s project manager, lighting consultant, structural engineer, furniture vendor, flooring manufacturer, etc. The entry form asks for you to name up to 10 team members. HP: What categories are considered? IIDA NE: The project categories include Building Repositioning/Building Amenities*; Community & Culture; Education; Healthcare; Hospitality; Research Lab; Residential; Senior Living*; and Student Housing*. Professional entries may be submitted by firms who led the design of the project and reside in New England (Conn., Maine,
Mass., N.H., R.I., and Vt.). Projects must have been completed as of January 1, 2016 or later. Student Project Categories include Undergraduate Design and Graduate Design. Student projects must be completed while attending a design or architecture undergraduate or graduate program. Students must be currently attending said program or have been graduated for no more than one calendar year as of January 1, 2018. HP: What is the judging process? IIDA NE: The three professional program judges are selected from the wider design community. We incorporate design professionals from interior design and architecture, commercial product design, and design-related publications. This diverse mix of judges provides a unique approach to the continually growing breadth of projects. Our judges are provided with a score card with categories that review the entries’ project narrative, professional photography, and floor plans. Each category has a score from 1 to 10. Projects are judged for innovation, thoughtfulness, and the overall impact of the design. Each judge scores the projects separately. The
scores are then tallied, and the judges meet to discuss any ties within each category. There is a winner in each category, a Best of State winner (Conn., Maine, Mass., N.H., R.I., and Vt.) for states where there are more than three entries, and a Best of Show winner. HP: When, where, and who can attend this year’s awards? IIDA NE: The 11th IIDA New England Interior Design Awards will be hosted at the Boston Park Plaza on Wednesday, March 14. The event has successfully attracted peers from all aspects of the design, real estate, construction, and engineering industries. This year, we have moved the event to an exciting new venue, allowing us a larger capacity and more opportunities to recognize our sponsors. The event will feature a cocktail hour, plated dinner, and awards presentation and will conclude with an onsite postcelebration. Tickets are open to the public Heather Brunini is workplace strategy manager at Total Office Interiors, Boston. Marcus Hamblin is a designer at Gensler, Boston. Special thanks to Caitlin Greenwood, architect, MPA, Boston.
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South Natick, MA – Nauset Construction has completed the renovation and conversion of the 18th-century historic Peletiah Morse Tavern, while also constructing an attached 4,200sf addition that provides much-needed space for the middle school on the campus of the Riverbend School in Natick. Originally built in 1748, the Morse Tavern once served as a residence, tavern, and stage stop for travelers on
the Old Hartford Road, but will now house an admissions office, classrooms, multipurpose space, and a music instruction room. Designed by Piatt Associates, the renovation included the installation of historically accurate replica windows and a hand-hewn front door, and the original wood beams were refurbished and left exposed. Original bricks from a nonworking interior chimney were repurposed to build
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a faux chimney on the exterior that was consistent with the tavern’s historic look. The wood siding, trim, and masonry of the addition were designed to reflect the style of the original building and retain its historic character. Special care was taken to restore some of the features of the original structure, including exterior moldings and the entranceway. During the selective demolition phase, a number of historic artifacts (shoes, tools,
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Bridgeport, CT – For architect David Ferris, an associate and senior project manager for Antinozzi Associates, there is so much more to designing a school building than just providing four walls and a roof. “There are so many opportunities for what we do as architects to impact how a person feels and interacts with their surroundings, without them even knowing it,” he said. It’s at the intersection of art and science, where Ferris and his colleague Shannon Hovan, a firm team member and the construction administrator on the project, see how Bridgeport’s Harding High School project can impact not just the students who will be learning inside the building, but the entire neighborhood, and possibly the entire city. An ambitious outlook to be sure, but the construction project is the first entirely new high school to be built within a city neighborhood. FairchildWheeler Interdistrict High School, which serves Bridgeport and seven other towns, was built on the edge of parkland on the Bridgeport-Trumbull border. Ferris and Hovan work together on
Harding. She visits the site weekly to ensure the construction documents are being followed, checks in with the contractors, and ensures that the entire building is being built according to the design documents. The earliest definition of neighborhood described a collection of buildings usually anchored by a school or a place of worship. “What we’re creating at Harding will be just that — a place for students to learn, a gathering place for the community nearby, for the entire city,” Hovan said. The south wall of the school features a foldaway wall that will open the auditorium to the outside to provide a space for concerts and other outdoor events. The 244,500sf, four-story building was designed by Paul Antinozzi, principal at Antinozzi Associates, and will accommodate more than 1,150 students when it opens late this year. It will include state-of-the-art computer labs, virtual and traditional science labs, a graphics lab, music rooms, art classrooms, a new mentor program area, and additional educational and athletic spaces. It will also feature a state-of-the-art performance auditorium and media center spaces, as well as a fully functional mini-health services center.
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Concord, NH – North Branch Construction’s dedication to jobsite safety includes the implementation of the North Branch Construction Safety Fine Program on all of its projects. This program was developed in 2005 with the intent to increase hazard recognition, reduce risk of injury, and create an overall safer working environment for all personnel working on North Branch Construction jobsites. At a minimum, it requires subcontractors, as well as North Branch Construction’s own employees, to abide by the OSHA Construction Industry Regulations at all times. When safety violations are observed, the objective is to correct them immediately. Consequently, the firm warrants safety fines for any repeat violations. At the end of each year, all proceeds from the North Branch Construction Safety Fine Program are donated to
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Designing High Schools That Supports Career-Ready Education
by Mark Lee The community of constituents, educators, planners, and designers of Edward Little High School (ELHS) have a tremendous opportunity in 2018 to fashion an education direction that will chart the course of learning at the Auburn, Maine School for generations to come. Contemporary K-12 trends and buzzwords can sometimes be overstated and worn-out in the public conversation, yet the ideas they represent are not only in vogue, but relevant — learning beyond walls, transformation of libraries into Information Media Centers, cafetoriums with café-style seating, and plug and play charging stations, maker-spaces for mechanics labs or senior capstone projects. A newly designed high school should be full of sustainable design features that save money, model behavior, and are a learning tool — low use water and plumbing fixtures, universal design,
and wayfinding, the use of low impact building materials, recycled products, lots of natural light designed in the massing and form, living garden rooftops, energy conservation, and harvesting that leaves a low-carbon footprint. Today’s student is grounded in conservation and community stewardship, and they expect this in their schools. We incorporate many best practices, and innovatively incorporate these strategies in every new or renovation project we undertake. The real challenge in 2018 and beyond is supporting our clients and communities with buildings that prepare students for careers and the workforce at the K-12 level. School districts and their communities continue to point directly (and sometimes indirectly) at trends in the workplace — a setting where work, creativity, collaboration, and community meet and foster productive, satisfied employees. The challenge is to translate this culture of real-world innovation and team-based problem solving to the K-12 school environment. Does it merit consideration? Will it improve learning and advance education? Coming revolution in education design
Sometime in the early decade of 2020, Edward Little High School will open its
doors to a new generation of students. Some of the educational areas being contemplated are innovative, and will replicate the real-world settings students will encounter in the work place, service or college. Once a school location has been decided, the ELHS campus will involve more than a building — it will be a community center, with a series of pathways bridging to athletic and recreation spaces, a landscaped outdoors, the placement of lounge spaces and common areas promoting impromptu social interaction and learning. It will incorporate applied programs from the region’s vocational center to reduce overcrowding and offer more curriculum choices for students. Breakout makerspaces, laboratories for advanced manufacturing, emergency medical training, robotics, biotechnology, and fashion design are examples of applied learning studios that will coexist with core academic facilities. All learners will share common spaces, adjacencies, and spaces for interaction, socialization, and collaboration. Students will learn a variety of transferable skills they can apply to a variety of life settings. Effecting change is difficult
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the evolution of the active learning environment. With an infinite and immediate availability of information at our fingertips, students are now required to apply critical thinking skills to solve real-world problems through increased self-directed and collaborative methods. Technology, furniture arrangement, and space design must support dynamic curricular and pedagogical formats. Challenging the concepts of more traditional teaching styles and spaces leads to spirited debate during the programming phase of a K-12 school. It’s particularly challenging to bring change to public schools, where parents, educators, superintendents, school boards, and community constituents all come together to balance aspirations with pragmatic needs and budget constraints. The challenge for school planners and designers, is to listen intently to all concerns and arrive at a consensus design that works uniquely for each school — while implementing forward-thinking technology, flexibility, and adaptability to support changing needs for generations to come. Mark L. Lee, AIA LEED AP, is principal at Harriman.
