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“Climate change and sea level rise are two of the most important issues facing cities like Boston today,” says Michael Liu, Vice AIA, NCARB, president and principal at architecture and masterplanning firm The Architectural Team, Inc. (TAT). Liu recently spoke on the topic of “Urban Futures: Designing New Commercial/ Mixed-Use Projects in Historic Cities,” at the Exchange Conference Center, as part of Architectural Record’s panel discussion series Record on the Road. Drawing on his current work at Clippership Wharf, a 12-acre, four-building mixed-use

community taking shape on the East Boston waterfront, Liu’s presentation explored the creative design approach and aggressive 100-year resiliency strategy that seeks to absorb possible storm surges while also improving public access to the water. Joining Liu were moderator Cathleen McGuigan, editor-in-chief of Architectural Record; and panelists Katie Faulkner, AIA, LEED AP, president and founding principal of NADAAA, and Kishore Varanasi, principal, director of Urban Design at CBT. Dyer Brown

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Up-Front Alta Union House Breaks Ground

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Framingham, MA – Wood Partners, a real estate development and construction firm, recently celebrated the groundbreaking for Alta Union House, a high-end transitoriented residential community located in downtown Framingham at 75 Concord St. Combining modern amenities with Framingham’s architectural heritage, Alta Union House is a symbol of the changing face of Framingham and the MetroWest region. Jim Lambert, director of Wood

Partners; its investment partner Stockbridge; Yvonne Spicer, mayor, city of Framingham; Charles Sisitsky, vice chair, Framingham City Council; Michael Gatlin, executive board president; Downtown Framingham Inc.; and Art Robert, director, Community and Economic Development Division, were on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony, brief remarks, and refreshments as they celebrated an important new addition to the Framingham community.

BU’s Goldman School Breaks Ground Boston – Shawmut Design and Construction broke ground on a 41,900sf expansion and 53,100sf renovation of Boston University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine, located at 100 E. Newton Street in Boston. In partnership with the university’s facilities and real estate planners, project manager Compass Project Management, and architect SmithGroupJJR, the team developed a phased renovation and expansion plan that will optimize the use of the classroom and patient treatment spaces by the dental school during construction. The expansion will include office, instructional, clinical, and student collaborative spaces on seven existing levels, plus support spaces, and an entirely new 140-seat auditorium on the first floor. The interior renovation of the existing structure will reconfigure the layout of the patient and student/faculty entry, and clinical, classroom, and student spaces. Work on the building will continue without any interruption to classes. When completed, the construction will transform the building’s exterior, creating an attractive new façade that will not only allow more light into the building but also

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fit well into the aesthetic of its Boston and medical campus neighborhoods. The renovated and expanded building will increase clinical space by more than 60%, making treatment environments more comfortable and flexible. The completed project will also offer students, residents, and patients areas to gather, reflect, and relax, including a student and resident lounge, a café, and collaborative study areas on the first floor.


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North Providence, RI – Gilbane Building Company and The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc. recently joined North Providence Olney and McGuire schools; Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo; state, town, and school officials; teachers and students for a groundbreaking ceremony on the Olney School grounds. The former two schools were demolished in the summer of 2017 and will be replaced simultaneously with two new 63,500sf buildings to accommodate grades K-5 for each school. Completion of the new facilities is expected for the 2019 to 2020 school year. Gilbane Building Company will provide construction management services, and SLAM has completed the design and programming/planning for the redevelopment of the existing sites to support the construction of the new school buildings. The buildings’ design will provide maximum exposure to natural light and support the curriculum. Smaller learning communities will be organized by gradelevel clusters to enhance interactions among learners, increase a feeling of belonging and inclusion, and facilitate teamwork. Within each grade cluster, a learning commons is provided to facilitate small group learning and interaction among

grade levels. This new concept in early education replaces the traditional hallway with educational spaces. Outdoor spaces will serve as an extension of the educational, athletic, and community programs. “We are pleased to partner with the North Providence school department and Gilbane in creating age-appropriate, collaborative, and inclusive learning environments that support the curriculum to educate students well into the future,” says Glenn Gollenberg, AIA, SLAM principal-in-charge. “The new buildings will also benefit the surrounding community, offering a variety of spaces that will accommodate differing activities,” he added. “The commitment to investing in the future of education in North Providence is evidenced in the genuine partnership with the mayor and town of North Providence officials, the residents of North Providence, the Rhode Island Department of Education, SLAM, and Superintendent Bridget Morisseau. It truly is inspiring,” notes Gilbane senior project executive, Bill Bryan. “Gilbane is proud to serve the residents and students of North Providence, and we believe this program will serve as the future model for the next generation of schools in Rhode Island.”

North Quincy Garage to Be Publicly Bid Quincy, MA – The Attorney General’s office has ruled that the MBTA violated the law by failing to publicly bid construction of a new parking garage at the North Quincy MBTA station. The ruling, which requires construction of the garage to be put out to bid, was issued in response to a bid protest filed by the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. Thomas Flynn, executive secretarytreasurer of the union, said, “This decision is a welcome, common-sense application of public construction laws. The garage is on MBTA property, the MBTA will have oversight on construction, the garage will serve MBTA customers, and the MBTA will maintain the revenue from

the parking spaces. There is no basis for the MBTA to avoid its obligations to the public, and the garage needs to bid under public procurement laws.” The MBTA issued an invitation to bid for the investment and development of two parcels at the North Quincy MBTA station. The project, as currently designed, would include residential and retail units and a parking garage to replace the 852 parking spots now onsite for MBTA users. Flynn said there should be significant interest in bidding for the garage when it is put out to bid and is pleased it will be an open and fair process.

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Wexford Celebrates Topping Off

(l-r) Jim Berens, CEO, Wexford Science & Technology; Gina Raimondo, governor of Rhode Island; and Marianne Monte, chief people officer, and Ron Simoneau, vice president, both of Shawmut Design and Construction

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

Topping off of the Wexford Innovation Complex in Providence, R.I.

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Boston – Shawmut Design and Construction recently joined Belmont Day School for the topping-off ceremony of a new mixed-use building, The Barn. Set to open in fall of 2018, the new 26,000sf building is designed by architect Utile Design and will accommodate a large indoor flexible athletic field house with a two-story head house containing a wood shop, innovation lab, a science classroom, two art studios, general-purpose space, offices, locker rooms, and reception areas. The field house is sized for two sideby-side dual-use basketball and volleyball courts with multiple garage doors that open out to two outdoor tennis courts. The project will also feature a host of

exterior improvements to the campus which were designed by engineer Stantec and include a new driveway, walkways, upgrades to the two main athletic fields, and a thoughtful landscaping package. The Barn will be constructed of a pre-engineered steel building with an insulated corrugated metal wall system. The design embraces this corrugated metal building cladding for the head house, with a playful composition of window openings that give each of the five identically sized classrooms a unique character. The new Barn will add considerably more curricular and extracurricular space for students, faculty, and community.



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Duxbury, MA – South Shore Habitat for Humanity , which has delivered quality housing in partnership with families in need for the past 30 years, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a six-unit subdivision on Temple Street in Duxbury. A new road named Feinberg Bog Road will allow access to the property which will sit on 2.91 acres that was formerly part of Camp Wing. The two bedroom townhomes will have approximately 1,200sf. Three of the townhomes will be

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Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering CTASLA Observes

World Landscape Architecture Month

Ewald Named Surveyor of the Year

Hartford, CT – World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), an international celebration of landscape architecture established by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), was celebrated in April. World Landscape Architecture Month introduces the public to the profession by showcasing landscape architectdesigned spaces around the world, such as parks, college campuses, greenways, streetscapes, and stunning backyards. Fifteen projects by 11 firms were recently selected winners of CTASLA’s 2018 Connecticut Professional Awards competition. To celebrate WLAM locally, the Connecticut Chapter of ASLA hung an extensive exhibit on 125 feet of wall space in the State Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The poster exhibit showcased the award-winning work of Connecticut landscape architects and explained the profession’s role in the built environment and stewardship of the land. CTASLA also celebrated WLAM with a program on “The Life and Gardens

Boston – Sean Ewald, PLS, director of land surveying for BSC Group, was named 2017 Surveyor of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE). The award recognizes a leader in the industry who has been exemplary for his or her service to MALSCE, the profession, and the community. Ewald, immediate past president of MALSCE, is a professional land surveyor with 21 years of experience working with transportation, municipal, land development, and energy clients. He served as party chief and a survey technician while steadily growing into the role of director of surveying for BSC. He primarily oversees survey operations and manages large on-call contracts for clients such as Mass. Dept. of Transportation, Eversource, and Boston Water and Sewer Commission. “Sean’s dedication to our association has been crucial for its success. Under Sean’s leadership, MALSCE saw tremendous growth and activity. He understands how critically important it is to volunteer and promote the surveying

of Beatrix Farrand,” a joint event with the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Farrand (1872-1959) was a pioneering female landscape architect in early 20th-century America who grew up in the privileged world of the East Coast elite. She fought through the challenges of working in a male-dominated profession and designed over 200 landscape commissions during her remarkable 50-year career. Her work can be experienced in Connecticut at such places as Eolia Mansion at Harkness State Park (Waterford), Hill-Stead Museum (Farmington), Promisek (Bridgewater), and Yale University (New Haven).

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The Boston Society of Landscape Architects Announces 2018 Award Winners Boston – The Awards Committee of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects recently announced the winners of the 2018 BSLA Design Awards Program. From over 100 entries, 19 projects were selected to recognize excellence in the diverse practices of landscape architecture.

Honor Awards in Analysis and Planning:

Honor Award in Design:

• Stephen Stimson Associates for Pulaski Park (Northampton, Mass.) Merit Awards in Analysis and Planning:

• Sasaki Associates for Denver Airport Strategic Development Plan (Denver, Colo.) / image by Sasaki • Stephen Stimson Associates for Tower Hill Botanic Garden Master Plan (Boylston, Mass.)

