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Anastasia Barnes In recent years, New England’s A/E/C industry has provided solutions for many of the challenges facing developers and communities. The award winners reported in HP’s December issue represent only a small portion of hundreds of projects submitted that reflect these solutions. Through design and construction, we improve teamwork, conserve energy, and create a safer and healthier environment in which to work and live. For 21 years, you’ve trusted HighProfile to accurately report the New England A/E/C news and showcase the comments of industry professionals on relevant topics and trends. Our vision for 2019 is “Building a Better World” and is our commitment to you that, not only will we continue these endeavors, but we will be a platform where you can engage with the people and companies that are changing the industry for the better. We also challenge you to act on your own vision of what it means to build a better world, and to share those stories with us. This year, HP will be attending industry events and talking with members of the community about what issues and topics they feel are most important. We will be exploring what it
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Our vision for 2019 is “Building a Better World” and is our commitment to you that we will be a platform where you can engage with the people and companies that are changing the industry for the better.
means to build responsibly and will be featuring companies that are creating new ways to tackle the major challenges the industry faces today. Our new HP podcast will feature conversations with thought leaders on topics such as sustainable design, diversity in the workplace, and new technology. We also invite you to participate in a special issue entitled “A/E/C Vision”
We recognize that solutions are discovered in places where community members come together to share ideas. We invite you to email us at editor@ high-profile.com with your suggestions for people or companies you would like to see highlighted or topics you want to hear more about.
which will highlight individuals and firms in the A/E/C industry that are taking initiatives to build a better world by creating a healthy culture within their own firms, utilizing new technology to build our communities more efficiently, or by diversifying their workforce both in the office and in the field. We’re also working with Fathom, a future design firm, to better define our goals going forward and how we can best project those to our readers. Fathom works with companies to realize their full potential and put into action the goals and causes that will grow their businesses and positively influence the world around them. We’re excited to share our passions with you as we embark on a new year of innovation, creativity, and practical solutions for the challenges we face. We’re excited about Fathom’s commitment to taking High-Profile to the next level and will continue to share with you the discoveries we make.
To achieve our vision, we’re asking you to engage with us and to let us know what you’d like to see covered by HP this year. We invite you to email us at editor@ high-profile.com with your suggestions for people or companies you’d like to see highlighted or topics you want to hear more about. We recognize that solutions are discovered in places where community members can come together to share ideas. In the new year, we look forward to hearing from you and to providing content that engages, entertains, and challenges you, our readers, to build a better world. Here’s to new beginnings! Sincerely,
Message from Michael Barnes Founder of High-Profile The biggest news for HP in 2019 is the promotion of Anastasia Barnes to publisher, with full responsibility for the management of HP’s website, electronic media, and publication. During her 20 years with High-Profile Monthly, first as account executive and then director of business development, Anastasia is best known for the creation of FastFacts Barnes Friday, HP’s weekly news blast. Michael Anastasia will be charting a new vision for HP that
includes a podcast, video interviews, interactive events, and special issues devoted to the leaders and disruptors in New England’s A/E/C industry. Anastasia recently named Emily Langner as HP’s new associate editor. Emily will be providing original content from her contacts within our community. She previously worked Emily Langner
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Needham, MA – NAIOP Massachusetts, The Commercial Real Estate Development Association, announced its 2019 volunteer leadership slate, led by incoming President Sara Cassidy of AEW. Joining NAIOP’s new executive team of CEO Tamara Small and Executive Director Reesa Fischer, Cassidy will be followed by President-Elect Leslie Cohen of Samuels & Associates. This female-driven team is reflective of the increasing role of women in commercial real estate and the importance of diversity and inclusion to the organization. “It is truly exciting to have Sara beginning her term as president while Reesa and I begin our tenure leading the organization,” said Small. “As more women excel in our industry, it is only appropriate that our leadership reflects our membership.” 2019 volunteer leadership slate:
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• Chairman: Ed Marsteiner, National Development • President: Sara Cassidy, AEW • President-Elect: Leslie Cohen, Samuels & Associates • Treasurer: Charley Leatherbee, Skanska U.S. Commercial Development • Secretary: Tom Andrews, Alexandria Real Estate • VP Chapter Affairs: Michael Wilcox, The Bulfinch Companies, Inc. • VP Developing Leaders: Alex Shultz, Davis Companies; assistant, Sam Campbell, HFF
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Boston - Recently 250 architects, designers, and supporters of the BSA Foundation gathered for its annual Breakfast Fundraiser. This year’s event featured remarks from the Honorable Joseph Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville; Linda Soto, Boston Public School senior, aspiring engineer, and HMFH summer intern; John Feuerbach, Senior Development Officer for Housing at the City of Boston; and BSA Foundation Board and Committee members Jess Garnitz AIA and Laura Wernick FAIA. Funds generated at the Breakfast support the Foundation’s public programs
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Suffolk Breaks Ground at UMass Dartmouth Dartmouth, MA – UMass Dartmouth broke ground on a $134 million housing and dining complex designed to transform the student living and learning experience on campus. The project will create 150 construction jobs and 400,000 people hours of work. The facilities will open when students arrive for classes in fall 2020. The project construction will be led by Suffolk, which has built nine residential facilities on campus. The residence halls will be built through a public-private partnership between the university and experienced collegiate housing developer and manager Greystar. The partnership will allow the building of the new housing without any state taxpayer funds and will not add to the debt burden for the university. The project is being financed via the UMass Building Authority and designed by DiMella Shaffer. The complex, which is being built in Parking Lot 7 near the university’s Campus Center and College of Visual and Performing Arts, will include: • A $108 million, 1,210-bed, 267,500sf housing complex in two buildings. Besides the actual living areas, the facilities will include general academic classrooms, multimedia and study lounges, demonstration kitchens, and
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recreation spaces. The buildings will also offer technology-equipped maker spaces and two computer learning commons. Two faculty-in-residence apartments will foster mentoring and advising. • A $26 million, 38,000sf student dining commons with a capacity of 800. The facility will be designed with a marketplace concept that will expand
food options in response to students’ needs and expectations. “We know from studies and our own extensive experience that providing highquality living-learning environments for students increases graduation rates, retention rates, and academic performance,” said UMass President Marty Meehan. “This project represents an investment in student success and student
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Boston – Caritas Communities, a nonprofit providing very low income individuals with permanent housing, broke ground in South Boston on 46 units of affordable housing for seniors. Completion is scheduled for February 2020. The architect is Davis Square Architects of Somerville. The general contractor is Bilt-Rite Construction Inc. of Boston. Caritas Communities was joined by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and others, including officials of the Boston Housing Authority, the Boston Planning
and Development Agency, and the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation, which under the leadership of Donna Brown is a partner with Caritas on the project on land donated by the Housing Authority. O’Connor Way Senior Housing is being constructed on land vacant for more than 50 years, adjacent to the Mary Ellen McCormack Development low-income housing. It will include 24 units at 60% of area median income ($45,300 for a single person) and 22 units at 30% of area median income ($22,650). Some units
will be fully handicap accessible. The development will include a community room, laundry room, management office, and patio. It will be certified at a LEED Silver level of sustainability and will include support services from the South Boston Neighborhood House. The $20.8 million project was paid for partly through the city’s Inclusionary Development Program, from contributions from new projects in the Seaport, at 150 Seaport Blvd. and Pier 4. It is financed by low-income tax credits, MassDevelopment, Rockland Trust Corp., and TD Bank. “We are proud to be a codeveloper of this exciting and much needed housing effort,” said Mark Winkeller, executive director of Caritas Communities. “This is our third partnership with the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation. When O’Connor Way is complete, our partnership will have created 87 units of affordable housing at three South Boston locations.” Among other organizations involved in funding for the new housing are the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Cronin Group, Boston Capital, Tishman Speyer, the Charles H. Farnsworth Trust at the Bank of America, and the TD Charitable Foundation.
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“This is a great day for the people of South Boston,” said Walsh. “As the city grows, it’s critically important that our older adults and longtime residents have the chance to stay and thrive in the communities where they have lived for much of their lives. This development will secure that opportunity for dozens of our residents.”
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Wilmington, MA – Heilind Electronics, based in Wilmington, topped off the construction of its new 60,000sf addition with a beam signing, marking the construction’s progress. Erland Construction of Burlington, ahp Architects, and DB Roberts also joined the ceremony.
TG Gallagher to Move Headquarters Waltham, MA – TG Gallagher announced that it will be moving its headquarters from Cambridge to 309 Waverly Oaks in Waltham in the spring of 2019, a move that will consolidate the company under one roof and provide the necessary space to support the company’s rapid growth. The employees are at the center of the design for the new expansive
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Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors has approved development projects in East Boston and Allston that will create 60 residential units. The 44 North Beacon Street project in the Allston neighborhood proposes the construction of a new five-story building with 30 residential rental units and one commercial/office space. As currently proposed, the 30 rental units will consist of two studios, four one-bedroom units, 12 two-bedroom units, and 12 threebedroom units. The approval of the 656 Saratoga Street project will yield the construction of a three-story building with 30 rental units, including four income-restricted units, 30 off-street parking spaces, and at least 30 onsite bicycle storage spaces. As currently proposed, the 30 residential units are anticipated to consist of 14 studio units, seven one-bedroom units, and nine two-bedroom units. In addition to the two new projects, the board approved tentative designation for the redevelopment of the BPDA-owned Parcel 12, located at 280 Tremont Street in Chinatown. The proposed project includes 152 income-restricted rental and homeownership units to be developed by Asian Community Development Corporation and
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Millennium Partners. A portion of the affordable units contribute to the Inclusionary Development Policy requirement for the Winthrop Square project. The tentative designation of the parcel follows a robust community process with the Chinatown community about the vision for the site, which is currently used as a parking lot. In addition to the affordable residential units, the project proposes to expand the adjacent Double Tree Hotel and the adjacent Tufts Shared Services garage and will include an activated community space.
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Construction and Labor. Thought to be baked into Boston’s market in 2018, construction costs are expected to continue trending upward, and supplier margins will pressurize further due to trade wars on the international stage. CBRE notes higher import prices coupled with a surge in wages could lead to inflationary pressure in 2019. According to NEPPC, 2018Q3 construction posted the largest year-over-year job growth rate across sectors in Massachusetts and New England. This is expected to slow through 2019. Labor forces are participating above national trends — think low unemployment and solid job gains — but we are seeing droughts on skilled worker availability.
