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April 2019


April 2019 Focus: 

Multi-Residential and Senior/Assisted Living Plus: Fourth Annual

Building Energy/MEP Supplement

The All American Assisted Living Facility is well underway in Kingston, New Hampshire / rendering EGA Architects / full story page 21


Tom Quinlan


Myles Brown


Rob DiNinni



Brian McKenna


SleepOut to End Youth Homelessness Hotel on North: Where Local History Meets Personal Passion by Kelly McCoy Finding Connection in the Built World by Emily Langner Wayne J. Griffin Electric Hosts Career Open House Delphi Moves into New HQ Construction Well Underway at Woodmont Commons Bowdoin Completes Stop & Shop Fit-Out SLAM Designs School of Pharmacy


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An Interview with Brian Knox on The Value of Mentorship page 31

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Publisher’s Message

Anastasia Barnes Happy spring! This issue is our annual Senior Living and Multi-Residential focus. The Boston Planning & Development Agency recently approved “development projects in neighborhoods across the city of Boston which will result in hundreds of market-rate and income-restricted residential units, economic development, and jobs.” Turn to page 18 to see the renderings for some of these projects.

On page 16, Kristen Murphy of Acentech gives our readers tips on how to create good residential acoustics. The takeaway is be honest with your own needs and plan Kristen Murphy ahead! Tom Quinlan of South Coast Improvement shares how SCI’s unique approach to renovating senior living facilities has secured his firm over 200 projects in 13 states.

StageCoach Improv at play with participants from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs (VA)

Rob DiNinni, principal and founder of StageCoach Improv, has been regularly contributing articles to HP since January of this year. In this month’s edition, Rob reminds us not to multitask too much. Staying present and being in the moment can be transformative for us both personally and professionally. I struggle with this daily. Read more of Rob’s onpoint article on page 29.

to high school students. In HP’s interview with Brian Knox of PROCON, you’ll learn about the ACE Mentor Program of America and how Brian got involved on a local level. Read the full interview on page 31. The New England chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) celebrated its 12th annual design awards ceremony in March. Touloukian Touloukian won best in show for the firm’s design of Lumen at Beacon Park. Check out all the winners on page 38. This month we also have our fourth annual MEP and Energy supplement. All things related to mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and energy efficiency are the focus of the supplement, including pieces written by Jerry Alverson of BVH Integrated and Gina Rae of Timberline Communications Inc. Annual MEP Supplement

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The All American Assisted Living Facility

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The All American Assisted Living project in Kingston, New Hampshire, is a good example of the type of assisted living and memory care communities that are being built in New England. These types of facilities specialize in creating an environment for residents with Alzheimer’s and memory disorders. Turn to page 21 to read more.

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Kendall East Set to Break Ground

C.E. Floyd Joins CVOC Groundbreaking

Covenant Village of Cromwell development team: (l-r) Randy Gross, CRC; Jim Hudgins, THW Design; Mike Hamel, CVOC; Terri Cunliffe, CRC; Jeff Palmer, C.E. Floyd; Ken Kite, THW Design, and Dan Stegbauer, CVOC

Middletown, MA – C.E. Floyd Co. recently joined the groundbreaking at Covenant Village of Cromwell (CVOC). CVOC officially broke ground on its $48 million, 110,000sf expansion. The community will add 54 living units and a new town center, which will include three dining areas, game room, art studio, wellness center, and many other amenities to help enrich the lives of the residents of this expanding faith-based community. Jeff Palmer, Floyd’s director of

Connecticut operations, stated, “After months of planning, it’s great to see everyone come together for the ceremonial start of construction.” Terri Cunliffe, president and CEO of Covenant Retirement Communities, spoke to the crowd about this expansion, stating that it had been an ongoing topic of discussion for the past 20 years. The expansion project is expected to be complete in late 2020.

Cambridge, MA – Urban Spaces, a Cambridge-based commercial real estate development company, has begun demolition on its former headquarters to make way for Kendall East, a mixed-use apartment complex comprised of 136 units and 14,800sf of retail. The site, which encompasses 99-119 First Street, 18 Hurley Street, and 29 Charles Street, is located across from CambridgeSide, a mixed-use 1 million sf shopping center, located within a short walking distance to Kendall Square, Lechmere Station, and Cambridge Crossing. Designed by Perkins Eastman, Kendall East is set to begin construction of the new buildings in April. The larger of the two pet-friendly buildings in the complex will include 118 luxury apartments above 14,800sf of ground floor retail and 23 surface parking spaces to support retail. An additional 18 residential units will be built on the adjacent parcel. The two buildings will share a two-level underground garage with 142 parking and 159 bicycle spaces that will be built underneath a half-acre open air green space, and will include a bike and pedestrian path that will connect Charles and Hurley Street. The complex will be comprised of a

Kendall East / rendering by Perkins Eastman

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Tufts Library Breaks Ground

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Official groundbreaking of new library

Weymouth, MA – CTA Construction Managers joined elected officials and Tufts Library leaders to mark the official groundbreaking for a new 50,000sf library to be located on the site of the original building on Broad Street. CTA is working alongside project architect Tappe Architects, Inc. and the owner’s project manager, Hill International, on the project. The new Tufts Library, which will feature a greatly expanded children’s literature department, several community meeting rooms, innovative technological advancements, and an outdoor amphitheater, will replace the current library, that is over 50 years old.

The new library will provide significant technology updates and added space for the Weymouth community. The new facility will feature open reading areas, study rooms, a local history center, and a media lab capable of supporting computer modeling and advanced audiovisual projects. It will also feature free wireless internet and upgraded computers for public use The project is a cooperative venture between the town of Weymouth and the Mass. Public Library Construction Program, that awarded Weymouth over $12 million for construction of the new library, expected to be completed in the summer of 2020.

Topping off the first building of the Waters expansion project

Taunton, MA – JM Coull (JMC) topped off the first building under Waters Corporation’s 135,000sf manufacturing facility expansion project in Taunton. The building, which will house offices, laboratories, manufacturing space, central utilities, and maintenance, has since been enclosed and made weathertight. Energyefficient TPO roofing is currently being installed. Waters is making approximately a $215 million investment in the project. JMC has retained the services of Industrial Facilities Design, Inc. (IFDI) for architectural and structural engineering

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Merck to Expand R&D Facility


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Billerica, MA – Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates its biopharmaceutical business as EMD Serono in the U.S. and Canada, announced a $70 million investment to expand its state-of-the-art research and development (R&D) facility in Billerica. The new building will span 145,000sf, offering new laboratory and collaborative working space to accommodate approximately 400 new and current R&D employees focused on advancing science in oncology, immuno-oncology, and immunology. When construction is completed in 2021, the building will offer wet labs, office space, and a cafeteria for the campus. Consistent with previous projects, the building will be constructed

to the highest environmental and employee wellness standards by seeking LEED and WELL certifications. With this latest project, Merck will have invested more than $150 million in infrastructure to advance biopharmaceutical R&D in the state of Massachusetts in recent years, with more than 150 new jobs added to its growing U.S. R&D hub in Billerica since 2011. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany’s U.S. presence is comprised of three businesses — healthcare, life science, and performance materials — with nearly 10,000 employees working in R&D, manufacturing, and corporate roles in almost 60 sites countrywide. Within the state of Massachusetts, more than 2,800 professionals work across 10 locations.

The new pharmacy building at Binghamton University

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.

Construction to Begin on New Credit Union HQ

WCU exterior

Littleton, MA – Construction will soon be underway for the new headquarters of Workers Credit Union (WCU), which serves over 100,000 members at its 15 locations throughout Central Massachusetts. Nauset Construction will begin the renovation of an original structure and construction of a 16,000sf addition to create a 60,000sf Class A office environment that fosters employee wellness and productivity. Designed by Maugel Architects, the new headquarters combines traditional

and modern design elements. The contemporary interior will feature glass guardrails, glass accent signage walls, branded graphic walls and columns, terrazzo staircases, wood ceilings, and expansive folding walls, with a twostory lobby and a grand staircase. A sound-masking system will be installed throughout the entire building to reduce noise distractions, protect speech privacy, and increase office comfort. The new facility will house WCU’s corporate offices and a number of

WCU public lobby

its departments, offering numerous amenities, including conference rooms, training rooms, a café, an outdoor dining patio, and a fitness center. 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 building will be LEED Silver compliant. “Our new headquarters will reflect our commitment to employee wellbeing, with an abundance of natural light throughout the open work areas

which have been strategically placed along exterior walls with large windows to encourage collaboration — a design that creates a healthy work environment that also allows employees to be more productive,” said Robert Lockett, SVP and chief strategy officer of WCU. “We’re experiencing phenomenal growth, and the new headquarters in Littleton will not only allow us to accommodate our future needs, but also free up space for our operational departments to expand at our present headquarters in Fitchburg.”


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Focus: Multi-Residential A Decade of Transformation by Robert Clarke Manchester, NH – A decade of transformation started in 2008, when the city of Melrose created a smart growth overlay district on Lower Washington Street that opened the way for new transitoriented development. Allen & Major Associates, Inc. (A&M) was there at the beginning, to provide land survey, civil engineering, and environmental permitting for four projects to date totaling 394 residential units. The new zoning has transformed this area into a mixed-use destination of both luxury apartment communities and local retail destinations, all located steps from the Oak Grove MBTA Orange Line station. In June of 2009, A&M received site plan approval to redevelop almost eight acres in the former industrial district into a residential complex, including construction of four new buildings and the rehabilitation of two existing mill buildings. The project, originally called ALTA Stone Place and now known as Jack Flats, was the first project completed by A&M. The site was the former home of the Boston Rubber Shoe Company.

The centerpiece of the project is the mill’s landmark 100-year-old eight-story brick smokestack, that was preserved and incorporated into the apartments as a centerpiece of a new landscaped garden area. Due to the history of the site, and its location within the heart of Melrose, multiple permits were required. Now known as The Washingtons, 2 Washington Street was completed in 2015, and 37/47 Washington Street was completed in 2016. In total, The Washingtons boasts 182 units with a roof deck, a dog park, a fitness center, and an outdoor lounge area with grilling stations. Outside of the residential components of the overlay district, A&M completed Little Sprouts Daycare located at 40 Washington Street in 2015. As part of the multiple projects, A&M worked with the city of Melrose and its public works department to provide roadway improvements, utility upgrades, sanitary sewer and stormwater improvements of both Washington Street and Stone Place. A&M anticipates future projects will develop within this area in the coming year in response to the never-ending demand for housing close to Boston. Robert Clarke, PLA, ASLA, is principal at Allen & Major Associates.


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MassDev Helps Redevelop Housing

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Dimeo Underway at Forest Hills

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Boston – MassDevelopment has issued a $5.3 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of EAFD Brook Ave. Developer LLC, an affiliate of EA Fish Development, will use bond proceeds to buy and renovate a multifamily facility in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. Brook Avenue Cooperative consists of 36 three-bedroom units, all of which will be rented to households earning no more than 60% of area median income, and existing tenant-families will not be

displaced during transfer of ownership or rehabilitation. Renovations will include replacing the building’s plumbing and heating systems and repairing roofs, windows, and siding panels. MassDevelopment also assisted the Mass. Dept. of Housing and Community Development with the approval of federal low-income housing tax credits, which will provide approximately $2.4 million in equity for the project. Citizens Bank purchased the bond.

Jamaica Plain – Dimeo Construction Company is underway with The Residences at Forest Hills designed by ICON Architecture. The project consists of a mixed-use development with apartments and future retail/restaurant space. Criterion Development Partners (CDP) will transform the existing parking lot at the corner of Washington Street and the Arborway into a vibrant, pedestrianfriendly, transit-oriented, mixed-use development with market-rate, affordable workforce housing and access to the Orange Line. Two building complexes will include

250 residential units. Building 1 will consist of a single retail level and five levels of residential space above. Building 2 is composed of two towers and is connected at the basement level by a 120-vehicle parking garage. Its six levels of residential space will include a fitness center, yoga studio, clubhouse with teaching kitchen, gathering areas, theater room, bicycle storage/maintenance areas, and electric vehicle charging stations. An area of 5,500sf of street-front retail/restaurant space for local merchants will complement the neighborhood retail offerings abutting the project site along Washington Street.