• Sasaki Associates for Seaside State Park Master Plan (Waterford, Conn.) / image by Sasaki

• Sasaki Associates for Hoosic River Revitalization – The North Branch (North Adams, Mass.) / image by Sasaki

• Stantec for Swimming in the Charles (Boston and Cambridge, Mass.) / image by Stantec Merit Award in Communications:

• Ground, Inc. for Central Park (Boston) / Chuck Choi Photography Central Park was an 80-foot long, 14-foot wide temporary installation at ABX/ Greenbuild 2017 intended to educate and communicate with the conference attendees about the field of landscape architecture. continued to page 13


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Merit Awards in Design:

• CRJA – IBI Group for the Innovation and Design Building (Boston) / Chuck Choi Photography

• K lopfer Martin Design Group for Fisher Hill Reservoir Park (Brookline, Mass.) / image by KMDG Chuck Choi Photography

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• Klopfer Martin Design Group for Roemer Plaza Suffolk University (Boston) / Christian Philips Photography




• Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design for Berkshire Residence (Great Barrington, Mass.) / Chuck Choi Photography


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May 2018


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Boxborough, MA – Allen & Major Associates, Inc. (A&M) provided landscape architectural design for the 244-unit Paddock Estates at Boxborough. Paddock Estates is a multi-family development situated on 67 acres which abut woods, wetlands, a stream, stone walls, and horse pastures. A&M collaborated with JPI and Sheskey Architects to create the community. The designers utilized the unique wooded New England landscape as both inspiration and a feature of the campus. The result is a fusion of timeless New England design materials with the amenities residents desire in a contemporary community. The 11-building campus includes a 6,000sf state-of-the-art clubhouse with a game room, business center, pet washing station, fully-equipped fitness center, a heated pool with a cabana, and two outdoor fire features with areas for lounging. The design combined extensive hardscape, lush plantings, and active recreational areas. Design elements include outdoor showers and bar at the cabana, barbeque & dining areas. A mix of active and passive recreational landscape architectural site amenities include a basketball court, multiple stone fire pits, a children’s

Tewksbury, MA – Allen & Major Associates, Inc. (A&M) provided landscape architectural design services for The Center at Innovation Drive (CID) in Tewksbury. The former home of Wang Laboratories and most recently 495 Business Center, the property has undergone a $35 million renovation and rebranding. The property offers in-demand office and flex space in four connected buildings with onsite amenities. CID is currently pursuing LEED certification. The aesthetic appeal was enhanced with the introduction of approximately $300,000 in new plant material and irrigation as part of an overall visual and operational upgrade of the entire site. A wide landscaped median, heavily planted with a mix of evergreen, deciduous, and flowering trees and shrubs, partially obscures a National Grid high-tension power line that traverses the property, and creates a more focused experience for the user. Transition zones between the various buildings and associated parking areas were also heavily planted to provide both a visual separation and provide lush green spaces that were otherwise lacking prior to construction. The outdoor patio/café area was designed as an extension of the interior

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playground, meandering walking paths for connectivity, an expansive enclosed dog park, and a bocce court. Beyond the grounds, viewsheds were carefully framed so that residents can see glimpses of an adjacent horse grazing pasture.

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cafeteria and is a favorite spot for the tenants. The inclusion of fieldstone retaining walls, granite landings, and large caliper trees help to keep the space cool and provide softness to the modern façade. A large earthen landform, heavily planted with mature evergreen trees, was incorporated between the patio and the facility loading area, making the loading area imperceptible to those enjoying the exterior spaces.


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May 2018

An Overview of Stormwater Management

by Jane L. Didona When only 1% of the world’s water is available for human consumption, it is imperative that this important resource is protected. Unfortunately, until the 1960s, water was not considered a resource. The historic disregard for our lakes, rivers, and streams culminated in a legal battle against Con Edison’s proposal to destroy Storm King Mountain on the Hudson River. The language of this litigation became the foundation for the 1972 Clean Water Act. Regulations for point source pollution had only a 20% improvement of the recreational waterways, and therefore amendments were made to the legislation to include non-point pollution including stormwater runoff. As a site becomes more impervious, the potential is for more water to leave the site carrying pollutants into streams, lakes, and oceans. The treatment of runoff as a source of pollution has become a major concern for

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federal, state, and local regulators. Many stormwater treatment practices have a visual impact on the site. A 1995 EPA study determined that an artfully designed stormwater management structure can lead to increased marketability and property values. This is where a landscape architect can contribute to the stormwater management design process. The first step for appropriate stormwater management is to site plan using a low-impact development model, which includes working with the site’s natural resources to minimize earthwork,

steep slopes, and impervious surfaces, while preserving existing vegetation and the current drainage patterns. The next step is to incorporate stormwater best management practices (BMPs) as tools that make up a treatment plan for quantity and quality of stormwater. Many of these BMPs are also design elements that enhance biodiversity and beauty of the site. The following list outlines the more common visual BMPs:

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• The rain garden is a very effective microscale practice that allows for the treatment and infiltration of runoff typically used to mitigate driveway and roof runoff. The native plants used in a rain garden provide seasonal interest and habitat. Although not every site is appropriate for a rain garden, it is an inexpensive method for handling

runoff that adds beauty and therefore marketability to the site. • Permeable pavers are another method that can add to the beauty of the site. Asphalt is impervious and generally has a negative visual impact. Permeable pavers treat the stormwater at the source and become a visual asset to the site. In our experience, there is significantly less winter icing and no issue with handling the runoff if appropriately designed and installed. • Water catchment is an ancient method to collect runoff, specifically roof runoff. Stormwater is collected into a cistern or rain barrel for use in irrigation and/ or fountains. Quite often the rain barrel becomes a decorative sculptural piece in the landscape. • Riparian buffers are vegetated areas that reduce the velocity of the runoff to allow for some infiltration and improve the water quality before the runoff drains into a wetland or water course. • Green roofs are planted roofs usually (but not necessarily) of flat buildings that utilize roof runoff in watering the plants. There are two major types of green roof: intensive and extensive. Intensive green roofs are gardens that can include human interaction. An extensive green roof is a vegetated roof that mitigates stormwater runoff and further insulates the structure from heat/cooling loss. These are just some of the many practices that can be used to create a multiuse, bio-diverse, and aesthetic stormwater management plan. It is important to note that no two sites are alike, therefore each site, due to its soils, topography, and drainage patterns, will require its own unique plan. The goal of the plan is to treat the stormwater as well as to create a nurturing, thriving place that enhances the human experience and balances the natural environment. A landscape architect trained in the planning, design, and implementation of these practices can provide that level of design and therefore is an important member of the stormwater management planning team. Jane L. Didona, PLA, ASLA, is Principal and Owner of Didona Associates Landscape Architects

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Landscape Architects Take Leadership Reins on Ecosystem Services

by Becky Rupel and Christine Wilson In April, landscape architects around the globe celebrated Landscape Architecture Month, and social media feeds of those in adjacent industries were flooded with images of beautiful outdoor spaces. With still photos and renderings, it is easy to forget that whether urban or rural, highly groomed or totally wild, these green places are more than just curb appeal: They are part of complex ecosystems, benefiting humankind in countless ways that are often invisible to the untrained eye. “Ecosystem services” is a term assigned to the characteristics and processes of the natural environment that are inherently valuable. Carbon sequestration, stormwater mitigation, crop pollination, and wildlife habitat are all examples of ecosystem services

that are incredibly important to human health, safety, and welfare. But because their value rarely translates to an actual dollar amount, they have traditionally not been prioritized within the context of an individual construction project, especially without regulation by local, state, and/or federal governments. As professionals rooted at the intersection of urban design and ecological complexity, landscape architects are poised to take a leadership role as champions of ecosystem services. By approaching design with sustainability at the forefront, landscape architects are capable of developing solutions that balance project costs with environmental, economic, and social benefits for neighbors and those downstream. Through the implementation of green infrastructure or nature-based solutions, a site can be designed to direct stormwater into spaces that capture, cleanse, infiltrate, and/or reuse water in a way that greatly reduces the need for costly gray infrastructure (pipes, tanks, pumps) that have relatively short lifespans. It is a common misconception that green infrastructure designs come with a high price tag. The materials involved (primarily soil and plants) are inherently less expensive than traditional concreteand-steel approaches. These projects

are often easier to permit, especially as governing agencies become more sustainability-savvy. A green approach also tends to drastically reduce maintenance and replace costs over the lifespan of a project. To help bridge the gap that persists between sustainability thought leadership and practice, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the US Botanic Garden teamed up to develop the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES). Owned and operated by the USGBC, SITES is a rating system similar to LEED: a codification of best practices in sustainable design, though instead of building design and construction, SITES looks at everything from project site selection, to preservation of natural resources, to planting design. The rating system is organized around the concept

of ecosystem services. Besides setting ambitious goals at an individual project scale, SITES seeks to move the future of landscape architecture and the allied professions forward in a holistic way. This is done by providing a marketing incentive for the protection and restoration of ecosystem services, such as planting designs that provide carbon storage and biofiltration to enhance air and water quality, positively affecting the greater community beyond the site. It also seeks to increase demand for the research and development of eco-friendly goods and services; for example, better alternatives to threatened timber species and more thorough life-cycle assessments for manufactured products. Becky Rupel, ASLA, PLA, SITES AP and Christine Wilson, ASLA, SITES AP are both landscape architects at Copley Wolff Design Group.


