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Brown University has released plans for the school’s new Performing Arts Center / rendering courtesy of REX / full story page 21

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HED & SLAM Reveal Design of U-M Central Campus Classroom Bldg. Hotel on Target for Summer Completion PROCON designer and CM Maugel Designs Credit Union HQ Colantonio Restores Mass. Senate Chamber Timberline Builds ClearMotion Headquarters Metro Walls Underway on Lowell School Yesodei Hatorah High School Underway Dacon Underway at Senior Metal Bellows

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Women in Construction Zoey Zukowski, apprentice for Patriot Building Systems, evaluates her next step onsite at the NH Liquor Store in Lebanon, N.H. / photo by Katie Sweet of Metro Walls & Patriot Building Systems

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Publisher’s Message This year’s North Atlantic Regional Conference is being held in Rochester, New York, from March 10 to 12. Check out the letter from the NA Regional Chapter, John Fogarty, on page 12. He lets our readers know what to expect if they decide to attend this year’s conference!

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In Rebecca Berry’s article on page 18, you’ll learn how Finegold Alexander Architects is working with Boston University on designing spaces that help “facilitate varied learning modalities and support active learning.” Another notable article to check out is James Velleman’s piece on page 23 on UMass Boston’s plans for an overhaul of the university’s campus by 2025. The article details how BVH Integrated Services has been working with the university

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Up-Front Groundbreaking for Shepaug AgSTEM Ground Broken on PUMA HQ

(l-r) Patrick McMahon and Matt Ehrie, Federal Realty; Adam Petrik, PUMA; Katjana Ballantyne, Somerville Council pres.; Bob Philion, PUMA; Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone; Don Wood, CEO, Federal Realty; George Proakis, Somerville Comm. Dev. ; Tom Galligani, Somerville Econ. Dev.; Brad Dutton, Federal Realty; and David Middleton, Assembly Row

(l-r) Greg Cava, Shepaug building committee chair; Megan Bennett, supt. of school district 12; and from O&G: Ed Raymond, project supt; Mark Jeffko, project exec., Lorel Purcell, preconst mgr., and Tim Chan, project mgr.

Washington, CT – A groundbreaking was recently held to kick off the Shepaug Valley (Region 12) Regional Agriscience STEM Academy project. The project includes the construction of a new, 52,000sf Agriscience STEM center that will include classrooms, laboratory space (food science, plant science, veterinary science, small animal and computer labs), storage areas, outbuildings, animal growing rooms,

offices, meeting rooms, and indoor riding/ demonstration areas. The facility will support the school’s new AgSTEM program that will serve 139 students from the region. The O&G Industries’ Building Group is the construction manager for the project. Kaestle Boos Associates is the project architect. The project will be completed in the winter of 2019.

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Boston – LAN-TEL Communications Mobile Action Command Unit (MACU) was deployed at the New England Patriots’ victory parade on February 2 to assist the city of Boston with security and surveillance measures. The state-of-the-art MACU is equipped with highly advanced video surveillance, an exterior shooter detection system, as well as an unmanned aerial vehicle. It also provided surveillance at the Red Sox parade last October and the Boston Marathon and is increasingly being utilized to provide security support for Boston and surrounding communities.

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Somerville, MA – Somerville Mayor Curtatone and sports company PUMA joined to break ground for PUMA’s new headquarters building at 455 Grand Union Boulevard at Assembly Row. Federal Realty Investment Trust has launched construction of the new 300,000sf retail and office building. Cranshaw Construction is the general contractor, and Copley Wolff Design Group is the landscape architect for the project. This celebration marks the launch of Phase 3 of the development, which also includes a new 24-story, 500-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail space, across from the Assembly

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New Haven, CT – After years of advocacy and planning efforts, a partnership of concerned mothers in New Haven has teamed up with architecture and planning firm Svigals + Partners to design a memorial garden in honor of victims of gun violence. The memorial could be open to the public as soon as this summer. Svigals + Partners has been working with the group pro bono since April 2018. The firm served as architect for the new Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn. The design for the memorial garden provides a path flanked with engraved stone pavers for visitors to walk the site, as ambient sounds from a row of lamppost wind chimes mask traffic noise. The

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path leads visitors past an original work of sculpture titled the Lost Generation. The sculpture depicts abstract human figures which are revealed or concealed depending on where the viewer is standing. The efforts to build the memorial originated with New Haven school teacher Marlene Miller Pratt, whose 18-year-old son was killed in 1988. “When we were approached to assist with this particular project, we were eager to get involved,” says Julia McFadden, AIA, associate principal at Svigals + Partners. “This important work dovetails with our mission to create and support prosperous, compassionate communities.”

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Sharon, MA – Senior Metal Bellows, a 60-year-old precision components manufacturer, broke ground with Dacon last fall for a two-story, 47,000sf addition to its Sharon facility. The project consists of a flexible 25,700sf manufacturing space on the first floor with a 21,300sf open plan for corporate offices and full-service lunch room on the second floor. A new corporate anterior entrance will be added to an existing 65,000sf building; two areas are joined by a glass atrium with 32-foot clear height and shaded glass walls providing westerly views. MEP process systems include utility matrix throughout the space for

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Callahan Volunteers at Rosie’s Place Fourth Consecutive Year

Back row: (l-r) Colin Kennery, Joe Cirignano, Patrick Riordan, Donald Fraser (volunteer outside of Callahan), Tim Leblanc. Front row: (l-r) Mily Cachey, Danielle Callahan, Taylor Rocheleau (volunteer outside of Callahan), Phil Dinan

Boston – On February 22, the team at Callahan Construction served 130+ women and children at Rosie’s Place in Boston. The first women’s shelter in the United States, the organization looks to maintain the dignity of women in the

Boston area by providing a safe, nurturing environment that helps them find security and seek opportunity in their lives. As a family-owned company in the metropolitan Boston area, Callahan employees understand the importance of giving back to the local community.

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The company engages in community outreach efforts, hires local subcontractors, and purchases local goods in an effort to employ and support the communities where it works. This sense of corporate responsibility is one of the many reasons Callahan was named a “Top Work Place” by the Boston Globe in 2018.

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Design and Innovation Center Launched BPDA Board Advances Developments

Providence, RI – Governor Gina M. Raimondo recently joined Infosys to launch the company’s new Design and Innovation Center in Providence. The governor and Infosys also announced a new partnership with the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) to create the Digital Economy Aspirations Lab (DEAL) to develop educational programming that helps prepare students for the growing number of jobs in the digital economy. The Design and Innovation Center, located at 75 Fountain Street, will help close the gap for design and humancentric skills in technology fields. The center offers early-career designers and design graduates unique training opportunities with in-demand digital skills — including exposure to systems, platforms, strategy, and organization domains, to make them more employable in today’s digital world. By studying everything from user experience to how people interact with systems, these design-focused hires will be equipped to create 360-degree solutions to business challenges. Infosys has already hired more than 100 toward its goal of creating 500 jobs in Rhode Island by 2022. The Digital Economy Aspirations Lab

will be housed at Infosys’s Providence Center, with plans to open more at CCRI campuses and expand nationally. The labs will include physical innovation spaces to showcase nextgeneration technologies required for the jobs of the future; research and development of customized curriculum tied to a four-year degree pathway with a focus on in-demand industries including healthcare, defense, advanced business services, and manufacturing; and the creation of a mentor program that will bolster career guidance and support résumé preparation and interview coaching for students. The first task force will focus on identifying entry-level roles across industries suitable for community college graduates, the competencies associated with those roles, and the skills needed to meet those competencies. This work will establish clear pathways for students to move from community college to livable wage jobs to opportunities for further education and career advancement. The second task force will focus on helping colleges recognize experiential learning and provide standardized credits within all degree programs at the community college level that would articulate to four-year college programs.

Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors approved residential development projects in Chinatown, East Boston, Fenway, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain, and a commercial project in East Boston. In total, the residential projects will create 472 residential units, including 111 income-restricted units. 41 LaGrange Street in Chinatown will include construction of a 19-story residential building with 126 units. Forty percent of the units, 65 in total, will be income-restricted. The income-restricted units will target households with incomes below 70% of area median income (AMI).

41 LaGrange Street / courtesy BPDA

10 Taber Street, located in Roxbury’s Dudley Square neighborhood, will construct a six-story, approximately 46,239sf mixed-use building with 45 homeownership residential units, including six income-restricted units, and approximately 1,830sf of retail space. 144 Addison Street project in East Boston will transform a surface parking lot into an approximately 215,565sf residential development with 230 rental units, 169 off-street vehicle parking spaces, bike storage, and landscape, open space, and streetscape improvements. The project will consist of two buildings

144 Addison Street / courtesy BPDA

connected by a central amenity space. 101 Condor Street will construct a new four-story building consisting of 18 residential units and underground parking. The units will be located on floors two to four and will consist of one one-bedroom unit and 17 two-bedroom units. 9 Chelsea Street will construct a three-story approximately 39,679sf commercial/retail building with five off-street parking spaces and a loading area. The proposed building will include approximately 13,000sf of retail / commercial space on each of the three levels. 72 Burbank Street will construct a six-story residential development totaling approximately 20,629sf. The project will contain 32 rental units, including four income-restricted units. The project is compliant with the city of Boston’s Compact Living Policy Pilot Program, which creates clear guidelines for new residential units that are smaller in size than typical units. 50 Stedman Street will construct a new three-story residential building totaling approximately 31,216gsf. The building will contain 21 residential rental units, with below-grade parking. Four of the units will be income-restricted.

