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Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering and Technology and Innovation

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Anastasia Barnes We’re excited to share with you our annual Civil Engineering/Landscape Architecture and Innovation and Technology issue. HP’s focus on landscaping follows World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), an international celebration of landscape architecture. WLAM introduces the profession to the public by highlighting landscape architect-designed spaces around the world. The Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CTASLA) presented its annual Connecticut Olmsted Award to United States Senator Senator Chris Murphy during Chris Murphy a program at the State Capitol recently. The Olmsted Award is given annually by CTASLA to an

organization or person from Connecticut who has employed the principle of stewardship of the environment as a guiding force in their actions. View the winners of the CTASLA’s annual Connecticut Professional Awards competition on page 20. The Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) announced the winners of its 2019 Design Awards. Turn to page 14 for the full list. At the May 22 conference, the BSLA is expected to announce a new partnership and will be held at a new location, Northeastern University. On page 24, Gina Ray, PMP, executive leader of Timberline Communications, Inc. explores the internet of things (IoT) and how landlords and developers can successfully incorporate wireless connectivity into their buildings. BICSI is hosting an Emerging Technologies Seminar including light refreshments, networking, and product demonstrations on May 30 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Boston Marriott Peabody in Peabody, Mass. For more information, and to view HP’s full calendar of events, visit page 46. HP’s Betsy Gorman recently attended the open house at S/L/A/M Collaborative’s Boston location at 250 Summer St. in

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Boston – To celebrate the renovation and expansion of the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, BU and Shawmut Design and Construction hosted a topping off and beam-signing ceremony on March 29. Senior executives, faculty, and students were present to celebrate the milestone. The $112 million project includes a 41,900sf expansion and 53,100sf

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T-shirts, and hard hat stickers. The central location will take place at AGC MA members John Moriarty & Associates and Janey Construction Management’s Omni Boston Hotel project, at 370-430 Summer Street in the Seaport District, and will feature prominent guest speakers. The AGC MA Safety and H.R. Committees will provide manuals on Onsite Safety and H.R. Best Practices. Members and the media will be invited to participate in the Stand Down on every one of their jobsites to work in coordination to deliver the campaign message. Continued efforts will include additional resources through the AGC MA website, social media, the AGC MA newsletter, and various speaker programs.

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The Connecticut Building Congress (CBC) is pleased to announce the 2019 Project Team Award Winning Teams, and we introduce our 2019 Judges Panel. The 2019 CBC Scholarship Recipients will be announced soon, and the Project Team of the Year, chosen from one of the 2019 winning projects, will be announced at the Awards Banquet. We hope to see you all there! 2019 PTA Project Team Award Winners Multi-Family Residential/Mixed Use: Merit: Victoria Gardens, Waterford K-12 Schools: Merit: West Shore Middle School, Milford First: Orchard Hill Elementary School, South Windsor Landscape Architecture/Public Spaces: Merit: Bushnell Park Playground, Hartford First: Steven and Alexandria Cohen Skating Center and Fountain, Torrington

Major Renovations/Expansions: Merit: McGivney Advanced Surgery Center, New Haven First: Housatonic Community College Lafayette Hall Addition and Renovations, Bridgeport Transportation/Utility/Civil: Merit: Ansonia Riverwalk Segment 8, Ansonia First: Route 31 Reconstruction, Coventry

New Construction: Merit: Chapel Haven Residential/Education (REACH) Building Project, New Haven First: Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray Residential Colleges, New Haven Small Projects: Merit: CT DOT Maintenance Facility, Pomfret First: Slate School, North Haven

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Focus: Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering The Battle Over the Curb and the Future of Urban Mobility by Jeff Bittenbender In cities across the United States, municipalities are sitting on some of today’s most valuable real estate and dedicating much of its use to storing private vehicles. I am not talking about parking garages, but rather the roughly 10- by 20-foot curbside parking space, paid for by the quarter-hour, at rates drastically below market value — what amounts to a bad deal for cities and their constituents. However, the problem with street parking goes far beyond a city promoting single occupancy vehicle use while bringing in parking revenue. As the general population is migrating to cities and expected to continue to do so, the ability to get around these cities is needed now more than ever. Since most cities do not have room to build new roads or add lanes to increase capacity, they must instead focus on maintaining, upgrading, and maximizing the use of their existing transportation assets. In other words, cities must ensure that the entire roadway profile is as efficient, smart, and adaptable as possible. Often, the most overlooked contributor

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to this efficiency is the demand, type of use, and the duration of stay for vehicles requiring use of the curbside. Ride share companies have brought about a new era in people’s ability to get around cities, while they are simultaneously bringing that era to a halt through congestion. Some recent increases in congestion within urban areas are due to rideshare vehicles on the road, but another cause has come from these same rideshare vehicles having no place to safely pick up and drop off their passengers. Instead, most drivers simply stop wherever

they can and double-park in traffic lanes, block crosswalks, and similar behaviors that slow traffic and cause other drivers to make dangerous maneuvers to bypass these stopped vehicles. While the driver and rideshare app companies are partially responsible for the illegal and dangerous behavior of picking-up and dropping-off passengers in travel lanes and other locations, the cities themselves are also to blame. By dedicating a vast majority of the public street curb to private vehicle storage, otherwise known as street parking, the

