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August 2018


Retail and Hospitality

MGM Springfield opens its doors to the public at the end of this month. / Rendering of State & MGM Way view / courtesy MGM Springfield

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Laureen Poulakis


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Brian McKenna


Paul Van Kauwenberg

Peter Davey



John Sloane



Brent Robertson


Michael Palleschi

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Mohegan Sun Earth Expo & Convention Ctr Open for Business TFMoran Underway on Market and Main Daniel Marr & Son Installs Steel at BCH First Phase of TMCO Renovations Complete / designed by Finegold Alexander Architects SLAM Team Earn WELL Certification Feldman HQ Gets Preservation Award IBEW Local 96 Holds Graduation RELCO Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence

Awards / page 28 PLUS: Up-Front, Healthcare, Northern New England, Restoration & Renovation, Municipal, Mixed-Use, Trends and Hot Topics, Connecticut, Multi-Residential, Education, National, Corporate, Life Sciences, Awards, People, Calendar and more...

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MGM Springfield opens its doors to the public at the end of this month.



Mohegan Sun Earth Expo & Convention Center Open for Business


RELCO Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence

A/Z Corporation….............................................13 Barnes Building Management…....................... 26 Bisnow…............................................................. 37 BL Companies….................................................38


Boston Plasterers…............................................. 42


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Eastern States Insurance Agency Inc.…........... 20

Corporate................................................. 40

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Publisher’s Message

Michael Barnes This issue will share a few of the more notable projects in New England, with a focus on retail and hospitality. We are busy. Laureen Poulakis, in her Regional Trends and the Hotel Market article page 10, points out “increases in employment across New England, with construction exceeding all other supersectors and outpacing the nation.” It’s nice to know we will have some excellent places to relax when these jobs are done. Art Uncorked 2018

HP’s Betsy Gorman attended “Art Uncorked,” a silent art auction hosted by the International Interior Design Association New England Chapter (IIDA NE). Art featured the talent and creativity of many from within the IIDA architecture and interior design community and included paintings, photography, jewelry, stationery, and more. A portion of the proceeds is donated to Art in Giving,

which raises funds for childhood cancer research through the sale of fine arts. Up to 50% of the proceeds from the sale of art through the efforts of Art in Giving are donated to The Rachel Molly Markoff Foundation. IIDA NE will be featured in HP’s annual interior design focus in October. For more information on future events, including the popular IIDA NE fashion show, visit www.iidane.org.

Zoraida Ferguson, and Nancy Greenwald have compiled observations, thoughts, and predictions about the future of the AEC/O industry based on conversations among the CI Board of Advisors 2016 to 2017. Learn more about CI at www. construction.org.

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The Construction Institute

The Construction Institute (CI) of the University of Hartford has published “The Future of the Design and Construction Industry, Construction Industry Conversations.” Editors Kathy Cowles, CI members are regular contributors to HP, with articles from CI members John Sloane of Interstate Electrical Services on page 36, and Michael Palleschi of BVH Integrated Services on page 43. Robert S. Swain Jr. Distinguished Service Award

David Manfredi, CEO and founding principal, Elkus Manfredi Architects, and Elizabeth Lowrey, principal, Elkus Manfredi Architects, have been selected by the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA) to receive the Robert S. Swain Jr. Distinguished Service Award at the 30th Annual REFA Gala, to be •

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Up-Front Gov. to Speak at Groundbreaking

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Plymouth, MA – Gov. Charlie Baker will headline a groundbreaking event for Harborwalk Apartments, a 300-unit apartment complex that is the first step in a large North Plymouth Revitalization project called Plymouth Station. The event ​will take place at 10 a.m. on August 21 at 381 Court Street, Plymouth, also known as Cordage Park. Harborwalk Apartments, named for its proximity to the water, will feature four four-story buildings, on 11 landscaped acres. The apartment community will house approximately 400 to 500 residents and feature a mix of one- and two-bedroom homes, 25% of which will be available to households earning 80% AMI.

Amenities will include an outdoor pool, a roof deck overlooking the ocean, ground floor lounge and co-work space, dog wash and dog run, fitness and yoga spaces, and more. The multiyear Plymouth Station project will also include luxury waterfront condominiums, additional phases of residential apartments, an extension of the North Plymouth Rail Trail, and the redevelopment of the Cordage Pier. Plymouth Station encompasses the existing Cordage Commerce Center featuring 40 businesses employing more than 1,000 workers. The project aims to bring thousands to the area and have a transformative impact on not only Plymouth but the entire southeast region of Massachusetts.

Delphi Ribbon Cutting at Fire HQ Brewster, MA – Delphi Construction recently celebrated an official opening ceremony at the newly completed Brewster Fire and Rescue Headquarters on Main Street in Brewster for which Delphi managed construction over the past year and a half. The facility was designed by CDR Maguire / Saccoccio Architects, and CDR Maguire handled the civil engineering requirements for the project. The owner’s project manager was Pomroy Associates. Delphi managed construction out of its Mashpee office with oversight by project executive Tony Freitas, project manager Michael Paronich, APM Drew Sylvia, and construction superintendents Bob Lelland and Chris Correia. The Cape Cod-inspired design features two large apparatus bays, new offices, state-of-the-art training and operations facilities, living quarters, fitness center and common areas, as well as state-of-theart alerting system technology throughout the building. A hose decoupling ceremony, with remarks from featured speakers including Chief Robert Moran, replaced the traditional ribbon cutting and marked the

Delphi’s director of business development, Tom Howes speaking to the crowd

official completion and grand opening of the new 24,000+sf facility, which will be the new home of the fire and rescue departments for the town. The event was attended by key stakeholders including the design and construction team, the fire chief, fire and rescue personnel, representatives from the select board and fire station building committee, members of the community, and local media.


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Newport Hospital Breaks Ground on $12.5M Emergency Dept. Expansion

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Newport, RI – Newport Hospital, a member of the Lifespan health system, recently broke ground on a $12.5 million project that will transform the hospital’s emergency department, nearly doubling its treatment and exam rooms and providing new, specialized space to serve behavioral health patients. Designed by E4H Environments for Health Architecture, a firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry, the five-phase renovation/expansion is slated for completion in September 2019. The existing ED will remain operational throughout construction. Through an integrated project delivery (IPD) approach, E4H and Newport Hospital are collaborating with general contractor Suffolk Construction and en-

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gineering consultants BR+A Engineers to optimize the project’s design and outcome and maximize cost efficiencies in design, construction, and future operations. Once complete, Newport Hospital’s 21,000sf renovated emergency department will increase from 17 to 29 total treatment areas. The project will also add relevant support space to ensure an appropriate environment for patients experiencing behavioral health issues. The new emergency department will increase from one to three triage spaces for arriving patients. At the start of the project, E4H conducted a Lean 3P (Production Preparation Process) workshop to inform the schematic design of the new ED. Across three days, more than 70 hospital

employees from multiple departments consulted and collaborated on key decisions regarding the future state of care delivery. Overall, the project involves renovating 11,000sf of existing ED space, converting 6,000sf from adjacent outpatient and administrative areas to ED use, and creating new interior finishes for another existing 4,000sf. The Rapid Treatment area will consist of six exam rooms, a Clinical Decision Unit consisting of four 23-hour stay rooms, and a behavioral health pod with four treatment rooms separate from the general ED population. Some of the other key features of Newport Hospital’s renovated ED include: an open reception desk and waiting area; a separate new lounge and waiting area

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Dartmouth Police Station Groundbreaking Delphi Breaks Ground at Seascape

Dartmouth Police Station groundbreaking

Dartmouth, MA – Delphi Construction, together with police department personnel, government officials, members of the project planning committee, and project stakeholders, recently celebrated the official groundbreaking of the new Dartmouth Police Station, a $9 millionplus new construction project on Tucker Road in Dartmouth. The 20,000sf-plus main facility and accompanying outbuilding will serve as the new headquarters for the Dartmouth Police Department. The facility will house office space for detectives and associated personnel plus a new dispatch center and training and operations facilities to support the work of the department. An onsite fuel depot and outbuilding garage will also be constructed as part of the

project approved by the town last year. The facility was designed by The Carell Group, Inc. of Hopkinton. The owner’s project manager is Pomroy Associates of East Bridgewater; civil engineering was provided by Places Associates, Inc. Delphi will manage all aspects of construction out of their Mashpee offices. Construction is expected to be completed by next summer. “We are delighted to have been selected to build this state-of-the-art police headquarters for the town of Dartmouth. It is exciting to be underway, and we look forward to working with the rest of the team to bring this much needed asset to the community,” said Corey Heaslip, project executive of Delphi.

Key stakeholders of Seascape at Weymouth participate in ceremonial groundbreaking

Weymouth, MA – Representatives of Delphi Construction recently joined project owner, key stakeholders, and government representatives at the official groundbreaking of Seascape at Weymouth, a new six-story, $30 million luxury waterfront condominium project under construction at Weymouth Neck overlooking the mouth of the Fore River, Hingham Bay, and the Hingham Ship Yard. The official ceremony marking the start of construction featured remarks from mayor of Weymouth, Robert Hedlund, project owners David and Joseph Iantosca

of Seascape Development, LLC, architect Ken Hagan of Sheskey Architects, Weymouth planning board director Robert Luongo; and Delphi’s director of business development, Tom Howes. When finished, Seascape at Weymouth will be a luxury waterfront residential community with a mix of one- and twobedroom units offering panoramic and unobstructed ocean views of Hingham Bay. Units will be brokered by Amy Toth, senior VP of sales and marketing at Real Living Coastal Real Estate.

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Focus: Retail and Hospitality Regional Trends and the Hotel Market

by Laureen Poulakis As we head into the lazy days of summer, real estate markets continue to shift in the Northeast, and new trends are emerging as the economic rebound continues. Even though the bumpy ride of 2016 and 2017 endures, CBRE reports the New England real estate market is expected to perform well through 2018 and adapt to fluctuating financial conditions and increasing end user demands. Deregulation promises growth while some remain skeptical of long-term impacts. The Federal Reserve Bank’s New England Public Policy Center reports 2018 increases in employment across New England, with construction exceeding all other supersectors and outpacing the nation. Economic growth in New England is still restrained by political uncertainty at both the state and federal levels, more

so in Conn. and R.I., with R.I. turning a corner in housing, recording some of the fastest price increases in the region. Surprisingly, N.H. remains the only state in New England with economic growth rates that exceed national trends. Due to Boston and Cambridge area

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space limitations and rising leases, life sciences labs, industrial warehouse tenants, and other end users have begun migrating to the inner suburbs, some to 128 and beyond. FMI reports overall steady increases in construction inside Mass. Areas to continue to watch

include Worcester, Springfield, Greater Cambridge, and the corridors of 495, 128, and the Mass Pike. Construction forecasts for the Northeast remain generally optimistic. New England Hotel Realty reports the rate of new U.S. hotel construction is rising and will continue a growth pattern through 2018. At the top of the U.S. hotel market, Boston area demands for lodging are fluctuating but rising overall. Developers and REITs have been capitalizing on demand, some following the migration as it flows from the Boston and Cambridge hubs. According to Pinnacle Advisory Group, late 2016 marked the first dip in suburban Boston hotel demands and the largest increase in supply in over a decade. Projections for 2018 include dips in RevPar and occupancy for the suburbs while visitors continue to seek select service brands in these outlying areas with convenient access to the downtown core. CBRE and HFF predicted the Greater Boston hotel market would remain one of the most sought after gateway lodging markets in the U.S. with long-term holding periods the new norm. Difficult

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entitlements and high land costs were expected to impede oversaturation, but Boston’s local supply, demand, occupancy, and RevPar are anticipated to climb with 30+ new hotel projects in the pipeline. Recent disruptions of the Boston and Cambridge hospitality market during peak periods is an anomaly worth tracking as Airbnb and other nontraditional OTAs are increasingly utilized for bookings. Laureen Poulakis is president at Brennan Consulting, Inc.