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Focus: Schools & Institutions A Letter from Mike Moss, President of SCUP Communication. Impact. Sustainability. Integrated planning, an approach that considers holistically all stakeholders and entities which enable the delivery of the academic mission, is successful with open communication and a community committed to sustainability. The ultimate result is impact and the transformation of an institution’s planning culture beyond the current tenure of the administration and faculty allowing the academy to thrive. SCUP’s North Atlantic Conference, scheduled for March 10 to 12 at the Hyatt Regency, Rochester, N.Y., brings together higher education planners from all facets of campus life — institutional direction, student success, academic planning, facilities, and resources and budget. Joined alongside colleagues from companies that help envision the planned future, the SCUP community and conference define and inspire new trajectories for sustainability and growth. Your colleagues from the North Atlantic Regional Conference committee have spent countless volunteer hours examining the issues faced by all

Success on our campuses can no longer be defined by matriculation rates, securing of federal funding, or the construction of a new building. It must be determined by the bold, systematic, proactive approach found in wellexecuted planning that creates a culture of communication and sustainability that ultimately transforms, innovates, and revitalizes our campuses and unleashes the power of higher education for decades to come. Constructing a pathway to deliver an SCUP’s North Atlantic academic mission can seem daunting, but the SCUP community moves thought Conference, scheduled for into defined practices, strategies, and March 10 to12 solutions. We are here to serve you and share our members’ successes at scup. org. To learn about how our members are enacting change, email me at mike. moss@scup.org or connect with our membership team at 734-669-3270 or honest dialogue about the most effective members@scup.org. methods to structure planning to forge a Thank you for serving as a champion path of success. We hope the SCUP North and change agent for higher education. Atlantic Regional Conference can inspire Mike Moss, CAE, is the president of you to help lead the evolution of our the Society for College and University campuses to bring integrated planning to Institutions Are Innovating Planning (SCUP). the forefrontHow of daily practice. Today powerful external forces shape the higher education landscape. These forces are both big and small, and mostly beyond an institution’s control. With demographics shifts challenging enrollment requirements, student retention issues, dwindling federal and state aid, shifting visions of community, and countless political issues, institutional leaders need forums for learning and

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A Letter from John Fogarty, Regional Chair of North Atlantic SCUP Regional Council

The 2019 SCUP North Atlantic Regional Conference is visiting Rochester, N.Y., where we will explore firsthand how college and university campuses have been the catalysts in rejuvenating and transforming failing industrial cities and communities. The city of Rochester, with the demise of Bausch & Lomb, Eastman Kodak, and Xerox, is one such city that has suffered much from industrial decay, but it is also a shining success story of renewal. Our conference host, the venerable 168-year-old University of Rochester,

University has become a catalyst for transforming and revitalizing an economically challenged community while growing its academic programs and campus. The University at Buffalo will describe how its strategic 2020 master plan provided for a new innovation district. And on Tuesday, the conference will conclude with senior leaders from Cornell University, the University at Buffalo, SUNY Geneseo, and Monroe Community College, who will discuss For more information about how each of their institutions is addressing the educational, business, and economic SCUP and our upcoming needs of their respective regions. regional conferences, please Please come join other higher go to www.SCUP.org. education leaders as they share their planning success stories, approaches, and strategies. We hope you will leave Rochester impressed with the positive force that upstate institutions have had on their communities. I can promise One such example featured at the that you will leave refreshed and conference is Monroe Community reinvigorated with a pocketful of good College, which repurposed an abandoned ideas that will strengthen your institution Kodak industrial complex into a vibrant and community. For more information new downtown community college about SCUP and our upcoming regional offering workforce training for a new conferences, please go to www.SCUP.org. generation of manufacturers. How Institutions Are Innovating John Fogarty is director of capital Other upstate institutions will be to Meet the New Reality planning at Stony Brook University and telling their own tales of transformation, the regional chair of the SCUP North innovation, and revitalization upon their Higher education leaders share how they are creating new businessRegional models surrounding communities. Binghamton Atlantic Council. of Photonics. A panel of senior city and regional development leaders will discuss how the city that invented photographic film in the 19th century is transforming itself into the 21st century’s center for optics, imaging, laser technology, and high-speed data transmission. The new institute is already attracting Silicon Valley companies, other start-ups, new housing, and services development to rejuvenate the city’s old industrial core.

This year, the 2019 SCUP North Atlantic Regional Conference (March 10-12) is visiting Rochester, N.Y., where we will explore firsthand how college and university campuses have been the catalysts in rejuvenating and transforming failing industrial cities and communities. In the 19th century, the easy transportation offered by the Erie Canal and the railroads created a string of industrial centers stretching from Albany to Buffalo. When manufacturing declined in this country, this region was especially hard hit, and many of its cities became empty shells, with only their higher education institutions left to carry on. John Fogarty

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Waltham, MA – Independent high school Gann Academy has selected Chapman Construction/Design as the construction manager for its Innovation Center project. This multifloor renovation will modernize space to support Gann’s goal of providing an innovative curriculum and creative, project-based learning. The project will transform Gann’s current library into a new learning commons and gallery space, while also adding a new prototyping lab, a fabrication

lab, and a digital design lab. The project further includes a renovation of the robotics lab, academic services area, offices, and classrooms. The team, including owner’s representatives Cushman & Wakefield, architects Miller Dyer Spears, MEP engineers AKF, and structural engineers Foley Buhl Roberts & Associates, are currently engaged in preconstruction to help meet the project’s tight summer schedule.

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URI Renovations Underway

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Kingston, RI – The University of Rhode Island selected Dimeo Construction Company to serve as its construction manager on two projects: the new College of Engineering and the Bliss Hall renovation, both designed by Ballinger. The new 186,258sf College of Engineering Building, an H-shaped, sixstory facility, which includes a walk-out lower level, six-story bridge structure, and two four-story office wings, replaces five separate buildings built in the 1950s and ’60s. The first floor will have a large south-facing commons and computer lab and features a clear-span, no-columns commons area with a café as part of the bridge structure. The first floor also features a combination of instructional labs and interactive classrooms opening up to student interaction spaces. The upper floors will comprise flexible, modular labs in close proximity to the faculty offices and graduate student workstations. The new COE is seeking to obtain a LEED Silver rating. The Bliss Hall project entails a complete demolition of the existing interior, including all the MEP, and removing a two-story addition that was used as an asphalt lab. The project also involves the replacement of the historic windows to mimic the original 1926 design. The construction consists of erecting a modern metal panel and glass four-story addition to the historic building on the north side, installing all new MEP, and completely gutting the existing five-story building. It will then be fit out to meet

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the demands of the engineering school and will complement the new College of Engineering Building. The renovated hall, designed by Ballinger, will house the dean of the Engineering School and his support staff, along with a mix of classrooms and lab spaces. The original Bliss Hall Building, with its Westerly granite façade, was built in 1926 and originally housed the entire School of Engineering. The building was designated as a Historic Building in 2017.

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Amherst, MA – Dimeo Construction Company recently completed the UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management Business Innovation Hub. The $62 million project added 70,000gsf of classrooms and student-facing spaces, including an expanded career center, advising spaces, and learning commons, as well as faculty offices to the school’s existing facilities. The new addition accompanies additional renovation of select spaces in the original 1964 building and the 2002 addition named for Harold Alfond. The new and renovated facilities combine to create a single unified campus for the Isenberg School of Management. The project pairs Boston architecture firm Goody Clancy and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) of New York and Denmark to complete the renovation and addition and is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for April.

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TFMoran Designs Athletic Center

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Manchester, NH – Construction is well underway for a new 42,000sf, two-story Athletic & Wellness Center at The Derryfield School, a private day school for grades 6-12 offering competitive athletics, challenging academic programs, fine and performing arts, and a wide array of extracurricular activities. This new facility, representing Phase 1 of a comprehensive campus master plan, will house the school’s relocated basketball courts, locker rooms, weight

room, and offices for the athletic director and trainers. In addition to this new building, other improvements during this first phase will include the renovation and expansion of classrooms and lab spaces in the existing upper school building and the relocation of the school’s existing tennis courts to a new site located across from the main campus on North River Road. Improved parking facilities and vehicle and pedestrian circulation routes throughout the campus are also part of the first phase.

Cowan Goudreau Architects of Concord designed the new center to complement the school’s existing facilities, with a shingle-clad exterior and multilevel footprint stepped into the sloping topography of the site. TFMoran of Bedford provided civil/ site design, structural design, permitting, landscape architecture, and surveying services for the project. The general contractor, Eckman Construction, anticipates a fall 2019 completion.

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March 2019

Everything I Learned About Learning in Kindergarten What higher education can learn from kindergarten classroom design

by Rebecca Berry “It’s impossible to learn very much simply by sitting in a lecture.” — Richard Feynman For decades, the classroom was a place where the teacher — the imparter of knowledge — stood at the front of the room purveying information to the pupil. The learning spaces themselves reflected this one-way flow of knowledge that dominated our learning culture. In the early 20th century, however, Maria Montessori radically changed educational convention in her home country of Italy. She introduced the child, rather than the educator, as the center of the education process and called for their physical environment to better support their learning. The classroom was a “prepared environment,” where learning materials for children to experience were readily available. The child’s inherent engagement with these materials would

then aid in their “auto education,” where the child engages in exploration with other learners, acquiring the knowledge and skills to thrive in the world. Although it was embraced initially in the United States, it quickly faded and did not reappear until the 1960s. To this day, Montessori’s ideas dominate the design of early education spaces: Classrooms have areas and materials adapted to different learning styles and create a learner-centered environment. The success of this model in early education has helped it grow beyond kindergarten and into the early grades of elementary school, but middle school, high school, and undergraduate higher education have been slower to follow suit. Traditional lecture halls make group interactions difficult. Students are not able to work together, and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning are diminished. Moreover, the educator cannot move about and engage directly with students, and students themselves are unable to engage directly with the teacher — rather, they raise their hand in a sea of hundreds. Studies overwhelmingly show that active learning improves students’ retention of information and critical thinking skills. In higher education settings, particularly at the graduate and

doctoral level, faculty often break up lectures with pauses, demonstrations, videos, and group work to promote higher-order thinking, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in their classes. Today, the widespread inclusion of technology in K-12 and higher education, coupled with high-speed Wi-Fi, renders everywhere a learning space. If learners now set the pace, working where and how they wish, how can our learning environments best support this selfdirection? Kindergarten students can sit in a quiet corner, work at a table with a small group, gather round a screen with headphones, and quickly shift their attention to the teacher who moves among them. These same types of activities can be encouraged in a flexible university classroom with breakout areas in the adjacent corridor, or within a university library and common areas of residence halls. Spaces that facilitate varied learning modalities and support active learning throughout the campus are key to allowing the student to flourish. Finegold Alexander Architects is currently working with Boston University (BU) on projects that allow learners to flourish. This includes renovation of a major floor of Kilachand Hall — home

to the Honors College — which provides group, individual study, and instruction areas. Creative plan configuration and spaces which are equipped with movable furniture and writable surfaces support many modes of learning. The Honors College director wanted to ensure students could be both “in their heads” — thinking deeply — and doing so with other students. Why? Because working with others is key to solving today’s problems. In addition, the Learning Resource Center for BU’s Medical Campus will enable quiet, heads-down thinking with both large carrels that shield the learner from distractions, or “pods” that enable a feet-up, kick-back approach. Spaces for small group meetings and napping — yes, napping — are provided! Everyone needs to recharge to flourish. As learning environment designers, we create spaces that facilitate deep thinking, encourage critical problem solving, and engage learners to solve society’s most urgent challenges. Doing so requires returning to principles for early childhood education, fostering wonder and engagement. Let’s get back to what works, even if it means we go back to kindergarten. Rebecca Berry is president of Finegold Alexander Architects.