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Legendary Connecticut Inn Transformed into Active Empty-Nester Homes about changing their fitness regimen.” The intent was to create the ultimate in comfort and convenience for those wanting to downsize without sacrificing the advantages of a larger home.

by Kelly McCoy For some, historic preservation is a passion. For this Greenwich, Connecticut couple it is also a business. “We don’t just restore historic buildings in a museum-like way,” explained Greenwich, Connecticut Developer Christopher Franco. “We adapt them so people are comfortable and want to live in them.” This is an understatement for Harbor House @ Greenwich Point, the unique renaissance of the seaside Harbor House Inn, which dates back to 1895. Franco and his wife, Rachel, both grew up in Greenwich and have a passion for preserving, restoring, and transforming the area’s historic properties. When the


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With local architect Krist Dodaro, they designed six three-bedroom homes inside the 14,000sf structure, each with threeand-a-half bathrooms and easy access to beautifully crafted shared spaces. A rooftop relaxation deck offers sweeping views of the ocean, while its styling is reminiscent of a widow’s walk recalling the architectural details of seaside homes when the original inn was built. A grand hallway and staircase meet residents as they enter, while the lower level offers a Wine Room, complete with a dining area for 12 guests adjacent to wine storage for each resident.

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Construction Well Underway at Woodmont Commons Londonderry, NH – Construction is well underway for the first two building projects in Phase 1 at Woodmont Commons in Londonderry. A new fourstory, 87-unit apartment building with 23,000sf of retail space on the first floor is being constructed by Performance Building Company. The architect of record is Shook Kelley, with Gavin and Sullivan Architects providing additional design services for various projects within Phase 1.

Woodmont Commons is a new mixed-use development designed to be an urban village-style, walkable community in the rural countryside on over 600 acres.

603 Brewery and Restaurant under construction

Also under construction is a new 17,000sf brewery and 200-seat restaurant with indoor/outdoor dining. 603 Brewery was designed by McHenry Architecture and is being built by Harvey Construction.

TFMoran provided civil and structural engineering services for both buildings. Woodmont Commons is a new mixeduse development designed to be an urban village-style, walkable community in the rural countryside on over 600 acres. This unique multiphased development is located off of I-93 Exit 4 and will include housing, retail stores, restaurants, office space, and amenities. TFMoran is working with Pillsbury Realty Development in providing civil and site engineering services, which included Michels Way, a new road connecting Garden Lane, and Pillsbury

Phase 1 at Woodmont Commons under construction

Road. The architect of record Shook Kelley of Charlotte, N.C., helped prepare the planned unit development (PUD) overall master plan.

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Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Anchor Woburn Landing Site Concord Hospitality selected Woburn for its first property in the Boston area, the dual-branded Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn. The hotels will anchor $55 million Woburn Landing, the new mixed-use development. The Hampton Inn side is six stories with 132 guest rooms, while the Homewood Suites side will include 103 fully equipped suites. The hotels will share some amenities, including an indoor pool, exercise room, and meeting space. “In New England, a lot of hotels utilize block-and-plank construction because of the fire proofing and the sound dampening characteristics,” says Martin Hickey, project manager with Callahan Construction. The project was very straightforward — “once we got out of the ground.” Strescon supplied precast concrete hollowcore plank, stairs, and landings for the hotel. Approximately 142,000sf (1,730 pieces) of plank was required. With the ability to span 30 feet, the 8-inch precast concrete hollowcore plank reduced the building’s floor-tofloor height while providing superior acoustic separation and fire resistance. Strescon worked with American Steel & Precast Erectors during construction. Installation began in

May 2018 and was completed by midAugust, ahead of schedule. The hotel is expected to open to the public in late 2019. According to Hickey, the site of the hotel has an infamous past. He explains, “The property was once home to chemical manufacturer W.R. Grace and was the basis for the movie A Civil Action.” Grace was part of a lawsuit filed in the 1980s by families who lived adjacent to the toxic waste dump. Moving past what once was the most expensive chemical cleanup in history, Woburn city officials believe the development will transform the site into a more positive legacy. The site is now home to a Red Robin restaurant, with two additional restaurants and the hotel to be completed in late 2019. Before construction could begin, the Superfund site had undergone more than two decades of cleanup and remediation. “The former Superfund site was thoroughly cleaned and capped, and the hotel design includes active monitoring as well as below grade venting system,” said Hickey. Convenient to public transportation and located just off I-93/I-95, the site had attracted attention over the years, but until now no project had moved

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April 2019

Best Practices for Residential Acoustics: Know Thy Site

by Kristen Murphy It’s a classic acoustician situation — when you’re at a party and people find out you design sound isolation solutions, they seem to magically drift over to the conversation to chime in: “At my place, some guy who lives upstairs lets his kids play until 10 p.m. I can’t get any sleep!” “The Green Line screeches to a halt right in front of my apartment.” No matter the issue, virtually every scenario follows with the question: “What would you do to help?” Unfortunately, the answer is complicated — there is only so much you can do to fix the acoustical qualities of a residence that has already been built, especially a space in a multi-unit building. That said, I will gladly share some tips that go into creating good residential acoustics. Since retrofitting solutions for sound isolation, mechanical system noise, and reverberation control tend to

be both limited and costly, it’s important to “know thy site.” When exploring a new place, you rely on using your eyes to get an immediate sense of the surroundings. But, it’s your ears that will be affected from the noises beyond the walls after you move in. Here are some key things to consider before you sign. Know your comfort level

What one person might consider a minor buzz or “the charm of urban living” would drive another crazy. Common noise sources: • Transportation noise. Nearby busy roads, public transit lines, and flight paths are necessary but can provide intermittent levels of noise that become more noticeable during quiet hours.

• Mixed use. Consider the location of the unit in conjunction to amenities offered in or near the facility. Are you above a noisy public area such as a nightclub, restaurant, or fitness studio? • Multifamily housing. Many of us have dealt with hearing neighbors through the walls or above or below you (or, perhaps, even been the noisy neighbor!). It can be hard to love your neighbors if they are on a completely opposite schedule from you. Besides the human factor, other noise sources

include entry doors, garbage chutes, elevators, garage doors, mechanical rooms, etc.

Boston has a noise ordinance that sets limits at a property line from permanent sources... Building codes set criteria for how much sound “bleed” can occur through shared walls and floors/ceilings in multifamily housing. There are some noise protections in place; check for local ordinances

Boston has a noise ordinance that sets limits at a property line from permanent sources; many other towns and cities throughout the country do as well. Building codes set criteria for how much sound “bleed” can occur through shared walls and floors/ceilings in multifamily housing. Remember that these protections do not guarantee that your neighbors will be inaudible, however. What to look for: • I’ve lived in a lot of apartments, so I’ve built a toolkit to help weigh the pros and cons of a potential new place. I dislike footfall noise, so I prefer units

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on the top floor. I also make sure to get a sense of the floor plan to know where the shared walls are. Many apartment designs group noisy areas like kitchens and bathrooms next to either other noisy spaces or a corridor wall to create a buffer for quieter spaces like bedrooms. • Openings, such as windows and doors, are common leaks. Check to see if a door has a visible gap underneath or if it is tight to the frame. Check to see if there are storm windows — not great for natural ventilation, but they could be a huge help if the place is next to a train stop! Clichéd, but, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Anticipating noise deal breakers ahead of time can save a lot of frustration. Depending on the problem, some issues may need significant construction dollars to fix. So, the answer to getting better acoustics in a residential building is this: It takes time and research. Choosing the right home has a lot to do with being honest about your needs and planning ahead. So, keep these best practices in mind the next time you are out looking for a new place to call home. Kristen Murphy is senior consultant at Acentech.

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April 2019

The Boston Planning & Development Agency Advances Residential Developments Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors has approved development projects in neighborhoods across the city of Boston which will result in hundreds of market-rate and income-restricted residential units, economic development, and jobs. Overall, the new projects will create 717 residential units and include the following:

43,210sf. The building will contain 36 rental units including five incomerestricted units, and a 4,095sf commercial retail space. It also will contribute $20,000 to support improvements to the West Broadway/East Broadway/Dorchester St. intersection, $40,000 to support transportation infrastructure and parks, and $20,000 to fund improvements at South Boston’s Buckley Playground.

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11 Dana Avenue project, located at the southern section of Cleary Square between Hyde Park Ave. and Folsom St., will construct a four-story, mixed-use building totaling approximately 28,644sf. The building will contain 24 rental units and approx. 300sf of commercial space.

The Aileron, located on approx. 26,250sf of vacant land, on 131-151 Condor St. in the Eagle Hill section of East Boston, will construct an approx. 49,750sf mixed-use, mixed-income development that includes two buildings with a total of 40 residential units, artist studios, a work bar/gallery, community studio space, and a workshop. 197-201 Green Street project will construct a new four-story residential building totaling approximately 20,480sf with 23 residential rental units and approximately 720sf of ground floor retail space.

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The Avalon Brighton

Avalon Brighton project will bring 228 rental and homeownership units, including 34 income-restricted and pedestrian improvements to Washington Street in Brighton. Frankfort + Grove Street housing project to renovate the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church will collectively comprise approximately 49,125sf in East Boston. The site is currently occupied by a vacant convent building, vacant lot, the closed church, and an attached rectory building. The project will create a total of 112


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structure with 14 homeownership units. Parkway Apartments to bring 254 residential units, including 33 incomerestricted, on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury. The project will include two detached, four-story buildings at 1545 VFW Parkway in West Roxbury, 387 garage parking spaces in a five-level internal parking garage, along with an outdoor pool and ample open space. The restoration of the Alexandra Hotel moves forward on the corner of Mass. Avenue and Washington St. It

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Focus: Senior/Assisted Living Trending the Senior Living Market

by Tom Quinlan Senior living. There’s not a more coveted market to be in, even though it’s still relatively new. The first assisted living facilities popped up in the late ’80s in the Pacific Northwest. Basically, it’s been nonstop construction across the country ever since in anticipation of the Baby Boomers coming of age. We were fortunate in 2000 to work with one company that has become a top 10 provider in terms of number of units in the country. The question we asked then was, “We have all these facilities that are now 10+ years old; what should renovations look like?” Great question. Initially, renovations meant freshening up hallways, dining rooms, and common space. The renovation price for larger buildings generally ran $750,000 to $1

million. Then came a shift to the “First Impression” concept. More money was allocated to exteriors — e.g., elaborate landscapes and hardscapes — and specialty rooms such as cafés, lounges, and cyberlounges. Subsequently, renovation budgets grew from that $750,000 to $1 million to $1.3 million to $1.5 million. The thought was more amenities and nicer exterior space would help in census and rate increases. The First Impression trend led to something a little more meaningful — memory care units. The first time I discussed it with a client, we literally drew a plan on the back of a napkin on how to convert traditional assisted living rooms into a memory care unit for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. With a growing number of Alzheimer’s and dementia cases, we started seeing cosmetic renovations, exterior space creation/upgrade, and memory care conversions bundled together, with project costs creeping toward $5 million. The creation of memory care units took off like wildfire, and suddenly our company had work in 13 states, working for seven of the top 10 providers of senior living nationwide. Ironically, while all these various

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trends were appreciated by residents, industry studies revealed the single most important upgrade to raise census and potentially increase rents was — not surprisingly — the residential units themselves. The challenge for GCs then became how to cost-effectively renovate rooms in a timely matter. To that end, we came up with a great idea. We went to a national supplier of millwork and said we need 120 kitchens and bath vanities — but not all at once. We asked if they would stock the kitchens and baths in the different styles and, as we needed them, we would draw down on the stored millwork. They not only agreed to this arrangement but did not bill for the cabinets until we took delivery. This enabled us to make an offer to owners that we could completely renovate five rooms in 10 days — new kitchens, baths, granite, lights, millwork, crown molding, premium floorings, and three-color paint scheme. This program has been used by many of our clients in many states. Today, we typically do renovations between $5 million and $15 million. These can include features like walls with internal waterfalls, custom wine racks in the wine cellars, gas fire places,

common space reconfigurations, health clubs, beauty salons, pubs, putting greens, penthouse units with showers built for two, along with finish and lighting packages typically found in high-end custom homes. With many of these buildings aging, we see a lot of MEP upgrades, elevator upgrades, and envelope renovations as well. The future? It will include many of the things we’ve done recently, like repurposing an old mill into a high-end senior living facility and urban-based facilities (we’ve done a few of them in New York and Pennsylvania). You’ll see facilities continue to add rooms and amenities. I hear there are plans to look at tying in senior living to college campuses. Yes, a lot has changed in the design and renovation scope of these facilities, but one thing remains — these are occupied spaces where the activities of daily living must be maintained. Our ability to successfully serve these occupied renovations has resulted in us working in more than 200 facilities in 13 states. And that trend we look forward to continuing. Tom Quinlan is the president of South Coast Improvement Company, of Marion, Mass.