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TFMoran Underway on Market and Main

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Site Plan: Market and Main, 350,000sf upscale mixed-use development / All renderings courtesy Prellwitz Chilinski Associates

Bedford, NH – The first two buildings are now under construction at the new Market and Main, a 350,000sf lifestyle center at the former Macy’s site in Bedford. Macy’s closed in 2015, and the 16acre site on South River Road (U.S. Route 3) was purchased by Dallas-based Encore Enterprises. TFMoran engineers of Bedford worked with the developer and architect for plan approval and permitting for a multi-use complex. The 350,000sf multi-use complex includes seven new buildings, existing Carrabba’s building, and two new parking

garages. TFMoran is responsible for the structural engineering of the garages as well as civil/site and traffic engineering, permitting, land surveying, and landscape architectural services for the whole development. Hutter Construction of New Ipswich and Sullivan Construction of Bedford are partnering as the construction manager on the project. The architecture was designed by Prellwitz Chilinski Associates of Cambridge, Mass. Its approach reflects both past and present, incorporating brick, granite, cast stone masonry, painted

View from Market Street: Village Green and The Friendly Toast

wood, and metal in a palette of modern materials and historical colors throughout the complex. Seated outdoor patios nicely blend the interiors and exteriors of the entire property, and architectural details recur throughout the site, visibly connecting the complex as a whole. The approved plans feature a 1,200seat movie theater, an office building, hotel, retail shops, and a variety of restaurants. The development will create a new Market Street intersecting with a new Main Street. Market and Main is

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Somerset, MA – DiPrete Engineering recently obtained local permitting approval for a development which includes a new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, along with three retail/restaurant pad sites in Somerset. Developer of the hotel, High Road Hospitality, is in the process of purchasing the land from the town of Somerset. The developer teamed up with DiPrete Engineering, who provided the project’s planning, design, regulatory permitting, surveying, and project management. With the potential for construction to commence this fall, the expected completion date is early 2020.

Located on 14 acres at 500 Grand Army of the Republic Highway, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott will be minutes from RK Swansea Place, Fall River Industrial Park, an Amazon distribution center, downtown Fall River, and a number of other businesses. The new 111room hotel will include a meeting room, indoor pool, and fitness center. “Following the recent shutdown of the town’s Brayton Point Power Station and the job losses it caused, everyone is really excited to see this project come to life,” said Brandon Carr, project manager at DiPrete Engineering. Carr led the design team and project consultants.

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Chelsea, MA – Construction is nearing completion on the Holiday Inn Express located on Broadway in downtown Chelsea. Allen & Major Associates, Inc. (A&M) has partnered with the development team of XSS Hotels and PROCON designer and construction manager to provide full-site design, engineering survey, permitting, and landscape architectural services for this 124-room extended-stay hotel. A&M’s survey department provided existing conditions, construction layout, and foundation certification for the project. Civil engineering services include site design, permitting, landscape architecture design, and erosion control monitoring. Due to the building’s size, the project was considered a major commercial project

and required a special permit and major site plan review from the city of Chelsea. In collaboration with J. Masterson Construction Corp. and Salmon Falls Nursery & Landscaping, the new hotel is a beautiful example of greening and reuse of an underutilized urban parcel. This proposed project transformed an existing blighted vacant parcel into a welcoming gateway feature for those traveling into Chelsea. Situated on the banks of Mill Creek, the project boasts a newly envisioned meandering public pedestrian walkway, flanked by freshly established native landscaping and shoreland vegetation. This also provides a seamless connection to the existing Mill Creek Riverwalk. This is A&M’s fourth hotel project in Chelsea.

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August 2018


Mohegan Sun Earth Expo & Convention Center Open for Business A/Z Corporation CM

The Earth Expo & Convention Center and Earth Tower hotel

Uncasville, CT – The second phase of a major expansion to Mohegan Sun, the Earth Expo & Convention Center, recently opened for business. When Mohegan Sun embarked on the multiphased expansion to its Uncasville resort and casino campus, it engaged A/Z Corporation to manage the $210 million program. The first phase encompassed the development of the $130 million, 400room Earth Tower hotel, that opened its doors to guests in late 2016. Now, A/Z has just completed the second program phase consisting of the new $80 million Earth Expo & Convention Center.

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Both projects were designed by architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. The Earth Expo & Convention Center was constructed immediately adjacent to

The expo hall during the Barrett-Jackson car auction

155,000 SF of exhibition, ballroom, and pre-function space

the Earth Tower hotel and the main Mohegan Sun casino complex. The 240,000sf facility features a diverse range of worldclass exposition and entertainment space. It was designed to feature a 125,000sf

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expo center, a 23,000sf GAME ONE! entertainment zone opening later this year, and a 20,000sf ballroom as well as executive board rooms, outdoor meeting areas, and a large-scale production kitchen.

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August 2018

MGM Springfield Announces Grand Opening

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State & MGM Way view / rendering MGM Springfield

Springfield, MA – MGM Springfield recently announced details for the public grand opening of its $960 million integrated resort on August 24. The event will begin with a procession featuring the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales and other surprise entertainment alongside hundreds of the resort’s employees, construction workers, and local dignitaries. Guests are invited to view the procession as it heads down Main Street and ends at the entrance to the property. The casino and entertainment venue

totaling 759,157sf will include a 151,861sf, 25-story 250-room hotel to go along with a 126,262sf gaming floor with 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables, a poker room and a high-limit gaming area. The development will also include a 43,705sf convention center onsite as well as retail and restaurant space. An additional block will feature retail space, a six-screen theater, a bowling venue, and a skating rink in winter that will double as an outdoor marketplace in warmer months.

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August 2018


Boston Hotel Gets New Façade Designed by Arrowstreet

in the metal panning around windows and at material changes on the façade. The design uses three different ironspot brick finishes, creating variation and texture through the brick field on the façade. The prefabricated panel joints are staggered, contributing to the playful twist of the windows up the building.

Devonshire Street at dusk / ©Arrowstreet, Inc.

Boston – This spring, a 12-story, 163-room boutique hotel in downtown Boston got a new face by combining contemporary materials with historic details. With onethird of the building being an addition, the new façade became critical in creating an identity for the new hotel and restaurant, while blending with the existing historic building on Devonshire Street. The tight urban site required efficiency in procurement and installation, requiring collaboration between owner, design

team, and contractor. Arrowstreet recommended a designbuilt collaboration with Island Exterior Fabricators (IEF). An early understanding of the basic IEF assembly allowed the design team to keep the façade on budget while maximizing options for a unique, project-specific solution. It is challenging to overcome the flat look that thin brick often creates on a façade. The team worked with IEF’s proprietary panel system to create depth

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The hotel units inside did not require adjustment, as spandrel glass in the windows allows partition walls to stack for a traditional, efficient layout with stacked plumbing. Ninety-two façade panels were prefabricated in Calverton, N.Y., simultaneous to the concrete structure being built onsite. Arrowstreet’s design team visited IEF’s shop in Long Island three times throughout the construction of the panels. Fabricators working in a temperaturecontrolled environment craft each

element with precision, and the panels go through an extensive quality control review at various stages. This process ensures each panel meets aesthetic as well as performance expectations. The panels are sized to match the exact dimensions of IEF’s trucks to ensure efficient delivery and installation.

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Boston Marriott Cambridge Fitness Center Completed Cambridge, MA – S3 Design recently announced the completion of the Boston Marriott Cambridge Fitness Center at 50 Broadway in Cambridge. In an effort to increase use and motivation for the fitness-minded traveler, the firm combined the existing small exercise room with the existing pool located on the fourth floor. By filling in the pool, the hotel was able to regain valuable floor space. The design team included S3 Design, WB Engineering, and Daigle Engineers. The general contractor was Benchmark Construction. Boston Marriott Cambridge Fitness Center / all photos by Steve Fellmeth

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The high-end fitness center is 4,000sf of dedicated cardio, strength, stretching, and studio space, along with a refreshment bar and locker rooms. The former pool is now lined with new cardio equipment, equipped with built-in TVs, and defined by a ceiling soffit where linear lights stretch across and wrap down the wall.

The 400sf studio features Fitness OnDemand for guests to choose their own workout experience, whether it be yoga, HIIT, or a cycling workout on a virtual course. The bright color palette is highlighted by a mix of soft brown wood and bright white slats that define space through wrapping solid and void. A sophisticated blue tone gives the space a fresh pop of accent color. The locker rooms pull in the wood from the Fitness Center to define the vanity and shower areas, highlighted by blue accent tile. The cardio, weights,

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Guest Room Design: What’s the New Normal?

by Harry Wheeler Today’s hotel guests are traveling lighter, smarter, and spending less time in their guest rooms. They crave convenience, ease, flexibility, and demand 24×7 access to technology — influencing nearly every aspect of guest room design. They want unique and customized design options with a sense of personality and, a seamless end-to-end hotel experience. Let’s take a closer look at how the hospitality industry is responding to guest needs to create the new normal in guest room design. Today’s hotels are switching up traditional design to offer keyless entry systems, smartly designed guest rooms with alternative closet and bathroom design options, multipurpose and collapsible furniture, free and fast Wi-Fi access, and locally sourced and inspired food and beverage options. And, all within a smaller footprint. Space

Travelers today are looking for unique hotel experiences in an innovative guest room layout. Very often, square footage is at a premium and hotel brands need to fit as many key design elements as possible into a single guest room layout. In major cities, space is a commodity, and it’s even more critical to incorporate key design elements into a tiny footprint. Technology

More and more, customers are now typically greeted by someone with a tablet rather than from a traditional lobby desk. When guests arrive, they increasingly have the ability to select their room via an app prior to check-in. Keyless room entry and lighting controlled by smart phone apps are the new norm. In-room tablets enable guests to customize all aspects of their stay and manage their account and also connect them with local businesses and services. Unique food and beverage options

Locally sourced food and beverage offerings have never been more important to accommodate guests’ desire for cultural immersion when they travel. Today’s guests want a truly unique experience. We’re seeing upgrades and renovations of community spaces like bars and lounges and transformations of traditional lobbies into interactive common areas — both of which are offering exclusively local food and beverage options for a one-of-a-kind experience that appeals to both hotel guests and the surrounding community.

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Colors, materials, and accessories

Not to be forgotten, smart design materials, colors, and accessories are imperative to make the space appear and feel larger. Designers look at smaller rooms with much more richness and higher-quality touchpoints than within a larger footprint. When it comes to design accessories, remember that today’s travelers want to feel as if the hotel they are staying in celebrates its place in the world. One example of this is the decorative throw pillow in the guest rooms at the Onyx Hotel in Boston, a Kimpton property located near the TD Garden. Featured on the throw pillows is the phrase “Wicked Smaht,” a nod to the movie “Good Will Hunting,” the distinctive Boston accent, and the city’s reputation as the premier college town in the United States. Hotels like the Moxy are creating new brands to appeal to this new traveler and that incorporate smaller guest room footprints. Our Moxy Hotel in Boston’s Theater District, currently under construction, is the first Moxy hotel to be built in Boston, located on a previously vacant parcel that is exceptionally small — a challenge for many previously proposed developments. The 24-story Marriott Moxy Hotel will have 340 guest rooms at an average 180sf. In the guest rooms, the most notable design shift is the distinctive peg wall. The peg wall replaces a traditional closet. Collapsible furniture, including chairs and side tables, take the place of customary stationary furniture. Traditional desks are being swapped out for folding side tables. Wall pockets house brochures and other room information, which are typically placed on desks.