The Federal Open Market Committee predicted unemployment rates will bottom out sometime in 2019/2020 and begin to rise slightly. There aren’t enough people available and A/E/C companies have had to rethink expansion plans. Mergers, acquisitions and ESOPs remain a popular strategy for 2019. Economic snapshot. FMI reports dips in TEV/EBITDA, and NTM multiples began late in 2018 industrywide for A/E/C and are anticipated to continue. GDP growth rate decline is predicted by several outlets through 2020. Massachusetts annual GDP rates were 5.9% in early 2018, have steadily dropped, and predictions for 2019 include 2.7% from CBRE, 2.1% from FMI and 1.9% from the Congressional Budget Office. Increases in long-term interest rates and bond rate hikes are likely while all eyes are on flattening yield curves, the first inversion in early December 2018 in a section of U.S. Treasuries. MARKETS
Office, Life Science and Industrial. Downtown office space is in short supply and demands increase in 2019. Savilles and the Globe reported late 2018 office space availability rates dropped in Boston/Suffolk County to 9.7%, Boston Properties is at 3% of their downtown
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inventory, and Class A asking rents rose by 1.5%. This trend will continue as the large-scale projects coming online are leased up by the time they are shovelready. While corporations are moving into the city, space limitations are driving life science, industrial, and warehouse out
Life science rents have climbed more than 30% in three years, and sale prices are breaking records at $1,000/sf. of Boston. One fully strained market is life sciences; demands for space continue, with vacancies dropping steadily from 10% in 2016 to 5% in 2018. Life science rents have climbed more than 30% in three years, and sale prices are breaking records at $1,000/sf. Record-breaking absorption in industrial/warehouse, due to omni retail and speed-to-ship pressure in the supply chain, also shows no sign of slowing. ecommerce delivery, ridehailing services like Uber and Lyft, plus Boston’s high-rise construction boom, are melding together to make transportation/ infrastructure the newest programming challenge in real estate.
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Hospitality and Residential. Above-average supply growth in 2019 is expected with 40 hospitality projects and 9,000 rooms in the pipeline for Boston/ Cambridge according to BDPA. Pinnacle Q3 reports predict a 5.4% increase in supply and 3.7% increase in demand for the upcoming year. Developers and REITs have been capitalizing on these demands. Some speculate while consumer spending continues to increase, hotel owners will further raise room rates, making ADR an even bigger driver of RevPAR growth. 2019 will be a year of correction in Boston’s residential market as the high-water mark is passed, housing production is constrained, and rents are climbing. The large volume of new Class A rentals downtown saw urban cap rates at 3.5-4.75, thin risk premiums, and FMI reports slowing CPIP projections. Banks are entering the competition and, according to the Federal Reserve, easing credit standards for the first time in years to compete with private lenders. Single family and condominium home buyers pumped the brakes in late 2018, and mortgage rates are predicted at 5.5% by end of 2019. In all, 2019 will be the year to watch disruptors, re-evaluate risk, and adjust. Laureen Poulakis is the president of Brennan Consulting, Inc.
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High-Profile Focus: Forecast 2019
If the Greater Boston Market is Still Looking so Strong, Why is Everyone Worried?
by David Begelfer Editors note: After more than 27 years leading NAIOP Massachusetts – The Commercial Real Estate Development Association, CEO David Begelfer has retired from his position as executive director and is now the founder of CRE Strategic Advisors, a commercial real estate consulting firm that provides advice and guidance to private, corporate, and institutional clients with real estate opportunities or challenges. In recognition of all he has done for the commercial real estate industry, NAIOP honored Begelfer at its annual Distinguished Real Estate Awards Dinner recently with the Edward H. Linde Public Service Award. For the past several years David has entertained us with his personal predictions for the coming year. High Profile asked David to share this year with us.
Here are my last predictions as CEO of NAIOP (but not my last predictions)!
• Wayfair will double their occupancy in Boston. • Boston and Cambridge office rental rates will rise to record levels for new space, surpassing $120 psf. • Apartment rental rates will be flat. • WeWork will make a move to the suburbs. • Electric bikes and scooters will be allowed in Boston (and then regretted). • Bitcoin value will fall, other cryptocurrencies will rise.
• Foreign investment in commercial real estate will drop. • The stock market will hit an all time low and an all time high. • The Fed will raise rates .25% only once during the next year. • Tiger Woods will win a major. Below were my predictions for 2018 and what happened. Not too bad!
• Amazon will pass on Boston for a campus but leave us with a great consolation
prize. [Yes and 1mm sf coming to the Seaport]. • No Turnpike air rights project will start construction (ditto for 2019). [None, so far] • Fed. interest rates will be up 75 basis points by end of year. [50 basis points] • In Boston, more condos will be permitted than rental apartments (other than the neighborhoods). [Rental approved by BPDA: 33%/Condo: 67%] • An office or lab lease will hit $100 psf in Cambridge. [Boeing office, 314 Main St.: $106.63 Net effective rent] • Construction costs, on average, will be up 7%. [To date, 6%-7%] • More than 1 million sf of commercial space will commence on spec. [Office: Boston & Cambridge: 1,008,000sf; Lab: Boston and Cambridge: 1,226,000sf] • The 128 office market will show more transactions (both numbers and sf) than the downtown market. [Downtown wins] • Foreign buyers will begin to acquire major CRE property outside of Boston/ Cambridge. [No] •And, yes, the Patriots will do it again. [Almost!]
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IIDA NE Looks Ahead to 2019 Each year the IIDA NE Board undertakes a strategic planning retreat to focus its efforts on the future of the industry and its chapter. In addition to training, the retreat includes brainstorming and planning for mission-focused initiatives in the year ahead. Below is an overview of some of those initiatives for 2019, giving some perspective on where IIDA NE is headed. 2018 to 2019 is a building year for IIDA NE. They are focused on bringing their educational and professional development programs to the forefront, driving member benefits and participation throughout New England. Stay tuned into their social media feeds to see more and get to know the board members. Board of Directors 2019 Goals
• Expand the reach and impact of the Emerging Leaders program by including professional members from the Hartford and Providence City Centers and industry members from chapter sponsors. • Enhance professional development offerings by developing CEU programs focused on content you can’t get anywhere else: leadership skills, industry insights, and best practices. • Leverage communications to provide board transparency, increase the diversity in the types of postings,
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recognize the work and achievements of members, and celebrate the impact of design on the human experience. • Increase engagement from student members and educators through campus-based “local” programs and
events. • Grow the Hartford City Center by increasing the value of programs for interior designers based in Connecticut. • Foster industry relationships to create opportunities for members in allied associations to network and learn
from each other either through joint programming or membership pricing reciprocity. • Enhance the value of membership by establishing consistent feedback loops to measure the impact of programs and events.
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Tapping into the Future of the Design and Construction Industry by the Young Professionals Council of the Construction Institute “Everything we know about our industry is wrong in terms of what we will be doing tomorrow.” (Jim Cramer, former EVP, AIA, founder, Design Intelligence, from his keynote at the Construction Institute’s AEC Leadership Conference, November 2018) There is perhaps no better way to learn about the future of the industry than to ask our young leaders for their views. Each is from a different aspect of the industry. We asked them to tell us what they are most excited about for the future and to give us a prediction for 2019 and beyond. Antonia Ciaverella, architectural designer, Tecton Architects
I’m excited for a person-centered future that enhances connectivity. I think there are challenges ahead requiring teams to structure differently, taking their interdisciplinary nature to new heights and redefining roles. Technology will continue to connect us — shaping culture, expectations, and environments — but Chris Waugh, chief design and innovation officer at Sutter Health, gives us one very important question to consider prior to implementation: “Will this make the experience more human, or less?”
Antonia’s prediction: I expect the industry to continue advancing health and well-being conversations as one component of a multifaceted approach to include participatory design and evidence-based practice. Lindsey Fortunato Todisco, architect and project manager, Fortunato Construction Group
I’m excited to see the faces of the industry change and diversify. I can’t wait to see the way these new perspectives will launch a previously stagnant industry forward. Lindsey’s prediction: I expect to see an increase in the use of prefab and modular products and new, sustainable, innovative materials and methods. I hope we’ll see even more momentum around cross-disciplinary engagement and collaboration. Eric Goldman, construction advisory and forensic claims consultant, Ankura
I’m excited to see that the implementation of technology in the field is starting to drastically shift the accuracy of project controls. Eric’s prediction: As the technologyproficient next generation continues to join the workforce, these project control tech trends will gain buy-in, creating more accurate, contemporaneous data, and resulting in better proactive project management. A win for all involved.
Maureen Funke, director of new business development, greenbox-is Interior Solutions
I’m excited about innovations in all areas of the AEC industry. Innovations that we are not yet anticipating are the ones that will drive us into the future. Maureen’s prediction: Efficiencies will come to us through prefabrication, technology, planning, teamwork, and so on, but certainly not from doing things the way we’ve always done them. Rachel Thayer, account manager at Resource Options, Inc.
I’m most excited for the massive change that will take over the next decade in our AEC industry. As Nick Candito, CEO of Progressly, said, “Companies that change may survive, but companies that transform thrive. Change brings incremental or small-scale adaptations, while transformation brings great improvements that ripple through the future of an organization.”
Rachel’s prediction: Our society as a whole is already in a technology-driven world, and with the Millennial and Z generations now in the workforce, we are only going to become more dependent on this variable. Because of technology, our leadership styles will have to amend to different management styles in order to motivate, retain, and promote this generation of workers. Leonardo Pupim, AV technology business consultant, VisionPoint, LLC
I’m excited about the impact new technologies are having on businesses and the industry. I can connect with anyone in the world to collaborate on projects, share information live, and execute projects. Working directly in a technology industry, I see the impact to companies firsthand when technology is deployed and used properly. Leo’s prediction: I see businesses investing in technology to gather metrics on their business operations, to make data-driven decisions for future projects and investments. The Construction Institute/University of Hartford is a non-profit, non-partisan association of diverse professionals working to improve the A/E/C industry by sharing experiences and knowledge, advancing relationships, and developing business leaders.