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Technology and Innovation Former Boston Globe Site to Be Urban Innovation Campus

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Boston – Boston-area developer Nordblom Company recently received unanimous approval from the Boston Planning and Development Agency for an urban innovation campus at the former Boston Globe site on Morrissey Boulevard. Capitalizing on Boston’s global position

as a center for technology and innovation, Nordblom will bring the 16-acre vacant property back to life as a new center for creativity, vibrancy, and ingenuity. Renamed The BEAT — The Boston Exchange for Accelerated Technology — the existing 695,000sf

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building will undergo a total renovation and be repositioned for companies working in sectors that are moving the Boston economy forward, including technology, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing. In addition to office space, The BEAT

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High-Tech Tools Advance Construction Management by Chad McCullough High-tech tools hold the promise of allowing construction project team members to achieve greater efficiency and produce a better product. Does it work in practice? Absolutely. A recent example is the transformation of the Stratford High School campus in Stratford, Conn., which includes a new 127,000sf addition. Currently under construction across from the existing school, the new addition will contain administrative offices, kitchen and dining facilities, special education, and general classrooms. Future phases include a new gymnasium, locker rooms, auditorium, music classrooms, and specialty classrooms. The project’s dynamic team, including Antinozzi Associates, CREC Construction Services, Turner Construction Company, the building subcommittee, and town of Stratford department heads, embraced new technologies to advance the project’s mission. Here are just two of the ways Turner’s project management team is leveraging technology to enhance and improve the construction process for the $125 million project. Installation tracking

During steel erection, Turner’s team

utilized the project’s building information model (BIM) to take material placement tracking to a new level. BIM is a process for creating and managing the information on a project before, during, and after construction. The output is a 3D model of the built asset. Gone are the days of tattered steel erection drawings with different color highlighters to record the progress of steel installation. Instead, through software tools linked to the project BIM, the field team digitally tracked the installation of each piece with the tap of a finger. Using their tablets, the superintendent updated each day’s progress through the 3D model. Beyond the visual recognition of the completed work, the team harnessed data regarding productivity trends and tonnage, giving them better control over the project schedule and material inventory in their limited laydown area and allowed for more accurate billing. Virtual inspections

While steel erection was in progress, the construction manager’s team was busy building out the kitchen and cafeteria spaces virtually to help ensure a smooth inspection and turnover process. Using Antinozzi’s design BIM as a starting point, Turner’s virtual design and construction (VDC) engineers added all elements of the spaces down to the

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smallest details, providing a complete picture of the final product. The VDC group modeled all kitchen equipment based on approved submittals, all MEP finishes and devices, technology elements like security cameras, and FF&E items including point of sale terminals — even the condiment stations, complete with ketchup bottles. After the model was developed, the VDC group rendered and created a lifelike virtual model of the kitchen, servery, and cafeteria. The team then conducted a series of collaborative team meetings using Turner’s virtual reality

tools to allow a variety of stakeholders to explore and evaluate the spaces virtually. These meetings involved the project team, school administration, and their food service vendor, facilitating a clear understanding of the equipment layout and movement of the students and staff through the area. In later sessions, local code officials, including the fire marshal, building inspector, director of public safety, and health department inspector, reviewed the spaces through virtual reality. Officials had the opportunity to provide their feedback early — long before walls were built or services were roughed in. Changes were made to add splash guards at hand wash sinks, relocate fire alarm pull stations, and adjust soffit heights to provide better sight lines to exit signs. These interactive sessions produced a better understanding of the space by everyone and set the stage for a smooth inspection and turnover phase. Implementing these tools has brought value to all project stakeholders and helped Turner’s team achieve its goal of eliminating rework, increasing client satisfaction, and saving time and money. Chad McCullough is the Business Development Manager for Turner Construction in Conn. and a member of the The Construction Institute.

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May 2018

Laser Scanning Historic Assets – Coburn Hall Renovation, UMass Lowell

by Laureen Poulakis How do we speed up historic renovations? The Northeast is a history buff’s playground, and heritage buildings are everywhere, so how do we make them sustainable? How do we renovate and still be cost effective? Often at the heart of communities, historic buildings are no longer being overlooked; they are finding new life consistent with adaptive reuse trends. Area universities are also exploring ways to reprogram their historic assets as space becomes a premium. Brennan Consulting recently completed laser scanning at Coburn Hall, University of Massachusetts Lowell. Coburn was the first building to open the campus and originally served as a state teaching college in 1897. Four stories and 64,000sf of masonry and timber, this Classical Revival is currently slated for renovations. Coburn Hall is on the State Register of Historic Places, creating an even bigger challenge due to potential

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MEPA triggers and other regulatory constraints. The $45 million renovation plans for Coburn Hall include historic preservation and rehab, structural reinforcement, code compliance, and modernization with a 14,000sf addition. CBT Architects and Suffolk Construction are leading the efforts. According to the RFP, “Preservation is important for this signature building, and appropriate standards and practices should be employed to protect and celebrate the architectural character of the building.” Brennan surveyors recently completed laser scanning of the entire building, exterior, and interior. Detailed BIM models captured intricate moulding,

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Brennan’s long-standing experience in laser scanning continues to aid in minimizing client risk. The Coburn Hall project successfully illustrates the effectiveness of BIM in reducing unnecessary capital costs during design and construction. Brennan Consulting, Inc. is recently WBE-certified and prequalified by Mass. DOT. Laureen Poulakis is president of Brennan Consulting Inc., Burlington, Mass.

First Next-Gen Bio Plant to Be in R.I. Providence, RI – Governor Gina M. Raimondo recently announced that Amgen will expand in Rhode Island with a new $160 million next-generation biomanufacturing plant that will be the first of its kind in the United States. The facility, which will produce approximately 150 new highly skilled manufacturing jobs and hundreds of construction and validation jobs, will be supported by incentives from the state’s economic development programs. Amgen’s new biomanufacturing plant will be built on the current Amgen Rhode Island 75-acre campus in West Greenwich. The new plant will employ Amgen’s proven next-generation biomanufacturing

capabilities and manufacture products for the U.S. and global markets. Amgen currently employs 625 full-time employees in Rhode Island. The next-generation biomanufacturing plant Amgen plans to build incorporates multiple innovative technologies into a single facility and therefore is built in half the construction time with approximately one-half of the operating cost required of a traditional plant. Next-generation biomanufacturing plants require a smaller manufacturing footprint and offer greater environmental benefits, including reduced consumption of water and energy and lower levels of carbon emissions.

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May 2018


Incorporating Technology Into the Construction Process at Chapel Haven

by Tanya Cutolo S/L/A/M Construction Services (SLAM CS), the construction management division of The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM), recently implemented several forms of technology to streamline the construction management process on Chapel Haven, a current design-build project in New Haven, Conn. SLAM was hired to fast-track the planning, design, approvals, and construction of a major expansion to the Chapel Haven campus. Chapel Haven is a residential and educational campus that empowers adults with disabilities to live independent and self-determined lives. Currently under construction is the Residential Education at Chapel Haven building (REACH), a residential transition program with continuing lifelong support and a project that is being managed with some of the industry’s latest technologies.

Rendering of new archway at Chapel Haven

(BIM) technology/Revit has also been utilized during the construction process. The use of this 3D modeling allows real-time coordination between the MEP contractors, the design team, and engineers to efficiently install the mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems into the building. SLAM CS has also recently implemented the use of Bluebeam Studio Revu, a real-time, document-based collaboration platform. This digital document control software is designed for use in the field and allows the construction team to optimize the project’s processes and workflows.

and-forth hard copies and opportunities for misunderstanding. The use of this software has boosted productivity and communication tremendously. As a complement to these technologies, SLAM CS is documenting the multiphased construction project through a series of construction videos. Project team members narrate the progress and

visual walkthrough of the building in various stages of construction. The videographer has incorporated the use of a digital drone to document the project site from overhead, providing a bird’s-eye view of the progress being made. Tanya Cutolo, AIA, LEED AP, is director of business development at S/L/A/M Construction Services.


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May 2018

MBH Embraces New Technologies

by Nicholas P. Michnevitz III MBH Architecture is at the forefront in offering virtual reality (VR), building information modeling (BIM), and new real-time technologies to assist in the design development of architectural and landscape planning. Much of our work involves very complex and highly detailed environments such as in healthcare, research and development, and manufacturers of advanced technologies. These new tools will drastically change how we plan and design our built environment, but more importantly, these new tools will allow the client and stakeholders an engaging and realistic 3D view of the end product. VR is an emergent computer technology for full 3D simulations, which involves the complete definition of buildings prior to its construction. There are three VR approaches and tools that can be presented to the client: 1. A 360-degree panoramic view can


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touch controller, this approach gives designers and clients the ability to navigate their own way through the 3D model. 3. Taking the second approach further, the users not only move throughout the model but also interact with it. They can use a virtual laser pointer or virtual controller to highlight design details and make annotations about design changes or edits. As architects and interior designers, we are accustomed to looking at a 2D design and visualizing the spatial aspects of it in 3D. The same isn’t necessarily true of our clients, who aren’t creating and interpreting designs on a daily basis. Virtual reality tools give our designers a powerful aid for explaining ideas and concepts to clients and other stakeholders. During many recent design presentations, the client immediately “gets it” once they see the model or are physically inserted into the virtual environment. This saves an incredible amount of time, uncertainty, and perhaps a misunderstanding of what is being presented in the design. This allows fewer changes in construction as well as the potential for a client in the end to say, “Oh, I didn’t realize it was going to look or feel like that.” VR, together with BIM, has also revealed details of the design that sometimes may get lost on 2D paper. Often, spaces that are designed with an emphasis on natural and artificial light have different effects on the working environment that a VR model can simulate with time-lapse sunrise/sunset. One of the challenges of developing VR design is the effects that it has on the industry and in the way we produce design documents, the structure of design development, and early owner buy-in. As a

result, the overall look, finishes, furniture, lighting, etc., will need to be presented at the earlier stages of the development in order to create the VR model. The collaboration of architectural design, interior design, and other professional disciplines will need to be engaged at this stage. Therefore, how to accelerate this process is the next big change. We at MBH have found a way to modify that process in a way that manages the typical design milestones and maintains the project’s overall schedule. The key to this is that everyone needs to be onboard and engaged early on, but as a result of this collaborative effort produces quick decisions on the overall design, which then reduces changes and numerous design presentations through design development and construction document phases. This collaboration does not need to be face to face; it could be through their phones, tablets, web conferencing, or cloud-based software. This change is similar to the various design processes that have evolved within the industry in the last 30+ years. First it was hand-drawn design to CAD. Then CAD to 3D modeling, BIM/Revit modeling for clash detection, and now VR and AR. The next generation of VR is “sensory VR,” which gives the user more of an immersive experience by tricking the user’s brain. The sensory VR goes beyond the normal sight and sounds the users will get from this first generation of VR setups. These other senses that the user might experience would be touch and smell. Nicholas P. Michnevitz III , NCARB, is a Partner at MBH Architecture, LLC.

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May 2018

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This existing building was formally a 76,000 SF industrial building that was repurposed and reconfigured into a high-technology company and corporate office. The use of virtual reality in this project allowed for the client to get a feel for the spaces while in the design phase. The ability to walk from room to room and understand how different use groups and spaces were interacting with each other allowed for decisions to be discussed early on in the design process.