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city is prioritizing single occupancy vehicles over more efficient modes of transportation. While public transit is more efficient, ridesharing services are a substantial improvement over single occupancy vehicles and should be given priority space along the curb. It is essential for cities to rethink curb management in ways that are as mobile and dynamic as the rapidly evolving world we live in. The first step toward this is to wean the public off of inexpensive street parking, and replace it with the continued to page 41

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Embracing Mixed-Use Development

by Robert E. Duval Adopted from urban environments, across the country, the mixed-use development concept is making its way into many smaller cities and towns in New England. These developments encompass a wide range of uses, including commercial, residential, cultural, institutional, and industrial uses in to an integrated whole. Civil engineering benefits of integrated development include reduced traffic volumes, minimized parking needs, reduced stormwater flows, and greater density. Studies have shown that onsite parking supplies can be reduced by 10% or more because parking can be shared. Reduced parking cuts construction costs by reducing the amount of pavement as well as the extent of stormwater infrastructure needed to capture, detain, and treat pavement runoff. Greater land use density can be achieved by avoiding internal line setbacks where multiple properties are

Public Green at Market and Main, showing The Friendly Toast (left) and Trader Joe’s (right)

combined into a single development. The result of this is efficiently designed parking and reduced need for land area, reduced construction costs, and minimized stormwater infrastructure and runoff. Landscape architecture also plays a critical role in successful mixed-use development. Each building needs to be placed so as to provide convenient, attractive, and safe pedestrian travel between all other uses. “Walking distance” in New England is approximately 1,400

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BSLA Announces 2019 Design Awards Boston – Every year, the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) seeks to recognize excellence in the diverse practices of landscape architecture. Members are encouraged to submit their best professional work for review by the 2019 BSLA Awards Program Jury. The projects submitted demonstrate excellence and reflect the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of the cultural and natural environment. Submitted projects merit recognition in one or more of the following areas: • Exemplary social, cultural, educational,

or environmental significance • Outstanding quality, craftsmanship, creativity, or artistry • Unique and innovative technologies, techniques, or concepts • Advancement of the public’s awareness and perception of the field of landscape architecture The awards are granted in four categories: design, analysis & planning, student, and research projects. Awards will be recognized at the levels of Honor and Merit. Below are the list of the 2019 award winning projects. The winners will be celebrated at the annual BSLA conference and design awards gala, that well be held on May 22 at Northeastern University.

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Merit Award for Analysis and Planning

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Sasaki Associates for the Chengdu Panda Reserve in Chengdu, Sichuan, China

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Merit Award for Analysis and Planning

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Sasaki Associates for the Gulf State Park Master Plan in Gulf Shores, Alabama

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Merit Award for Design

Merit Award for Design

G2 Collaborative for the Harvard Yard Child Care Center in Cambridge, Mass.

Klopfer Martin Design Group for the Central Square in East Boston, Mass.

Merit Award for Design

Dan Gordon Landscape Architects for Pond’s Edge Estate in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

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Merit Award for Design

Ground, Inc. for the Collaborative Learning and Innovation Ctr. in Medford, Mass.

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Merit Award for Design

STIMSON for the Boston College Historic Campus Core in Chestnut Hill, Mass

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Merit Award for Design

STIMSON for Rockport Residence in Rockport, Mass.

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Merit Award for Design

STIMSON for Williams College North Campus Restoration in Williamstown, Mass.

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Image courtesy of STIMSON

Merit Award for Design

Merit Award for Design

Klopfer Martin Design Group for Hoyt Sullivan in Somerville, Mass.

Regenerative Design Group for the Fowler Clark Epstein Urban Farm in Boston

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Image courtesy of Klopfer Martin

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Merit Award for Research


Sasaki Associates for Shifting Gears: Design for Autonomous Vehicle in Boston

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May 2019

University Landscapes Can Enhance Wellbeing

by Becky Nichols Landscapes for universities have to do a lot of work. Plantings need to be hearty, easy to maintain, and have low irrigation requirements. Stormwater management, especially in urban environments, requires intense planning and infrastructure. Beyond these important practicalities, landscapes offer an opportunity to enhance student and faculty wellbeing. Research tells us that being connected to high-quality landscape environments has stress-reducing impacts and improves cognitive function. At Yale Law School’s Baker Hall, the design of the exterior environment has an even bigger impact than in typical university environments. In addition to classroom and collaborative space, the building houses 110 residents. We implemented several strategies to engage landscape in supporting health and wellbeing. Active and passive activities are accommodated with a variety of outdoor

The apartments of Baker Hall at Yale University. Architecture and interiors by Pirie Associates Architects. / photographs by John Muggenborg

spatial character zones. A generous lawn offers a place for students to play frisbee or put out picnic blankets. A sports field drainage system was used to avoid having multiple drains that would make using the lawn in this way unsafe and unpleasant. There are nooks and crannies where someone can quietly study. There are café and picnic tables, and the courtyard was carefully designed to accommodate a tent for events. Plant selection is critical when designing to support wellbeing. Research shows that landscape material with

textural variety has a stronger impact on stress reduction than uniform species. An existing elm was able to be saved and offers the overhead canopy and dappled shade that has particularly stress-reducing effects. Shrubs with smaller textures such as inkberry and cherry laurel are combined with grassy textures like liriope and woodland textures like lady’s mantle. Blooming was planned for yearround interest with particular attention to the beginning of the school year and commencement. The courtyard is also home to sculptures meant to delight and

evoke. Rona Pondick’s “Granite Bed” is a 16-foot-long art piece that can be used for lounging as well as for provoking thought about contemporary issues. A canopy and plinth were added to the exterior of the building. This area allows people to enjoy being outdoors even during inclement weather. It also allows people to experience a sense of “prospect” over their surroundings. The comfort we feel when elevated above our immediate surroundings is biologically continued to page 40