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SLAM-Designed Academic Building Opens Savannah, GA – As a new paradigm for healthcare leadership training in the coastal Georgia region, the Health Professions Academic Building at Waters College of Health Professions will serve Georgia Southern University’s mission to drive economic and regional workforce development needs. The comprehensive plan combines collaborative efforts and technological advancements in health services, among other fields of study, to educate and train students. The recently completed 63,250sf, $21.7 million building, located on the Armstrong Campus, was programmed, planned, and designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM), along with associated renovations to the existing 46,000sf Ashmore Hall. Construction was provided by Holder Construction of Atlanta. The official ribbon cutting was held recently. Waters College is named for Don Waters, an Armstrong State University alumnus, and his wife, Cindy Waters, who donated $2 million for the building. SLAM’s team of programmers, planners, and designers worked closely with key stakeholders in developing a program that incorporates a new simulation center with high-fidelity simulation labs and a clinical exam suite designed to provide

Waters College new Health Professions Academic Building at dusk / © Galina Coada

hands-on experience in a space that reflects real-world medical environments. The flexible simulation rooms house sophisticated human patient simulators linked electronically with a robust AV system for detailed and extensive debriefing and learning. The clinical exam rooms feature a sonography suite. The new building houses nursing skills and assessment labs in the 8,193sf St. Joseph’s/Candler Nursing Suite on the second floor, a large active learning multipurpose space, classrooms, open collaboration spaces, student study rooms, shared lounge space, and active

learning/teaching labs that serve many of the university’s programs, including cardiovascular interventional sciences, radiologic sciences, nuclear medicine, medical laboratory science, respiratory therapy, and, communication sciences and disorders. The renovated Ashmore Hall houses the dean’s suite, faculty offices, administrative space, lecture hall, classrooms, respiratory therapy labs, and biodynamics. The Health Professions Academic Building is sited at the edge of a growing west campus, where a new densely wooded landscape was pioneered amidst

a protected wetlands environment. Site water management was considered at every stage of the project to protect the ecology of wetlands, while strategically draining the gently sloping topography. The style of the new building is modern and distinct, yet in conformance with the existing campus design motif and palette. The final site design achieves the contextual goals of the project: a building thoughtfully situated beneath a dense tree canopy with a strong connection to the main body of the campus.

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March 2019

As the World Turns at Babson College Wellesley, MA – This year Babson College is embarking on its second century as an entrepreneurial leader in education and is undertaking renovations on its Wellesley campus to mark its centennial. One project is the relocation and refurbishment of the historic Babson Globe. Built in 1955, the globe has resided outside of Coleman Hall, serving as a representation of founder Roger Babson’s vision for the worldwide impact of the college’s mission. Once a rotating replica of the Earth, the globe stopped moving in the early 1990s due to a mechanical failure, and its appearance deteriorated due to years of exposure to the elements. In May 2019, the 25-ton, 28-footdiameter sphere will be rotating once again and freshly painted for all to enjoy in its new location at Centennial Park, a centralized community space at the heart of Babson’s campus. Beginning in the fall of 2017, Babson College, together with general contractor Lee Kennedy Co. Inc. and numerous subcontractors, including Marr Crane & Rigging, began meeting regularly to plan the relocation of the globe to Centennial Park. In March 2018, Marr utilized a 300ton crane to transfer the globe from its carriage onto a trailer for transport to a campus parking lot. The globe remained on the trailer for 10 months where it

Marr scaffolded the entire exterior of the globe prior to its repainting in Centennial Park.

Marr utilized a 300-ton crane to transfer the Babson Globe to a trailer in preparation for its restoration.

was sandblasted and whitewashed in preparation for a newly painted finish. Marr Crane & Rigging also transported the 25-ton carriage to the parking lot while its rotation mechanism was refurbished. This January, the carriage was relocated to its new home. Following that, Marr hitched the globe’s trailer to a tractor and embarked on a tricky course to Centennial Park, where the globe was hoisted from the trailer to the recently installed carriage.

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Once in place, Marr Scaffolding Company worked for Lee Kennedy Co. Inc. to scaffold the entire exterior of the globe for repainting. Over two weeks, an average of three crewman installed systems scaffolding following the contour of the globe, exactly 1 foot off the exterior with plank every 7 feet. At 40 feet high, scaffold installers bridged over the globe’s North Pole with a truss system to support the roof (comprised of plank and plywood). Due to the cold temperatures and the

Marr’s 300-ton crane and rigging team transferred the 25-ton Babson Globe carriage to a campus parking lot.

delicate nature of the repainting process, the globe was fully enclosed and heated for work by the specialty painters. The scaffold will remain in place until work is completed prior to Babson College’s Centennial Commencement. Archimedes once said, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” Marr used a crane, but he was correct.

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Brown Releases Plans for Performing Arts Center

Brown University Performing Arts Center (PAC) / courtesy of REX

Providence, RI – Brown University’s planned Performing Arts Center (PAC) is designed to inspire innovative new art-making, enable unprecedented artistic collaboration, and serve as a hub for performances. That singular flexibility, along with a horizontal “clearstory” that slices through the building’s façade at stage level, are among the signature elements of the PAC, as debuted in a set of architectural renderings and animations released by Brown and New York-based architecture firm REX.

The renderings reveal plans for a stateof-the-art main performance hall that can transform into any of five vastly different stage/audience configurations — ranging from a 625-seat symphony orchestra hall, to a 250-seat proscenium theater, to an immersive surround-sound cube for experimental media performance. Beyond the main hall, a suite of modern studios, rehearsal spaces, and intimate performance venues will serve as everyday academic resources for students and faculty. Custom-designed for theater, music, and dance, the spaces

Rendering of Brown’s PAC Theater / courtesy of REX

aim to inspire generations of performing artists to create cutting-edge, original artwork and re-examine well-known works, practices, and traditions. A transparent slice that intersects the PAC will enable performances, rehearsals, and arts scholarship to extend into the Brown campus and local neighborhood, inviting the community to witness and engage in the creation of art within the building. Brown University President Christina Paxson says that REX achieved a

remarkable design — sophisticated and adaptable to multiple art forms, yet also intimate in scale and feel. “The Performing Arts Center’s innovative, flexible design will establish the building itself as a deeply integral part of the artistic process,” Paxson said. “It promises to inspire groundbreaking creation, collaboration, and experimentation in ways we can’t even yet imagine.” The university’s target date for completion is spring 2022.

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Metro Walls Underway on Lowell School Technology Decisions: Long-Term Impacts

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Manchester, NH – Metro Walls, Inc. of Manchester has been selected to construct all of the exterior framing and high-impact drywall for the 11,600sf Lowell Catholic High School slated to open this spring. Metro Walls chose Atlantic Prefab to build the specialty trusses for this project. Atlantic Prefab of Wilton was hired on to provide CFS Pre-Engineered Roof Trusses for the entrances for this project. These trusses were fabricated with a radiused bottom chord which saved Metro Walls both money and man-hours.

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School and institutional buildings are typically “owner-occupied” and have long-term usage horizons. Therefore, the potential benefits/penalties of technology systems selection have greater ramification than in a developer-built or short-term lease situation. Additionally, the potential benefits of certain design considerations/decisions can be realized over the useful occupancy of the building, as opposed to attempting to justify costs over the period of a lease. This article discusses select technology decisions that our current school and institutional clients are considering during the design of their projects. AV and security systems continue to become more network and/or cloud based. This means that it is possible, and perhaps reasonable, to move toward one comprehensive network for a project, with configurations to support different types of traffic, systems, and security requirements. In the case of

cloud-based applications/solutions, the network provides the access to the cloud applications. The technical, financial, and operational benefits of one integrated institutionwide network are often overshadowed by IT departmental or interdepartmental history and tradition, separate departments, networks, and perceived job security. Given the trend toward single networks and cloud-based solutions, it is shortsighted to continue in a direction that does not reflect this trend. The social and financial costs of maintaining separate departments/groups for data, telecom, Wi-Fi, etc. will look wasteful when the necessary alignment occurs. Wireless connectivity and mobility are fundamental expectations of faculty, patients, and students, essentially everyone who will work or be present in the schools and institutional buildings that are being designed. (Note: We agree that there are situations where job functions do not require or support mobility, and hardwired positions are good and appropriate; however, this is not the general case. One recent institutional project added four cables per location, incurring over $2.8 million of cabling and equipment cost that will not provide any value to the users.) In so many projects, continued to page 48


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University of Massachusetts Boston: A Campus Transformed

by James R. Velleman Visit UMass Boston today and you’ll find an open, waterfront campus busy with people coming and going, studying, lounging, and meeting in landscaped outdoor spaces amid a mix of academic buildings, dorms, and other structures, and surrounded by a tree-lined, two-way road marked by sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, and transit stops. It is, in other words, a characteristic college campus scene — with the bonus of stunning views of Boston Harbor. Ten years ago, the scene was dramatically different: a place designed to keep people inside. It featured a twolane “speedway” leading cars in, out, and around campus and a collection of academic buildings that encircled a core, multistory parking garage, through which people entered the buildings. Waterfront access was prohibitive. Go back another 50 years and you’d be standing in the city dump (capped in the 1960s); 75 years

before that, witness the city’s massive sewage pump station, which was named for the area’s 17th century use as a calf pasture. From inglorious past to promising present: The path for creating an institution at the forefront of 21st-century higher education began with UMass Boston’s strategic plan to fulfill an ambitious 2025 vision, which is marked by striking increases in student population, research activity, and global reach and reputation. The strategic plan included campus changes, as guided by an architectural master plan completed in 2009. Reinventing the 1970s campus, the plan called for several new buildings along with circulation corridors, utilities, and landscaping. As key new buildings came online in the early 2000s, the need for new utilities, circulation, and landscapes grew. Enter BVH, hired in 2011 to redesign and install campus utilities, storm water measures, a roadway system, walkways, open spaces, and landscaping. Where to begin? On a complexity scale of 1 to 10, this was an 11. We needed to boost utility capacity and performance to support the university’s research agenda, including new utility infrastructure to all buildings, as well as updated utility plant systems, service redundancy, and utility support systems. We faced regulated

soils, differing geotechnical properties underlying utility corridors throughout the site, four major building construction projects, and a fully operational campus, which required complicated design and phasing. On the other hand: possibilities! All that digging opened up the opportunity to shift the entire character and culture of the campus. New surface features and reconfigured circulation focused on people, multimodal transportation options, and inviting outdoor spaces that restore environmental health came into view, all while connecting the university population to the waterfront and the community to the university. Lessons learned: It was an incredibly complex, challenging, and rewarding project nearly 10 years in the making. UMass Boston is well on its way to becoming the student-centered, urban research university of its vision, thanks in large part to its site transformation from commuter school to destination campus. There were a host of changes and challenges along the way, and we learned a great deal about the value of detail in collaborative planning, the complexities of working with sensitive, regulated land fill materials, the importance of inclusive design, and how best to engage a campus community. We look forward to sharing

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Yesodei Hatorah High School Underway Below are excerpts from an article written by Monica Schultes. We have included a link to the original story. Naugatuck, CT – Yeshivas Ohr HaChaim, a Waterbury-based Jewish community, is building Yesodei Hatorah High School, an all-boys private Jewish high school, and other support facilities on a 56-acre parcel in Naugatuc. The plans include two dormitories, a gymnasium, kosher market, and 86 housing units that will be a combination of townhouses and single-family homes. Developed by Yeshivas Ohr HaChaim, the campus is a first-of-its-kind community in Naugatuck and will include a Mesivta High School and Kollel building and apartments for kollel (married students) and their families. The Jewish school or seminary (Yeshiva or Mesivta) where unmarried students intensively study Torah is part of the Institute for Advanced Talmudic Studies and the Touro College System based in New York City. Peter L. Amara, AIA, NCARB, principal, Amara Associates, LLC, recalled that their firm had been brought onboard for preliminary design sketches to get the school project through zoning board approvals and the permit process. Ultimately, Amara Associates prepared the design and construction