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May 2018

The Visionaries Forum: What this year’s visionaries are saying ... For nine consecutive years, The Construction Institute has presented The Visionaries Forum, a multi-speaker-based event that offers attendees a chance to learn from industry pioneers who are shaping the future of design and construction through new technology and new ideas.  This year’s event is being moderated by Greg Sauter, founder of Smart City Works, and will be held at the Spotlight Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut, on May 17. HP asked the speakers to share their “visionary message”. This is what they had to say:

Sudhi Bangalore Vice President, Industry 4.0 Stanley Black & Decker The power and importance of the power of analytics, IoT, and robotics to help drive customer insight and business efficiency is well understood and leveraged. What has not received the same coverage and attention is the need to also optimize business processes, which are essentially the vehicles to deliver business value. One such technology that has rapidly evolved over the last decade is called process mining, which essentially allows for the creation of digital representations of any process and then optimize it to improve efficiency and agility.

Having worked on pioneering this concept for over two years, I have come to believe this technology works and can be potentially leveraged in the construction industry.

Chris Mayer Chief of Innovation Officer at Suffolk Construction The construction process hasn’t changed much in more than a century. Uncoordinated plans and shop drawings lead to uncoordinated architects and trade partners that result in costly, timeconsuming mistakes and rework in the field. Teams working in silos are focused solely on their own goals rather than the overarching goals of the project. Cost and schedule overruns and a construction experience that creates anxiety, conflict, and undelivered promises for clients can easily be avoided with more precise, holistic planning. At Suffolk, we believe there’s a better way to build, and we call it “building smart.” What is building smart? Building smart is about our innovative “plan and control” process that encourages earlier team collaboration and the most sophisticated modeling that incorporates input from all stakeholders and historical data earlier in the process, resulting in flawless execution in the field. Building smart is about our newly launched Smart Labs that allow us to invent, test, and scale

groundbreaking, innovative technologies and processes that are disrupting the construction industry and making believers out of clients nationwide. Building smart is about leveraging big data and leveraging analytics to drive business decisions, more closely manage projects, and continuously improve on our processes and procedures. Suffolk’s vision is to “transform the construction experience by building smart” and redefine what it means to be a builder. And we believe we’re onto something.

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As a registered professional civil engineer that has experience with the startup and tech world, my interest was immediately piqued when Virgin Hyperloop One announced their Global Challenge. Additionally, as the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen for Somerset, Massachusetts, coupled with my background in engineering, construction, and next-generation technologies, I saw the Global Challenge as the perfect opportunity to completely transform the South Coast of Massachusetts and the commonwealth altogether. “Be anywhere, move everything, connect everyone.” This is the vision of Virgin Hyperloop One. Hyperloop Massachusetts’ proposal was chosen as one of the 35 semifinalists of 2,600 applicants worldwide as a potential partner in bringing this “fifth mode of transportation” to life. Hyperloop technology moves people and things at airline speeds for the price of a bus ticket. It is an autonomous, on-demand, and zero-emission mode of transportation powered by a custom electric motor that accelerates and decelerates a pod through a lowpressure tube.

Hyperloop Massachusetts has the vision of establishing a proof-of-concept hyperloop network from Boston to Massachusetts’ South Coast. The vision is connecting the entire East Coast and the country. Our team secured many endorsements including both U.S. senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, as well as congressmen, state senators, state representatives, and elected officials at the local level. Though the competition has been completed, our work now involves advocating for Hyperloop Massachusetts and for the investment and support of the hyperloop technology in an effort to establish one of the first hyperloop networks in the United States. Our presentation summarizes our vision, our proposal, and our plans for the future of innovation and transportation in the commonwealth and beyond.

How do you take a highly fragmented and cyclical industry, like design and construction, and make it learn from its own mistakes? I’m interested in this question. There are a lot of folks who want to disrupt the industry, and understandably so; it’s in a pre-industrial revolutionary state relative to other industries. The pressures for change are bubbling up in the form of labor shortages, schedule delays, and skyrocketing labor prices. All hope is on technology and automation to solve the problem. It’s the most commonly used tool for disruption, at least in Silicon Valley, where the lion’s share of disruption investment has been coming from lately. Technology is the language common to all the industry disrupters — certainly now that the big tech giants have themselves turned their attention to the built environment. While technology can be a great asset, it can’t be the only tool we have up our sleeves. Prefab and industrialized construction have re-emerged as the latest trends in the crusade. Building components offsite and assembling them onsite is indeed a needed strategy, but that presupposes a built solution from the get go and ignores the other barriers to innovation that need solutions. To ignore these factors will drive


prefab back into the shadows. The answer has to be more of a multidimensional approach with a new question set to solve for this market. In order to see the inefficiencies in any industry, one must take a step back and see it with new eyes. At MKThink, we mix up people from all backgrounds — sociologists, economists, planners, architects, engineers, roboticists — each with their own perspective, to apply a deliberately naive lens and ask basic questions like “why?” to seek solutions from outside the industry to pioneer the boundaries of spatial intelligence.

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Connecticut CBC 2018

Project Team Award Winners Hartford, CT – The Connecticut Building Congress (CBC) recently announced the winners of the 2018 Project Team Awards. Each year, The Awards Banquet will be held on June 12 in Hartford. One of the winners listed below will be named the Project Team of the Year at the event. CBC also will award several scholarships to graduating high school seniors who will be attending a two- or four-year college next fall to study a field within the AEC industry. The winning teams are:

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First: Rehabilitation of Bridge No. 04326, Route 175 Over AMTRAK, Newington CBC recognizes projects whose team members have met or surpassed goals and achieved higher project quality through this close collaboration. Award judges were Sam Carbone, Senior Development Manager (Americas), Real Estate & Infrastructure Dept., Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, United Arab Emirates; Craig Galati, AIA, Principal, LGA, Inc., Las Vegas, Nev.; and Namhun Lee, Ph.D., CM-BIM, Associate Professor, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Conn.

CT ABC’S 7th Construction Career Day Rocky Hill, CT – On May 2 and 3, CT ABC (Connecticut Associated Builders and Contractors) hosted its Seventh Annual Construction Pro Rodeo, which featured a construction career expo with approximately 1,200 high school juniors and seniors in attendance. The construction industry came together to present this two-day event as a way to promote workforce development for high school students interested in careers in the construction industry. There were dozens of booths and interactive exhibits for the students to participate in hands-on learning experiences. There are currently 500,000 open jobs in the American construction industry, a number that is expected to climb to more than 1 million by 2020. We hope that by demonstrating what careers in construction have to offer, that CT ABC will help encourage students into rewarding careers in the trades. In addition to the Career Days portion of the event, CT ABC’s training

arm, the Construction Education Center (CEC), hosted its Annual Graduation ceremony in which 23 apprentices received a certificate to commemorate the completion of classroom hours towards their respective license. These included masonry, fire protection, plumbing, sheet metal, carpentry, welding, and many more. There were live equipment demonstrations using excavators, cranes, skid steers, and other large pieces of construction equipment. It is CT ABC’s hope that this event showcased possible career paths for these students to help develop the next generation of skilled tradesmen.

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Municipal Dacon Constructs Sports Center Wellesley, MA – In early 2015, the town of Wellesley issued an RFP for a new multipurpose sports center at 900 Worcester Street. Dacon was awarded the design-build project in its entirety to complete engineering and construct the building. The town selected the proposal from ESG Associates, led by Brian DeVellis. The team also included civil engineering firm Allen & Major Associates, Inc.; geotechnical firm Hayward Baker, Inc.; and project management firm Construction Monitoring Services, Inc. (CMS). The ground-breaking ceremony took place on December 15, 2017. When completed, the Wellesley Sports Center will be the first of its kind in the MetroWest area. With over 130,000sf of state-of-theart indoor sport and training space, the center will provide best-in-class facilities for the town of Wellesley and neighboring communities. The facility will have two NHL-size hockey rinks, two pools including 10 lanes, and a smaller warmwater teaching/therapy pool. An indoor multipurpose field will include 90-ft. x 150-ft. of turf, a 4,800sf fitness area with physical therapy, a 6,600sf strength and conditioning area, and a running track on a mezzanine.

A variety of concession and amenity services are also being planned. After performing geotechnical services, Dacon found that the soils on the plot of land were unsuitable, which heavily impacted the overall cost of the project. However, Dacon was diligent in providing approaches to mitigate the impact. Kevin Provencher, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, notes, “Planning this multi-use facility on a compact site was a challenge for the design team, but the result is an

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efficient design that maximizes the potential of the site. Energy conservation measures include an all-LED lighting system, and the facility will harvest the thermal energy produced by the ice rink refrigeration system to heat the swimming pool water, which will reduce operating costs.”

Children and families will be able to benefit from its close proximity to their homes and schools. Its location and amenities will also prove beneficial for youth programs and students in need of a space for after-school practice. A full component of adult leagues is also planned.


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Tyngsborough, MA – MassDevelopment and the civic crowdfunding platform Patronicity recently launched a new Commonwealth Places campaign with the town of Tyngsborough for a walking trail and community gathering space. If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $12,500 by June 1 at midnight, the project will win a matching grant with funds from MassDevelopment’s Commonwealth Places program. The proposed pedestrian-friendly

linear park will be on the waterfront area behind the First Parish Meeting House, near the heart of Tyngsborough. The space is overgrown and underused, and this campaign aims to reclaim the area and make it an asset for the community. Creating a natural pathway to stroll along the waterfront and installing picnic tables, benches, and light posts will allow Tyngsborough residents and visitors to enjoy the beautiful views along the banks of Lower Flint Pond.

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Trends and Hot Topics

Welding Inspection: Knowing Your Rights by Marc Dallaire Welding seems simple, but when you are not familiar with this field, it quickly becomes a mess. In inspection, there are several subtleties to consider. Apart from the quality itself of the welds, method of inspection is a significant requirement. On most projects, it is usually the engineers who write the specifications on scope of inspection. Sometimes, it becomes difficult to find ourselves in all the possibilities and constraints concerning inspection. Who should perform the inspection? What method should they use? First thing first. All inspections begin with a visual examination. As no sophisticated equipment is required and no special procedure has to be followed, the visual inspection remains the fastest and most effective method. Most defects can be found simply by observing the appearance of the weld. Overlaps, undercuts, porosities, and other nonconformities are very common in

welds. While some may not cause any trouble in the structure, if left unrepaired, others could cause dramatic damage. That is why a certified inspector is usually required to verify that the assemblies conform to the standards. That being said, some defects cannot be found with the naked eye. Cracks, for example, can be very hard to find, especially when they are beneath the surface. It is why inspectors will use nondestructive testing (NDT) techniques.