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E4H Releases 2019 Trend Predictions Designing for resiliency
Healthcare facilities function 24×7, which requires them to be sustainably designed in order to maximize resources and reduce energy use/costs. With global warming’s effects quickly shifting the dynamics of our geography, the need for resiliency has made its way to the forefront of design discussions. How will the physical facility perform in the face of a natural or man-made disaster? What is the role of a hospital building to provide shelter and care to a community ravaged by a hurricane, flooding, or wildfires? Can our buildings continue to function when all the municipal systems (water, power, sanitary services) around them are compromised? What protects the safety of patients and staff when there’s an active shooter on the premises? These questions help us think beyond the standard disaster-preparedness drills to ensure the designs we develop thoughtfully address the needs of patients, staff, and their community in a time of unprecedented stress. New operational protocols require new plans, different physical barriers, and an innovative approach to the use of materials. Many E4H projects have been impacted by natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, this year’s Hurricane Michael in Florida, and the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Alaska.
The expanding role of genomics in healthcare
Genomic research is impacting many fields of medical research and is emerging as a key disruptor in healthcare delivery and patient treatment. With rapid technological advances and decreasing costs associated with DNA sequencing, a more accessible diagnostic tool, genomic research has provided a new lens into difficult-to-diagnose and rare diseases. Additionally, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a mature molecular technology, is being refined through improved techniques, new assays, and much higher throughput capabilities than ever before. We are seeing more molecular testing being done in the clinical lab, with many hospitals creating entirely new molecular pathology departments. This genomic data is opening the doors to greater predictability of drug efficacy, more ubiquitous individualized medicine, and targeted therapies, resulting in improved patient outcomes. E4H clients such as the Dana Farber Cancer Institute are at the frontier of translational medicine in healthcare. AI and virtual healthcare
Healthcare delivery has spent the last decades working to transform a process that is heavily dependent on data, and make it work smarter. Hospitals and
health systems have been working hard to convert and optimize their databases to improve patient care and streamline processes. Artificial intelligence is now poised to become the next evolution of healthcare data management, analysis, and prediction.
Artificial intelligence is now poised to become the next evolution of healthcare data management, analysis, and prediction. The ability of AI to analyze data and predict outcomes and trends will have impacts not only in the clinical fields, but also the operational and physical environments. AI has already begun to demonstrate its ability to assist clinicians with diagnosis and prevention of medical errors. As this technology matures, it will have a profound impact both on care delivered at healthcare sites and in the virtual realm, allowing for more informed diagnosis, smarter monitoring
and alerts, and outcome predictions based on patient-specific data. As facilities incorporate AI into their operations, it will allow them to look at the effect of the environment on patient, staff, and materials movements, which will provide them with the opportunity to refine their operations through scheduling to enhance throughput and eliminate waste. This insight will help better inform changes to the physical environment to better suit their needs based on the data that they are able to extract about the flow of material and people within their walls. AI will provide facilities with the ability to better predict their needs for supplies and deliveries such as medical supplies, food, linens, pharmaceuticals, and energy based on patient scheduling. This will help facilities further reduce the costly footprint of onsite storage through better managed just-in-time deliveries. Due to the growing need for patient data and medical records to be shared across a network of healthcare entities, blockchain integrations systems have seen a push in digital health as well. Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize healthcare by allowing the sharing and analysis of critical patient data in real time to improve quality of care. Blockchain also increases continued to page 41
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AGC of America Reports More Training Programs are Needed Arlington, VA – Forty-two states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between November 2017 and November 2018, while 23 states added construction jobs between October and November, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Association officials said the soaring level of job openings points to the urgency of implementing effective career and technical education programs to enable workers to get jobs in fields such as construction. “Contractors in many parts of the country are ready and willing to offer high-paying jobs with great career advancement opportunities,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Federal, state, and local officials should facilitate those opportunities by modernizing and adequately funding appropriate education and training programs.” “November was the first month this year in which fewer than half the states experienced monthly increases in construction employment,” stated chief economist Ken Simonson. “At a time when job openings are at record highs, the recent slowdown in hiring in some states may indicate contractors are unable
to find qualified workers, rather than a slackening in demand for construction.” The economist noted that job openings in construction totaled 292,000 at the end of October, a jump of 59,000 or 25% from a year earlier and the highest October
“At a time when job openings are at record highs, the recent slowdown in hiring in some states may indicate contractors are unable to find qualified workers, rather than a slackening in demand for construction.” level in the 18 years that the Labor Department has published the series. The number of unemployed job seekers with recent construction experience — 352,000 — was the lowest yet for that month. Together, these figures suggest contractors in many states cannot find experienced workers to fill vacancies, Simonson said.
Texas added the most construction jobs during the past year (47,100 jobs, 6.5%). Other states adding a large number of new construction jobs for the past 12 months include Florida (32,900 jobs, 6.4%), California (29,600 jobs, 3.6%), Arizona (18,500 jobs, 12.3%), and Georgia (18,200 jobs, 9.7%). Wyoming added the highest percentage of construction jobs during the past year (15.2%, 2,900 jobs), followed by Arizona, Nevada (11.7%, 9,900 jobs), North Dakota (11.4%, 2,900 jobs), Connecticut (11.0%, 6,400 jobs), and Oregon (10.7%, 10,500 jobs). Construction employment reached a record high in four states: Nebraska, New York, Oregon, and Texas. Seven states shed construction jobs between November 2017 and 2018, while construction employment was unchanged in Rhode Island. The largest decline occurred in Missouri (-3,300 jobs, -2.7%), followed by South Carolina (-3,100 jobs, -3.0%) and New Jersey (-2,200 jobs, -1.4%). Hawaii had the steepest percentage job loss for the year (-3.8%, -1,400 jobs), followed by South Carolina, Missouri, and New Jersey. Among the 23 states with one-month job gains between October and November, California had the largest pickup (3,300
jobs, 0.4%), followed by Texas (2,700 jobs, 0.3%), Pennsylvania (1,900 jobs, 0.7%), and Arizona (1,900 jobs, 1.1%). Wyoming added the highest percentage of construction jobs for the month (4.8%, 1,000 jobs), followed by North Dakota (2.5%, 700 jobs) and West Virginia (2.3%, 800 jobs).
The economist noted that job openings in construction totaled 292,000 at the end of October, a jump of 59,000 or 25% from a year earlier. Construction employment decreased from October to November in 22 states and was unchanged in five states and D.C. Florida lost the most construction jobs (-3,800 jobs, -0.7%), followed by Missouri (-3,100 jobs, -2.5%) and North Carolina (-1,500 jobs, -0.7%). Rhode Island lost the highest percentage of construction jobs in November (-3.6%, -700 jobs), followed by Missouri and Hawaii (-2.4%, -900 jobs).
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“The traditional AV integration process is an anomaly in the construction industry with many pain points,” said Steve Grace, president of AVH. “We interviewed clients, architects, and engineers to identify common issues and developed a unique and highly effective process to address them. The results speak for themselves, as the projects we continued to page 34
New York – Corporate Art Group Inc. announced it has completed the artwork and signage design package for Hulu’s corporate office expansion in New York City. The design for the new 20,000sf office space works to reflect both the Hulu brand along with their mark in the New York City area. Alisha Capobianco, VP of Corporate Art Group, led the creation of the custom artwork and signage package which included exploration of graphic design intent, custom wall murals, conference room signs, custom fabricated moss sign, glass distraction vinyl and code signage. The organization partnered with W.B. Mason Interiors who worked alongside Gensler Architects, Gardiner & Theobald, and Clune Construction Company on the project. Paige Peck, project lead, and David Wawrzonek, furniture manager from W.B. Mason Interiors, provided the ancillary furniture, task chairs, and monitor arms throughout the office. Corporate Art Group was responsible for designing the graphics for the new meeting rooms included within the Hulu expansion. Each graphic reflected different landmarks throughout the New York metropolitan area, such as Wall Street, Chelsea, MSG – Hulu Theater, Bryant Park, the Empire State Building, and Radio City Music Hall. The project included 14 custom wall murals, all of
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Cambridge, MA – Urban Spaces, a Cambridge-based commercial real estate development company, has finalized $44 million in permanent financing from People’s United Bank for 121 First, a 60,000sf mixed-use office property fully preleased to CarGurus, a national automotive shopping site. The fixed-rate, long-term financing was arranged by Mike Surprenant, principal at Goedecke & Co. Designed by global architectural firm Perkins Eastman and built by Nauset Construction, 121 First is comprised of 53,000sf of office, 7,000sf of retail, and 50 parking spaces. The building’s interior
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Over the years, CBT has remained focused on incorporating sustainable designs and energy-efficient solutions into every project it takes on. It does this by using local, recycled, or reclaimed products; efficient heating, cooling, and plumbing systems; and low-VOC paints and adhesives, to name a few. The firm also adds biophilic design elements to its projects by increasing access to natural light, ventilation, and natural landscapes. Pandya says incorporating biophilia into the built world is one of the keys to combating climate change. “The biggest outcome of connecting building occupants with nature,” he says, “is that it inspires us to then be sustainable about design. Having biophilic indoor environments can raise awareness and foster a desire to extend a connection to the natural world to the other non-ground floor habitats we use and create.” Another way CBT is using biophilia to combat climate change is by adding roof decks and gardens to existing buildings. “These nature-derived components brought into the built environment not only capture rain water and reduce the heat island effect, but also create a respite for people while they work,” says Pandya. One example of CBT’s work that reflects its commitment to sustainability
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January 2019 and biophilic design is its restoration of Schrafft’s City Center, a historic candy factory turned Boston office landmark located at 529 Main St. in Charlestown. Pandya explains, “With Schrafft’s, we opened up the aperture to the plaza with a large glass curtainwall entry, therefore increasing access and visibility to natural light and nature. Using insulated glass, we helped reduce demand on cooling systems — all important parts of battling climate change.”
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With Schrafft’s, we opened up the aperture to the plaza with a large glass curtainwall entry, therefore increasing access and visibility to natural light and nature. Using insulated glass, we helped reduce demand on cooling systems — all important parts of battling climate change.
