High-Profile: April 2018

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April 2018



Multi-Residential and Senior/Assisted Living

The Burnham Family Memory Care Residence, designed by Amenta Emma Architects, was recently honored with two IIDA NE Awards. Robert Benson Photography / Full story page 26


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Jonathan Miller Anthony Papantonis

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: The Landscape of Senior Living: Melissa Roy of Tecton Architects Interviews James Rosenman of Fairview


Myles Brown


Erik Anderson


Rodney Ames

FEATURING: 11th Annual IIDA New England Awards

Integrating Sustainable Measures within Senior and Assisted Living Establishments by Katrina Miaoulis PROCON Plans Merrimack Park Place Pinck Completes Phase 3 of JCHE TF Moran Designs Multi-Res Building KBE Expands Senior Living Portfolio Griffin Electric Celebrates 40th Anniversary Arlington’s Hardy Elementary to Expand, Finegold Alexander Architects


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PLUS: Up-Front, Connecticut, Retail and Hospitality, Education, Green, Restoration and Renovation, Corporate, Healthcare, Trends and Hot Topics, Awards, People, Calendar, and more

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ADVERTISERS INDEX A. Jandris & Sons............................................... 17 Abbot Boyle......................................................... 6 Amenta Emma.................................................... 10 American Plumbing & Heating........................... 2 American Window Film....................................... 4 APC Services of New England........................... 6 Barnes Building Management.......................... 10 Bergmeyer.......................................................... 24

The Burnham Family Memory Care Residence Wins Two IIDA NE Awards



NEI Partners With JANEY

IIDA NE Awards Celebrated


BISNOW............................................................45 BL Companies...................................................... 7 Boston Plasterers.................................................. 8 Bowdoin Construction.......................................40

Sections: Publisher’s Message...................................6 Up-Front.......................................................7 Multi-Residential.......................................12 Senior/Assisted Living............................. 29 Connecticut.............................................. 33 Retail and Hospitality............................... 35 Education.................................................. 36 Green........................................................ 38 Restoration and Renovation.................... 39 Corporate................................................. 40 Healthcare................................................ 41 Trends and Hot Topics............................. 42 Awards...................................................... 43 People....................................................... 44 Calendar................................................... 46

C.E. Floyd........................................................... 27 Coastal Inc......................................................... 27 Copley Wolff Design Group............................. 15 Cube 3................................................................ 14 Delphi Construction........................................... 39 Didona Assoc. Landscape Architects............... 26 Dietz & Co............................................................ 7

Lockheed Window Corp. Helps Build New Jewish Senior Center


Arlington’s Hardy Elementary to Expand


Eastern States Insurance Agency, Inc.............. 29 Existing Conditions..............................................11 Feldman Land Surveyors................................... 19 Genest.................................................................. 5

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Geni-Metal......................................................... 20 Girder-Slab Technologies.................................48 Great In Counters.............................................. 29 Hampshire Fire Protection Co. Inc. LLC............ 41 Ideal Concrete................................................... 32 Interstate Electrical Services Corp.................... 26 Jewett Construction.............................................. 7 Kaydon................................................................13 Kenney & Sams, PC............................................12 LandTech Consultants, Inc................................. 18

Email news releases, advertising queries, articles, announcements, and calendar listings, to: editor@high-profile.com. PUBLISHERS: Michael Barnes and Kathy Barnes

Lockheed............................................................ 33 Makepeace........................................................ 23 Marguilies Perruzzi Architects.......................... 24 Marr Scaffolding................................................. 8 Nauset................................................................ 15

EDITORS: Ralph Barnes and Marion Barnes

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Publisher’s Message area. This is an exciting example of New England’s growing multi-residential sector constantly being challenged with our region’s growing population.

Michael Barnes High-Profile attended the 11th annual International Interior Design Association New England (IIDA NE) design awards ceremony in Boston on March 14. This year’s best in show was awarded to Bergmeyer’s Sonos Store in London.

The Burnham Family Memory Care Residence Great room / Robert Benson Photography

Residence at Avery Heights won in two categories, Best in Connecticut and Senior Living. You can check out all the winners on page 24. PROCON’s Merrimack Park Place, featured on page 12, will be the first live, work, and play development of its kind in the Merrimack, New Hampshire

View from above: Guests dining at the IIDA NE Awards Ceremony held at the Boston Park Plaza on March 14

This month’s cover photo is also an IIDA NE winner. Amenta Emma’s The Burnham Family Memory Care

A rendering of Merrimack Park Place by PROCON

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Jonathan Miller, vice president of development and acquisitions at LBC Boston, shares his firm’s approach to improving Quincy Center, a crowded urban neighborhood (page 20). And don’t miss Gregory O. Minott’s (of DREAM Collaborative) article on multigenerational housing (page 15). He sheds a new light on triple-decker design in New England! Senior/Assisted Living is also in focus this month: Myles Brown’s “The War of Independence” kicks off this section on

page 29. The takeaway for his article: Seniors thrive on independence! HP is fortunate to share an owner’s perspective on page 34 featuring an interview by Melissa Roy of Tecton Architects with James Rosenman, CEO at Fairview, Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut. He tells our readers, “We need to challenge ourselves to find new models and ways to serve consumer preferences and to make this economically viable for the lower- and middle-income population. Think beyond brick-and-mortar solutions.” We agree!



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ASM Safety Changing of the Guards

NRCC Hosts Info Sessions for Women Philadelphia – The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) recently hosted two information sessions to educate Philadelphia-area women how they can start a career as a well-paid union carpenter through the Sisters in the Brotherhood (SIB) Pre-Apprenticeship Program. The information sessions were held at the NRCC Training Center in Philadelphia. The SIB Pre-Apprenticeship Program

jobsite culture. After successful completion of the program, women carpenters graduate to the NRCC Apprentice Program. NRCC Sisters in the Brotherhood Chair Susan Schultz actively works to recruit women in the Philadelphia-area. “The information session is an essential first step in becoming a union carpenter,” said Schultz. “It prepares women who are interested in carpentry to understand

“It prepares women who are interested in carpentry to understand the expectations and requirements of the Pre-Apprenticeship Program.” is a six-week training course that prepares women to become carpenter apprentices. The 40-hour-per-week course trains women carpenters in a variety of inclass curriculum and hands-on training in mathematics, occupational safety and hazards, hand/power tool training, and

the expectations and requirements of the Pre-Apprenticeship Program. Women who have graduated from our Sisters in the Brotherhood program are already on the job site and earning a good salary and health and retirement benefits.”

(l-r) Mike Boyle, Valerie Stone, and Eric Stalmon

Boston – The Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts (ASM) recently welcomed Eric Stalmon and Valerie Stone as the new safety roundtable co-chairs. Stalmon is the vice president of safety and training for The Marr Companies in Boston. Stone is the safety director for TG Gallagher, located in Cambridge. ASM thanked Mike Boyle of Boyle Construction Safety Services, LLC, for his longtime service as the ASM Safety Roundtable chair. In this role, Boyle coordinated with long-standing Alliance Partners from OSHA and the Mass. Department of Labor Standards, identifying speakers and content for members to attend free of charge

for more than 10 years. “On behalf of ASM staff and members, I want to thank Mike for his many years of dedicated service,” stated Carrie L. Ciliberto, Esq., ASM’s CEO.

ASM Thanks Mike Boyle for 10+ Years of Service “His efforts helped not only ASM, but also the construction industry as a whole, as safety is a critical issue for all stakeholders. ASM is very fortunate to have two leading safety professionals to take over the helm of ASM’s safety roundtable,” she added.

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NPR News Station Breaks Ground

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Boston – WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, broke ground recently for a new, state-of-the-art convening space called CitySpace, a venue for civic engagement, public conversation, artistic performance, and cultural expression. WBUR received a $5 million gift from Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine, the station’s largest-ever single donation since its inception in 1950 as an educational radio station licensed to Boston University, to support CitySpace and the creation of The Lavine Broadcast Center. Other lead funders include the Barr

Foundation, Josh and Anita Bekenstein, The Davis Family Charitable Foundation, and The Gannon Family Foundation. Designed by the architectural firm CambridgeSeven, with construction by Lee Kennedy Co, Inc. and acoustical design by Acentech, CitySpace will help meet Boston’s urgent need for high-quality, high-tech performance space serving small- and medium-sized audiences. It will include an open, flexible seating plan that will accommodate up to 240 guests, with cutting-edge audio and robotic HD video technology, robotically controlled theatrical

Agganis Arena across the street. CitySpace will be located at the street level of WBUR’s headquarters at 890 Commonwealth Avenue on the border of Boston and Brookline. Occupying approximately 7,500sf, The venue will expand how WBUR serves the citizens of Greater Boston, with live events created for the venue ranging from discussions, debates, and lectures, to films, music, artistic performance, youth events, and radio broadcasts. WBUR seeks to serve up to 30,000 people annually and redefine its role in the 21st century.

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PROCON Partners With Child and Family Services

(l-r) XSS Hotels financial strategist Jennifer Stebbins, CFS president and CEO Borja Alvarez de Toledo, and PROCON owners Mark and Sally Stebbins

Manchester, NH – Child and Family Services (CFS) of NH hosted its fourth annual SleepOut to raise community awareness and funds for homeless and at-risk youth. The CFS team was joined by state and local business leaders, advocates, and supporters on March 23, at the Stanton Plaza in Manchester. Among the attendees were N.H. Governor Chris Sununu, Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, and 30-year CFS corporate sponsors Mark and Sally Stebbins, owners of PROCON. The SleepOut is an annual event that raises crucial funds and awareness about youth homelessness by engaging community leaders and advocates. SleepOut participants experience a single night on the cold ground in solidarity to raise funds for life-transforming services. More than 120 sleepers participated in this year’s SleepOut and raised over $300,000, surpassing their original $250,000 goal.

During the evening, the Stebbins family presented CFS with a check for $20,000 to help continue their work combatting youth homelessness. Mark Stebbins said, “The staff at Child and Family Services truly cares about the city’s homeless youth and goes to great lengths to not only reach out to them but also to provide the programs and services they need to get off the streets and get their lives on track for a great future.” PROCON team members turned out in force for the event, demonstrating their commitment to aiding at-risk youth, and raised an additional $8,000 towards the cause. Stebbins added, “That is why we believe in their hard work and feel privileged to continue supporting their labors to end youth homelessness.” For more than three decades the Stebbins family has supported the programs championed by Child and Family Services in Manchester. Mark

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Stebbins grew up in the city, and over 80 years’ ago, his grandfather Blanchard opened the family business on Lincoln Street. That building was adjacent to the one that houses the current CFS Youth Resource Center. History came full circle in 2016 when the Stebbins family donated $200,000 that enabled CFS to update the facility into a modern resource hub for their youth programs and services. The family’s legacy continues with Mark and Sally’s daughter Jennifer Stebbins, who is a CFS board member. This year Governor Sununu took up the

CFS SleepOut challenge and “lost sleep” over the problem. He and a contingency of N.H. state commissioners rolled out their own sleeping bags under the stars. In a stirring response to the issue, he stated, “I don’t think a lot of people realize that this is a crisis, but this is the type of stuff we have to be relentless about. Even if we get a good reduction in the numbers, one is still too many. But, we will keep on prioritizing, managing well, advocating, focusing – whatever it takes and saying that one is too many until hopefully, one is a foregone dream.”

