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Anastasia Barnes Thanks for reading our February 2019 issue. We’ve got two focuses this month. We start off our Restoration & Renovation section with an article by HP’s own Emily Langner. Emily interviewed Alison Frazee, assistant director of the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA), on how the nonprofit agency is expanding its vision to include legacy Alison Frazee businesses, neighborhoods, streetscapes, and cultural events that contribute to the uniqueness of the city. This is new for the agency, as it has primarily focused on preserving historic landmarks. What’s also exciting is that the BPA is working with the city of Boston to make changes to Article 85, “making the process of historic preservation easier, more accessible, and more transparent.”

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Foxboro, MA – The National Demolition Association (NDA) recently hosted its first regional member reception at Davio’s in Foxboro. Regional member receptions are a part of a new outreach program organized by NDA to communicate the networking, safety, and education benefits of the association. During the event, attendees enjoyed a casual evening reception with light hors d’oeuvres and heard first-hand from current members about the many benefits

of NDA, including many of its new services and discounts. NDA will begin hosting quarterly membership receptions in conjunction with Foundations of Demolition Management Series. The NDA is a nonprofit trade organization representing approximately 600 U.S. and Canadian companies and many international firms that are involved in the demolition process. The next regional membership reception will be held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Holliston, MA – New England electrical contractor Griffin Electric and its employees once again teamed up with the Holliston Pantry Shelf for its annual Mitten Project, providing holiday presents to children in need. The charity relies entirely on private donations to support its numerous initiatives. Griffin partnered with Beantown Blankets, an organization that donates to homeless individuals. Griffin employees provided hundreds of various nonperishable items to the Pantry Shelf on behalf of the company. It also served as a sponsor for Picnic for a Purpose earlier in the year, put on by Beantown Blankets in collaboration with

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the Winter Walk, during which Griffin distributed 200 winter hats. Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. is proud to have given back to those in need by supporting these charitable programs. While maintaining close ties to the community throughout the year remains embedded in the Griffin Electric culture, helping others during the holiday season is an especially important cause to the Griffin team.

Weymouth to Build New Library

Rendering of Tufts Library in Weymouth / by Tappé Architects

Weymouth, MA – CTA Construction Managers has been awarded a contract for the new $24.1 million 50,000sf Tufts Library in Weymouth. The project is a cooperative venture between the town of Weymouth and the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, that awarded Weymouth over $12 million for the construction of a new library. CTA Construction is working alongside the Architect Tappe Architects, Inc. and the owner’s project manager Hill International. The project will demolish the existing Tufts Library building, which is over

50 years old, and construct a new and modern 21st-century library on the same site. The planned library will include an expanded children’s services department, community meeting rooms, open reading areas, study rooms, a local history center, and an outdoor amphitheater along with other outdoor open spaces. The new Tufts Library will also feature innovative technology, including a media lab that will support computer modeling and advanced audio-visual projects and upgraded public computers and wireless internet. The project is slated to be completed in summer of 2020.

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Roger Williams University Celebrates Topping Off Bristol, RI ­- Roger Williams University recently held a steel topping-off ceremony, marking completion of the steel framework for a laboratories building for RWU’s School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management. On Dec. 17, 2018, a steel beam, bearing an evergreen tree and signed by trustees, administrators, alumni, donors, faculty, and students, was hoisted into place atop the three-story steel structure. The $13.8-million SECCM Labs will be named for former RWU Board of Trustees Chairman Richard L. Bready. The 27,325sf building will become a hub of laboratories, fabrication spaces, and project rooms where students can apply theory to practice using state-ofthe-art equipment. It is scheduled for completion in November 2019. “This is an exceptionally exciting day,” RWU Interim President Andy Workman said. “This is a real milestone.” The SECCM Labs building is meaningful for two main reasons, Workman said. “One, this is a building that is dedicated to training the engineers and construction management people who will be on the cutting edge of erecting the buildings of the future. It’s a testament to the quality of our programs here. It’s a testament to the support of our alumni and to the support of

A steel beam, bearing an evergreen tree and an American flag, is hoisted into place atop the three-story steel structure that will become the SECCM Labs. / photo courtesy of Roger Williams University

employers who hire our alumni.” Also, Workman said, “At the heart of the Roger Williams education is experiential learning, and this is really the first physical representation of that core value on campus. This is, in some ways, a topping-off ceremony for the effort we have had the last seven years to put experiential learning at the heart of everything we do — to make it pervasive.” Workman emphasized that a toppingoff ceremony is meant to thank those who do the work of putting up the building. “The Scandinavian Teutonic tribes would put an evergreen tree on the top of a new structure when the skeleton of that structure was completed to honor the

Norse gods but also to honor the people who had built the structure,” he said. “In ancient times, they may have been the people from the tribe. In modern times, it’s the construction workers and the steelworkers who built this building. Today, we are honoring them.” SECCM Dean Bob Potter thanked Shawmut Design & Construction, the project’s construction management firm; Brewster Thornton Group Architects; the RWU Office of Capital Projects; Koury Construction; and Ironworkers Local No. 37. The signatures of RWU trustees, administrators, alumni, donors, faculty, and students on a steel beam placed atop the $13.8-million SECCM Labs building / photo courtesy of Roger Williams University

Construction crews prepare to raise the steel beam used in the topping-off ceremony for the SECCM Labs building. / photo courtesy of Roger Williams University

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Focus: Restoration & Renovation How One Nonprofit is Preserving Boston’s Story by Emily Langner Associate Editor, High-Profile Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. and is central to many of the events that have shaped the nation’s history. The city’s historic buildings play a vital role in telling that story, and preserving them is an important part of keeping the political and cultural history of Boston alive. The Boston Preservation Alliance recently celebrated its 40th anniversary as a nonprofit advocacy organization for historic preservation in Boston. According to Assistant Director Alison Frazee, the Alliance is typically involved in around 60 projects at any one time. Frazee says, “We are about finding solutions to preserve character while the city continues to grow and evolve.” Frazee feels the Alliance’s most important role is providing a middle ground between the city’s builders and developers and those who are passionate about preserving Boston’s history. It does this by partnering with the city of Boston, developers and architects, the Boston Landmarks Commission, neighborhood groups

that are advocating for preservation, and organizations like Historic Boston Inc., who purchase and restore buildings and put them back into public use. In past years, the Boston Preservation Alliance has primarily focused on preserving landmark buildings, but this year it is looking at expanding its vision to include legacy businesses, neighborhoods, streetscapes, and cultural events that contribute to the uniqueness of the city. According to Frazee, “What defines a community and a neighborhood oftentimes is not something we would traditionally consider historic and not something that we would landmark per se, but it is just as Alison Frazee

much a part of that neighborhood’s story and their sense of place, and those places need to be preserved as well.” Not only is that effort important in maintaining the historic integrity of the city, but Frazee notes that “data from the National Trust for Historic Preservation

shows that existing buildings and the storefronts in older neighborhoods have more small and local businesses, more businesses owned by minorities and women, and score higher on walkability scales than new neighborhoods just by their nature, so a lot of the goals we’re striving for as a city already exist in our older neighborhoods.” In addition, preservation itself is the most effective way for architects and

developers to combat climate change and make a positive impact on the environment. Frazee says, “The greenest building is the one that already exists. By curbing demolition and utilizing the existing energy in the city’s historic buildings, we’re on our way to achieving these goals.” This year, the organization is launching the Legacy Fund for Boston, which will collect money that will go directly to historic preservation projects, and it is also working with the city of Boston to make changes to Article 85, making the process of historic preservation easier, more accessible, and more transparent. Every spring, the Alliance has an annual meeting for members, and holds an awards ceremony in the fall. The Alliance announces the call for nominations on its website in early spring. The awards go to preservation projects as well as newly constructed projects in historic areas that have been completed in the last three years. Those guidelines leave room for many different project types to be eligible, and Frazee is excited to receive the nominations this year. “We enjoy helping people find a middle ground and helping the city evolve in a thoughtful way, and are looking for projects that do the same.” The Boston Preservation Alliance is funded completely by donations. There are many ways to get involved: by becoming a member, following the Alliance’s projects on social media, participating in the Alliance’s letter writing campaigns, or by donating.

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Most Endangered Properties List Providence, RI – The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) announced the 2019 Most Endangered Properties (MEP) List recently at the organization’s annual meeting. The list is comprised of architecturally and historically significant properties in Providence threatened by neglect, deterioration, or demolition.

Buildings on the annual MEP List represent a variety of aspects of local community life and span three centuries and multiple neighborhoods. For 25 years, PPS has worked with concerned neighbors, owners, and activists to develop the annual MEP List. Its purpose is to generate interest in and support for the preservation of significant structures; to educate the public about the benefits of historic preservation and the extraordinary architectural resources in Providence; and to foster creative collaboration among property owners, developers, and other interested parties to bring about positive changes to each property. Buildings on the annual MEP List represent a variety of aspects of local community life and span three centuries and multiple neighborhoods.

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• Industrial Trust Building, 111 Westminster Street, Downtown (1928). • William R. Babcock II House, 145 Lexington Avenue, Elmwood (c. 1893). • Rialto Theatre, 121 Mathewson Street, Downtown (1829, 1902, 1950s). • Water Supply Board Building, 552 Academy Avenue, Mount Pleasant (c. 1908).