One of CBT’s current projects is Post 200 Smith. CBT transformed what was an old United States Postal Service processing center into a vibrant work
community filled with fresh, cohesive workspaces. CBT preserved wetlands and created a fitness path for joggers and walkers, and converted 60,000sf of the main building into a large courtyard with more glass and access to natural light. CBT also added a white roof to reduce the heat island effect and photovoltaics for energy reclamation. Both Schrafft’s City Center and Post 200 Smith are repositioning projects. Instead of knocking down existing buildings to create new ones, repositioning continues to be the most impactful way to
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contribute to sustainable design. Among its many projects, CBT recently repositioned the global headquarters for a client at One Beacon Street, as well as the main entrance at 399 Boylston St. The firm also successfully transformed Center Plaza in downtown Boston and 99 Summer St. in the financial district by adding natural materials, expanding the visible glass, and bringing in daylight. Pandya is optimistic that building owners are beginning to recognize the importance of positively impacting their surroundings, the environment, and the people that live and work in the spaces they create. While the challenge will still be providing cost-effective solutions for both tenants and building owners, things like sustainability and making a positive environmental impact are higher on their priority list, and they’re having discussions with companies like CBT about ways to incorporate green alternatives. Pandya also believes that A/E/C industry professionals are moving in the right direction, but can always do more. “Every firm should be educating their clients, tenants, communities, and staff. If we all row together, we will move much faster. Design professionals can learn about new products and manufacturers
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Education SLAM Designs Science Complex at Providence College Providence, RI – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) recently completed the programming, planning, and design of a new 36,000sf science complex addition connected to the existing 70,000sf Albertus Magnus Hall at Providence College. In addition to full architectural services, SLAM provided preconstruction estimating, structural engineering, and landscape architecture services. Construction of the addition project is being provided by BOND Brothers Construction of Everett, Mass. The addition creates a new front entrance for the teaching and research facility, which is part of a $50 million multiphased project, an initiative of the Campus Transformation Project, contained within three adjoining buildings. The Science Complex houses state-of-the-art spaces for the biology, chemistry and biochemistry, psychology, and engineering-physics- systems departments. “The new addition achieves the goal of faculty and administration to bring the excitement of what is happening in the building to the surrounding quadrangle,”
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says Neil Martin, AIA, lead designer and SLAM principal, Boston office. “The existing science complex will be renovated by replacing existing windows and expanding interior layouts to create a science culture that will advance research.”
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Cambridge, MA – Lighthouse Electrical Contracting, Inc., based in Rockland, has completed the electrical fit-out project for the STHM Lab and Imaging room at Harvard University’s Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering (LISE) building at 11 Oxford Street in Cambridge. The project scope included Lighthouse’s highly detailed electrical installations associated with the facility’s Scanning Thermal Microscopy (STHM) Lab as well as its Imaging room. Harvard’s state-of-the-art LISE Building’s imaging suite is thought to be the world’s only facility to house both STHM microscopy and an imaging lab.
The project required close coordination between Lighthouse, the general contractor, Skanska, and all subcontractors, including architect: Wilson Architects; GC: Skanska; and EE: BR+A Consulting Engineers, all of Boston. Project Manager Kenny Grant and Foreman Rich Carney headed the Lighthouse Electrical crew of IBEW electricians in the project, which required extensive demobilization and remobilization efforts due to the extent of equipment being integrated into the small work area. The NECA contractor completed the eight-month project that started in July 2018.
Chelsea, MA – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently at the new Clark Avenue School designed by Cambridge-based HMFH Architects. The 115,000sf school replaces a century-old building that was demolished in phases to allow students to continue to learn without being moved from a long-standing neighborhood school site. It accommodates 120 more students than the former building, easing overcrowding in the Chelsea school system. Designed to meet the sustainable design standards established by U.S. Green Building Council, the school is expected to earn LEED Silver certification. The project team included construction manager W.T. Rich Company and the owner’s project manager Pinck & Co. The first phase opened in December 2016. Following the full demolition of the old school, Phase 2 was constructed and opened this fall. Inside the Clark Avenue School are 23 classrooms that integrate with social and community learning spaces including a library, music rooms, and spaces for large and small gatherings. Throughout the school, small-group, flexible spaces are positioned for team and individualized teaching that offer teachers a tiered set of options to work with students needing additional support and development instruction.
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Outside, on the corner of Tudor Street and Clark Avenue, a welcoming entry plaza and outdoor community space serves as a student and shared community resource for arts, entertainment, and public uses. It also provides a safe and welcoming outdoor learning environment and a now-favorite meeting place for students to gather before and after school, a resource missing from the old facility.
Healthcare Columbia Completes Boston MedFlight HQ
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Bedford, MA – Columbia Construction Company recently completed construction of the new headquarters for Boston MedFlight, the nonprofit critical care medical transport provider. The 54,000sf facility, located on the civilian side of Hanscom Field in Bedford, consolidates all functions under one roof and includes hangar space for four aircraft, garage bays for ground ambulances, a state-of-the-art communications center, a simulation lab for medical training, and offices for operations, educational, and administrative teams.
The new Boston MedFlight facility accommodates the coordination of timesensitive emergency medical response throughout eastern New England using both air and ground vehicles. A highfidelity medical simulation lab allows comprehensive, up-to-date training of Boston MedFlight and local first responders, and spaces are equipped with high-performance technology. The 30,000sf hangar slab and apron utilize radiant heat to maintain warm temperatures inside the hangar and ensure snow and ice melt on the exterior.
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Additionally, the project includes numerous sustainable design features including solar panels on the facility’s roof, which supply 297,600 kWh per year, providing roughly $45,000 in utility company savings per year, and reducing CO2 emissions by 238 tons per year. LEED Silver certification is expected. Construction at the approximately 2.5 acre site was a complex process. Crane permits were overseen by the Federal Aviation Authority, and each day the crane was onsite the coordinates of the crane needed to be called into Hanscom
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Siemens Completes Walpole Expansion Walpole, MA – Siemens Healthineers, a company that provides more than 10 billion laboratory diagnostic tests globally each year, has largely completed the expansion of its Walpole manufacturing operation. This milestone means additional, hightech jobs will soon be available. The Walpole facility is a flagship Siemens Healthineers manufacturing and R&D facility for laboratory diagnostics reagents and devices. Laboratory test results affect 60% to 70% of all critical clinical decisions, such as whether to admit, discharge, and/or initiate therapy for a patient. As of December, the company has created more than 275 positions of its commitment to hire at least 400, meeting 70% of its target goal in just over two years. The Walpole facility currently employs more than 900 employees and is the main Siemens Healthineers manufacturing facility for assays that run on the ADVIA Centaur family of immunoassay instruments, and for consumables for the company’s molecular and blood gas testing instruments. The facility now also manufactures the tests for the immunoassay module of the Atellica Solution. R&D efforts at the site bring new tests to the in-vitro
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The Surveyor: A Guardian of Wealth ownership, easements, and rights of way, but there is much more than meets the eye to determining the value of the ground beneath our feet. The surveyor’s role
by Michael A. Clifford On April 21, 1898, an article in the New York Herald observed, “It is an astonishing thing that men will fight harder for $500 worth of land than they will for $10,000 in money.” The next day, thousands of people raced across an Oklahoma plain in what became known as the Oklahoma Land Rush. Throughout history, the most steadfast and universal measure of wealth has been the ownership of land. The value of that investment requires the work of a highly trained professional. At the heart of the land surveying profession is the surveyor’s role in protecting property rights — both private and public. The licensed land surveyor’s duty is singular in determining lines of
Professional surveyors’ work extends past laying down tape and checking distances. They also interpret legal documents, maps, plans, and previous survey reports for further accuracy. They must understand how the courts decide on boundary disputes, knowing that a monument or a natural feature may take precedent over years of seemingly authoritative documents. Many surveyors even take law classes in order to be conversant with attorneys and other land use professionals. Beyond law, surveyors are historians. A key challenge of modern surveying is reconciling old records with modern methods. Some outdated methods like chains, builder rods, and tape — dating back to surveying’s infancy in ancient Egypt — were still used in surveys from the 19th and early-20th centuries. They have been relied upon for centuries, but now, modern technology provides
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precision that the old methods often cannot match. A 100-year-old survey used as a primary source for residential or commercial property development may contain inaccuracies. And, it’s up to a qualified professional, and licensed surveyor to settle the difference. The surveyor’s value
The surveyor’s work has value beyond the technical, but that is not always championed from within. Many in the surveying field dramatically reduce their fees to outbid competitors, or simply because they enjoy the work so much that they’ll take smaller fees just to have more to do. Worse, the value of a competent professional surveyor is often undercut by those who do sloppy work, cutting corners while representing themselves as fully qualified, simply because they have a license to operate. In some cases, unlicensed technicians who can use measurement equipment and sound like a professional have their work rubberstamped by a licensed surveyor that was never present on the job. If professional surveyors don’t consider their value, it will be all too easy for attorneys, architects, builders, and others in construction and development to devalue it too. The surveyor’s honor
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of a licensed surveyor is actually fairly new. Although California passed the United States’ first licensure law in 1891, and Wyoming followed suit 16 years later, it wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that every American state (plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) had laws governing registration and licensing. Now, professional licensing boards in each state uphold the public’s best interest by prohibiting fraudulent practice and by holding licensed surveyors to rigorous education and experience standards. The advent of licensing reflected the idea that a survey is more than a report in a stack of paper. It’s a professional service, the result of many hours of diligent, comprehensive work including land measurement, topographic maps, construction survey, and management of property documents and information to coordinate with local governance. It takes a professional to do all of those things right. Just as accountants are entrusted with great monetary wealth, professional surveyors have their own fundamental mission: measuring, marking, and recording the fortune inherent in the land. Michael A. Clifford, PLS, is the cofounder and principal of DGT Associates.
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An example of the SCI completed product with new porches on neighboring Stanton Street / photo by Brian Burke
26 Vinson St. is getting a rehab. It offers an open concept kitchen and living space suited to today’s lifestyles. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms on each floor allow for easy shared-housing living that many local graduate students may find attractive. New porches have been added to the front of the building on each
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Malden, MA – Erland Construction, headquartered in Burlington, has been selected by Roseland Residential to construct three five-story, high-end apartment buildings and a five-level precast parking garage in Malden. Cantera, a sister complex of Chase
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Worcester, MA – Sustainable Comfort, Inc. (SCI) announced that its Stanton Loop Neighborhood Revitalization Project in the Bell Hill area of Worcester will expand onto Vinson Street, that runs perpendicular to Stanton Street and is part of the community “loop” that SCI is working to achieve. The Stanton Loop Revitalization Project started in 2016 as a collaboration between SCI, Civico Development, and WalkerThomas, with SCI acting as the general contractor. The initiative began as an effort to preserve Worcester’s historic tripledecker neighborhoods, built at the turn of the 20th century. While these three-story apartments no longer house the workingclass families of New England’s Industrial Revolution, Stanton Loop hopes to give more people a healthy place to call home in Worcester. The Stanton Loop Revitalization Project has recently purchased two Vinson Street triple-decker properties. 19 Vinson St. is still in decent shape and does not need much repair, other than a few cosmetic improvements.