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Woburn Landing Nears Completion Allen & Major Partners with Madison Properties Woburn, MA – Allen & Major Associates, Inc. (A&M) in partnership with Madison Properties has provided full-site design, engineering, land survey, wetland delineation, landscape architecture, and construction services for the Woburn Landing redevelopment project. The 10.44-acre project site was a vacant parcel within a district zoned for commercial and industrial uses near Exit 36 on I-95/Route 128. It is bounded by Tower Park Drive, Tower Office Park, and vacant land to the north; Cummings Park Drive to the east and south; and Washington Street to the west. Formerly owned by W.R. Grace, it is part of a Superfund site designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The parcel was previously developed with manufacturing and warehouse buildings that were razed in 2006 to accommodate the new construction. The Superfund site had undergone more than two decades of cleanup and remediation before Madison Properties took on the responsibility of the abandoned property. Change began with special engineering design considerations including preserving a substantial back portion of the site in order to maintain the wetland resource area.

Woburn Landing

Because the site was devoid of any buffers, unmitigated stormwater was flowing into the wetland resource area as well as the Washington Street drainage system. A&M crafted a stormwater management system which provides stormwater quality treatment that is a benefit to the site and wetland resources. The stormwater management system is comprised of deep sump catch basins, proprietary water quality units, and

Structural Soil by Horace Aikman The urban forest thrives upon a foundation of soil, water, sunlight, and atmosphere. Reduce any of these elements and the growth and health of trees will be limited. A polluted atmosphere, heavy shade, droughty or saturated conditions, or small soil volumes can diminish the stature and robustness of urban plantings. In spite of the efforts by urban foresters — landscape architects, urban planners or city arborists — to select the right tree for the right place in city streets, the longevity of individual trees will always be diminished when these critical elements — soil, water, sunlight, and atmosphere — are curtailed. Often the shade cast by buildings and the narrowness of city sidewalks thwart opportunities to plant trees. Even collectively, the people who plan and manage the urban forest have little sway over urban pollution or how the sun reaches the city street. What we can control are the environments of soil and water that are critical to tree growth and the urban forest. When considering the below-grade infrastructure that supports tree growth, the urban forester must eke out the best tree pit that the available funds will accommodate.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Neyland Stadium: suspended slab supported by plastic structural matrix with horticultural soil infill, 2011 (installation) . . .

. . . and 2018 As we renew and reconstruct our urban landscape to promote healthy tree growth, we are continuously rethinking and reevaluating the means of providing adequate soil volume for trees. Thoughtful design of the urban forest must plan for providing enough soil volume below pavements to support tree growth. While there is no consensus about the volume of soil needed to ensure trees grow to maturity, most of us subscribe to

subsurface detention systems designed to reduce the peak rates of runoff. The project consists of Red Robin, Chick-fil-A, and a 110 Grill. Anchoring the $55 million mixed use development is a dual-branded Homewood Suites/ Hampton Inn. The hotels share amenities, including an indoor pool, fitness room, and meeting space. Extensive permitting included Woburn City Council Site Plan/Special Permit, the idea that more soil is always better. But the questions that challenge us are these: What kind of soil? What kind of infrastructure?. In our practice of landscape architecture, we have used all of the major systems designed to provide soil for tree growth. We have utilized various structural-soils: sand-based; crushed stone/clay loam/polymer wetting agent system; and expanded slate and loam. We have also used reinforced concrete tree vaults and sidewalk slabs supported by plastic boxes holding planting soil. And of them all, we believe an open bed of sandy planting soil that is protected from pedestrian trampling and provided with adequate irrigation will provide the best environment for street trees. In urban settings, we rarely have the square foot area to devote to this preferred landscape. So, in the absence of enough area and funding, we must choose between all of the other options. Weighing all of the demands and limitations on and to the urban forest — politics, money, space, pedestrian safety, rodent control, vehicular traffic, stormwater infiltration — we have reached several conclusions. First: Even if we do not have adequate soil volume and water, let’s plant trees. If the trees only last a few years then we have provided some succor to the urban landscape. This is good politics at its very

Subdivision Approval through the Woburn Planning Board, Woburn Conservation Commission Notice of Intent/Order of Conditions, an MWRA (8M) permit, National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Notice of Intent and decisions by the Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs on an Environmental Notification Form and Environmental Impact Reports submitted for MEPA review.

University of Massachusetts Lowell University Suites: sand-based structural soil, 2013 (installation) . . .

. . . and 2018 basic level. Some trees might actually break out of their confined spaces and find enough soil volume to prosper. Second: Retrofitting an existing city street with enough soil volume to support street trees is incredibly expensive. Don’t be lulled into thinking otherwise. Even a streetscape renovation project that provides insufficient soil volume will be more expensive than you could ever continued to page 38


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CTASLA Landscape Architecture Awards

Landscape Architectural Design – Corporate Institutional

New Haven, CT – The Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CTASLA) has announced the winners of its annual Connecticut Professional Awards competition, recognizing excellence in landscape architectural design, planning and analysis, communication, and research.

« RKLA Studio Landscape Architecture LLP (New York, N.Y.), MERIT AWARD for Center Cemetery Columbarium and Garden (Norfolk, Conn.)