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Concord, NH – Construction is well underway on the renovation of the historic Concord Theatre. TFMoran structural and civil engineers worked closely with Dennis Mires P.A. The Architects, and Milestone Engineering and Construction to provide civil and structural engineering for the project. Originally a bakery started in the mid-1800s, the Concord Theatre building was converted to a movie theatre which ran from the 1930s to the mid 1990s. The property also housed various small businesses more recently. However, the main movie theatre has been vacant for many years. The renovation project will create a flexible event venue for the Capitol Center for the Arts and a box office. The project includes significant structural upgrades and repairs to the

Concord Theatre renovation in progress

building framing. Outdated floor, roof, and wall framing will be reinforced or replaced. Additionally, an interior balcony and new cantilevered marquee will be added. A small addition will be added on the building’s south side for a new stair and elevator. The attractive addition will be built in conjunction with functional and aesthetic improvements to the building’s site. New pavement, plantings, seating, and a loading area are planned. The project is expected to be completed mid-2019.

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Waltham, MA – Boston design firm CBT recently announced the completion of POST 200 Smith, a former U.S. Postal Service processing plant converted into a 430,000sf creative office community. CBT’s extensive redesign repositioned the property’s open, sprawling environment into a collective of fresh, cohesive workspaces, transforming the site’s one-story warehouse and threestory office building into a tech-oriented work environment. Rentable square footage was optimized and modernized, preserving the property’s industrial aesthetic. POST 200 Smith’s original footprint, characterized by loading docks and high ceilings, offered an opportunity to activate previously static space. CBT transformed the loading ramps into outdoor terraces and retail spaces that run along the length of the buildings, as well as created a 50,000sf mezzanine that leverages the property’s vertical space. CBT further amplified the facility’s industrial elements, recycling and incorporating exposed steel, corrugated metal, and reclaimed wood cladding that give a nod to the building’s past. The repositioned campus also features a bright lobby, a café, a craft food hall, and dedicated parking for food trucks, giving employees easy access to different cuisine options throughout the workday.

Redesigned office building / photos courtesy of Anchor Line Partners

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Tenants additionally have access to a 10,000sf, state-of-the-art fitness center, an onsite fitness path, and preserved wetlands that encourage well-being, activity, and movement. With dwindling space and minimal assets in core urban areas like Kendall Square and the Seaport District, suburban markets like Waltham are continuing to attract high-profile companies.

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Reno of Rockingham Apts. Complete


Lowell Legacy Hotel Preservation Begins

Aerial view of Rockingham Village Apartments (formerly known as Cimarron Apartments)

Seabrook, NH – North Branch Construction of Concord recently completed the $13 million renovation of Rockingham Village Apartments (formerly known as Cimarron Apartments) located just off Interstate 95 on Batchelder Road in Seabrook. Owned by Chartwell Holdings, Rockingham Village offers quality, affordable housing to New Hampshire’s Seacoast and the North Shore of Massachusetts. Burnell Johnson Architects of Manchester provided architectural design for the project, which was completed on time and on budget. North Branch Construction renovated six occupied, four-story residential buildings totaling 388 units, along with a standalone, 2,400sf community building. Renovations to the apartments included improvements to kitchens and

bathrooms, replacement of mansard roofs and trim, replacement of all windows and exterior doors, new fire alarms throughout, replacement of five 10,000-gallon oil-fired furnaces with gasfired furnaces, refurbishment of elevators, and the addition of a new asphalt driveway to increase visitor parking spaces. The main entry of the complex received hardscape and landscape improvements. The community building received a reconfiguration to repurpose its interior space in order to provide office space for management and leasing, as well as additional resident recreational uses. All apartments remained occupied throughout construction. The project was funded through lowincome housing tax credits (LIHTC) administered through the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority (NHHFA).

Rendering of the completed Lowell Legacy Hotel renovation / photo by Business Wire

Lowell, MA – Preservation of a registered historic landmark has begun, following completion of predevelopment funding for the Lowell Legacy Hotel. The project’s architect is Jozokos Architecture Inc., and the developer is Athenian Corner Inc. The five-story building, built between 1896 and 1905, was recently declared eligible to receive federal tax credits for historic preservation. The new Lowell Legacy Hotel will contain 52 guest rooms as well as banquet facilities. Funding was arranged by the Cherrytree Group of Newton, that is managing the syndication of the tax

credits through a fund created for development in economically distressed cities, known as Opportunity Zones. Hampton Financial Partners funded $825,000 in predevelopment capital to the project. The Panagiotopoulos family, which owns the restaurant, teamed up with Madison Security Group, and with the assistance of the funding from Cherrytree’s affiliate Hampton Financial Partners, was able to begin rehabilitation of the restaurant — adding a boutique hotel, that will be the only one of its kind in downtown Lowell.

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Continuum Landscape Architects is excited to share important news regarding the evolution of our company and growth of our brand. As we move into our fifth year of practice we are delighted to announce that our company name will be changing to Symbio Design. This name change will allow us to strengthen our mission of providing well integrated creative landscapes that embody the symbiotic relationship our clients have with the built environment. Symbio is experienced at collaborating with property owners, architects and engineers to develop landscapes for mixed-use developments, institutions, rooftop gardens, and private residences.


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February 2019

Simmons University Dedicates Gwen Ifill College Designed by Ellenzweig

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Boston – Ellenzweig has designed renovations to the Simmons University Main Campus Building’s East Wing to house the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities. The new college is named for the Peabody Awardwinning Simmons graduate who broke gender and color barriers to report for major newspapers and networks as well as moderate vice-presidential and presidential debates, among other achievements.

The challenge for the Boston-based architecture firm was to reposition space in the 1904-1929 building as an interactive high-tech network of teaching and learning facilities and support spaces where students, faculty, and others could experience a panoply of media and communication channels that record and interpret the human experience. The program includes an upgraded auditorium with new digital and audiovisual technology, a computer

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“We wanted to give the department of communications transparent, flexible study areas,” explained Project Designer Bryan Roi. “Within the department are large areas of permanent and temporary displays, as well as booth-type seating just outside the classrooms.” All spaces received new furnishings, lighting, audiovisual/online systems, sprinklers, alarms, HVAC infrastructures, and universal access accommodations.

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February 2019


St. Marks School Gets New Training Space Design by S3 Design

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Southborough, MA – Students at St. Mark’s School were greeted last spring with the transformation of underutilized storage space in the historic Elkins Gymnasium to the new Coolidge Athletic Performance Center. As the lead designers, S3 Design said this project is a wonderful example of building repurposing, teamwork, and the creation of a new student life experience on St. Mark’s campus. Erland Construction was the construction manager for the project. The renovation brought new life and energy to the 85-year-old Elkins

As the lead designers, S3 Design said this project is a wonderful example of building repurposing, teamwork, and the creation of a new student life experience on St. Mark’s campus. Building. Former athletic equipment and underutilized storage rooms were opened up to create 3,700sf of athletic training space that, according to Athletic Director John Levandowski, “has changed the fitness culture at St. Mark’s.”

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The focal point of the new facility is the functional training turf area located in the center of the space. This area provides students with space to do more contemporary fitness activities and performance training. The turf is surrounded by power racks along the west wall and a dedicated rowing room with eight erg machines, as well as other support equipment. As part of the renovation, S3 and the design and construction teams enclosed an existing outdoor portico to create a new internal circulation path. The

circulation now runs through the existing Elkins Lobby to the new entrance for the athletic center. As part of the new circulation, a new athletic equipment room was created that is now home to the drop-off and pick-up of athletic uniforms. By combining the equipment pick-up and the new entrance to the Coolidge Center into the original formal entry to Elkins, the building has once again become the gateway to athletics and fitness on campus.

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Nauset Completes Mixed-Use Office Boston – Nauset Construction recently completed the renovation and addition of 150 State Street. The historic five-story English Tudorstyle building was transformed into four floors of first-class office and three floors of restaurant space for Kamakura, a Japanese dining experience that introduces Boston to contemporary kaiseki cuisine. Located in the heart of Boston’s Financial District, a few minutes’ walk to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Faneuil Hall as well as the MBTA Blue, Orange, and Green Lines, 150 State Street has a walk score of 97 and a perfect transit score of 100. Originally constructed in 1899 and once home to the British Consulate, the building has been re-imagined by Quincy-based architectural firm Choo & Company, Inc. The new design includes an additional floor as well as an enclosed roof deck featuring a 400sf aluminum and clear glass retractable skylight overlooking Boston’s iconic Custom House. This top floor houses Kamakura’s skybar and lounge, Kumo – which means “cloud” in Japanese. The restaurant also occupies the first and second floors, with the kitchen located in the basement. Four floors of office space totaling 3,760sf — each with a private bathroom and shower — comprise floors

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Focus: Life Sciences Creating the Look of Daylight in a Repositioned Lobby

by Donald Bárány It’s clear that an attractive building lobby can help attract potential tenants. With that goal in mind, Forest City Realty Trust, now owned by Brookfield Properties, endeavored to update all the office building lobbies at University Park at MIT, a mixed-use science and technology park adjacent to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. The Clark Building at 38 Sidney Street, a five-story, 122,000sf office, research, and lab building, houses several major pharmaceutical and healthcare companies and fronts the University Park Common, the central greenspace of the campus setting. Design firm TRIA was engaged to create a refreshed lobby for 38 Sidney Street and achieve a new building positioning that would appeal to biotech tenants while maintaining a cohesive