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Providence, RI – A hole measuring more than 200 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 16 feet deep, across from North Providence High School on Mineral Spring Avenue at the North Providence’s new Public Safety facility, will soon contain a million-gallon underground stormwater basin to catch stormwater runoff on the site. DiPrete Engineering, a civil engineering and surveying firm with offices in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, teamed up with StormTrap and J.R. Corporation to design and install the new system. Because the area is already densely developed and the existing state stormwater system within Mineral Spring Avenue has been maxed out, an oversized system was developed to provide
the required treatment and detention necessary for the development. “We were working with a very aggressive site layout that left us little room for stormwater treatment,” said Brandon Carr, project manager at DiPrete Engineering. “That, coupled with the high groundwater levels and the elevation changes onsite, forced us to seek an innovative method to manage stormwater. There was no room left on the surface so we knew we had to go underground.” DiPrete Engineering designed the stormwater system and received permitting through Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) and Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT).
Boston – Suffolk will be launching its eighth annual Trades Partnership Series to assist minority, women, and veteran-owned trade partner firms in fostering long-term relationships with Suffolk. Provided at no cost to selected participants, the eight-session program will begin Thursday, April 5. The Trades Partnership Series is part of Suffolk’s award-winning Learning + Development program, which continues to set the industry standard for construction training initiatives. The series will be offered exclusively to union and nonunion trade partners that are certified by the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office or the City of Boston as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), or Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (VBE). Firms must also have been in business for a minimum of two years. The Suffolk Trades Partnership Series is conducted in partnership with the City of Boston, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Mayor’s Office of Small Business Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office, Massachusetts Minority Contractors Association, and MP Boston. “We are proud of the opportunities we have created for dozens of trade partners since launching this innovative program.
Graduates develop solid partnerships and gain access to nurturing mentor/mentee relationships that have significantly grown their volume of work,” said Brooke Woodson, director of Trade Partner Diversity at Suffolk. “It’s important to note this incredibly successful program would not be possible without the consistent support from the City of Boston and Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office.”
The application deadline is Friday, March 16 at 5 p.m. EDT. For more information and to apply, visit www.suffolk.com/northeast-trades-partnership-series. Participants of the Trades Partnership Series will learn firsthand about Suffolk’s “build smart” approach to construction management, including how Lean Construction principles are applied to projects and innovative, web-based collaboration tools result in an efficient document management process for all project stakeholders. The program will also feature a class designed to discuss the importance of developing strong relationships with union affiliations in order to gain greater access to Suffolk’s projects. Participants will also get training in Suffolk’s new state-of-the-art Smart Lab and Scheduling Lab.
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John Fogarty Over 400 college and university planners are assembling from all over the New England region and beyond to attend SCUP’s March 4-6 regional conference: “Gown, Gown, Gown, Gown and Town!” Meet senior thought leaders, be part of the conversation, and learn what’s happening and what’s about to happen on our college and university campuses. It is fitting that this conference will be held along the banks of the Charles River in the biggest college town in the nation: Boston and Cambridge. Home to over 35 colleges and universities, its unique cultural, professional, and social landscape will set the stage for our conference. Possibilities and problems of every type abound in this hub of academia, whether it be demographic change and enrollment, changing levels of public
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Providence, RI – Dimeo Construction Company recently held a toppingoff ceremony at the Providence College, Ruane Friar Development Center project. The new basketball training facility, designed by Perkins & Eastman, will significantly enhance Friar athletics on a national level, student services, and college community life. Phase 1 of the project will concentrate on the men’s basketball, athletic training center, athlete support
services, offices, a new Friar Athletics Hall of Fame, and a dining room. It will promote academic success, team-building, skills development, conditioning, and wellness. “Today is a major milestone in this campus transforming project. The sloped structural steel beams that provide the roof over the court add a unique geometry to the campus and will help usher the school into its next centennial,” stated Dimeo senior project manager Scott Eaton.
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Rendering of the new Five Arts & Student Center at St. Timothy’s School
Stevenson, MD – The S/L/A/M Collaborative, a Glastonbury, Conn.-based national architecture firm, recently completed programming, design, and documentation for a 27,800sf renovation and addition of the Five Arts & Student Center at St. Timothy’s School, a private all-girls high school in Stevenson, Md. Construction is estimated to be completed in December 2018. SLAM is also providing structural engineering, landscape architecture, and cost estimating services. The former, two-story Hannah More Arts Center, now named the Five Arts & Student Center, will undergo a renovation including a new contemporary façade and an additional floor to the structure. Other significant upgrades to the facility will include a refurbished 320-seat theater featuring new seats, lighting, and
A/V, a full-service Health and Wellness Center, additional classroom space for the English department, and an expanded 1,000sf art gallery. The courtyard located between the Five Arts & Student Center and dining facility will be redesigned with new ornamental trees, benches, and new pavers, creating a more welcoming space to relax in between classes in the outdoors. “We are pleased to partner with St. Timothy’s in this important enhancement project that will provide students, faculty, and staff with a quality arts, academic, and student activity space on campus that matches the high-quality educational experience currently afforded students,” says Richard Connell, FAIA, SLAM principal-in-charge.
Fitchburg, MA – Members of the Walsh Brothers project team joined executives from Fitchburg State University, including Dr. Richard S. Lapidus, president; Sue Lauder, athletic director; Jay Bry, vice president of finance and administration; William Barletta, executive director of capital planning and maintenance; and Mary Beth McKenzie, assistant vice president for finance and administration; as well as Stephen L. DiNatale, mayor of Fitchburg, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the renovation of Fitchburg State University’s Carmelita Landry Arena in Fitchburg. The revitalized Landry Arena will be the public face for varsity sports at Fitchburg State and includes a state-of-the-art field house with multipurpose turf sports flooring, a strength and conditioning center, batting cages, integrated audio-visual systems, and new locker rooms. The new
arena also includes office space for the city’s parks and recreation department and will allow residents to use the facilities during off seasons. Walsh Brothers teamed with Miller Dyer Spears architects to provide the input and analysis to assist the Massachusetts State College Building Authority and Fitchburg State decision makers in reaching cost-effective decisions on program priorities, spaceuse allocation, responsive design solutions, targeted renovation investment, and maximum impact for their project outlays through a process of evaluating design options. Walsh Brothers also provided preconstruction analysis and construction phase follow-through on issues such as existing building systems constraints, infrastructure improvements, constructability, access, and site management.
A Tale of Student Housing on Two Campuses Purchase College/SUNY and University of Virginia New Residence Hall at Purchase College/State University of New York, in Purchase, NY
What are the chances? Two new residence halls on two campuses nearly 400 miles apart - both awarded to the same construction firm. Both campuses modeled on a historic campus design theory, which is enjoying a resurgence as campuses across the county seek to build deeper engagement with their students. Here’s a look at the parallels – and the differences – between the new residence hall at Purchase College/SUNY in Purchase, NY and the new Brandon Avenue Upper Class Housing project at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. KBE Building Corporation is the Design Builder, alongside Newman Architects, for the Purchase College project. At UVA, KBE is General Contractor for the Brandon Avenue project, working with architect Goody Clancy. These two projects can, in many ways, be seen as a microcosm of current trends in residence hall design and construction. “Colleges and universities are looking at design and construction to influence the first impressions of their prospective students and as a marketing tool,” explains KBE Executive Vice President Jim Culkin, DBIA. “This is being achieved through a strong focus on the overall design as well as on student comforts such as single rooms and suites, study rooms for collaboration, technology access and infrastructure, and integration of academic functions and food and retail services. At UVA and Purchase College, another major element is also being integrated into the mix: the landscape. ”
Creating Living, Learning Communities Both campuses are focused on maintaining their campus vision of an academical village – a living, learning community. This idea, first proposed and brought to life by Thomas Jefferson at none other than University of Virginia in the mid-1800s, has come again to permeate the American university landscape. Jefferson’s Academical Village was designed to provide students with an all-encompassing learning experience that integrates personal, academic, and community life in a single setting. At UVA, this concept is embodied in the campus’s historic Grounds, which features a rectangular, terraced green space known as “the Lawn”, two parallel rows of buildings called the Pavilions, which are connected by colonnaded walkways and student rooms, and the Rotunda building, which anchors the north end of the Lawn. Purchase College’s original campus design, still largely intact, was the work of the distinguished late-modernist American architect, Edward Larrabee Barnes. Barnes conceived the campus in the late 1960’s as a “city in the country,” modeled on UVA’s ‘academical village’. Like UVA’s village concept, Purchase College features a central campus space flanked by arcades; behind the arcades, individual buildings are placed like ribs off a spine, each housing a college department.