First thing first. All inspections begin with a visual examination. On structural welds where cracks could jeopardize structural integrity, the magnetic particles testing (MT) becomes a helpful tool. The principle of this method is quite simple. An electromagnet induces a magnetic field in the steel on a specific area, usually a weld. If the field encounters a discontinuity in this way, like a crack, it will be locally disrupted.

During this intervention, the inspector will spread floating particles of colored iron. This little cloud will concentrate itself in the disrupted zone if there is one, and the crack will be revealed. This method of inspection is very useful and fast to perform; however, it can only reveal disruption on the surface or very

close to it. If we want to verify deeper, or if the material is not ferromagnetic, we must turn to other methods. Penetrant testing (PT) is commonly used on nonferromagnetic alloy such as aluminum and some stainless steels. It helps the inspector to find cavities. In this method, a liquid penetrant is first applied on the surface. After cleaning, a developer is then applied, and pulling back the color penetrant to the surface enhances defects like cracks or porosities. Ultrasonic testing (UT) can help you look inside the material. Similar to scans on pregnant women, we use ultrasound to inspect beneath the surface where we

cannot see. A sonic wave is sent inside the assembly and comes back. When it does, the device analyzes it and informs the inspector on the continuity of the material. This method is used mostly on complete penetration welds. It is common to see a 100% ultrasonic inspection request on all complete penetration welds. For fillet welds, this method is generally not appropriate. In some rare cases, ultrasonic testing cannot be used or would be too slow. A good alternative is radiography testing (RT). This method consists basically of generating radiation and allowing it to penetrate the piece under examination. A film receives the radiation on the other side of the assembly and produces an image, depending on the discontinuities that the radiation encounters. This method involves risks and mandates that all personnel in a defined radius be evacuated. It is often used as spot checks over an ultrasonic inspection. In the end, you must keep in mind that all NDT methods should be performed by certified personnel, since they are very dependent of the inspector’s skills. In some cases, more than one technique can be used, and most of the time, NDT remains as sampling. Just remember, if you have any doubts, seek the help of a professional. Marc Dallaire is president of GeniMetal Laboratory of Metal in Montreal.

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Luxury Apt. Community Opens in Boston

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Plymouth, MA – Two multigenerational family businesses with deep ties to Southeastern Massachusetts will team up to build a new rental neighborhood containing 184 apartments in the heart of Redbrook. The A.D. Makepeace Company will partner with Campanelli to create the apartments at Redbrook. Construction is scheduled to begin in late spring, with occupancy in summer 2019. Three neighborhoods at Redbrook are complete, and four others, including one that features a new townhouse offering, are under construction. Existing builders are The Valle Group of East Falmouth,

The Stabile Companies of Nashua, N.H., and Whitman Homes of Canton. The new neighborhood will feature four buildings arrayed around a generous courtyard with a swimming pool and fitness center. The community will connect to abutting nature trails and open space. At buildout, which will occur over a decade, Redbrook will include up to 1,200 homes, all within easy walking distance of the village center with some 60,000sf of commercial space. The village features more than 1,400 acres of preserved forest, with walking trails, kayak launches, ponds for fishing, swimming, and more.

Boston – Trinity Financial recently announced that Boston East, its new luxury apartment community on the East Boston waterfront, is 25% preleased at its official April 1 opening. Designed by Boston-based ICON Architecture, Inc., Boston East’s exterior has a maritime look, with wharf-like building wings extending to the waterfront and surrounding a central arched entry. Trinity Management, LLC will serve as its professional property management company. Located directly on Boston Harbor and in close proximity to Downtown Boston and the MBTA, Boston East is a boutique, midrise residential community that features 200 units, including six artist live-work-sell units and a community art gallery.

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Restoration and Renovation Customized HVAC System Protects National Treasures Pinck & Co. teams with AAS Worcester, MA – After years of planning, the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) building is undergoing an $18 million expansion and renovation — “the single most important opportunity in our lifetimes to advance its mission,” according to AAS Councilor Jim Donnelly. Pinck & Co., which is overseeing the renovation and addition, worked with AAS during the construction manager procurement process. AAS selected the project team of Samuel Anderson Architects and Landmark Facilities Group, Inc. Erland Construction was selected, and because of the scope and complexity of the HVAC system, Erland’s subcontractor, Phoenix Mechanical Contracting, Inc., was brought in during the design development phase. The three-story, 7,000sf addition and renovation to the existing building will provide numerous improvements, including an expanded conservation lab and a multipurpose room that will host seminars and offer programming across the globe. The façade of the addition

Construction of the AAS façade

will offer the public a view of the library, which faces Park Avenue — one of Worcester’s busiest streets. At the core of the project is a new HVAC system, which features extensive building infrastructure improvements

DAI Completes IAPP Reno

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Portsmouth, NH – DeStefano & Associates, Inc. (DAI) recently completed a 25,000sf interior renovation for International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). The project scope included first floor and mezzanine office space, break room, renovated restrooms, conference rooms, and interior lobby structures. The project team included DAI project manager Robert (Butch) Ricci;


Mark Gianniny AIA, lead architect of McHenry Architecture; and Jeff Demers, interior designer of Jeff Demers Design. The existing warehouse space was converted to offices consisting of interior finishes including walls, floors, and ceilings. Exterior renovations consisted of new storefronts and new mechanical rooftop units. Additional work included updating the mechanical, electrical, and fire suppression systems.

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level of the addition. • The replacement of aging boilers, humidifiers, and air handlers. • Improved climate control for 35,000sf of existing stacks. • An upgrade of the fire detection and protection systems. • The removal of obsolete piping and wiring from the stacks. • Asbestos removal in the basement. The project, scheduled for completion in November, is about 40% complete. In 2013, the American Antiquarian Society was presented with the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama for “safeguarding the American story.” Both a learned society and national resource library, the AAS houses the largest collection of materials pertaining to American history and culture predating the 20th century. It serves educators, researchers, and students worldwide, providing access to books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, music, and graphic arts material printed through 1876.

MassHousing Finances 180 Units

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Lawrence, MA – MassHousing has closed on a total of $28.8 million in financing to Reed Realty Advisors LLC for the creation of a new, 180-unit affordable housing community. A section of the former Pacific Mills cotton complex will be transformed into new mixed-income housing for households with a range of incomes, including 40 workforce housing units for

moderate-income households. The Pac 10 Lofts project is the first phase of a two-phase redevelopment of the mill complex. The Pac 10 Lofts will offer 82 one-bedroom apartments, 10 two-bedroom apartments, and 88 threebedroom apartments. The development will also include a fitness center and event space and each floor will have a conference room.

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Salem, MA – Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. is currently providing the electrical installation work for the Peabody Essex Museum expansion and enabling projects. General contractor Turner Construction Company of Boston is overseeing the project, working directly with ENNEAD Architects, LLP of New York, N.Y., and electrical engineering firm Altieri Sebor Wieber LLC of Norwalk, Conn. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2019. The 40,000sf addition to the museum features 15,000sf of galleries, a lightfilled atrium, entrance for school and group tours, links to existing galleries, and a new garden. The new façade was designed to complement East India

Marine Hall, the museum’s first building and a historical landmark. Griffin Electric’s onsite services include select demolition and generator distribution upgrades, along with fire alarm enhancements to support the expansion phase. Additionally, the Griffin team is contracted to replace the existing electrical feeder services and install an extensive lighting system, audio/visual system, power throughout, and enabling for fire alarm systems. Griffin has an ongoing relationship with the Peabody Essex Museum, providing the electrical installation services for several projects within the facility from 1999 to present, including new construction, renovation, and restoration projects.

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Stamford, CT – Quisenberry Arcari Malik, LLC (QA+M Architecture) recently was selected as the designer for the St. John Towers renovation in downtown Stamford. The project includes the complete rehabilitation of two separate 17-story apartment towers with 120 units of residential housing in each tower. The buildings were built in 1969 and are currently occupied. All exterior and interior finishes will be replaced, along

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Roxbury, MA – Timberline Construction recently announced the project completion of the 18,730sf renovation project for the Dr. Lucy Sewall for Acute Treatment Services Building at The Dimock Center. This 14-month project restored the building’s aging detoxification facility and will strengthen its comprehensive substance use disorder treatment services. Timberline served as the construction management firm and worked closely with Platt Anderson Freeman Architects and CSL Consulting to restore life back to this historical building. The Dimock Center welcomed Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 3. The interior renovations created new program areas, including residential double-occupancy units, open nurses’ stations, integrated case management offices, multipurpose community rooms, integrated security, and an outpatient treatment area.

Renovations also included new sprinkler, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems, a complete structural replacement, including converting the existing roof joists to trusses, and complete replacement of the first-floor structural framing system, including replacing the existing wood columns with new steel columns. The construction team coordinated around existing water, gas and sprinkler lines that had to remain active to support adjacent buildings. The project also

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included a new elevator to serve all floors of the building. This installation required creating a new elevator pit in solid ledge, an effort requiring special drilling techniques and a chemical expansion process to complete, while protecting the adjacent bearing elements of the historic structure.

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Boston – Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. (LKCo.) recently began construction for the 34,270sf renovation, as well as the 19,500sf addition, at 50, 60, and 62 Staniford Street in Boston’s West End neighborhood. Construction is expected to be complete in February 2019. The 50 Staniford Street projects represent a continuation of LKCo.’s relationship with the architect, Margulies Perruzzi Architects, and owner’s project manager, CBRE/New England. The project looks to revitalize the

building with the repositioning of three entries, a new plaza, and a renovation of the building’s lobby. It will reposition the existing lobby along William O’Connell Way to better suit the patient experience and develop new retail and medical space along Staniford Street. A dedicated pickup/drop-off will be created at the rear plaza to accommodate the high volume of patients coming through the building. Project challenges include working within strict timelines so as not to impact the existing residential towers, eye surgery facility, and neighbors.