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Griffin Electric Celebrates 40th Anniversary Holliston, MA – Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc., an electrical subcontractor throughout New England and the Southeast, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018. Since its inception in 1978, the company has grown to become one of the leading electrical merit shops in the country, most recently ranking 23rd in Engineering News Record’s (ENR) 2017 listing of the top 50 national electrical contractors and first in the state of Massachusetts.


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Electric’s success over the years. The dedicated men and women of the Griffin team, from the office to the field, including students enrolled in the inhouse Apprenticeship Training Program, are ultimately the foundation of strength for the company and a major reason it has been able to attain such significant milestones.

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Focus: Multi-Residential PROCON Plans for Merrimack Park Place Merrimack, NH – An upscale mixeduse development will be added to the Merrimack landscape. Work on a new hotel, conference center, apartments, retail spaces, and an office building is anticipated to begin in fall 2018 at the entrance of the Merrimack Premium Outlets. Nashua development company Monahan Companies joined forces with designbuild firm PROCON of Manchester as the architect and construction manager for the $100 million project. The conceptual design features a fivestory, 124-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott with a 5,000sf conference center for special events, training meetings, and functions. The hotel amenities will include an indoor pool, fitness center, dining area, 24×7 business center, and more. Three fivestory luxury apartment buildings will offer one- and two-bedroom options totaling 192 units. Plans also include a 42,000sf office leasing space along with 28,000sf of street-level retail and restaurants. Merrimack Park Place will be the first live, work, and play development of its kind in the area, providing an urban-style walkable community. The 20-acre community will be just minutes from large companies like Fidelity,

A rendering of Merrimack Park Place by PROCON

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Cutler Underway on Amherst Project

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Amherst, MA – Cutler Associates is well into construction on a third multifamily housing project with developer Archipelago Investments LLC, in Amherst. Having completed mixed-use residential complexes Kendrick Place in 2015, and Olympia Place in 2016, the team has moved on to another project in the center of downtown Amherst. The 83,000sf project is scheduled to be completed and occupied by the fall of this year — at which time, through an agreement between the town and developers, Cambridge artist David Fichter will recreate the Amherst History Mural that adorned the original building, thereby preserving a treasured piece of town history. Construction began at One East Pleasant in the spring of 2017. The mixed-use residential development’s upper four floors contain 135 apartments with studio, one-, and two-bedroom floor

plans. The first floor offers 7,500sf of retail, commercial, and amenity space. There will also be covered parking for tenants. Cutler worked with Boston architectural firm DiMella Shaffer on all three Archipelago projects. As the project got underway, a group of UMass Amherst students in the university’s building and construction technology program approached Cutler, inquiring about the possibility of using it for their required final case study. The team of students met onsite with Cutler’s project manager Mark Condon and superintendent Rob St. Onge over the course of the semester, observing the evolution of the building’s structural and mechanical systems and schedule adherence. Their final report earned them an overall grade of 98 for the class – and in the process, the Cutler project team was able to demonstrate one of the firm’s core values: Serve the community.

Broadway Residences Complete Somerville, MA – City Realty has completed construction for Broadway Residences, a transit-oriented development that will provide 18 units of rental housing along with ground-floor retail space in Greater Boston at the corner of Broadway and Mt. Pleasant streets. The new community will offer its residents many local conveniences for shopping, dining, and easy access to public transportation and parks. Somerville-based Khalsa Design Inc. (KDI) is responsible for the design work, and Nauset Construction is the general contractor responsible for completing construction. The new five-story building features 11 apartments, two retail spaces, a parking garage, and bike storage area where a blighted one-story retail structure previously stood. The apartments are comprised of two- and three-bedroom units (including some with balconies). The neighborhood is located in a bikefriendly area featuring flat streets with

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Nauset Constructing Mixed-Use Complex in Central Square Cambridge, MA – Construction is now underway for a mixed-use project that will transform an underutilized parking lot in the heart of Central Square into a transit-oriented development that will provide 46 apartments to Cambridge. Located at Ten Essex St., directly on the Central Square Red Line at the corner of Mass. Ave., the project is being built by Needham-based Nauset Construction for owner 3MJ Realty. The complex will also include 3,000sf of first-floor retail space, a welcoming entry plaza, planted green roof areas, outdoor terraces, and belowgrade resident parking.

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Reinventing Multigenerational Housing: A New Take on the Triple-Decker

by Gregory O. Minott

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DREAM Collaborative, winner of a pilot Housing Innovation Competition as both designer and developer, is testing this unique multigenerational housing concept at 24 Westminster Avenue in Roxbury with the transformation of a long vacant, 10,000sf parcel into a moderate-density multifamily development. In 2017, the mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab, Department of Neighborhood Development (DND), Garrison Trotter Neighborhood Association (GTNA), and the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) solicited proposals to address rising housing prices

and create more middle-income housing, and sought an efficient, compact module design that could be adapted to fit various in-fill sites around the city.

Multigenerational living arrangements provide families with affordable home ownership and an appealing opportunity to maintain a strong connection between generations. DREAM Collaborative’s winning design features 12 units that can be purchased in pairs to function as a family’s living space plus an in-law suite or investment rental property, or sold as separate condos to different owners. The contemporary, sustainable, and highly efficient units promote community and cooperative living with a range of sizes to match a variety of households, from single-person households to the traditional family model to an extended family arrangement. Designed to meet LEED Gold, Energy Star protocols will be applied throughout, including specialty roofing to reduce heat island effect, Energy Star appliances, water sense plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient windows and lighting fixtures, and a thoughtful interior layout to maximize daylighting. The wood-framed building will be solar-ready and feature integrated

smart home technologies for comfort and convenience as well as efficiency. The transit-oriented development is conveniently located near public open space and a variety of community resources, encouraging the use of public transportation, shared vehicles, walking, and biking, with limited onsite parking spaces available for purchase. DREAM Collaborative envisions this creative design solution functioning as a prototype for future residential development ventures throughout Boston. It reflects how people live today and reinforces the benefits many first-generation families realize by consolidating their households. It also responds to the renewed entrepreneurial spirit of the gig economy and provides opportunities for investment and wealth creation. Multigenerational living arrangements provide families with affordable home ownership and an appealing opportunity to maintain a strong connection between generations. Developing multifamily buildings to accommodate multiple generations provides flexible, economical housing choices to help cities like Boston overcome housing challenges. Gregory O. Minott,, AIA, LEED AP, is the managing principal at DREAM Collaborative, an urban redevelopment architecture and planning firm.

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Affordable living options are in high demand, particularly in urban areas. In Boston, triple-deckers (or threedeckers) once provided an economical homeownership option with the building owner living in one unit while renting the other units to family members or other tenants. Many triple-deckers have been converted to individual condos, but a new homeownership option that embraces the traditional triple-decker family living model is on the rise. The design centers around a two- or three-bedroom townhouse stacked above a smaller, ground-floor unit, with a shared exterior entrance and common hallway linking unit doors. Each unit can function independently, with private bathroom, kitchen, laundry, and outdoor areas, but the welcoming feeling of one large home can easily be created by opening the connecting doors. The potential exists for a range of

multigenerational living arrangements, whether supporting young adults just beginning their careers or housing aging parents. The smaller unit could also serve as an economic engine, contributing to the financial well-being of a family by functioning as a live/work space to house a small business or as a rental unit for additional income. Unlike two- and three-family options favored by past generations, this new urban housing model offers a range of unit sizes and configurations to match a variety of households and phases of life and can be recreated on a larger scale with clusters of multigenerational multifamily buildings arranged to create walkable, family-friendly neighborhoods.

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Roxbury, MA – NEI General Contracting and JANEY Construction have joined forces to combine experience, resources, capacity, and commitment to the community to provide a new standard of product delivery and process excellence for The Whittier Choice Neighborhoods project. The partnership will also allow NEI and JANEY to fully embrace the Preservation of Affordable Housing’s (POAH’s) deep commitment to diversity and the community. Originally built in the early 1950s, Whittier is currently home to 200 public housing families. Phase 1A of the redevelopment will involve the demolition

and removal of the existing structures to make way for the new construction of 70 rental units and 16 townhomes within three buildings designed by The Architectural Team. The plan for the mixed-income, mixed-use development also includes approximately 16,000sf of commercial recreational space and the creation of safer streets. The Whittier Choice Neighborhoods initiative is a collaboration between the Boston Housing Authority, POAH, and the Madison Park Development Corporation to create a healthier, more vibrant environment for the community.

Phase 2 of The Woodlands on Schedule Middleborough, MA – Full-service real estate and property management firm Peabody Properties announced the grand opening of the 6,000sf entertainment clubhouse at The Woodlands in Middleborough offering a game lounge, movie theatre, surround sound TV, billiards, golf simulation, and multifunction catering kitchen. The Woodlands is also preleasing for Phase 2, with construction to be completed in late spring. The luxury apartment community offers residents 34 scenic acres that include walking trails and cranberry bogs. Along with the clubhouse, it offers a high-impact fitness center, business center with Wi-Fi, indoor kid’s corner and outdoor playground, multi-purpose sport court, pool, grilling station and fire pit, bike storage, car wash stations, elective car charging stations, fenced pet park and washing zone, and easy access to I-95, I-495, routes 44 and 18 and commuter rail transportation. The one-, two-, and three-bedroom open concept apartment homes offer

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Delphi Celebrates Ribbon Cutting for Tribune Apartments Framingham, MA – Members of multi-market general contractor Delphi Construction gathered with representatives from Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), MassHousing, city and state government officials, and members of the community for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Tribune Apartments renovations. The scope of work completed by Delphi on Tribune Apartments includes the full renovation of 53 units, interior common areas, exterior repairs, and sitework. Apartments vary in size from studio units to two-bedroom apartments. Included in the total number of units are three handicapped-accessible units. All units and common areas received electrical upgrades as well as a new fire alarm and fire suppression systems. In the common areas, new compliant handrails in the stairwells have been installed. Exterior renovations include new windows, masonry repair, roof replacement, and entry doors. The sitework consists of new ADA ramp, sidewalks, curbing, and asphalt patching. Delphi Construction chief operating officer, Keith Shaw, added a word of congratulations to all involved. “We appreciated the opportunity to work once again with our client, POAH. We are pleased that our team was able to

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play a role in delivering a final product that was met with such enthusiasm and one which will bring benefit to the residents and the larger community of Framingham,” Shaw said. Tribune Apartments, a 53-unit, affordable housing development in Framingham, is housed in what was two separate buildings, The Tribune Building, and the Victory Building. The Tribune building was originally built in 1890 and housed the Framingham Tribune Newspaper, while the Victory Building


was not built until the early 1900s. In 1982, both buildings were converted into their current use of affordable housing for disabled adults and senior citizens. POAH acquired the property in 2013, with plans to make significant repairs and renovations, and invited Delphi to complete the rehabilitation. Project owner Preservation for Affordable Housing organized the ribbon cutting ceremony. Charlie Dirac, project manager for Preservation for Affordable Housing, orchestrated the program. Excitement for the community and the completion of the project was shared by

Aaron Gornstein, president and CEO of Preservation for Affordable Housing; Wade Blackman from the Office of Congresswoman Katherine Clark; Senator Karen E. Spilka of the Massachusetts State Summit; Representative Jack Lewis from Massachusetts House of Representatives; Tom Lyons, acting executive director of MassHousing; Roger Herzog, executive director of Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation; Joe Flatley, president and CEO of Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation; Mayor Elect of the City of Framingham, Yvonne Spicer; and resident of Tribune Apartments Samuel Salguero.