Platform beds are being used to make the bed feel lighter. The depth in which the platform bed box recesses is larger than average to accommodate baggage storage. It is, and continues to be, a very exciting time in hospitality design as

we are seeing ongoing design shifts to keep up with the ever-changing traveler’s expectations. Harry Wheeler AIA, NCARB, LEED is a principal at Group One Partners based in Boston.

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Studio Allston Opens on Soldiers Field Road

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Boston – The Davis Companies joined with Spot On Ventures (led by hotelier and businessman Robin Brown) and Highgate, a manager of hospitality assets, to reimagine the 1960s vintage building located at 1234 Soldiers Field Road with insight and vision. Recently opened, Studio Allston is a 117-room hotel that embodies a spirit of adventure and creativity, with a thematic reliance on art in the lobby, bar, meeting rooms, suites, and every one of the guest rooms. Most of the displays are works created by local artists and will be refreshed regularly in a first-floor gallery.

The Studio Allston was art-directed by Isenberg Projects, a creative advisory firm based in Boston. Building restoration and interior design was led by the nationally recognized and award-winning architecture firm, Dyer Brown. Twelve contemporary artists were selected to create murals in each guest room. Wallpaper in standard guest rooms features individual designs, and five of the hotel’s 10 guest suites were designed as unique, immersive works of art. The first impression visitors encounter in the lobby is a dramatic composition by an internationally acclaimed artist that

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How Embracing Hospitality Design Can Help Healthcare Strengthen Patient Experience

by Brian McKenna In healthcare, designing for positive patient experiences is imperative. The rise of consumerism, new entrants in the market like CVS and Amazon, and the emergence of new generations that value experience more than their predecessors, require health organizations to intentionally design for positive patient experiences that differentiate them from competitors. While there are numerous strategies for fostering strong patient experiences, healthcare systems would be smart to embrace ideas from new places like hospitality. Across the design world, organizations and building owners continue to realize the value in moving from compartmentalized expertise and thinking to broad design efforts that welcome all ideas to inform their built environment. Given that hospitality has long been focused on delivering valuable immersive

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experiences, the market is rich ground for healthcare to pull from. Many of the design ideas that make hotels and entertainment venues enjoyable can also resonate with patients. Here’s a look at three ways hospitality can positively influence patient experience in care environments. Make healthcare spaces feel like home (or the spa)

Twenty years ago, it would have taken individuals mere nanoseconds to determine if they were standing in a healthcare space or a luxury spa. Today, people may need more time as health systems continue to evolve their care environments. Hallmark Health’s new Melrose-Wakefield Medical Building is a shining example as its interior takes cues from both retail and hospitality — creating a setting featuring stone, wood, bright colors, natural light, and expansive artwork that together delivers a welcoming aesthetic. Hallmark Health builds on this patientcentric approach by deploying a medicalhome model of care in the center. The building is purposely designed around a collaborative inner core that physically unites physicians, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, and others to holistically care for patients. The physical space is a catalyst for not just positive patient



experiences but also more coordinated care. Be bold with first impressions

Patients begin to shape their impression of a healthcare setting the moment they step in the door. This means entrances and lobbies should be a focal point for launching positive experiences. Health systems across the country like University of Minnesota Health are finding success moving away from the historical model — a check-in desk and waiting room — and instead creating spaces where concierges approach guests with tablets to help them check in, find an exam room, or even valet their car. In these cuttingedge spaces, checking in at a healthcare building is akin to the check-in process at luxury hotels. Beyond rethinking the check-in experience, health organizations can also reposition lobbies and public spaces by offering group seating areas to encourage interaction, public artwork (maybe infographics that educate them about their health), coffee shops or cafés, and even outdoor seating. These simple steps can transform stark check-in spaces to more comfortable and relaxing settings. Empower patients with technology

There is so much new technology that can help enhance patient experiences. While it’s important to rethink traditional lobby

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areas, another step organizations can take is harnessing text updates or GPS badges that allow patients to stroll through public areas or outdoors while they await their appointment. For inpatient facilities, patient rooms should be outfitted with technology that allows patients to customize their experience. This doesn’t just mean large TVs, but solutions like what Jacobs Medical Center near San Diego has deployed. The healthcare building equips each patient room with an iPad that allows patients to customize temperature, lighting, and other environmental factors in their room while also allowing them to contact care staff and pull up treatment schedules and medical records. This technology infusion helps patients feel in control of their spaces and further echoes the comforting experience of staying in a hotel. With patients placing more value on experience, healthcare organizations are embracing new ideas and bold solutions to create buildings that cater to their evolving needs. As this shift continues, health leaders should continue to look toward hospitality for ideas that can strengthen their efforts. Brian McKenna, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is CannonDesign’s Boston health market leader.



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Dyer Brown Completes Evviva Cucina

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Marlborough, MA – Innovative design by Dyer Brown has created just that for Evviva Cucina, a family-owned chain of inventive restaurants in New England. Working with the Italian eatery’s owners on their third location in Marlborough, Mass., Dyer Brown delivers a venue combining optimized layouts with an energetic, inviting, and fun identity matching the restaurateur’s mindset. With equal enjoyment for patrons dining in and for those waiting on take-out meals, all customers enjoy original artwork, brick veneer, rich wood-grain tables, stucco-

look paint detail and other rustic odes to old-world Italy. The classic finish contrast with “new-age pops” of blue, green, red and yellow, say the Boston designers. “The owners love the ‘messy vitality’ of exciting, welcoming restaurants, where customers enjoy viewing the action as much as diving into their meals,” says Brent Zeigler, AIA, IIDA, president and Director of Design for Dyer Brown. “We placed the pizza oven behind the central bar, offset by custom subway tile with the bold restaurant brand emblazoned across, to signify the white-hot center of action.”

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Offering moments of both openness and intimacy, Evviva Cucina is designed for community and togetherness as well as modest privacy, for those who want it, in architectural “vignette spaces” defined by carpeting, banquettes and modern chandeliers. From the high ceiling, track lighting illuminates tables and countertops. Dyer Brown also collaborated with Evviva Cucina’s owners and kitchen consultants to create an innovative and customer-centered experience, including all signage and an outdoor dining

courtyard with firepit. The results also optimize revenue streams by making the 5,000-square-foot venue efficient and adaptable. “Our layout programming manages traffic flow for dine-in and take-out, which prevents overwhelming the bar or blocking flow from the kitchen, which are common challenges for similar restaurants,” adds Zeigler. “To supplement counter seating, added banquette-style seats with small on-board tables welcome customers enjoying drinks and appetizers while waiting for to-go orders.”

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August 2018


New Arena Earns LEED Platinum

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Waltham, MA – The new, state-of-theart multipurpose Bentley Arena, built by Suffolk Construction, is the first standalone ice arena to earn the LEED Platinum certification, the highest possible rating, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. The award for the recently opened, 76,000sf arena highlights the building’s sustainable design and energy efficiency and Bentley University’s continued rise as an innovative, nationally recognized business university. The standout sustainable features of the arena include a 504 kilowatt, rooftop solar array; innovative technology that captures heat generated from the rink’s ice-making equipment to heat water throughout the building; more glass windows than a typical arena; highefficiency LED lighting with smart,

motion-detecting controls; ice-making and air conditioning systems that use zero CFC-based refrigerants; and the highest-efficiency plumbing fixtures on the market. At least 50% of wood used in the building is sourced from forests with certified sustainable forestry practices. About 10% of construction and finish materials were locally sourced, and about 20% of construction and finish materials contain recycled content. “At Suffolk we foster a corporate culture that embraces innovation and environmentally sustainable practices, which is why we are thrilled to have partnered with Bentley University to help make their dream for this incredible new arena a reality,” said John Fish, chairman and CEO of Suffolk Construction.

THE ARENA’S SUSTAINABLE FEATURES • A 504 kilowatt, rooftop solar array developed by Rivermoor Energy that will generate 40% of the building’s annual electricity needs. • Innovative technology that captures heat generated from the rink’s ice-making equipment to heat water throughout the building. • More glass windows than a typical arena, allowing for more natural light that decreases the amount of electricity needed to light the building’s interior. • High-efficiency LED lighting with smart, motion-detecting controls that turn off lights when no one is present to sharply reduce electricity usage.

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August 2018

Experience-Based Design in Hospitality and Retail

by Paul Van Kauwenberg Like it or not, Millennials are projected to take over the Baby Boomers as the largest living adult generation in 2019. Millennials value experiences over everything and can’t wait to tell people about it – sharing the good and unfortunately the bad! In the hospitality and retail world, clearly the pressure is on to deliver a total overall experience and obtain the ever-so-coveted positive TripAdvisor reviews. This trend continues to push design teams to keep evolving in order to help their clients meet these expectations. Starting with opening the front door, hotel lobbies are no longer a place to just check-in. With the continued growth of kiosks and mobile check-in, guests are now able to bypass the front desk completely. This is giving designers more flexibility in these spaces, reducing front desk needs while making these spaces more inviting. The Millennial guest is not one to work

in the guestroom while ordering room service. This guest, typically having a cell phone and laptop, can work anywhere and would much rather sit in a comfortable, interactive space with others, all while enjoying a craft cocktail or a local microbrew. Starting with an appealing interior design, it is key for design teams to integrate these spaces with heavy WiFi coverage, USB power outlets, lighting and scene controls, and AV systems that provide the desired experience needed. When it’s meal time, no longer does “the hotel restaurant” suffice. For a long time, these venues were loss leaders for owners. Now, trends are being seen with all initial shell spaces in hospitality design being provided with provisions for food service tenants. “Destination restaurants” are being provided for, not to only improve the hotel guest experience but also to attract locals as well. In an age where eating out is becoming a way of life and healthier eating is coming more to the forefront, properties are offering higher-quality restaurant venues with local, health-focused options, bringing additional traffic and increasing revenue. Amenity wise, with health and wellness becoming more important, prominently located fitness rooms with upgraded equipment and AV are a must. One of the fastest growing trends,

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however, as can be seen all over Boston lately, is providing social venues that allow interaction with the outdoors. The buzz and experience they create can be invaluable. These can be roof decks or patio bars, or full service restaurants with full opening exterior windows. The recently expanded Lookout Rooftop bar at the Envoy or the new outdoor patio at Lolita’s, both with incredible views and customer bases, are great examples. When it is time to retire for the night, the guestroom experience must deliver. With technologies continuing to evolve, futureproofing infrastructure to the room by utilizing fiber can provide

unlimited bandwidth for any potential use. Strong Wi-Fi with access points in every room is standard now, and having multiple USB receptacles goes without saying. Upgraded, larger screens that guests are used to at home that easily integrate with their mobile devices are key, with some facilities offering Apple TV or Netflix over them as well. Ordering food, setting lighting levels, temperatures, and controlling shades over the TV are provided at some “smart hotel” properties now, and Hilton is debuting their “connected room” concept this year — allowing guests to adjust these same components from their smartphone, even setting favorite TV channels and room temperatures for future visits. Hotel room phones, a thing of the past? Some properties are testing removing them, with text messaging being used to communicate with guests! With the millennial generation, the only constant is Change — and the hospitality and retail world will need to continue to evolve and develop flexible facilities that are able to adapt to the changing needs required to provide the experiences needed to lure tomorrow’s customer. Paul Van Kauwenberg, PE, LEED AP BD+C, is an associate principal at Vanderweil’s office in Boston.