How Design Fosters Inclusion Integrating the new halls into the existing campuses was, of course, a significant design challenge at both locations. At UVA, architect Jean Carroon, FAIA, LEED Fellow and principal at Goody Clancy, describes the design of the Brandon Avenue hall as the interaction of the built and natural environment, a key part of UVA’s master plan for the area, which calls for creating a “student-oriented, mixed-use academic, housing, and student services community connected by green space called the Green Street.” Carroon says the new residence hall achieves this through “three grand design gestures that readily invite people to move from the Green Street through the portal, then into the courtyard, which is in itself a celebratory space, and finally into the building.”
Brandon Avenue Uppper Class Housing, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA
For architect Richard Munday, AIA, principal of Newman Architects, the new residence hall at Purchase College requires a similar vision. “This is very much about designing an environment that encourages people to come together and to make connections with the landscape around them,” Munday explains. “Students can often feel isolated and lonely. We are creating a space that connects them to the campus community just outside their front door.” Munday credits the extensive use of glass that provides a two-way view from and into the building, and a circulation pattern that connects students to the campus’ central green space, which is much like UVA’s formal Grounds.
Challenging Location, Unique Procurement Process For KBE, each residence hall offers its own set of opportunities and constraints. At UVA, KBE project manager David Heavener is managing the Brandon Avenue construction within the midst of several other concurrent projects adjacent to the residence hall site. “We’re mobilizing now on a site that will include, over the next several months, demolition of five+ buildings and start of construction on the Green Street project and new health center, in addition to the Upper Class Housing. It will make for a very tight site,” Heavener says. “This has been an extraordinarily fast tracked project,” adds UVA Project Manager Steve Ratliff. “The Green Street Master Plan was issued in fall 2016 and within one week, was approved by our governing body and the Architect/ Engineer RFQ issued. Goody Clancy completed a fully permitted, 100% construction documents for the Upper Class resident hall in just 9 months, and we selected our builder, KBE Building Corporation in August 2017 through a competitive bid and interview process.” “t Purchase, our original procurement process resulted in an over-budget project,” explains Purchase Project Manager Wayne Rush. “So we opted to re-issue the project as a design-build.” Rush took the typical design-build procurement process to a much higher level, engaging the competing teams in a collaborative process that is typically only seen after team selection – not before. Once he had three shortlisted design-build teams, he set up individual information sessions between each of the teams, the College’s facilities team and end-users prior to the submission of proposals. This enabled each team to thoroughly investigate and explore the project as they developed the conceptual design and budget. The unsuccessful teams were provided a stipend to offset the cost of preparing their submission. “The benefits to the College are huge,” says Rush. “We got the benefit of three fully engaged design-build teams and got to see each team in action together prior to selection. The KBE-Newman team clearly listened to us and was able to present us with some great ideas we hadn’t considered.” One of those was the use of a masonry-bearing wall structural system that creates structural bays one room suite wide. “It’s not a new system, but it’s one I haven’t seen in a very long time,” Rush said. “And I thought, why not? It’s simple, cost-efficient, and highly durable construction.”
This is very much about designing an environment that encourages people to come together and make connections with the landscape around them.” - Richard Munday, AIA, Principal, Newman Architects
Purchase College, SUNY Cost: $28 Million Size: 78,588 sf | 4 stories Design-Builder: KBE Building Corporation Architect of Record: Newman Architects
University of Virginia Cost: $46 Million Size: 205,000 sf | 6 stories General Contractor: KBE Building Corporation Architect of Record: Goody Clancy
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Rendering of Langer Parking; view from River and I-293 / courtesy Built-Form LLC
Manchester, NH – TFMoran provided survey, civil/site engineering, structural engineering, permitting, and landscape architecture services for a new six-story parking facility. Once complete, it will provide nearly 1,700 parking spaces in the southern end of the millyard area. This new precast concrete structure, located at the corner of South Commercial Street and Line Drive, will provide parking for Southern New Hampshire University’s online program and administrative offices housed in the adjacent Langer Place mill.
Bordered by the east bank of the Merrimack River, Line Drive, South Commercial Street, and the existing Langer mill, there was limited open space to accommodate this large parking structure. Since the garage will be replacing an existing surface parking lot serving the Langer mill, temporary accommodation of existing traffic and parking needs and maintaining access to the mill during construction all must be accommodated by construction manager Harvey Construction. Improvements to traffic flow
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patterns along South Commercial Street were also incorporated into the project. Project architects Built-Form, LLC designed the parking facility to complement the historic and modern structures of the surrounding neighborhood, with a traditional brick masonry façade reminiscent of the historic mills, with contemporary vertical glass elements in the corners. The west façade, overlooking the Merrimack River, will feature perforated metal decorative panels with embossed images, providing
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DBIA NE Honors Five College Library Annex Team With Bronze Award Hatfield, MA – At its recent annual meeting and design-build awards event, held in Framingham, the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) New England Region, presented the Five College Library Annex project team with a Bronze Award in the Building Construction category. The winning collaboration included Five Colleges, Inc. (FCI), CSL Consulting, Cutler Associates, Cutler Design, RDK Engineers, TFMoran, and Berkshire Design.
The winning collaboration included Five Colleges, Inc. (FCI), CSL Consulting, Cutler Associates, Cutler Design, RDK Engineers, TFMoran, and Berkshire Design. Prior to construction, Cutler, an East Coast design-build and construction management firm, worked with FCI and CSL on site selection. The design-build team then spent 12 months building the new 35,000sf climate-controlled library storage facility in Hatfield. The design provides for 9,000sf of receiving, materials processing, meeting, and office space, with the remaining 26,000sf storage space, outfitted with 24-foot high shelving units that have a capacity to house 2.5 million volumes.
The new state-of-the-art facility serves students and faculty members from Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst — collectively known as the Five College Consortium. The success of the project, having maximized the value and efficiencies of taking a design-build approach, is proven by the numbers. “Given the complexities of the site prep work and sophisticated building systems necessary for achieving the strict control of temperature and humidity, we are thrilled that the facility was completed on schedule and well under budget,” said Neal Abraham, executive director of Five Colleges, Inc.
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Women In Construction HP Interviews Catherine Schoenenberger, President at NAWIC mentor because she’s working with mostly men. A lot of us [women that are established in the construction industry], that have been working in it for a number of years, we’ve had mentors that have taken us under their wing or promoted us and made sure we had good direction. Male or female, you have to have someone you can relate to that brings you to that next level.
Recently, Anastasia Barnes of HighProfile had the opportunity to chat with Catherine Schoenenberger, national president at NAWIC (National Association of Women In Construction). This interview kicks off HP’s very first WIC section. We encourage you to learn more about NAWIC at www.nawic.org AB: Can you tell our readers how WIC week came about?
AB: Do you think AEC firms recognize this need for mentors?
CS: Women In Construction Week was brought into NAWIC’s platform many years ago and is celebrated the first full week of March each year. AB: How many chapters does NAWIC have? CS: We have over 122 chapters across the country. Our chapters are our base level, where members are introduced to NAWIC, its offerings, and where they find their fit in our association. AB: Do you feel that mentors are needed for women, in general, right now?