Affordable Sober Housing Gets Grant Boston – MassHousing recently awarded a total of $275,000 to help create or modernize a total of 55 affordable sober housing units in Amesbury, Lowell, and Wrentham. The awarded projects will serve men and women in recovery, including young women with children. The grants come from the Center for Community Recovery Innovations, Inc. (CCRI), a nonprofit subsidiary corporation of MassHousing that helps

nonprofits create or preserve affordable sober housing in Massachusetts for individuals in recovery. The grant awards went to Gilly’s House in Wrentham, The Megan House Foundation in Lowell, and Housing Supports in Amesbury. To date, CCRI has awarded more than $10 million in grants for the creation or preservation of nearly 2,200 units of substance-free housing, in 50 communities.


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Accommodating Expected Population Growth with Multifamily Housing a multitude of amenities, and private outdoor spaces. Residents have a wide range of local restaurants, shops, bike paths and parks, including the Arnold Arboretum, all within walking distance. Conveniently located adjacent to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Forest Hills Orange Line Station, residents also enjoy access to both T and commuter rail as well as close proximity to the Southwest Corridor for connection to 16 bus routes and a bike path running to Back Bay.

by Nathan Peck Boston’s population is expected to soar to an estimated 700,000 residents by the year 2030, creating a critical need to increase housing. Mayor Marty Walsh initiated a housing plan to provide 53,000 additional units of housing at a variety of income levels across the city, encouraging the development of multifamily housing projects to achieve this. Detailed planning and thoughtful execution can convert vacant real estate and aging buildings to create new neighborhoods and help meet the demand for housing. Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs, has provided preconstruction and construction management services for over 50 multifamily housing developments across Greater Boston. The recent completion of two developments has added another 54 housing units towards meeting the mayor’s housing goals.


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Developed by Luzern Associates and designed by Urbanica, Inc., an unused parcel located at 143-171 Hyde Park Ave. in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood was transformed into a lively, ecofriendly urban living community. The 49,300sf development, named Tilia after the neighborhood’s abundance of Tilia trees, provides 24 units of modern energyefficient townhouse-style condominiums, with three of the units designated as affordable. This is the first phase of a three-phased housing development project. Tilia features five wood-framed buildings with double insulated walls

and triple pane windows to retain energy while masking the sounds of city life. Designed to LEED Silver specifications, including high-efficiency heating and cooling systems and energy-efficient appliances, Tilia serves those seeking a sustainable living environment. All units feature open floor plans in a variety of layouts ranging from one+ bedroom, one bath to three-bedroom, 2.5 bath; contemporary kitchens with Caesarstone counters and stainless-steel appliances; in-unit laundry; garage parking; and designated storage units. Tilia is a modern multifamily development that offers ecofriendly construction and luxury touches with high-end finishes,

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Overcoming Development Challenges in a Crowded Urban Environment a portion of a nearby existing parking lot to limit the impact on residents. To expedite construction in this confined area, the team will use concrete on the first two floors of the new building and modular wood-frame construction, prefabricated offsite and hoisted into place, for the remaining five floors. In addition to fast-tracking the schedule, the approach mitigates the logistical challenges of stick-built construction on a tight footprint in this busy urban corridor.

by Jonathan Miller Considered among the largest urban revitalization efforts in Massachusetts, the new Quincy Center will encompass more than 50 acres of mixed-use development in the heart of this crowded historic city. LBC Boston broke ground on a cornerstone Quincy Center project at 1500 Hancock Street in 2017. The 153,000sf mixed-use development called Nova Residences provides continuity to this congested commercial corridor, connectivity to other development parcels, and a municipal parking garage planned for the lot behind the building. The project replaces a previously vacant retail strip and includes 15,000sf of modern retail and restaurant space supporting 171 apartments above. Extended sidewalks, additional seating, and inviting landscaping will provide outdoor dining, open pedestrian space, and an engaging streetscape. A large glass atrium that connects the apartment building, Hancock Street, and a parking

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garage will offer all-weather space with seating, art, and 24-hour access to the nearby Quincy Center Red Line T-station. While the newly invigorated block is designed to be a first-class urban destination, the project is not without its challenges. Three of the biggest challenges the project team must overcome include old infrastructure, traffic, and preserving the city’s historic character. Major infrastructure upgrades

Construction manager D.F. Pray is managing this complex jobsite and keeping the project progressing smoothly.

After demolishing the existing outdated building on the site, the focus is on relocating and reconstructing a portion of the old town brook. The work includes a complex design of structural footings embedded in a post-tensioned concrete podium along the culvert line to ensure the site is secure before erecting the building. Moving the culvert will take several months to complete, leaving only 19 months to finish the project. Despite the challenging work and the impact of severe weather, precast culvert sections for the new drainage infrastructure are ready to be set, site improvements are underway, and perimeter walls and columns are being poured. Working in a tightly packed area

The team is working closely with the Quincy Department of Public Works (DPW) and local engineers to minimize traffic impacts. New access ways will provide alternative routes to bring deliveries to and from the construction site, and a staging area will be located on

As the city’s designated redeveloper for Hancock Street, LBC Boston is required to work within design guidelines established in the city’s Urban Revitalization and Development Plan (URDP). Preserving the city’s heritage while adding modern upgrades is a critical focus for the URDP. Project architect SN Consulting Group is incorporating a mix of traditional and contemporary design features to blend old with new. Precast concrete and brick materials resembling Quincy’s existing historic exteriors will be used for the commercial space. Floor-to-ceiling glass used for storefronts and the atrium modernize the retail and public spaces. “LBC’s design team continues to work hand in hand with the city of Quincy to ensure that the building, public spaces, and amenities are woven together seamlessly,” said Avi Shoss, principal at SN Consulting, the architect on the project. “This collaboration has been a critical component of the project’s progress and success thus far, from the deepened sidewalks on Hancock Street and the public atrium to the cloistered outdoor spaces and new parking garage that will make use of the balance of the Hancock Lot.” Jonathan Miller is the vice president of development and acquisitions at LBC Boston.

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retail space. Originally built in 1915 and the former home to the Tropical Foods supermarket, the 44,000sf building is now home to 30 mixed-income rental units, ranging from studio to three-bedroom units, and 7,500sf of retail space, a building management office, lobby, and bicycle storage closet. Extensive renovations were required, including the installation of allnew utilities (gas, water, electric, sewer) as well as new mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection (MEP/FP) systems. The building also received new windows, storefront, and stucco on the exterior of the building, in compliance with National Park Service standards. The apartment units feature high ceilings, hardwood floors, and oversized windows to welcome an abundance of natural light.


The project is the outcome of an eightyear effort by the Roxbury community and the city of Boston to bring economic diversity and private investment to Dudley Square and the second in a three-phase development. 9 Williams Street/2101 Washington Street is owned by Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC), a leading developer of affordable housing in the nonprofit sector and one of the largest community development corporations (CDCs) in Massachusetts. Multifamily housing developments can help fill the desperate need for more housing in Boston while offering residents easy access to the best of city living. Nathan Peck, LEED AP, is the president of Kaplan Construction.

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Housing Co-Op Resurrected Waterbury, CT – Viking Construction, Inc. has been selected as general contractor for the demolition and redevelopment of the World War II-era housing co-op in Waterbury, known at the time as Warner Gardens. The 14-acre complex, which became the first AfricanAmerican-owned housing co-operative in the state of Connecticut, was severely decaying and dilapidated and was unsafe for occupancy. In 2007, Warner Gardens filed for bankruptcy, and in 2011 the co-operative sold the property to Omni Development Corporation, an affordable housing developer based in Rhode Island. During the 13-month reconstruction project, Viking razed the structures on the steep hillside 14-acre property, removed debris, and rebuilt new townhomes on the existing footprints. For the first phase of construction ($14.3 million), Viking completed 16 new buildings that housed 58 one-, two,- and three-bedroom townhouses. The company also completed a new community building and garage along with 99 parking spaces. For the second phase ($14 million), Viking completed 11 new buildings that housed 64 units. The new Davis Gardens multifamily community has moved far away from its history of barracks and low-value structures. The familyfriendly neighborhood includes gardens, landscaping, and playgrounds. Today, the new Davis Gardens

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community — which won an Excellence in Construction award from the Connecticut Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors — provides lower-income renters with an exceptional housing option and helps alleviate the continued housing shortage in Waterbury.

Award-Winning East Main Apts. Sold Norton, MA – Campanelli, a commercial real estate development, acquisition, and construction management company, recently announced jointly with Thorndike Development that they have sold East Main Apartments in Norton. The 188unit luxury multifamily community was completed by Campanelli Construction in 2017. JLL’s capital markets team, including managing directors Michael Coyne and Travis D’Amato, along with vice presidents Kevin Gleason and Brendan Shields, arranged the sale to Jones St. Investment Partners for $53.65 million. East Main is a newly constructed Class A apartment community featuring top-ofthe-line amenities, including a swimming pool, outdoor kitchen with grills, fitness center and yoga room, expansive rustic clubhouse, and an outdoor lounge with fire pit. The property is located a quarter mile from I-495 and five miles from I-95. “What sets our communities apart from the rest is our team’s dedication to thoughtful urban planning,” states Thorndike Development president Lloyd Geisinger. “In New England, we are conditioned to value neighborhoods. Walking down a tree-lined street, flanked by homes with front porches, makes us

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Can Small Multifamily Developments Help to Ease Cambridge Housing Shortage?

by Anthony Papantonis With Cambridge emerging as the dominant life science and technology center in the world today, a feverish demand for office and lab space exists in that market. Vacancy rates should continue to hover in the low single digits for the foreseeable future; consequently, high-profile developers are seizing upon the opportunity — with over 7.5 million sf of new construction either underway or in the development pipeline, according to JLL. Along with the demand for office and lab space comes a subsequent demand for housing, which is becoming increasingly scarce — and expensive — in Cambridge, a situation that will only intensify as the massive amount of commercial development is completed. According to a March 2018 report by housing rental platform Zumper, Cambridge is the most expensive apartment market in the Boston metro area, with one-bedroom apartments averaging $2,480 per month, and two-bedrooms averaging $3,000. So how will Cambridge accommodate

a workforce that is increasingly seeking an urban live, work, and play environment that allows them to commute to work by foot, bike, or public transportation? A portion of that demand will be addressed by the larger mixed-use commercial development projects, such as DivcoWest’s Cambridge Crossing (which includes 2,400 condos and apartments) and MIT’s Kendall Square Initiative (290