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Mitigating Product Loss and Damage with Window Film

by Peter Davey Behind an expanse of storefront glass stands a coveted golf club, artwork, jewelry, fabrics, furniture — all displayed to attract consumers. The downside: That glass is all that stands between these products and potential theft, fading, and business continuity. If that glass remains unprotected, customers, employees, and tenants may suffer the discomfort of solar heat gain in warmer months, heat loss in colder months, and nuisance glare all year long. Retailers may suffer revenue loss as well with increased utilities and HVAC maintenance expenses. Thousands of national retail storefront and mall windows have been retrofitted with safety and security and solar control films or a combination of both. Mitigating product loss and damage caused by intruders, violent weather, and the harmful effects of the sun undoubtedly improves retailers’ bottom lines. As smash-and-grab crime rises, prod-

uct loss prevention against this type of theft has become paramount. Safety and security window films are a frontline of protection against theft. Glass entrances and displays are extremely vulnerable. A strong safety and security window film holds broken glass in place on impact and is far less costly than window replacement. A quick, clean installation over existing glazing creates little disruption of business as usual and remains a low-profile, high-performance measure of security. A premium film will conform to ANSI and CPS glazing standards and will have been subjected to rigorous GSA blast testing or other credible, independent glazing standards and blast testing procedures. Although not impenetrable, a quality safety and security film acts as a deterrent and provides precious extra response time by slowing down intruders. Frustrated by inability to gain quick access, they often move on as alarms sound and authorities respond. A high percentage of our retail clients request help to prevent fading of products displayed close to windows — including product packaging that rapidly deteriorates from UV exposure and solar heat gain. A quality solar control window film can block up to 99.9% of harmful UV rays without compromising views. As retail facilities managers face

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federal and state demands to improve building energy efficiency, a combination of window films can offer both safety and insulating value, or a range of solar control and safety features can be found in one film. A professional installation of a low-e window film in combination with a robust safety and security film will help protect against damages and injuries caused by glass breakage and exposure to the elements while additionally helping to reduce heat gain and loss through windows all year long. Low-e window films featuring wavelength-selective metals block more of the solar spectrum than conventional metals and can block

up to 73% of the sun’s heat in warmer months and reduce heat loss by up to 30% in colder months. Additionally, there are films on the market that are manufactured to reduce both the solar energy entering a building (SHGC) and radiant heat gain. The low-e properties of these dual-technology insulating films provide additional insulation by reducing the transfer of radiant energy from one side of the glass to the other (U value). Look for a manufacturer’s authorized and certified dealer. Certification will help ensure competency relative to product knowledge, expertise, and experience. Many film manufacturers will not honor warranties unless their films are installed by an authorized dealer with representatives who have been well trained and are knowledgeable about window film specifications. Seek out a window film manufacturer that has invested in research and development and has a proven track record in the field. You want both a manufacturer and dealer you can trust — one that stands behind their product and can be relied upon for years to come. Bottom line: An installation of quality safety and security and solar control window film will pay for itself in short order by reducing heat gain and heat loss, improving security, and minimizing the potential of product loss. Peter J. Davey is president of American Window Film, Inc.

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space in Norwood, Mass. Reilly Electric has grown into one of New England’s largest open shop electrical and telecommunications contracting and service firms, with three office locations and over 200 employees. Jim Reilly, President of Reilly Electric, says, “RELCO’s reputation for completing projects successfully, with quality and with integrity, is due to its incredible associates that always go the extra mile to make sure the job is done right and to the satisfaction of our clients. Our people are the key ingredient to RELCO’s success and have maintained a whatever it takes, can do attitude for a quarter of a century.” RELCO’s core values of integrity, www.high-profile.com innovation, quality, growth

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Fall River, MA – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI) recently finished construction of Southcoast Health’s new urgent care center at 450 William S. Canning Blvd. in Fall River. Congressman William Keating and Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II attended the ribbon cutting. The center opened for business on July 10. The cost of the project was $1.2 million. JACA Architects of Quincy was the project architect. The new urgent care center 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 and built the facility to meet the requirements of Southcoast Health’s x-ray equipment as well as all of the fixturing requirements. At the July 10 grand opening ceremony, Southcoast Health President and CEO Keith A. Hovan noted, “Our urgent care centers are especially important now that we are living in an age where our patients have truly become healthcare consumers. Patients want high-quality care when they need it. Our urgent care centers deliver on those expectations.”

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Brookline, MA – Boston Children’s Hospital is expanding its facilities and care outside of its Longwood campus to One and Two Brookline Place. The project will allow for patients and families to receive ambulatory-clinic care in a less congested and more convenient neighborhood setting, located near Route 9 and close to the Brookline Village MBTA Green Line station. Suffolk Construction is the general contractor, and Daniel Marr & Son (DM&S) has been contracted by Canadian steel fabricator Beauce Atlas to install steel and metal decking for the new construction. May through June, DM&S completed the steel erection at One Brookline Place, a 47,000sf, six-story expansion of an existing medical office building.

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design emphasizes large open spaces with lots of detailed, intricate trim work and mouldings. In keeping with the design of the Clubhouse, Knickerbocker Group recently completed construction of a luxury Wellness Center at the Boothbay Harbor Country Club. The Wellness Center includes an 1,800sf fitness room,

a 525sf spin room with TRX suspension trainers, as well as a 425sf yoga and massage room. The exterior features two Har-Tru tennis courts with overlook areas, two pickle ball courts, a heated salt water pool with showers and changing areas, and an adjacent 12-person hot tub overlooking the pool.

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Wellness Center at the Boothbay Harbor Country Club

Boothbay, ME – Digital Sky LLC of Biddeford recently took part in the rollout of some new progress at Boothbay Harbor Country Club, a premier destination five years in the making, designed with features and amenities of a world-class club. The goal was to provide a unique experience for members and public guests that rivals that of other upscale clubs around the country. As of June 2018, the country club includes a 32,000sf clubhouse and a 11,200sf Wellness Center, perched at the

top of a hill with panoramic vistas over the emerald-green 18-hole golf course. Opened in 2016, the clubhouse, architecturally designed and built by Knickerbocker Group, has luxurious amenities including a 60-seat restaurant, and a 19thhole 54-seat indoor/outdoor sports bar and grille. Outside heated dining terraces and a fire pit provide an additional 70 seats overlooking the course. Clad in grey shingles, rustic stone, and white trim, the clubhouse architecture is a blend of classic New England shingle style with modern elegance. The interior

Scarborough, ME – profile project sites, with his Construction and power previous employer. industry veteran William (Bill) “In his new role at Stantec, Birney has joined Stantec’s Bill will help us continue Power practice as a senior delivering exceptional quality, principal and director of consistency, and innovation engineering, procurement, and throughout our EPC work construction (EPC) projects. in the power industry,” says He will work across the U.S. Dave Bernier, Stantec vice and Canada to manage project William (Bill) Birney president and regional business risk, professional standards, leader for Power in North America. “His and quality assurance of Stantec Power’s construction and large project experience growing EPC project portfolio. will help us develop a ‘win strategy’ for Birney brings 29 years of experience EPC projects while mitigating potential in the power generation and heavy risk and executing our work with the industrial sectors. His project experience high level of quality that our clients includes hydropower, dams and levees, expect. His detailed understanding of and wind power, as well as biomass, solar, power plant systems, regulatory drivers, and substations. and contracting, as well as his extensive Over the last four years he helped to client network, will be great assets as we organically grow a significant footprint in continue to penetrate the marketplace and the Southeast, with over 240 construction expand our group across North America.” personnel working on numerous high-

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ABC NH/VT 2018 Awards The ABC New Hampshire/Vermont chapter recently announced its 2018 Safety Award winners, S.T.E.P. Awards, and F.L.i.C awards. ABC Construction Industry Safety Awards Program recognizes commendable safety performance of individual firms. The awards are intended to convey ABC’s strong support of safety performance in full recognition of the fact that each firm has the responsibility for execution of safety, to ensure an overall safe workplace.

Safety Awards SIC 15 Under 50,000 Personnel-Hours

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SIC 15 50,000 – 100,000 Personnel-Hours

First – Bonnette, Page & Stone Corp.

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First – North Branch Construction Second – Lewis Builders Third – North & South Construction Most Improved – North Branch Construction Most Creative – North & South Construction Zero Cases Resulting In Lost Workdays – North Branch Construction SIC 16 50,000 – 100,000 Personnel-Hours

First – St. Pierre, Inc. Second – Andrews Construction Third – Leighton A. White, Inc. Zero Cases Resulting In Lost Workdays – • Andrews Construction • Leighton A. White, Inc. • St. Pierre, Inc.

SIC 16 200,000 – 300,000 Personnel-Hours

First – Methuen Construction

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First – F.A. Gray, Inc. Second – Laconia Refrigeration Most Creative – Laconia Refrigeration Zero Cases Resulting In Lost Workdays – Laconia Refrigeration SIC 17 50,000 – 100,000 Personnel-Hours

First – Dowling Corp. Second – Rose Steel, Inc. Most Improved – Rose Steel, Inc.

SIC 17 100,000 – 200,000 Personnel-Hours

First – Damon Insulation Company

FLiC Awards SIC 17 200,000 – 300,000 Personnel-Hours

First – EnviroVantage Second – DECCO, Inc. Third – SL Chasse Steel Most Improved – Metro Walls, Inc. Most Creative – Denron Plumbing & HVAC, LLC Zero Cases Resulting In Lost Workdays – EnviroVantage

Suppliers First – LaValley-Middleton Building Supply Second – ROI Staffing Third – Novel Iron Works Most Improved -LaValley-Middleton Building Supply Most Creative -ROI Staffing

STEP Awards ABC’s Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) is a safety benchmark and improvement tool that dramatically improves safety performance among construction industry practices regardless of company size or type of work Diamond – Cianbro Platinum – Cianbro; EnviroVantage Gold – Andrews Construction Co., Inc.; Methuen Construction Co., Inc.; Structural Associates, Inc; Tradesmen International; and W.M. Schultz Construction Silver – Denron Plumbing & HVAC, LLC ; Hampshire Fire Protection Co. LLC; Interstate Electrical Services Corporation; Lawrence Hall Co., Inc.; and Metro Walls

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Interstate Electrical Services • Brian McQuade North Branch Construction • Chad Sawin • Gabriele Di Nicola TCD Construction • Christopher Covert • Eric Cheyne • Robert C. Graham Martineau Electric • Christopher R. Bernier NorthPoint Construction Management • Doug Turchi • Jillian Shedd • Keri Driscoll Metro Walls • Douglas Lippert Irish Electric • George Luker Methuen Construction • Joann Pickard • Joel A. Allen • Leanne Brandolini The H. L. Turner Group • Jonathan E. George, EIT Al Terry Plumbing & Heating • Kelly Gaydos • Nicholas M. Terry

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Sizemore with Tom Horner of Rose Steel, Inc.

ABC NH/VT Construction Safety Awards, STEP Awards, and FLiC Awards

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Tom Kalantzis, safety director, Metro Walls, Greg Sizemore (ABC), and Kasey Tardif, safety officer Metro Walls

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SVK Fiber Cement Panels Fit Any Project Pascoag RI – Lockheed Window Corp., a local commercial construction company, recently announced new additions to its existing product and service offerings, that have historically included curtainwall, entrance, storefront, passage door, and window systems. Lockheed, recognized as an authorized fabricator and installer of SVK high-density fiber cement panels in the United States, provides in-house shop drawing, engineering, and fabrication services for SVK’s Decoboard, PuroPlus, and Colormat façade panels in addition to the installation of all SVK panel types. These panel systems provide many different shape, size, and color options, fitting any design. With these premium panel systems, Lockheed customers will now enjoy a wide range of benefits that include energy efficiency, nonflammability, high durability, resistance to harsh weather, and no sealing or treatment postinstallation.