Winners of the 2019 Connecticut ASLA Professional Awards competition include: Landscape Architectural Design – Municipal/Public Spaces

«H  eritage Landscapes (Norwalk, Conn.), HONOR AWARD for Mellon Square

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Towers|Golde, LLC (New Haven, Conn.) MERIT AWARD for Green Zone, New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, N.Y.)

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« Towers|Golde, LLC (New Haven, Conn.), MERIT AWARD for Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife headquarters (Westborough, Mass.) Mass. Fisheries site design plan

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Landscape Architectural Design – Residential

« Doyle Herman Design Associates (Greenwich, Conn.) HONOR AWARD for Bluff Road (Amagansett, N.Y.)

« Janice Parker Landscape Architects (Greenwich, Conn.) MERIT AWARD for Hill Top Farm (Millbrook, N.Y.) Hill Top Farm

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« Heritage Landscapes (Norwalk, Conn.) MERIT AWARD for Bloedel Reserve (Bainbridge Island, Wash.)

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Focus: Technology and Innovation Empowering — Not Replacing Our Workforce Through Technology

by Matthew Guarracino According to a recent study conducted by the Commerce Department, spending on private projects in the United States hit a record high of $1.25 trillion last year. A large driver for this boom was the embrace of new innovations and technologies in construction projects. In Boston alone, there are nearly 70 companies focused on construction, real estate technology, and smart cities. While new trends continue to evolve and reshape our industry, it is important to note that technology will augment, not replace, workers. And despite advances in automation, buildings will continue to be built (largely) by humans. This year, and moving forward, we expect the narrative to reveal the ways technology is empowering — and not replacing — the workforce to do their jobs better.

With the skilled labor shortage showing no signs of slowing down, companies will turn to technology to do more with fewer resources, continuing to hire and train employees to incorporate these innovations into their work. And, ultimately, business development will continue to be propelled by human relationships, and networking connections, as the construction industry finds new opportunities to improve the country’s infrastructure. While technology and innovation are significant contributors, it’s important to recognize some of the major trends currently influencing the sector. Internet of things

Also called IoT, these sensors are being embedded throughout worksites in an attempt to enhance automatic data collection. Smart cities use these sensors, which collect information from a multitude of resources, to enrich the type and quantity of data collected, which will aid in monitoring and control. Cities then use this data to improve infrastructure, public utilities, services, and more. With the more widespread adoption of IoT, insurers are embracing the new

technology, and jobsites are gaining security, efficiency, and safety. These devices are a key part of risk management and help improve injury response and to communicate hazardous situations. Robotics

Robots have begun to enter construction in a number of areas. From autonomous rovers that can increase the efficiency and provide greater detail during site inspections, to mechanical arms that automate highly repetitive tasks such as brick-laying and tying rebar, the robotic revolution is set to gather significant pace in 2019. While the credibility of robots on live construction sites has long been questioned, these robots are growing even more precise and accurate, and they’ll likely become a commanding force in the construction industry. Connectivity

Connected jobsites use cloud technology to make information about almost every aspect of their operation available to all the relevant parties, regardless of whether those parties are onsite or elsewhere. From putting design information streamed from a single point of truth into

the palms of operatives, to information by geolocation, remote site monitoring, personnel location tracking, live mark-ups, and the seamless transfer of as-built information — connected jobsites improve communication, productivity, and safety for everyone involved in a project. Predictive analytics

Predictive analytics combines techniques like data mining, statistics, and modeling to analyze data and make future predictions. Along with machine learning, systems that not only feed information to the head office, but can also look ahead and provide insight into safety concerns, scheduling, or budget outlooks are going to see increased development and innovation. Predictive analytics combines techniques like data mining, statistics, modeling, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to analyze data and make forecasts. The purpose of predictive analytics is to create a new approach to problem solving through the use of data, predicting patterns in workflow, and highlighting innovative solutions. Predictive systems can anticipate problems as well as opportunities and continued to page 32

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The 10th Annual Visionaries Forum:

Creating a Need for Change This year marks The Construction Institute’s 10th Annual Visionaries Forum. As in years past, Rebecca Hopkins, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, introduced the event as a representative of founding partner, Tecton Architects. Her thought-provoking speech emphasizes the power of an innovative mindset, stating that the first step is to create a need for change. We are excited to share her insight and her invitation to continue the transformative dialogue and processes that will advance our organizations, communities, and industry.

by Rebecca Hopkins In 2010, following a time of major economic upheaval and policy change, Tecton Architects helped the Construction Institute establish the Visionaries Forum with the goal of creating a revolutionary path forward for the A/E/C industry. This first Visionaries Forum focused on tackling the complex problems our industry was facing. Each new year has brought an exploration into the tools, processes, and approaches that have and will continue to radically transform design, construction, and our understanding of the built environment. Together, we’ve learned about generative design, digital fabrication, and additive manufacturing. We’ve explored reality computing, artificial intelligence, and robotics. We’ve discovered the possibilities of augmented reality, big data