Vacancy rates should continue to hover in the low single digits for the foreseeable future; consequently, high-profile developers are seizing upon the opportunity — with over 7.5 million sf of new construction either underway or in the development pipeline. apartments plus 450 graduate student housing units), as well as slightly smaller projects such as Boston Properties’ Proto (a mixed-use 280-unit apartment complex with retail in Kendall Square) and Twining Properties’ mixed-use Mass + Main, which will deliver 308 apartment residences (and retail) in 2020. But even with those additional units, the multifamily market will remain grossly underserved. The lack of buildable land is one of the

major impediments to creating enough multifamily housing to meet the demand; as a result, enterprising developers have begun constructing smaller (under 75-unit) complexes on urban infill sites throughout Cambridge. What these projects have in common — aside from being located in walking distance to the Red Line — is that they are being constructed on tight sites such as small parking lots and closed mom-and-pop businesses. There are a number of these projects currently under construction in Cambridge, including Minco Corporation’s Point 262, a 55-unit luxury condominium project on Monsignor O’Brien Highway in E. Cambridge, a site that was formerly home to Lechmere Auto Wash Centers; Observation Hill Development’s conversion of the former FX Masse Hardware outside of Porter Square into 27 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and 1,650sf of retail; 3MJ Realty’s transformation of an underutilized parking lot in the heart of Central Square into Ten Essex, comprised of 46 apartments and 3,000sf of retail; and Lotus Harvard Enterprises delivery of 16 apartment units and 3,000sf of retail at 1699 Massachusetts Ave., another former parking lot. However, building on these dense urban infill sites presents a unique set of construction challenges. Unlike development in suburban markets or sprawling

large-scale projects, there are typically no laydown areas for receiving and storing materials and equipment, so there is an extra level of planning involved for each specific project. Deliveries must be well-coordinated with the DPW and Traffic, Parking & Transportation Department to minimize the impact on already congested neighborhoods — which now include well-utilized bike lanes. Extraordinary safety measures must also be put in place in all facets of the project, particularly when excavating foundations for new buildings near existing and, occasionally, historic structures. In addition to these construction challenges, the permitting and approval processes in the city of Cambridge can be overwhelming, especially for the neophyte developer. Cambridge has a wellorganized but complex system designed to preserve the integrity of the city’s built environment, but a construction manager with extensive experience building in this market can help guide an owner through those daunting processes to ensure a successful outcome. Local knowledge and relationships can yield efficiencies as we strive to address this housing shortage. Anthony Papantonis is president of Needham, Mass.-based Nauset Construction Corp.

The Ridge at Eastern Trails Townhomes Complete

The exterior of Ridge at Eastern Trails Townhomes

Milford, NH – Red Oak Apartment Homes, LLC recently announced the completion of their 16-unit luxury townhome community in Milford. The Ridge at Eastern Trails Townhomes project concludes another phase of their construction rental housing venture, The Ridge at Eastern Trails. The final phase of The Ridge at


Eastern Trails project will be a third apartment building similar to the first two that were built last year by Red Oak. The construction of this last building, which comprises luxury studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartments, is well underway and is expected to be completed this June. The new townhome community,

The interior of Ridge at Eastern Trails Townhomes

located at 27-37 East Ridge Drive, just off routes 101 and 101A, includes a mix of two- and three-bedroom upscale rental townhomes ranging in size between 1,410sf and 2,075sf. Each two- or three-story home comes equipped with gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, luxury wood-style flooring, full-sized washer and dryer, central air

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TFMoran on Design Team for One Newport Ave.

One Newport Ave., Quincy, Mass. / rendering courtesy KFP Architects

Quincy, MA – KFP Architects of Hingham, Mass., and TFMoran of Bedford, N.H., provided architectural and structural engineering services for the new construction of a six-story, multifamily residential building. The project is located on Newport Avenue, between West Squantum and Arlington streets in Quincy, Mass. Demolition of the existing industrial building is expected to occur early spring 2018, with foundation work slated for mid-to-late spring 2018. The general contractor, RESKON Group, expects an

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overall completion of this new apartment building for fall 2019. Developed by Arista Development, the new apartment building will include four stories, approximately 80,000sf of 80 residential units over two stories and approximately 50,000sf of above-grade, open parking space. Located within the footprint of an existing industrial building that is to be demolished, soil conditions were determined to consist of granular urban fill over a former marsh deposit of organic silt. Traditionally, these conditions would

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IIDA NE Awards Celebrated Bergmeyer Wins Best in Show

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Boston – The 11th Annual IIDA (International Interior Design Association) New England Interior Design Awards, held on March 14 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, attracted over 800 professionals from the design, commercial real estate, construction, and engineering industries, who gathered to fête the creative works of their colleagues. Bergmeyer was honored with the Best in Show award for its design of the Sonos Store in London, and Gensler was the winner in the Workspace Over 80,000sf category for its design of the new global Reebok headquarters. Bergmeyer also won for Hospitality: Retail/Restaurant for its retail design work for the Savannah Bee Company, and Gensler added a second win for its design of the MIT Atlas Service Center in the Education category. Hacin + Associates notched three wins, taking the honors in Residential: Private, and Best in Massachusetts for Four51 Marlborough Penthouse; and Workspace: 20,000-80,000sf for IDEO Cambridge. Elkus Manfredi also garnered a pair of wins, taking home the honors in Residential: Multi-Unit for Meriel Marina Bay, and Student Housing for Emerson College – Two Boylston Place. Professional entries for the 2018 Design Awards were submitted by the firms themselves, and were judged by a three-person panel consisting of William Hanley, executive editor of Surface Magazine; Taniya Nayak, interior


Below is a complete list of the winning projects and design firms for the 11th Annual IIDA New England Interior Design Awards. PROFESSIONAL AWARDS PROGRAM

Best in Show: Sonos Store, Bergmeyer Associates, Inc. Best in Connecticut: The Burnham Family Memory Care Residence at Avery Heights, Amenta Emma Architects

IIDA NE Co-Chairs Marcus Hamblin and Heather Brunini hosted the sold-out event. / Kim Neal Photography

designer, Taniya Nayak Design; and David Oakey, product designer, David Oakey Designs. The Design Awards event was created in 2007 to celebrate teamwork and showcase interior design projects throughout New England. “Over the years this event has grown from a small theater-style event to a grand seated dinner. This year we had more entries and more categories than we have ever had before – as well as more new firms participating than ever before,” said Marcus Hamblin, a designer at Gensler, who co-chaired the event along with Heather Brunini, workplace strategy manager at TotalOffice Interiors, Boston. “From my perspective, it’s truly inspiring to see the incredible design work that’s going on, and to also feel the sense of community – as evidenced by the teamwork it took to put this event together.”

Hospitality, Restaurant/Retail: Savannah Bee Company, Bergmeyer Associates, Inc. Research Lab: Blueprint Medicines Headquarters Relocation, TRIA

Best in Massachusetts: Four51 Penthouse, Hacin + Associates

Residential, Private: Four51 Penthouse, Hacin + Associates

Best in New Hampshire: The Neely House at Tufts Medical Center, Uphealing

Residential, Multi-Unit: Meriel Marina Bay, Elkus Manfredi Architects

Best in Rhode Island: Rhode Island Veterans Home, Brewster Thornton Group Architects Building Repositioning/Building Amenities: 125 Summer Street Lobby Repositioning, Stantec Architecture Inc.

Senior Living: The Burnham Family Memory Care Residence at Avery Heights, Amenta Emma Architects Student Housing: Emerson College, Two Boylston Place, Elkus Manfredi Architects

Community & Culture: Harvard Memorial Church, Payette

Workspace Under 20,000sf: Confidential Global Design Firm; Boston, Unispace

Education: MIT Atlas Service Center, Gensler

Workspace 20,000sf-80,000sf: IDEO Cambridge, Hacin + Associates

Healthcare: Sports Performance Center, Isgenuity

Workspace Over 80,000sf: Reebok Headquarters, Gensler

Hospitality, Hotel/Lodging: Hotel Grinnell, Perkins + Will

Workspace on a Budget: Whole Foods Market Northeast Corporate Headquarters, Jacobs


Graduate Design: Terra Green, Lindsey Arthur of Endicott College Undergraduate Design: Esperer, Amira Mohamed of New England Institute of Technology University

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Blueprint Medicines

IDEO Cambridge / photo by Bob O’Connor

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What did the judges look for? “When I was evaluating the student work, I was looking for the strong connection between their written design concept and the users’ needs to how their plans, finishes, and renderings helped convey these concept and needs. I view interior design as a tool to help our clients express something about themselves or their businesses, and therefore their submissions needed to showcase this.” – DIANNE DUNNELL, Margulies Perruzzi Architects

“How do humans fit into the space. How will people feel?” – DAVID OAKLEY, David Oakley Designs Four51 Penthouse / photo by Bob O’Connor

“How did the designer reconcile the client’s brief with the needs of the user? How did the organization of the spaces, materials, and finishes make that idea a reality? Is the work innovative, well-detailed, and daring?” – BILL HANDLEY, Surface Magazine


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The Burnham Family Memory Care Residence Wins Two IIDA NE Awards Amenta Emma Architects Boston – Amenta Emma Architects was honored with two awards at the 11th Annual IIDA New England Interior Design Awards ceremony in Boston on March 14. The Burnham Family Memory Care Residence at Avery Heights in Hartford, Conn., received the Senior Living and Best in Connecticut awards.

Bright red umbrellas in the outdoor gathering space, visible from the great room, stimulate the senses and draw views outward. Avery Heights Senior Living Community was faced with the dilemma of dated facilities on its 45-acre campus and no spaces or services to offer an increasing population of residents suffering from dementia. The renovation of a 10,000sf independent living apartment wing now provides a secure memory care environment for a population previously

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The translucent sliding glass doors of the Relaxation Room are detailed with a custom pussy willow graphic as a symbol of optimism. Artificial and natural lighting controls help to regulate the residents’ circadian rhythms. Bright red umbrellas in the outdoor gathering space, visible from the great room, stimulate the senses and draw views outward. To create a sense of freedom, outdoor spaces

“Not in a million years could I have imagined such an amazing redesign in a 26-year-old facility. It is a dream come true.” – BILL ENGLEHART Director of Independent Living at Avery Heights were created in two zones, one for social gathering, the other for more private relaxation and meditation during walks along the garden path. It took a creative collaboration of the varied ideas and talents of architect, interior designer, graphic designer, landscape architect, general contractor, and visionary owner to create a space meant to engage dementia residents in continued to page 28

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Focus: Senior/Assisted Living The War of Independence Insights from our Post-Occupancy Evaluation at Thames Edge

by Myles Brown At a recent “Leading Age” national conference in New Orleans, we attended a session called “Big Living in Small Spaces.” Among other ideas, presenters suggested that seniors don’t need large kitchens, so it’s not smart to build them. We wondered, “Is that true?” It’s always a good idea to return to projects for post-occupancy evaluations to test theories and decisions. It’s all about “designing precisely.” We met with 12 residents individually at Thames Edge retirement community in Groton, Conn. All had been living there at least two years. All two-bath homes range from 1,200sf to 1,800sf. All essential living is on one level arranged in an open plan, though some



have walk-out basements. Bedroom/bath suites are at opposite corners of the house. They have covered decks or porches, accessible/adaptable baths, large windows with views, high-end finishes, and dining options at the club house restaurant. Well, one resident would have knocked me out with her best cast-iron skillet if we had suggested tiny sinks, two-burner stoves and three-quarter-size refrigerators for her kitchen. Most of our group still enjoys cooking and entertaining. While eating in a community dining room is fine occasionally, they like doing what they have always done: cook. That said, we did learn some important lessons. Love: They appreciate the open living/ dining/kitchen plan, giving them great flexibility to dine alone or with friends and family. Most in our group rejected formal dining tables, utilizing drop-leaf console tables behind sofas that can be expanded when needed but are otherwise out of the way. They love the feel of a larger home in a downsized space, with high ceilings and abundant light. They love the privacy afforded by the separation

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of sleeping suites. Very important is the feeling of safety and security. They love the abundant natural light and views of the river and coast guard academy. Dislike: Stackable washers and dryers, while space-saving, make controls too high for some. Even single-combo units, with front-load dryers at top, make it difficult for residents to find that pesky runaway sock. Best option: Sideby-side units on storage pedestals put

everything within reach. Higher ceilings that allowed for extended upper cabinets looked nice and provided space on top for seasonal storage — or so we thought. Residents revealed this required a step stool (safety issue) or calling someone for help (inconvenience). Better solution: Provide pull-down shelves above with upper cabinets similar to those from Rev-A-Shelf. And then there was the issue of an inconveniently placed light switch, moved during construction because of space constraints. One resident made me pretend it was the middle of the night and try to find the switch in the guest bathroom. Embarrassing! Also, make sure numbers are large enough, and with enough contrast, on controls such as thermostats. The most important lesson of all: Seniors thrive on independence. We should do everything in our power to help them achieve that for as long as possible. Myles Brown, AIA, is principal-incharge of the Senior Living studio at Amenta Emma Architects.