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August 2018


Restoration & Renovation Kaplan Renovating St. Paul’s Church

Elkus Manfredi to Design Boston Office

Brookline, MA – Kaplan Construction recently announced it is renovating St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, founded in 1849. Serving as construction manager, Kaplan will oversee interior and exterior renovations to the existing church, including reconstructing the children’s education space to accommodate additional Sunday school and youth programming. Designed by the architectural team of studioMLA of Brookline and David L. King Architects of Boston, most of the project involves the transformation of 2,500sf located on the lower level of the parish hall. The reconfigured space will include the addition of new bathrooms, multiple classrooms equipped with kitchenettes, and a dedicated office for child care staff. Additional project team members include Garcia, Galuska & DeSousa for MEP engineering and Roome & Guarracino for structural engineering. It is expected to be complete in summer of 2018. David L. King Architects helped to develop the exterior in a manner that was complementary to the original building, and studioMLA’s interiors team integrated fun light fixtures, colorful accent walls,

Boston – Law firm Mintz Levin recently announced it is undertaking a comprehensive new design for its offices at One Financial Center, where it has extended its lease in the building for 15 years. Suffolk Construction is the general contractor, and Colliers International will manage the project. Elkus Manfredi will draw upon its cross-industry design approach, combining features from diverse project types like hospitality, residential, and high-tech design with its extensive experience in designing for large law practices. When complete, the new office will occupy 206,000sf on seven floors. The office will provide a collaborative, visually inviting environment for staff. The highest standard of materials and finishes will be utilized throughout, the best ergonomics, and advanced systems installed for important environmental functions such as lighting, acoustics, and air quality. Adjacencies will be carefully considered to maximize efficiency; meeting spaces will be generous and varied to support different collaborative needs, balanced with private spaces for

St. Paul’s Church

and new flooring to modernize the space while protecting its historic character. Exterior improvements include creating an outdoor play area, garden terraces, and a new stormwater management system. Providing direct access to a new outdoor play area, studioMLA’s landscape architecture group designed a separate entrance for the lower level and a new paved pathway that connects the vestibule with a classroom. New, larger windows will be installed in the lower level to welcome more natural light. Improvements to other areas of the church and parish hall include a new accessible ramp per ADA standards, mechanical system upgrades throughout all offices, and new finishes to rejuvenate the building.

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quiet, focused work. Elkus Manfredi Architects will help transform the Boston office into an efficient and flexible space that will meet the needs of its clients and support the firm’s staff in a modern, collaborative environment.

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Boston – Finegold Alexander recently announced it has completed the first phase of the renovations to The First Church of Christ, Scientist, on Mass. Ave. in Boston. The project involved the interior repair and restoration of The Mother Church Original (TMCO) as well as the complete overhaul of the adjacent plaza and reflecting pool designed by CRJA landscape architects. The building is part of a campus in the city of Boston, located on a prominent 14.5-acre site that also includes a large

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& Heger (SGH), who are responsible for the building exterior, and Arup, who will provide the electrical and fire protection services. Key elements include the preservation of the building envelope, interior repairs to address water infiltration, and life safety/accessibility code upgrades. Construction is led by Shawmut Design and Construction. Work on TMCO involved strategically inserting updated electrical and lifesafety systems into the existing building fabric to bring the structure up to code, while leaving the original interiors intact. Additional interior work included plaster repairs, restoration of damaged interior stonework and mosaic tile, and restoration of the interior decorative painting. “The team had to carefully design and implement the work in order to ensure that there were no areas in the building that showed traces that we were ever there,” notes Regan Shields Ives, Finegold Alexander principal. “The result is a modernized, code-compliant church that harkens back to its original splendid design.”

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Municipal Copley Wolff to Provide Landscape Architectural Design for Pynchon Park Springfield, MA – Copley Wolff Design Group was recently contracted to redesign and upgrade Pynchon Park, located between Dwight and Chestnut streets in downtown Springfield. The firm will execute the resurrection of the park and oversee the design, construction, permitting, and testing after several years of limited use and disrepair since its opening in 1976. Copley Wolff is further evolving Pynchon Park with the redesign of existing open space for recreational activities, with special attention to improved pedestrian access, installation of an interactive water feature, a monumental staircase, infrastructure updates, multifaceted green spaces and gathering areas, upgraded utility connections, and lush landscaping. The design will also feature an integral architectural element such as a funicular or an elevator to help visitors surmount the 40-foot change in elevation from the park’s downtown location up to the Quadrangle, the cluster of museums and numerous cultural institutions in Springfield’s Metro Center. The design and engineering of the park entrances

Copley Wolff’s rendering of Pynchon Park

and other attractions will meet current Massachusetts and ADA compliance regulations. The dramatic park redesign will facilitate foot traffic between downtown Springfield’s Court Square and the

Quadrangle by shortening the distance between the two public spaces and making the walk more pleasurable for pedestrians. Copley Wolff and the city of Springfield have begun devising designs for the renovation.

Copley Wolff’s design includes a monumental staircase, interactive water feature, green spaces, and a potential elevator or funicular.

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Nauset Begins Mixed-UseRenovation

Dellbrook CM for Lynn Development

Crimson Galeria / rendering by Peter Quinn Architects 34 Munroe Street

Lynn, MA – The Procopio Companies recently selected Dellbrook | JKS as the construction management firm for its downtown ground-up mixed-use project at 34 Munroe Street in Lynn. Quincybased Dellbrook | JKS was selected by the development team as the project’s construction manager. The development includes approximately 208,000sf of market-rate residential rentals, 15,000sf of streetlevel commercial space and 20,000sf of resident amenity space. The design team is lead by Beverlybased DMS Design, LLC, an architecture

and interior design firm. Dellbrook | JKS joins the team at a pivotal point in the design and preconstruction process and will be able to work together with the design team as the project moves through design development and into construction. “We are dedicated to the highest standards in the industry, and we prove our commitment on the job every day,” stated Michael Fish, president and CEO of Dellbrook | JKS. “Our mission is to put the industry’s best talent in front of our clients’ most challenging projects, and the Munroe Street tower will be no different.”

Cambridge, MA – Construction is now underway for a mixed-use project that will add 18,000sf of Class A office space to supply-constrained Harvard Square while revitalizing the existing retail space within the Crimson Galeria. Located at 57 JFK St., the redevelopment is being undertaken by Needham-based Nauset Construction for owner Crimson Galeria LP. Designed by Peter Quinn Architects, there are many inherent complexities to this project. One of the challenges is that the 57 JFK site is part of a larger parcel that extends to 96 Winthrop St., known as the Hyde-Taylor House. The building, constructed in 1846, is a designated landmark in the City Registry

of Landmarked Properties. While no work is planned for that structure, the building will need to be underpinned and temporarily shored during the excavation process. Nauset, the owner, and the architect worked closely with the Cambridge Historic Commission during the preconstruction phase as part of the project approval process. “This project involves working on a tight, occupied urban infill site — something that we consider to be one of our niches as a construction manager,” said Nauset Construction president, Anthony Papantonis.

Erland Completes City Square Addition

Lobby, 145 Front Street

Worcester, MA – Erland Construction recently completed downtown Worcester’s new residential addition, 145 Front Street at City Square. The 398,000sf transit-oriented project, developed and managed by Roseland Property Company, includes two buildings that collectively feature 368 apartments, connected by a parking garage with 409 spaces. Designed by ICON Architecture, this mixed-use property houses four retail spaces along the perimeter of the ground level. Between the two buildings, residents can also enjoy courtyards, an outdoor pool with fire pits, grilling stations, and


areas for entertaining guests. Working on a tight downtown site, Erland implemented solutions such as just-in-time deliveries and a leave-out-bay tunnel to get materials into the courtyards. During the initial phase of this project, which began in February 2016, Erland constructed the first building, a wood-frame-over-steel podium structure that transitions from five to six stories. The second phase, which was recently completed this spring, is a five-story building with 128 units. So far, more than 97 residential units have been leased at City Square.

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145 Front Street at City Square

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Davis Companies Unique Collaboration to Transform Chinatown Boston – A three-building new development project in the South End recently cleared a significant hurdle when the Boston Planning and Development Agency Board voted to approve the planned development area (PDA) for The Shawmut/Washington Street Block, providing a green light for this transformative development. The project represents a collaboration between The Davis Companies, a Boston-based real estate investment and development firm, and two Chinatown community organizations, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA) and Boston Chinese Evangelical Church (BCEC). The approval paves way to develop three new buildings: • A 13-story residential complex with approximately 139 market-rate homeownership units, to be developed by The Davis Companies at 112 Shawmut Avenue. • New expansion of the BCEC building at 120 Shawmut Avenue to house church worship space and community programs and to develop up to 84 housing units on the upper floors, enabling the possibility of consolidating BCEC’s services onto one site.

“This unique partnership will provide much-needed affordable housing for the community, as well as three new public open spaces for residents and neighbors alike,” said Brian Fallon, President of TDC Development Group, a subsidiary of The Davis Companies. “Our nonprofit partner partners in this innovative three property PDA have been stewards of the community for many years, and this development will ensure that they will be able to serve the community for years to come, in addition to collectively bringing new housing and jobs to our city.”

The Shawmut/Washington Street Block / rendering by The Architectural Team, Inc.

• A building of up to 313 residential units and ground-floor retail space at 50 Herald Street, currently owned by the CCBA, which will provide at least 26% affordable units, which will be subsidized by inclusionary zoning funds from the Davis project. A direct result of this partnership will be the creation of up to 536 rental and home ownership units — including at least 26% dedicated to affordable housing, as well as ground-floor retail, commercial, community, and cultural

spaces. The PDA will also provide 27% public open space at the project, 7% above what is required, as well as underwriting the design and engineering for a new park at 142 Shawmut Avenue. An east/west pedestrian connection, which was recommended as part of the neighborhood planning process, will provide residents of the South End and Castle Square Housing with a safe, well-lit public pathway to the Washington Street Corridor that does not exist today.

Courtesy BPDA, Davis Companies, TAT

Trends and Hot Topics Risk Avoidance:

What You Should Know About Your General Contractor’s Financial Practices

by Mark Paronich When inviting general contractors to bid, most owners will check references, evaluate performance on similar projects, and put GC’s through at least a rudimentary financial prequalification process. But in terms of risk management, that may not be enough protection from a variety of threats that could derail the project. Here’s some insight on how to take a deeper dive into the financial practices and operating procedures of general contractors. These are four questions all owners should ask a prospective GC to help avoid unseen risks and ensure a successful outcome. What is their equity and liquidity?

Financially responsible general contractors

should maintain a healthy amount of cash on hand rather than draw down excessively through payroll, bonuses, or unwarranted capital expenditures. In my opinion a line of credit is not an acceptable substitute for cash on hand. For example, Delphi has a line of credit in the millions that has never been drawn against. How do they vet their subcontractors?

Conventional wisdom would suggest that subcontractor issues are a headache solely for the general contractor. But that does not mean that the owner (or the project) is insulated from harm as a result of a financially risky subcontractor. All it takes is one lien filed by one unpaid sub of a sub to potentially jeopardize a project’s financing or final conveyance. It is absolutely essential for a general contractor to fully vet all subcontractors not only in terms of their reputation for quality and their safety history but also their financial health. This can be a cumbersome and time-consuming process that not all general contractors have the resources or diligence to

undertake. Delphi rigorously vets our subs from top to bottom and insists on examining financial statements as part of that process. We work only with qualified subs that we are certain have the financial wherewithal to pay their suppliers and their second-tier subs. We also diligently track which third-tier subs subcontractors are actually using on a project, so we minimize the risk of liens from them to the owner. What are the details of their bonding and insurance programs?