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look amongst the other recently updated adjacent building lobbies. Built in the 1980s, the existing lobby space at 38 Sidney was dark and dated and had limited natural lighting. TRIA’s design intent was to create a more timeless, museum-like setting by utilizing a simple, modern design. The design centered around the core concept of creating the illusion of natural daylight deep inside the space. The main focal point of the lobby is the winding glass-and-steel staircase that features a large, stretched-fabric lighted fixture on the ceiling to help mimic

SLAM Designs School of Pharmacy

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Johnson City, NY – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) recently completed the programming, planning, and design for the new $60 million, 105,000sf School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY). In addition to full architectural services, SLAM provided interior design, structural engineering, and landscape architecture services. The facility opened in fall 2018, and the team was recently awarded the 2018 AGC Excellence in Partnering Award. The project team includes the owner, Binghamton University and its department

of physical facilities; the client, State University of New York Construction Fund; construction management firm, LeChase Construction; general contractor, Fahs Construction; and the design team, SLAM. The four-story building houses state-of-the-art research and teaching labs; interactive classrooms that flex to accommodate team-based learning and smaller groups; a lecture hall; a state-of-the-art simulation lab and mock community and hospital pharmacy; a sterile compounding room; a library, faculty offices, student activity space; and appropriate support spaces.

natural daylight and reflect light off the glass. Throughout the lobby, indirect recessed lighting is cleverly integrated into the architecture to flood the space with light and cause light to sparkle, like natural sunlight, through the glass treads of the staircase. A complex design of “stepped” folding walls and ceilings feature embedded LED lights that frame the eye through the lobby, to the vestibule of the main entrance where University Park Common is visible. Delicate recessed LED wall washers follow the folding geometry to create a

cascade of light. Light-colored woodpaneled walls balance the cascading effect of the walls and ceilings while providing a neutral backdrop. A custom-made quartz reception desk offers visitors a veritable art piece in the museum-looking space, and a cozy sitting area adjacent to reception features two LCD screens recessed into the wall to display a building directory and other news. From the lobby, dark walnut woodframed openings create thresholds to two tenant corridor spaces. The stonesourced light tile lobby floor shifts to complementary toned carpets in these corridors, with a dropped cloud ceiling accentuating the spaces. Natural plants and banquette seating with green cushions draw the colors of nature from University Park Common into the lobby. TRIA collaborated closely with Siena Construction to construct the complicated architecture of folding geometry, integrated lighting, and staircase at 38 Sidney Street. Structural engineering firm Goldstein-Milano consulted on the glass-and-steel staircase as well as the infill of the two-story atrium space above the main entrance. The project team also included WB Engineers + Consultants for MEP engineering and Reflex Lighting for light fixture selection. Donald Bárány is a project designer at TRIA, a Boston architecture firm.

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DPS Group to Design Two cGMP Manufacturing Facilities

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Boston – DPS Group, a privately owned, global engineering, procurement, construction management and validation firm, has been selected to design two cGMP manufacturing facilities for Brammer Bio, an industry-leading viral vector contract development and manufacturing organization. Brammer enables pharmaceutical and biotech innovators to translate proprietary gene therapy and genemodified cell therapy technologies into novel treatments for patients through the development and manufacture of viral vectors.

DPS Group is designing an 8,000sf renovation of Brammer’s commercial cGMP facility located in Cambridge, Part of a larger 66,000sf building, the new space will increase the number of commercial suites, providing Brammer with additional capacity to produce treatments for a wider array of biotech companies. DPS Group also is providing detailed design services to assist Brammer in developing a new cGMP manufacturing and quality control (QC) operations facility in an existing 50,000sf building in Lexington, As the company’s second

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Providence, RI – Citizens Bank announced that the Citizens Commercial Real Estate Finance team is leading a $150 million construction loan for Bulfinch, a Boston-based commercial real estate and investment firm, to build a new 270,000sf lab building and 383-space standalone garage at Cambridge Discovery Park, a 27-acre master-planned redevelopment located in West Cambridge’s Biotech Mini Cluster. John Moriarty & Associates, Inc. is the general contractor, and Stantec Architecture and Engineering, P.C. is the

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Green Buildings in Boston

by Matthew Guarracino Office buildings, hotels, and retail spaces continue to change Greater Boston’s landscape. In the midst of this development boom, some of the city’s new and refurbished properties have helped affirm Boston’s status as a leader in innovation, with many of these buildings incorporating green protocols. In fact, the American Council for an EnergyEfficient Economy has rated Boston as the most energy-efficient city in the country. This is due, in part, to the focus on sustainability in both new construction and the renovation of existing buildings. Here is a look at some recent projects that have embraced energy efficiency. Atlantic Wharf

The Waterfront District’s Atlantic Wharf is home to both commercial and residen-

tial space featuring Energy Star-rated appliances, super-efficient LED lighting, and recycled building materials. The building has been awarded USGBC’s LEED Platinum certification and is considered Boston’s first green skyscraper. It uses approximately 30% less energy than similar buildings in the city. 101 Seaport

101 Seaport Boulevard achieved LEED

Millennium Tower

Located in Downtown Crossing, the 60-story Millennium Tower maximizes sustainability benefits with a state-ofthe-art building automation system. In addition to this, Millennium has taken further steps to ensure 75% of the tower’s electricity is generated from renewable energy sources.

Looking ahead to 2019 and into the future, the message is clear: Green buildings and energy efficiency will remain a top priority in construction and among the developers. Here in Greater Boston and around the country these people realize that utilizing green technologies is good for the environment, the community, and the bottom line. certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies, achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. The mechanical system in 101 Seaport Boulevard is designed to cool the building through use of an active chilled beam system.

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A 17-story, 425,000sf LEED Platinumcertified office and retail building in Back Bay, 888 Boylston Street was designed to be the most sustainable building in New England. 888 Boylston St. uses 45% less energy and 37% less water than a typical office building of its size by utilizing a water-fueled chilled beam

system which circulates 100% fresh air throughout the building. Solar panels and 14 wind turbines are coupled with other energy-saving features including a green roof, energy-efficient lighting, rainwater harvesting system, and a green wall that highlights the building’s lobby. In addition to an uptick of energyefficient office and retail spaces, Boston University has incorporated sustainable building practices into both small renovations and large construction projects alike. At BU, design and construction takes a broad spectrum of green building strategies into account. To accomplish this, the university uses the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Certification System to track opportunities in site development, water and energy efficiency, waste reduction, materials, resources, and indoor environmental quality. Going forward, BU has committed to meeting LEED certification standards in all new construction projects. Looking ahead to 2019 and into the future, the message is clear: Green buildings and energy efficiency will remain a top priority in construction and among the developers. Here in Greater Boston and around the country these people realize that utilizing green technologies is good for the environment, the community, and the bottom line Matthew Guarracino, principal of JM Electrical, is president-elect of the Massachusetts Building Congress.



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MPA Designs Amenity-Rich Workspace for Growing Tech Company

by Tim Bailey A global cloud-based technology company with a local presence had an expiring lease for its office in Waltham when it decided to relocate to accommodate its growing workforce. In addition to needing an expanded workspace, the goal of the office relocation was to create a workspace that: 1) meets the needs of its current workforce and helps to attract and retain talent and 2) enhances the company’s brand and presence in the Boston technology community. The firm accomplished both objectives by leasing 33,360sf at 275 Wyman Street in Waltham from sublandlord and primary tenant Cimpress/Vistaprint. In the new space, the firm wanted to shed its corporate aesthetic and stay true to its roots as a technology company. It also

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wanted to create a unique identity for the Boston office while respecting the design of its corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, California. The resulting design features an open office environment rich with common spaces and amenities. To offset the smaller individual workspaces, an emphasis was placed on adding various-sized amenity spaces to foster collaboration, communication, and interaction. An array of casual seating types support informal meetings and social gatherings of all sizes and

compositions. Meeting rooms and private workspaces provide space for conference calls and in-person collaborations. Large common areas, such as the café, game room, and collaborative “boulevard,” attract employees to socialize and relax, keeping the space active and engaging while mixing business with fun. A training room and a variety of sized conference, huddle, and phone rooms serve the company’s technology needs to maintain communication with clients all over the world. Balancing acoustically

sensitive large meeting rooms and private workspaces with the open office environment was crucial to the success of the space. The design of the new office harmoniously merges exposed mechanicals that open to the structural deck above with polished concrete floors and a green moss wall in the reception area. Pops of color found in nature offset the industrial feel of the surroundings, with hues of yellow, green, and blue bringing life to the space. Playful, geometric lighting enlivens all parts of the space, from the executive boardroom to the open workspace. Washed-oak wood tones help to soften the inherent harshness of the exposed mechanicals. The open plan office features height-adjustable benching to provide flexibility for future expansion and layout modification. The new office provides the expanded space, amenities, and visibility in the technology community that the company sought. Tim Bailey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a senior architect and associate partner at Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA).