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April 2019


All American Assisted Living Facility Well Underway

Kingston, NH – Construction is underway at the new All American Assisted Living Facility in Kingston. Kaplan Development Group is developing the $13.3 million project, that broke ground in the fall of 2018. The facility is primarily being constructed with prefabricated structural components, designed and manufactured by Atlantic Prefab, Inc. (API) of Wilton. “Fortunately, the client for this project understood that the small premium paid

... the small premium paid for prefabrication can be turned into profits due to the increased safety, quality, and overall project efficiencies... for prefabrication can be turned into profits due to the increased safety, quality, and overall project efficiencies,” said Mark Beroney, general manager/senior designer at API. API is playing a crucial role in meeting the project’s fast-moving construction

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schedule. The supplied components were installed by the project’s framing and drywall contractor Metro Walls of Manchester. Metro Walls was led by the project’s general contractor, The Douglas Companies of Holland, Ohio. “We are excited to be building this great senior living development that features senior assisted living and memory care. Having built multiple All American communities, we understand how the client’s vision embodies a true senior living campus,” said Landon Kessler, project manager of The Douglas Company. The 58-unit assisted living and memory care community was designed by EGA Architects and boasts spacious studios and two-bedroom companion suites for residents, as well as, a stateof-the-art memory care wing specifically dedicated to caring and providing a secure home-like environment for residents with Alzheimer’s and memory disorders. Community amenities will include a double-sided fireplace, salon, beauty parlor, bistro, media room, interior courtyard, gazebo, and dog park. All American of Kingston is expected to be complete in summer 2019.

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Historic Building Renovated for Senior Living by David Griffin A 191-year-old, 20,000sf building in Newton, Mass., will soon serve as a home to senior and guest residents. The historic five-story structure, known as Farwell Hall, is now part of a 55,000sf senior living community that was upgraded for Benchmark, a provider of senior living in the Northeast, by Erland Construction and Bechtel Frank Erickson Architects. In addition to the renovation, the team constructed a 35,000sf addition to support both resident and guest members as they age, focusing on a new approach to memory care. This renovation and new construction will provide the space for innovative programs and practices to those interested in preventing or managing memory loss. Residing on approximately 23 partly wooded acres in Newton Centre, the location of this new community was originally the site of an 18th-century country estate. It was once the site of the Andover Newton Theological School and has sweeping views of Boston and the Blue Hills. The community is a short walk from Newton Centre village with many shops, restaurants, and an MBTA station with trains to downtown Boston and Cambridge. With trees lining the site, it is a rare open space in a

Rendering of street view / by Bechtel Frank Erickson

densely developed Boston suburb. Farwell Hall was constructed in 1828. It is a substantial wood-framed structure with brick exterior and a mansard roof. Over the years, there have been several renovations/additions to the centuries-old building, including added steel supports and stairs, an addition to the fifth floor, and MEP upgrades. To meet today’s industry standards, modifications to the existing building include lowering the ground floor slab

on grade by 3 feet, adding two new sets of stairs and an elevator, upgrading structural supports and seismic systems, installing new utilities and windows, and completely renovating the interior.

Exterior progress of Farwell Hall

The renovation of this nearly twocentury-old building was not an easy one. A structural evaluation revealed several challenges, including notched floor joists throughout the building; nonexisting ceiling joists; extensive rot and termite damage; exterior masonry cracks; repointing issues; and incorrect existing timber beam dimensions/short floor joists. After weeks of evaluation and deliberation, the project team decided that the existing wood-framed structure would need to be partially gutted. This meant the centuries-old exterior brick façade would need to be temporarily supported while the masonry stair and elevator shafts were installed and its new steel skeleton was in-filled. Erland teamed with Safeway and Shawnlee for the shoring and SMS Services for the demo within Farwell Hall. The shoring process had to be done from the ground up, floor by floor. Safeway provided the shoring within the basement, and Shawnlee contributed the shoring for each additional floor. Once that was completed, SMS services came in and demolished each floor in sections to accommodate the installation of lateral


bracing and construction of the stair and elevator shafts. In addition to determining the best plan of action for demolition and reconstruction, the project team also had to decide just how they would erect the building’s steel skeleton. It was decided that after each floor was completely shored, Erland and Shawnlee would use the 24-foot x 85-foot opening in the roof to use as the entryway for steel delivery. After this was done, Jay Steel installed the steel clips and anchors needed inside the building to prepare the space for steel erection. In a matter of days, Jay Steel arrived back onsite to erect Farwell’s steel frame. Piece by piece, through the roof of the 191-year-old building, the interior successfully came together. The centuries-old exterior was able to withstand the complete gut renovation and steel in-fill.

Shoring and steel in-fill progress / photos by Erland Construction

Today, the historic building stands with a brand-new skeleton — soon to be home to many memory care residents. David Griffin is project executive at Erland Construction.

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April 2019


A Bigger Small House for Memory Care

by Myles Brown Research is critical to good architectural design, not only when it comes to materials and processes, but to understanding deeply just how our work affects clients and users. Perhaps nowhere is this more important than in designing facilities for seniors, particularly those suffering from dementia or memory issues. New practices and theories are constantly being updated. Not only do we try to keep up with the latest medical research, we learn important lessons from staff and patients who are living and working in our designs day in and day out. When asked to design a new memory care project for Avery Heights in Hartford Conn., the program was to take10,000sf nonindependent living space, fit as many resident rooms in as possible, and make sure to leave ample space for activities, dining, a small kitchen, and living room in a “small house” model. A small house traditionally accommodates 10 to 15 rooms. Based on our research and expe-

rience, we felt we could stretch this to 20 resident rooms, as well provide a sample common space. Clearly there was a need. The rooms were full within the year. To assure the small house didn’t become too big, we made deliberate design decisions to keep the scale residential, such as the inclusion of spaces both for socialization and private reflection. We broke the open great room into five zones (communal dining, intimate dining, country kitchen,

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fireplace, and TV/book nook), while also maintaining a flexible, light, and open feel for larger group activities. We included a separate but visually connected room for quiet reflection and down time to include aromatherapy and soothing music and outfitted with cozy furniture. We also integrated a discreet entry sequence for

visitors to prevent patient distraction, and a two-zone outdoor garden space visible to staff from the common space for both social and reflective activity. We felt confident these were good decisions, but there is nothing like a postoccupancy review to understand how the space would work and feel filled with 20 residents with different levels of dementia and needs. Bill Englehart, director of independent living, invited us back to speak with Holly Taylor-Fry, director of the memory unit, and Kerrie Palumbo, R.N., as well as observe residents using the spaces. The Avery staff should be congratulated on the way they engage residents in both indoor and outdoor activities, thus maximizing their patients’ well-being and the facility’s potential. To our delight, feedback revealed the memory care unit was sized just right. Spaces got high marks for light, views to the outdoors, outdoor space, interior finishes, and a flexible dining area with its mix of table sizes, perfect for eating and activities. We concluded there is a lot to say about open, flexible spaces rather than having small rooms dedicated to specific activities or tasks. But sometimes, the devil is in the details. For example, we chose a bright white fence with open lattice at the top to surround the memory garden. We were surprised to learn that residents sometimes

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confuse this with snow. A natural wood fence, blending with the landscape, is a better choice. We also need to right-size the medicine cabinets in patient living areas. We had installed a cabinet with two doors: one side accessible to patients who need access to toothbrushes, etc., the other side locking for medicine. Families often buy over-sized bottles of vitamins and other things from big-box stores, and these simply don’t fit, causing frustration. While this issue may seem small, it is important to patients, families, and staff. Designing for specialized facilities like these isn’t just about room size, light, and finishes. It’s about people. That is always our higher calling. Myles Brown, AIA, LEED AP, is principal-in-charge of the senior living studio at Ammenta Emma Architects.

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April 2019

Creating Viable Options for Senior Communities

by Anne Crooker In the recent past, relatively few viable residential options for seniors existed within central cities or densely developed urban areas, but that is slowly changing. Allen & Major Associates, Inc. (A&M) has been active in the creation of several of these communities throughout Mass. and N.H. and has been given a unique opportunity to impact this need by creatively finding a means to site and construct this type of project. Means have included rezoning considerations, reuse and repurposing of vacant lots, and garnering neighborhood support through inclusion. Opened in July of 2016, Brightview Canton was Brightview Senior Living’s seventh community in Massachusetts. Situated on a former sand and gravel operation and manufactured soil processing plant, the completed project contains 160 units, 95 independent living apartment homes, 40 assisted living apartment homes, and a 25-apartment

neighborhood dedicated to memory and Alzheimer’s care. The project came to fruition due to the vision of the town of Canton, and its residents, who approved a proposed zoning change in 2013 to create a senior housing overlay district (SHOD). The project required a thoughtful approach to engineering and a forward-thinking development team to turn a mostly barren and impervious site into an environmentally responsible and modern development. Benchmark, a provider of senior living services in the Northeast, opened Benchmark Senior Living at Woburn in September of 2016. At the time, it was the company’s 52nd community. A&M provided multidisciplined services to transform a former vacant house lot into an 87-unit assisted living and memory care facility which features a private garden and bocce court. The process also included rezoning the parcel, which was achieved by presenting a comprehensive design to the city council and by actively engaging the public with frequent neighborhood meetings. Additional challenges were how to incorporate the Benchmark Senior Living’s prototype building into the site and blend it seamlessly with the surrounding environment. The success of the design is seen in the final product, not viewed as an engineered solution, but an

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extension of the surrounding environment. The Residences at Silver Square located in Dover, N.H., opened in 2018. Part of the LCB Senior Living portfolio, the independent, assisted, and memory care facility occupies a portion of a 19.5± acre lot which was previously used as a college campus. The threestory, 72,360gsf building is the central feature of this mixed-use development, which includes a coffee shop and a boutique hotel. Additional pads sites for a proposed bank and medical office building are being considered to create a symbiotic community of services. The entire property is located along the Spaulding Turnpike and fronts on Silver Street in a business district, which abuts two residential districts.

A&M provides multidisciplined services for this project and included extensive permitting as well as coordinated a neighborhood meeting to present the upcoming project, review the development schedule, and discuss impacts to the neighborhood such as traffic, noise, and parking. The meeting was well received and mitigated any misinformation. While the U.S. is estimating that by the year 2040 it will need about 1.8 million more senior housing units to accommodate the growing number of senior citizens, A&M continues to be on the frontline of creating viable and creative options to site opportunities and constraints. Anne Crooker is marketing director of Allen & Major.

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energy efficient and easy to maintain.” Hoyt’s team is the fulcrum between the custom manufacturing team at Marvin Windows in Warroad, Minnesota, and the local Marvin dealer who was onsite to ensure the project was delivered as promised. Kelly McCoy is owner at The McCoy Group in Ogunquit, Maine.

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April 2019


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Boston – Senior citizens living at the 200-unit Covenant House I and II housing community in Brighton have had affordable rents extended through 2052 and will see significant property improvements as a result of $44.8 million in MassHousing affordable housing financing to the nonprofit developer B’nai B’rith Housing. As part of the refinancing, a number of property improvements will be made, including accessibility upgrades, the replacement of bathtubs with walk-in showers, common area improvements,

and computer lab and fitness upgrades. B’nai B’rith Housing refinanced the Covenant House property through MassHousing’s Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP)/Ginnie Mae Joint Venture Initiative with partner lender Rockport Mortgage Corporation. As a condition of the MassHousing financing, B’nai B’rith Housing extended two federal Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment Contracts on 199 apartments at Covenant House I and II for 20 years beyond the current contract maturity of 2032, extending affordability through 2052.

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Walpole, MA – JSA Inc., an architecture, planning, and interior design firm, worked with Benchmark Senior Living recently to renovate the interiors of New Pond Village, a 30-year-old senior living community. JSA began working on this property with the previous owner in 2012 to reposition New Pond Village with an overall interior master plan, looking at all of the common areas and how they could better align themselves for the

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Corporate Delphi Moves into New HQ

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Waltham, MA – Multimarket construction management firm Delphi Construction, Inc. of Waltham and Cape Cod has officially taken occupancy of its newly completed corporate headquarters on Bear Hill Road in Waltham. The 27,000sf building overlooking Route 95 was purchased last year in order to bring Delphi’s northern operations along with those of sister company, Properties, Inc., together under one roof.