Together, we’ve learned about generative design, digital fabrication, and additive manufacturing. We’ve explored reality computing, artificial intelligence, and robotics. We’ve discovered the possibilities of augmented reality, big data collection, and the power of the cloud. The theories became more tangible, the technologies more refined, but at the core of this program are the visionaries — individuals and organizations who have truly embraced the cultural shift, engaged their staff, and created physical and intellectual environments that promote creativity and invention. collection, and the power of the cloud. The theories became more tangible, the technologies more refined, but at the core of this program are the visionaries — individuals and organizations who have truly embraced the cultural shift, engaged their staff, and created physical and intellectual environments

that promote creativity and invention It has been a decade full of exploration, groundbreaking innovation, and forwardthinking work. However, if you ask theorists today, the A/E/C industry will see more change in the next 10 years than most of us have seen in our lifetimes. There’s a phrase: “If you do not see a truck racing towards you, you are unlikely to jump out of the way; likewise, if you do not realize that you are standing on a treasure of gold, you are unlikely to bend down and pick it up.” This idea reinforces the importance for organizations, teams, and individuals to realize and create a need for change, before the act of change can take place. Unfortunately, many people have the tendency to miss the most obvious threats and opportunities because they are blinded by the way things are. So how can we create a need for change? How can we convince the industry to take the blindfold off and see that we are standing on a treasure of gold? Peter Hentschel, founding partner of Tecton Architects, had that vision and was one of the masterminds behind this program. Creating the platform to question the way things have always been; the platform to dissect efficiency, enhance profitability, encourage cultural creativity, improve visualization and implementation; the platform to embrace and incorporate change. At Tecton, this mindset has remained at the core of who we are and how we operate in the world. As we test and invest in new technologies, we leverage passionate staff, trusting relationships, and A/E/C partnerships to continue to innovate together — to truly involve our clients and reach beyond the paradigm. We keep our eyes on other industries, understanding where technology is heading, and speculating about what lies beyond the horizon so we can make better decisions today. It takes work, it takes a commitment to creating space for potential innovation, collaboration . . . for potential change. But it’s worth it, because the results can be exponential in reach and can truly change the way you do business. As the interconnection between physical things and digital systems continues to stay at the forefront of the conversation, we must continue to push the conversation, invoke curiosity, and expose how we can prosper in this ever-changing industry. Rebecca Hopkins, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, is an architectural designer and the manager of emerging technology at Tecton Architects and an active member of The Construction Institute.

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May 2019

Solutions for In-Building Connectivity by Gina Rae How does the internet of things (IoT) drive smart building infrastructure? What types of in-building solutions exist to support it? How do landlords and developers get these solutions into their buildings? IoT has actually been around for some time, but with over 10 billion devices talking to one another, the concept finally has a name. Simply put, IoT is the network of physical objects/devices that communicate with one another and exchange data. The transmission medium used for this communication is a hybrid consisting of copper wires (outdated), fiber runs, and radio frequency waves (wireless). Subscriber requirements for ondemand information, ranging from submitting an insurance claim from their cell phone to the wireless monitoring of a manufacturing plant’s environmental conditions, is increasing exponentially. This is what drives IoT expansion. People used to be satisfied with the simplicities of texting or receiving email via their

Example of a DAS system for the Boston Park Plaza Hotel

cell phones, but now they want more from their devices . . . all of their devices, and this connectivity must be available at all times. But what might this kind of network look like? Wireless connectivity can be achieved using many solutions. A Distributed Antenna System (DAS) brought cell phone coverage to citizens of Boston in the Central Artery and can also be used for in-building solutions. Timberline Communications, Inc. (TCI) has successfully integrated many DAS networks in universities, hotels, and even sports stadiums. Another option is a converged design.



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ufacturers, and executers. To deliver the best design solutions for buildings, TCI partners with manufacturers like Corning as well as engineers such as Evolution RF. The engineers design the most suitable solution for the building’s needs. Manufacturers provide the equipment. The wireless executers handle the installation. All parties work together to achieve a discrete, virtually invisible solution that achieves superior connectivity for tenants. It is this connectivity that is the foundation for a smart building. Gina Rae, PMP, is an executive leader at TCI.

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May 2019

A Conversation with Chris Wilson of Atlantic Prefab Chris Wilson is a designer-drafter for Atlantic Prefab, Inc. (API) based in Wilton, New Hampshire. High-Profile recently sat down with Wilson to talk about how he got his start, and the future of technology in prefabrication.

was also lucky enough to have been mentored by a licensed architect and former city planner for the city of Manchester. After high school I realized that designing and drafting was the field for me and pursued an associate’s degree in architecture engineering technology from NHTI and a BS in architecture from Keene State College.

High-Profile: What is your background and how long have you worked for Atlantic Prefab, Inc? Chris Wilson: I have been with API for two-and-a-half years. Prior to working at API, I spent two years as a drafter for Structures Unlimited, a sister company of Kalwall. HP: What does Atlantic PreFab do? CW: API creates prefabricated panels and trusses for commercial buildings. HP: What do you do at API? CW: I work directly with Mark Beroney, the general manager, to take plans and models from the architect or engineer and implement our prefabricated wall paneling system directly into their designs. I am in close contact with the clients in regards to ironing out the details to deliver our products in an accurate and timely manner.

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HP: When did you first discover you had an interest in the architectural field? CW: In the fourth grade, I had a teacher tell me that I should be an architect . . . and I decided to go with it! I’m happy that teacher took the time to pay attention and point that out to me, and plant a seed that has stayed with me all along. HP: Tell me a little about your education. CW: While attending Manchester High School, I was able to take college prep courses at MST (Manchester School of Technology). That is where I was introduced to Revit, the industry’s most up-todate software when it comes to drafting. I

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Prefab relocates work that would have been done in the field to Atlantic’s manufacturing facility. This approach is simply safer, faster, leaner, and smarter.