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drawings and worked with Robert Jacobs, the owner’s representative, to reach their aesthetic goals. “Now that the school is finished, we are designing the other buildings as part of the overall master plan,” says Amara. The project was broken into several phases, starting with the construction of the school and the dorms, according to Amara. Architectural insulated loadbearing precast concrete panels enclose the single story school that was designed for a future second-floor expansion. “One of the main reasons for the selection of precast concrete was the strength and durability,” recalls Amara. “Speed of construction was another key factor,” he adds. “There were other less expensive solutions that could be considered, but you would not get the same quality and longevity. It was a balancing act, and I think we made the right choice.” In addition to the architectural precast wall panels, the project utilized other

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structural precast components such as stairs, landings, slabs, interior shear walls, exterior shear walls, column covers, columns, beams, hollow core plank floor, and roof deck. Different program requirements utilized precast panels — not just in classrooms. Most of the structure was precast, except for the synagogue, which utilized a steel frame with metal stud backup. To provide adequate clear, columnfree space at the main entrance, a DELTABEAM was designed. The DELTABEAM allows for a flush-beam solution, which is ideal for a condition where the ceiling height is low. The precast floor system was also selected for the purposes of a future second floor. The school has plans to add an upper level, and the hollowcore roof is designed to handle the structural loads and serve as floor system. The finish was an exposed aggregate (several levels of sandblast); thin brick, raised sections on the precast enclose the

classrooms. The recessed Hebrew letters cast into the precast concrete wall panels are the finishing touch on this distinctive learning environment. Precast flexibility gave Coreslab the wherewithal to adapt quickly to changes as they developed during the shop drawing phase. They pushed the precast envelope to include finishes on the inside of the panels as well as the outside. The design-assist process allowed the owner’s rep to understand changes to scope and related costs in real time. This eliminated scope creep and reduced cost with the collaboration. In addition to the aesthetics and finish considerations early on, the design team examined whether the panels would be load-bearing, which type of connections were best suited, and how to transfer the loads from precast to precast and precast to steel in certain areas. Some of the interior faces of the panels have recesses for bulletin boards. The insulated wall panels also provide a resilient learning environment with limited maintenance required. In addition to Hebrew lettering, three colors, textures, and finishes can be seen on the precast façade. Thin brick tiles were inset that were offset with smooth finish as well as exposed aggregate. Link to the full story is: https://www. high-profile.com /torah-communityselects-precast-concrete/

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Millersville U Builds Net Energy Welcome Ctr. Millersville, PA – The new Lombardo Welcome Center that opened recently at Millersville University was designed to be the first net-zero building on campus and is part of the university’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2040. Utilizing a combination of strategies, the building is expected to use less energy over a year than it produces through renewable sources. To obtain Zero Energy Certification through the Living Future Institute, the building must supply 100% of its energy needs on a net annual basis by onsite renewable energy. No combustion is permitted to be used. An online dashboard, available for all to view, tracks energy production and usage continuously providing data on how the building is performing. So far, it’s been performing very well. Energy modeling was done early on to help guide decisions about the type of HVAC system to be used, the percentage of glazing, and the effective amounts of insulation for the roof, walls, and under slab. Triple pane windows and high R value roof and make the building’s envelope efficient. Lighting and HVAC account for the largest consumption of energy in buildings like this one, so minimizing their energy needs was essential. Geothermal coupled water source heat pumps were provided and have the benefit

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of excellent energy efficiency without the need for combustion. A dedicated outside air system with energy recovery provides ventilation air pretreated using energy from air being exhausted. Comfortable, efficient heating in the lobby is provided by radiant piping in the floors. Lighting throughout the building is provided by energy-efficient LED fixtures with controls and occupancy sensors making sure it is used efficiently. A daylight dimming system dims the lights when ample daylight is available. The Living Future Institute Zero Energy Certification requires that the building not use combustion as an energy source, essentially limiting the source for heating to electricity. As a result, the most efficient heating and cooling system was shown by the energy model to be a geothermal system with water source heat pumps. The

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Lombardo Welcome Center is served by a geothermal well field consisting of 20 closed-loop vertical wells, each approximately 400 feet deep, located in the rear of the building. The well field serves 23 heat pumps to allow occupants to adjust the temperature locally and allow the system to shut down heat pumps in unoccupied areas. The restriction on combustion also meant that an emergency generator could

not be provided so a centralized battery system supplies emergency power. After minimizing the building’s energy use, the next step in creating a net zero building was to provide a renewable source of electricity generation onsite. Energy modeling was used to determine the amount of electricity generation needed to exceed the energy use of the building based on occupancy schedules and assumptions about occupant behavior. Solar photovoltaic panels cover most of the Lombardo Welcome Center roof. Additional solar panels are installed in a ground-mounted array which has a dualaxis tracker allowing it to follow the sun over the course of the day. Its location on the ground also makes it perfect as a learning tool. Buildingintegrated PV glass windows were used on the south-facing wall of the building to add to the electrical generation capacity while showcasing other available photovoltaic technology. They create an aesthetically pleasing band above and below the vision glass.

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Build Better Have You Heard? High-Profile has a Brand New Podcast The design and construction industry is not just about buildings. It’s about the people behind the buildings. In HP’s new Build Better podcast, Anastasia Barnes, publisher of High-Profile Monthly, interviews forward-thinking professionals within the architecture, engineering, and construction (A/E/C) industry that are actively transforming the ways in which we work together by embracing new technologies and innovations which provide a more efficient, productive industry. Build Better is a platform where we showcase the people, teams, and organizations that are acting on their own vision to build a better world. Mills says, “If you don’t focus on your internal customer, it has an effect on your external customer.” By pulling together and empowering their employees, Mills and the team learned how each team member was using the current technology, and how to improve upon existing protocol and procedures. Surprisingly, executives

Episode 1: Taking a Lean Journey with IESC’s Luiza Mills In the first episode of High-Profile’s Build Better podcast, HP’s publisher, Anastasia Barnes, sat down with Luiza Mills, vice president of human resources and public relations at Interstate Electrical Services Corporation (IESC). IESC provides electrical construction, design-build, and electrical services to commercial customers of all sizes. With over 600 employees, IESC was facing challenges with efficiency and meeting its clients’ aggressive deadlines. The company went on a “Lean journey” that started with incorporating the elements of Lean construction that best applied to its specific challenges. Put simply, the methodology of Lean construction is to “minimize the bad and maximize the good,” or to maximize your

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value-add and mitigate your nonvalue-add while eliminating the waste. Mills and the IESC team started by first choosing to focus on their internal customer, their employees. They were able to quickly identify where improvements could be made with the end goal of delivering reliable and timely results to their customers.

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“If you don’t focus on your internal customer, it has an effect on your external customer.” were left out of the meetings, allowing the employees to speak freely about their own experiences and opinions on ways to improve. The biggest result of IESC’s Lean

journey was the creation of a brand new 100,000sf operations center to handle things like assembly, prefabrication, shipping, and logistics to free up the company’s other employees to focus on installing. Additionally, by introducing a new apprenticeship program and by focusing on establishing new partnerships, IESC continues to evolve. Of the Lean journey Mills says, “This isn’t a project. This is now a way of life for us,” and she encourages others to think of incorporating Lean construction as a journey and not a “one and done project.” By empowering their employees and by constantly evaluating what is working and what isn’t, Mills and the IESC team have gained valuable insight and are consistently achieving their goal of meeting customer deadlines.

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just a job, but as a big part of what fulfills and motivates them. Kratz says, “Being a resource for your employees helps them discover what their path will be, and how best to get there to the advantage of themselves and the company.” The rewarding part of Kratz’ job, she says, is to watch people grow and become

Episode 2: Creating Future Leaders with Gilbane’s Karrie Kratz In the second episode of High-Profile’s Build Better podcast, HP’s publisher, Anastasia Barnes, welcomed Karrie Kratz, operations manager of Gilbane Building Company, to discuss the importance of investing in employees and placing them in positions where they can grow, be heard, and collaborate with other team members to deliver a successful project.

The goal is to “create a culture where there’s a constant conversation about forward progress and planning for goals.“ What started as a small carpentry business in 1873, Gilbane now currently oversees over 1,000 construction projects and has 45 offices worldwide. As a construction management company, Gilbane’s focus is on staffing and leading design and construction projects to completion. In other words, the “product”

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“Being a resource for your employees helps them discover what their path will be, and how best to get there to the advantage of themselves and the company.”

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they are selling is their employees. Because of this, Kratz and the team at Gilbane place the highest level of importance on nurturing their employees and helping them grow within the company. According to Kratz, they take the time and energy to connect with and understand their employees. The goal is to “create a culture where there’s a constant conversation about forward progress and planning for goals,” she says. Kratz adds, “They’re looking for someone to lead them on their career path, to mentor them, to understand and communicate with them as a person and not just the job that they do,” and cites the differing mindsets of recent generations. She says employees have shifted into a more purpose-driven way of approaching their lives, and that includes their careers. People no longer approach their work as

leaders, just as she has done at Gilbane. Starting as an accounts payable clerk with the firm 19 years ago, she is proud of the

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Mixed Use NEI Wraps Up Holmes Beverly Beverly, MA – NEI General Contracting announced the completion of Holmes Beverly, a transit-oriented mixed-use development located adjacent to the Beverly Depot commuter rail station. The 67,000sf, six-story new construction built by Barnat Development includes 67 rental units plus commercial space. Offering a new type of rental product for the North Shore, Holmes Beverly has five floors of residential rental units, including 51 market-rate and 16 workforce housing units. The apartments range from studios to two-bedroom apartments offering views of both downtown and the waterfront. Residents have access to 70 reserved parking spaces in the commuter rail parking garage. Holmes Beverly offers a myriad of luxury amenities and features for its residents. On the ground floor, residents enjoy a lobby featuring a fireplace, seating areas, and a library as well as a telecommuting office for those working from home. A 5,000sf space has also been reserved for a future New England craft-style restaurant.

Project team members include: Owner/developer: Barnat Development General contractor: NEI General Contracting Architect: ICON Architecture Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection engineer: Wozny Barbar & Associates Inc. Civil engineer: Meridian Associates Inc.

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Out the back door, residents with dogs can use a covered dog run or a pocket park for outdoor relaxation and recreation. On the second floor is a full gym and yoga studio and a lounge that residents can use for gatherings in addition to a rooftop deck.