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New York – JCJ Architecture announced the firm will design a housing facility for Barrier Free Living (BFL), a community nonprofit in New York City that provides support services for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities. Once completed, the facility will feature 74 apartments, a rear garden, an elevated outdoor recreation area, and community support spaces. The $30 million project is anticipated to break ground in the fall of 2019, with completion planned for January 2021.
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NV5 Global Announces Contracts Hollywood, FL – NV5 Global, Inc., a professional engineering and consulting solutions provider with corporate headquarters in Hollywood, Fla., announced $15 million in program management contract awards in Ohio, Colorado, and California. In Ohio, NV5 was awarded a contract to provide construction monitoring services for a major metropolitan hospital in Cleveland, scheduled to be completed in 2022. In Colorado, NV5 was selected to continue to provide on-call program management services for the city of Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Association. NV5 will
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Allston, MA – Boston Volvo Village recently completed the historic renovation of 61 N. Beacon St., now home to its new urban dealership and offices. Marlborough-based Universal Window supplied the historic replica windows for the renovation. The architect for the project was Arrowstreet, and the construction manager/contractor was CM&B of Danvers. The project is being managed by the Ciccolo Group. CBRE New England is the exclusive leasing agent for both the office and retail space. The main showroom for Boston Volvo Village is located on the newly revitalized street level, with additional showroom space on the second floor and service write-up on the ground level. The building features arched windows, highlighted by a 50-ft. bay window opening to the lobby that includes a dramatic canopy entrance. There are 8- to 10-ft.-high windows on the main floor, with operable 3- to 4-ft.-high windows on the upper floors, providing abundant natural light for the building. The red brick façade of the Classic-Revival building is adorned with stone lintels, cornice, and other architectural details which reflect the industrial style of its era. Universal Window used a combination of its 550 Series Double Hung and 700 Series Steel Replica windows, accessing its library of historic panning profiles to meticulously match the original moulding profiles shown on the old blueprints. The windows were mulled, and custom panning was attached in the Marlborough
factory. Arched triple-hung units were shipped factory-mulled with panning spanning across all three units.
“Universal is proud to be a part of the project that restores this historically significant building to its former glory,” said Tony Muraco, CEO of Universal Window and Door. “We are always pleased to be part of significant restorations like the former International Harvester building.”
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“Universal is proud to be a part of the project that restores this historically significant building to its former glory,” said Tony Muraco, CEO of Universal Window and Door. “We are always pleased to be part of significant restorations like the former International Harvester building.” The five-story, 71,000sf historic Beaux Arts building, constructed in 1925, was once the New England regional headquarters for International Harvester. The renovated building includes 2,200sf of ground-floor retail and 28,000sf of transit-oriented office space, just steps from the Framingham-Worcester commuter rail station at Boston Landing.
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Finegold Alexander Completes Renovations to Boston City Hall’s Council Chamber
Boston City Hall’s Council Chamber before redesign
City Hall Plaza / photo by Raj Das
Boston – The city of Boston and Finegold Alexander Architects announced the completion of the renovation of Boston City Hall’s Council Chamber. The redesign of the council chambers within Boston’s hallmark 1960s Brutalist architecture addressed accessibility, upgraded technology, and provided significant system, furniture, and finish upgrades. “The council chamber is now fully functional, accessible, and state-of-the-art, and will continue to connect us with the history of our building and our city,” said Boston City Council President Michelle Wu. The councilors’ floor was raised to be flush with the surrounding main floor level,
allowing universal accessibility. “Raising the floor eliminates a prior system of ramps between visitor seating, the councilors, and the podium. Circulation is still direct, but without impediments. In addition, the redesign promotes a more inclusive atmosphere in the chamber,” said Christopher Lane, senior associate, Finegold Alexander Architects. Universal access was applied throughout the entire space, including aisle width adjustments, altered seating arrangements to accommodate wheelchairs and companion seating, addition of integrated accessible public lecterns, and an automated, accessible sit/
stand podium for the council president allowing for an adjustable height. “The podium was designed to be aesthetically sensitive to the fabric and characteristics of Boston City Hall, and to convey a sense of formality while being fully accessible,” said Lane. Upgrades included integrated acoustical improvements using concealed spray insulation as well as custom drapery lining the perimeter walls. New technology and audio/visual systems and special lighting support television production requirements. The new lighting design by Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting was done
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Boston City Hall’s Council Chamber after redesign
in the spirit of the original lighting. By removing the surface-mounted fixtures from previous renovations and replacing them with recessed LED fixtures, the concrete grid that is a hallmark of Boston City Hall is now celebrated. Working in collaboration with Meek Consulting Group, new furnishings were designed to accommodate the desired aesthetic, while being accessible and technologically enabled. The work included the installation of new carpeting, replacement of the councilors’ desks, and selective replacement of other movable furniture.
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Organizations & Events
State of Connecticut Tops Off Garage
WIC Week 2019 Set for March 3-9
Amenta Emma Architects
This year the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) announced that WIC Week is set for March 3-9, 2019. The focus is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It’s also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry. NAWIC chapters across the nation will celebrate with a wide variety of activities. Community service projects, jobsite tours, membership drives, children’s activities, hands-on workshops, fundraisers, and school programs are some of the ways local chapters will observe WIC Week. The Boston Chapter traditionally participates in three different events
Final garage rendering
Hartford, CT – A topping-off ceremony for the new state of Connecticut Buckingham Street Garage was held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Speaking at the event was state of Connecticut Deputy Commissioner Pasquale Salemi, Commissioner Melody Currey, and Governor Dannel P. Malloy. This project involved the demolition of a worn-out 450-space parking garage and service station and the construction of a new 1,005-space parking garage to better serve the area. The garage building will also contain retail space along Washington Street. Amenta Emma Architects is the architect for the project, Gilbane Building Company is construction manager, and Skanska acted as construction administration.
Teamsters Hold Boston Trade Show
State of Connecticut Deputy Commissioner Pasquale Salem speaking at topping-off ceremony
The estimated completion date is April 2019. The garage construction cost of $38.9 million is included in the overall cost of the state office building renovations and new parking garage project, totaling $205.5 million.
Fuss & O’Neill Named One of Top 10 Manchester, CT – Engineering firm Fuss & O’Neill was named one of the top 10 design firms by ENR New England for 2018. The ENR New England Top Design Firms list ranks the largest U.S.-based designs firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue. Headquartered in Manchester, Fuss & O’Neill employs more than 300 professionals in nine regional offices throughout all six New England states. The firm’s experience in the areas of master planning/development, site infrastructure, and transportation were key factors for its high rating. Fuss & O’Neill acquired CLD Engineers last year, increasing its market
during WIC week: BWiC Inspire Awards through AGC Massachusetts, Habitat for Humanity in partnership with the NAWIC Worcester Chapter, and a donation drive for a local charity focused on supporting women. More details on these events and other WIC Week happenings will be posted on NAWIC Boston’s Twitter page @NAWICBoston or on their website nawicboston.org.
presence in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. “I’m honored by this recognition,” said CEO Kevin Grigg, PE.
Nearly 200 workers received hands-on training.
Boston – Teamsters Local 25 held its second annual trade show worker training program recently at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The specialized program was initiated to create more skilled workers and additional jobs and drive economic activity in synergy with Boston’s vibrant visitor economy. The program also provides Local 25 members with advanced skills to maximize their earning potential and keep pace with changes within the trade show industry. During the two-day program, nearly 200 workers received hands-on training as instructors detailed the art of building and deconstructing trade shows quickly, efficiently, and safely. The unique training program is made possible by Teamsters Local 25 in partnership with the Massachusetts Convention Center
Susan Rawlson takes part in trade show training at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
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by Stephen Lahti As 2018 comes to a close, we’re beginning to plan for 2019, and for startup and commercial biotechnology companies it looks to be another great year. Looking back, 2018 was a defining year and really demonstrates the fluidity of a continued industry shift from a purely vertical structure (everything in-house), to outsourcing repetitive processes, to a mergers and acquisitions-based structure. Many new technologies, products, and sciences are being innovated by startup companies or offshoots of established companies. In many cases, the technology is purchased by an established company for clinical trials, production, and, ideally, future sales. These startup companies are comprised of doctors, grad students, and usually a few experienced business executives to guide and steer the company. So, what does this mean for you, lab planning, and the A/E/C industry in 2019?
Typical Boston lab fit-out costs from $220 to $280 per sf. Most people have never planned, designed, or built a lab space or ever had to think about how their space was constructed. Couple that with most startup companies having two years or less of working capital and the high costs (typical Boston lab fit-out costs from $220 to $280 per sf) makes staying on budget critical. The need for educating (and making) decisions in a timely manner is fundamental. Because of these capital cost and timeto-market schedules risks, focusing on solid lab planning and client leadership is a priority. Doing so allows the startup to make updates to their program while also avoiding major infrastructure upgrades, saving precious capital and time. If the project overruns on time or budget, the company can be faced with the real possibility of running out of capital. Considering both current and future needs is important. Science is continuously changing, and the space needs to be flexible to support changes. Current needs are based upon the people, personality, and the specific science (equipment,
chemicals, schedule, etc.). The up-andcoming generations (Millennials and Gen Z) love collaboration, interpersonal connection, and growth, which requires a different approach to lab design. A startup’s future needs to consider probable technology advancements on a three-to-four-year timeline. Some recent trends for future labs are modular/micro manufacturing, machine-learning driven research, custom sequencing, and robots that are continuously changing. A needs assessment documents all of this and at a minimum includes specific goals, required spaces, space adjacencies, preliminary equipment list, and planning concerns (biosafety level, hazards, etc.).