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Erland Builds Mixed-Use Development

Phase 3 at Assembly Row Launched Somerville, MA – Federal Realty Investment Trust recently launched Phase 3 at Assembly Row, a 40-acre transit-oriented development, just outside of Boston with the announcement of PUMA’s North American HQ set to anchor a 300,000sf space building, with ground floor retail space. The contractor is Cranshaw Construction. Phase 3 of the development also includes a new, 24-story, 500-unit apartment building, with ground floor retail space, across from the T station. Beyond Phase 3, Federal Realty has approximately 5 more acres of developable land that has been entitled to accommodate up to 1.5 million sf of office and/or lab development. Stantec is the architect for the apartment building. Designed by Jacobs, the 13-story Class A office building with 550 dedicated parking spaces and approximately 25,000sf of ground floor retail space will be home to PUMA’s North American headquarters. PUMA is expected to occupy 455 Grand Union Boulevard in early 2021, with 450 employees relocating from offices in Boston and their current headquarters building in Westford.

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At completion of Phase 3, Assembly Row will include over 55 shops, 22 restaurants, 1,514 residential units, over 1.1 million sf of Class A office space, and The Row Hotel, a 158-room Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel. 455 Grand Union Boulevard is now under construction and over 50% preleased. The neighborhood’s existing office space at 450 Artisan Way is currently 100% leased. Additionally, Partners Healthcare is headquartered at Assembly Row with 730,000sf of office space.

New mixed-use development, Washington Place

Newton, MA – Mark Development is partnering with Erland Construction and Prellwitz Chilinski Associates to build a new 299,000sf property at the corner of Walnut Street and Washington Street in Newton. The new mixed-use development, Washington Place, will accommodate 41,960sf of commercial space, 140 apartments, 309 parking spaces (including underground parking), retail, and more than 15,000sf of public outdoor space. Residential amenities include access to a luxury clubroom, roof-top deck, stateof-the-art fitness center, and community

art space. The upscale units will include quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. Safety and sustainability are major priorities throughout construction. Erland will take great care mitigating disruption to neighboring homes and the flow of traffic on these busy streets. Additionally, Washington Place will utilize sustainable design practices to achieve LEED Gold certification. Mark Development, Erland, and Prellwitz Chilinski Associates are collaborating to attain this level of sustainability.

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BPDA Approves Four Residential Projects

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Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors approved residential development projects in Mattapan, East Boston, South Boston, and Fenway at its January meeting. In total, the projects will create 559 residential units, including 90 income-restricted units, and a fully affordable senior housing development. Development projects are: Grace Apartments

Developed by the East Boston Community Development Organization, Grace Apartments in East Boston will create 42 affordable housing units for seniors. The new building will be seven stories tall and 39,067sf. The project will also renovate 17 income-restricted units on the site’s existing building.

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Special Report Industry Professionals Unite to Combat the Opioid Crisis by Emily Langner Associate Editor, High-Profile The construction industry has experienced the effects of the opioid crisis firsthand. Due to the physical demands of the job, injury rates are high compared with other industries, and, according to a 2018 report by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, opioid-related deaths for those employed in the construction and extraction occupation were six times the average rate for all Massachusetts workers, accounting for a staggering 24% of all opioid-related deaths among the working population.

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On January 23 the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) held a summit at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston titled The Opioid Epidemic: Crisis in the Workplace. The summit was attended by over 170 representatives from

 e all know that this is an all-hands“ Won-deck issue, and that all of us have a role to play both as citizens of Massachusetts and as employers, as family members, and as community members, to make an impact on this epidemic. – MICHAEL BOTTICELLI, executive director of the Grayken Center for Addiction

construction management and general contracting firms, subcontractors, and the building trades, and addressed the impact of the epidemic on the commercial construction industry and ways people can come together to find solutions. Michael Botticelli, executive director of the Grayken Center for Addiction, opened the summit by presenting statistics on how the crisis has affected the construction industry and the nation as a whole. Not only has it had a

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dramatic impact on the lives of those in the industry, but it has had major effects on the economy and healthcare systems, and holds partial responsibility for the shortage of qualified workers. Botticelli encouraged those in attendance to join together to make a much needed change. “We all know someone who’s been touched by substance abuse disorders and the opioid epidemic,” he said, “and we all know that this is an all-hands-on-deck issue, and that all of us have a role to play both as citizens of Massachusetts and as employers, as family

members, and as community members, to make an impact on this epidemic.” Healthcare experts Ken Duckworth, BCBS of MA & National Alliance for Mental Illness; Julianne Bride, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA; and Lisa Kelly-Croswell, Boston Medical Center, expanded on the concept of prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery and emphasized the importance of communication and of having senior leadership play a key role in solving the problem.  This included structuring healthcare plans to include adequate

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support for employees and setting up resource centers where they can go for more information. Bride emphasized how critical it is to have the participation of every team member and every organization. “Start somewhere,” she said. “There is a lot of work to be done. Don’t be overwhelmed in trying to figure out where to start. It may feel small, but it will gain momentum and grow over time.” Shaun Carvalho, Shawmut Design & Construction; Maureen Kirkpatrick, Turner Construction; David Argus, Karas & Karas Glass; Frank Callahan, MA Building Trades Council; and Jeff Werner, N.E. Regional Council of Carpenters Benefits Funds, also spoke at the event, presenting ways to spread awareness and training, implement wellness services and preventive programs, and eliminate


stigma that often prevents employees from seeking help. Tim Irving, assistant regional administrator for the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), closed the summit by sharing his goal for the year, saying, “We have a new challenge

more engaged on our “Ifjobwesitesall become to help prevent accidents or come up with policies and procedures, we can change this crisis. We can make a difference within a year.

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the day, we have to make sure they’re coming back to work the next shift.” He added, “As business owners, managers, and supervisors, we have a moral obligation to address this issue.” After presenting recommended steps for companies to take, including injury prevention and providing onsite medical care,  Kirkpatrick summed up the goal of the summit by encouraging everyone in the room to come together and not to be complacent. “If we all become more engaged on our job sites to help prevent accidents or come up with policies and procedures, we can change this crisis,” she urged. “We can make a difference within a year.”

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Marr Sets Bridge at Boston Children’s Hospital Boston – Boston Children’s Hospital is building a pedestrian bridge at the intersection of Longwood Avenue and Blackfan Street, which will provide direct pedestrian access between the Patient and Family Parking Garage and a new lobby above the main hospital’s entrance, making hospital trips safer and more convenient for patients and visitors. Working for steel fabricator Cives Steel and general contractor Suffolk Construction, Daniel Marr & Son (DM&S) assembled and installed the bridge’s three separate sections over two weekends in November and December 2018. First, DM&S installed section one of the bridge, which consisted of 115 tons of steel, spanning Longwood Avenue, using Marr Crane & Rigging’s (MC&R) 300-ton Liebherr crane and Hallamore’s 600-ton Terex crane. DM&S spent two weeks preassembling section one onsite before it was moved into position on the street via a tandem crane pick and then hoisted into its final position using the 600-ton crane. Due to severe site and time constraints to set the steel in place, significant preplanning was required to execute this critical lift. The work had to be completed successfully in a limited timeframe, as a portion of Longwood Avenue was temporarily closed, requiring ambulances

and other traffic to be rerouted. With 20 ironworkers and four crane operators working in shifts starting Friday at midnight through Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm, Marr successfully completed the first installation. The second weekend, DM&S was back onsite to assemble and install the remaining two sections of the bridge. While

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girders were set in place by MC&R’s 300ton Liebherr crane and were assembled at their final elevations while temporarily supported by 14 100 kip Hi-Lite shoring towers erected by Marr Scaffolding Company (additional shoring was erected under section one for finishing work). Approximately eight precision crane picks were required to complete the installation. A variety of Marr 40-foot boom lifts were onsite supporting the installation. Additionally, Marr’s specialty shoring company, Isaac Blair, assisted with wood dunnage needed to support the bridge on the sidewalk and street. Concrete ballast blocks aided in the

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Milone & MacBroom Expands

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Boston – MassDevelopment has issued a $5 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of Blue Ivy, LLC, a real estate entity for Essex-based Great Marsh Brewing Company. Blue Ivy, LLC and Great Marsh are using bond proceeds to build and equip a brewery at 99 and 103 Main Street. The new building will feature manufacturing, canning, and warehouse space, a taproom, beer garden, and approximately 5,000sf of leasable restaurant space. East Boston Savings Bank purchased the bond.

Niemitz Design Group, Boston is the architect and Connolly Brothers, Beverly, MA is the contractor “MassDevelopment is pleased to help entrepreneur John Collins realize the dream of expanding his home brewing operation into a state-of-the-art facility, with ample space to brew, package, and sell his product,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss. Construction of the brewery has begun and is expected to be complete by fall 2019.

New Haven, CT – Milone & MacBroom has opened its eighth office to accommodate the company’s continued growth and future expansion plans. The new space, located at 195 Church Street and overlooking the historic New Haven Green, affords the firm the opportunity to stay invested in the community and remain a hands-on resource for transportation, planning, engineering, and environmental initiatives in the city and surrounding areas. Taking effect the first of the year, the move included over 15 multidisciplinary staff relocations from the firm’s Cheshire headquarters, with the two offices continuing to work closely together. The New Haven location complements the firm’s corporate office in Cheshire,

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Conn., as well as regional offices in Portland, Maine; Springfield, Mass.; Bedford and Manchester, N.H.; New Paltz, N.Y., and Waterbury, Vt.