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API is also providing the window system pre-installed and sealed to the panels in the factory for added quality assurance and savings.


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May 2019


Lockheed to Mobilize CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering

CREC, construction as of March 2019

Lockheed Window Corp. is set to mobilize on the CREC Academy of Aerospace Engineering Elementary School construction site in early May 2019. Lockheed is working with general contractor Downes Construction Company on the innovative, 101,000sf project, located in Rocky Hill, Conn. Lockheed’s scope on CREC Academy, a building that will boast a multitude of components for a unique design and finish, is set to last just over six months. Lockheed will supply and install exterior and interior storefronts, curtainwalls, entrances, folding glass doors, fiberglass sandwich panels for the gymnasium, a glass floor for the upper-level main entrance, a glass display case for the art classroom, and all mirrors for the lavatories.

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Multi-Residential Malden City Ctr. Underway Callahan Partners with JAG and City of Malden

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Malden, MA – Callahan Construction Managers announced its partnership with Jefferson Apartment Group (JAG) and the city of Malden as the exclusive construction partner for the new J Malden Center. Designed by CBT, the project is a reimagination of the current downtown, connecting residences with the MBTA station, shops, and restaurants. Overall, 550,000sf of redevelopment will occur.

Once complete, J Malden Center will be a mixed-use project consisting of retail space, 300+ residential apartments, and the creation of an expansive civic office condominium that will become the future home of Malden’s City Hall, strategically positioned at the Gateway to Malden Center. The design focuses on reconnecting a major pedestrian street link to the central hub of the city. The J Malden Center project intends

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to foster a civic, commercial, and residential precedent for the city’s future. The residential portion includes a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments averaging over 865sf, with parking for 320 vehicles, inclusive of 80 publicly accessible parking spaces. Anticipated rents will begin around $1,900. Residents will have over 30,000sf of amenities, providing everything from a solarium, resort-style pool with life-size gaming deck, outdoor kitchen, and fitness center featuring Peloton bicycles. The

development is located across the street from the T and will offer nearly 25,000sf of new retail once completed. Callahan has updated the exterior façade for each building involved and is currently overseeing the interior buildout. The firm was tasked to construct 546,881sf of space, with the new building designed to mirror the height and character of neighboring properties while also adding a new vibrancy to the city center.

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NEI Wraps Up Walker Park Apts. Boston – NEI General Contracting, a general contractor and construction management firm, announced the completion of Walker Park Apartments in the Egleston Square neighborhood for Urban Edge, a national leader in the community development field. This is NEI’s sixth project for Urban Edge and creates 49 units of affordable housing. The two-building apartment complex is named for Delphine Walker, founder of Hands Around Egleston, who was a tireless activist for the neighborhood and its children. Project team members included owner/developer Urban Edge; general contractor, NEI General Contracting; architect, Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, Inc.; MEP/FP engineer, Wozny Barber & Associates; civil engineer, Samiotes Consultants Inc.; structural engineer, Roome & Guarracino LLC; and landscape architect, Hammer + Walsh Design Inc. Located on three blighted, vacant urban infill sites surrounded by an otherwise active community, NEI handled the demolition and removal of existing structures before erecting two four-story buildings. Adjacent to a public library and public playground in a transit-rich community, 67 Walker Park has 32 units and 80 Walker Park has 17 units. Both apartment

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buildings have units ranging from one bedroom to three bedrooms. On the design side, creative use was made of standard building materials, creating variation and interest in the façade. Unit sizes were trimmed slightly, counter lengths shortened, and other cost

saving options explored ranging from adjustments to the building geometry to the potential elimination of half-baths in some units to save significantly more money. NEI’s director of Northeast Construction Operations, Marc Marcelli,

is donating his time to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation to assist minority business enterprises and women-owned business enterprises. “Urban Edge is continuing our wellestablished commitment to the community by building Walker Park Apartments, which creates 49 units of affordable family housing in the Egleston Square neighborhood of Boston. These homes will increase the stock of apartments in an area facing rapid gentrification,” said Emily Loomis, director of real estate at Urban Edge. “We have a longstanding relationship with NEI General Contracting. They share our mission of strengthening communities and families by building affordable housing and vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods.” The architectural firm Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, Inc. worked closely with NEI, Urban Edge, the City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development, MHP, the Boston Planning and Development Authority, and the Department of Housing and Community Development to expedite the approvals processes. As a participant in the program, NEI provided free technical assistance and business education to Hibbert after they were selected as the electrical contractor on the Walker Park Apartments project.

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Corporate Bulfinch Welcomes Candel Therapeutics

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Boston – Bulfinch, a Boston-based, private commercial real-estate investment firm, announced that Candel Therapeutics, a Massachusetts-based biotechnology company, has signed a seven-year lease for 16,000sf of lab and office space at 117 Kendrick Street in Needham. “We are excited to help anchor the building of the N-Squared Innovation District biotechnology community. The location and facilities will enable us to foster a productive culture of innovation

and community,” stated Dr. Estuardo Aguilar-Cordova, CEO at Candel. “We are delighted to welcome Candel as our second life sciences tenant to 117 Kendrick Street and to be able to accommodate lab users at this special asset,” said Eric Schlager, CEO of Bulfinch. “Bulfinch remains committed to growing our life science portfolio.” Mike Wilcox, SVP at Bullfinch, added: “Our participation in the N-Squared Innovation District, as well as our current

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development at Cambridge Discovery Park, a 270,000sf lab and office building currently under construction and scheduled to deliver in Q1 2020, further demonstrate Bulfinch’s focus on life science and medical assets. We are dedicated to providing well-located properties and stateof-the-art spaces designed for our tenants to recruit and retain talented employees.” 117 Kendrick Street is located in Needham Crossing business park within the N-Squared Innovation District, one

of Greater Boston’s leading tech hubs. The location boasts direct access to I-95/ Route 128 and the 128 Business Council Shuttle Service. Devra Bailin, economic development director for the town of Needham, said “Mike Wilcox and Bulfinch have been a critical factor in the success of the NewtonNeedham corridor. Their planning and development expertise along with their investment in the N-Squared District has really helped transform the area.”