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Supporting Wellness Through Senior Living Design

by Erik Anderson Wellness in design is not a new idea, but it has grown in popularity and is now a trendy topic throughout the country. The wellness trend is twofold: socially hip and business savvy. Wellness is everywhere, from brand-named fitness and outdoorwear, to organic foods and eco-packaging, to yoga and meditation. The building industry has long been aware of the benefits of sustainability in its broader context. Since LEED was established in the 1990s, companies have noticed the benefits of sustainable building for employees. LEED-certified building has proven to reduce employee absenteeism and time off due to depression or other stress-related conditions. While LEED focused on sustainable building, WELL buildings concentrate on the health, productivity, and overall wellbeing of its occupants. Buildings are designed for people. Our

Brightview Tarrytown Gardens / Robert Umenhofer Photography

decisions as architects affect the people in those buildings, and no one more so than senior living residents who spend the majority of their days within the same building. With this in mind, what can we do in the senior living building industry to support a focus on wellness? Here are a few ideas: Promote drinking water

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nutrients and waste. Providing a cue to drink water is as simple as a beautiful arrangement of glass water jars or a tap with artistically arranged glassware. Build age-friendly gardens

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), only 12% of Americans meet the daily fruit recommendation and 9% the vegetable recommendation of 2 to 3 cups per day. Senior living environments can encourage a more plant-based diet. Age-friendly vegetable gardens can be built as raised beds or vertically, so seniors do not have to bend to tend to the garden. Gardens will encourage locally grown vegetable consumption nd improve resident health.

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residents receive enough light for positive psychological effects. Promote fitness

Another wellness opportunity is the promotion of fitness. At PROCON, we encourage fitness in our designs by creating a prominent, grand stair. By locating beautiful stairs in high activity areas, we inspire residents to use the stair to communicate between common areas rather than elevators. Using the stairs improves cardiovascular health, strengthens legs and core muscles, and helps to build bone strength, which is crucial for seniors. Include nature-focused design

Brightview Wakefield porch / photo by Joseph St. Pierre NEI’s rendering of Forestdale in Malden

Malden, MA – NEI’s most recent assisted living project, Forestdale Park, has opened in Malden. The $18.4 million project is designed to provide residents with the comforts of home and a variety of activities and services. The construction of Forestdale Park involved the historic rehab of an existing building and the construction of a new building. Both were designed by The Architectural Team, totaling 87,691sf. The senior community now includes a mix of 58 assisted living units, 18 memory care units, and three independent living units and will offer an innovative program that bridges the areas of memory care and assisted living.


Forestdale Park will be the newest senior community from owner Volunteers of America Massachusetts (VOA MA), an organization that focuses on underserved segments of the population. The 2.6-acre site that the facility is built on was originally home to a poor farm in the 1800s. It later transitioned into a nursing home for the underserved population in Malden. After its closing in 2009, there was a need for an affordable assisted living option for families in the region. With a shared vision, NEI is proud to be able to work with Volunteers of America to help strengthen the community and provide affordable senior housing to the region.

Offer proper daylighting

Daylighting is also critical for a wellnessfocused building. Much research has been done on the circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is essentially a 24hour internal clock that regulates body functions, including sleep. Research shows that high frequency, intense light and blue/green light promote alertness, while a lack of this stimulus signals the body to reduce energy expenditure and prepare for rest. As the late evening sun shifts to amber, melatonin is released, which induces sleep. Some LED lights are designed to change throughout the day, mimicking the light of the sun. However, exposure to natural light through windows is key to ensuring that

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” To improve the mental well-being of residents, architects can create naturefocused designs. The human bond with nature, termed “biophilia” in architecture, incorporates nature into buildings through views, pattern, and indoor plants. Including direct or indirect elements of nature into the built environment reduces stress, blood pressure levels, and heart rates, while it increases productivity, creativity, cognition, and mood. As Malcolm Gladwell coined the phrase “the tipping point,” it is clear that culturally we are at a wellness tipping point, and the senior living industry can embrace it. By combining naturefocused design with the promotion of water consumption, age-friendly gardens, proper daylighting, and the value of fitness, we can create healthier and happier environments for seniors. Erik Anderson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is VP, architecture at PROCON.

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Integrating Sustainable Measures


KBE Expands Senior Living Portfolio

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by Katrina Miaoulis While sustainable measures can be integrated into design, construction, and operations of a building, these efforts need to be tailored to the building occupants. What may work for one project type may not work for another, and the introduction of sustainable features requires consideration of who will be using them. At an assisted living building, there should be an emphasis on occupant health and well-being, with controllability of spaces minimized. Ideally, residents will feel comfortable and healthy with a minimal need to adjust their surroundings. There are various ways to achieve this environment from a building design and maintenance perspective. While green building rating systems, such as LEED, have a strong focus on the environmental impact of a new or existing building, there are also elements that are concerned with the building occupants

feeling comfortable and supported. Along with LEED, rating systems like Living Building Challenge, SITES, WELL, and FitWel integrate occupant well-being further. For the purpose of assisted living spaces, the environmental impact of the building will have less of a draw to occupants and their families than the

Maplewood Senior Living community in Southport / rendering courtesy of Stein Troost Architecture

New York State Office of Mental Health, DASNY, Bronx Mental Health Redevelopment Project, Bronx, N.Y.; the project achieved LEED Gold certification

general atmosphere. There are sustainable measures that can be taken that are both environmentally cognizant and enhance indoor environmental quality. One example of this is material selection for the space. Selecting lowemitting materials will reduce the release of hazardous substances such continued to page 32

Farmington, CT – With current work in senior living facilities encompassing $230 million and 1.2 million sf, KBE Building Corporation is expanding its portfolio and its geographic reach, now completing work throughout the Northeast, MidAtlantic, and the Western US. Since the start of the year, the Farmington-based construction services firm has been awarded six new senior living facility constructions, including work awarded to its new affiliate, New Valley Construction. Recently awarded senior living facilities include five projects for one of the nation’s largest senior housing developer. These include Sacramento, Calif.; North Haven, Conn.; Washington Township, N.J.; and Southampton and Towamencin

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April 2018

Pinck Completes Phase 3 of JCHE Newton, MA – Pinck & Co. Inc., a comprehensive real estate development and project management services firm in Boston, has completed Phase 3 of the renovation of Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly’s (JCHE) Golda Meir House in Newton. Pinck & Co. is the project manager for the renovation of the 199-unit senior housing complex and is working with Colantonio, Inc. and Bechtel Frank Erickson Architects. Building Engineering Resources, Inc. is providing upgrades to the HVAC system as well as the fire suppression, plumbing, and electrical and fire alarm systems for the building. Phase 3 renovations consist of upgrades to the external entrances and improvements throughout the building’s ground floor. These include new common areas, a lobby, mail room, game room, and store, which have been designed to “create a vibrant village center and better encourage residents to participate in our broad array of activities,” according to Zoe Weinrobe, JCHE’s director of real estate innovation. Phase 2, completed in the spring of 2017, involved building a fully renovated commercial kitchen and dining area.

Golda Meir House

When the project is complete, all residences will be redesigned with new kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, and finishes. Twenty-two of the units will be fully accessible, and five units will be designed for the hearing impaired. The 24-month project is being built while the community remains in full operation. The $31 million renovation was made possible by the private-public partnership between JCHE, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, MassHousing, Mass. Department of Housing and Community Development, and Wells Fargo. The refinancing of Golda Meir House, built in two phases in 1978 and 1995, guarantees preservation of long-term affordability for a range of incomes.

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as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), urea formaldehyde, and asbestos, which are harmful to occupants as well as the environment. Additionally, a green cleaning and sustainable purchasing policy can be implemented, requiring cleaning teams to use safe and ecologically friendly products that are low-emitting. Another strategy that impacts both occupants and surrounding land is having access to the outdoor environment. Project teams may preserve and maintain outdoor spaces for the enjoyment and use of building occupants. Depending on the goals of the project team, there are many measures that can be pursued that integrate natural preservation as well as user comfort. Many projects favor occupant control for features such as thermal comfort, operable window shades, and interior lighting. There are ways to promote occupant comfort without requiring their constant control of the environment. For example, circadian tracking can be implemented in the lighting system. Instead of occupants needing to control their lighting based on the time of day and task at hand, the lights will automatically dim and change color, syncing with the natural light emitted from the sun. This provides a comfortable environment throughout the day with no user control required. In congruence with this, automated shades can be installed

in windows to track the sun and respond accordingly to maximize natural sunlight while controlling interior glare or overexposure to sunlight. Additionally, a temperature gradient can be used within the space to have both the living quarters and common areas have a range of temperature options that users can select upon arrival. Though they will still be able to change the temperature within the space, residents can choose their room based on their general temperature preference. Reducing user control does not necessarily eliminate personalization of building settings, considering the residents that will be occupying these facilities. However, there are measures that can be taken to reduce the need for environmental control, while still allowing for personal preferences and comfort. Senior and assisted living spaces have as much potential for sustainable measures as any other project type. There must be considerations taken with the selection of these features, but this forethought will ultimately result in a more comfortable and enjoyable space for residents. Environmentally cognizant choices can be made alongside interior and exterior comfort and access for residents that align with the goals of green buildings of every kind. Katrina Miaoulis, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, WELL AP, is a project manager with Vanderweil’s building performance group.

April 2018


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The Landscape of Senior Living Melissa Roy of Tecton Architects interviews James Rosenman, CEO at Fairview, Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut in Groton. Q: What’s not happening in the senior living community that you think should be happening?

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A: More multi-generational housing and initiatives. Q: What’s next at Fairview? A: Finding the best way to leverage our land, not just for buildings, but for beautification and wellness — our land is just as valuable an asset as our buildings and services.

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Q: Given the pressure from increasing healthcare costs, what are the opportunities to collaborate with healthcare providers to increase the quality of care and lower costs?