Many general contractors will publish their overall bonding capacity, but it’s also important to know their per project bonding and who the issuer is. For reputable surety brokers and bonding carriers, there is a direct relationship between working capital and allowable bonding capacity. Be sure that your selected general contractor has plenty of capacity to spare among their active projects and that they are backed by a leading agency. Similarly with insurance, be sure to

determine who the insurer is, the extent of the coverage, and how much excess coverage the GC is carrying. Also inquire about the contractor’s EMR rating. This will not only give you an idea of their safety performance but also indicate the relative cost of insurance being paid against a benchmark of 1.0. (The lower the EMR, the better the insurance savings which can be passed on to the client.) Where is their financial accountability?

In my opinion, any larger general contractor should consider it a fiduciary duty to ensure the completion of rigorous annual audits. As CFO of a company of Delphi’s size and revenue, I bring in a toptier national accounting firm to conduct full audits annually. This ensures that we are operating as efficiently as possible, according to accounting best practices, in compliance with all regulations, and paying close attention to our financial health and longevity for the benefit of our clients and employees. Mark Paronich is CFO of Delphi Construction, Inc.


August 2018


Connecticut Ask the Electrician:

How Do You Match an Electrical System to Your Business Needs?

by John Sloane Wouldn’t it be nice if you could grab the ear of an expert? You’re just about to close a deal but need a gut check on a few key points? You’re planning to expand your business and are not sure what the impacts will be? Good news, we’ve got the expert right here! For nearly four decades, John Sloane has been archiving knowledge, some of which we are happy to bring you in our first installment of Ask the Electrician! My business is moving into a new space. How do I know how much power I need? Taking the time to figure out your

business’ electrical needs could save you thousands of dollars over time. The best place to start is working with a licensed electrical contractor to audit your electrical system before you sign any lease or mortgage agreement. Assessing your power demands requires you to determine how much power you need now and how much you will need to meet the demands of your business as it grows. A layman might think that they can anticipate all the variables now and in the future, but the devil is in the details. An oversight early in the process could easily cost many times more than a professional consultation with a commercial electrician before you sign the lease. Defining the demand factor

A qualified electrician can map out likely scenarios to help you define your electrical demand factor. Take a machine shop with 30 machines. They need 30 machines for what they produce, but only three are running at any one time. The maximum number used at once might be nine. You want to make sure you can accommodate your maximum needs with some additional leeway. You’ll have

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Your business runs on electricity. Make sure that your electrical needs are at the forefront of your planning and not an afterthought. You’ll be glad you did. When there is too much power . . .

It is possible to have too much power in a space that you lease, and that can cost you money. When transforming power from 480 to 208, a transformer is added to the project, and transformers create heat. This may come up when a business of a different use moves into a former manufacturing facility. A client may be in the situation where they’re relying on oversized transformers to generate a fraction of their capacity. This situation

may result in inflated electrical usage due to a bad power factor, a measurement of power efficiency. Don’t forget the simple things

Sometimes the simplest electrical solutions are overlooked until it’s too late to come up with an inexpensive alternative. Location of your electrical source in relation to your demand points is one of them! Electricity is like water in a pipe: As distance from the source increases, your wire size increases. When you engage an electrician early in the planning process, suggestions will be made to ensure that power sources are closely situated to power equipment. As with all areas of facilities planning and construction, it is much less expensive and quicker to change a drawing than it is to knock down walls. Your business runs on electricity. Make sure that your electrical needs are at the forefront of your planning and not an afterthought. You’ll be glad you did. John Sloane is regional vice president, Massachusetts Service, Interstate Electrical Services and is an active member of the Construction Institute.

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East Hartford, CT – QA+M Architecture is rehabilitating Veterans Terrace, a 150unit affordable housing development on Columbus Circle in East Hartford. ​The revitalization plan includes the demolition of the existing buildings, allowing for the creation of new, energyefficient and accessible residences. New components of the revitalization will include private entranceways, modernized kitchen and bathrooms,

improved site security, decorative landscaping, community buildings, and various recreational amenities that will help transform the complex into a welcoming, mixed-income community. During a recent community outreach event, QA+M’s Tom Arcari and Carson Collier presented design concepts to Veterans Terrace residents, encouraged community participation throughout the construction phase, and addressed the community’s questions and concerns.

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SMPS CT Announces Board of Directors SLAM Team Earn WELL Certification

Jessica Osborne, Allison Puzycki, Kate Anderson, Samantha VanSchoick, Jessica Parkins, Sharon Pomeroy, Marta Dabrowski, Cathie Reese, Ronald Paolillo / Time Frozen Photography

Hartford, CT – The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Connecticut Chapter recently announced the board of directors for the 2018/2019 program year, that begins on September 1. Board officers are elected by SMPS CT chapter members. Samantha VanSchoick, marketing and business development manager for CIL, a real estate development company, returns to the board as president. Nichole Petersen, director of marketing for Flow Tech, Inc., is the 2018/2019 president-elect. She served on the board as secretary for the past three years. Sharon Pomeroy, CPSM, marketing director for Caldwell & Walsh Building Construction, Inc., returns as immediate past president and leadership committee chair. Kate Anderson, sales and marketing specialist with Gilbane Building Company, is secretary. In 2017, she was the first recipient of the Trail Blazer

Award in recognition of her nextgeneration leadership. Jessica Parkins, marketing manager at Petra Construction Corp., returns as treasurer. She received the Grace Waldvogel Member of the Year Award for the 2017/2018 year. Marta Dabrowski, CPSM, marketing coordinator at WSP USA Inc., returns to the board as a director and is continuing in her role as communications committee chair. Ronald Paolillo, director of marketing and business development at the Robert H. Lord Co., returns as a director. He is co-chair of the membership committee and serves as a new member ambassador. Allison Puzycki, director of marketing for Consulting Engineering Services, returns as a director. She currently serves as chair of the SMPS Job Bank. Cathie Reese, president and executive producer at Geomatrix Productions, joins the board for the first time.

Kathleen Neama, Eleana Lynch, and Tracy Herzer

Glastonbury, CT – The S/L/A/M Collaborative has announced that interior designers and associates Kathleen Neama, IIDA, NCIDQ, WELL AP, Eleana Lynch, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, WELL AP, and Tracy Herzer, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEEP AP, WELL AP, have recently passed the WELL accredited professional exam which designates them WELL certified professionals. This certification will enable them to implement WELL Building Standards, the first industry standard that is transforming the built environment into a vehicle that promotes human health, wellbeing, and comfort for the people who live, work, and learn in them. Neama, Lynch, and Herzer have expertise in designing interior spaces

for SLAM’s education, healthcare, and corporate studios, industries where wellness standards to optimize the built environment can be applied. “We are pleased to expand our team’s knowledge and ability to provide existing and future clients with the most up-to-date opportunities to enhance the work environment and experience of professionals,” says Terri Frink, IIDA, principal and studio leader, interior architecture, SLAM. “WELL building standards is the next frontier in the physical environment that integrates scientific and medical research into the design and implementation of spaces, and we are excited to add this to our portfolio of services.”

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Can Contracts be a Vehicle for Collaboration, Cooperation, and Creativity? especially the owner and subcontractors, who are often left out. The document created and agreed to by all parties should be maintained in one central place that everyone has access to. Owners have a vital role

by Brent Robertson In a recent industryREdesign workshop, a cross-discipline, multigenerational group of AEC firm leaders and legal experts imagined what a contract would be like if it were designed to inspire collaboration, cooperation, and creativity. What the exercise revealed were some simple ideas that could be integrated into contracts now, and radical shifts in how we think about the nature of contracts.

What could be included in contracts now? We’re all in this together

Parameters for how the teams work together and acknowledge and overcome mistakes, and the defined scope of the deliverable, should be established with the involvement of all members of the team,

The owners need to include not only who is funding the project but represent those who will occupy or make use of it. The owners need to insist in the effective, ongoing communication of everyone involved. Know how the money flows

project. Spontaneous conversations and interactions should be encouraged, as long as any decisions are documented and agreed to by those they effect. You have the power to change and adapt

If, through the course of executing the project, either unexpected constraints present themselves or welcomed discoveries are surfaced, the team can override any previous agreements if it is in the best interest of the project (to be determined through all-team discussion).

There should be no mystery about how the project is funded and how the money flows to all the players and when. There should be financial and other incentives to deliver beyond what’s been expected that benefits everyone (i.e., improve quality/ shorten time/lower cost/eliminate waste).

Information is generously shared

Relationships come first, process second

What if we looked at contracts in a whole new way?

There should be opportunities for the teams to bond and socialize to create healthy relationships right from the start, as well as mandated face-to-face interactions at key junctures in the

There should be no boundaries that limit access to needed information. In addition, expectations on the timeliness and thoroughness of the requests for information should be agreed to in advance.

What if we had two distinct contracts? One would be an agreement on scope (a defined scope for the deliverable), and the other would be an operating agreement that would lay out the principles and the

ways-and-means for how the team will conduct themselves and hold each other accountable to deliver on the scope. The real twist is that the operating agreement would be created post-scope approval as a real-time collaborative effort among all stakeholders involved. Provisions in that agreement would allow for the inevitable “didn’t see that coming” need to adapt and as-needed revisions of the agreement as the real dynamics of the project play out over time. It would also mandate that all stakeholders come together to check in on how the team is operating and to ensure that everyone is provided what they need to be successful. Incentives could also be awarded for good sportsmanship. In fact, the six key themes identified through this exercise could serve as the foundation to create such an operating agreement. Brent Robertson is partner at Fathom. net in West Hartford, Conn. IndustryREdesign is an exclusive series of workshops that uses a crossindustry, cross-generational approach to creating solutions for our industry’s greatest challenges.

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Multi-Residential BPDA Board Approves 870 Units Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors approved four development projects and one notice of project change at its July meeting. The projects will generate a total of 870 residential units, 190 of which will be affordable. In addition, the projects will create 379 jobs upon their completion. Development projects include:

• 217 Albany Street – 139,900sf, 24 onsite IDP units, interior and exterior amenity areas, part of Ink Block. • 200-204 Old Colony Avenue – 63,023sf, 49 residential units, eight IDP units.


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• Shawmut Avenue/Washington Street Block – 617,216sf, 536 units with up to 139 affordable units. Notice of project change (NPC)

• Orient Heights Redevelopment – 331 affordable housing units, community and open space, replacement public housing units. The BPDA continues to make progress towards Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s goal of increasing affordable housing to support a strong middle class. Since the start of 2018, 2,908 new housing units have been approved, with 585 affordable units for low- or middle-income residents.

MassDev Issues Bond For Multi-Res

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Boston – MassDevelopment has issued a $9.4 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of 61 Heath LLC. The bond proceeds will be used to build a 47-unit affordable multifamily rental housing facility at the site of a vacant lot in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. 61 Heath LLC is an affiliate of Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC). The city of Boston provided the land and development funding for the project. 61 Heath Street Apartments, will consist of 11 one-bedroom units, 22 twobedroom units, and 14 three-bedroom units, 40 of which will be rented to households earning no more than 60% of area median income. The remaining seven will be rented to households earning no more than 70% of area median income. The facility will include a neighborhood-friendly commercial space and a community room. The apartments will be located at 61 Heath Street, near Jamaica Plain’s border

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with Mission Hill, and within a half-mile of community resources. In 2015, MassDevelopment provided a $36,000 loan from the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund to JPNDC to help the organization conduct an environmental site assessment of this property.