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Finegold Alexander Completes The Boulevard

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Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects, along with New Boston Ventures and Commodore Builders/Walsh Brothers, announced the completion of The Boulevard, a new condominium building on Boston’s Greenway. Located at 110 Broad Street, the building is a 12-story, 120-ft.-tall structure with 31 luxury residential units and five artist live/work lofts. The project also includes 3,500sf of commercial space and 48 underground parking spaces in a state-of-the-art automated garage system. “The Boulevard is in the heart of everything in Boston, with easy access to restaurants, bars, entertainment, offices, and, of course, its front yard, the

Greenway,” explained David Goldman, New Boston Ventures. Careful attention was paid to exterior materials, with inset balconies and variegated grey brick panel that complements and highlights the copper cladding along the Greenway. The sloped glass prow introduces a dramatic new landmark at the entrance to Broad Street. The project team includes Commodore Builders, contractor; Walsh Brothers, construction manager; McNamara Salvia, structural engineer; WSP, MEP/ FP engineer; Nitsch Engineering, civil engineer; and Copley Wolff Design Group, landscape architect. The original site contained two

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buildings, one of which was a historic 19th-century Charles Bulfinch designed warehouse dating to 1806. The Bulfinch portion of the structure was retained, and its historic façade fully restored, according to the standards of the Boston Landmarks Commission. The original building’s interior has been re-imagined as the building entry lobby, with additional amenities including a concierge service, a club room, a fitness center, and a pet spa. In an adjacent area in the new building, which was programmed for retail, there is an ideal space for a café and indoor/outdoor seating. The Boulevard’s units range from one bedroom to penthouses varying in size

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from 1,294sf to 4,100sf. On the second floor the live/work artist studios average about 1,000sf each and are offered at a reduced rate for qualified artists. The residences were designed in collaboration with LDa Architecture & Interiors, and they feature contemporary, crisp finishes and fixtures, clean lines, and warm materials. The palette is composed of soft whites, charcoal greys, and rich wood detailing. The trapezoidal shape of the site, where the Greenway and Broad Street intersect, was a major defining element of the design. The glass, metal panel, and brick veneer building creates a striking visual presence on a prominent urban site.

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March 2019

Nauset Breaks Ground on The PostMark

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Reading, MA – Nauset Construction recently broke ground, and construction is underway on The PostMark, a mixed-use complex being developed by 136 Haven Street, LLC, a DiBiase Homes and Matrix Property Group joint venture. The PostMark will create 50 luxury condominiums while preserving the historic façade of the century-old Reading Post Office. It will be comprised of 40 market-rate and 10 affordable condominiums, 8,000sf of commercial space, a below-grade parking garage, and a beautifully landscaped courtyard. 136 Haven Street, LLC, along with

The PostMark will create 50 luxury condominiums while preserving the historic façade of the century-old Reading Post Office. O’Sullivan Architects of Reading, worked closely with the Massachusetts and Reading Historical commissions to create a design that preserves the Georgian Revival style façade and Corinthian columns as well as the exterior curved stairways at the front entrance. The renovated structure will be

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repurposed for multiple commercial uses. Additional commercial space, including two plazas which may be used for outside dining, will also be constructed. Following the selective demolition of the rear of the building (which was added long after the original structure was built), the five-story contemporary-style residential addition will be constructed, utilizing a design that complements the classic design of the post office. The one- and two-bedroom condominium homes will feature open floor plans, designer-curated luxury finishes, an abundance of natural light, and

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Corporate Renovation Complete on EVR Offices

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Manchester, NH – Cornerstone PDC, LLC recently completed design-build renovations for EVR Advertising’s new corporate offices at 155 Dow St. in Manchester. The 11,000sf space was previously home to Labatt’s Beer Academy and had been vacant for many years. Stibler Associates of Bedford provided interior design services.

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March 2019

PTC Relocates Global Headquarters Boston – The Boston office of Cresa, the world’s largest occupier-focused commercial real estate firm, and Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) announced the completion of a new 250,000sf global headquarters for PTC Inc., a global provider of technology that transforms how companies design, manufacture, operate, and service things in a smart connected world. PTC relocated its headquarters from Needham to 121 Seaport Boulevard, a newly constructed 17-story, 400,000sf office building in Boston’s Seaport District. The building recently received the USGBC’s LEED Platinum certification. To facilitate the move to a new headquarters, PTC engaged Cresa as a global partner across multiple service lines, including site selection, lease administration, transaction management, workplace strategy, and project management. Cresa accomplished a six-month process in 30 days with fasttracked negotiations that secured PTC’s 18.5-year lease. As the first signed tenant, PTC leased 63% of the building, where the company will house 1,000 of its 6,000 worldwide employees. PTC will occupy the building’s top nine floors with direct access to the roof deck from the top floor and access to a common area with an outdoor terrace on the third floor.

The top floor of PTC’s new global headquarters / Warren Patterson Photography

Cresa also advised PTC on workplace strategy and facilitated PTC’s shift toward an activity-based, open office plan and free address concept.. MPA’s design was strongly influenced by the unique, elliptical-shaped glass tower of 121 Seaport. To maximize views of Boston Harbor and downtown Boston, the open office design places conference rooms and meeting spaces around the building core on each floor, and arranges bench seating with ergonomic sit-to-stand desks in a radial fashion that aligns with the oval shape. The project team includes Margulies Perruzzi Architects, architectural and

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To evaluate the water repellency of CMU, there are 3 industry recommended methods: the water droplet or water stream test which are quick field PROJECT NAME Mount Wachusett Community College methods, a spray bar test which is effective in Gardner, MA evaluating overall water repellency and a water uptake test which evaluates the capillary suction ARCHITECT: of CMU. More on these methods can be found in NCMA TEK 19-7. Architerra, Inc.

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E.S. Boulos Completes Work on WEX Headquarters Portland, ME – E.S. Boulos Company (ESB), a subsidiary of MYR Group Inc., headquartered in Westbrook, has reached substantial completion of the core and shell electrical construction of the new corporate headquarters building of WEX Inc. on the Portland waterfront. WEX is a global leader in corporate paymentprocessing solutions. The four-story, 100,000sf glass office building, designed by Portland-based architectural firm Archetype Architects and architectural/engineering firm SMRT, features an open concept office space.

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to provide emergency power. The facility’s LED lighting and advanced lighting control system are equipped with shade integration and programmable dimming features. All office space lighting is programmed to work in conjunction with daylight sensors for light harvesting and enhanced energy efficiency. The MEP aspects of the project were handled in a collaborative designbuild effort between E.S. Boulos, general contractor Cianbro Corporation, mechanical contractor Johnson &

Jordan, engineering/architect SMRT, and architectural firm Archetype PA. The fast-track project commenced in January 2018 and reached substantial completion by the end of January 2019. WEX has started moving more than 400 employees from its South Portland facility into its new headquarters. ESB Project Manager Steven Saucier and Project Superintendent Matt Lavois supervised the project with a field crew of 14 IBEW Local 567 electricians at peak construction.

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Green Aiming for Net Zero in Public Buildings: Eight Principles

by Jeffrey J. Garriga Buildings account for as much as 40% of all energy consumed in the United States. To make the country more energy efficient, government programs increasingly promote net zero energy usage in public buildings. Here are eight guiding principles for the project design phases that will assist in producing buildings that generate energy onsite using clean renewable resources over the course of a year that is at least equal to the total amount of energy consumed onsite. Define goals

The first step is to establish energy goals for the site. Case studies and reviews of best practices in sustainable design should be assembled to provide benchmarks for the design team. Tax incentives and rebates offered by the government and utility companies

should be identified.. Detail and consider factors such as climate, location, orientation, water usage, and occupancy, relative to energy use targets. Make sure all stakeholders and agencies agree on the energy use goals. Assess building configurations

Once goals are established, numerous building configurations (orientation, footprint, shape, and massing) should be considered for the site. The building’s function and use need to be taken into consideration when developing the interior space plan. For instance, will it be a 24×7 operation with related power and occupant comfort considerations?

multiple energy conservation measures to reduce energy consumption prior to exploring onsite renewable resources. These may include: • Site optimization – Orientation of the building and placement of glazing affect energy use. • Solar shading – Exterior architectural features shade window openings from the sun at specific times; or strategic planting of deciduous trees to create shade.

Set the energy use intensity goal

The design team and building owners must agree on the expectations for energy consumption. A starting point for determining energy reduction is a comparison of the energy use intensity of the proposed building design with a base industry standard. Determine strategies for energy reduction

The design team should now look at

• Façade and roof design – Air sealing, additional roof and wall insulation; double or triple glazing in high performance framing systems such as fiberglass; and reflective or vegetated green roof can significantly reduce energy gains and losses. •Ground source heat pumps – Liquid pumped through wells in a closed loop from mechanical equipment helps raise indoor temperatures in winter and lower them in summer. • Displacement air supply – Large spaces are more efficiently climate controlled by introducing conditioned air at floor level while conditioning air in the first six to eight vertical feet of a space. • Education – Occupants should be educated about the sustainable design of the building and how to inhabit it comfortably while saving energy. Determine renewable energy strategies

• Daylight and artificial lighting – High windows with light shelves bounce light deep into floor plans. • Natural ventilation – Operable windows and mechanically controlled dampers can effectively move air through spaces, decreasing the loads on mechanical conditioning equipment.

The design team should now assess onsite renewable energy strategies to offset anticipated energy usage. Renewable energy resources include: • Solar photovoltaic panels. • Solar thermal panels. continued to page 45

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Hospitality PROCON Constructs Dual-Branded Hotel Chelsea, MA – PROCON, of Manchester, N.H., has started work on the Fairfield Inn by Marriott, located at 200 Maple Street in Chelsea. The 26,000sf building is an addition to the existing Residence Inn. Upon completion, the structure will become a dual-branded hotel totaling 200 guest rooms.

“To create a uniform blend of the two brands, we used complementary materials that would work with the existing building while including subtle differences to distinguish between them.” The completed hotel will stand at the junction of comfort, productivity, business, and pleasure, featuring different accommodation options. The more robust establishment will include 80 additional guest rooms and include the renovation of 12 existing rooms, an expanded dining area, buffet space, and fitness center to accommodate a larger number of guests. Simultaneous work will include overall upgrades to the current hotel’s lobby and

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while including subtle differences to distinguish between them. The end result will appear as though the entire building was constructed at the same time,” stated Kent Beirne, PROCON’s vice president of architecture.

The existing Residence Inn will remain open during construction with guest safety and minimal disruptions as a prime focus. Upon completion, the combined hotels will total 129,800sf of space, and the work will be finished in 2020.

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Trends and Hot Topics OSHA Standards Impermissibly Applied to Construction:

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by Kristen Ragosta The United States Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Review Commission has ruled that the secretary of labor impermissibly applied certain OSHA standards to construction employers. On September 28, 2018, the commission vacated an OSHA citation issued to Kiewit for allegedly violating the “quickdrenching” standard in 29 C.F.R. § 1926.50(g). The commission held that the standard was promulgated initially to cover nonconstruction employers and that the secretary of labor impermissibly expanded the standard’s scope to apply it to private parties engaged in the construction industry who did not participate in the notice-and-comment procedure. There are 146 other paragraphs in OSHA’s regulations, Part 1926, that may be invalid

The issue arose from an August 3, 2011 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection of a Kiewit Power Construction Company (Kiewit) worksite in Rogersville, Tennessee. OSHA cited Kiewit for failing to provide facilities for emergency quick drenching or flushing its employees’ eyes and body upon exposure to injurious corrosive materials as required under 29 C.F.. § 1926.50. Kiewit contested the citation and filed a Motion to Dismiss, arguing that 29 C.F.R. § 1926.50 was invalid. The commission allowed Kiewit’s Motion to Dismiss. The commission’s decision was based on the plain language of the OSH Act and the procedural history of the quick-drenching standard in 29 C.F.R. § 1926.50.