Some recent trends for future labs are modular/micro manufacturing, machine-learning driven research, custom sequencing, and robots that are continuously changing. The needs assessment is a core activity that documents the client’s fundamental requirements and serves as the guide for decisions on property selection, investment in central systems, and phasing for the design and construction team. Choosing a space is another crucial task to a project’s (and company’s) success. As part of the site selection process, an existing building’s top floor can be a great choice. Easy roof access potentially reduces cost; however, it depends on the building height and the chemical loading requirements whether this will be allowed by code. Buildings under six stories typically don’t present an issue, and there are methods for remotely locating chemical storage on a lower level to help meet these requirements. Some items to consider for site selection: • Proximity to transportation. • Proximity to top talent and a biotech hub. • Superstructure. • Material/HAZMAT handling. • Effective space geometry. • A minimum 13-ft. clear height, strong base building infrastructure, and/or space to locate mechanical equipment (and a path to your space). • Existing MEP infrastructures. • Expansion opportunities. continued to page 43
Northern New England Metro Walls Donates to Food Bank
PROCON and Granite Y Team Up
Employees donated gifts to children in the YMCA / photo by PROCON
(l-r) Nancy Mellitt, NH Food Bank; Bryan Hussey, Metro Walls; Eileen Liponis, NH Food Bank; Mike Dion & Steve Gagnon, Metro Walls
Manchester, NH – Metro Walls, Inc., a commercial framing and drywall company serving New England, gave back to the community recently by donating $20,000 to the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities N.H. These funds will help to provide approximately 40,000 meals to those in
need in New Hampshire “We’re grateful to be in a position to give back to our community this holiday season,” says Mike Dion, president of Metro Walls, Inc. Over the years the company has donated more than $100,000 to the N.H. Food Bank.
Manchester, NH – In December 2018, PROCON partnered with Granite YMCA in its annual Angel Tree Christmas program. Employees donated gifts valued at $4,000 to 80 children in the YMCA START and YMCA STAY program. For more than 20 years, The Granite YMCA has collaborated with community partners and individuals in order to provide Christmas gifts to low-income children across Southern New Hampshire. Around Christmas time, The Y features an Angel Tree to provide financially assisted families, along with YMCA START and STAY program participants, with gifts. The tree features ornaments
representing an anonymous child and/or family and their holiday wish list. PROCON has been a generous partner and supporter of this program for the last six years. Community giving is a central focus of PROCON’s culture by sharing their time and talents through compassionate giving. PROCON’s marketing manager, Beth Carter, spearheads the Granite YMCA Angel Tree gift-giving drive each year. “This is one of our favorite things to do every holiday season, and our employees get excited about shopping for the kids,” she said.
cooking classes. This allows the health systems to make use of unused space and keep patients engaged and accountable for their healthcare by providing other interactions besides checkups and/or emergency situations. This shift provides an opportunity for the hospital to build relationships with the community. Many E4H clients offer nutritional services, full gyms, and community programs to promote wellness such as Covenant Health Lifestyle Centre in Lubbock,Texas.
based off reviews versus a physician referral. Millennials are quick to express unmet expectations, which has caused the healthcare systems to expand their service offerings. This new generation responds more readily to a successfully branded, boutique environments of clinical care. Convenience is a pillar of retail success, which suggests that healthcare systems will have to pivot in order to thrive in this arena. Healthcare providers are trying to diversify, differentiate, and deliver their product distinctly to stay competitive. Fortunately, advances in technology and flexible design have afforded clinical providers the means to offer broader ranged and more complex services in a single exam or treatment room, services that may have previously necessitated multiple visits to multiple locations. E4H projects such as the Hospital for Special Surgery Orthopedic Center Of Excellence in Palm Beach, Fla., offer full diagnostics services, ambulatory surgery, rehabilitation, and sports performance programs in one location. E4H is a global architecture firm focused on healthcare and life science facilities.
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the ease of information sharing between healthcare providers and patients, thus making data much more secure, which allows facilities to better manage their inter-administration and IT workflows. It is vital for healthcare systems to become aware of the increased efficiency new technologies can quickly implement, for not only healthcare providers but for all end users alike. Post-surgery accommodations
Health systems are constantly looking for ways to decrease operating expenses. One popular method is to alleviate the real estate footprint. This can be accomplished by moving administrative staff and outpatient services to offcampus locations. A newer, growing trend is to move recovering patients offsite to a nearby location where transportation is provided to and from the hospital if need be. This model is a convenient option for the patient, caregiver, and provider. This allows for the patient and their family to have a sense of privacy, improving the patient experience as well as the rate of recovery. Memorial Sloan Kettering’s 75th Street Patient Residence accommodates
patients with blood cancers and disorders as well as patients receiving a bone marrow transplant. The residence offers fully furnished apartments with onsite concierge services to assist with care coordination. Transportation to and from Memorial Hospital is available. Wellness integration
With the healthcare industry shifting its focus to preventive population health, wellness has gained significant momentum over the last several years. Wellness incorporates the entire body and all systems; functional medicine is the science of health, focused on the person and restoring the body’s natural metabolic processes, whereas traditional medicine is focused on disease. Wellness is an integral part of delivering holistic healthcare. As reimbursement continues to shift to a model that encourages preventive healthcare, we are seeing a shift in not only delivery of care but the physical aspects of the hospitals themselves. This growing trend can be seen in healthcare facilities across the country in the form of community gyms, yoga studios, and dietary kitchens fully loaded with
Boutique medical centers
There are two primary factors driving the rise of boutique specialty care centers, or precision medicine, nationwide: 1) a new and unique generation of informed healthcare consumers who expect quality, convenience, and customization for all their needs and 2) an advancing platform of technologies permitting providers a greater range of services bundled at a single point of care. Millennials prioritize the enrichment of their health, lifestyles, and experiences. Their decisions are based off quick and convenient platforms such as Google reviews, Yelp, Zocdoc, and several others that allow consumers to select a facility
Philanthropy GC Launches Loan Repayment Program Manafort Donates to Toys for Tots Boston – Suffolk has announced the launch of a new student loan repayment program as a benefit for its employees. Suffolk partnered with Gradifi, a student loan repayment company, to launch its pilot program in 2019. Beginning January 1, Suffolk will contribute $100 per month toward qualified student loans for eligible employees. According to data from the Institute for College Access & Success, the average college graduate with a bachelor’s degree left school with $28,446 in student debt in 2016. Suffolk implemented the loan repayment program to help its employees reduce their financial stress, meet personal and professional goals, and focus on longterm career growth in the future rather than paying down debt from the past. Suffolk employees can enroll for these benefits at any time and will qualify for the loan repayment program if they are currently paying a federal or private loan from a U.S.-based lender taken out exclusively for funding higher education expenses from an accredited institution. “I’m a big believer in education — it means everything to me,” said John Fish, president and CEO of Suffolk. “But the truth is, more and more people are finding
education to be a financial burden rather than a ticket to a successful life. My hope is that people see this student loan repayment benefit as an opportunity to focus less on the cost of education and more on the exciting future that education, and our industry, can offer.” In other efforts to address the skilled labor shortage in the industry and recruit new talent, Suffolk offers the Career Start program to recent graduates joining their team, who rotate through the organization’s main operation areas and gain a comprehensive understanding of the various roles in construction. Suffolk offers employees reversementoring relationships on project sites that encourage senior superintendents to collaborate closely with younger, tech-savvy employees, which has attracted a wave of new recruits out of college. Suffolk has also demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in its hiring practices, which has greatly increased the talent pool for the organization, and the company recently announced a partnership with Northeastern University to research the role data can play in the construction industry while increasing the talent pipeline for data professionals.
Suffolk Volunteers Donate to Students Partners with Wish for Wheels
(l-r) Nick Manafort, Jesse Garuti, and Jason Manafort of Manafort Brothers; Staff Sargent Anders and Corporal Hess of 225 Fox Company Marine Corps Reserve of Plainville; Jon Manafort, of Manafort Brothers; Past Commandant John J. Lynch, Detachment Commandant James Morris, and Past Commandant Fred McGoldrick of the Marine Corps League-Hardware City Detachment 781 of New Britain; and Jon Manafort loaded up 100 new bicycles.
Plainville, CT – The entire staff of Manafort Brothers Inc. brightened the holidays for local children in need by donating 100 new bicycles to the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots program to commemorate the company’s 100th anniversary. The Marines picked up all of the bikes at the company headquarters in Plainville on December 13. The tradition was started by Jake Vandrilla, a former head mechanic and U.S. Marine, who worked at Manafort Brothers for more than 40 years. Although Vandrilla passed away a few years ago, the company honors his legacy by continuing the popular charitable drive. Contributing companies that helped make this season’s bike donation so successful include New England Industrial; Big Sky Fitness; US Ecology; SilPro; Pro-Teck, LLC; The Bar on
Cedar; Engineered Product Sales; Independent Pipe; Mike Alessandra Masonry; Manafort Precision; D. Brescia Construction; Red Technologies, LLC; CWPM; Public Market of Newington; and Milwaukee Tool. “Each year since 1997 our employees have generously contributed to our companywide Toys for Tots collection, and in 2007, we began dedicating the drive to purchasing new bikes,” explained Jim Manafort Jr., president of Manafort Brothers Inc. “This year, our various generous affiliates, vendors, family, and friends helped us reach our collection goal by donating 50 bikes. “We can only envision this powerful program growing in size and scope, and we all look forward to continuing to support the cause in the continuing years.”
HUD Grants Promote Employment
Reed Bundy, Suffolk’s director of corporate citizenship, speaks to second-graders who received new bicycles from Suffolk. / © Cindy M. Loo
Foxborough, MA – Building contractor Suffolk recently donated early Christmas gifts — brand-new bicycles and helmets — to 32 second-grade students at the Foxborough Regional Charter School during a ceremony in the school gymnasium. Working in partnership with the nonprofit Wish for Wheels organization, Suffolk funded and built the bicycles given to the students. They were part of a total of 100 bikes that were assembled by company employee volunteers during
their quarterly leadership meeting at Gillette Stadium and donated to secondgraders in the Foxborough Public Schools. “Suffolk rocked our kids’ lives with their generous donation,” said Mark Logan, Ph.D., executive director of the Foxborough Regional Charter School. “Pure joy and awe have been the constant themes since they surprised our kids with new bikes and helmets. In this season of giving, they have made a tremendous difference in the lives of so many students,” he added.