A: It all comes down to leveraging scale. There are a lot of areas to leverage scale without the formal structures of mergers, acquisitions, and consolidations. We need to look at what all organizations do best and challenge ourselves to look at ways to share services and resources that are synergistic instead of fragmented, to holistically serve the community. Q: What goes into designing an innovative master plan for a senior living facility? Where do you start, what are the most important factors to incorporate, and what are the current trends?

A: Start with a big, broad vision and keep refining. Think beyond bricks and mortar. Who does it serve? What do you want it to look like and feel like? How does it fulfill your organizational needs now and 20 to 30 years from now, without getting into the weeds? It’s like the analogy of building a beautiful golf course — you aren’t going to start with where to locate the clubhouse. Balance current and future needs of both residents and the community. Push beyond the comfort zone of what we know, while not being so novel that it flies over the heads of consumers. Develop something that people didn’t know that they needed. Q: What changes or shifts in thinking have you seen? A: No longer thinking of senior living

organizations as isolated campuses, but as part of a broader network and ecosystem to serve the needs of the people, who want to be more interconnected with the greater community. Q; How can senior living communities be incorporated into the community at large, knowing the benefits of multigenerational interaction? What role can transit-oriented design have in helping counter the concept of aging in place? A: Being connected physically and through community engagement. Working with municipal and state leaders to make our towns and cities more accessible, as accessible as possible, and interconnected. Zoning flexibility is one vehicle for achieving this. Collaborating and planning with thought leaders from different industries. Q: What keeps you up at night? A: Looming demographic shifts. We are unprepared, but maybe not in the way some people think. There’s enough traditional senior housing; the crisis looming is that people have healthcare and housing needs, which can’t be separated. We need to challenge ourselves to find new models and ways to serve consumer preferences and to make this economically viable for the lowerand middle-income population. Think beyond brick-and-mortar solutions. Pressure with the reimbursement system – the safety net is strained. Q: How can our industry help yours? A: Create solutions that are efficient and cost-effective while desirable. Challenge all of us to think beyond conventional ways about how we do it. Create a dialogue where we are both heard and listened to. James Rosenman is the CEO of Fairview, Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut, Inc. Rosenman also currently serves as Chair of LeadingAge of Connecticut and Treasurer of Always Home, Inc. Melissa Roy is the director of business development at Tecton Architects in Hartford, Conn. Tecton Architects is a long-standing member of the Construction Institute.

April 2018


Retail and Hospitality

Geissler’s Market Gets Energy Overhaul

Campaign Launched for Bow Plaza

Andy Brydges, Eversource Energy account executive; State Representative Carol Hall, State Representative Chris Davis, and president and CEO of Geissler’s Supermarket, Jim Nilsson

The concept for Bow Market Plaza in Somerville

Somerville, MA – MassDevelopment and Union Square Main Streets recently announced a new campaign for Bow Market Plaza in Somerville’s Union Square through the civic crowdfunding platform Patronicity and the Commonwealth Places initiative. Bow Market Plaza is a project that will transform a former storage building in Somerville’s Union Square into space for small-scale storefronts.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by May 17 at midnight, the project will win a matching grant with funds from MassDevelopment’s Commonwealth Places program. This campaign for the Bow Market Plaza will provide funding for programming in the market’s courtyard that will include rotating artists in residence who will lead workshops, curate gallery shows, and create large-scale murals and installations.

East Windsor, CT – Geissler’s Supermarket recently teamed up with Eversource on energy-saving improvements made to its East Windsor location. The upgrades will save the grocery store more than $63,000 in annual energy costs while delivering a more efficient and comfortable environment for staff and shoppers. Geissler’s used the Energize Connecticut Small Business Energy Advantage program, which begins with a free energy audit from an Eversourceauthorized contractor. World Energy Efficiency Services completed the supermarket’s assessment and installed the equipment. Small Business Energy Advantage program highlights include: • Comprehensive energy-saving proposals that detail suggested measures to make

businesses more energy efficient and projected savings. • Financial incentives for efficient lighting, controls, and kitchen equipment like refrigerators, smart hoods, ovens, and freezers. • No upfront costs for installed upgrades. • Two-year warranty on contractors’ parts and labor. “We’ve been welcoming the East Windsor community into our store for generations and were eager to revamp the location,” said Geissler’s CEO and president, Jim Nilsson. “By assessing our energy usage and identifying the appropriate upgrades, we’ve been able to refresh the store’s appearance and maintenance, as well as uphold our promise of quality and service to customers.”

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Education Arlington’s Hardy Elementary to Expand Finegold Alexander Architects

Exterior of Hardy Elementary / rendering by Finegold Alexander Architects

Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects and the town of Arlington recently announced the start of construction of a new three-story, six-classroom addition to the existing Hardy Elementary School building in Arlington, designed by Finegold Alexander Architects. The

project is the next in a series of school building projects for the town. The project team, including Jones Lang LaSalle as the owner’s project manager, has been working closely with the superintendent, Kathleen Bodie, and principal, Kristin DeFrancisco, to develop

Harvard’s Pavilion Revitalized

Hardy Elementary classroom / rendering by Finegold Alexander Architects

the design to suit the needs of the growing student population. E.A. Colangeli Construction Co., Inc. has been selected as the general contractor. As construction begins, safety is of paramount importance, and the design incorporates elements to ensure the building and site are well controlled throughout the project. A separate playground project along Lake Street will take place

in parallel to the building project. In the past 10 to 15 years, the town of Arlington has seen significant population growth, with numerous projects underway including the renovation of the Gibbs Building into a new middle school, expansion of new Thompson School, and the high school project due to begin later in the fall.

Harvard DEF Underway

Ray Lavietes Pavilion

Cambridge, MA – Bruner/Cott and Associates recently completed a $15.5 million revitalization of Harvard University’s historical Ray Lavietes Pavilion for the 2017/2018 basketball season. The 35,556sf restoration, renovation, and new construction initiative is the firm’s first sports facility project. The renewed pavilion provides modern amenities aligned with Harvard’s athletic aspirations. First constructed in 1926 as Briggs Athletic Center, the pavilion is the second-oldest basketball arena in NCAA Division I. It was subsequently named for Raymond (Ray) P. Lavietes, a Harvard basketball star and philanthropist who funded an earlier renovation of the facility. A major goal of the Bruner/Cott project was to celebrate the intimacy and historic charm of the structure and to showcase the story of Harvard basketball


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and athletics there. They worked to weave 21st-century amenities into the existing building fabric, highlighted by a new entrance arcade and carving out program space beneath the bleachers. The renewed Lavietes Pavilion offers athletes the comforts of modern amenities and adds needed workspace.

Boston – Leers Weinzapfel Associates’ 58,000sf Harvard University Allston Campus District Energy Facility (DEF) is now under construction. The project represents a new, highly efficient infrastructure typology — the cogeneration plant — that will provide electricity and hot water as well as chilled water to the campus. It is scheduled for completion in 2019. The DEF sets the Allston campus standard for flexible and innovative quality and design, a visible demonstration of cost-effective sustainability in building, landscape, and site development. Its compact cubic form with rounded corners allows for maximum flexibility of future development around it while maintaining a singular, bold, and refined presence. Developed with RMF Engineering, the DEF’s equipment systems are the most efficient and resilient available and are adaptable to the campus’ future needs. Equipment elevated above flood levels supports resiliency for the continuous independent operation of the facility, even in the event of electrical grid failure. Additionally, a chilled water reserve tank provides thermal energy, supporting efficient equipment use. A wrapper of metal fins forms a screen around the building, with petallike elements set at varying degrees of

DEF rendering by Leers Weinzapfel Associates

DEF view from across the river / Leers Weinzapfel Associates

openness to reveal or conceal the various equipment areas within. The fins are most open at the structure’s corner entry and the round thermal energy storage tank, and most closed on its service sides. On the public face of the building, the fins are raised above the ground to reveal the main equipment hall to passersbys.

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April 2018

Two Colleges Receive MassDev Bonds


Dartmouth College Begins Renovations

Rendering of AIC campus building

Boston - MassDevelopment has issued $34.79 million in tax-exempt bonds for Endicott College, a private undergraduate and graduate college in Beverly. The college is using bond proceeds to build two academic buildings that will house classrooms, faculty offices, educational space, an auditorium, and a theater. The college will also use proceeds to demolish its Wax Academic Center to build a parking deck, and to refinance previously issued debt. People’s United Bank, N.A. purchased the bond. The project will include new academic facilities, student lecture halls, and classrooms, as well as an expansion of the science facility to include the new engineering program and a larger biotech incubator space. MassDevelopment also issued a $10.55 million tax-exempt bond for American International College (AIC)

Existing Blunt Alumni Center exterior front Endicott College

in Springfield. Bond proceeds will be used to renovate and add 13,753sf to an existing campus building that, upon completion, will house the college’s new exercise science programs and expanded occupational therapy and physical therapy offerings. AIC will also use bond proceeds to build an approximately 11,200sf, eightunit residence hall that will house 32 students, and to make various campus upgrades. CSB Colts Inc., an affiliate of Westfield Bank, purchased the bond.

Hanover, NH – North Branch Construction of Concord has recently begun the renovation of the Blunt Alumni Center on the Dartmouth College campus. This renovation will take place on all four floors of the building while the facility remains occupied throughout construction. Studio Nexus Architects & Planners are providing architectural design for the project. The Blunt Alumni Center is a mixeduse building that provides both academic and administrative space to the college.

Existing offices, breakrooms, restrooms, and a kitchen will all receive renovations, and a canopy will be added at the garden level exit to cover the existing exterior exit stairs. Renovations include an air conditioning system, new lighting and power distribution, windows, and finishes. The existing layout of the building will also be reconfigured to provide four new seminar rooms, a classroom, and a restroom. The project is expected to be complete by the end of the summer.



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Green Snyder Center Completed Using Green Building Technologies

Squash Center, level one / rendering by Perkins + Will Snyder Center / rendering by Perkins + Will

Andover, MA – Erland Construction has completed the new 98,800sf Snyder Center, a state-of-the-art athletic facility with significant green elements, at Phillips Academy Andover. Designed by Perkins + Will, the program features a 200-meter indoor track, four multi-use tennis and basketball courts, a 12-court squash center capable of U.S. Squash tournament play, along with a range of spaces dedicated to

athletic training, coaching, and wellness. The project enabled the academy to incorporate green elements that support its mission of overall student health and the environment. Erland coordinated with Solect Energy on the solar design for Snyder Center that includes 1,778 solar panels installed on the center’s rooftop. Additionally, green building principles were applied to the mechanical system by

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connecting the center to the adjacent ice rink via an underground piping raceway to utilize waste heat from the rink’s ice plant to supplement heating and cooling. These green elements contribute to the center having virtually no impact on campus energy consumption.

MassCEC Funds Clean Energy Boston - The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) announced $200,000 in investments for four early-stage clean energy companies in Cambridge and Somerville as part of AccelerateMass, a program designed to provide funding to Massachusetts-based startup companies that recently graduated from business accelerator programs. MassCEC awarded a convertible note of $50,000 to each of the following companies: • Alkemy Environmental (Somerville) is developing a patented technology that recycles industrial waste streams into LEED-accredited concrete aggregate. • change:WATER Labs (Cambridge) is developing a portable toilet to evaporate more than 95% of daily household sewage onsite, extending safe hygienic sanitation into nonsewered homes and off-line communities.