An expansion and renovation of the company’s Cape Cod offices in Mashpee was completed over the summer. Delphi executive chairman and CEO, Jake Simmons, commented, “I think I speak for the entire team when I say that, thanks to the outstanding design work of Davis Square Architects, this new facility is both visually impressive and highly functional.” With a postmodern industrial design,

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the space features exposed metal ceilings and black steel beams complemented by polished concrete floors. Most of the 18 management offices, located around the windowed perimeter of the building, feature floor-to-ceiling-height glass walls. This design consideration allows a tremendous amount of natural light to infiltrate the building and offers virtually unobstructed window views, even to those workstations towards the interior of the space. The most recent renovations comprise nearly 7,000sf and includes offices, cubicle banks, workrooms, and three conference rooms: Inman, Weston, and Overland. Each is named in honor of past street addresses where Delphi has held offices over its 25-plus-year history in business. Delphi plans future expansions and renovations within the building to correspond with growth. While the conference room names may give a nod to Delphi’s history, the technology within them is nothing short of futuristic. Delphi’s Ken Brooks, who oversaw the dramatic IT infrastructure

CHA Consulting Acquires Daedalus Boston – CHA Consulting, Inc., of Albany, N.Y., announced that it has acquired Daedalus Projects, Inc., a project and construction management firm based in downtown Boston. “The Daedalus team is very excited about the future with CHA,” said Daedalus’ president, Richard Marks. “The partnership with CHA will provide our team with tremendous opportunities to provide our services to a greater breadth of clients. Our common commitment to excellence, quality, and client satisfaction make CHA the perfect partner for Daedalus.” “This partnership is extremely positive for both companies,” said Michael Carroll, CHA’s presidentand CEO. “Our values and vision are well aligned, and I am confident that the addition of

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improvements made as part of the project, called attention to the state-of-the-art technology in the Inman conference room as being particularly noteworthy. “It may be tempting to call these systems ‘A/V,’ but that wouldn’t come close to doing the technology justice. The installed systems include a precisely tuned array of microphones and speakers in the ceiling along with an integrated, self-panning, self-zooming camera that dynamically responds and zeroes in on the current active speaker in any meeting,” said Brooks.

Daedalus to the CHA team will further enhance our ability to serve our clients more fully with a broader set of services and capabilities.” CHA and Daedalus will work closely together to ensure a seamless transition for Daedalus’ clients. The two firms will also work to maximize the expertise, best practices, and experience of both firms. Daedalus joins the CHA family of companies, which includes CHA Consulting, CHA Tech Services, CHA Canada, Novara GeoSolutions, American Fire, and PDT Architects. Matheson Financial Advisors, Inc. served as Daedalus’ advisor during this transaction.

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Boston – MassDevelopment has issued a $2.8 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of The duMONT Company and Hassay Savage Company, western Massachusettsbased manufacturers of precision broaching tools, and HYE Partners, LLC, a real estate entity affiliated with the two companies. HYE Partners will use bond proceeds to buy 2.87 acres of vacant land in Deerfield, located at the site of the former

Oxford Pickle plant, and construct an approximately 24,400sf manufacturing facility. The duMONT Company and Hassay Savage Company, which recently merged into one company, will move into the facility and use bond proceeds to buy and install new manufacturing equipment. Shelburne Securities Corporation, a subsidiary of Greenfield Savings Bank, purchased the bond.

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Restoration & Renovation Boston Financial Management Moves into New Headquarters

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Boston – Dyer Brown, an architecture and interiors firm, recently completed the design of a new 13,000sf workplace for Boston Financial Management (BFM), a group that handles large investment portfolios for families and organizations. Moving to a new office for the first time in over 15 years, the company tasked the Dyer Brown team with creating a more modern, efficient workplace, but with elements that evoke a sense of tradition, reliability, and trust.

Led by director of workplace Ashley Dunn, AIA, the team engaged with BFM’s leadership and staff to determine an optimized transitional approach. They opted to retain private offices and warm wood finishes, paired with more contemporary design and programming at areas less visible to visiting clients. A folding glass wall at the boardroom opens to create a large meeting and event space in the heart of the office. The adjacent waiting area combines modern

finishes with the warmth of wood, and features a large-scale ship in a bottle display, reflecting the investment group’s logo and reinforcing the sense of tradition. Dyer Brown’s efficient design scheme reused and repurposed many existing walls and other elements in the space. The staff pantry area is the most modern part of the new workplace, featuring lighter wood-look flooring, a writable wall, an open ceiling punctuated by unique pendant fixtures, and views of the water.

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Trends and Hot Topics project unfolds, make an effort to untether yourself from focusing or doing too much at the same time and more on the relationship and task in front of you or the café buzz around you. We miss moments that could enrich our lives. A picturesque sunset, an architectural work of art, or a colleague’s snort while you share a cackle. You may be an idea away from making a difference in someone’s life or transforming yours. “Yes,” it’s now time to say goodbye “and” finish my mocha cappuccino because we made it to the end. My java lava level is now palatable. Drink in your moments.

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with heightened levels of attention. We can now process more data in less time. We try to juggle multiple sources of information and activities at the same time. Multitasking is a function of toggling our attention between competing activities and information. We even toggle back and forth from past to future. We can get stuck on a comment made three nights ago. She says, “This relationship is not a competition but I’m winning.” What does that mean? Ok, OK, back to the now and surrender completely to the smell of this mocha

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Life Sciences WCSP Teams with Sea-Dar for Lab Bldg. Cambridge, MA – Science park owner West Cambridge Science Park LLC (WCSP) teamed up recently with Sea-Dar Construction in the creation of a new 14,000sf ground-up lab building in the Fresh Pond area of Cambridge. Construction Management firm SeaDar worked with owner’s representative Jonathan Lavash, architect Margolis + Fishman, and AHA Consulting Engineers on behalf of WCSP. The newly constructed lab building was built for Avastus Preclinical Services, a firm that supports the biotech/pharma industry with high-quality research services and facilities. The construction began with the installation of 112 70-ft.-deep pressure injected piles (PIFS) that were needed to support the new single-story masonry and steel structure. A majority of the building contains a variety of lab spaces designed to enable different types of clinical research. These areas all contain labgrade casework and tops and 11,000sf of seamless flooring. The remainder of the building houses office space, conference, and dining areas. A sophisticated mechanical room was

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constructed to house the complex systems installed to maintain humidity control and water systems for the building. Three high-efficiency packaged make-up air units working in unison provide conditioned air for laboratories and 100% outside air for lab pressurization and exhaust. The system, as designed and installed, ensures complete redundancy and continuous operation. The humidification for the labs is provided by a Cleaver Brooks high-quality

steam, high-fuel efficiency tubeless gasfired boiler. The humidification system was engineered with all components required for a complete system including water softener and chemical treatment. The energy management control system ensures tight control of room

temperature, humidity levels, room pressures, and alarming. The building was completed and occupied in late 2018. West Cambridge Science Park is looking to continue its partnership with Sea-Dar Construction to develop additional lab space in the park.

Construction Underway on Eisai Lab

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Boston – TRIA, a partner-led architecture firm with a focus on designing unique spaces for science, technology, and corporate clients, announced that it has been selected by Eisai Inc., the U.S. pharmaceutical subsidiary of Tokyobased Eisai Co., Ltd., to design its Center for Genetics Guided Dementia Discovery (G2D2), a new exploratory drug research facility focused on human genetics-based immunodementia therapeutics. Located in the newly constructed Alewife Research Center at 35 CambridgePark Drive in the biopharmaceutical hub of Cambridge, the new 50,000sf lab and office facility is expected to be complete in mid-2019. The Eisai project team includes: architect, TRIA; general contractor, John Moriarty & Associates; MEP/FP engineers, AHA Consulting Engineers; OPM, Black Diamond Real Estate Advisors; landlord, The Davis Companies; office furniture, Office Resources and


Knoll; and lighting, Reflex Lighting. The new facility designed by TRIA will feature an open office plan and adjacent open laboratory for Eisai’s neuroscience R&D team of over 100 employees, which is set around a central collaboration meeting space dubbed “The Brain.” The site’s open labs are designed to allow multi-disciplinary scientists (including wet-lab chemistry, biology and automation) to work together in a single, accessible, and shared lab space. Collaboration zones are intermingled to create neighborhoods throughout the office, which offers bench seating, sit-to-stand desks, and personal lockers. Several huddle and conference rooms are scattered throughout the workspace, including two conference rooms with a movable wall that opens for larger gatherings. All meeting areas and tables are technology-enabled to offer flexibility and promote the impromptu sharing of ideas.

April 2019


Interview The Value of Mentorship: A Q&A with PROCON’s Brian Knox

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The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) is a free after-school program for high school students interested in careers in the architecture, engineering, building, design, and construction industries.

program project related to the fields of architecture, construction, and engineering. The program encourages industry firms to volunteer (provide mentors) and share professional knowledge to help high school students be introduced to a wide range of construction industries. In 2002, ACE Mentor Program of America was formed as a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization, and the ACE Mentor Program of New Hampshire (ACE NH) is the 38th to become an affiliate. The New Hampshire pilot program launched

ACE NH mentors and Oyster River High School pilot program students group photo taken on March 6

ACE fields as they relate to the Moharimet Elementary School renovation project. At the end of this pilot program, there will be student presentations and a scholarship awarded to one deserving senior enrolled in the program.

HP: How did you become involved?

High-Profile: How did the organization start? Brian Knox: ACE was founded in 1995 with the ACE Mentor Program of NYC, and today is active in over 200 cities and towns in the U.S. We are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year. In the program, students engage with industry professionals (mentors) once a week throughout the school calendar year developing a

While Oyster River is the first school in New Hampshire to be involved, it is not the only school interested. There are currently six additional schools in the Granite State awaiting approval for similar partnerships on projects with ACE NH.

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on March 6, 2019 at Oyster River High School in Durham, N.H. The Oyster River High School students have embarked on a two-month project where they will learn hands-on, real-life skills associated with

Civil & Structural Engineer Mentor Steve Haight of Haight Engineering/Civilworks NE overviews the site existing conditions plan in preparing for early design considerations.

BK: I met with a family friend at a function in 2017, and we were discussing the construction industry’sworkforce shortages. This young adult mentioned her involvement in the ACE Mentor Program of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. It was such an interesting concept to engage a younger workforce, I followed up by contacting the continued to page 34

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Education Wayne J. Griffin Electric Hosts Career Open House

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Holliston, MA – Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. recently held career information sessions as part of an open house at its headquarters in Holliston for those interested in learning more about a possible career in the electrical trade. Nearly 50 participants attended the event, that included local high school

students, parents, veteran representatives, and other individuals interested in a career change. Griffin’s outreach efforts were designed to introduce groups unfamiliar with the trades to the potential benefits of a career as an electrician or telecom technician. Attendees of the event listened to

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presentations about the company and its free in-house apprenticeship training program, toured the company’s facilities, and had an opportunity to observe current apprentices and instructors engaged in training. Throughout the school year, classroom and hands-on instruction take place in the 27,500sf of dedicated training space that is part of the headquarters, and onsite at each of the company’s regional offices For more than 25 years, Griffin Electric’s apprenticeship training program has prepared hundreds of students for their electrical journeyperson licensing exam, allowing them to pursue successful careers in the electrical trade. The program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and designated as an approved training site by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition to classroom instruction, Griffin’s apprentices benefit from onthe-job learning, where they earn a competitive wage while gaining practical field experience under the supervision of a licensed journeyperson. The company’s partnership with Wentworth Institute of Technology also

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to our customers. The training assures the city of Worcester and communities throughout central Massachusetts, as well as building owners, managers, and developers in the region, that when hiring Local 96 electricians they are assured that our highly trained and proficient workers perform to the highest level of professionalism and productivity on projects of all complexities.”

provides graduates of the program who have achieved their electrical license with a great opportunity to earn nearly half the credits towards an Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Technology degree. Griffin Electric covers up to 70% of tuition costs to ease the financial burden for those who are accepted into the Wentworth program.