Washington, DC – In an effort to help public housing residents become self-sufficient, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $28 million in grants to public housing authorities and nonprofit organizations across the nation to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents find jobs and educational opportunities. HUD’s Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency-Service Coordinators (ROSS-SC) program helps public housing authorities, resident associations, nonprofit organizations, Indian tribes or entities representing Indian tribes, hire or retain “service coordinators” who work directly with residents to assess their needs and connect them with education, job training and placement programs,
and/or computer and financial literacy services available in their community to promote self-sufficiency. The purpose of HUD’s ROSS-SC program is to encourage local, innovative strategies that link public housing assistance with public and private resources to enable participating families to increase earned income; reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance; and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing selfsufficiency. 2018 ROSS Service Coordinators Grant Awards went to Medford Housing Authority, $239,250; Taunton Housing Authority, $239,250; and Worcester Housing Authority, $478,500, for a Massachusetts total of $957,000.
Awards WinnCompanies and NEI Honored
(l-r) MassHousing Chair Michael Dirrane, Carol Fuller, Andre Barbour, and Kassandra Martin, all of NEI General Contracting, and MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay
Boston – MassHousing has recognized the efforts of WinnCompanies and NEI General Contracting for their utilization of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) in fiscal year 2018 that created economic opportunities for hundreds of working families across Massachusetts. WinnCompanies, based in Boston, received the Property Management Award of Excellence for the highest contract award achievement with both minority- and women-owned businesses. WinnCompanies’ overall expenditure was approximately $38.1 million at 43 MassHousing-financed housing communities in FY18. From the total, $7.7 million went to minority-owned businesses and $6.1 million went to women-owned businesses. NEI General Contracting, based in Randolph, received the General Contractor Award of Excellence for exceeding their goals in contracting with both minorityand women-owned businesses on a single project. NEI had a $20.2 million contract for the extensive renovation of
New York – AKF Commissioning Group, an engineering, commissioning, technology, design, and consulting firm, announced that it has been named a top 10 Commissioning Giant for 2018 by Consulting-Specifying Engineer. Dennis Froeder, partner, oversees AKF’s commissioning group and says that he and the team are heartened by the honor and grateful to the many clients who helped make it happen. “We are proud of this achievement, and we are also deeply humbled. We recognize that this top ranking was made possible only through the loyalty and trust of our valued clients. On behalf of the commissioning professionals across our U.S. and Mexico offices — and all of AKF — I want to express my sincere gratitude to our clients.”
AKF’s managing partner, Dino DeFeo, PE, thanked clients and cited the growth of AKF’s commissioning practice as central to the firm’s overall success. “We have great respect and appreciation for our clients who value what AKF does best, and we thank them for helping us become a top 10 Commissioning Giant,” said DeFeo.
Elizabeth Collins-Calder Earns Award (l-r) MassHousing Chair Michael Dirrane; Arthur Winn, founding principal, WinnCompanies; and MassHousing Exec. Director Chrystal Kornegay
the 173-unit Maple Commons housing community in Springfield, of which $6 million, or 30%, went to minority-owned subcontractors and $3.5 million, or 17%, went to women-owned subcontractors. NEI had goals of 15% for MBEs and 10% for WBEs for Maple Commons. Overall in FY18, NEI had $62.9 million in total contracting for five MassHousing-financed construction projects, of which $19.9 million went to MBEs and $11.4 million went to WBEs.
Lab Planning for Startup continued from page 40
• Tenant improvement allowance. After a space has been selected, the project can move forward into definitive design. Laboratories are mechanical-, electrical-, and plumbing-intense, and these systems are the lifeblood of all biotech/pharma laboratories. The space needs to be ideally large enough to accommodate some future changes but not so large that the program is adversely impacted or costs become unacceptable. Safety is crucial, and mechanical systems help ensure occupant, researcher, and animal safety. These systems maintain environmental conditions, air changes rates, ensure adequate power supply, and help prevent interruption or failed experiments due to power loss (frozen samples, overnight ops, animal research, etc.) Once engineering is underway, major
AKF Commissioning Group Recognized
changes in programs can impact schedule and may increase the cost of the project. Making timely decisions based upon fundamental needs are the key to completing a project on time and on budget. Being a good (or excellent) lab planner, contractor, or engineer helps determine the startup’s needs based upon the specific science, equipment, and industry experience. Selecting a team that understands your goals, the Boston/Cambridge area commercial lab market, and the importance of upfront client leadership will make your project successful. Good luck in your lab planning and collaboration in 2019! Stephen Lahti, PE, LEED AP BD+C, is a project manager in Vanderweil’s Boston office.
Boston – Elizabeth CollinsCollins-Calder was honored Calder, director of leadership with a Silver award in the Busidevelopment at building ness Impact category, which contractor Suffolk, recently was recognizes learning executives presented with a 2018 Learning who have implemented a signifIn Practice Award by Chief icant measurement or evaluation Learning Officer magazine, program that has demonstrated during an awards ceremony in exceptional business impact Houston, Texas. Elizabeth Collins-Calder from their workforce developCollins-Calder joined ment programs. Suffolk in 2009 in the marketing Boston-based Suffolk’s goal is to grow department and was named to her current and expand its business into new regions position in 2018. and sectors. To ensure the company can Established in 2003, the Learning In sustain that trajectory, Collins-Calder Practice Awards are given to learning and her team created the Leadership industry leaders who have demonstrated Accelerator Series and Emerging Talent excellence in the design and delivery of Series to strengthen the company’s pool employee development programs through of capable leaders by focusing on three a combination of qualities such as things: alignment to business priorities, leadership, vision, business acumen, and skill development, and mentoring strategic alignment. nationally.
Payette Wins Architecture Firm of the Year Boston – The Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA/AIA) announced that Payette has been selected as the 56th recipient of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) highest honor, the Architecture Firm of the Year award. Other firms with close ties to Boston that have received this honor include Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects (2007); Gensler (2000); Perkins and Will (1999); Cambridge Seven Associates (1993); Kallman McKinnel & Wood Architects (1984); Shepley Bulfinch (1973); Benjamin Thompson and
Associates (1987); I.M. Pei and Partners (1968); and The Architects Collaborative (1964). Founded in 1932 by industrial engineers Fred Markus and Paul Nocka, the Boston firm has been “Payette” since 1974, when Tom Payette FAIA became president. Now led by Kevin Sullivan FAIA, the approximately 160-person practice is known for research-based design that performs at a high level technically, programmatically, and environmentally while emphasizing the human experience.
Jewett Welcomes Welch
Sherman Joins Stantec New York – Brett Sherman has management, predevelopment joined Stantec as a principal coordination, land acquisitions, based in its New York City due diligence, and energy and office. infrastructure consulting. In this role, he will focus on Recent initiatives he has expanding the group’s footprint managed include coordinating in existing markets — splitting energy, infrastructure, and his time between New York and smart city initiatives for a Boston — and developing into property portfolio, as well as Sherman new geographies and market originating and leading the due sectors. diligence and community/government Sherman joins Stantec with more relations for the redevelopment of an infill than a decade of experience in real transit-oriented site. estate planning, investment, portfolio
Dalzell Joins RPF Environmental
Amesbury, MA – RPF Environmental, Inc, an environmental health and safety consulting firm, announced that Nic Dalzell has recently joined the team as a project manager. Dalzell was formerly a general manager at a New England Staples location. Not only has he developed a team management approach, he has been completing measurably successful projects, providing top-notch customer service, as well as analyzing and solving complicated problems.
Raymond, NH – Jewett Construction Company, a New England regional design-build construction management firm and general contractor, recently announced that Ryan Welch has joined the team as assistant estimator. Welch began his work with
Jewett as a part-time employee and has quickly adapted to the expectations and process of the preconstruction team. He is looking forward to learning as much as possible about the construction industry as he develops his career at Jewett Construction.
ESC Promotes Hammerschmith Burlington, MA – Electrical closely with the executive team Supply Center (ESC) announced to ensure timely, accurate, and that David Hammerschmith of comprehensive financial reportMaynard has been promoted to ing and compliance. vice president of finance and He joined ESC in 2013 as administration. He will bring controller for the company. over a decade of experience and Prior to joining ESC, he was an financial expertise to the role. accounting manager at the New Hammerschmith will overEngland Cryogenics Center Hammerschmith see all finance and adminisand a senior staff accountant at trative operations for ESC and will work Berkshire Blanket.
WWIRE Hires McBurney Boston – Fort Point Project with existing members, Management announced the sponsors, and partners and addition of Stacie McBurney as leverage those relationships manager of Wellness for Women to capitalize on opportunities in Real Estate (WWIRE). in the flourishing Boston-area In this role, she will continue market. to grow the organization by Prior to joining WWIRE, optimizing event offerings that McBurney held several financial align with WWIRE’s goals to analyst positions in the industry, McBurney promote a healthy mind and including recently serving as a body. senior investment analyst at NorthMarq Capital. In addition, she will expand outreach
Saam Architecture Promotes Fannon
Speed Networking and Head Shot Night
January 14 • 5:30-8:00 PM Margulies Perruzzi Architects
FMForward: Learn What’s Next
March 27 • all day Bentley University
Chapter of the Year Celebration – Special Event
January 29 • 5:30-8:00 PM Lucky Strike | Somerville
16th Annual Awards of Excellence
May 15 • Institute of Contemporary Art
IFMA Boston Golf Classic
June 18 Red Tail Golf Club
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Boston – Saam Architecture announced the promotion of Leah Fannon to senior associate. She is a registered architect in Massachusetts and Ohio and has been with Saam for two years. Fannon is LEED certified and a member of the American Institute of Architects. Her experience includes
a variety of projects in the public and private sectors. She is currently working on several projects for the Massachusetts Port Authority. “Leah consistently provides a high level of attention and service to her clients and we are delighted to promote her to Senior Associate,” said Diana Nicklaus, president and CEO.
Guinee Elected Chair of Mass. BSEE Boston – Kathleen Guinee, a director on the NECA Boston Chapter Board and a principal of Aetna Fire Alarm Service Co., Inc., based in Dorchester, was elected chair of the Mass. Board of State Examiners of Electricians (BSEE) in September 2018. She is the first woman to serve the commonwealth in this position. She was originally appointed to the BSEE by Governor Deval Patrick in August 2008 as the systems contractor designee. Each board member serves
three-year appointments, and Guinee has been reappointed four times. She served as vice chair of the BSEE for three years prior to her new position as chair. The primary mission of the board is to protect the citizens of Massachusetts by establishing standards for persons performing electrical installations. The board examines and licenses candidates and enforces the regulations and general laws relative to electrical installations in Massachusetts.