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St. Mark’s to Renovate Gym

Griffin Offers Educational Opportunity

The teams from Griffin Electric and Wentworth held an information session for potential students to officially kick off the program

Holliston, MA – Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. recently announced its partnership with Wentworth Institute of Technology to offer graduates of its inhouse Apprenticeship Training Program the opportunity to pursue an associate of applied science degree in engineering and technology (AENT). With the goal of giving students the best in education and training, Griffin Electric and Wentworth have developed a program that will incorporate technical skills and hands-on, practical education for future leaders within the electrical industry. For both Wentworth and Griffin Electric, this partnership presents

a rewarding opportunity to share curriculum, deliver in-house training to Griffin employees, and assist them in the goal of pursuing a higher education. Eligible men and women who have completed Griffin’s program and achieved licensure will be awarded college credits towards an associate’s degree at Wentworth. Griffin Electric employees enrolled in the AENT program will also be granted access to Wentworth’s resources as registered students, providing them an additional avenue through which to further their professional development and work towards achieving their education and career goals.

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St. Mark’s Elkins Gym

Southborough, MA – Erland Construction is teaming up with S3 Design to renovate 6,350sf of space within St. Mark’s School’s Elkins Gym. St. Mark’s sees athletics as a key element of its students’ education, building skills and character, teamwork, and perseverance. Together, Erland, St. Mark’s, and S3 Design will create a new athletic performance center to meet the evolving wellness needs of the school’s student population. The T. Jefferson Coolidge ’50 Athletic Performance & Wellness Center is Erland’s sixth project with St. Mark’s. This project will provide state-of-the-art training, fitness, recreation equipment,

and programs including space for free weights, indoor turf, and rowing machines. The construction will take three months and will be ready in time for the school year to begin in the fall. St. Mark’s School is a coeducational preparatory school in Southborough, Massachusetts, founded in 1865. “It is our goal to partner with the school to upgrade the building’s infrastructure to support new state-of-the-art fitness equipment and health and wellness programs,” said Scott Bates, academic group manager. “This transformation underscores St. Mark’s commitment to its students and to the ideal of ‘Do and Be Your Best.’ We’re excited to be back on this evolving campus.”

IBEW Local 96 Holds Graduation

Graduating seniors from the Connecticut Technical High School system / photo by Shannon Burke

Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corporation recently awarded $19,000 in scholarships to 19 seniors graduating from the Connecticut Technical High School System. KBE first awarded scholarships to students from the Connecticut Technical High School System in 2014 as part of the firm’s 50 Ways to Make a Difference philanthropic initiative. To date they have provided $53,000 in awards. To be eligible for scholarships, students must be pursuing building industry-related higher education, such as four-year college programs for structural engineering, civil engineering, mechanical/electrical engineering, construction management, or architecture. Students pursuing certification programs


for building trades such as electricity, plumbing, or HVAC are also eligible. The 2018 scholarship winners include: Tanairi Acevedo-Ramos (New London), Selena Anderson (Hamden), Jordan Balogh (Windham), Jamal Boujjaj (Meriden), Cody Caetano (Enfield), Collin Couillard (South Windsor), Josh Donaghy (Bristol), Jason Franceschini (Cheshire), Frantzeska Guerrier (Hamden), Johnathan Ivan (Canterbury), James Hannon (Thomaston), Ciara Hubertus (New Fairfield), Adam Karpeichik (Torrington), Brooke Langley (Moosup), Amira Richardson (Stratford), Anthony Rizzi (Stamford), Medjina Sanon (Norwalk), Cody Whittemore (Torrington), and Nicole Zalewski (Portland).

(Front row, l-r) Jose Cruz, Raphael Santos, Eric Daniel, and Daniel Wetherbee. (Back row, l-r) David Joyce, Brady Bryan, Francis Bird, Francis Henrickson, Stephen Short, Tyler Sweet, and Sam Boucher. Graduates not pictured: Robert Eckert and Jaimeson Cole

Worcester, MA – IBEW Local 96 recently held its 2018 Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony with 13 Local 96 electricians graduating the five-year Worcester Joint Apprenticeship Training Program (WJATP). Local 96 Business Manager/WJATC Chairman Tom Maloney and special guest speakers Tim Murray, president and CEO of the Worcester Chamber of Commerce, and Mike D’Amico, international representative of IBEW, addressed the graduating class. The ceremony was attended by all active apprentices in the NECA/IBEW Worcester Joint Appren-

ticeship Training Program; management personnel from IBEW Local 96 signatory contractors, Ostrow Electric, Coghlin Electrical, DelFignore Electric, and LidCo Electric; and Local 96 office staff. Twenty-one apprentices received Perfect Attendance Awards for the 2017 to 2018 school year, and graduating apprentice Daniel Weatherbee, of Ostrow Electric, received special recognition for perfect attendance for all five years in the industry-leading electrical training program, comprised of 800 hours of classroom-related theory and 8,000 hours of on-the-job field training.

August 2018


National Union Trust Building Wins Award

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Pittsburgh PA – The Union Trust Building was recently honored with a 2018 American Architecture Award for building restoration from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. The award was presented to Elkus Manfredi Architects for its detailed, innovative design in restoring and re-envisioning the more than 100-yearold, 500,000sf structure. The building was originally commissioned by the industrialist Henry Frick and is now owned by an investment fund affiliated

with The Davis Companies of Boston, which acquired the property in 2014, and assembled the team to re-envision and restore the property in 2015-2016. Through a $100 million restoration, The Davis Companies retained the building’s unique architectural features and historic charm, while redefining its future as a vibrant 21st-century, LEEDcertified, mixed-use retail/office building structure with state-of-the-art amenities and 28 original Pittsburgh-inspired works of art.

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Corporate New cPort Branch Under Construction

Beals and Thomas Opens Boston Office

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Portland, ME – Designed by Gawron Turgeon Architects, P.C. (GTA), cPort Credit Union’s newest branch is currently under construction in downtown Portland. Scheduled for completion by December 2018, cPort Credit Union will strart serving new and existing members at its new location in early 2019. This new 6,880sf, four-story building is intended for mixed-use. The structure’s first two floors are commercial space for a cPort Credit Union branch while the third and fourth floors will be a single, luxury residential unit with rooftop access. In addition to the banking-specific spaces

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cPort teller area

such as an open-style lobby with teller pods, a comfortable lounge area, private offices, a conference room, and an online banking technology bar for members, the design includes the rooftop deck and new sidewalk that is integral to the neighborhood.

Boston – Beals and Thomas, Inc. (B+T) has expanded to Boston with its third office at 295 Devonshire Street. The new downtown location will support the firm’s growing operations and projects in Boston and Cambridge, including mixeduse projects Cambridge Crossing, Suffolk Downs, and the Harvard Square Theatre. The Boston office will host client engagements and industry meetings, plus house staff conducting research, design, permitting, and survey services. It is a 2- minute walk from Downtown Crossing and convenient to public transportation. Along with the new office space, B+T

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Life Sciences Engineering & Planning for Life Sciences Facilities

by Michael Palleschi The engineering of building systems in life sciences facilities isn’t siloed in the MEP systems themselves, but needs to be closely integrated with the underlying research. Central facility infrastructure systems such as HVAC, automation controls, process plumbing, electrical, and technology are crucial parts to accommodating and supporting key laboratory systems and processes that are vital to furthering research goals and new discoveries. As engineers, we are expected to design high-performance environments requiring specially designed spaces to support state-of-the-art processes where fundamental research and teaching can be supported. Designing robust systems and services that allow research to continue — without delay or interruption — is essential to the advancement of the

research. One client asked us to expand their existing standby power system because a somewhat short-term power outage caused a loss of over $25,000 in refrigerated laboratory product. In hindsight, it was clear that a better understanding of this in advance of the outage would have not only saved the client money, but would have eliminated the inconvenience to the scientists. The key to a successful design and, ultimately, its implementation, is developing an extensive understanding of the researcher’s needs and expectations from the beginning of the design effort. This requires involvement and contribution from the entire design team and researchers. Even so, it’s not uncommon for the building design engineers to not even be invited to laboratory planning meetings, and this seldom yields the best results. The building’s design engineers are generally the best source of information related to the building itself and what it’s capable of supporting. For example, the engineer will have the best knowledge of the available ceiling cavity and what would be required for the systems that are being discussed. Although the ceiling

cavity isn’t directly related to laboratory programming, the engineer’s ears will perk up when topics involving fume hood density are mentioned, and their insights about ductwork can be valuable given their understanding of the building’s floor-to-floor and required ceiling heights. One key aspect of system integration is properly accounting for the service requirements of laboratory equipment and the environmental parameters for each space. On a current project, a researcher’s need for a particularly low relative humidity required us to design a specialized desiccant dehumidification system. This specialized system required mechanical space that wasn’t considered in the space planning, and determining this early allowed the plans to be adjusted. On another project, a conventional fume hood would have required costly HVAC system upgrades, but the researcher was able to determine that a recirculating filtered hood would be appropriate, significantly reducing first costs. Generally, a laboratory planner will take the lead on developing equipment data sheets, but getting the engineer involved will improve the outcome. In a recent instance, preliminary equipment

data sheets indicated a steam autoclave, but because we knew that steam wasn’t available, a more cost-effective electric autoclave was specified instead. In the case of existing equipment being reused, it’s best for the engineer to review the actual equipment requirements. On a different project, a piece of existing equipment required nonstandard power. After consideration, the owner decided to purchase new equipment that could use standard power, resulting in comparable first costs and more state-of-the-art equipment. Through well-organized planning and collaborative efforts between the researchers and the designers, a better, more comprehensive understanding of the specific research applications is achieved. Understanding the relationship between the users and how they utilize and apply the various instruments and equipment in their research is paramount to providing a seamless integration between the infrastructure systems and the specific needs of the scientists. Michael Palleschi is a mechanical engineer and project manager at BVH Integrated Services, P.C, in Newton, Mass., an active member of the Construction Institute.

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DiPrete Raises Over $15,000 for MS

Feldman HQ Gets Preservation Award Boston – The 19th-century building at 152 Hampden Street, originally home to the Boston Piano Company, is one of the winners of a 2018 Preservation Achievement Award. During its long history, the building housed Hall Treadle Works, Stimler Machine Shop, and the Peet Valve Company. By the time Michael Feldman looked at the building to house his survey company, the first floor was a dirty storage space for cars and bicycles. But he envisioned the large masonry structure becoming the headquarters for his business and bringing new life and energy to the Roxbury community. An extensive renovation program was carried out by a project team that included Bay Colony Development Corp., Boston Environmental Corp., C3, Eastern Bank, Feldman, Goulston & Storrs, HW Moore Associates, Inc., The Lagasse Group, McMahon Architects, McPhail Associates, LLC, Perishable Management Services, Marzilli & Company, and TFMoran Inc. The building is now Feldman’s headquarters. The offices on the upper

DiPrete Engineering’s PT Riders

Cranston, RI – Employees and friends of DiPrete Engineering recently participated in the 150-mile-long Bike MS: Ride the Rhode event, raising over $15,000 to support research dedicated to finding a cure for multiple sclerosis. Members of the DiPrete Engineering’s Bike MS team, the PT Riders, have participated in the annual race since 2005 when they were introduced to the ride by Dennis DiPrete, president of the company, who began riding after his sister-in-law was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Since then, the team has raised over $260,000 through biking, golf

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floors embrace original features of the building with exposed beams and restored metal doors. The first floor is now home to a local brewery, Backlash Beer Company. “An old piano factory, a brewery, and a land surveying company with roots in transits and tape measures now embracing lasers and drones, seem like an odd blend, but in fact demonstrate the ultimate creative fusion that breeds success, vibrancy, and character of a modern city,” says Greg Galer, executive director of the Boston Preservation Alliance.

tournaments, and wine tastings. “We are very proud of all who participated and contributed to this annual fundraising effort and look forward to more successful rides in the years to come,” said DiPrete. This year, the PT Riders were among the top 10 fundraising teams in Rhode Island. In addition to helping find a cure for multiple sclerosis, donations raised through the Bike MS event go toward providing direct support and financial assistance for medications and medical equipment for those living with multiple sclerosis.