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Retail and Hospitality TFMoran Part of Land Rover Redevelopment Team Bedford, NH – TFMoran is part of a New Hampshire-based design-build project team providing services for Land Rover’s new facility on South River Road (U.S. Route 3). The team also includes Warrenstreet Architects of Concord and Eckman Construction of Bedford. The construction of the new facility is underway and will be completed in the fall of 2018. TFMoran supplied civil/site/traffic and structural engineering, permitting, and landscape architecture services for the new 19,200sf auto showroom and state-of-the-art service area. The architecture of the proposed dealership is contemporary in nature with aluminum composite cladding in a dark grey and a champagne silver. The structure will include very prominent floor-to-ceiling plenar glass windows to display the interior showroom. The window facing South River Road will extend approximately 61 feet or approximately 44% of the building façade. Although the contemporary design is unique for Bedford, the project team engaged the board with a detailed

discussion related to the proposed architecture, and the board expressed comfort with the proposed design in light of landscaping improvements proposed. TFMoran’s professional landscape architect, Mike Krzeminski, explained the landscape will highlight and complement the architecture of the building, while also balancing the town’s landscape standards. “Blending corporate design standards with municipal expectations is a delicate balance especially in a town like Bedford where they have specific architectural preferences,” said TFMoran Senior Project Manager Nick Golon, PE. “In the end, both the town and project team found an appropriate balance that will deliver an exceptional project everyone can be proud of,” continued Golon. TFMoran senior structural engineer, Joaquín Denoya, PE described the custom steel truss above glass storefront facing South River Road. “The exterior wall above the glass was designed as an 8-ft by 6-ft deep custom steel truss cladded with metal panels. The concept of supporting the roof framing on a clear spanning truss allowed for the design team to achieve a column-free look within the showroom,”

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Corporate Integrated Builders Completes Two Wells Avenue Newton, MA – Integrated Builders has finished a 105,000sf office building from the ground up at Two Wells Avenue in Newton. The Integrated Builders team collaborated with architect Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, Inc. and landscape designer Radner Design Associates, Inc. The team also included MEP/FP engineers WSP | Parson Brinckerhoff, structural engineers Thorton Tomasetti, and civil engineers Nitsch Engineering.

Two Wells Avenue was a 69,000sf steel-frame office building that consisted of one floor and was constructed more than four decades ago. Two Wells Avenue was a 69,000sf steel-frame office building that consisted of one floor and was constructed more than four decades ago. The Integrated Builders team commenced sitework with the selective demolition of the west corridor to preserve 27,000sf

of the original building. The firm then built a 105,000sf structure that attaches to the existing office area with a 3,162sf common corridor. The new offices are three stories high and

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built with structural steel. Two Wells Avenue boasts a modern exterior design, new utilities, underground stormwater filtration, and an extended parking lot. The main entrance area includes a

decorative metal ceiling, stone floors, and wood accents. In addition, there is a waterfall feature made from granite and glass that reaches two stories high within the new lobby.

New Medford Headquarters Opens

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Westport, MA – MassDevelopment has partnered with BayCoast Bank to provide The Livestock Institute of Southern New England Inc., a Westport nonprofit that supports the livestock industry, with loan financing to build a state-of-the-art, USDA-inspected slaughterhouse and processing facility called Meatworks in Westport. BayCoast Bank provided a $5

million construction loan, while MassDevelopment provided a $500,000 commercial real estate loan, and enhanced the financing with a guarantee. Meatworks will serve Southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Eastern Connecticut, and will include a retail store to foster direct sales from local producers and increase access to locally raised meat.

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Urgent Care Facility Completed

Bluette Presents at NEHES Leominster, MA – Matthew Bluette, AIA, ACHA, AICP, NCARB, LEED AP, associate at JACA Architects, recently presented at the 2018 New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society. Joining the session were Peter Leszczak of PSL Engineering, a fire protection engineer with more than 25 years of experience in healthcare; and Philip Jose, PE CSP, owner of Private Code Consulting Company, who provided an understanding of how to approach a project and offer the AHJ view on projects. A thorough review of the code was presented, including actual cases where hospitals faced challenges understanding the code and achieving compliance. New projects and existing nonconforming conditions also were reviewed.

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Lakeville, MA – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI), a design-build general contractor, recently finished construction of a new urgent care facility at 12 Main Street in Lakeville. Work began in February and concluded in early April. The cost of the project was $1.1 million. The new Southcoast Health Urgent Care features custom millwork, AD sliding door systems, new hospital-grade air exchange system, as well as other hospital-grade finishes. South Coast Improvement coordinated all low voltage/data requirements with the hospital’s data staff. The team also built the facility to meet

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the requirements of Southcoast Health’s x-ray equipment and all of their fixturing requirements. “We’ve had a tremendous working relationship with Southcoast Health over the years, and it’s been quite gratifying to work on their Urgent Care centers. First in Dartmouth, Seekonk, and Fairhaven and now Lakeville. We’re also in discussions about a fifth Urgent Care in Fall River,” said Tom Quinlan, president of South Coast Improvement Company, which completed work on the 5,000sf facility in just nine weeks.

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Artwork Installed at R.I. Veterans Home

Senior/Assited Living Senior Center to Expand

Castle Hill Cottage / Nicole Capobianco Photography & Design

Bristol, RI – Corporate Art Group Inc. recently announced the completion of the artwork package, including over 350 works of art, for the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol. The 260,000sf Veterans Home is a tribute to Rhode Island’s veterans and will provide a comfortable residential environment. The designer on the project, Alisha Capobianco, worked with a network of over 20 local photographers to curate images from specific locations in Rhode Island. In addition, existing antique artwork from the former facility was restored and reframed. The new facility includes 208 private bedrooms subdivided into 12 residential cottages.

Duxbury Senior Center addition rendering

Duxbury, MA – Nadeau Corporation Construction Development and Engineering was recently awarded the construction contract for the Duxbury Senior Center expansion project on 10 Mayflower Street. The $2.8 million project was designed by Steffian Bradley Architects out of Boston. The new two-story addition will be used for the lifelong learning program, fitness classes, other health and education programs, and the social day care program for people with early-stage

Alzheimer’s disease. Duxbury had 2,300 residents 60 and older in 2000, according to census numbers. In 2010, the number had grown to 3,530, and it is expected to reach 5,550 by 2020. Many towns are dealing with the need for expanding these services as senior populations continue to grow and people are healthier and living longer. The number of residents 60 and older has grown faster than projected and will continue to increase, according to town authorities.

Bristol Ferry Cottage / Nicole Capobianco Photography & Design

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Dore & Whittier Wins Kirkbride Award

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Boston – Kaplan Construction recently announced that it has completed renovations at Northeastern University. This marks its ninth project for the University. Kaplan reconfigured the Office of Student Orientation and Frost Lounge at Ell Hall on the school’s Boston campus. The 2,000sf renovation, designed by Boston-based Dyer Brown, was commissioned to increase the lounge’s existing footprint and provide a central reception area surrounded by private offices for student orientation. The entire space was refreshed with the installation of all new mechanical and electrical systems as well as new

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lighting, interior finishes, windows, glass walls and doors, wood ceilings, flooring, and millwork. RDK Engineers provided mechanical and electrical engineering services. “We approached this project with the needs of the school as a top priority. Academic institutions face unique challenges during construction, particularly when it comes to accommodating student schedules,” said Nate Peck, president of Kaplan Construction. “We are proud to have delivered this fast-tracked renovation project on time and with minimal disruption.”

Lester J. Gates Middle School cafeteria / photo Chuck Choi

Baltimore, MD – The Association for Learning Environments recently awarded Dore & Whittier Architects its Ed Kirkbride Award for the Lester J. Gates Middle School at its regional conference in Baltimore, Md. The Gates Middle School won the

award as the project that best illustrated a sound planning process and an effective, 21st century learning environment design. Jurors praised the project for its flexible, student-centric design and its ability to support the District’s project-based learning approach to education.


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National SLAM Renovates Vistra HQ Dallas – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) completed a six-month renovation of the 220,000sf headquarters of Vistra, a Texas-based energy company consisting primarily of its retail electricity provider, TXU Energy, and its power generator, Luminant. SLAM provided architecture, planning/programming, interior design, structural engineering, and branding/ graphic design services. Working with company leadership to merge three distinct cultures and transform the new workplace environment to “one” Vistra, SLAM designed interior spaces that demonstrate and encourage company values of teamwork, unity, and assurance that employees feel relevant and appreciated. The new, completely open-office environment at Vistra created an opportunity to densify the workplace for some departments and provide collaborative and innovative spaces throughout the building. SLAM doubled the capacity and variety of conference and meeting rooms available to all employees. They also designed a new commercial floor for

Vista Energy Headquarters / photo courtesy of Dror Baldinger

Luminant, borrowing from the firm’s trade floor design expertise. A 5,000sf area of multiple conference rooms was transformed into a multifunction destination called the Recharge Café, a new concept that was

not available to employees from any of the consolidated units. The technologyready café is a place for employees to eat, work alone or in groups, collaborate, or hold meetings for up to 250 people. Other amenity area enhancements

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CarbonCure Finalist in Carbon XPRIZE

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New York – Canadian company CarbonCure Technologies has been named one of 10 finalists in the global $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE for its technology that profitably converts carbon dioxide (CO2) into stronger and greener concrete. CarbonCure’s XPRIZE team, led by its executive vice president Jennifer Wagner, is the only female-led team remaining in the competition. The team consists of leaders across the industry value chain, including cement and concrete producer Cementos Argos S.A., concrete producers Thomas Concrete and BURNCO Rock Products, industrial gas company Praxair, Inc., carbon capture innovator Sustainable Energy Solutions, engineering specialists Kline Consulting LLC, as well as many members of the design and construction community.

The Carbon XPRIZE challenges competitors to convert CO2 emissions into valuable products. CarbonCure has been named one of five finalists in the Wyoming Track, which will focus on demonstrating technologies at a coal power plant in Gillette, Wyoming. The 10 finalists each receive $500,000 and will move on to the third and final round of the competition, where each will demonstrate its technology over a two-year period. Canada leads all nations with four teams in the final round. Three of the finalists hail from the United States, while the remaining teams represent India, China, and the United Kingdom. One grand prize winner from each track will be announced in March 2020 and will receive $7.5 million USD in prize money.