SLAM Promotes Team Members Glastonbury, CT – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) announced the following team members have been promoted to senior associate: Tracy Caisse, AIA, NCARB; Eleana Lynch, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED AP, WELL AP; John McClure, Assoc. AIA; and Robert Zygmunt, PE, SECB, LEED AP. Caisse joined SLAM in 2005 and is a registered architect, serving as a designer and healthcare planner who manages and provides technical expertise for the firm’s national healthcare and medical education projects. She is a director on the board of Professional Women in Construction’s Conn. chapter. In addition to serving on the board, she also serves on multiple committees focused on mentoring and providing opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers within the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. Lynch joined SLAM in 2007 and currently serves as lead interior designer on higher education projects with a focus on health sciences facilities across the country. She recently completed a WELL Accredited Professional and will utilize her certification to create interior spaces that enhance the health and well-being of its users. McClure joined SLAM in 2008 and currently serves as the director of marketing. He directs the firm’s business development, marketing, brand, and public relations initiatives and manages a team of talented marketing professionals. He is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects. Zygmunt joined SLAM in 2007 and serves as a structural engineer in the corporate, municipal, hospital, laboratory, education, and entertainment resort markets. He is a registered engineer in the state of Connecticut and is chairperson of the Connecticut Structural Engineering License Committee and a member of the Connecticut Structural Engineers Coalition, and National Council of Structural Engineering Associations (NCSEA). He is a committee member on the NCSEA and Connecticut chapter of the Structural Licensure Committee, leading a local effort in Connecticut to establish a structural engineering licensure bill. SLAM also announced the following team members have been promoted to associate: Nick Campanelli, PLA, ASLA; Kristen A. Furtak; Amanda Hastings, NCIBQ, IIDA; Karen Glass Parzych, AIA, NCARB; Michael Pritchett, AIA, NCARB; Ellen Santos, LEED GA; and Emily Sperini. Campanelli joined SLAM in 2012 and is a registered landscape architect providing project management services.
His portfolio includes several awa rd-w i n n i ng projects in the education, healthcare, and corporate markets and he serves as a mentor to Hastings SLAM team members. Campanelli is also a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Furtak joined SLAM in 2007 and currently serves as a programmer/planner for the public and higher education markets. She works with clients in the early stages of design and is a resource for programming spaces from classrooms to residential halls. Hastings joined SLAM in 2012 and currently serves as interior design lead on numerous public school projects in Connecticut. She also has completed work on higher education projects in Connecticut. Hastings serves as a committee chair for the local chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and assists in the annual IIDA gift drive for Covenant to Care, providing gifts to foster children throughout Connecticut. Glass Parzych joined SLAM in 2013 and is a registered architect, serving as a project architect in the higher education and healthcare markets. She specializes in research laboratories, interprofessional immersive simulation suites, interactive instruction classrooms, emergency rooms, and surgical suites. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, CANstruction team leader, Perkins Grant Advisory Board Member, Rocky Hill High School, and building committee member, Calvary Fellowship Church. Pritchett joined SLAM in 2016 and is a registered architect, serving as a senior project manager for the healthcare market, having worked with several healthcare systems in Mass., Maine, and Texas. He brings more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of project and program management, including space planning, facilities and property management, business development, operations, and administration. Pritchett is also a member of the American
Institute of Architects. Santos rejoined SLAM in 2014 and serves as a job captain on projects in the education and healthcare markets. She has developed an expertise in the latest industry technologies resulting in production of high-quality design documentation for clients. She is past president of the Windsor Jaycees and a past mentor of FIRST Windsor Robotics.
Sperini joined SLAM in 2014 and serves as a staff architect on projects in the higher education and healthcare markets. Most recently she has worked on the Providence College Science Complex addition and renovation in Providence, R.I., as well as the University of Mary Washington Science Center renovations and building addition in Fredericksburg, Va.
Sustainable Comfort Promotes French Worcester, MA – Sustainable office internship at the London Comfort, Inc. (SCI) announced Chamber of Commerce in the the promotion of Andrea United Kingdom. She is also a French, VP of administration, U.S. Green Building Council to the ownership team. She LEED accredited professional. has been with the company “Since joining our company since August 2015, managing as the first full-time employee the company’s strategic human in 2015, Andrea has overseen resources, marketing, branding, the development of our entire French administration, and insurance brand and company culture, efforts. helping our business grow,” remarked French’s expertise is backed by seven Albert LaValley, president of Sustainable years of working in a similar capacity for a large mechanical contractor and a press Comfort, Inc.
BSC Group Announces New Principals Boston – BSC Group, a New Englandbased planning, design, and environmental science firm, has promoted David Biancavilla, PE, LEED AP, and Sean Ewald, PLS, to the position of principal. Biancavilla is a civil engineer with more than 20 years of experience managing projects ranging from public infrastructure improvements to campus enhancements for public and private colleges and universities. He has taken a leadership role in the design of resilient solutions to prepare for the impacts of climate change, both to achieve enduring projects and to meet the changing regulations associated with climate adaptation.
Ewald balances tradition with innovation for the collection and documentation of spatial data. He has pioneered the use of advanced survey methods, such as drone technology and three-dimensional modeling, to efficiently and cost-effectively meet client needs.
Calendar ACEC RI January 18 January Breakfast/Scholarship Event 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Providence Marriott, Providence, R.I. Speaker: Monica Schnitger. Organized by American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts
AGC CT February 13 Build CT Awards & 72nd Annual Meeting Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville, Conn.
AGC MA January 16 Networking Your Way into the New Year with Julie Brown 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM Brighton Bowl, Brighton, Mass. Julie will offer a session loaded with proven practices then give on-the-spot consulting advice while you network! Enjoy pizza and beverages while you work, and maybe even a little bit of bowling.
January 23 Commercial Construction Industry Opioid Summit 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM Westin Copley Place, Boston A construction industry Opioid Summit to address this critical issue. Respected healthcare, construction companies, and trade union panelists will share their perspectives on implementing practical solutions that can assist your employees and their families.
BSA Space, Boston Free and open to the public. Join the BSA Emerging Professionals Network (EPNet) and Judith Nitsch PE, Nitsch Engineering. Judith will guide the group through a presentation on marketing for the individual, followed by a mock networking session to put new tips and tricks to the test.
January 17 The 8th BSA Design Awards Gala BSA Space, Boston Hundreds of industry professionals gathered for a cocktail reception to celebrate the 2018 design award winners.
January 2 Ski Trip at Loon Mountain Ski Resort, Lincoln, N.H. Hit the slopes with an all-day ski lift ticket or an activity pass, including snowshoeing, tubing, skating, zip line, cross country skiing. Relax with BOMA friends in a private event space and enjoy a breakfast, a buffet lunch, and an aprèsski reception with cash bar.
BSA - EPNet
February 5 EPNet (Emerging Professionals Network) Presents: Navigate Networking with Judith Nitsch 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 12 Getting There From Here 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM The Marquee, Hartford, Conn. A DOT Update on Connecticut’s Transportation Network Learn about upcoming projects from the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation, who will be touching upon subjects such as Stevenson Dam and the New Haven to Springfield rail line.
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SCUP 2019 North Atlantic Regional Conference Rochester, NY • March 10 -12
Construction Institute February 21 The Women Who Build Summit 7:45 AM - 6:00 PM Goodwin College, 1 Riverside Drive, East Hartford, Conn. The Women Who Build Summit has become one of Construction Institute’s premier events. Each year promises an inspiring day of educational presentations, motivational stories, confidenceboosting interactions, and networking opportunities.
attend to make new business relationship or renew old acquaintances. January 29 Chapter of the Year Celebration 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Lucky Strike, Somerville, Mass. Join your fellow members for a night of great company, drinks, food, and fun! Each attendee will receive a drink ticket and an arcade card.
NAIOP MA January 30 Coworking Challenge: Playing the Game 7:30 AM- 9:30 AM Join NAIOP to learn more about how landlords are adapting to the changing landscape of shared office space.
February 1 8th Annual Ski Day 6:15 AM - 8:00 PM Enjoy a fun-filled day on the slopes of Killington Mountain. Spend the day networking with other CRE professionals and NAIOP members while skiing, snowshoeing, and more.
NAWIC Boston January 30 Industry Social 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM The Black Rose 169 State St., Boston Join NAWIC Boston, ASPE and SMPS for a joint AEC industry social.
PWC CT February 5 Commercial Real Estate 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Hartford Sheraton South 100 Capital Boulevard Rocky Hill, Conn.
IMFA Boston The SCUP 2019 North Atlantic Regional Conference is coming to Rochester, NY to explore how colleges and universities, including the University of Rochester, serve as catalysts for local and regional transformation, innovation, and revitalization. Visit www.scup.org for more information!
January 14 Annual Speed Networking & Head Shot Night 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Margulies Perruzzi Architects 308 Congress Street, 4th Floor, Boston The Emerging Leaders Network will be hosting their annual Speed Networking event at Margulies Perruzzi Architects’ office in Boston. You are encouraged to
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A: Dear CIMBA: It is not. There are several options to pass the energy code; prescriptive, trade off (COMcheckTM) and whole building analysis. Within the prescriptive method there are 2 tables which can be used to pass the code, the R-value and the U-factor table. Only the R-value table has the CI requirement. Why you might ask? This table considers the insulation performance only and not the other components of the wall assembly. While this is the simplest way to pass, it is also the most restrictive. The U-factor table considers the whole assembly, including the insulation, and offers a bit more flexibility. For a typical assembly with 4” CMU veneer, 3” of rigid insulation (R-15) and an 8” LW block backup, adding up R-values of the elements (including the air space, gypsum, etc.) gives us an R-value of around 19.06. Taking the inverse, the U-factor ends up being .052. The IECC 2012 & 2015 climate zone 5 requirement for mass walls is a U of .09 (R-11.11). This wall assembly will exceed the energy code by 70% and have an overall thickness of 16”. To get the same thermal performance out of an assembly without thermal mass benefits (steel & wood), more insulation would be required. Less thermal mass equals more insulation… and it would not have the resiliency of a mass structure. Other ways to pass the energy code without the CI requirement are the trade-off method (COMcheckTM) and whole building analysis. These methods offer more flexibility and also do not require continuous insulation. More next time…. Heidi Jandris, BArch, is Co-Owner, Technical Resource and Sustainability Manager at A. Jandris & Sons. For concrete masonry questions, email email@example.com or tweet @heidiAJS
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