NV5 Global Acquires Celtic Energy Hollywood, FL – NV5 Global, Inc., a professional engineering and consulting solutions provider, announced that it has acquired Celtic Energy, Inc., a nationally recognized energy consulting firm that specializes in energy project management and oversight. As one of the top owner’s representative

firms in the country, Celtic Energy has provided oversight on more than $2 billion in energy projects in 35 states throughout the U.S. and abroad. The acquisition was made with a combination of cash and stock and will be immediately accretive to NV5’s earnings.

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HP: How has Copley Wolff incorporated biophilia into completed or current projects?

Room to Grow Greener: Q&A with Copley Wolff HP: How is Copley Wolff Design Group contributing to Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Imagine Boston 2030 plan? CW: Our

(l-r) Becky Rupel, ASLA, PLA, SITES AP, and Christine Wilson, ASLA, PLA, SITES AP, are landscape architects at Copley Wolff Design Group.

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environmentally conscious design approach dovetails with Mayor Walsh’s vision for increased open space, a more robust urban forest, climate change mitigation, and resiliency. As landscape architects, we mold topography and integrate trees and planting beds into the built environment. We introduce porous pavement, bioswales, and constructed wetlands to minimize inland and coastal flooding. We also design living shorelines and vegetated dunes along the coast to reduce wave action during storms. All these strategies create attractive public space for outdoor recreation, as well as improve walkability, enhance wildlife habitat, and enrich peoples’ health and well-being.

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STA Completes Cleantech Startup

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Somerville, MA – Silverman Trykowski Associates (STA), an interior design firm based in Boston, has completed the newly opened Global Center for Cleantech Innovation, that is part of the Greentown Labs urban campus in Somerville. The newly added Global Center is a rehabilitated 100-year-old industrial building that was originally built for the American Tube Works Company that produced seamless brass and copper tubes for locomotive, marine, and stationary boilers. Silverman Trykowski Associates transformed the brick-and-steel building to house modern-day makerspaces for the next generation of ground-breaking technologies — a proverbial bridging of 1900’s energy-producing innovations with 2000’s world-changing cleantech innovations. The $15 million project is a sustainably built facility that has more than doubled the Greentown Labs footprint to a combined total of 100,000sf of innovation space. Greentown is currently home of nearly 100 cleantech member companies.

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Engineering LAN-TEL Underway on Surveillance Project

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Lawrence, MA – LAN-TEL Communications, Inc., a NECA Boston contractor headquartered in Norwood, has been awarded and is underway with a video surveillance project in Lawrence. The project entails the installation of surveillance cameras at 35 strategic sites throughout the city. Through the public safety initiative, the city of Lawrence

joins a growing list of municipalities worldwide that are integrating stateof-the-art security technology and new surveillance methods to enhance their policing efforts. In the project’s first phase, 75 cameras are being installed and maintained by the NECA Boston contractor at various sites throughout the city. Approximately 35 additional cameras will be installed in a

second phase. All camera box locations are publicly visible, with camera housing blue in color. Cameras are aligned and focused to cover the areas of interest, and the integrated wireless antennas transmit video signals back to Lawrence police headquarters. Some of the security cameras offer a fixed 180-degree view of a site, while others have pan, tilt, and zoom features.

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what you want readers to learn about your company and its services. Craft three to five key messages that communicate your competitive differentiators, and use that messaging across all PR and marketing vehicles. The more consistent and repetitive in spreading your message, the more likely your target audience will hear it and remember it. Remember, it takes seven touches to make an impression. Create a PR plan

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The interior offers spectacular views of Boston Harbor

first ground-up development in the Boston area. Initial designs of the interior spaces show reflections of Boston’s history, culture, and maritime heritage with a sail-inspired carved feature wall, nautical reception desk, and the use of hand-forged bronze, barnacle textures, and a palette colored by the tones at water’s edge. “In the spirt of the building’s iconic design, the interiors take inspiration from maritime, complementing the forward-

The St. Regis Residences, Boston

thinking vision of Elkus Manfredi Architects and owner Jon Cronin,” said Quimby. Rising directly on Boston’s waterfront, the tower features an iconic design that mimics the curvilinear shape of a tall ship at sail. The tower’s 114 luxury condominiums will range from one-bedroom condos to penthouse homes, each with extraordinary views of Boston Harbor.

In addition to the maritime influence, BAMO is taking inspiration from a number of local references. The influence of Boston Common’s greenery and dappled light reveals itself in the tranquil spa, while the amenity lounge references the Seaport District during the industrial revolution with detailed stitching, bronze fluting, and decorative blown-glass lighting. Photo by Steven King

Boston – Cronin Development has hired BAMO of San Francisco to design interiors for The St. Regis Residences, Boston. The team, led by Principal Billy Quimby, is developing the design for the kitchens, bathrooms, and finishes and fixtures throughout the individual units, as well as creating the full interior vision for the lobby and amenity spaces. Located at 150 Seaport Boulevard, the residence-only tower will be BAMO’s

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The Kennedy Building

Hanover, MA – A new development in Hanover has transformed the Cardinal Cushing Centers’ campus into a community now known as Bethany Apartments. The campus had supported children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through education, employment training, residential care, and other services since the late 1940s. NEI of Randolph and The Architectural Team (TAT) of Chelsea were responsible for the $9.9 million adaptive reuse of the former dormitory at the Cardinal Cushing Centers into much-needed affordable housing for the community. The Kennedy Building has been converted into 37 one-, two-, and threebedroom units, and the four lowestincome have been rented with a preference for state Department of Mental Health clients. HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems have been incorporated to ensure

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CW: As an alternative to conventional or gray stormwater drainage infrastructure (catch basins, pipes, pumps, and other metal and concrete elements), green infrastructure capitalizes on plants and soil material to mimic the natural water cycle. It slows and retains stormwater onsite, minimizing the frequency, intensity, and volume of water entering the gray infrastructure system. This allows stormwater to infiltrate into the groundwater table, while vegetation and soils filter pollutants, improving water quality. HP: Any examples?

Interior view of Bethany Apartment

long-term functionality of the building. The design has preserved the historic envelope of the three-story H-shaped brick building and maintained the existing structure, while interior historic features also underwent careful restoration. Its chapel was converted into an open community room for residents featuring 15-foot ceilings. Other shared spaces on the property include a fitness center and a quiet reading room.


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At UMass Amherst, Copley Wolff Design Group designed a courtyard, adjacent pond, and the university’s first inhabitable green roof to support the building’s sustainable water management system. Rain gardens mitigate surface run-off. Native plants and emergent wetland vegetation improve the health of the pond and create wildlife habitats. The green roof is planted with hardy native plants that can withstand extreme temperatures. The roof can be used as a teaching tool for the campus, reduces the heat island effect and glare, absorbs CO2, and retains storm water. The vegetation protects the roof membrane from the elements and will extend the life expectancy of the membrane and lead to lower life cycle costs.

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At UMass Biolab, one of the most technologically advanced and sustainable biotech buildings in the commonwealth, Copley Wolff Design Group incorporated existing tree specimens into a site plan for the 36,300sf building and parking lot. The site’s master plan called for the installation of rain gardens, the utilization of recaptured rainwater, and the incorporation of recycled onsite materials to help turn this former brownfield into a LEED-certified building with environmentally sensitive landscaping.

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Connecticut Restoration of Historic Brick Masonry the masonry, while the sealer hides this ongoing deterioration. Why do brick and mortar deteriorate? Some contributing factors architects look for include: by Arthur L. Sanders Repointing, repair, partial rebuilding, or replacement of brick masonry on a historic or landmark structure can be time-consuming, noisy, and dust-producing work, with scaffolding covering the building for some time. It can be tempting to look for a fast, easy solution. Once an investigation identifies problem conditions, Band-Aid repairs, such as application of water repellant coatings or sealants, might seem to take care of the problem. If the building is mass wall construction designed for mortar, it’s best to stick with mortar. When moisture does find its way behind brick masonry, it can work its way out through mortar joints. Properly designed brick masonry walls get wet and dry out. If joints are sealed, the trapped water will further break down