Columbia U Contracts EBI for Building New York City – Columbia University contracted EBI Consulting for commissioning of its new University Forum Building located in Manhattan. This new multipurpose venue consists of an auditorium, meeting rooms, catered and grab-and-go food service, and over 30 faculty and support offices.

Worcester, MA – IBEW Local 96 members received certification in Code of Excellence Training at the Local 96 Union Hall in Worcester in January. Thomas Maloney, business manager of IBEW Local 96, commented on the program: “The Code of Excellence is as an agreement between our workers and our contractors that all union electricians and technicians give 100% effort to deliver on our promise of safety and productivity

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The structure will foster community activity and growth as the gateway to Columbia University’s new Manhattanville Campus. This project was designed in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council to achieve LEED Gold status. EBI also provided the most efficient infrastructure to reduce overall energy

impacts by integrating passive efficiency measures on the building envelope with passive and active measures such as natural ventilation, heat recovery, under-floor air displacement, efficient mechanical systems, efficient lighting, etc., per Columbia University’s request. A multiphased commissioning scope ensures that all building systems perform interactively according to the design intent and the owner’s operational needs. This is achieved by beginning in the design phase, documenting the design intent, and continuing through construction, acceptance, and the warranty period with actual verification of performance. By the end of the acceptance phase, over 147 issues were documented and resolved. Systems commissioned: • Building automation systems (BAS). • Chilled water. • Heating hot water. • Domestic hot and cold water. • Building ventilation. • Air terminal units. • Radiant floor systems. • Low and high voltage power. • Lighting controls. • Fire alarm system and devices. • Loss of power response.

April 2019


Healthcare Five Things to Know about Nantucket Cottage Hospital

by Brian McKenna Nantucket Cottage Hospital recently opened the doors to its new 106,000sf facility on Nantucket Island. “Our new hospital is the incredible result of a small island community coming together to do something big,” said Margot Hartmann, MD, Ph.D., president and CEO, Nantucket Cottage Hospital. “This dynamic new facility will give our patients the best of both worlds, allowing us to leverage the expertise and resources of our trusted affiliate Massachusetts General Hospital, paired with the comfort, tradition, and familiarity of Nantucket’s beloved community hospital.” The first new medical facility on the island in more than 60 years, the hospital will significantly enhance access to a broad range of medical services. Here

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are five things to know about this unique replacement hospital: • Located 30 miles at sea, the hospital was designed to set a new standard for resiliency in community hospitals. Taking lessons learned from hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the hospital is designed to withstand floods, category 5 hurricane winds, and even disruptions to the shared energy grid. Generators are located on the roof, engineering and technology systems have built-in redundancy, walls are double-hulled, many low-level surfaces are cast from concrete, and windows are blast-resistant and designed to resist strong winds and debris. • As the only local healthcare option for 11,000 permanent residents — in

addition to 60,000 seasonal residents — the hospital expands the number of available on-island services in a facility that can accommodate a fluctuating island population. It’s 30% larger than the previous facility, and a robust telemedicine network connects the facility to world-class experts at Massachusetts General Hospital and the greater Partners Healthcare network. • The building features 14 inpatient beds, as well as 12 emergency examination rooms, five infusion bays, two trauma rooms, and 29 clinical exam rooms for primary care physicians and specialists. In contrast to the current hospital’s one operating room, the new facility boasts two operating rooms and an endoscopy

room, allowing for more dependable scheduling of procedures and more capacity for unplanned events. • The new hospital embraces the culture and natural beauty of the island with an overall aesthetic that honors Nantucket’s architectural vernacular and strong history of craftsmanship; the roof is pitched in proportion to the surroundings, and the entire facility is covered in unpainted shingles. Inside, evidence-based design strategies abound, creating a contemporary environment that supports privacy and efficiency while harnessing the restorative attributes of nature and art. Once the existing facility is demolished, the new hospital’s operable windows will overlook verdant gardens and hedges, making the hospital look and feel uniquely Nantucket. • Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, the hospital includes energy-efficient building systems optimized for performance, as well as sustainably harvested materials and accommodations for a future solar array. The building also obtained all three available LEED pilot credits for resilient design (assessment, design, and passive survivability). Brian McKenna, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is the Boston Health Region Leader for CannonDesign.

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OSHA’s New Standard for Confined Spaces in Construction

by Jason Rogers The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published standards governing Confined Spaces in Construction (29 C.F.R. 1926, Subpart AA) (“Confined Spaces Standards”), to provide added protections to employees performing work in confined spaces. Specifically, spaces (a) large enough for a worker to enter with (b) limited or restricted means of entry or exit and (c) not designed for continuous occupancy (e.g., sewers, manholes, HVAC ducts, boilers, crawl spaces, tanks, and pits). The Confined Spaces Standards went into effect on August 3, 2015. The New Confined Spaces Standards apply to the following parties: • The “host employer,” such as the owner or property manager of the site. • The “controlling contractor,” that is, the party having primary control over the project. • The “entry employer,” whose employees will access the confined space. These parties are subject to a comprehensive set of requirements designed to protect employees from exposure to hazards associated with work in confined spaces. The requests include the following: • Site evaluation by a competent person to identify confined spaces.

• Continuous employer monitoring of confined space atmospheres, including lookouts or equipment to monitor, for example, engulfment hazards like flash flooding in storm sewers. • Training workers on location and hazards of permit-required confined spaces. • Maintaining a written confined space program if workers will enter permitrequired confined spaces. • Ensuring that unauthorized workers do not enter permit-required confined spaces. Additionally, if there are multiple trades working in the same confined spaces, employees must coordinate activities to avoid introducing hazards into confined spaces from outside work areas.

The heaviest burden of onsite administrative falls on the controlling contractor, who must act as the primary point of contact for information about the permitted confined spaces at the worksite and ensure that all required information is communicated to the entry employer. The controlling contractor also is charged with implementing the above requirement, including taking steps to prevent the introduction of “outside” hazards to confined spaces. For example, if the host

employer’s employees will be running a generator near the entrance of a confined space, the controlling contractor must inform the entry employer if the generator exhaust could result in increased levels of carbon monoxide. Permit-required confined space

A confined space that contains certain hazardous conditions may be considered a permit-required confined space under the standard. Permit-required confined spaces can be immediately dangerous to workers’ lives if not properly identified, evaluated, tested, and controlled. A permit-required confined space means a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics: • Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere. • Contains a material that has the potential for engulfing an entrant. • Has an internal configuration such that an entrant could be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by a floor which slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross-section. • Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazard. Residential construction

Prior to starting work on a residential project, an employer must ensure that a competent person identifies confined spaces where one or more of its employees may work and identifies each space that is a permit-required confined space. Employers do not have to physically examine each attic, basement, crawl space, provided that they reliably determine whether spaces with the same or similar layouts contain a hazard that would require a permit.

Some spaces in a residential home may be considered confined spaces or permit-required confined spaces. An attic, for example, will not be considered a confined space because there is not limited or restricted means for entry and exit. According to a publication by OSHA and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), attics determined to be confined spaces would generally not be permit-required confined spaces because they typically do not contain the types of hazards or potential hazards that make a confined space a permit-required confined space (those that could impair an entrant’s ability to exit the space without assistance). Basements in a residential home that are designed for continuous occupancy by a homeowner are not considered confined spaces under the standards. Nor are crawl spaces. The requirements imposed by the Confined Spaces Standards are comprehensive and detailed, and this article is intended to provide a general summary only. Contractors and subcontractors should take appropriate steps to familiarize themselves with OSHA’s Confined Spaces Standards and should consult legal counsel if necessary to ensure compliance. Employers must ensure that properly trained rescue and emergency services are available before entry into permit-required confined spaces. For a full discussion of an entry employer’s obligations to provide rescue, see OSHA’s Fact Sheet entitled: “Is 911 your Confined Space Rescue Plan?” Jason Rogers is an attorney at Kenney & Sams, P.C.

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ACE National & Regional Directors. We set up a conference call to overview ACE, and shortly thereafter, both ACE directors attended a meeting in New Hampshire with the CEO of PROCON Inc., where I work. We then prepared to take the next steps to get the ACE NH affiliate up and running. In March 2019, ACE NH held its first pilot program at Oyster River High School, with several other New Hampshire communities slated to launch additional programs within the year. Civil & Structural Engineer Mentor Steve Haight of Haight Engineering/ Civilworks NE overviews the site existing conditions plan in preparing for early design considerations. HP: What’s organization?






BK: The mission of ACE is “To engage, excite, and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.” Mentors guide the students as they work towards a final project, introducing them to the careers, industry vocabulary, and various roles companies play in the construction industry. Students have an opportunity to compete and interact with other local, regional, and national programs. ACE offers scholarship awards on an annual basis for students going on to further their education in the design and construction industries. Many students remain active alumni of the program through the scholarships they receive, relationships

they develop with their mentors, and future employment opportunities — such as internships and post-college jobs. HP: Can you share a success story of someone who has been positively impacted by the organization/program? BK: There are so many! As an example, ACE New Haven student Emily Ruggeri participated in the program when she was a senior in high school. Her mentor was Jennifer Lin of Turner Construction. Ruggeri ended up getting a job with Turner Construction while paying it forward, assisting other high school students and becoming an ACE mentor herself. During the site visit of the Moharimet Elementary School (this year’s program

project), students learned from ORCSD’s Facilities Director Jim Rozycki. HP: How can others become involved? BK: Become a mentor. Be a sponsor. Visit the ACE website (www.acementor.org). Contact ACE New Hampshire (newhampshire@acementor.org) (603-518-2179). Visit us at https://www.acementor.org/ about-us. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please join ABC NH/VT, Bauen Corp., Denron Plumbing & HVAC LLC, Harvey Building Products, Pilot Construction Inc., PROCON Inc., Read & Assoc. CPA’s, Turnstone Corp. in making a positive impact in the future workforce. Brian R. Knox is the senior project manager for PROCON, Inc.

April 2019


Build Better High-Profile’s Podcast

Finding Connection in the Built World by Emily Langner On the third episode of High-Profile’s Build Better Podcast, publisher Anastasia Barnes sat down with Julia McFadden, associate principal of Svigals + Partners, a New Haven, Connecticut, architectural firm offering architectural, master planning, interior design, and FFE services. McFadden talked with Anastasia about how the team at Svigals + Partners ultimately found their voice after 30 years in business, and how their new way of thinking affected their approach to designing the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. With help from Fathom, a future design firm, the Svigals + Partners team developed their vision to “include a world of prosperous, compassionate communities.” That vision was inspired by the firm’s clients: developers, businesses,

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and nonprofits that really care about the work they’re doing and the communities they serve. The result was a change in the way they engaged their clients and executed each project. They began each new project by putting everyone in a room together at one time to hear the different perspectives instead of the traditional approach of separating people and meeting with leaders first. The most profound discovery they made was that people were listening to, and

developing connections with, each other. It was this unique way of thinking that influenced the way the company approached the new Sandy Hook Elementary School that was completed in 2016. Because of the sensitivity and importance of the project, it was one that really demanded an environment where everyone involved had a chance to have their voice heard. “We were looking for a balanced approach,” says McFadden. Svigals + Partners “set the stage for the conversation, guiding discussions with community members.” McFadden notes that the discussion “didn’t start with logistics, but instead started with the opportunity for community members to tell stories and get to know each other better,” which ultimately gave way to some forwardthinking ideas including creating elements of the new design that also

addressed concerns about school security. McFadden feels that much of how the team at Svigals + Partners approaches a project really centers around that inherent desire for connection that all humans experience, and “realizing that there are aspects of understanding ourselves that have to do with being in relationships with others,” and they try to apply that to every job they take on. This includes incorporating biophilic design to connect people back to nature and creating common areas “that encourage and support connection” between coworkers or members of a community. McFadden concludes that, “If we can find ways to enhance those spaces in between spaces that allow us to connect with each other, we’re all going to feel a lot healthier.” Emily Langner is the associate editor for High-Profile Monthly.