CS:: Absolutely! With respect to the younger generation coming in, they have to see themselves in the person they’re talking to. If they don’t relate to them, they’re not going to see themselves in it. That’s the basics of being a mentor. In the construction industry, or any other industry that is predominantly men, a woman is not going to find an obvious
CS: The trend right now, within construction companies, is femaleemployee initiatives. These companies not only want to recruit more women, but they want to retain the women they already have. NAWIC is proving to be a very instrumental resource for these initiatives, by providing on a regular and consistent basis, events like Lunch and Learns or Hard Hat and High Heels after work, where WIC can connect with each other in a more relaxed, yet professionally relatable, environment.
AB: I know there are other organizations that are targeted for women in this industry; what makes NAWIC stand out, in your opinion? CS: In a nutshell, NAWIC offers all women in construction a safe space to discuss what will make them better at their job, and the opportunity to develop as a leader within their company. We have women in every sector of construction as members of our association. That inclusiveness is what makes the measurable difference! NAWIC now has a group called Emerging Professionals, which in other camps is called Young Professionals. We call them “emerging professionals” because we’re getting women that aren’t in that chronological age group (20-something to 40-something). We’re getting women that are 35, 45, 55 years of age that are coming into the industry for the first time. They may have been recently introduced to a trade, and for the first time in their life, they’re actually making a livable wage to support their family, to get continued to page 36
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by Kate Harrison When the US government opened the doors to women entering the construction trades in 1978, less than 3% of tradespeople were women. Forty years later, the number of tradeswomen across the country remains at just 3%. But not in the Massachusetts building trades. Over the past decade, the Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues (PGTI) has put Massachusetts on the map, leading industry collaborations that have boosted the number of women in union apprenticeship to over 7% and growing. The number of female apprentices across the state has tripled since 2012, and 92% of Massachusetts’ female apprentices are in union apprenticeships. PGTI is a regional collaboration of over 75 stakeholders co-convened by the Metropolitan Boston Building Trades Council, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Building Pathways pre-apprenticeship, and the Mass AFLCIO. They meet bimonthly to increase both the supply of qualified tradeswomen and the demand for women on jobsites. PGTI’s integrated supply and demand strategy has moved the needle by recognizing that a healthy workforce requires
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not only a supply of qualified and trained workers, but also a demand for these workers. PGTI has established Access and Opportunity Committees (AOCs) on over $3.5 billion of construction on the UMass Boston, Lowell, and Amherst campuses, as well as the Mass Gaming Commission’s two casinos. At AOCs owners, contractors, unions, and the community work together to ensure that all parties are exerting maximum effort to meet workforce hiring goals. continued to page 46
The core purpose of WIC Week is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry. WIC Week highlights women as a visible component of the construction industry. This week also provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. Find your local chapter by visiting, www.nawic.org/nawic/Chapters Want to celebrate WIC Week in your firm?
Below is an abbreviated list of ideas & things to do in your own firm. Visit www. nawic.org for full list of ideas. • Add WIC Week salutations to emails • Promote a STEM event for girls/women • Host a Women in Construction informational seminar • Have a NAWIC booth at a convention/ trade show • Hold a membership drive • Host a Women in Construction career day • Post about WIC Week on social media #2018WICWEEK
• Host a networking event • Initiate a “Bring a Young Woman to Work” day • Hold a joint event with a primarily male dominated industry association • Publish an article about NAWIC/WIC Week <---HP is accepting articles the entire month of March • Create a WIC Week Pinterest Board About NAWIC
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) originally began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. Sixteen women working in the construction industry founded it in 1953. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network. Women in Construction of Fort Worth was so successful that it gained its national charter in 1955 and became the National Association of Women in Construction. Today, NAWIC provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more.
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We invited our readers to celebrate WIC Week by submitting a WIC profile on an exemplary woman within their own firms. The next six pages are the submissions we received prior to going to press. We’re accepting WIC submissions throughout the month of March. Visit www.high-proile.com/wicweeek for more info.
Principal at Brennan Consulting, Inc.
Jan Breed Executive Director of Mass. Building Congress Prior to working in the construction industry, Breed worked in the hospitality industry, first in hotel sales and catering and then later as a tour director. She has worked in Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine, and the Islands of Hawaii. While working as a field office manager for Morganti Construction on the BU Biomedical Research Building project, Breed was also an active member with the Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC). At the conclusion of the project, she interviewed for the position as executive director of the MBC . Under Breed’s direction, the MBC has provided topical and informative programming for the AEC community. When asked what her passion outside of the office is, Breed replied, “Beekeeping! Save the bees, save our farms, save our food!”
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With over 20 years of experience as an Executive Vice President for a leading New York City firm, Laureen Poulakis acquired the necessary knowledge and business tools needed to develop and grow her Engineering and Surveying firm into one of the most respected companies in Massachusetts. Her experience with Domestic and International Contract Negotiations, setting quality control standards and management of an extensive staff of professionals have prepared her with the qualities needed to start her own company. Since her relocation from NYC to Massachusetts in 2001, starting her own firm was always the main goal. Even before Brennan’s WBE Certification, Laureen has been intimately involved with all aspects of the business including the management of all engineering and survey projects, review and approval all proposals, financial management and day to day operations. She diligently works hard at ensuring client satisfaction and is always looking at ways to develop and improve procedures and methods to ensure Brennan delivers high quality products and services that exceeds industry standards. With her experience in the Civil and Land
Surveying industry, Laureen has a strong belief that her employees are the backbone of Brennan Consulting. Building the right team that is laser focused on the delivery of high quality services is key – “It’s the people I employ and work closely with that make this company successful”. Laureen and her family enjoy the unlimited outdoor activities here in New England and spend their free time skiing, mountain biking and hiking. Affiliations: • WTS – Women in Transportation • ACEC – American Council of Engineering Companies • ITE – Institute of Transportation Engineers • BSCE – Boston Society of Civil Engineers • MALSCE – Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers
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Billing Supervisor at Marr Scaffolding Company
Safety Coordinator at Daniel Marr & Son Company
Nicole Davy is responsible for customer invoicing and reports to management on billing, collections, and job profitability. She has worked at Marr since 2004. Previously, she was a dispatcher for Accurate Communications, Inc. Davy started her career at Marr as a “runner” in the equipment and maintenance area, dropping off and picking up parts for vehicles, keeping equipment maintenance records, and more. A hard worker, she was eager to do anything and everything. When a new position was created in the billing department, Dave Hughes, vice president, equipment, suggested her for the promotion. Billing supervisor, Frank Salamone, took her under his wing and trained her to eventually run the department when he retired in 2013. Since then, Davy has proven herself more than capable for the role. She always strives to do the best job possible — and she certainly delivers with a focused determination and a warm smile. On a typical workday, her office is a revolving door of salespeople requiring her expertise and project support; couple this with a constant workflow, and she is often the last employee to leave the
Tracy Seward is the Safety Coordinator at Daniel Marr & Son Company (DM&S), which specializes in structural steel and precast concrete erection. She is responsible for the safety of Marr ironworkers on all company jobsites, ensuring that each ironworker is outfitted with the appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Tracy attends weekly safety meetings, is responsible for all fire details and permits, and completes the required job-specific paperwork, including Job Safety Analysis (JSA) reports. Previously, she worked as an Apprentice and then Journeywoman Ironworker for 15 years at DM&S, learning the ins and outs of the trade and following the footsteps of her grandfather, father and two brothers (all former ironworkers at Marr). When an injury allocated her to light duty work, Tracy became a Safety Coordinator – a role that was a perfect fit given her experience as an ironworker and the industry’s rising safety standards. On the job, Tracy is dependable, outgoing and thick-skinned. From 6 o’clock in the morning until sundown, she examines ironworkers’ safety needs from project start to completion and, in return, commands the utmost respect and compliance despite the tension that
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Outside of Marr, Davy leads a busy life
full of fun and even more responsibility. She has a 12-year-old daughter Mikayla,
who shares her passion for travel, hiking, and biking. A seasoned rider, Davy has
been an all-star for 12 years on the Marr Cycling Team, which participates in the
Rodman Ride for Kids charity. She is also passionate about helping others; having deaf family members of her own, she
takes the time to mentor and care for deaf people with disabilities on weekends.
often comes with hectic schedules and challenging work environments. Beginning her sixth year as Safety Coordinator, Tracy commands the respect needed to ensure that the gangs on all her projects – currently including the Everett casino, Logan Airport, and Emerson College– are operating with the highest level of safety. Off the job, you will find Tracy either cooking up a dish at home, where she lives with her son John, her two dogs and cat, or enjoying time on the beach with friends up on the north shore. A lover of the outdoors, she is in her natural habitat out on a jobsite – something her family at Marr is very grateful for!