• Excess moisture penetration at joints. • Weathering, including exposure to successive freeze-thaw cycles. • Contemporary conditions, such as pollution. • Uneven settlement of the building foundation. • Thermal movement of masonry. • Capillary action causing rising damp (water drawn into the building materials from the ground up). Often, a combination of factors may be the culprit in masonry deterioration. The investigation phase of a historic or landmark brick rehabilitation project may be longer than with modern construction, but this extra time is essential to uncover the root cause of the deterioration. For a repair effort to achieve lasting success, the plan must address underlying conditions. With historic or landmark structures, special considerations may arise during the investigation. To avoid change

orders and delays caused by unforeseen conditions, the design professional may need to research original construction documents and records of earlier repairs and alterations. Onsite observations complement this evaluation, as portions of the original documents may be unavailable, and building construction can deviate from that shown on plans. Test cuts, probes, photographs, and laboratory analysis may be part of this investigation. If the building is a National Historic Register property or significant landmark, relevant regulatory issues must be addressed as early as possible in the project. The process of gaining approval for construction can take time, so the design professional researches the necessary codes and regulations and initiates the process of obtaining required variances and endorsements during the initial investigatory phase. Once historic commission and other regulations have been taken into account, probable causes have been considered, and drawings and other construction documents have been examined, a brick rehabilitation and maintenance program can be designed to meet the needs of a

historic or landmark building. Repair of the masonry may be a time-consuming and exacting process. Replacement mortar and brick must visually match the original yet be resilient enough for contemporary conditions. If done well, masonry rehabilitation can restore the structural and aesthetic character of a building. If done improperly, a repair project can not only detract from the building’s appearance, it can cause lasting harm to the masonry. While brick rehabilitation on a historic or landmark structure can be disruptive, the investment in proper techniques and materials means longer-lasting solutions. Inexpertly conceived repairs diminish a historic building’s aesthetic character and can exacerbate deterioration. Though it may not be a quick fix, a thoroughly researched and exactingly executed remediation program can satisfy budget and design objectives, with minimal disruption to occupants and as efficient a schedule as possible. Arthur L. Sanders, AIA is senior VP and director of architecture with Hoffmann Architects and an active member of the Construction Institute.

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KBE Promotes Moore

Fuss & O’Neill Promotes Six Manchester, CT - Fuss & O’Neill, a full-service engineering firm, announced it has promoted Elizabeth Troop, PE, and Jared Smith, CSP, to senior project manager. In addition, Kevin McGarry, PE; Sean Arruda, PE, CFM; Joseph Devine, PE, LEP; and Nicholas Lapointe, PE; have been promoted to project manager. Troop, who works in the firm’s Trumbull office, has been with Fuss & O’Neill for 30 years. She has been involved in industrial and municipal projects involving stormwater management, industrial water reuse, wastewater treatment, hazardous waste, groundwater remediation, and landfill leachate. Smith, who works in the firm’s Manchester office, has been with the firm for five years. He is an indoor air quality (IAQ) expert specializing in the planning, implementation, and management of industrial hygiene, health, and safety programs for a variety of educational and municipal clients. McGarry, who has been with Fuss & O’Neill for eight years, works in the firm’s Quincy, Mass., office. He has worked on a wide range of projects including large-scale land development, urban redevelopment, stormwater management, infrastructure improvement, solid waste management, and flood control projects. Arruda, who works in the firm’s

Elizabeth Troop

Jared Smith

Providence, R.I., office, has been with Fuss & O’Neill for 18 years. He has designed and provided technical oversight on numerous engineering projects in the fields of stormwater management (including green infrastructure). Devine works in the firm’s Manchester office. He has been with Fuss & O’Neill for 19 years working in a multitude of site/ civil and environmental engineering fields serving municipalities, state agencies, and private clients. He specializes in the redevelopment of urban sites. Lapointe, who works in the firm’s Springfield, Mass., office, has been with Fuss & O’Neill for 10 years. He has been responsible for numerous highway design projects and traffic engineering studies in western and central Massachusetts and throughout Connecticut.

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Farmington, CT – Adam Moore, ited Professional and a Certified LEED AP, CCM, has been Construction Manager through promoted to project executive the Construction Management at KBE Building Corporation. Association of America. He has 24 years of construction Among his responsibilities industry experience, 21 of those is the oversight of four senior with KBE. living projects encompassing He joined the regional connearly $100 million in construction services firm in 1998 struction value in Princeton, Adam Moore as a project coordinator and over N.J.; Southport, Conn.; Raleigh, the years has progressed through the comN.C.; and Silver Springs, Md. He also is pany. In 2014, he was promoted to senior managing the $29 million clinic for the project manager. He is a LEED AccredNavy at its Kittery, Maine facility.

CES Personnel Announcements Middletown, CT – Consultteam for 12 years. ing Engineering Services, a • Michael Bouchard, an multidisciplined engineering associate and team leader, has firm in its 25th year, recently been promoted to shareholder. announced that Nicholas Fai •  Jesse Van Camp has been has been promoted to principal, promoted to project manager, managing the Norwood, Mass., having been with CES for 22 office. Notable projects of his years. include: TD Garden, Tufts Uni• Curtis Chase has been Nicholas Fai versity, Wellesley School, Great promoted to project manager. Horse Country Club, several large-scale • Kenneth Fiorentino has been promoted greenhouse agricultural projects, and to project manager in the New York City high-end homes throughout the Northeast. office. Other employee promotions include: • Brook Goodner has been promoted to • Kevin King, has been promoted to senior human resources manager, having been electrical engineer. with CES for six years. She is dedicated • Jeanine Palmieri has been promoted to supporting employees through benefit to project manager. She has been a education, new hire onboarding, and member of CES’s commissioning company culture.

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Company Profile SLAM Committed to Growing with Boston

by Richard Polvino This is an exciting time for the Boston office of The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM). As a nationally ranked architectural firm, with offices in Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, and a recent expansion in California, SLAM is committed to growth. Celebrating more than 20 years in Boston, this office has won significant business across our healthcare, corporate, and education practices over the past few years, and we now are offering greater depth and new levels of architecture right here in the Boston area. Our projects currently include work with the State of Massachusetts DCAMM on the transformation of the Boston Medical Center Newton Pavilion to Shattuck Hospital in Boston as well as other healthcare clients such as UMass Memorial Medical Center and Steward Healthcare.

Celebrating more than 20 years in Boston, this office has won significant business across our healthcare, corporate, and education practices over the past few years, and we now are offering greater depth and new levels of architecture right here in the Boston area. The Boston team also continues to service educational clients from top-tier colleges and universities such as MIT, University of Michigan, Providence College, and Stonehill College, as well as K-12 projects for the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The recent renovation of our office space on the fourth floor of 250 Summer Street, located in the heart of Boston’s Innovation District, will accommodate up to 40 team members with many opportunities for innovation and creativity. We’re eager to add new and experienced talent to our existing team of professionals, as part of a firmwide strategy to increase our workforce to between 250 and 300 employees over the coming few years. A recent merger with Frank Webb Architects (FWA), an award-winning firm located in Los Angeles, marks the progression of SLAM’s overall growth


SLAM office entry in foreground and team area with operable screen in background / Mike Sears photography

strategy to expand its footprint within the healthcare, education, corporate, workplace, and sports facilities locally and nationally. Our vibrant Boston environment offers a modern work space designed as a high-tech flex studio, meeting the work habits and creative needs of a blended team of experienced professionals and next-generation talent. Fellow colleague Neil Martin, design principal, describes SLAM Boston as an “office that combines the best location to work in the city with a studio atmosphere that inspires our designers to innovate and create in meaningful and new ways that will continue to benefit our clients.” The space also features a bright and inviting open loft interior, beautiful views of the channel and downtown, a central shared open work area, and café. Unique operable screens are integrated in the design to create office neighborhoods and collaborative zones for spontaneous or planned meetings. SLAM’s commitment to Boston is showcased through the installation of new artwork selected from the Boston Art, Inc. gallery by local artist Phillip Spinks. His series “New Histories and Recovering Memories” infuses a playful color palette into the studio. SLAM President Robert Pulito, AIA, is equally excited to share our passion across all SLAM offices for innovation, technology, and creativity and a strong culture rooted in delivering long-term value to clients. We invite you to visit the next time you’re in Boston! Richard Polvino, AIA, LEED AP, MCPPO is a principal at SLAM Boston.

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Open studio workspace with view toward downtown Boston

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Awards Interior Architecture Design Three Awards • Amenta Emma Architects for Brand Strategy Group, Hamden, Conn. • Leers Weinzapfel Associates for the John W. Olver Design Building, Amherst, Mass. • BOS|UA with rukamathu.smith for Sushi Kappo, Boston

BSA/AIA Awards Boston – The Boston Society of Architects/ AIA (BSA/AIA) announced the 2018 winners at the 8th BSA Design Awards Gala on January 17. Honor Awards for Design Excellence One Honor Award • Anmahian Winton Architects for Ankara Office Tower, Ankara, Turkey Seven Awards • CBT for 10 Farnsworth, Boston • NADAAA for Daniels Building, Toronto, Canada • William Rawn Associates, Architects for Rubenstein Arts Center, Durham, North Carolina • Touloukian Touloukian for Lumen at Beacon Park, Detroit, Michigan • Bruner/Cott for MASS MoCA Building 6, North Adams, Mass. • Sasaki for Tecnológico de Monterrey New Main Library, Monterrey, Mexico • O’Neill Rose Architects for Undermountain House, Sheffield, Mass. One Citation • Payette for Science and Engineering Complex, Medford, Mass.