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• Pecos Wind Power (Cambridge) is developing small wind turbines for distributed generation that use a patentpending tower and installation system to lower costs. • Solstice Power Technologies (Cambridge) developed a community solar marketplace and customer management software that harnesses the network effects of local Solstice Ambassadors to spread solar to the mainstream. MassCEC may award an additional $100,000 to each company that reaches specific business milestones including producing prototypes, securing customer orders, hiring key personnel, and raising additional capital. “The commonwealth’s cleantech industry drives economic activity and job creation across the state while helping critical efforts to improve overall climate resiliency,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

RPF Awarded Statewide Contract Amesbury, MA – RPF Environmental, Inc., an environmental health and safety (EH&S) consulting and testing firm, has been awarded a New Hampshire statewide contract through the NH Department of Administrative Services (NHDAS) for hazardous material inspections, testing, analysis, and air monitoring services. The contract service is available for all state agencies as well as other public entities and includes materials such as asbestos, lead paint,

PCBs, universal wastes, and other hazardous materials. Of note, a primary service to be provided under the contract will be the performance of federally mandated building inspections prior to any renovation and demolition activity. RPF also holds a statewide contract through NHDAS for air quality testing and mold assessments.

April 2018


Restoration and Renovation Marr Installs Scaffolding at Rowes Wharf Boston – Marr Scaffolding Company worked through two nor’easters over two weeks to install sectional scaffolding at Rowes Wharf for Shawmut Design & Construction. A crew of six installed 115 linear feet of sectional scaffolding approximately 100 feet high, complete with stair access and proper guardrail protection, to create access for the replacement of the parapet under the building’s iconic archway. Certain challenges due to the Atlantic Avenue location and nearby construction activity required Marr’s engineering and design team to come up with creative solutions to carry out the project successfully. A clear passageway for a fire truck to pass through the scaffold in case of emergency was built into the design. Marr incorporated a 20-ft. x 20-ft. opening utilizing steel beams and shoring towers into the design of the scaffold. A second factor affecting design was the need to move equipment freely through the staging for masonry work that was being performed at the ground level. To accommodate this, Marr incorporated an additional opening of 12-ft. x 20-ft. utiliz-

ing steel beams and shoring towers. Heavy pedestrian traffic in the area also made it necessary to provide safe access through the archway. Accordingly, Marr erected three separate 14-ft. x 7-ft. x 8-ft. rolling overhead protections to be utilized during the scaffold’s erection and dismantle.

A crew of six installed 115 linear feet of sectional scaffolding approximately 100 feet high, complete with stair access and proper guardrail protection, to create access for the replacement of the parapet under the building’s iconic archway. Lastly, concrete barriers and steel cables were utilized as tie-in points until the scaffold reached above the archway and could be tied in as customary. The Marr crew completed the installation on time. The scaffold will be utilized for approximately two more months and is expected to be dismantled in late May.

Rowes Wharf under scaffolding


April 2018


Corporate The Massachusetts Dig Safe Law: How to Protect Your Company Do not begin work until the utility company has premarked the underground facilities

by Rodney Ames In theory, the Massachusetts Dig Safe law is comprised of straightforward regulations to promote safe excavation on construction projects in the commonwealth. In practice, however, many construction projects pose challenges to navigating the Dig Safe law without consequence. The most often disputed and factintensive violation is for excavation work that “was not performed with precaution” and resulted in damage to an underground utility service. Discussed below are five considerations to help you comply with the Dig Safe law and how to best protect your company if an alleged violation occurs as a result of your work.

As a preliminary matter, do not work on your project until the utility companies have premarked the locations of their respective underground utility services. The Dig Safe law requires that you premark utility services in the area of the work and that you provide notice of the excavation to Dig Safe at least 72 hours before beginning. If premarking does not occur and a utility service is damaged, then there is a strong likelihood that your company will have to pay a fine regardless of how the service was impaired and the amount of damage. Photograph the damage and scene of the incident

If a utility service is damaged during your excavation work, the utility company responsible for that service will complete a Dig Safe Violation Report and submit it to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ Pipeline Engineering and Safety Division (DPU). Along with their report, the utility company will likely submit photographs of the damage and a description of how it occurred. More often

than not, the utility company’s description of events and photographs do not favor the excavation contractor. Therefore, it is important to take your own photographs of the damaged service and give greater context to the scene where it occurred. To that end, your photographs should show where the underground facility markings were located in relation to the work. They should also show the depth of the service. At least one photograph should be taken from a distance to provide the context of the work area. This information will be helpful for a third party to properly assess your defenses to the allegations and if you dispute the violation with the DPU down

The most often disputed and fact-intensive violation is for excavation work that “was not performed with precaution” and resulted in damage to an underground utility service. the road. If a claim is asserted against you, be sure to protect your rights

The claim against your company begins when the DPU sends you a Notice of Probable Violation. You have the option to dispute the allegations in writing or to appear at an informal conference to present your evidence to a DPU investigator charged with determining

whether to pursue a claim against your company. Importantly, the DPU’s attorney is usually at this hearing as well. If you choose to attend without your own counsel, then it is important to understand that the DPU’s attorney is collecting evidence to use against you during future administrative litigation. Speaking with an experienced attorney as soon as you receive the Notice of Probable Violation will help you to determine if you should dispute the DPU’s claim and protect your rights and interests at the informal conference. Presenting your case at the DPU’s informal conference

At the informal conference, the DPU’s investigator and attorney will consider whether your company employed reasonable precautions to avoid damage to any underground services as required by G.L. c. 82, § 40C. Under G.L. c. 82, § 40C, when excavating in close proximity to the underground services, the law requires that “the excavator shall employ, as necessary, non-mechanical means to avoid damage in locating such facilities.” In other words, the law provides that when an excavator is digging within 18 inches on each side of the premarked “center line” (indicating where the service is located), then the contractor must use “non-mechanical means” to locate the service. This approximately continued to page 43

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April 2018


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Lawrence Hospital Plans Renovations

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electronic medical record system; and refinance previously issued debt. Lawrence General Hospital has served the Merrimack Valley for nearly 140 years. The hospital has a 24-hour emergency department and Level III Trauma center; birthing and pediatric centers; women’s health, cardiac, and primary stroke services; a community cancer program; and a sleep center. It works with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center’s Floating Hospital for Children.

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Health Centers Improve Facilities Boston – MassDevelopment recently provided grants totaling $525,502 to 11 community health centers across the commonwealth through the agency’s Community Health Center Grant Program, which will help these organizations complete capital improvement projects. The program offers grants of up to $50,000 each for projects ranging from installing updated electronic health record systems and HVAC equipment to launching dental practices and vision centers. The Community Health Center Grant Program is funded by the MassDevelopment/HEFA Trust, which MassDevelopment has administered since its 2010 merger with the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority (HEFA). MassDevelopment also offers other financing options to community health centers, including tax-exempt bond financing and TechDollars, a loan program to help nonprofits purchase and install technology equipment.

The following institutions received MassDevelopment grants in 2018:

• Charles River Community Health Inc., Boston – $50,000. • Community Healthlink Inc., Worcester – $50,000.

• Community Health Programs Incorporated, Great Barrington – $50,000.

• Dimock Community Health Center Inc., Roxbury – $50,000.

• Duffy Health Center Inc., Hyannis – $50,000. • East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Corporation, East Boston – $39,554. • Manet Community Health Center Incorporated, Quincy – $50,000. • Outer Cape Health Services Inc., Harwich – $50,000. • South End Community Health Center Inc., Boston – $36,000.

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Deferred Maintenance Drives Up Borrowing Costs

by Sean Sweeney Deferred maintenance remains a problem at most campuses. A July 2016 Atlantic magazine article reports that “after years of budget cuts and continuing austerity, universities and colleges collectively face a shortfall of a record $30 billion” for deferred maintenance. I recently met with a prestigious university to discuss how they evaluate, prioritize, fund, and initiate capital renewal projects to drive down their everincreasing deferred maintenance needs. While doing my research, I was surprised to learn that a bond rating agency improved the university’s cost of capital in part due to their partial elimination of deferred maintenance on campus. Credit rating agencies view

Credit agencies view deferred main-

tenance as a future liability and are very concerned with the average age of the physical plant. As the average age increases, the need to invest becomes greater. Standard & Poor’s has suggested that “as age of plant rises, we believe it is critical that colleges and universities make the necessary investments to update and renovate facilities with internal funds or external funds, such as debt or gifts.” Some agencies have even suggested that operational funds and gifts be used to pay for capital renewal projects rather than debt so that one long-term issue does not create another long-term obligation. College and university business officials had some advanced warning regarding rating agencies’ interest in understating a campus’ deferred maintenance needs. At the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) in Tampa in July 2011, college leaders were warned about credit rating agencies’ new focus on accumulated deferred maintenance. Dennis Gephardt, an analyst at Moody’s Investors Service, said analysts look to see if institutions have a financial plan for the deterioration

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of the campus infrastructure, which analysts can perceive through a site visit. Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s use two ratios to evaluate capital investment to give them insight into an institution’s accumulated deferred maintenance: 1) age of plant (accumulated depreciation/ depreciation expense), which is an indication of the average age of the plant

$100,000. Oregon State University has started a 10% allocation to a facility stewardship fund on all major capital projects regardless of project type. Other universities have created renewal reserves based on building type. Vanderbilt University builds their budget by allocating renewal budget reserve for each group, reserving 2% for hospitals

Moody’s believes that campus renewal starts with strong governance and management. Positive indicators of capital investment practices include integrated financial and capital plans and sufficient capital investment to maintain attractiveness and competitiveness. and equipment measured in years, and 2) capital spending ratio (purchases of PP&E/depreciation expense), which is a proxy for the pace of capital investment made by the institution. Deferred maintenance affects bond ratings

Schools have seen where their deferred maintenance issues have led to higher borrowing rates. In March 2011, Moody’s downgraded the University of Dallas’ underlying rating and stated, “Management notes the need to move toward budgeting for full depreciation within operations which will allow investment in deferred maintenance and improve operating performance . . . inadequate investment in plant and growth of the deferred maintenance backlog could place additional pressure on the university’s ability to attract students.” Tackling deferred maintenance can lead to better bond ratings and thereby lower an institution’s borrowing costs. In its review of the Massachusetts State College Building Authority’s (MSCBA) bond rating, Moody’s stated in November 2014: “Over the past decade, MSCBA has tackled deferred maintenance and reduced estimated deferred maintenance needs from $49 million to an estimated $9 million in FY 2014, a credit positive. This careful planning process and significant reduction in deferred maintenance have contributed to strong student demand for MSCBA facilities, as evidenced by high occupancy levels.” This investment by the MSCBA has driven down their cost of capital. Charging for capital renewal

Many institutions have now begun to retain funds for capital renewal by taxing all capital projects. University of California, Berkeley charges a 4% assessment on all capital projects over

and clinics; 2% for academic, research, athletic, executive administration; and 1% for all other buildings. Some institutions have taken the deferred maintenance problem to the students by charging them to help address capital renewal needs. For example, University of Colorado, Boulder now collects a renewal and replacement fee as part of the student activity fee. What’s the solution?