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Vice President at DiPrete Engineering
Senior Project Manager at Commodore Builders
Nicole Reilly joined DiPrete Engineering in 2006 after gaining valuable experience in the public sector from the town of Narragansett. Growing up, Reilly always loved her science and math classes, two passions that eventually earned her a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and later a Master’s Degree from the University of Rhode Island. In 2017, she was promoted to the firm’s first female vice president. “Nicole is exceptional,” said Dennis DiPrete, president of DiPrete Engineering. “Our firm trusts her with our most sophisticated and demanding clients, and the clients trust her with their important projects.” Over the past decade, Reilly has successfully managed some of the firm’s biggest design and permitting projects in Rhode Island. With 17 years’ of engineering experience, she excels at keeping all of a project’s moving parts on track when working with large multidiscipline teams. “I like getting handed new challenges at work and always try my best to pair myself with teammates of opposing strengths so we can balance each other out and hopefully accomplish the impossible together,” says Reilly.
Stacy Roman grew up among a family of doctors and lawyers and naturally assumed she would follow the same path. With the guidance of her mom and dad, she opted for a different road and attended Wentworth for architectural engineering. Prior to graduating from WIT, she co-oped at Harvard University, Gale Associates, and A.J. Martini. Due to the recession, she then moved to Florida after graduating and joined Skanska for four years as assistant project manager. During this time, she married her college sweetheart, who is also in the industry as a senior project manager. They picked up and moved back to Boston, where she signed on with Shawmut for two years as an APM. After the second recession in 2010, she began her career at Commodore Builders and has never looked back. Roman admits that although the work has been demanding, she could not enjoy it more. Every day brings a new challenge and, as a PM, you are the “president and CEO of your projects.” Whether it’s managing material procurement, change and cost management, or client services, it all comes down to accountability and building relationships. Because she is a mom, she has to be
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In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and being involved in dog rescue work through Save-A-Lab Rescue, an organization that is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of displaced Labrador retrievers and Labrador retriever mixes.
selective of how she allocates her time after hours. Networking and building relationships are critical in the industry, but it’s difficult to attend all of the networking and social events that are out there. She joined BWiC because of the committee’s much-focused mission of supporting other women in the built environment in Massachusetts. As the first chair, she has a selfless vision and desire to establish a resource that will support all women in the industry in building their career paths. Her role as BWiC Chair has also given her the opportunity to sit on the AGC MA Board of Directors.
DPR Launches Blog in Honor of Women Over the past year, in honor of International Women’s Week, Women in Construction Week and Women’s History Month, DPR Construction launched a monthly blog series dedicated to sharing stories of women who build great things at DPR and across the AEC industry. Construction is a traditionally maledominated industry that is only 9.3% women (Bureau of Labor Statistics). In DPR’s Northeast region, including the local office in Boston, more than 25% of employees are female, ranging from safety manager and superintendent to regional
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“Encouraging women to pursue careers in construction only helps us push the industry forward. It is exciting to work for a company that recognizes the influential roles women have. I am honored to play even a small role in highlighting the endless possibilities this industry holds for them,” said Jennifer Heikkinen, project executive, Boston. As DPR continues to share their Celebrating Women Who Build profiles, they invite HP readers to join in creating a strong, supportive environment where all builders can thrive —today and every day.
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Project Director at Pinck & Co., Inc.
One of TFMoran, Inc.’s women engineers is Jennifer Porter, PE. Jen serves as a project engineer in the civil and traffic engineering departments. She has been with TFMoran for nearly 20 years, after graduating from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. Jen is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Hampshire, with extensive experience in site planning, grading and drainage design, sewer design, and permitting. She typically designs sites for commercial, industrial, residential and institutional projects. Though most of her engineering work takes place in the office, her job sometimes requires putting on a hard hat and safety vest for engineering inspections on the construction site. Throughout her career, Jen has tackled obstacles with good management, open communications and being a dependable team player. “I was a competitive hurdler on the track team in high school and college, which is somewhat of an individual sport. Everyone works toward a common goal: the better my performance, the better my team does”, explains Jen. “I use the same teamwork approach in the work place. My career choice to remain as a project engineer is because I enjoy the
After several years working as a quality control engineer for a local defense contractor, Alicia Toney decided to switch career paths to “do something more socially or environmentally conscious.” Coming from a family of educators, she saw first-hand the rewards of teaching and accepted a position as a METCO academic liaison/teacher with the Weston Public Schools. She worked with elementary school students and was a home tutor with the Cambridge Public School district. After purchasing her first home, Toney continued her community activism. “I became involved in a redevelopment project near my house,” she said. “As a homeowner, I was more vested in the neighborhood and wanted to make a difference.” Volunteering for her community’s redevelopment project sparked an epiphany. She was encouraged by her husband to revisit her engineering background in a different capacity and apply for the Real Estate Development fellowship with the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations. Toney joined Pinck & Co. in 2012 as a project manager and furthered her education by earning several industry certificates, including her Massachusetts Construction Supervisor
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role as a “worker-bee”, using my talent for the good of the team.” By being one who makes up the 14% of women in the engineering profession, Jen provides a positive influence on her nineyear old daughter, Jocelyn. “I encourage her to go into any field that she wants to. She is outgoing, smart and creative, she can do whatever she sets her mind on.” As an engineer, role-model, wife, and mother of two, Jen always does her best. TFMoran is honored to have Jen, along with other women professionals on their team.
License, a Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official designation, and an Occupational Safety and Health Administration certificate. While at Pinck, she became a mentor with the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association. Two years later, she continues to coach her mentee. Last year, she was promoted to project director and has since increased her focus on mentoring her team. “I truly enjoy helping people and mentoring the women I work with as well as outside of the company,” she said. When asked about her favorite projects, Toney said she enjoys working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority. “It gives me great pleasure in knowing that I am contributing to the education of future leaders.”
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Growing up in N.H. and going to school for civil engineering at UNH, Emily decided to go into the construction industry to better understand how the things that she was designing actually came together. “I thought it was important to gain experience in construction to make me a better engineer.”, she said. “I enjoy working at Jewett Construction because it is a small, family-owned company, and as a result we have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects.”, Frazzoni remarked. “I have only been out of college for eight months and have already worked on grocery store remodels, car dealerships, site modifications, retail buildings, a timberframe barn, and mechanically intensive projects. I enjoy the family-like atmosphere of a smaller company where everyone is friendly and willing to help but will push me to succeed and grow.”, she said. Jewett Construction has grown and changed immensely even in the short time Emily has been with the firm. “We have a talented team with a variety of backgrounds, some with many years of construction experience and others fresh out of school. With our diverse specialties, I’m excited to see what new projects we
Carrie L. Ciliberto, Esq., is CEO at the Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts, Inc. Before moving to Boston, she was the senior director and counsel of contracts and construction law, for The Associated General Contractors of America in Washington, D.C. She also held the title of Deputy Executive Director and Counsel for ConsensusDocs, a coalition of 40 AEC organizations. Prior to selling her law firm and moving to D.C., Ciliberto was the founder and principal of Ciliberto & Associates, LLC, a Colorado law firm practicing natural resources, real property, environmental, and land use law. Prior to her legal career, she was a marketing professional working on projects including General Motors, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Way, La-Z-Boy, and luxury real estate developments in the Vail Valley. Ciliberto believes in the positive benefits of diversity and inclusion, but is realistic in knowing that things won’t change overnight. “Consistent, proactive, and positive efforts to open doors and open minds will make a difference,” states Ciliberto. For example, her first speaking engagement in Massachusetts was at the US Green Building Council’s Legacy Program at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. She and the Green Building Tech Club students discussed
will have the opportunity to work on in the coming years and throughout New England.”, said Frazzoni. Emily commented that she never felt she would go into the construction industry when she was in high school or even when she was studying civil engineering in college. She hopes that other individuals, either in high school or college, consider the construction industry as a possible career path. “Construction is fast-paced and changes every day. In my short time in the industry, I’ve enhanced my problemsolving, customer-service, organization, and time-management skills. It is hard work, but I really enjoy it!”