The Act provided two different procedures for promulgating standards; either under 6(b) with a notice-and-comment procedure, or under 6(a) without notice and comment for any national consensus standards or established federal standards. As part of the secretary’s implementation of section 6(a), the secretary adopted many existing standards under the Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act of 1936 (WHA), which applied to employers that were manufacturing or furnishing materials under contract with the federal government — it did not apply to construction employers. 41 C.F.R. § 50204.6(c).

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Colantonio Restores Mass. Senate Chamber Boston – The Massachusetts State House may be 220 years old, but it has a gleaming new look thanks to the efforts of Colantonio Inc., who partnered with the Division of Asset Management and Maintenance, the Bureau of the State House (BSH), and CBT Architects to make it shine even brighter. The project team encountered many unique challenges to complete the $15 million project before the Senate convened its 191st session on January 2. “In order to do this right, we had to understand the Senate Chamber’s history and how buildings were constructed back then,” said Fran Colantonio, CEO of Colantonio Inc. The project team restored the historic Senate Chamber, which sits on the third floor directly below the iconic gold dome, and its related rooms. Although little had changed since its last major renovation 120 years ago, age, wear, poor environmental systems, and more than 20 coats of paint had led to cracked cornices, falling ceiling pieces, and leaning columns. The space needed new or upgraded HVAC, safety, audio and information technology/data systems, along with accessibility and

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Maugel Designs Credit Union HQ

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Littleton, MA – Maugel Architects announced that construction has begun on Workers Credit Union’s new 60,000sf headquarters in Littleton. The renovation includes the gutting of an existing twostory building down to the steel structure and the construction of a new addition. The new headquarters will house WCU’s corporate offices, a number of its departments, conference rooms, training rooms, a café, an outdoor dining patio, and a fitness center. To create a timeless design that appeals to all generations, including Millennials, Maugel blended traditional and modern design elements throughout the space. In addition to Workers Credit Union and the Blackham Company, other team members include Nauset Construction Corporation and Hill International, Inc. The building’s exterior design features traditional masonry and cast stone that complements more modern elements, such as curtainwalls and a glass roof canopy. The contemporary interior design celebrates WCU’s branded colors and features glass guardrails, glass accent signage walls, branded graphic walls and columns, terrazzo staircases, wood ceilings, and expansive folding walls. The design also features expansive views to the exterior throughout the entire length of the building and a central spine with a two-story lobby and grand staircase.

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On the first floor, a circulation path leads to a large café and two training rooms. With the use of movable walls, the training areas, café, and adjacent corridor can be opened to create a large gathering space. To promote impromptu collaborations and meetings, Maugel designed a variety of seating areas along the circulation paths. The second floor includes a bridge that leads to an open work area. Nodes for smaller gatherings and breakout spaces were placed along the paths. To promote employee well-being, open work areas were placed along exterior walls with large windows, maximizing natural light into the space. Internally located glass-walled offices and conference rooms also enjoy borrowed light filtered through the space.

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Springfield, MA – NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor and construction management firm, has been retained by First Resource Development Corporation LLC for the historic rehabilitation of an existing 55,000sf mill building and adjacent 15,000sf firehouse in Springfield. Located in the McKnight National Historic District of Springfield at 837 State Street, the existing historic building is best known as the original home of the Indian Motorcycle Factory, where the famed motorcycles were built and distributed nationwide. The renovation is being designed by The Architectural Team (TAT). NEI will start by renovating the existing site drainage systems and new site utility work to support the renovation of the mill and firehouse buildings before demolition of the existing structures, the addition of drainage system, and site improvements to provide an accessory parking lot to support future residents.

The mill building will be renovated to include 45 apartment units. NEI will keep the majority of the timber beams intact to reflect the mill aesthetic. In addition, the historic renovation of the façade will include large 4-ft. x 8-ft. windows and the repair of existing masonry. The firehouse will also undergo interior and exterior renovations to create 15 apartment units. Upon completion in late 2020, the Mason Square II at Indian Motorcycle will consist of 60 rental units ranging from one bedroom to three bedrooms. NEI’s continued dedication to the preservation of historic and landmark properties is evident in the company’s expansive portfolio of successful projects. As a direct result of its unwavering commitment and leadership to restoring historic properties, NEI was awarded the 2014 Preservation Massachusetts Paul Tsongas Award in addition to eight other preservation awards for its work in the New England community.

Affordable Apartments to be Renovated Boston – MassHousing has closed on $38.7 million in affordable housing financing to the nonprofit Inquilinos Boricuas En Accion, Inc., for the rehabilitation and preservation of the West Newton Apartments, a public housing community in Boston’s South End, The project is part of the Boston Housing Authority’s (BHA) ongoing effort to modernize public housing across Boston. Of the 146 units, 110 will be supported through HUD’s Public Housing Rental Assistance Demonstration program, and the remaining 36 will be supported by a project-based Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment contract, both of which will be administered by the BHA. IBA plans to undertake $29.5 million in property renovations, including extensive exterior masonry and carpentry work, roofing repairs, installation of new interior and exterior doors, new HVAC systems, plumbing improvements, and unit upgrades. The contractor will be Bilt-Rite Construction, the architect is Davis Square Architects, and the management agent is Maloney Properties. MassHousing provided IBA with a $7.7

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million construction and permanent loan and a $30.9 million tax-exempt bridge loan. The financing also generated $22.9 million in low-income housing tax credit equity for the project. The tax credits were allocated by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development with Wells Fargo as the direct investor. Other project financing includes approximately $11.8 million in federal and state historic tax credit equity, a $24 million seller note, a $3.9 million sponsor contribution, and a $977,000 deferred developer fee.


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Multi-Residential Callahan Completes Elevation Apartments at Crown Colony

Quincy, MA – Callahan Construction Managers, a Bridgewater-based fullservice construction management firm, recently completed a large-scale luxury apartment complex. The 492-unit, 688,664sf project is owned by the John Flatley Company and was designed by Sheskey Architects. Located in Quincy, Elevation Apart-

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ments at Crown Colony is comprised of eight buildings that include four five-story apartment buildings with garage, two six-story buildings with garage, a maintenance building, and a clubhouse. There are a total of 492 apartments comprised of a mix of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units ranging from 551sf to 1,363sf. Amenities include a clubhouse that

has a lounge with a fireplace and TV, a clubroom with a bar, fitness room, restrooms, outside showers, swimming pool, and a large man-made pond with a central park area. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the John Flatley Company to deliver such an important project in Quincy,” said Patrick Callahan, president

of Callahan Construction Managers. “We have also worked on many projects with Sheskey Architects and always enjoy collaborating as a team with them on innovative design elements and the construction process.” Construction on the apartment complex began in July of 2016 and took 28 months to complete.

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Bethany Apartments

Boston – NEI General Contracting has completed its fourth project for the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, Inc. (POUA), a nonprofit housing developer affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. NEI oversaw the historic adaptive re-use of the 56,000sf Kennedy Hall at Cardinal Cushing Center in Hanover into 37 affordable and workforce housing units, which is now known as Bethany Apartments. Project team members include general contractor NEI General Contracting; architect The Architectural Team (TAT); civil engineer and landscape architect Horsley Witten Group; mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protecting (MEP/ FP) engineer Wozny Barbar & Associates.

The center has supported children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through education, employment training, residential care, and other services since the late 1940s. Constructed in 1957 as a dormitory, Kennedy Hall has been converted into 37 spacious units with a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. The design preserved the historic envelope of the three-story H-shaped brick building and maintained the existing structure. Interior historic features underwent careful restoration. The chapel was converted into an open community room with 15-foot ceilings, while other spaces were converted into a resident lounge, fitness center, quiet reading room, offices, and additional resident amenities.

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Swampscott, MA – After a lengthy approval process, and the demolition of an abandoned 100,000sf school building, Groom Construction of Salem is well underway with the construction of a new 60,000sf luxury condominium project for owner Fisherman’s Watch Condominiums, LLC. The five-story building is being constructed at the highest point in Swampscott, with many of the units commanding sweeping ocean views of Swampscott, Nahant, and the Boston skyline. The developer and Groom Construction teamed up with GrazadoVelleco Architects of Marblehead on the design of the project and with LDA Architects of Cambridge on the interiors. The building will have 28 luxury condominium units that range in size from 1,400sf to over 2,300sf for the larger of the two-story penthouses. The building will boast underground parking, a dramatic fifth-floor club room, and an exercise room that will allow all residents to take advantage of what is being touted by the developer as “the best

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view on the North Shore.” In addition, the first-floor units will all have large private patios and gardens, and the developer is planning a walking trail that encircles the 2-acre site. In doing so, a concept was created that would take every opportunity to design and construct a building that would not only replace the old abandoned school building but would also fit comfortably into a residential neighborhood dominated primarily by one- and two-family homes. The concept was to step the building from the road, on several levels, in order to visually reduce the mass of the building. Hip roofs and shingle styles were also incorporated that are in keeping with the surrounding and period architecture.


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Northern New England Hotel on Target for Summer Completion PROCON designer and CM Portsmouth, NH – The AC Hotel by Marriott is on target for a late summer completion as PROCON crews finish up the exterior installations. The upscale hotel with an event center and a rooftop bar is located at 299 Vaughan Street in Portsmouth adjacent to the 3S Artspace in the city’s North End. The five-story structure will be the first AC-branded hotel in the state. PROCON is the designer and construction manager on the project, which is a developer collaboration between XSS Hotels of Manchester, N.H., and Cathartes of Boston. The 154-room hotel design features deluxe double-queen and king guestrooms. Each room will include the AC’s signature wall-mounted workspace and seating bench. A European décor

will be reflected throughout in stylish finishes designed to appeal to tourists, business travelers, and Millennials. Guest amenities will include a fitness center with a dedicated yoga room, a rooftop lounge/bar and deck, a library, a 24×7 market, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a 24hour business center. An additional 2,360sf of first-floor leasable office and retail space will also be available upon completion. The hotel also will feature a third floor 4,500sf event space and deck for weddings, special occasions, training seminars, and more. The larger room will subdivide into smaller meeting rooms for corporate meetings or intimate social functions. On the first floor, two media salons will provide collaborative technology

Engineering Ventures Adds New Owners Burlington, VT – Engineering Ventures, PC, with offices in Burlington, Vt., Lebanon, N.H., and Schenectady, N.Y., has announced the addition of Matthew Ernst, PE, Clark Agnew, PE, and Michael Dussault, PE, as owners. Ernst, structural project engineer/ principal, is a project manager in the structural group working from the Burlington office on projects throughout New England. Agnew, structural project engineer/ principal, is a project manager in the structural group working from the Burlington office on a wide variety of projects throughout New England. His projects range from high-end homes to iconic public buildings, decorative

AC Hotel Portsmouth / rendering by PROCON

and a 1,500sf subdividable conference area. Guests will also be able to enjoy social gatherings and mixers at the hotel’s rooftop bar and event space offering views of North Mill Pond and the Piscataqua River. Current work includes the roof installment, the weather-tight barrier, and windows, to be followed by interior installations. Correspondingly, a key part of the approvals between Portsmouth and the

project developers was a nearly 1-acre waterfront park area which the developers deeded to the city. In effect, the waterfront park and greenway reconnect the North Mill Pond to the North End. Cathartes Principal Jeff Johnston explained, “It offers a wonderful environment to the public for recreation along its pathways, boat launch, and scenic vistas. It’s a unique opportunity for the city.”