AKF Acquires Bold Rock New York – AKF continues to grow and expand from its roots in the Northeast and New England, to other parts of the country. The firm has acquired Richmond, Virginia-based Bold Rock Engineering Group, an MEP/FP and commissioning firm serving the region for nearly four decades. “This partnership makes sense for all parties involved,” said AKF CEO, Dino DeFeo, PE, “for AKF, for Bold Rock, and especially for our clients. Collectively, we’ll build on our experience to deliver innovative and client-centric solutions exceeding our clients’ expectations.”

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Finegold Receives Achievement Award

Stantec Recognized as a Leader

Boston – The American Association of Interior Designers New England (ASIDNE) recently announced that Maurice (Moe) N. Finegold, FAIA, senior principal of Finegold Alexander Architects, is the recipient of ASIDNE’S AD20/21 HOME 11th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I am honored by this award, and appreciate the recognition,” said Finegold.

The team at Stantec / courtesy of Proposition Medi

South Burlington, VT – Stantec was recently named a leader in two statewide surveys recognizing the top places of employment in Vermont. Its South Burlington office was named the No. 1 Large Employer in the 12th annual ranking of Best Places to Work in Vermont. Additionally, the office was named a 2018 Rising Star in Worksite Wellness. This is the second consecutive year

that the firm has been ranked No. 1 in the Best Places to Work survey, which is presented by Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Department of Economic Development, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Vermont State Council, and Best Companies Group.


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The award was presented at ASIDNE’s Gala Preview of AD20/21 HOME on April 12. Among Finegold’s numerous new buildings and adaptive use projects are housing, synagogues, libraries, courthouses, and urban complexes. Finegold has been responsible for a wide range of projects, including the design of new structures, renovations, restorations and additions to historic buildings, and urban revitalization planning. He completed a four-year term as chairman of the board of the Boston

Maurice (Moe) Finegold / photo by Finegold Alexander Architects

Architectural College (the nation’s fourth-largest architectural school). He formerly chaired the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Architects. Finegold received IFRAA’s prestigious Edward S. Frey Award, the highest award given nationally for work in ecclesiastical design, and was elected a Fellow of the Society for Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture. “I am honored by this award, and appreciate the recognition,” said Finegold.

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Stacy Arman, scholarship winner

Hannah Clark, scholarship winner

Boston, MA – AKF Boston recently held its Third Annual MassArt Student Scholarship Competition. To date, AKF has given MassArt students $15,000 in scholarships. A panel of judges selected two finalists who will each receive a $2,500 AKF Scholarship towards their tuition at MassArt. The 2018 scholarship winners are Hannah Clark and Stacy Arman. Clark’s piece, Chair: Sit, and Arman’s piece, Carnival (Weaving), were selected for their incredible technique and innovative design. Ana Catarina Henriques-Salmon received an Honorable Mention from the judges for her two pieces, Iberian Idle and Bird of Paradise; and Annelise Freund for winning the People’s Choice vote for her piece, Power Struggle. The contestants, along with AKF guests and employees, attended a gallery-

style exhibition at AKF’s Boston office. The students will display their works in the office for one year. Twenty-five students submitted over 50 pieces, and in 2017 those numbers doubled. This year, 57 students submitted approximately 150 pieces, and 14 students and 20 pieces were selected for the final round of the competition. When AKF held its first competition in 2016, students from Massachusetts College of Art & Design (MassArt) submitted their artwork in a variety of media to compete for AKF Scholarships. “This is a project that is near and dear to my heart. I have met so many creative students, and I am amazed each year at the unbelievable work they share with us. AKF has been incredibly generous in giving away these scholarships that mean so much to an aspiring artist,” said Erin English, AKF’s in-house graphic designer and MassArt event planner.

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EMD Serono R&D Building Earns First WELL Gold Certification in U.S. Billerica, MA – EMD Serono, the biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA in the U.S. and Canada, recently announced that its R&D facility’s Sagamore Building in Billerica has been awarded WELL Certification at the Gold level by the International WELL Building Institute. The architect was Ellen Zweig and the contractor was JLL – Jones Lang LaSalle. The Sagamore is the first building to receive WELL Gold Certification for New and Existing Buildings in the U.S. This prestigious distinction was awarded through IWBI’s WELL Building Standard (WELL), which is the premier building standard focused on enhancing people’s health and wellness through built environments. The Sagamore Building was completed last year to further expand the R&D campus, featuring innovative labs, open office space, bleacher seating, huddle rooms, and technology-free quiet zones across three buildings and approximately 275,000 sf. Created through seven years of rigorous research and development working with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, the WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system that marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based

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Springfield Rail Car Assembly Facility

Springfield, MA – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) recently named Gannett Fleming, Inc. and Plaza Construction as the winners of the 2018 Silver Engineering Excellence Awards for their work on the Springfield Rail Car Assembly Facility project that transformed a 40-acre brownfield into the home of a cutting-edge manufacturing facility. Among the innovative technologies used in the design and construction of the project were rapid impact compaction (RIC) for in-place ground improvement, the installation of an oblique and curved 2,240-foot-long outdoor test track for completed rail cars, and the incorporation

of sustainable design concepts including the use of 55% local building materials, use of natural light, and onsite stormwater management. Gannett Fleming, Inc., with offices in Dedham, Newton, and North Andover, was retained by Plaza Construction, LLC on behalf of CRRC MA Corporation to build the facility as its North American headquarters, where it is assembling more than 400 rail cars for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and serving numerous clients across the country. This project created 150 new jobs for the Springfield community and represents a $95 million foreign investment in the U.S. economy.

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May 2018


CRJA-IBI Group Honored for North Bank Bridge Park Project

North Bank Bridge Park / Mark Flannery

Boston – CRJA-IBI Group has received the World Architecture News 2017 Landscape Award for its landscape architectural design of North Bank Bridge Park in Boston, Charlestown, and Cambridge. The project received top honors in the landscape category for reclaiming the post-industrial riverfront area in the vicinity of Boston’s Zakim Bridge and transforming it into a vibrant public park. CRJA-IBI Group served as landscape architect and member of the prime con-

sultant joint venture team of Ammann & Whitney (now The Louis Berger Group), Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., and Stantec. The North Bank Bridge Park connects a formerly inaccessible portion of the river, on both the north and south banks, referred to as “The Lost Half Mile.” It creates the first river-edge connection between the Charles River and Boston Harbor, finally fulfilling a century-old vision of Charles Elliot. A key feature of the park is the Underbridge Plaza, an unexpected

urban outdoor room that borders on the Charles River and uses the Zakim Bridge as its roof. The North Bank Bridge, the project’s sculptural centerpiece, spans a rail corridor and other obstacles to form vital pedestrian and bicycle connections between neighboring Cambridge and Charlestown. CRJA-IBI Group worked with the bridge designer to develop the bridge’s reverse curved horizontal alignment to create a seamless interface with approaching park pathways while offering a dramatic view centered on the Zakim Bridge’s north pylon. Part of reclaiming this urban waterfront entailed using rigorous sustainable measures, such as native planting, to restore parts of the riverbank and form the east abutment of the North Bank Bridge, the reclaiming of stone seawall blocks and granite cobblestones from other parts of the Central Artery project, and coordinating a complex brownfield reclamation effort. Cobblestones and reclaimed seawall blocks extend the greensward landform into the underbridge environment. A leveling course beneath the guardrail and seawall capstone smooths out the horizontal and vertical variations in the existing seawall, enhancing the esplanade experience.

Walkway to the Underbridge Plaza Chuck Choi

Transformed space under the bridge Chuck Choi

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Timberline Announces Partners

UMass Boston Honors Dorcena Forry

(l-r) Dorchester/Mattapan Reporter Publisher Bill Forry, Linda Dorcena Forry of Suffolk, Mass Artists Leaders Coalition co-founder Kathleen Bitetti, and Helge Capital Real Estate CEO Oleg Uritsky

Boston – At its recent community breakfast, the University of Massachusetts Boston honored Linda Dorcena Forry, Northeast region vice president for diversity, inclusion, and community relations at Suffolk Construction. She was presented with The Chancellor’s Award for Longstanding Community Commitment and Service by Interim UMass Boston Chancellor Barry Mills. Dorcena Forry, the first woman

and person of color to represent the Commonwealth’s First Suffolk District, recently stepped down from her Massachusetts Senate seat to join Suffolk. As vice president for diversity, inclusion, and community relations at Suffolk, she will continue her work to help provide opportunities for people from disadvantaged communities and continue Suffolk’s ongoing efforts to maximize diversity and inclusion.

Delphi’s Howes Named to Cape CDP affordable housing, and enviMashpee, MA – Delphi Construction, Inc. recently ronmental sustainability. announced that director of “I am looking forward to business development Tom becoming even more involved Howes has been elected to the with this organization whose board of the Eastham-based mission I support strongly. Community Development I hope that my many years Partnership (CDP). of experience in affordable CDP is a nonprofit commuHowes housing development and nity development corporation construction will bring benefit to the and supports an array of programs that board, the members, and the larger Cape strengthen the Lower Cape community in community,” Howes said. the areas of small business development,

Early Joins Gilbane Providence, RI – Gilbane Most recently, Early served Development Company recently as president and COO of the announced that Darin Early has Rhode Island Commerce Corjoined the team as managing poration. director of Public Private At JLL he advised regional Partnerships. Early will focus and national clients on complex on managing and expanding real estate investments and initiatives nationwide. He development projects across brings extensive real estate Early multiple property types, inand investment credentials to cluding the World Trade Center Gilbane Development Company, having redevelopment and disposition of the served in many leadership roles over his Hudson Yards in Manhattan. 15+ year career.