the many and diverse opportunities a career in the construction industry can provide. Additionally, in 2018 ASM expanded its scholarship program to include twoyear community colleges and trade schools. Through actions like these, Ciliberto intends to continue to foster “confidence and thinking outside of the box” for our NE residents, while helping to create opportunities for those who desire to join the AEC industry. The Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts, Inc., is a trade association representing subcontractor companies, large and small, union and open shop, building public and private projects in New England.
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the benefits, etc. [From a career perspective,] these same women may be looking around saying, “Now what do I do?” So those are our emerging professionals, those are the women that need us the most, to be out in front of them to help them figure out the [culture] that goes on in our industry. We can help them understand things like we don’t have PPE (personal protection equipment) that is designed for women, or that a porta potty on the jobsite may not be segregated, etc. AB: What is the goal of WIC Week? Monarch School of New England - Rochester, NH
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CS: Awareness that women are in construction positions at every level; that our industry offers a valuable career opportunity for women. NAWIC members demonstrate this daily and celebrate it all week long during WIC week. I, personally, will be involved with a couple of different career awareness events with young women. One such will be the “Women In Construction Mentoring Symposium.” Last year, we had 116 high school girls sitting in the audience that were already in the trade discipline within their technical
schools. A lot of the young girls were from the inner cities, so we made sure they heard from a panel of women that they could identify with and relate to; we made sure they could see their “me” in our “me”ntors.
We’re getting women that are 35, 45, 55 years of age that are coming into the industry for the first time. Other events and actions include receptions with government officials; site tours of major construction projects; job fairs; billboard advertising – anything and everything to highlight WIC. NAWIC’s core purpose, after all, is “to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.” Catherine Schoenenberger is NAWIC‘s national president for 2017 to 2018, president at Stay Safe Traffic Products, Inc., and president at New Hampshire Construction Career Days, Inc.
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Project Manager at Kaplan Construction She didn’t know it at the time, but Rachael Montosi was destined for a career in construction after taking a vocational quiz during her junior year of high school. The results of her quiz revealed two skills essential in the construction world: spatial planning and relationship building. With this, she decided to pursue a future in engineering. After earning her degree at Wentworth Institute of Technology, she began her career as a field engineer and gained further experience over the next eight years in various roles both onsite and offsite. Today, Montosi is a project manager at Kaplan Construction where she has overseen renovations for Northeastern University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Bright Horizons, and most notably, the groundup construction of a mixed-use apartment complex in Fenway’s Audubon Circle. As a 15-year industry veteran and former civil engineering major, Montosi is used to being one of the few women in a room. Mental toughness and an ability to “let things roll off my back” have been her secrets to success in this industry. When Montosi isn’t trailblazing at the jobsite, she is a mother, wife, and an avid soccer player. Little known fact: Montosi’s standout
defensive skills on Wentworth’s women’s soccer team earned her a spot in their Athletic Hall of Fame. During her time there she was also bestowed the Eugenia Louise Sweeney Scholar-Athlete Award, which annually honors a female student-athlete who has excelled, both athletically and academically, while showing exemplary character. Montosi has volunteered her time to mentoring young women, recently speaking at a local school’s Girls Advancing in STEM (GAINS) Club where she inspired female high school students by sharing her experience as a woman in the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Sharon Ames Associate, Registered Architect at Harriman Sharon Ames, Registered Architect at Harriman, grew up in urban Pennsylvania with an immense appreciation of history and art. Her parents and extended family were craftsmen and artist, and it was from this influence she forged a passion for history, art and architecture. Fortunate to travel to Europe with her family in the 1980’s, Sharon was particularly fascinated with Paris and its transformative blending of modern and baroque architecture. Professional women encouraged Sharon to pursue a career in Architecture starting with a high school friend’s mother, an architect, and continuing under the guidance of the partners of a WBE owned design firm in New York. For the past 25 years, Sharon has followed her passion in historic restoration and building renovations working in New York and New England. At Harriman, Sharon is an Associate and Senior Architect in the Portland, Maine office. Her role includes client interface, design, and technical development for a diverse portfolio of project types in the firm’s Higher Education Studio. Recently promoted to the Leadership team, as Associate, Sharon is eager to continue
and expand her mentoring role. Sharon recognizes engagement of junior staff to support opportunities for their growth and gaining professional credentials as essential to Harriman’s mission. Sharon enriches the Higher Education Studio with her expertise in building envelope evaluation, sustainable design, and the design of learning spaces. Sharon is extensively qualified as a design architect and project director. At Harriman her portfolio includes the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth and Bates Colleges.
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by Nancy Greenwald On February 22, more than 200 women and men gathered for the Construction Institute’s 3 Annual Women Who Build Summit for a day of inspiration, education, and networking. The full day of programming included panels of women business owners and women innovators in the industry, training in compensation negotiation and the inspirational stories of a group of women who are using their professional skills to give back to their communities and the world. From the opening keynote by Melody Currey, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, to the post event reception, the day was filled with energy. Our afternoon sessions were joined by a group of high school students who came to learn about the industry. We were pleased to have the Bolder Company get us on our feet at multiple points with
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their networking training using an improv approach. The women and men present did not come from one segment of our industry; they represented the diversity of professions that it takes to design, construct, and maintain a high-rise, a school, a bridge, or a road. They represented every generation in the industry. In this industry, it is not unusual for a female engineer, architect, project manager, or even a construction lawyer to be the only woman in a room of male colleagues. It’s even more common for a woman who is an electrician, plumber,
or welder to be the only woman on a job. The opportunity to be present in a room predominated by women in the profession is unique. But what value does that opportunity deliver? Just a few short days before the conference, Harvard Business Review posted an article by Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, about the value of women’s conferences for professional development. Achor teamed with Michelle Gielan, best-selling author of Broadcasting Happiness, at an event called the Conference for Women to determine if they could test the long-
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than those who signed up but did not attend. They also felt more optimistic about their careers.* It’s interesting to consider why. In the words of Laurie Dalton White, founder of the Conferences for Women, “Something special happens when you see that you continued to page 42
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New Haven, CT – Chapel Haven recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of its newly constructed welcome center at 1040 Whalley Ave. in New Haven. Progress will continue on the most significant campus expansion in the agency’s 45-year history. Featured speakers included Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Chapel Haven President Michael Storz, Board Chair Peggy Baker, and Chapel Haven community member Andy Auerbach serving as emcee. Hard hat tours of construction on the new REACH residential and classroom building followed. The project is being designed by the S/L/A/M Collaborative and built by S/L/A/M Construction Services. The owner’s representative on the project is Leland Torrence. The welcome center addition is punctuated by a curved glass lobby and reception space that immediately draws you in from the outdoor “living room.” A stone hearth and built-in seating are
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Ridgefield, CT – Formation Development Group of Alpharetta, Ga., has selected Congress Building Corp. of Ridgefield, Conn., as construction manager for its 82,000sf, 86-unit assisted living and memory care community in Ridgefield. Atria Ridgefield will be operated by Atria Senior Living. The architect is PRDG of Dallas, Texas. Faulkner Design Group, also of Dallas, is the interior designer. The civil engineer is CCA of Brookfield, Conn. Congress worked with PDRG and Formation Development Group to guide the project though the preconstruction and construction phases. Congress delivered
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are not alone. Making connections and building relationships with other attendees and speakers helps women form an understanding of their worth, and then they learn strategies to ask for promotions, seek fair pay, and even become mentors to others.” The power is in connecting; it’s not only about gender. Both senior and young men attended the 3 Annual Women Who Build Summit. Steve Haines of BVH Integrated Services, who attended last year, brought his daughter with him this year. In addition to providing invaluable backup on the program’s AV system, Leo Pupim of VisionPoint LLC provided
some valuable commentary: “The energy of everyone who attended made sure that I will be returning next year to the Women Who Build Summit hosted by the Construction Institute. It’s exciting to see so many women at all different stages and leadership levels in their career, meeting to share experience and knowledge to help others in the AEC Industry.” I hope you will all join us next year; put it in your calendars for February 21, 2019. Nancy Greenwald, Executive Director, The Construction Institute at the University of Hartford.