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Designing and Building Novel Therapeutic Manufacturing Facilities

by Jim Grunwald Novel therapeutics is revolutionizing the treatment of diseases like cancer, neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis, and various genetically inherited conditions. Research demonstrates that advances in novel therapeutics modalities can carry out complex functions in ways that traditional drugs cannot achieve. Many pharmaceutical companies are at the frontier of this next generation of medicine, harnessing the potential to successfully treat previously untreatable conditions, and building new facilities for the manufacture of innovative, safe, and quality products. The design of manufacturing facilities for the production of novel therapeutics involves careful planning and consideration of a myriad of factors,

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DPS and Hodess Cleanroom Construction completed a proprietary cell therapy manufacturing facility in Worcester for Mustang Bio, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The 27,000sf facility supports the clinical development and commercialization of Mustang’s CAR T and gene therapy product candidates and enables proprietary cell therapy research. The project focused on upgrading existing office and laboratory space and converting existing labs into three cGMP ISO7 clinical production areas. The flexible design met Mustang’s current workplace and manufacturing needs in approximately 12,000sf of the facility, providing ample space for future expansion. Other facility improvements included HVAC, mechanical, and fire protection system upgrades and the installation of a new air handling unit

customized for increased air flow to the cGMP spaces. Energy-efficient lighting and lighting controls were also added. Brammer Bio

DPS was recently selected to design two cGMP manufacturing facilities for Brammer Bio, an industry-leading viral vector contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO). Brammer engaged DPS to provide process architecture and engineering services for the design of commercial suites that produce multiple gene transfer vector products in support of late-stage clinical programs leading to commercial supply. DPS is designing advanced gene therapy manufacturing suites for Brammer in Cambridge and a state-ofthe-art gene therapy facility in Lexington, Mass. DPS and TRIA are also designing a 15,000sf office space as the second phase of the Lexington facility. These manufacturing facilities will enable Brammer to optimize facility footprint and flexibility by accommodating a range of processes and products, while addressing scalability and capacity. Both projects have accelerated schedules for design and construction and are expected to be complete in the first half of 2019. While there is still much work to be done and clinical trial evidence needed to support it, DPS’s clients are taking innovative approaches to make these critically important therapies available to patients who need them. These clients have entrusted DPS’s engineers and architects to design and construct facilities that turn scientific innovations into life-enhancing, and in many cases life-saving, treatments that vastly benefit society. Jim Grunwald is vice president of strategic development at DPS Group.

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National HED & SLAM Reveal Design of U-M Central Campus Classroom Bldg.

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Ann Arbor, MI – Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED), architect of record, and The S/L/A/M Collaborative, design architect, recently unveiled the design of the new Central Campus Classroom Building and adjacent renovation to the 135,000sf historic Alexander G. Ruthven Building at the University of Michigan. The project is scheduled for construction completion in the fall of 2021 and will host student classes beginning in January 2022. The new building will seek LEED Silver certification, an industry standard for green building

The new 100,000sf classroom building helps to redefine the east edge of the campus, creating a new gateway experience for the nearly 10,000 students expected to utilize the facility each day. Conceived as a learning loft, the building features expansive floor-to-floor heights to accommodate new signature classrooms for the state’s flagship university. The new classrooms will include a variety of learning configurations, including a 550-seat auditorium, a 200seat classroom in the round, and other

The new classrooms will include a variety of learning configurations, including a 550-seat auditorium, a 200-seat classroom in the round, and other active learning classroom designs.

active learning classroom designs. These new classrooms will include 1,400 student seats in a variety of learning configurations, including a 550seat auditorium, a 200-seat classroom in the round, and other active learning classroom designs. Composed of limestone, granite, and terra cotta, the classroom building features a cadence of columns and glazed

openings that are powerful in scale, yet referential to compositions found in the adjacent Ruthven Building. The existing Ruthven Building will also undergo renovations and include administration and computational research space. “The building is designed to be purposeful while engaging the campus fabric as a gateway to the university,” said Neil Martin, SLAM’s design principal.

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Aiming for Net Zero in Public Buildings: Eight Principles continued from page 36

• Unglazed transparent collector. • Biomass boilers. • Biofuel tri-generation plant. • Wind turbines. • Hydro power. Assess energy generation options

Assess all renewable energy options based on long-terms cost and viability. When designing building systems, the design team must view the complete picture, including initial construction costs, operating costs, evolving technologies, site design impacts, and energy delivery reliability. Assess feasibility and adopt options

Will the energy produced onsite offset the building’s remaining energy needs after maximizing the site and building energy reduction? Site, building design, occupancy, and cost constraints may preclude achieving net zero energy; however, setting the goal creates a highly energy-efficient project that can adapt to changing needs and technologies, all the while helping the planet! Commission and verify

During design and construction, the team must pay close attention to maintaining

the goal through project design and occupancy. A commissioning agent should be brought onboard early to provide feedback on maintaining energy conservation integrity. For a completed project to be certified NZE, building owners collect and submit the building’s energy use and generation data for a year, third party verified. The International Living Future Institute is one overseer. Conclusion

The preceding principles are a solid starting point for design teams seeking NZE certification, enabling teams to understand how to balance three primary interrelated elements: function, strategy, and cost. Designers and owners, in partnership with municipalities, can achieve the goal of net zero energy, or come close, when designing projects. NZE is quite a challenge, but one than can be met through close coordination during the entire design phase. Jeffrey J. Garriga is principal, and Pat “Sherman” Morss Jr. associate principal, at Finegold Alexander Architects.

The new pharmacy building

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.

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Awards Finegold Alexander Wins Award Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects (FAA) and The Gettys Group announced The Godfrey Hotel has received a Citation for Design Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects’ (BSA’s) Hospitality Design Award program. The 242-room hotel design reimagines two historic office buildings as a sanctuary in the city, activates the street edge, and contributes to the revitalization of the Downtown Crossing neighborhood, preserving two historic Arthur Bowditch buildings. Finegold Alexander led the design and rehabilitation team, which focused on restored elements, reinterpreted storefronts, and the core and ground floor retail shell. It collaborated with The Gettys Group on the program and space plan as well as integration of the architectural restoration/renovation with the new elements to reflect the brand concept. The project included a lobby/lounge, cicchetti bar, conference room, fitness room, core and shell for ground-floor restaurant and coffee shop. The Gettys Group designed the interior spaces of The Godfrey to offer a calming oasis amid a vibrant urban

Interior of restaurant, left storefront, base building

Ellen Anselone, principal, Finegold Alexander Architects, receiving the Boston Society of Architects’ Hospitality Design Award

scene. A dramatic architectural portal seamlessly transitions the clean lines of the reception area and the intricately detailed historic elevator lobby. Cerused oak paneling, polished porcelain flooring, and contemporary furniture add a modern contrast to the restored, ornate exterior façade. A refined color palette of warm grays accented by natural walnut and dashes of color bring a sense of tranquility and an elevated sophistication to the guest rooms. Custom carpeting, plush bedding, and upholstered seating evoke the design and comfort of a well-

Daytime view, corner of Washington Street and Temple Place

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tailored suit. Large windows illuminate guest rooms with natural light, and rooms with original bay windows have a dramatic view of the bustling street scene below. The Godfrey Hotel project involved the adaptive use of two historic buildings — the 1904 Amory and the 1908 Blake buildings — both significant examples of

early 20th-century high style commercial buildings, originally designed by Architect Arthur H. Bowditch. The original designs were part of a series Bowditch designed on Washington Street including Old South Building, Jewelers Building, WashingtonEssex Building, and Paramount Theater. Both building’s façades retain most of their original character-defining features above the second floor, while the groundlevel storefronts have compatible new interpretations. The restoration and transformation contribute to Boston’s history and identity while looking to the future.

PROCON Receives YMCA Award PROCON receives Granite YMCA’s First Community Partner of the Year Award 2019

Manchester, NH – PROCON Owner Mark Stebbins came full circle from former program participant to the first recipient of the YMCA’s Community Partner of the Year Award. Mark and Sally Stebbins accepted the award before a packed house of staff, supporters, and students in Manchester. PROCON and the Stebbins family were recognized for their long-standing support of the YMCA’s Y-START and Y-STAY programs, their annual holiday

Mark and Sally Stebbins Accept YMCA’s Community Partner of the Year Award.

gift donations, and a $150,000 contribution that spearheaded renovations of the recently opened teen center in downtown Manchester.

SLAM Honored by BCFC Glastonbury, CT – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) was recognized by The Business Council of Fairfield County (BCFC) at the Healthy Workplace Employer Recognition Program in the Platinum category. This year the council honored 57 companies for their wellness achievements by four categories of distinction — Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Innovation — awarded

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on the basis of program components and outcome. From encouraging physical activity and healthy behavior to managing chronic illness, SLAM’s Wellness Program launched in 1994 and has evolved into a comprehensive initiative that includes wellness seminars, activities, insurance incentives, ergonomic evaluations, screenings, and dissemination of healthy lifestyle information.


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Boston – The Boston Chapter of Professional Women in Construction (PWC) announced its emergence into the A/E/C industry association landscape in Massachusetts. PWC Boston recently presented is inaugural board of directors. President: Diana Nicklaus, president and CEO, saam architecture. Member of the Boston Executive Leadership Team and Boston Operations Committee. Vice president: Sara Bryant, partner, Murtha Cullina LLP. Member of the Boston Executive Leadership Team and Boston Operations Committee. Vice president: Sarah McGillicuddy, director of marketing and business development at Acentech. Member of the Boston Executive Leadership Team and chair of programs and events Committee. Treasurer: Ben Sawa, director of

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marketing at GEI Consultants. Member of the Boston Executive Leadership Team and Boston Operations Committee. Moderator: Rachel Woodhouse, Woodhouse principal/director of operations at Dyer Brown Architects. Member of the Boston Executive Leadership Team and Boston Operations Committee. Directors include: • Chelsea Christenson, project manager of Nitsch Engineering. Member of theBoston Programs and Events Committee. • Caroline Fitzgerald, director of business development for BOND. Chair of the

Colantonio Restores Mass. Senate Chamber conitnued from page 39

delivered back to the Chamber. The 30-foot brass chandelier, crafted in the late 1800s, weighs 1,850 pounds and holds 112 lights on several tiers. Each of the chandelier’s 2,000 pieces was removed, photographed, and either cleaned and waxed or repaired to precise specifications. A 200-page condition report was issued by the MHC for this restoration work alone. The scope included the addition of a work room behind the Senate Chamber in space that was previously unused. The space is located above a historical, stained-glass laylight in the ceiling of Bartlett Hall, which had to remain open to the public. The laylight was removed for restoration, the space above it was demolished, and the laylight opening and frame, including decorative plaster, was lowered by 2 feet. The new floor structure was then built on top without disturbing the existing decorative plaster ceiling in Bartlett Hall and without closing the space to the public. One of the more challenging tasks was the removal and installation of the new air handling unit in the mechanical room, that was the attic space above the

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finished dome ceiling in the chamber. The crew chopped the old unit into pieces and removed them down a narrow set of stairs that was the only access to the space from the inside. They used a 300-ton crane, parked in the portico, to hoist the sections of the new unit up to a temporary platform on the roof, next to a louver that was opened to provide access. The pieces were then rigged to a trolley system and lowered into place for assembly. Colantonio was joined by many skilled subcontractors to make these renovations that will allow the State House to remain a Boston icon for many years to come.