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Connecticut Passive House: What is it Really? heat pumps. The idea is to optimize thermal gain and, at the same time, minimize thermal losses. The principles of passive house are not limited to homes, as the term might suggest. The principles can be applied to multifamily housing. They can be applied to office buildings, even to skyscrapers. It’s also possible to retrofit buildings to conform to passive house standards. Standards in this country are set by the Passive House Institute U.S., which provides certification for both buildings and products. Passive house standards are voluntary. Passive house is based on five essential principles: • A high level of insulation. • Airtight windows and doors. • A mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery and heat efficiency. • An orientation designed to make use of passive solar gains. • No “thermal bridges” (a “thermal bridge” allows heat to be lost through poorly insulated parts of a wall). Other characteristics of passive house construction include low-energy appliances and energy-efficient lights.

by Nancy Greenwald Have you heard of passive house? The idea is gaining in popularity, and for good reason. It’s time for all of us to learn about passive house. So what is it? Passive house is a term used to describe a unique approach to energy efficiency that creates sustainable and resilient buildings. The central concept is the active utilization of existing energy. A building constructed employing passive house principles uses passive heat sources — the energy of the sun, heat from running household appliances and from extracted air — to satisfy most of the heating demand. Remaining energy needs are supplied by renewable energy resources like solar panels and

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On May 14, the Construction Institute will delve into the details, with an experienced panel discussing passive house design considerations and the CHFA process. Their case study is the multifamily and townhouse development at 11 Crown Street in Meriden, Conn. The program is part of the Construction Institute’s “101” series, which is designed to bring together experienced practitioners and those new to a concept to dive into a particular facet of the industry. Learn more on our website: construction.org. Nancy Greenwald is the executive director of the Construction Institute.

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Glastonbury, CT – S/L/A/M Construction Services (SLAM CS) announced that Eugene “Gene” Torone, DBIA, has recently been appointed chair of Connecticut Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Board of Directors. He will serve a one-year term. He has been a member of the Connecticut Chapter since 2012 and has previously served as vice chair of

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April 2019


Interiors Bowdoin Completes DCF Building

photos above and below: interior views of the new DCF building Department of Children and Families in Plymouth / photos by Shupe Studios

Plymouth, MA – Bowdoin recently completed construction of a new buildto-suit 32,700sf office complex, to house the Department of Children and Families (DCF). The new building is constructed of structural steel, metal panels, and glass. Interior spaces include reception, open office workstations, conference rooms, case worker offices, and support space. Bowdoin worked with Foxrock Properties and Roth & Seelen Architects

from preconstruction planning through to project completion to achieve all quality, budget, and schedule goals. The DCF works with the families and communities to keep children safe from neglect and abuse. It provides amenities and support to keep children with their parents or family members. When required, the DCF provides foster care and/or new permanent solutions for children through kinship, guardianship, or adoption.

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IIDA Awards IIDA NE Announces 12th Annual Interior Design Award Winners Boston – The 12th annual International Interior Design Association (IIDA) New England Interior Design Awards was held on March 6 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Originally created in 2007, the awards ceremony was created to celebrate teamwork and showcase interior design projects throughout New England. Following is a list of this year’s winning projects and teams. GRADUATE DESIGN


Tracer Chandra Ravi Boston Architectural College

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Union Trust Building Elkus Manfredi Architects

AHA Engineers / Boston Art / Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff and Goettel / Atlantic Enginering Services / Van Deusen & Associates

Colliers / Le Messurier / LAM Partners / Acentech / NV5 / Environments at Work / Harlequin / Mohawk / Mystic Scene Studio, Inc. / Penco Products / Carr Enterprises

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Greenwhich Country Day School, New Middle School ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge

DiBlasi Associates, PC /Van Zelm Engineering / Thornton Tomasetti / Laura di Bonaventura, GCDS Sustainability Director / Interface / Forbo / TMC Furniture / Designtex / VS Furniture

Prove What’s Possible Tufts University Science and Engineering Complex / Chuck Choi Photography


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care / photo credit Brian Vanden Brink

Microsoft New England Research & Development Center IIDA NEW ENGLAND DESIGN AWARD WORKSPACE OVER 80,000 SF The Memory Center, Fox Theater / image courtesy Uphealing


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Chestnut Street Residences Stern McCafferty Architecture + Interiors

PC Construction Company / Engineering Ventures / WagnerHodgson / Fitzemeyer & Tocci / Hospice Design Resource / Masland Contract / Daltile / Lonseal / Sherwin Williams / Wilsonart HOSPITALITY: HOTEL/LODGING

The Row Hotel at Assembly Row Colwen Design

PROCON Construction/Barlow Architectural Millwork / FormaBeyond / CF Kent / Restoration Hardware / Loloi / Mirage Tile / D’Style HOSPITALITY: RESTAURANT/RETAIL

Roots Newbury Street Bergmeyer

Counter Measure /Hirsch Construction / Sign Design / Showman’s Best RESEARCH LAB

Science and Engineering Complex (Tufts University) Payette

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger /Atelier Ten / Acentech / Van Zelm / LDL Studio / Johnsonite / Teknion / Shaw / Best Tile / The Senator Group


Thoughtforms Corporation / Sun Engineering / Roome & Guarracino / Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting / Artaic / Lindsey Adelmann / Valcucine / Flexform / Tacchini RESIDENTIAL: MULTI-UNIT

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John Moriarty & Associates / Wright Architectural Millwork /HLB Lighting Design / Roll Barresi & Associates / Red Thread / Showroom Boston

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The Mooring on Foreside Gawron Turgeon Architects, P.C.

Altro / Mannington / Best Tile / SherwinWilliams / Mathews Brothers Co / Pinkham & Greer / Bennett Engineering / M2 Structural Engineering / Hardypond Construction STUDENT HOUSING

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Continental Building Company / Jordan & Skala Engineers /SCA Engineers / Carol R. Johnson Associates, Inc. / Cosentini Associates / Level Digital Wallcoverings / Brick-It / Smokey Mountain Vintage Lumber / Miliken Carpet / Shaw Contract

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Investment Firm Elkus Manfredi Architects

New Canaan YMCA The S/L/A/M Collaborative

ACT (Advanced Communication Technologies) / Corderman & Company, Inc. / LAM Partners / RDK Engineers / Cavanaugh Tocci Associates, Inc. / Erik Rueda Design Lab

AP Construction / Consulting Engineering Services /Water Technology, Inc. / Shaw / Daltile / WB Mason / Lighting Affiliates

WORKSPACE 20,000SF – 80,000SF

Farmhouse Renovation Catherine Truman Architects

Kendall Square Workspace Utile, Inc. & Merge Architects

Gilbane Building Company/ WSP Group / Simpson Gumpertz & Heger / LAM Partners / Acentech / Interface / Teknion / Armstrong / Unika Vaev / Bolon WORKSPACE OVER 80,000SF

Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD) Sasaki

Cosentini Associates / LAM Partners / Columbia Construction / Thornton Tomasetti / Interface / Haworth / Maharam / The Woodworks / Arktura WORKSPACE ON A BUDGET

Experian Unispace

Garland Building Company, LLC / WB Engineers + Consultants / Greg Premru Photography Inc. / Shaw / Gregg Doble Group / Exposure / Nemo Tile


Heritage Tile / Crate & Barrel / Kent Hicks Construction / Destefano Chamberlain / Light Positive / Architectural Timber and Millwork / Nat Rea

Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD) / John Horner Photography


The Memory Center: Atlanta Uphealing

Nelson-Tremain Partnership / Model55 / McMichael’s Construction / Interface / Crossville / D.L. Couch / Sherwin Williams / Nettleton Associates, Inc. BEST IN RHODE ISLAND

Renaissance Downtown Hotel DiLeonardo International BEST IN SHOW

Lumen at Beacon Park Touloukian Touloukian Inc.

Lumen Detroit / livingLAB / Studio NYL / Peter Basso Associates / Saroki Architecture / NanaWall / SunGuard Advanced Architectural Glass / MOD Interiors / StretchWall Products, Inc. / Jesco Lighting Group

New Canaan YMCA / photo by Alain Jaramillo

Retail/Hospitality Bowdoin Completes Stop & Shop Fit-Out

Prepared foods area with a wide range of grab-and-go options Newton project: Stop & Shop / photos by Shupe Studios

Newton, MA – Bowdoin Construction has recently completed the fit-out of a new 20,950sf store for Stop & Shop at Newton Nexus. Designed by Scott/Griffin Architects, this is a smaller store with a new logo and updated design, and is centered around making grocery shopping more convenient for customers. The interior space features an open ceiling with painted deck, LED lighting, DuctSox in lieu of traditional hard


ductwork, and a polished concrete slab. Features of the store include a fresh produce department with more organic and locally sourced options; a full commercial kitchen with smoker, ovens, fryers, freezers, coolers, and prep tables; a large prepared foods area with a wide range of grab-and-go options; and self check-out with mobile payment and technology. All work was completed within a fourmonth construction schedule.

Produce department offers organic and locally sourced options.

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Hotel on North: Where Local History Meets Personal Passion by Kelly McCoy When local residents turn passion into action, amazing things happen. In Pittsfield, Massachusetts, David and Laurie Tierney and their innovative team transformed a neglected pair of 19th century buildings on the National Register of Historic Places into Hotel on North, an icon of the vibrant and creative spirit of The Berkshires region. The Tierneys wanted to help revitalize the town where they grew up by bringing new life to a much-loved landmark. Honoring the buildings’ long heritage as the legendary Besse-Clarke menswear and sporting goods emporium, they preserved and restored many architectural features that give a nod to a bygone era. “I grew up in Pittsfield,” said project architect Karen Hunt, “and on Thursday nights, North Street was the go-to place. It had a real feeling of community, a feeling of being alive. Working on the Besse-Clarke building was great, because

Mountain view from guest room of Hotel on North

that was the building that people in town remember from their childhoods.” The creative team behind Hotel on North was committed to preserving the “life of the building.” They repurposed many original elements. Every beam that came out of the building was put back in some way. Anything that had character was repurposed. Wood floors, brick walls, tin ceilings, and wood beams were all incorporated into the new design. All new elements were designed and created by local artisans and craftsmen. Windows are the eyes of the building

Architect Karen Hunt and Builder David Tierney used the windows on the front of the building as a unifying element to bring a three-story building together with the adjacent four-story structure in a cohesive statement. “It’s architecture 101,” said Hunt. “The windows are the eyes of the building. They are the connection of outside to inside and inside to out. The windows on the street give a building a rhythm. They give it personality. They

Hotel on North façade

had to be right. “There are several styles of windows in the project,” continued Hunt, “but my favorite are the windows in the North Building. We have soaring 17-foot ceilings there and the windows are almost 9-feet high with a singular elegant divide muntin down the middle.” The windows were not only an important design element, they were essential to achieving state and federal historic tax credits, which were key to the success of the project. “We chose Marvin windows because they offer the best window we could buy,” said Tierney. “They met our budget and our historic requirements. They really brought the exterior — which is what the National Park Service is really concerned with — back to the way it was supposed to look, matching photos we had of the original buildings from the early 1900s. We were working with a tight timeframe to be open for the Tanglewood performance season when most tourists would be in the area, and it was key to have a window team who would do what they said they would do.”

Guest bathroom

been involved in this exciting project,” said Steve Hoyt, who leads the Marvin Commercial Services Team for A.W.

Hastings, the company representing Marvin Windows and Doors in New England and eastern New York. “We have a great continuum of services from the Marvin manufacturing floor in Warroad, Minnesota, through the Hastings architectural reps and local dealers who are onsite to ensure that installation goes smoothly. Historic transformations are in the Marvin DNA, and Hotel on North is a great example of how those collaborations work.” Kelly McCoy is owner at The McCoy Group in Ogunquit, Maine.