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Atalanta, GA – WRS, Inc. revealed new renderings of its four-block downtown redevelopment, specifically, the area located at the southwest corner of Central and Alabama known as Kenny’s Alley/ Underground Atlanta mall. Featuring more than 150,000sf of retail, office, and communal areas, construction on Block 3 began in January, four months ahead of schedule, and will be complete in 12 to 14 months. John Clifford, co-founding partner of S9 Architecture, stated, “Underground
“It is important for us to modernize this footprint while restoring and keeping as much of the charm as we can of this iconic area,” explained Scott Smith, CEO of WRS, Inc. Atlanta is the historic location of the city’s founding. At S9 Architecture, we are excited to be a part of its transformation into a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood
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hope this holistic approach will make the new Underground Atlanta project a memorable experience for residents and visitors alike.” Changes include: The removal of the former Underground Atlanta food court along Central Avenue; opening up of the “Exchange” building; replacement of all retail windows; repair of the Block Candy Co. building; removal of 1980s “mall” touches; repair and repaint of all façades and reworking of interior access.
Univ. of Chicago Continues Expansion Chicago – The University of Chicago plans to build a new residential hall and dining commons opening in the 2020-2021 academic year. The new facility will house approximately 1,200 undergraduate students and resident staff, along with amenities, including lounges, study rooms, and outdoor spaces. The facility will have 11 houses — residential communities of students that foster close academic and social networks throughout a student’s time at the college. Much like the college’s award-winning Campus North Residential Commons, the Woodlawn residence will offer single and double rooms, private apartments with kitchens and bathrooms, and common areas in each three-floor house to foster community and intellectual exchange. The facility also will accommodate resident deans — faculty members who provide guidance and leadership to the staff and residents of college houses. The firm of Elkus Manfredi Architects is designing the facility. To allow the university to develop the commons without taking on new capital investment, a private developer team of Capstone Development Partners and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital will develop, provide the capital, oversee the design and construction of the project, and thereafter assume responsibility for
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Weymouth, MA – Multimarket construction management firm Delphi Construction of Waltham announced recently that it will begin work on Seascape, a six-story condominium development at Weymouth Neck. The project, valued at $16 million, is owned by DAI Property Management. Design work was provided by Sheskey Architects of Quincy. The team is rounded out by CHA Companies, Veitas and Veitas Engineers, Wozny/Barbar & Associates, and Ryan Associates. Corey Heaslip, project executive at
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WinnCompanies Begins Upgrade Worcester, MA – WinnCompanies has started construction on an $11.2 million rehabilitation of the historic Wellington Community, a 180-unit community for elderly and low-income residents in Worcester. The project will dramatically upgrade the interior and exterior of 11 buildings, 10 of which are historic, and will extend its affordability provisions for 30 years. Keith Construction will serve as the general contractor and The Architectural Team as the project architect. WinnDevelopment will oversee the project, and WinnResidential will continue management responsibilities for Wellington Community throughout the process. Improvements to the community’s residential buildings will include restoration of masonry exteriors, replacement of roofs, installation of historically sensitive doors and windows, updated handicap accessibility accommodations, life-safety improvements, and energy efficiency changes to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Residential apartments will undergo mechanical system upgrades and the installation of new cabinetry, appliances, and fixtures in kitchens and bathrooms. Common amenity space and laundry rooms also will be overhauled. The community features one-, two-,
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approximately 2,400 new residential units in addition to approximately 2,500 existing units, and approximately 100,000sf of retail thoughtfully curated to deliver a unique and local neighborhood experience. The project will also include approximately 11 acres of activated public open spaces, highlighted by a central common area.
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Providence, RI – Virgin Pulse, a global provider of employee well being and engagement solutions, is moving its global headquarters from Framingham, Mass., to recently refurbished quarters in the former Providence Journal building. Virgin Pulse leased 48,000sf, including the entire top floor and part of the third floor, that it shares with GE Digital. The Journal still occupies the second floor. The company plans to employ around 300 people by 2021. Site Specific was the construction manager for the refurbishment project, heading a team that included developer, Cornish Associates / Nordblom Company; architect, SGA; and designer,
Lannhi Tran, Little Dragon. The project team also includes electrical engineer, Interstate Electric; FP engineer, Encore; and plumbing/ HVAC engineer, Phalanx Engineering. Features and amenities in the new headquarters include 14 glassenclosed conference rooms, greencarpeted walking path, stationary bikes/desks that use human power to recharge cellphones, treadmill desks, an employee kitchen and all-company Town Hall area filled with natural light, and active break areas that include Ping-Pong and shuffleboard. The high-ceiling open space on the third floor houses employee sit/stand work stations, executive offices, and
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Portsmouth, NH – A 65,000sf commercial office space is underway at 75 Portsmouth Blvd. Locally based developer The Kane Company is the owner, and PROCON of Manchester is the designer and construction manager. The three-story building abuts Commerce Way near I-95 and the Spaulding Turnpike and is about 5 minutes from the city’s downtown area with its rich history, culture, and restaurants. New construction will feature a modern, state-of-the-art design with flexible floor spaces for tenants, and sustainable elements for energyefficiency, along with an outdoor patio and parking for 425 vehicles. For visual
interest, PROCON’s architectural team designed a brick masonry base while the two upper floors alternate between titanium and russet-toned metal paneling. The first-floor entrance features a two-story storefront entryway encased in glass. An abundance of Solarban tinted glass was incorporated throughout the design for minimizing UV rays while allowing in the sunlight. PROCON’s senior interior designer said, “After hearing the owner’s vision for the lobby areas, we created a ‘SoHo House’ style featuring light and airy finishes with pops of color. We also added wood millwork along with comfortable seating for visitors in the lobby and main elevator areas.”
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reception. On the fourth floor, employees can use the fully stocked kitchen, meeting rooms, open collaborative areas, and active workspaces. The wood-paneled library, fully restored and transformed with contemporary lighting and furniture, was once the Providence Journal’s editorial board room. Original catwalk wood from the space was used for countertops, and reclaimed pallet wood became wall art. Building materials were selected
with a focus on sustainability, recycled content, and green certifications for improved air quality.