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Portland, ME – Harriman recently announced the promotion of five key team members to leadership positions across all four offices. Lisa D. Sawin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, is now a senior associate based in Harriman’s Auburn and Portland offices. She joined Harriman in 2016 and has over a decade of experience in K-12 and higher education projects. Sharon A. Ames, RA, LEED AP BD+C, is now an associate in the Portland office. She brings more than 25 years of experience to her role for clients such as the University of N.H., Dartmouth, and Bowdoin Colleges. Emily Keys Innes, AICP, LEED AP ND, now an associate, is a senior urban planner in Harriman’s Planning Studio based in Harriman’s Boston office. She is also a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Technical Service

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Provider for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Kartik Shah, AICP, LEED AP, is now an associate in Harriman’s Boston office. He has more than 10 years of Gatchell experience in leading urban design and planning projects throughout the United States and abroad. William H.G. Gatchell, AIA, NCARB, now an associate, is a senior architect based in Harriman’s Portsmouth office. He has more than 20 years of experience in municipal, higher education, and commercial development projects. He previously held teaching positions at the University of Maine Augusta and Boston Architectural College.

Monroe Joins ROI Needham, MA – Resource While attending UMW, she Options Inc., a staffing kept an active work schedule, firm serving the AEC and balancing classwork with environmental industries, positions as an undergraduate recently announced that teaching assistant; marketing Jennifer Monroe has joined the and communication intern team as marketing associate. for the Women’s Leadership She will be responsible for Colloquium; and as a peer ROI’s marketing efforts, as well career consultant for UMW’s Monroe as identifying and recruiting Career and Professional internal candidates for all office locations. Development Center.

Cronin Expands Team Boston – Cronin Development recently announced two new hires in preparation for the launch of construction at 150 Seaport Blvd., where a luxury condominium tower is slated for Boston’s waterfront this fall. Donna Camiolo joins as director of development, focusing on the management of the 150 Seaport development and leading permitting and entitlement activities on new future projects. She is a seasoned Boston development executive and was most recently a vice president with Hill International. R. Wayne Lopez is now director of sales, leading efforts to sell the 114 luxury waterfront units. With over 18 years

New Bedford, MA – Poyant Signs has promoted two members of its team. Bethany Leonard has been promoted to account executive. She assumes responsibility for growing the business in Bristol and Plymouth counties, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island. Leonard supports businesses in building their brand by providing consultation, design, fabrication and installation services for interior and exterior sign products. Stephanie Poyant Moran has been promoted to director of design, estimating, and project management., She is responsible for overseeing and driving efficiencies to ensure the highest quality



customer support on all projects. Moran rejoined Poyant as fourth generation in the 80-year-old family business in 2015 as a senior branding specialist, serving the home base of Bristol County as well as Plymouth County and Rhode Island.

Tecta America New England Adds Two Hanover, MA – Tecta America New England recently announced two new additions to its team, Darren Metayer and Dillon Owens. Metayer has been hired as a junior estimator at the firm’s Portland, Maine, location. He previously worked as a tapered insulation engineer/estimator for Carlisle SynTec Systems and for a roofing subcontractor that specialized in historical restorations. Owens is now a project manager at Tecta’s Hanover, Mass. location. He



interned as an assistant project manager for Vigilant, a specialty manufacturer in Dover, N.H.

Littlefield Joins Jewett the way to project success. As Raymond, NH – Jewett Cona result, Jewett Construction struction recently announced places great emphasis on the the hiring of Dave Littlefield preconstruction process, prior as project estimator, a move to breaking ground on any that strengthens the company’s project. Jewett’s director of preconstruction service. preconstruction adds, “As a Littlefield joins Jewett company, we put countless following several years hours and energy into our successfully working in Littlefield preconstruction efforts. Our both estimating and project goal is to leave no stone unturned before management roles at one of New England’s leading general contractors. we start to build. Dave brings a true When it comes to a commercial estimator’s mindset and is one of the best construction project, it is proper planning, I have seen in the industry; we are lucky thorough design and budgeting, that pave to have him.”

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of Boston-based experience, he brings a proven leadership record consulting on, directing, and managing multiple onsite marketing centers and sales teams in new construction residential marketing and sales.

Boston – Stantec recently applications. He has been with announced that David Bedoya Stantec for 10 years. will take on an expanded role A great deal of his experience within the global firm’s water involves close coordination with practice, as Northeast regional the Environmental Protection wet weather practice leader. Agency (EPA) and helping He brings nearly 20 years of public and private clients comply expertise in overflow control, with administrative orders water quality, stormwater Bedoya issued by state departments of management, and complex hydraulic and hydrologic modeling environmental protection.


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August 20 Summer Golf Tournament Kernwood Country Club, Salem, Mass. Take in panoramic waterfront views at this year’s event. Lunch, dinner, and golf are included for each player.

September 13 2018 CI Golf Classic Golf Club of Avon We have had more than 200 golfers register for this event in the past and we expect to sell out this year. This event provides valuable assistance to the University of Hartford College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture students, ACE Mentor Program of CT and the Young Professionals Council.

Download information at https://www. ispeboston.org/download/08-20-18Golf-Flyer.pdf

Contact: Nancy Greenwald - ngreenwald@ construction.org

SFNE September 21 Annual Golf Classic Red Tail Golf Club, Devens, Mass. Play in the Annual Golf Classic and reconnect with your SFNE friends and colleagues in the New England steel industry. The tournament fee includes breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner, a “Have Fun” packet, golf, golf cart, and an American made golf vest. To register: https://secure.blueoctane. net/forms/A893U3W304RZ or http://ssfne.org/

Please email Bethany Burns at bburns@llbarch.com to sign up!

BRAGB September 12 Outing at Jillian’s and Boston Red Sox Game 145 Ipswich Street, Boston Pre-game party at Jillian’s, then head over to Fenway Park’s Right Field Roof Deck section, which features great views of the game, a roof top bar, and plenty of room to move around and enjoy the night. Red Sox versus the Toronto Blue Jays https://bragb.memberzone.com/eventregistration/register/4964

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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.






September 29 Habitat for Humanity Day 66 Wallum Lake Road, Burrillville, R.I. 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Breakfast and lunch will be provided This is our third annual Habitat for Humanity Day! West Bay and Northern Rhode Island Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes. We will be assisting with onsite construction, i.e. installing cabinets, sanding, painting, installing flooring, landscaping.

NAWIC Boston August 22 60th Birthday Party Let’s Celebrate !! The Allsteel Roofdeck 200 State Street, Boston 6:00 PM Celebrate the past, the now and the future! Cash bar, appetizers,networking,

AGC MA Advanced Golf Clinic September 12, 2018 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EDT AGC MA is now offering Advanced lessons with Granite Links golf pro’s ON THE COURSE. You will spend 90 minutes with only 4 other players and your own pro coaching you through several holes of play helping you to take your game to the next level! Enjoy beverages, apps and networking immediately following with a spectacular view of Boston’s skyline! Space is VERY limited! Visit http://www.agcmass.org/events

MBC September 13 Seaport Update Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel 606 Congress St., Boston 7:30am Registration and breakfast 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Program What’s next in the Seaport? Ken Colgate, vice president of construction at WS development shares plans and visions for Boston’s newest neighborhood.





August 23 Future Leaders at The Daily Catch Seaport 2 Northern Ave, Boston 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM The ABC MA Future Leaders invite you to take a break from your busy summer schedule and join us for a night of revelry in the Boston Seaport! We will be taking in the beautiful view of the Boston Harbor on the Harborwalk Patio at The Daily Catch Seaport while enjoying the company of fellow ABC members and fantastic food and drink.

September 25 Marcum Construction Summit Presented in collaboration with CT ABC and CFMA of Connecticut Omni Hotel New Haven, Conn. 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The Marcum New England Construction Summit is an annual “must” for construction contractors, and finance and accounting professionals, providing business-critical updates on the state of the industry from the country. Complimentary admission.

Contact Dan Gearin at 781-273-0123 or dan@abcma.org

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ISPE September 26 Annual All day event Product Show Gilette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass. 10:00 AM This year’s show features 375+ exhibitors, 3,000+ attendees, 20 educational sessions, Young Professionals social hour, student education, after-party at Optum Field Lounge, and much, much more! ht tp://productshow.ispeboston.org/ attendees/educational-sessions/

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PROJECT NAME Abbot-Downing School Concord NH




For pre-insulated single wythe concrete masonry wall systems, where would the vapor barrier go? - Vapors Impacting Concrete?

A: Dear VIC: For special circumstances, such as an indoor pool or museum quality storage, a vapor barrier could be needed and the variables for each scenario would need to be considered. For general use, pre-insulated CMU mass walls don’t require a vapor barrier. Mass walls behave differently from other structural systems, such as wood or steel. The mass of the concrete is able to absorb any moisture generated by vapor traveling through the assembly, and will dry out before it reaches 80% relative humidity. 80% relative humidity is the point at which the moisture in the wall can start to cause problems. A colleague of mine, Len Anastasi of EXO-TEC Consulting, Inc. ran a WUFI® (software which allows for realistic calculation of the heat and moisture transport in walls) assessment of both partially grouted Hi-R® and fully grouted Hi-R-H® pre-insulated CMU wall systems, with no coatings or paints. The location of the assessment was Boston, cold year, and the orientation was North-East/90º, which is the coldest orientation with the least amount of dry time. The failure criteria was set as follows: 100% relative humidity (condensation) within the wall assembly, moisture content above 80% relative humidity, and/or 70% relative humidity for extended periods of time in material within the assembly that can act as a food source for mold, ie wood & paper. Since there is no food source for mold in a CMU assembly, I wasn’t worried about this one! Both pre-insulated CMU assemblies passed. Vapor barriers are required in assemblies that are not able to absorb the moisture present, or are damaged by the presence of moisture when and if vapor traveling through the assembly condensates as the vapor moves from the warm side of the wall to the cold side. This is generally not a concern for pre-insulated CMU systems for 2 reasons. First, the mass of the assembly will absorb vapor and allow it to dry before it can condensate. Second, moisture does not affect the structural capabilities of a CMU structure. Of course, we want to keep our single wythe CMU structures dry, but the main issue here is water penetration and not vapors. Water penetration mitigation includes specifying integral water repellent for the CMU and mortar, proper flashing and weeps for partially grouted walls (fully grouted walls don’t need flashing and weeps) and implementing crack control measures. I grew up in and surrounded by dry CMU structures, and many of these structures were built by my grandfather almost 100 years ago - a testament to the resiliency and durability of concrete masonry construction when built according to best practices. Heidi Jandris, BArch, is Co-Owner, Technical Resource and Sustainability Manager at A. Jandris & Sons, Inc. For concrete masonry questions, email heidi@ajandris.com or tweet @heidiAJS

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