Canton, MA – Timberline Construction Corporation announced that Jeffrey Burke, Karl Ginand, and Tim McManus have been named company partners. President Steven Kelly has restructured the corporate leadership to form a multidisciplinary and well-rounded team. Burke, vice president, director of field operations, has over 20 years of construction management experience. Since joining the team in 2014, he has significantly advanced Timberline’s standard operating procedures and implemented a vigorous corporate safety program. As partner, he will continue to advance Timberline’s strategic initiatives and strengthen the company’s culture and operating structure to ensure client satisfaction and project success. Ginand, vice president, director of preconstruction and estimating, is a seasoned professional with over 25 years in the construction industry specializing in preconstruction and estimating services for clients. He will continue to advance Timberline’s estimating, preconstruction, and client services, as well as enhancing



corporate initiatives through collaboration with the management team. McManus, vice president, project executive, offers over 35 years of experience McManus managing complex construction projects in excess of several million sf throughout his career. As vice president and project executive, his solution-driven approach to leadership is relayed to his team and project partners with a focus on time management, accountability, trust, quality, and performance.

Jewett Promotes LeBlanc Raymond, NH – Jewett technologies, and mentor junior Construction Company recently and assistant project managers announced the promotion of to grow and develop them Alain LeBlanc, LEED AP, to within the company. senior project manager. The He has also taken on several promotion follows LeBlanc’s other responsibilities, including successful management of labor scheduling, supporting IT, several high-profile construction recruitment, and more. LeBlanc projects over the past year for LeBlanc has introduced several new the company. software programs and is always looking In his new role, LeBlanc will help build company processes, implement advanced for that next area to improve.

United Civil Adds Jesi


Middleton, MA – United Civil recently welcomed Arianna Jesi to its team as an office engineer. Within this role, she will work alongside United Civil’s project managers and superintendents to help oversee and organize projects from start to finish. Jesi comes to United Civil with multiple years of industry experience and a civil engineering degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Daly Joins RPF Environmental Amesbury, MA – RPF Environmental, Inc., an environmental health and safety (EH&S) consulting firm, announced that Ryan Daly recently rejoined the company as an EH&S technician, after an extended opportunity to travel. Daly is providing services to RPF’s customers, including


control projects requiring specialization in air sampling; water-related fieldwork; and management of asbestos, lead, and other hazardous materials. He also participates in environmental investigations, industrial hygiene monitoring, building surveys, and other EH&S projects.

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Weston & Sampson Adds Lukenda

BL Companies Welcomes New Principals

Boston – Weston & Sampson landscape architecture, and recently added Jeanne Lukenda, urban design practice. ASLA, to its team. She brings Lukenda’s portfolio of over 25 years of experience and a higher education projects diverse background in landscape will help the firm further its architecture, community and presence in the college and campus planning, and urban university sector. design. During her career, she has As part of senior leadership been actively involved in leaderLukenda in the firm’s Boston Design ship positions within numerous Studio, she will be helping to grow the local and national professional societies.

Siemens Hires Two Boston – Siemens Industry, Inc. recently announced the addition of two team members to the Boston branch of its building technologies division supporting its sales teams. Butch Blais has been named senior sales executive and will be responsible for obtaining and maintaining new business opportunities for fire alarm systems in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts markets. Prior to this role at Siemens, he worked at Fire Systems Inc. and Mammoth Fire Alarm. Before that, he was the fire alarm superintendent at the Woonsocket Fire Department in Rhode Island. Hansel Tineo’s responsibilities as a senior project manager include maintaining critical project upgrades and




overseeing engineers, technicians, and subcontractors on each project. Formerly, he worked for a mechanical contracting company, and before that, he served as a systems specialist, engineering specialist, and project manager in the New York metro branch of Building Technologies.



Meridan, CT – BL Companies, an employee-owned, multidisciplina r y architecture, engineering, environmental, and land surveying firm, recently named seven Pechillo Jr. employee-owners to principal. The newly appointed principals include employee-owners: • Steven M. Collins, PE, LEED AP, Bridgeport. • John Jenney, CCCA, Meriden. • Justin S. Kababik, PE, LEED AP, Meriden. • Jessica Osborne, CPSM, Meriden. • Thomas Pechillo Jr., PE, Hartford. • Danilo R. Salameda, PE, King of Prussia, Penn. • Donald Smith, LS, Meriden.





“We are incredibly excited to welcome these talented individuals to the Principal Program,” said Carolyn Stanworth, president and CEO. “This exceptional group of new principals embodies the leadership, performance, and client service BL Companies is known for in the industry. These individuals join the ranks of the company’s 46 existing principals who support BL Companies’ growth across all its key markets.”

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AFE Chapter 33



May 23 MBC Breakfast Program hosts Breakfast with the Mayor

June 25 2018 Annual Golf Tournament

June 14 Golf Tournament

Ferncroft Country Club, Middleton, Mass. We invite you to participate in our annual AFE Chapter 33 Leo J. Monty Scholarship Golf Tournament. All players welcome. Four person scramble. Sponsorships are available. Act now to reserve your spot -- we sell out every year To register: http://www.afechapter33. org/2018golftournament.html


The International, Bolto, Mass. 1:45 AM - 7:30 PM Join us for NAIOP’s 30th Anniversary Golf Tournament and Celebration at The International! If you haven’t played there yet, it is a golfer’s paradise that features two award-winning 18-hole golf courses Sign up early to guarantee your participation and support. There will be a box lunch, dinner buffet, and lots of great prizes and networking. For information: http://web.naiopma.org/events

May 24 IIDA New England Business Leaders Breakfast

June 21 Annual Golf Outing



May 24 Building Tech Forum 2018 Net Positive Energy

May 17 Golf Clinic at Granite Links

Mandarin Oriental, Boston Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will talk about his agenda for his second term. Limited attendance, so register now! Register at http://buildingcongress.org

BSA May 17 NatureStructure BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston BSA Space will premier NatureStructure, a global overview showcasing more than 30 architectural and design projects that work in harmony with nature to heal and restore ecosystems and make cities more resilient and sustainable. This special event is an opportunity to explore the exhibition while enjoying complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Free and open to the public. For information: https:// www.architects.org/bsaspace/events

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Pinehills Golf Club, 54 Clubhouse Drive Plymouth, Mass. 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM We hope you’ll join us for the Annual ABC MA Golf Tournament. You have the option of playing a scramble on the Jones Course OR a best ball on the Nicklaus Course, with the shotgun beginning at 10:00 a.m. Cocktail Reception and Awards Dinner to follow the round. For information: http://web.abcma. org/events/Annual-ABC-MA-GolfOuting-1031/details

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125 We offer membership within the Mechanical Contractors Association, Mechanical Service Contractors Association, and the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau. We support our member contractors through our educational seminars, labor and government relations, industry news and marketing. Committed to the future of our industry, we sponsor MCA student chapters at Northeastern University and Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Our affiliation with the Mechanical Contractors Association of America and our strong, cooperative relationship with the United Association enable us to offer our members numerous opportunities to build lasting, beneficial relationships with peers while acquiring the business knowledge and tools to keep their company successful.






Atlantic Wharf, Boston 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Start the night off by catching up with your colleagues with drinks and networking. Afterwards, presenters will discuss advances in building technologies within areas of the industry in a series of 5-minute presentations, including renewable energy, case studies, and products. For information: usgbcma. org/btf18.

Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM registration 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM program The Business Leaders Breakfast is a great opportunity to network with peers and colleagues in the industry and attracts guests from architecture and design, real estate, engineering and construction. For information: http://www.iidane. org/business-leaders-breakfast-2018

Clinic begins at 5:30 PM Refreshments 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Learn (or re-learn) the basics and more in this 90-minute clinic at Granite Links. Three pros will instruct all levels of putting, chipping, and driving. Immediately followed by refreshments and networking with a view! (Open to All) To register https://agcmass. memberzone.com/eventregistration/ register/2390



May 16 Boston Harbor Cruise

May 16 Annual Red Sox Outing

6:00 PM - 9:30 PM The Lexington is docked at 50 Rowes Wharf, Boston BRAGB Members and guests board the Lexington for drinks, food, and entertainment on Boston Harbor! Want to get on board with a table top or a sponsorship? Call Scott Szycher at 781 890 2434. For information: http:// business.bragb.org/events/details/ boston-harbor-cruise-4962

Fenway Park 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM The game starts at 7:10pm ASM Young Professionals, get your tickets, meet some people, scarf a few appetizers, then head over to Fenway and see the Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics! Appetizers provided and cash bar! https://agcmass.memberzone.com/ eventregistration/register/2375



May 17 Annual Leadership and Scholarship Event RSM US LLP, Boston 5.00 PM - 8.00 PM We will announce our 2018 Scholarship Award recipients at this event. Join us for an interactive conversation with Scott Zolak, sports analyst. Heavy appetizers & passed hors d’oeuvres, beer & wine included with registration. Parking onsite. To register: http://mass.cfma.org

Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts

June 04 53rd Annual Golf Outing Granite Links, Quincy, Mass. 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM 11:30 AM registration and lunch 12:45 PM shotgun start 6:00 PM reception Annual golf outing where you can spend some quality time with your friends, co-workers, customers, and vendors! Contact Jim Liston at JListon@columbiacc.com with any questions.

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HEY HEIDI Q: For pre-insulated Concrete Masonry systems, what is the difference between code based R-values & effective R-values?

-Misleading Effective R Values

A: Dear MERV: For concrete masonry, effective R-values typically mean that the R-value is adjusted to account for the thermal mass of a CMU wall system. It can also take into account other variables, such as thermal lag or annual averages. Code based R-values are calculated based on either test data or the method described in the ASHRAE Handbook – the series parallel (isothermal planes) method. Code based R-values are reported under strictly defined conditions, such as exterior and interior temperature, still air on the inside of the assembly and a defined wind mph on the outside. Code based R-values remain the same whether in Alaska, Florida and all of the climate zones in between. There a few reasons using effective R-values are problematic. Since effective R-value adjustments typically take in to consideration the benefits of thermal mass, and the benefits of thermal mass change due to the climate, effective R-values calculated in Arizona would be very different from effective R-values calculated in New England. Another problem with using effective R-values is code compliance. The energy code already takes into account the benefits of thermal mass for each climate zone, allowing mass walls to have less insulation. In the 2015 IECC for climate zone 5 (Massachusetts) the prescriptive insulation R-value requirement for a mass wall is 11.4. A wood framed structure requires an R of 20 and a metal structure requires an R-value of 27.5. Using effective R-values would essentially be double dipping. For more information, see NCMA TEK 6-2. Heidi Jandris, BArch, is a technical expert and a trusted voice of the industry. For concrete masonry questions, email heidi@jandrisandsons.com or tweet @heidiAJS

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