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Holyoke, MA – Jewett Construction, a family-owned design-build and construction management firm based in Raymond, N.H., has been selected by Solurge, Inc. to renovate its newly acquired facility on Beaulieu Street in Holyoke, Mass. Designed by Keenan + Kenny Architects, the 27,000sf former warehouse building will be transformed into a full-service cannabis cultivation, processing, storage, dispatch, and retail facility by early 2020. A phased occupancy will have Solurge operating all but its retail functions by fall 2019. Jewett Construction has been working closely with the team throughout the preconstruction stage to ensure that all climate, security, and processing equipment is coordinated between teams

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and value-engineered to meet the owner’s budget. The facility will include a commercial-grade viewing kitchen and other customer-centric amenities with a focus on community. “This is truly an exciting project for Jewett Construction,” said Greg Stewart, VP of Jewett Construction. “While this facility is in a former warehouse building, the Solurge, Inc. project has more similarities with the laboratory and cold storage facilities that we’ve built in the past due to the highly technical nature of the cannabis cultivation process. The processes and procedures that we have in place allow Jewett Construction to bring our client’s vision to life quickly, which is ideal in the cannabis and controlledenvironment agriculture industry.”

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Interiors JCJ Architecture Completes Design for Casino Monticello, NY – JCJ Architecture announced the completion of its planning, architecture, and interior design services for Resorts World Catskills in Monticello. A sprawling 1.5 million sf property set on 1,800 acres in the heart of New York’s Catskills region is now one of the largest casino destination resorts in the state of New York.

A sprawling 1.5 million sf property set on 1,800 acres in the heart of New York’s Catskills region. The property features upwards of 150 gaming tables, 2,150 slot machines, 10 bars and restaurants, and a 27,000sf subdividable event center Designed to meet five-star and fivediamond standards, RWC’s 18-story all-suite hotel tower is comprised of 332 rooms that include 12 luxury penthouse suites, eight garden suites, and 72 story villas. The property also includes two indoor pools, a full-service spa, and exterior terrace areas.

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Restoration & Renovation Integrated Builders Selected for Reno Everett, MA – Integrated Builders, of Rockland, has been selected to complete several common area renovations for Gilbane Development Company within a three-floor, 384,000sf Class A building located at 135 Santilli Highway in Everett. The construction management team includes project manager Thomas Childs, assistant project manager Kim Sheehan, and project superintendent Jim Leiter who will collaborate with Stantec Architecture on the modern design of the space. Integrated Builders will renovate the current front and back entrances. Portions of the exterior of the building will also receive a new architectural metal façade. There will be a new steel and glass awning installed to the entrance where an outdoor café will be added, and hardscape modifications such as new sidewalks will be implemented. The courtyard on the premises will be updated with all new landscaping to improve the aesthetics of the exterior. The interior lobbies will be renovated with all new tile floors and wood panel walls. There will also be a new security reception added. Modifications will be made to the restrooms such as new

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fixtures and finishes. Integrated will improve the building’s fitness center and locker rooms. The kitchen and dining area will receive new finishes and equipment, and a new coffee lounge will be built out in the common area for tenant use. Last, the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing in these areas will be improved. The asset located at 135 Santilli Highway accommodates multiple tenants. It is located off Route 93, 15 minutes North of Boston, making it a convenient location for commuters in the North Shore region.

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Wakefield, MA – Callahan Construction Managers announced the completion of interior renovations at Harvard Mills in Wakefield. The project involved a reimagination of the common areas in the west wing of the historic woolen mill, originally built in the early 1900s.

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Developer Taurus Investment Holdings, LLC has owned the building since 1999 and hired Callahan to execute a renovation of the common areas, intending to feature the fourstory atrium, exposed brick, and high ceilings throughout the building. The project consisted of modernizing the common areas, bathrooms, and exterior landscaping and design. Cube 3 served as the architect for the renovation. Harvard Mills now offers tenants updated common areas and restrooms and a spacious lobby. The brick-andbeam history of the building provides an alternative workspace, different from many other office spaces in Wakefield. The unique design intends to attract

creative, collaborative, and technologybased tenants to the building. “We always appreciate the opportunity to bring new life to historic properties,” stated Patrick Callahan, president of Callahan Inc. “As a local, family-run business, we like to ensure that the spaces we create both reflect and maintain the traditions of the cities and towns where we build.” “The Harvard Mills building has been a landmark for the town of Wakefield for over a century, and Taurus wanted to preserve this history,” stated Peter Merrigan, CEO and partner of Taurus. “Taurus and Callahan have a successful track record of restoring unique properties, so we knew they would be the right fit for the project.” Harvard Mills is located two blocks from the Commuter Rail in downtown Wakefield, with a 20-minute commute to Boston’s North Station. Tenants at Harvard Mills include Persimmon Technologies Corporation, Riverside Wealth Management, and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.