Boston Membership and Sponsorship Committee. • Emily Hopps, associate principal of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. Chair of the Boston Marketing and Communications Committee. • Deborah Myers, president of DMLA. Member of the Boston Programs and Events Committee. • Susan Wisler, principal at Architectural Engineers, Inc. Member, the Boston Operations Committee. • Shelley Vanderweil, principal at Vanderweil. Chair of the Boston Outreach and Scholarship Committee. Formed through the collective effort of seasoned A/E/C professionals, the newest PWC chapter has a mission to connect, promote, and advance women

in the A/E/C industry, and actively engages women and men from A/E/C and affiliated firms. “The PWC Boston Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the formation of a new PWC chapter in Massachusetts. Much of 2018 has been spent establishing our goals, recruiting committee members, and launching with our first three events. We believe that 2019 is primed for relevant programming that speaks to the nature of A/E/C business in Boston,” said Diana Nicklaus, president and CEO of saam architecture and PWC Boston chapter president. “The board looks forward to continuing the growth of our membership and becoming a known entity and preferred resource in the Boston market in 2019.”

Robinson Joins Fuss & O’Neill Providence, RI – Fuss & O’Neill community planning, public has hired Arnold Robinson as process design and facilitation, its regional director of planning historic building preservation, based out of Providence. and public engagement consultHe joins the firm after 30 ing. years working in the fields of Robinson’s diverse expercommunity planning, historic tise includes master planning, preservation and rehabilitation, feasibility analysis, multidiscieducation, and urban design. plinary project collaboration, Robinson Most recently, Robinson site design, public process facilitation, regulatory permitting, historic served as associate dean for community rehabilitation project design, bidding, and engagement at Roger Williams University. construction administration. His role at Fuss & O’Neill will include

Technology Decisions: Long-Term Impacts continued from page 22

the clients and/or IT department insists on installing multiple hardwired cables to work positions, and other locations throughout the building. Typical reasons include, “You don’t know what will come in the future,” “Wireless bandwidth isn’t there,” or “We always do this (this is our standard).” What will come in the future is faster and more secure wireless networking and 5G cellular communications. Each technology will provide enhanced connectivity and speeds, solidifying the commitment to wireless connections and mobility. The problems with the traditional approach include the additional cost of the unnecessary cabling, associated networking hardware, and licensing/ support costs, adding to both the project construction cost and to the ongoing operating costs, without providing end user value. The current hot topic of lighting control, occupancy sensing, space utilization, and network-based power, is distracting many clients from practical solutions. There are numerous LED light fixtures and systems that provide the ability to dim individual and grouped fixtures, integrate daylight harvesting, automate lighting controls, and provide occupancy data. The disruptive message

in this market discussion is coming from the data network manufacturers and integrators, who present the above ideas as new capabilities, available only through data network integrators via power over ethernet (PoE) from network switches. The biggest issues with this proposed solution are that it introduces much higher first cost, multiple new vendors with ongoing operating costs, and isolates data in the IT systems. Every school and institutional project has lighting control and building automation systems present or included in the project design. Current design codes and practices require occupancy/vacancy sensing and daylight harvesting. Projects should leverage the capabilities of their simplest and most broadly applicable systems as opposed to introducing new vendors, systems, and costs. The highly touted data collection and integration are simpler and more effectively accomplished through the traditional systems, BMS, lighting control, etc. The best result will come from projects that better integrate and leverage the data from the traditional systems and are not caught up in the hype of “newer is better.” Michael Kerwin, RCDD, CCS, DCCA, is principal | technology design group leader at Vanderweil.


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Leadership Change at Weston & Sampson DiPrete Promotes Penney Peabody, Massachusetts – was promoted to chief operatWeston & Sampson, a multi-dising officer. In her new role as ciplinary engineering, consultpresident, Cook will continue ing, construction, operations, to support an accessible and and maintenance firm with hands-on approach to projects more than 575 employees, is while fostering Weston & celebrating new leadership. EfSampson’s tradition of prompt fective January 2019, Barbara client service and response. Cook, PE is president and chief Cook is active in numerous naCook operating officer of Weston & tional and regional professional Sampson Engineers, Inc. In the firm’s organizations, including NEWWA, where 120-year history, this is only the seventh she is currently the president-elect. transition in the role of president. Past Michael Scipione has served as the president, Michael Scipione, PE, will refirm’s CEO since 2005. He will continue main in the role of chief executive officer. to promote Weston & Sampson’s Cook has been with Weston & Sampcommitment to providing viable son since 1983 and guided the success infrastructure improvements to clients of the firm’s water practice. In 2016, she while sustaining the natural environment.

Poyant Appoints Kym Nutting New Bedford, MA – Poyant, throughout the New England a sign manufacturer and area as well as major national branding specialist serving retailers, corporate accounts, local, regional, and national and franchisors/franchisees organizations, has appointed throughout the country. Kym Nutting to business Nutting has more than 15 development, handling both years of experience in connational and regional accounts. sultative solution-based sales, In her new role, Nutting is account management, and Nutting business development. She has a responsible for building and strong background in advertising, marketmaintaining strong relationships with ing, publishing, branding, and industrial architects, commercial contractors, sales. and independent business owners

Dedham, MA – DiPrete throughout the New England Engineering has announced area. the promotion of Joe Penney to His geographic reach principal. extends from Cape Cod to He will continue to lead the New York, as he has managed firm’s Dedham office, working several high-profile clients closely with and mentoring and projects including the first project managers and staff to Topgolf in Massachusetts, improve client services. He also Little Pond Village at Falmouth Penney will assist in site design and Heights, and various assisted permitting strategy. living facilities, multi-family, retail, and Penney joined DiPrete in 2015 as vice solar projects throughout New England. president of development with over 30 Previously, Penney was with Gale Associates and Ahold USA, parent years of experience in site engineering, land use permitting, and development company of Stop & Shop New England.

KBE Promotes Two Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corporation recently announced that Paul Righenzi and Ronald Rinaldi have been promoted to project manager. Both joined the company in 2015. Righenzi started at KBE as a project engineer in 2015. He has worked on a number of projects, including The SoNo Collection in Norwalk, the new residence hall at State University of New York Purchase College, and Waterside District in Norfolk, Va. He is currently leading the team on a new senior living project in Hamilton, N.J. Rinaldi started at KBE as a project engineer in 2015.

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BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade Show Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston This event brings more than 1,500 industry leaders and emerging professionals in the fields of high-performance building, energy efficiency, and renewable energy together to learn from and share ideas with each other, and will include a session line-up that focuses on practical skills and immediately applicable knowledge, the innovations we’re working on now, our recent lessons learned, and the skills we wish all our colleagues had.

SMPS Boston – BD Live Swap 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Allsteel, Boston A new twist for the opportunity to engage with four BD Experts and their invited clients on identifying the right opportunities to connect, earning “those” conversations, building relationships, winning repeat business and more. Continue the conversation immediately following the program at the Granary Tavern for a Mix@6.

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ASM Young Professionals Group – 4th Annual Celtics Outing 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM TD Garden, Boston Join ASM’s Young Professionals Group for our fourth trip to the Boston Garden to see the Boston Celtics take on the Sacramento Kings in a Skybox just for young construction professionals. Our skybox features privacy for our group.

SMPS Boston Submit an SMPS Boston Sponsored ABX Proposal SMPS Boston is looking for individuals or groups to present SMPS Boston sponsored workshops at ABX 2019, November 6-7 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. By submitting your session proposal as an SMPS Boston sponsored session you will gain additional exposure and support. SMPS Boston will help get your session approved and help you promote it.

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March 20 Leadership Lessons from Merrimack Valley’s Disaster Recovery 7:30 AM - 9:45 AM Revere Hotel Boston Common, Boston On September 13, 2018, excessive pressure in natural gas lines owned by Columbia Gas caused a series of explosions and fires to occur in as many as 40 homes in the Merrimack Valley towns of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. Joe Albanese, Commodore Builders CEO, shares the untold story of the massive relief and recovery effort that he led following the disaster.

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SMPS NNE March 20 Put Your Stories to Work 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM The Press Hotel, Portland, Maine You’ve been told you need to use stories in your marketing, and in theory, you’re on board. This workshop will pull back the curtain on storytelling, showing you what kind of stories work and why, illustrating how to spot and capture meaningful stories in the wild, and teaching concrete, tactical storytelling principles that can help you communicate your key messages more effectively.

AEE East March 20-21 Association of Energy Engineers Energy Conference & Expo Hynes Convention Center, Boston AEE East brings together energy professionals from commercial, industrial, institutional, and governmental sectors to learn about the latest energy-saving strategies. The annual event focuses on key energy issues, such as energy management, efficiency, automation, data analytics, policy, supply, procurement, resiliency, sustainability, and more. In addition to the conference, AEE will present a variety of in-depth training and certification education.

CBC March 26 Recovery, Rebirth, and Revival: Sandy Hook School Tour and Housatonic Valley Outlook 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Sandy Hook School, Sandy Hook, Conn. Take a tour of Sandy Hook School, the 2017 CBC Project Team of the Year winner. You’ll hear from the project team about the challenges and special considerations for this project that required a very unique approach to community involvement and a deep commitment on the part of each team member. Local and regional officials will join to discuss future development in this growing and vibrant area of the state.

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FMForward 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Bentley University’s LaCava Center, Waltham, Mass. Join us for IFMA Boston’s inaugural one-day conference at Bentley University, which will provide you with the key strategies, technologies, and best practices to help navigate the ever-changing FM landscape.

SMPS CT March 27 Get a Leg Up Before the RFP Hits The Streets 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM River Room at Goodwin College, East Hartford, Conn. Join Kathy Nanowski as she showcases the sales funnel concept as a tool to prioritize and pre-position your firm for future work. She will go over a capture plan, which is a key component in one of the sales stages critical to creating a winning strategy, review key metrics firms should measure to track their progress, and provide ways you can create targets based on operational data.

AGC MA March 28 BoSTEM 4th Annual STEM Leadership Breakfast 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Revere Hotel Boston Common, Boston Join us to learn more about BoSTEM, a bold collaboration of proven community leaders, including Boston After School & Beyond and Boston Public Schools, dedicated to engaging all Boston middle school students in STEM opportunities by 2022.

Construction Institute April 11 10th Annual Visionaries Forum 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM Mark Twain House, Hartford, Conn. Join the Construction Institute at this hallmark event that has become a premier gathering for the A/E/C industry. Learn from pioneers who are shaping the future of design and construction and changing the way the built environment will be managed in years to come.

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The future of our industries, and world, is being shaped by those who act on their VISION

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