Amenta Emma Architects for Burnham Family Memory Care Residence at Avery Heights in Hartford, CT. / image by Robert Benson

Unbuilt Architecture and Design Two Honor Awards • HKS for both Structured Symbiosis and Wastescraper One Award • NADAAA for Seoul Cinematheque Two Citations • Abramson Teiger Architects for LALA Gateway Bridge • Höweler + Yoon Architecture for Plus Bridge

Sustainable Design Two Honor Awards • designLAB for Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Amherst, Mass. • Leers Weinzapfel Associates for the John. W. Olver Design Building, Amherst, Mass. Three Awards • \Piatt Associates for 719 Washington Residences, Boston • Payette for the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, A chapter of the American Institute of Architects • ZeroEnergy Design for Lincoln Net Positive Farmhouse, Lincoln, Mass. One Citation • MMA for Winchester High School, Winchester, Mass.

Three Citations • Kennedy and Violich Architecture for Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Vanserg Hall, Cambridge, Mass. • William Rawn Associates, Architects for East Boston Branch Library, Boston Public Library, Boston • Utile for Jamaica Plain Branch Library, Renovation and Addition, Boston Public Library, Boston Hospitality Design

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Two Honor Awards • Perkins+Will for Hotel Grinnell, Grinnell, Iowa • Touloukian Touloukian for Lumen at Beacon Park, Detroit, Michigan Two Awards • Hacin + Associates for Glass House, Cambridge, Mass. • GLD Architecture for Taste Wine Bar and Kitchen, Boston Four Citations • Group One Partners with Stantec for Envoy Hotel, Boston

Anmahian Winton Architects for Ankara Office Tower in Ankara, Turkey / image by Florian Holzherr


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Touloukian Touloukian for Lumen at Beacon Park in Detroit, Michigan / image by Anton Grassl

• Finegold Alexander Architects with The Gettys Group, Bergmeyer, and Niemitz Design Group for The Godfrey Hotel, Boston • ASK Design/Build for Lamplighter Brewery and Taproom, Cambridge, Mass. • Elkus Manfredi Architects for The Verb, Boston

2018 BSA Award of Honor Ann M. Beha FAIA Ann Beha, Principal of Ann Beha Architects

Robert A.M. Stern Architects for UConn Downtown Hartford Campus in Hartford, Conn. / image by Peter Aaron

People’s Choice Award As If It Were Already Here, designed by Janet Echelman for The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and the Smith Family Foundation

Harleston Parker Medal The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex designed by Payette for Northeastern University, Boston.

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Healthcare Facilities Design Two Honor Awards • Perkins+Will (Site, Exterior, Lobby Design) and HDR (Medical Planning, Interior Design, Landscape) for Hartford Hospital Bone and Joint Institute, Hartford, Conn. • Amenta Emma Architects for The Burnham Family Memory Care Residence at Avery Heights, Hartford, Conn. Two Citations • Höweler + Yoon Architecture for MINT, Boston • Shepley Bulfinch with Barber McMurry Architects for Scripps Networks Tower, Knoxville, Tennessee

Campus and Urban Planning Three Awards • Robert A.M. Stern Architects for UConn Downtown Hartford Campus, Hartford, Conn. (for both Campus Planning and Urban Design) • Sasaki for the Urban Design project, Las Salinas: An Ecological and Urban Regeneration in Viña del Mar, Chile; and for the Campus Planning project, West Java New University, Subang, Indonesia Two Citations • Arrowstreet for MIT Green Roof Study, Cambridge, Mass. • Utile for domestiCITY [for an affordable atlanta]: Everyone Wants a Home of Their Own, Atlanta

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Perkins+Will and HDR for Hartford Hospital Bone and Joint Institute in Hartford, Conn. / image by Halkin Mason

Perkins+Will for Hotel Grinnell in Grinnell, Iowa / image by Jim Kruger

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Amenta Emma Announces Promotions

SLAM Announces Board Appointments Glastonbury, CT – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) announced that Tanya Cutolo, AIA, LEED AP, and Ross Spiegel, FAIA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, LEED AP, have recently been appointed to the following boards: Spiegel, a specifications coordinator for SLAM, has been elected vice chair of the Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC) Board of Directors. He will serve a one-year term. He has been a member of the CTGBC since 1994 and has been on the board for nearly 10 years. He recently served as secretary for two years. He also has been the chair of the Council’s Advocacy Committee since 2012. Cutolo, business development director



for SLAM Construction Services, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Architecture Foundation, an affiliation of the American Institute of Architects, Connecticut Chapter (AIA Connecticut). She has been a member since 2008, and this is her first term serving on the board.

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Concord, NH – North Branch Construction recently welcomed Amanda Savage as the firm’s business development manager. She brings with her over 17 years of sales experience, including, most recently, her time as construction sector partnership advisor at the Business & Industry Association of N.H., where she coordinated efforts to brand an initiative developed to bring awareness to the construction industry.

Hartford, CT – Amenta Emma announced the promotion of two team members to associate. Debra L. Seay, AIA, WELL AP, joined Amenta Emma in 2016, bringing with her more than 14 years of experience working on large-scale, complex projects. She serves as project manager, and her recent work includes the renovation of Subway’s World Headquarters in Milford and projects for Hartford Steam Boiler offices throughout the U.S. Kyle D. Cruz, AIA, joined the firm in 2013. He served as project architect on the award-winning Burnham Family Memo-



ry Care Residence at Avery Heights in Hartford and currently serves as project architect on Amenta Emma’s largest project to date, the renovation of the historic State Office Building, also in Hartford.

Fazio Joins JACA Architects Quincy, MA – JACA Architects Arab Emirates, and Burt Hill/ announced that Joseph Fazio Stantec in Abu Dhabi, United has recently joined the firm Arab Emirates. as an associate and director of Additional prior experience documentation and construction includes working as a primary administration. core team member for a new He comes most recently from research laboratory at the Koch Elkus Manfredi Architects, Institute of Integrative Cancer during which time he worked on Research for the MIT while Fazio the Boston Cathedral project. at Ellenzweig, and work with Fresenius Medical Care and Fazio’s previous experience Marsters & Partners Architects. includes work with Prellwitz Chilinski He is a LEED-accredited and licensed Architects, Inc. in Cambridge as well as architect in Massachusetts and California. Obermeyer Middle East in Al Ain, United

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Boston – Suffolk, a privately held building contractor, announced it has hired former E-TRADE Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Lea Stendahl as its new CMO, and former GE Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis Puneet Mahajan as its new chief financial officer (CFO). Stendahl will create integrated, diverse marketing strategy that encompasses all branding, media, communications, digital marketing, and promotional strategies. She was CMO at E-TRADE, Leadefined, and managing director of brand and marketing communications for TD Ameritrade. Stendahl was recently named to the 2018 AdWeek 50. Mahajan will direct the day-to-day financial and administrative functions, negotiate credit agreements, and re-



engineer the organization’s accounting and technology systems. Mahajan was vice president of financial planning and analysis at GE. Previously, he served as GE’s chief risk officer. He also was chief financial officer of GE India, GE Capital Asia, and GE Consumer Finance Japan. Both will be based at Suffolk headquarters in Boston and will report directly to Suffolk Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Fish.

Youngclaus Joins RPF Environmental Amesbury, MA – RPF Environmental, Inc., an environmental health and safety (EH&S) consulting firm, announced that Cameron Youngclaus has recently joined its staff. He will be working as an EH&S consultant providing industrial hygiene, safety, indoor air quality, and asbestos testing and consulting services throughout New England.

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While in college, he conducted research on water quality based on macroinvertebrate populations and on methods of management and mitigation for invasive plant species. He recently completed training and certification as an abatement project monitor as well as for optical microscopy



Bedford, MA – C.E. Floyd Company announced the promotion of Chuck Tobin to COO, Pete Doucet II to director of Mass. operations, and Jeff Palmer to director of Conn. operations. The company also announced the transition of Norm Fournier to the role of advisor. Tobin relocated to Connecticut in 2006 to open C.E. Floyd Company’s Middletown office. He has been with the company for more than 25 years and is a member of LeadingAge CT, AIA CT, and CT ABC. Doucet started at C.E. Floyd right out of college and was there for 11 years. He briefly left to work elsewhere as a superintendent on two large projects in Boston before returning in a project management role.


Palmer was Floyd’s first project manager in Connecticut where he led their most complicated projects. He joined C.E. Floyd after college and has been with the company for almost 20 years. Fournier joined the company in 1991 to manage the company’s most complex projects and to provide leadership and mentoring to the growing staff. In his new role he will participate in quarterly strategic planning and guide C.E. Floyd Company’s quality control program and preconstruction efforts. C.E. Floyd Company’s president and CEO Chris Floyd commented, “I’m excited about the energy at C.E. Floyd, the strength of our new leadership team and the opportunities for growth that await the whole C.E. Floyd team!”

KBE Hires Seven



Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corporation recently hired seven new staff members to the firm’s Conn. office, including both field and office staff. Altamirano Carrie Rossitto, payroll administrator, was previously with Farmington Bank. Brian Drake, safety manager, has been working in the construction industry since 1988, with an extensive background in construction safety protocols and numerous OSHA certifications. Jessica Levay, project coordinator/ project engineer, has worked in both the social services and construction field. Her recent experience includes serving as project administrator for the Waterbury Development Program. Fred Giovanni III, help desk technician, has more than four years of experience in network systems management, field service support, and IT support.