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“For years, the enforcement of federal and statewide diversity requirements has been lax. With new provisions to the Boston Residents Jobs Policy, and a pressing labor shortage, our AOC partners see that diversity is the future of the construction workforce, and that women and people of color are interested in these jobs,” says Susan Moir, director of research for PGTI. In addition to working with contractors on demand, PGTI collaborates with its partners to ensure a supply of qualified women workers in the pipeline. They recently launched the Northeast Center for Tradeswomen’s Equity, a resource center dedicated to helping women find careers in the union building trades, and Build A Life That Works, an outreach and marketing campaign designed to raise awareness about opportunities for women in the union building trades. The campaign features the stories and images of real tradeswomen employed at Massachusetts jobsites and can be seen on electronic billboards, jobsite scrims, and bus shelters throughout the commonwealth. Build A Life That Works invites women working in other industries to consider the benefits of union construction careers, and then provides them with information about the trades, how to apply, and what it takes to succeed in the field. Dorchester resident Savy Man-Doherty is prominently featured throughout the Build A Life That Works campaign as one of the
inspiring stories about real tradeswomen. Savy is a fifth-year pipefitter apprentice currently working on the Wynn Boston Harbor development site. Prior to becoming a tradeswoman, Savy was dissatisfied with her job and making slightly above minimum wage. She then turned to the Building Pathways pre-apprenticeship program and began her journey to a life-changing career in construction. With both supply and demand initiatives underway, the face of the construction workforce in Massachusetts is changing. NCTE and PGTI are working toward the goal of 20% women in the building trades by 2020. The labor shortage requires industry stakeholders to strategically consider who the construction workers of the future will be. Project owners and contractors are prioritizing diversity, so there’s value to the industry to continue to integrate best practices in promoting workforce diversity into their business operations. Kate Harrison is a pipeline navigator at the Northeast Center for Tradeswomen’s Equity. PGTI offers customized technical assistance to industry stakeholders, including subcontractors and general contractors. For more information, or to book a TA workshop, go to policygroupontradeswomen.org. For more information about the Build A Life That Works Campaign, sponsorship opportunities, or women workers, visit buildalifema.org.
Awards Amenta Emma Wins Award Stamford, CT – Amenta Emma Architect‘s project for Quinnipiac University’s Brand Strategy Group was selected as the winner in the Adaptive Reuse category of the 39th annual Interiors Awards presented by Contract Magazine. Amenta Emma project designers cleverly transformed a 19th-century house for the organization responsible for the
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university’s marketing, communications, brand identity, and digital initiatives. The jury commented, “The designers celebrated the creativity at play in adaptive reuse projects. The surprising contrast
between the original house exterior and the creative office space carved out of the interior is a strategic, astonishing design solution.” Awards were presented at the Interiors Awards Breakfast on Jan. 26 in New York City.
TFMoran Voted 2018 Best of Business Bedford, NH – TFMoran was voted 2018 Best of Business in the engineering category by New Hampshire Business Review readers for the sixth consecutive year. The BOB Awards survey honors the best of business in New Hampshire in over 90 categories. According to NHBR’s website, nearly 3,500 people
voted in this year’s BOB Awards survey. TFMoran and the other winners will be honored on Thursday, March 8, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, N.H. In addition to showcasing the best of business across New Hampshire, the event will raise money for Families in Transition.
ABC MA Honors BW Kennedy Arlington, MA – The Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors presented BW Kennedy & Co. with an Eagle Award for its work on a new 91,000sf core and shell building and 42,000sf garage at 115 Hartwell Ave., Lexington. BW Kennedy tok home the Eagle Award for the firm’s work providing D/B MEPFP services to King Street Properties for construction of a new life sciences building, including a good manufacturing practice (GMP) facility and garage as part of The Hartwell Innovation Campus. This was the first ever speculative ground-up laboratory research building developed in the suburban market. The three-story facility is designed to be GMP certified and to have oligonucleotide synthesis capacity
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Prior to joining RPF Environmental, Carter was an account manager at OSRAM Sylvania and OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, a pharmaceutical sales representative at Shionogi & Co., Ltd., and an outside sales representative at Lincare — a supplier of respiratory care. Carter Most recently, he was a sales director at Biz to Biz Network Inc.
GDCo Promotes Broderick to CEO Providence, RI – Gilbane Broderick will be responsible Development Company (GDCo), for the development and executhe real estate development, tion of Gilbane Development’s financing, and ownership strategic plan as well as for the arm of Gilbane, Inc., recently management of all aspects of the announced the promotion of Company and its activities, inEdward Broderick to CEO. cluding new development opporHe previously served as COO tunities, acquisitions, financings, and succeeds Robert Gilbane, and project leadership. He will Broderick who will remain as chairman serve on the company’s board of of Gilbane Development Company. directors and its investment committee.
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sulting and testing, training for OSHA compliance, experience with a wide array of air sampling methods, and certification for optical microscopy. He also gained hands-on training and experience in various projects involving many of the services provided by RPF Environmental.
Cruess Selected for 40 Under Forty His engineering firm Bedford, NH – Dylan Cruess, has a keen focus on science, TFMoran’s chief operating technology, engineering, officer and principal, has been mathematics (STEM) initiatives named to the 40 Under Forty and supporting personal causes Class of 2018. of employees and clients. Cruess has been involved in his family’s engineering Cruess, who volunteers on business in various capacities the board of directors for the Greater Manchester Chamber since he was 10. He, along with Cruess of Commerce, and is treasurer the other TFMoran principals, for the Manchester Masonic Foundation, encourage their entire team to become credits the “amazing people he works involved in the communities in which with,” that help shape communities they live through support of nonprofit, through new development every day. industry, and community organizations.
Driscoll Joins Elaine Construction Newton, MA – Jim Driscoll has joined Elaine Construction Company as a project executive. He brings nearly four decades of experience to his role in large, out-of-the-ground institutional and commercial building projects. He will bring complementary skills and
expertise to Elaine’s growing academic and corporate and commercial sectors. Prior to joining Elaine Construction, Driscoll served in a variety of capacities from field to office for Gilbane Building Company, most recently as a senior project executive.
Fuss & O’Neill Announces New LSPs
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Boston – Fuss & O’Neill recently announced that Brian Kortz, CPG, LSP, CNU-A, and Timothy Clinton, CPG, LSP, are the firm’s newest Licensed Site Professionals (LSP). An individual with an LSP oversees the assessment and cleanup of contamination that has been released into the environment. Clinton credits the people he’s worked with over the years: “For me, reaching this milestone underscores the tremendous guidance I’ve received from my Fuss & O’Neill colleagues over my 12+ years with the firm. I look forward to using this license to help my Massachusetts clients solve their environmental challenges in a way that protects their long-term interests.” Kortz recognizes the importance
as the Quinnipiac University Stamford, CT – Michael Tyre, Brand Strategy Group, the adapAIA, an award-winning designer tive reuse and interior transforwith Amenta Emma Architects, mation of a 19th-century house has been promoted to managing for the organization responsible principal of their Stamford office. for the university’s marketing, He will oversee a staff of six, communications, brand identity, with Anne Loh Russo serving as and digital initiatives. lead senior designer. Tyre’s professional career Tyre joined Amenta Emma Tyre as senior associate three years includes positions at Dean/Wolf ago from his own firm, Tyre Studio ArArchitects, Ennead Architects, and chitects. Since then, he has distinguished Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects in himself by leading teams on such projects New York.
of the community he is now a part of: “I am excited to achieve this career goal and honored to be a new member of the LSP community. This licensure will further enable me to work on behalf of Fuss & O’Neill clients to improve the environmental quality of Massachusetts, one site at a time.
Marshall Joins Robert H. Lord Company Manchester, CT – Ed Marshall, division in Middlesex and Suffolk M. Ed., has joined the Robert counties in Massachusetts. He H. Lord Company, a dealership will be working in concert with of educational furnishings architects and educators to specify and architectural products telescopic bleachers, auditorium throughout New England, seating, fixed athletic equipment, Marshall joins the company and other architectural products. as an account executive. He Prior to joining the Robert H. brings extensive experience Lord Company, Marshall was an Marshall in both the K-12 and higher account executive representing education markets and will be representing educational products throughout New England and nationally. the company’s architectural products
Cheryl Newton Architects Welcomes Two Glastonbury CT – Cheryl Newton Architects LLC (CNA) recently welcomed Kimberly Walsh to its team as business development manager. Prior to joining CNA, she worked as the marketing manager for Consulting Engineering Services in Middletown. With over a decade of AEC industry marketing experience, Walsh’s talents include lead generation, graphic design, photography, writing, social media, and website management. “Kim’s experience and enthusiasm for design and construction is essential in Cheryl Newton Architect’s growing success,” said Cheryl Newton, principal and founder of the firm.
Kimado Simpson, a recent graduate of University of Hartford, also has joined CNA as an intern architect. He is working side by side with Newton on all the firm’s residential and commercial projects. “Kimado is a welcomed addition to the team!” said Newton.
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