Guest room

Co-owner Laurie Tierney adds, “I like to think that our windows are a big, huge architectural feature of the hotel. Every window allows natural light in, but they also frame the view. Whenever you go into a hotel, you go right to the window to see what your view is. I like to think every window at Hotel on North has fun, funky views, from the mountains to a church in the distance to the city itself.” “We are extremely pleased to have


April 2019


Trends and Hot Topics

Wireless Telecom: Coming Soon to a Building Near You

by Gina Rae You might be thinking that almost every large building in the Massachusetts metropolitan areas already has (great) wireless coverage, but that’s not the case! Times and needs are changing fast and the future is now! But what are these needs, how fast are things really changing, and what is the solution? Wireless communications is impacting the worlds of construction and real estate nationwide, and Boston is now seeing the implications: Safety codes and standards for wireless connectivity inside of buildings have developed into a national point of interest with an emphasis on implementation and standardization. Focus is on public safety support first, but, of course, the internet of things (IoT) and seamless subscriber connectivity

play dominant roles for the move towards these codes and standards. What is a wireless in-building communications system? Basically, the communications infrastructure outside of a building is extended indoors. There are many types of designs and equipment to create the in-building network. It boils down to developer or landlord choice, with considerations focused on public safety, tenant satisfaction, and cost. Professional telecom companies specializing in wireless services guide customers to make the decision on a solution that fits their budgets and solves the connectivity problem. Why is this so significant? Most importantly, first responders need to be able to not only locate emergencies, but they also need to be able to communicate with one another, and so does their equipment. Secondly, subscribers expect to be connected 100% of the time, and billions of devices need to talk to billions of other devices to make life as we know it today happen. Who pays for this system? Years ago, carriers were zealously building their networks and competing for more and more

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subscribers and coverage. They had the capital to build pretty much whatever they wanted wherever they wanted to achieve their goals. These days, the carriers do not pay for the in-building solutions. Landlords and developers do, but the costs seem to be worth it because tenants are willing to pay for reliable, safety-supported, and seamless wireless connectivity. Just how fast are things changing? It was only back in January 2017 when priorityrf. com reported that “The New York City building code requires, in Sections 403.4.4 and 907.2.13.2, that an in-building

auxiliary radio communication (ARC) system be installed and maintained in all newly‑constructed high-rise buildings” (https://www.priorityrf.com/blog/inbuilding-public-safety-communicationsprimer, published 19 Jan 2017). That is now two years ago, and the momentum is only increasing. Here in Boston, any time a new building is constructed, the design must include certain public safety communications infrastructure. But that is only half the battle, so landlords and developers hire companies to run preliminary scanning to determine what carrier communications needs exist. This is the part that solves your average subscriber connectivity issues. Anticipate more and more emphasis on this, as the enterprise base of the wireless industry (large buildings) is expected to be valued at $237.5 billion by 2025 (https:// www.transparencymarketresearch.com/ telecom-enterprise-services-market.html). Bottom line: It’s time to get your building comprehensively wirelessly connected! Gina Rae, PMP, is senior program manager at Timberline Communications Inc.

Why More Construction Businesses Will Make the Digital Leap for the First Time in 2019

by Kenny Ingram Global skills shortages, data-driven business models, and new industry entrants are disrupting traditional construction. What determines who wins and who loses in 2019? Here are my three three predictions for the industry moving forward. Prediction No. 1: 2019 will see growing numbers of traditional construction companies embrace the modular revolution. From schools in Ireland to prisons and hospitals in the United States, from sustainable luxury apartments to vast workers’ dormitories, 2018 has seen modular construction go well beyond hype. In 2019, it will get even stronger, with housing shortages a key driver. Modular manufacturing enables affordable houses to be built faster and at higher volume. But as walls, rooms, or even entire office blocks start coming from offsite factories, keeping the supply chain running smoothly, optimizing


the assembly process, and maintaining visibility over complex projects will become more demanding. This all adds up to an urgent need for better, more integrated digital management. Prediction No. 2: In 2019, more construction companies than ever before will start trying out integrated business software — for the very first time. As we’ve seen, the rise in modular is bringing in new entrants from other,

The bottom line is that many construction companies are highly exposed, at risk not only from more agile competitors that are addressing the prefab demand, but also from the limitations of their own legacy planning tools. nontraditional, sectors — and this shift isn’t confined to state borders. Taken by revenue alone, even by 2017, Chinese construction contractors dominated the global league table, with four Chinese companies listed among the top 15. In the same list, the U.S. only occupies

two positions, towards the bottom of the list. Given all this, who knows, could even digital giants like Amazon or Uber one day see construction as a sector ripe for disruption? The bottom line is that many construction companies are highly exposed, at risk not only from more agile competitors that are addressing the prefab demand, but also from the limitations of their own legacy planning tools. In 2018, we saw huge ongoing efforts to drive efficiencies, increase productivity, and establish repeatable delivery. In 2019, the need for adaptability has never been more urgent. This is why we will see more firms take their first steps into digital and make their first investments in integrated business systems like enterprise resource planning (ERP), that combine elements of construction planning, project management, and asset management. Prediction No. 3: Digital asset life cycle management, integrating both BIM and ERP, will emerge as a future needto-have. Central to ERP’s power for construction companies is its ability to connect and integrate all functions in a project — from finance to operations to design — enabling maximum adaptability. I’ve always argued that building information modelling (BIM)

will be a driver of digital asset life cycle management and integration, and many firms have now started to integrate BIM models into their business. But building BIM on its own, without an integrated business system, is only a small part of the picture. As a business system, ERP takes all the functions of the business and provides it with one set of data, enabling it to flow through a project’s life cycle all the way from inception to disposal, and enabling any combination of service or asset management in between. In 2019, I believe we’ll see construction companies take their first steps into discussing how to merge and build on the strengths of combining BIM and ERP. Don’t let disruption pass you by. As pressure grows on traditional construction businesses to repeatedly deliver more integrated, cost-efficient projects on time, the quest for greater productivity will lead them to explore implementing integrated business software into projects for the very first time. Reconsidering the role of ERP as an essential, joined-up system that provides urgent consistency, speed, and efficiency throughout a project will be the first step for many — and it’s a good place to start! Kenny Ingram is a global industry director for engineering, construction, and infrastructure at IFS.

April 2019



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SleepOut to End Youth Homelessness PROCON and Waypoint Team Up

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May Civil Engineering / Landscape Architecture Meet the engineers, architects and contractors designing and building for the safety and beauty surrounding our facilities.

SleepOut participants

Manchester, NH – On March 22, Waypoint of New Hampshire was joined by business leaders, advocates, and supporters at the Stanton Plaza in Manchester for their fifth annual SleepOut. The event raises awareness and critical funds for homeless and atrisk youth in the community. Among the attendees were New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Congressman Christopher Pappas, and Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, who locked arms in support for the worthy cause. SleepOut participants experienced a single night under the Manchester sky in solidarity with homeless youth. Approximately 130 sleepers raised an astounding $333,500 that will be used to support the Youth Resource Center in Manchester and the Street Outreach initiatives throughout New Hampshire. This year, PROCON sponsored the event with a $20,000 donation, and the Stebbins family pledged to match $10,000 in donations from new participating businesses for a total of $30,000. Additionally, the PROCON “sleep” team raised over $12,000, and several members spent the night under the stars including “repeat sleepers” Tom Haubrich, Jeff Roussel, and Jimmy Lehoux. Waypoint (the private, nonprofit formerly known as Child and Family Services) was established in 1850 and serves as a lifeline to over 1,500 runaway,

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PROCON team sleeps out

homeless, and at-risk youth per year throughout the Granite State. As such, they provide a continuum of services from survival aid to independent living support. Waypoint President and CEO Borja Alvarez de Toledo kicked off the event by welcoming the attendees. For more than three decades the Stebbins family has championed Waypoint across the state. Mark Stebbins grew up in Manchester, and over 80 years ago, his grandfather Blanchard opened the family business on Lincoln Street. That building was adjacent to the one that houses the current Waypoint Youth Resource Center. History came full circle in 2016 when the Stebbins family donated $200,000 that enabled Waypoint to update the facility into a modern resource hub for their youth programs and services. The family’s legacy continues with Mark and Sally’s daughter Jennifer Stebbins, who is a Waypoint Board of Trustees Member.

Electrical Energy Funds Make-A-Wish Southington, CT – Golfing brings people together, especially when it benefits a great cause. That is the goal behind Electrical Energy System’s annual golf tournament fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Connecticut, part of the nation’s largest and most wellestablished wish-granting organization. Employees and guests raised more than $11,500 in 2018, and plans are underway for the 2019 event that boasts a goal of $15,000.

Jim Nasuta, Electrical Energy; Diana Maynard, events manager, Make-A-Wish Conn.; and John Taylor, Electrical Energy

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May 22

Healthcare Facilities


June 21

Awards; Life Sciences


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Retail; Hospitality


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April 2019



SLAM Awarded for UMass Design

Mystic Seaport Museum Awarded Centerbrook, CT – The Centerbrook Architects & Planners-designed Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport Museum has been recognized with a national award by WoodWorks – Wood Products Council. The Thompson Exhibition Building was recognized in the “Commercial Wood Design – Low-Rise” category — one of nine national awards bestowed by WoodWorks. This is the fourth recognition for the Thompson Exhibition Building since it opened to the public in the fall of 2016. The design previously garnered the Honor Award-With Distinction by the AIA QUAD Awards, and was named by the CT CREW Blue Ribbon Awards as the Best Specialty Project. In 2018, ArchDaily — the world’s most-visited architecture website — named the Thompson Exhibition Building one of the 100 Best Wood Architecture Projects in the U.S. The Centerbrook design team, led by Principal Chad Floyd, FAIA and Senior Director Charles Mueller, AIA, chose wood as the predominant building material for its form, function,

(l-r) Heather Leary and Scott Reynolds, UMass Memorial Health Care; Mike Benjamin, BR+A; Kathleen Hylka, UMass Memorial; David Neal, SLAM; Kathy Bell, SLAM; Brian Hamilton, Consigli; Martha Boyd, UMass Memorial; Richard Gala and Sean Dillion, Consigli; and Ed Edelman / SLAM photo

Mystic Seaport Museum

and aesthetic capabilities. The Thompson Building’s more prominent wood features include Douglas fir glulam beams spanning the entire width that give the building its unique curvilinear shape, and arresting western red cedar exterior cladding. With its 5,000sf exhibition gallery, the Thompson Building is the centerpiece of Mystic Seaport Museum’s reimagined mission that brings a new focus to exhibitions.

Worcester, MA – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) was part of the team to receive a 2019 Vista Award in the Renovation category for the MC2020 Memorial Campus project at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. The Vista Awards are presented by the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association. These specific awards recognize significant collaboration in creating optimal healthcare environments. Each winning team has exemplified outstanding teamwork in all stages of their respective healthcare projects,

from preplanning to the final reveal. ASHE recognized UMass Memorial Health Care executive leadership for its “focus on establishing key goals encompassing four categories: Our Patients, Our People, Our Discoveries, and Our Long-Term Financial Health.” The resulting MC2020 modernization project sought to increase the number of private patient beds, transition nurses stations into collaborative team stations, increase learning and discovery space at the Memorial Campus, and in general, create a more standardized personcentered experience.

EnviroVantage Wins Awards

Kelly Named AGC BWiC Award Winner she has worked on more than Milford, MA – Nora Kelly has 20 projects at the hospital’s been selected a winner of the campus and is consistently recAssociated General Contractors ognized by team members for of Massachusetts’ Building her attention to detail on these Women in Construction (BWiC) fast-paced healthcare projects. 2019 Inspire Awards. The BWiC 2019 Inspire Kelly, assistant project manAwards are designed to ager at Consigli Construction celebrate the most exemplary Co., has worked on laboratories women in construction who Nora Kelly for AbbVie Bioresearch Cordemonstrate leadership, generosity, poration and UMass Medical Center and leadership,and unwavering commitment has focused on several projects at Beth to their career, colleagues, and industry. Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To date,

Fish-Crane Gets NAHMA Award Braintree, MA – Peabody Properties, a full-service real estate and property management firm, announced that COO Melissa Fish-Crane was awarded the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) President’s Award at its winter meeting earlier this month in Washington, D.C. Fish-Crane was recognized in part for dedicating more than 20 years to superior achievement in the management of clientowned multifamily residential and mixeduse real estate developments. She is a voice for affordable housing management, advocating on behalf of


multifamily property managers and owners whose mission is to provide quality affordable housing. NAHMA supports legislative and regulatory policy that promotes the development and preservation of decent and safe affordable housing; is a vital resource for technical education and information; and fosters strategic relations between government and industry. This award is given each year to an individual selected by NAHMA’s president, in recognition of a career of significant contribution to the affordable housing industry.

Nick Morse, Troy Purington and Brandon Merkley.

Epping, N.H. – Between two projects and three states, EnviroVantage, an environmental specialty and demolition contractor, received three Eagle awards in the Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Awards over the past three months. The Massachusetts and New Hampshire/Vermont ABC Chapters each awarded EnviroVantage with an Eagle Award for the Nobska Lighthouse restoration project. EnviroVantage also received another Eagle Award from the Connecticut ABC Chapter for its work on the Wood Island Life Saving Station project. After winning in three states, EnviroVantage has qualified and submitted its winning projects for national honor with ABC. You must be a winner in a state program to apply for a national award. The award honors the year’s most outstanding construction projects and contractors for their

Nobska Lighthouse restoration

Wood Island Life Saving Station

remarkable achievements in leadership, safety, innovation, and diversity. The ABC National Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony will take place in Long Beach, California, at the ABC Annual Conference.