Moody’s believes that campus renewal starts with strong governance and management. Positive indicators of capital investment practices include integrated financial and capital plans and sufficient capital investment to maintain attractiveness and competitiveness; operating budget includes annual depreciation or comparable amount for regular renewal and replacement of facilities, a multi-year capital plan that includes diverse funding sources, and the level of investment on pace commensurate with growth of balance sheet and revenue.* In short, a school’s deferred maintenance problem can affect more than just the capital spend. Faculty and staff, current and prospective students, researchers and visitors, all are impacted by system failures, failing heating and cooling systems, and failing curb appeal. Unmitigated systems with deferred maintenance often fail, which puts undue stress on other building systems, which then prematurely fail. Lastly, credit rating agencies’ focus on deferred maintenance can significantly affect borrowing costs for future endeavors. *“Renewing Campuses for Long-Term Strength,” Moody’s Investors Service, March 2013. Sean Sweeney is associate vice president at Arcadis.

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Awards Finegold Alexander Architects Wins Award for Old Chapel Reno Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects, Inc. (FAA) led a large design team, that included Fuss & O’Neill, Inc. and Fuss & O’Neill EnviroScience, LLC, who was recently awarded the Renovation/ Restoration Best Project of the Year award from Engineering News Record (ENR) New England, for the Old Chapel at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus. The Old Chapel is one of the original buildings on campus and is an iconic landmark. This three-year, $21-million project restored to life the 132-year-old granite and sandstone building that had sat vacant for nearly two decades. The Old Chapel last functioned as a rehearsal space for the UMass Minuteman Marching Band before access was restricted in 1996 due to noncompliance with building safety codes, leaving the beautiful, beloved campus icon shuttered. FAA restored the Old Chapel back to its original splendor with an inspiring design that reestablished this building as the heart of the campus. The original, slate roof was replaced, and the stained glass windows were refurbished to their original condition as a key focal point. A modern, glass entry pavilion was tastefully integrated with the exterior

Old Chapel

aesthetic, which characterizes the Old Chapel as a Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style. The interior revitalization transformed the Old Chapel into a beautiful, versatile,

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36-inch area is referred to as the “safety zone.” If mechanical means, such as a backhoe, are used within the safety zone and a service is damaged, then the DPU is likely to pursue its claim. Unfortunately, the DPU does not typically take into consideration whether the service was at an appropriate or safe depth. That is, at the informal conference stage, the DPU is focused mainly on where the service was contacted in relation to the safety zone and whether mechanical means were utilized. This is why it is important to document the incident so that you or your attorney can present an organized presentation of the evidence in your defense. If you can prove that service was actually contacted outside of the safety zone or by a nonmechanical piece of equipment (e.g., a shovel), then the chances of the DPU dropping its claim will increase. Contesting or paying the fine

A company found to violate any provisions of the Dig Safe law will be fined $1,000 for a first offense within a 12-month period. If a subsequent offense occurs within that same 12-month period, then the company faces a fine of not less than $5,000 and

no more than $10,000 (depending on several factors, including the conduct of the contractor and the company’s history of Dig Safe violations). After 12 months elapse without a violation, the clock resets, and the next fine levied against you will be reduced to the lowest amount. Companies are often faced with a practical business consideration as to whether to dispute the DPU’s claim. If after the informal conference the DPU decides to pursue its claim, then you have the right to request an adjudicatory hearing with a DPU hearing officer. The adjudicatory hearing process includes submitting prefiled testimony, exchanging discovery, and filing briefs following the hearing itself. You should consult an attorney experienced with Dig Safe claims and the DPU’s procedure before deciding whether to pay the fine or contest its validity. Rodney W. Ames Jr. is an attorney at Kenney & Sams, P.C. representing general contractors, subcontractors, and owners in commercial and residential construction litigation.

and multi-functioning campus building. The first floor provides a flexible layout for student meetings, a gallery with an interactive display wall, and an event space. The Great Hall, located on the

second floor, is a premier gathering space for performances, lectures, receptions, and weddings (booking is now available!). This extraordinary project has provided an accessible opportunity for generations of people to experience UMass innovation, pride, and history firsthand. The Old Chapel officially re-opened to the public in March 2017, and the glowing reactions from the ribboncutting ceremony have continued to the enthusiastic students, faculty, and visitors that now enjoy this vital campus space. FAA successfully implemented state-ofthe-art accessibility, security, technology, and sustainability measures into a project showcasing relevant architectural details that are perfectly suited to a historical and vibrant venue. FAA provided the hazardous building material testing, design, construction administration, air sampling and abatement project monitoring services to facilitate the renovation project while Fuss and O’Neill, Inc. provided environmental testing. These services were necessary to ensure not only worker protection during historical preservation and renovation activities but for the protection of public health as well.

Lockheed Window Corp. Recognized Receives 2018 Build CT Merit Award

Award-winning Enfield School

Enfield, CT – Lockheed Window Corp. was awarded a 2018 Build CT Merit Award, in the Large Renovation category, for its work on Enfield High School. The project included a newly constructed addition as well as renovation to the existing three-story structure. The renovation and new construction took 18 months to complete and included installation of rain screen panels, entrance doors, and curtainwall.

The contractor for the project was Gilbane Building Company. Silver/ Petrucelli + Associates, Inc. was the architect. Established by the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut (AGCCT), the Build Connecticut Awards recognizes construction firms that have completed projects of excellence in the past three years.


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Pinck Promotes Four

WBRC Names Two New Principals Portland, ME – WBRC Architects Engineers recently announced the promotions of Michael E. Johanning, AIA, and Daniel C. Monroe, PE, to firm principals. Johanning is a senior architect and project manager with nearly 20 years of experience, 17 of them at WBRC. His primary focus at WBRC is education and civic projects. Monroe is a senior mechanical engineer and manages the firm’s mechanical engineering department. He




has more than 20 years of experience, 12 of them at WBRC, in plumbing and HVAC systems design for laboratory, healthcare, and institutional facilities.

Lance Hill as Managing Engineer Foxborough, MA – Pare Attleboro, Mass. Corporation, a multidisciplinary As a consulting engineer, engineering and planning firm, Hill has managed staff involved has hired Lance A. Hill, PE, in complex engineering and as a managing engineer in the construction projects, including civil division. upgrades to the Dunkin’ He has 20 years of Donuts Center in Rhode Island experience, including serving and the planned 60-mile as the director of DPW/City Hill Southcoast Commuter Rail in Engineer of Pawtucket, R.I. and as the superintendent of DPW for Massachusetts.


Boston – Pinck & Co. Inc., a comprehensive real estate development and project management services firm, has announced Andraya Lombardi, CSL, MCPPO; Tom O’Neil, CSL, LEED AP, MCPPO; Alicia Toney, CSL, MCPPO; and Dani Letitia, Assoc. AIA, MCPPO, have received promotions. Lombardi and O’Neil, who joined



the company in 2007, were promoted from project director to vice president positions. Toney, who has been with the firm since 2012, was promoted from project manager to project director, and Letitia, who joined the firm in 2014, was promoted from assistant project manager to project manager.

Silcox Hired as Project Engineer Manchester CT – Fuss & O’Neill has hired Lindsay Silcox as a project engineer for its wastewater department. She will join her Fuss & O’Neill team full time this May after completing her degree in civil engineering. At the wastewater department at Fuss & O’Neill, she will contribute to the department’s ongoing mission of safe and clean water. Senior vice president

and department manager Virgil Lloyd, PE, knows that new perspectives are important to progress. “Lindsay has traveled a truly unique path leading to this position. The twists and turns in her journey give her a fresh and different perspective and will bring creative and innovative problem-solving approaches to help us better serve our clients. I look forward to her contributions.”

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Two New Management Positions at Marr SMMA Appoints Vice Presidents Boston – The Marr Companies recently announced that two new management positions have been created to complement the companies’ current administrative team. Daniel Flannery was recently hired as vice president, administration for The Marr Companies. He will focus on the development and implementation of corporate plans and policies to support the operational objectives of all the Marr entities. Flannery’s experience includes working with administrative departments, including information technologies, finance, and human resources. Previously, he served as the director of finance for Bond Brothers. Jeffrey Marr Jr. has been named business development manager. In this newly created position, he will work with management, sales teams across all companies and divisions, operations, and customer base to



strengthen partnerships and to develop growth opportunities for Marr. For the past 10 years, he served as Aerial Lift & Swing Stage sales representative/project manager (Boston/ Cambridge) for Marr Scaffolding Co. A member of the sixth generation of Marr family members to work for the company, he is an active member of the Associated Subcontractors of MA (Board of Directors) and the Massachusetts Building Congress.

Multifamily Investment Sales Team Hired Bethesda, MD – Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced that it has hired a new, multifamily-focused investment sales team in Boston. Managing directors Michael Coyne

Cambridge, MA – Integrated design firm SMMA announced the promotions of Lorraine Finnegan, AIA, and Jennifer Howe, PE, to vice president. Finnegan, director of the firm’s K-12 Studio, and Howe, director of the Federal Government Studio and director of Site Design, are current principals of the firm. Finnegan, who joined SMMA 20 years ago, is instrumental in the success of many of the firm’s most prominent educational designs. These include the Bancroft Elementary School, an AIA New England Award winner; the phased Winchester High School transformation project; and the Boston Public Schools Education and Facilities Master Plan that will guide the city’s billion-dollar investment in its community schools.


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CSG Hires Senior Project Manager West Hartford, CT – Construction Solutions Group (CSG) recently announced the hire of Karen DePersia as senior project manager. She has over 30 years’ experience in architecture, design, project management, and construction. She previously operated her own project management, design, and construction administration firm. She also served as director of design and project management for OFI Contract Interiors.

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April 27 Mosaic Arts International

April 24 BWiC Welcomes Julie Brown: Hone Your Networking Skills & Increase Your Business

BSA Space will be hosting two juried segments of the 17th Annual Mosaic Arts International Exhibition Series (MAI), sponsored by the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA), through April 27, 2018. For information: architects. org/bsaspace

ABC May 9 Negotiating Key Clauses in Construction Contracts This seminar will decipher the key contract clauses described and explain the potential pitfalls they present. http://web.abcma.org/events


May 1-3 National Forums Symposium Join your group and more than 700 fellow forum members in the city synonymous with world-class real estate and cuttingedge development. http://www.naiop.org/forums18

This presentation is tailored to the professional individual who wants to feel more comfortable in networking situations, wants to build a referral network, create and manage relationships with a database of contacts, and learn how to email network. For information and to register, http://www.agcmass.org May 3-4 2018 Annual All Member Meeting http://www.agcmass.org/events/details/ agc-ma-2018 -annual-all-membermeeting-2353

CBC April 26 Networking After Hours Social CBC’s new networking after hours social is a terrific opportunity to meet members of CBC’s board of directors and others in the industry. For information and to register: http://www.cbc-ct.org/ event-2803340


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April 28 Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup

May 9 15th Annual Awards of Excellence

Join EPMA for the Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup that builds on a national effort as part of American Rivers’ National River Cleanup. For information and to sign up: https://usgbcma.org/ event /2 018 -a nnua l- cha rles-rivercleanup/

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