Spencer Liquori, project engineer, previously interned with Gilbane Building Company. Sara Landry, talent acquisition leader, will be working closely with human resources to help find new staff who have the expertise and fit of the KBE culture. She comes to KBE with more than five years’ experience in recruiting and previously worked with Middlesex Hospital in sourcing and hiring medical professionals. Stefan Altamirano, cost and billing accountant, comes to KBE from Builders Hardware, where he worked as a senior accountant.

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Poyant Personnel Announcements

Marr Jr. Promoted, Snow Hired

New Bedford, MA – Poyant, a sign manufacturer and branding specialist, recent personnel announcements include: Natalia Pelletier has been promoted Pelletier to senior project manager. She has been with Poyant for nearly 20 years and is a key player in ensuring the success of the CVS brand signage program in the Northeast, in addition to supporting a variety of other clients throughout the region. Wendy DeGrasse, who has more than 10 years of project administration experience, has been named repair and maintenance associate project manager. She is responsible for managing and scheduling service repair calls.

Boston – Jeffrey Marr Jr. has been promoted to vice president, business development for The Marr Companies. For the past year he has been serving as manager of business development, a new position recently established at the company. Marr served as the aerial lift & swing stage sales rep./project manager for the Greater Boston and Cambridge area. He started with Marr Scaffolding Company in 2008 as operations coordinator, and will continue to head Marr’s business development function. An active member of the Associated Subcontractors of MA, he currently serves on the board of directors and on the Massachusetts Building Congress. He is a member of the sixth generation of Marr family members to work for the company. John Snow has joined Daniel Marr & Son Company as the director of



She previously held the position of project coordinator for URS Corporation in Los Angeles. Cody Carmo has joined the design team at Poyant responsible for developing graphic design concepts through creative design, drafting, documentation, and production art execution. He has worked in several disciplines of print media such as silk-screening, embroidery, stationary, as well as brand strategy and image.

Dinneen Architects Anouncements Boston – R. E. Dinneen Architects & Planners, Inc. announced that Mark Thomsen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, has joined its life sciences group as senior project architect and project manager. His prior experience includes 20+ years with TRO in Boston. Thomsen’s experience includes leading technically complex projects in building renovation, and new construction within the healthcare industry. His specialties include science and research labs, pharmacy, high-tech operating rooms, central sterile, radiology, CT, and MRI facilities. R. E. Dinneen also announced the



promotion of Daria Bukesova to architect. She joined R. E. Dinneen in 2016 as an architectural designer and recently passed her AREs and is now a registered architect in Massachusetts.

Boston – The Davis Companies Corcoran Jennison Companies, announced it has hired Rickie and worked for Continental Golden as vice president of Ventures Realty as well as The development. In this position, she Museum of Modern Art in New will focus on permitting efforts York. for several Boston development Golden will be working with projects. Davis Companies President She has over 10 years of Brian Fallon on the planning and permitting of both 1515 experience in predevelopment Golden Commonwealth Avenue and the work, permitting, zoning, and Skating Club site in Allston, development. She was the president of JECSP, a spin-off company of among other assignments.

Gay Joins RPF Staff



operations. He will be responsible for overseeing and directing the company’s project management and field operations. He has over 35 years in the steel construction industry. Most recently, Snow was with Skanska USA as senior project manager, overseeing the steel on the new Apple headquarters in California. He has managed several high-profile projects including the Patriots Gillette Stadium and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Mass.

Hancock’s Geaudreau Earns PE License Danvers, MA – Hancock development, from conceptual Associates, a provider of land design to permitting, construction surveying, civil engineering, through as-built certification. He and wetland science services, is responsible for the day-to-day announced that Brian G. operations of the Chelmsford Geaudreau, a project manager branch engineering staff. and associate at the firm, passed His expertise ranges from the professional engineering single-family residential subdiviexam and is now a licensed sions to high-density mixed-use Geaudreau professional engineer (PE) in projects for both the public and Massachusetts. private sector. Geaudreau has over eight years of Geaudreau is a certified soil evaluator experience at Hancock Associates and a and certified septic system inspector. proven track record in all aspects of land

Gaston Adds Kapatoes

Davis Hires Golden

Amesbury, MA – RPF Environmental, Inc., an environmental health and safety consulting firm, announced that Dawson Gay has recently joined its staff. He will be working as an EH&S consultant providing industrial hygiene, safety, indoor air quality, and asbestos testing and consulting services throughout New England.


At Keene State College, Gay was an organizer and social media coordinator for Vote Mob, an organization dedicated to helping students get out and vote. He also recently completed training and certification as an abatement project monitor as well as for optical microscopy analysis.

Norwood, MA – Gaston Electrical Co., Inc., an electrical services contractor, announced that Kevin Kapatoes has recently joined its team as technology infrastructure division manager. Kapatoes brings over 35 years of professional experience, having worked in telecommunications and network engineer capacities


as well as senior management positions. Most recently, he served as a telecommunications/ collaboration manager at Suffolk Construction. In his new leadership role, he will be responsible for oversight of all project management, estimating, purchasing, and business development functions within the division.

NEI Promotes Myers Boston – NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor and construction management firm, announced the promotion of Mike Myers to project executive in its Florida office. He joined NEI New England in 2007 as a project manager and was promoted to senior project manager in 2016 when he relocated to Florida.

He has worked on projects ranging from $4.8 million to $12.5 million. Projects in Massachusetts include Putnam Square Apartments in Cambridge, E. Henry Twiggs Estate II in Springfield, and Riverside Family Housing Development in Taunton. Myers In Florida, he was involved with three projects for Trinity Towers: South, West, and East.


February 2019


Calendar CBC CT




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.

February 14 How the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 Will Impact Your Construction Firm 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM ABC MA Office, Woburn, Mass. How will your construction firm be affected by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017? Join us for an inside look at the tax landscape ahead, featuring the expertise of one of New England’s top CPA firms specializing in the construction industry.

February 28 High Tech/Biotech – A Client Panel 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Location TBD, Portland, Maine Join us as we talk with leading high-tech and biotechnology industry partners about what impacts their industries and their ability to grow and expand, and what trends, future opportunities and future challenges they foresee.



February 12 Attracting and Retaining Tenants with CRE Technology 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM WilmerHale, Boston Learn about CRE technology and how building owners can leverage tech & services to drive values.

February 21 The Motor Mart Garage Project & Parcel A2 Seaport Project 7:30 AM - 9:45 AM Revere Hotel Boston Common, Boston We take a closer look at two developments recently announced by Boston Global Investors. John B. Hynes III, CEO and managing partner, unveils the development story, and Sasaki Associates and CBT Architects will give us an inside look at the proposed designs.

February 21 4th Annual Women Who Build Summit 7:45 AM - 6:00 PM Goodwin College, East Hartford, Conn. Keynote speaker: Denise M. Berger, FAIA chief of operations/engineering Department The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey The Women Who Build Summit has quickly become one of Construction Institute’s premier events. Year over year, speakers and attendees alike rave about this enriching experience. Each year promises an inspiring day of educational presentations, motivational stories, confidence-boosting interactions, and networking opportunities.

AGC CT February 13 Build CT Awards & 72nd Annual Meeting 5:00 PM Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville, Conn. Keynote speaker: Dr. Barbara Jackson

Celebrate WIC Week with us! March 3 - 9

AIA CT February 26 5th Annual Bowling Invitational 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM AMF Circle Lanes East Haven, Conn. AIA Connecticut’s Bowling Invitational is a great opportunity for firms, architects, individuals, and construction companies to get together for a fun night of networking. At the end of the night, we will be giving out awards such as Highest Score, Lowest Score, and much more!

AGC MA February 27 Leading Women in Construction: A BWiC Executive Panel 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM Pierce Atwood Boston BWiC presents a unique opportunity to hear from some of the most successful women in our industry, Each panelist brings their individual experiences to the table sharing best practices, challenges, successes and even a few disappointments during their paths to success.

AIA BSA February 28 Emerging Professionals Winter Warmer 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge, Boston Meet colleagues and future collaborators, and learn more about upcoming professional programming for 2019 at this annual get-together for emerging professionals across the AEC and design fields.

PWC CT March 5 AEC Industry Women 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Hartford Sheraton South, Rocky Hill, CT

AIA CT March 12 Design & Construction Joint Industry Dinner 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville, Conn. This annual event is an evening of collegiality and relationship building and an extraordinary business opportunity for members of the participating professional associations to network.


Stay tuned for these WIC Week events: BWiC Inspire Awards with AGC Massachusetts, Habitat for Humanity (with the NAWIC Worcester Chapter) Donation drive for a local charity focused on supporting women (tba)

Visit www.nawicboston.org/events for more details! Tweet at us @NAWICBoston #2019WICWEEK


February 27 Business Development: Building Effective Relationships and Momentum For The Future 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Mattabesett Canoe Club Middletown, Conn. Julie Brown, the founder of JB|BD and frequent speaker on the power of networking and relationship building, will walk us through the steps of how to: prepare for networking events and meetings, grow your network with emotional intelligence paired with competence, and how to maintain and advance business relationships after the all-important first meeting.

For more information about these events, please visit www.high-profile.com/events

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High-Performance Building Conference + Trade Show By the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Boston, MA at the Westin Boston Waterfront Thursday & Friday, March 14 & 15, 2019 Register at: nesea.org/be19 www.high-profile.com



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