April 2019


People Svigals + Partners Promotes Three

Cowles Appointed President of HMFH

New Haven, CT – Svigals + Partners, an architecture, art, and advisory firm, has announced the promotions of three designers to new leadership roles. Architect and artist Marissa Mead, AIA, LEED AP, now serves in the newly created role of director of art integration; as project managers, Alana Konefal, assoc. AIA, and Dan Dryzgula, assoc. AIA, have each been named associate. Mead serves as project manager for public works, mixed-use projects, and institutional and commercial buildings. She has led several large-scale projects, and, as director of art integration, she lends a focus to design-intense aspects of large projects, developing branding elements, architectural art, and sculptural installations. Konefal, has led several project teams for the firm, managing the day-to-day operations. As associate, she leads teams for an addition/renovation project at Central

Cambridge, MA – The Board of Cowles is a registered Directors of HMFH Architects architect, a LEED-Accredited of Cambridge announced the Professional (LEED AP). Her appointment of Lori Cowles, recent project engagements AIA, as president. include the new Arlington She joined HMFH in 1995 High School, now in design, and today leads education the recently opened Clark and civic design projects for Avenue Middle School in the company. She succeeds Chelsea, and the Temple Place Cowles longtime president George affordable housing apartments Metzger, AIA, who will continue as a in Cambridge, a joint venture between director and senior principal with a focus the city’s Affordable Housing Trust, the on client relations, practice strategy, and Cambridge Housing Authority, and the leadership development. Cambridge YWCA.

(l-r) Marissa Mead, Dan Dryzgula, and Alana Konefal

Connecticut State University’s Barnard Hall and the recovery and wellness center for Cornell Scott Hill Health. Dryzgula’s current work includes design and project management for Southern Connecticut State University’s new health and human services building. As associate, he will take on an expanded role in staff development, development of internal standards and procedure, construction administration, and business development.

Acentech Announces Personnel Changes

Bowdoin Hires Dube Needham Heights, MA – business geographically. Bowdoin Construction Corp. Dube comes to Bowdoin has hired Tom Dube as vice from Green Leaf Construction president. of Leominster, where he was a He will be charged with founding member and COO. strengthening Bowdoin’s Prior to that, he was VP of work in its current academic, preconstruction and business corporate, and healthcare development at JM Coull, markets, and further, will Maynard and director of Dube be starting and heading up a operations at Cutler Associates satellite office in Worcester to grow the in Worcester.

SLAM Team Member Appointed Briskie

Lamour Croteau

Cambridge, MA – Acentech, a multidisciplinary acoustics, vibration, audiovisual, IT, and security system design consulting firm, announced two new hires and several recent promotions within its Cambridge headquarters. Jack Briskie, consultant, recently joined Acentech’s Noise and Vibration Group at its Cambridge headquarters. Liz Lamour Croteau, consultant, recently joined Acentech’s Systems Group at the Cambridge headquarters, focusing on audiovisual design, sound reinforcement, and control systems for a wide variety of projects. Recent promotions include: Corey Salvatore, CTS, principal consultant, a sound and audiovisual systems designer working primarily on higher education and corporate projects throughout New England. Robert Connick, senior consultant, joined Acentech in 2013. He is an acoustician working on various projects involving institutional, commercial and residential facilities. Roberto Gomez, senior consultant, consults in Acentech’s environmental





acoustics group, concentrating on transportation and community noise. Kelsey Hochgraf, senior consultant, is an acoustician who works on projects involving Murphy educational, performing arts, commercial, and residential facilities. Kristen Murphy, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, senior consultant, is an acoustics consultant for educational, healthcare, performing arts, commercial, and residential projects, with a special focus on sustainable design.

Glastonbury, CT – Ross Spiegel, BSD’s long-standing review specifications coordinator for system and further improve The S/L/A/M Collaborative, the quality of both existing and was recently appointed a memexpanded SpecLink content, ber of the Specification Content along with the user experience. and User Experience Advisory Spiegel has been appointed Committee, joining top industo the main steering try professionals from diverse committee, which is made up disciplines in a groundbreaking of 20 A/E/C/O professionals, Spiegel new review program launched including specification experts, by Building System Design, Inc. (BSD). architects, engineers, construction The committee was created to enhance professionals, and facility owners.

S&S Hires Hornsey drive operational efficiencies. East Providence, RI – Prior to joining S&S, Starkweather & Shepley Hornsey was chief information Insurance Brokerage, Inc. officer at Value Line, where she (S&S) has hired Shikha transformed the company from a Hornsey as chief information print-centric business to a dataofficer. She will be responsible driven digital media publishing for formulating organizational company. growth through technical, She has an extensive digital, and innovative business Hornsey solutions. background in the technology She will also provide strategic IT industry and has previously worked leadership and direction for all S&S for Verizon Enterprise Solutions and practice groups and business units to Goldman Sachs.


April 2019


Calendar ASM

SMPS CT April 17 Max Event/New Member Social Mark Twain House, Hartford, Conn. Are you ready to be inspired? This stellar lineup of speakers will share their creative ideas and stories that will provoke, inspire, and excite the audience. After the program, join us at the networking cocktail hour for an opportunity to connect and engage with the speakers and other attendees.

SMPS Boston April 23 Marketing Boot Camp UMass Club, Boston This day-long workshop will teach marketers about gracewriting, marketing and branding do’s and don’ts, networking, and how self-awareness of your strengths and weaknesses can improve your relationship building.

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

Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts

April 24 Opioid Forum Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, Maine Join ASM for a special seminar dedicated to the opioid crisis in construction. Hear from our expert speakers on what you should know as an employer about the opioid epidemic. Our speakers include a research and policy expert with Institute for Behavioral Health at Brandeis University, representatives from some of the major health insurance companies in Massachusetts, and expert staff at a local treatment center.


April 26 Career Resiliency in Good Times and Bad AGC MA Conference Room Wellesley, Mass We all know it’s coming, but do you know how to be prepared? Executive coach and leadership developer, Ilene Wolfman, will share specific actions and skill building practices to implement today and in the immediate future that will help you manage your career to be more successful and less vulnerable when it arrives.

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May 1-3 Northeast Regional Conference - MERGE Providence Marriott, Providence, R.I. This is a yearly event supported by SMPS chapters in Boston, Central Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Northern New England, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Upstate New York and will attract over 350 of the region’s top A/E/C marketing, business development, and firm leaders for three days of learning, networking, and inspiration.

May 14 A Conversation With Bill Cummings Industrious Boston, Boston After starting small by washing windows and selling ice cream from the back of his bike, Cummings Properties founder Bill Cummings went on to build a 500-person firm with a debt-free commercial real estate portfolio of 11 million square feet. Young professionals are invited to hear from Cummings as he discusses his career, dedication to philanthropy, and new memoir.



May 1 Networking After Hours Spring Social Kinsmen Brewery, Milldale, Conn. Craft Beer + Artisan Pizza + Great Conversation = Networking at its Best. Join CBC and CT GBC members and nonmembers from all facets of the A/E/C industry for a fun evening of business networking. Meet up with old colleagues, make new connections, and learn about opportunities as we work together to support each other’s business objectives. Looking forward to seeing you there!

May 14 3-D Vision: Plans and Perspectives from Three Connecticut Agency Leaders Central Connecticut State University New Britain, Conn. Hear from three key Conn. agency leaders about the changes and improvements their departments have made, their biggest challenges moving forward, and how this all affects the A/E/C community.

Construction Institute

May 14 CLC Annual Red Sox Outing 2019 Lucky Strike (Jillian’s) VIP Room, Boston Come get your tickets, meet some people, and scarf a few appetizers at Lucky Strike. Then, head over to Fenway and see the Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies.

May 8 Swing Into Spring: 9-hole Golf Social Lyman Orchards Golf Center Middlefield, Conn. Grab some colleagues and join the Construction Institute for an evening of golf and networking at our fouth Annual Spring Golf Social. Limited player slots available so sign up now!


Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts

May 14 New Paid Family and Medical Leave Law in Massachusetts Hilton Garden Inn, Waltham, Mass. Learn more about the commonwealth’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. Beginning in January of 2021, most workers in Massachusetts will be eligible to get up to 12 weeks of paid family leave and up to 20 weeks of paid medical leave. The program will be funded by premiums paid by employees, employers, and the self-employed.


AGC ME May 17 Education Foundation Gala Event Hilton Garden Inn Freeport, Freeport, ME Dancing | Live Auction | Silent Auction | Testimonials | Food Stations and Passed Hors-d’oeuvres

IIDA NE May 18 Hartford Habitat For Humanity Women Build Day Hartford, Conn. Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity has been empowering women in the Hartford area to address and help solve the housing crisis in their own neighborhood. IIDA NE Hartford Habitat For Humanity will be assisting with onsite construction (i.e., installing cabinets, sanding, painting, installing flooring, landscaping). Each volunteer will receive a shirt on the day of the event. Men are welcome too!

High-Profile: Hey Heidi

April 2019

Hey Heidi





Is using a RILEM tube test the best way to determine the water repellency of a concrete masonry structure? – Water And Leakage Test


Dear WALT: No. The short explanation is that a RILEM tube test measures the water repellency of a surface, making it suitable to evaluate the efficacy of non-water permeable coatings. While today it is generally used by the coatings industry, it originated as a way to provide the initial absorptive characteristics of stone masonry which could be correlated to deterioration rates. It evaluates an extremely small surface area with an extremely high pressure, making it suitable for coatings, but not for concrete. For water repellency in concrete masonry, we use an integral water-repellent admixture which repels water through the entire mass of the block and not just on the surface. It is important that this admixture also be included in the mortar.



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.

Concrete masonry is allowed by ASTM C-90 to absorb a certain amount of water. This alone makes the RILEM an unsuitable test. Most concrete masonry systems are designed to have flashing and weeps so that if water does penetrate the face shells, it has a way to escape. For more on water penetration resistance in CMU structures, NCMA has several TEK which can be found on our website under RESOURCES. Heidi Jandris, BArch, is 3rd generation, Technical Resource and SPLIT FACE Sustainability Manager at A. Jandris & Sons.


For more technical blog entries visit http://ajandris.com/hey-heidi/ CMU


| RESILIENT | ENERGY EFFICIENT | DURABLE | SOUND REDUCING | LOW MAINTENANCE We are using COMcheck™ to have a bit more flexibility passing the energy code. What’s the best way to


enter insulated CMU? - Capacity of Heat Using Comcheck™

PROJECT NAME Jonathan Reed Elementary Waterbury CT

A: Dear CHUC:

I’m so glad you asked! The default option for concrete block in COMcheckTM does not take into account alternative web configurations, so it’s generally not the best way to go when entering insulated CMU systems such as Hi-R® or Hi-R-H®. These systems have


reduced webs which minimize thermal bridging and they have factory installed insulation inserts. These units are more energy efficient than a traditionally Svigals shaped + Partners CMU. The insulation inserts are designed to remain in place where the cores are reinforced and grouted for better continuity of thermal performance and do not need to be removed for bond beams and vertical reinforcement. When entering the wall system into COMcheck™ there is a mass wall option. From there, the U-factor of the system can be entered. You’ll notice that there is a default heat capacity of 1 on this screen; however, CMU has a much better heat capacity than 1 due to its thermal mass. In ASHRAE 90.1-2013, table A3.1-3, there are heat capacity numbers for the different sizes and densities of concrete block walls. These heat capacity numbers can be used in COMcheckTM instead of the default of 1 which will help to give better results. (Side note: Continuous insulation is not a requirement using COMcheck™). Before using published R-values/U-factors to pass code, it’s important to make sure that the published values are “actual” and not “effective”. For CMU systems, “effective” R-values/U-factors generally take into account thermal mass. Thermal mass benefits can vary greatly between climate zones, making them tricky to incorporate into product data. Also, the benefits of thermal mass are already accounted for in ASHRAE 90.1 and the IECC. Mass walls pass the energy


code using less insulation than other structural systems.

Heidi Jandris, BArch, is 3rd generation, Technical Resource and Sustainability Manager at A. Jandris & Sons. For more technical blog entries visit http://ajandris.com/hey-heidi/

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