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Kaplan Completes Synagogue Restoration and Renovation

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Boston – Kaplan Construction announced the completion of an addition, restoration, and renovation of the historic Congregation Kehillath Israel (KI) in Brookline that began as a small collective in 1911 and was granted a charter by the commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1917. Over the course of 10 years, Kaplan provided preconstruction and construction management services for the extensive project, that included the reconstruction of two existing buildings, along with a 10,000sf addition to the property. The renovated synagogue, which features stone columns quarried from

Interior views of Congregation Kehillath Israel

Jerusalem and a custom Spanish tile roof, now hosts a new sanctuary, social hall, offices, preschool, and a dedicated space for Congregation Mishkan Tefila, who has colocated with KI on its Brookline campus. The project was completed in two phases. Phase 1 consisted of an extensive exterior renovation of the existing sanctuary building and schoolhouse oncampus buildings, that were originally constructed in 1924. Highlights of Phase 1 included restoration of the 100-year-old tile roof as well as the brick-and-stone façade of the

buildings. Phase 2 included the interior renovation of the sanctuary and adjacent school building, totaling 30,000sf. The interior renovations required heavy structural modifications, with the installation of new bathrooms and modern HVAC, mechanical, and lighting systems. During the second phase of the project, a 10,000sf addition was completed, which included a catering kitchen and social hall that connects to the sanctuary through a sunlit atrium and will be used for hosting special events. The preschool classrooms have been moved to a single, secure location with

direct access to the playground and gardens, and the main office was moved to the front of the building. The project team members for the project included owner: Congregation Kehillath Israel; construction manager: Kaplan Construction; architect: Handlin, Garrahan & Associates; MEP engineer: Energy Economics, Inc.; waterproofing engineer: Building Envelope Technologies; structural engineer: Foley Buhl, & Roberts Associates; civil and landscape designer: Stantec; lighting designer: Lam Partners; and interior designer: Leslie Saul & Associates.

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Education Isenberg School Geared for Growth

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Amherst, MA – The copper-clad Business Innovation Hub at the heart of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has added 70,000sf of hypercollaborative study and social space to one of the top-30 public business schools in the United States. Designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and architect of record Goody Clancy, the Business Innovation Hub directly extends the school’s existing 1964 building from the north and east sides in a wide circular loop, linking back on the upper floors to maintain connectivity.

The loop consolidates Isenberg’s faculty and staff under one roof, creating a singular place of arrival and a strong visual identity for the entire school. The Business Innovation Hub’s exterior is clad in copper, so long-term exposure to the elements will naturally weather the metal from a dark ochre to an enduring patina. With longevity and sustainability in mind, the building also targets LEED Silver certification Prominently situated on Haigis Mall near the entrance to the campus, a

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dramatic triangular glass entrance created by a domino-effect greets students. The building exterior is wrapped in straight, vertical pillars that gradually slope downward, creating a distinct appearance without any curved elements. The new expansion and partial renovation nearly doubles the school’s current space to accommodate Isenberg’s growth in the last decade, while introducing new facilities for more than 150 staff and 5,000 students in undergraduate, master’s and PhD programs. “The new Business Innovation Hub

at the Isenberg School of Management is conceived as an extension of both the building and the campus mall. The linear structure is bent to form a full loop framing an internal courtyard for the life of the students. The façade is pulled away in a domino effect to create a generous invitation from the Haigis Mall to the Learning Commons. The mall and the courtyard, inside and outside, form a forum for the students, the faculty, and the profession to meet, mingle, and mix society and academia,” said Bjarke Ingels, founder and creative director, BIG.

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May 2019


Awards Universal Window Projects Get Awards

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Marlborough, MA – Universal Window and Door provided windows for four historic restoration projects that will be honored at the 2019 Preservation Massachusetts Awards, hosted by the nonprofit historic preservation organization dedicated to preserving the commonwealth’s historic and cultural heritage. Universal supplied historic windows to winners in two categories: The Wood Worsted Mill in Lawrence and the Jackson Street Lofts in Lowell were honored as recipients of the Paul & Niki Tsongas Award, and Yarn Works

Apartments in Fitchburg, and the Lowell Community Health Center: Phase 2 were awarded the Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award. The Paul & Niki Tsongas Award recognizes people and projects that have displayed the highest level of commitment to historic preservation in the commonwealth, and the Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award is given to preservation projects that are transformative, community-focused, and revitalize the best of the past to make something good for the future.

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Raymond, NH – Jewett Construction recently received the 2019 Paul & Niki Tsongas Award by Preservation Massachusetts for its exceptional work on the NineZero Washington Project in Salem, Mass. Jewett was the construction manager and general contractor for New England developer Nine Zero Washington, LLC, three partners with many years of commercial and residential property development experience: George Vernet, Kenneth Carpi, and Thomas Carpi. The historic building was restored and renovated in early 2018. The project was designed by Winter Street Architects with a specific emphasis on preserving and restoring the historical features and character of the property.

Jewett Construction performed the 24,000sf restoration and twostory addition to the property. The 90 Washington Street building includes three stories of office space serving as the city of Salem’s administrative offices and public meeting rooms. The addition constructed at the rear of the building has been modernized with a two-story, louvered curtainwall system that was set proud of the surrounding structure to create visual relief from the surrounding metal cladding. Craig Jewett, president of the company, said, “We are very proud of our project team, design team, subcontractors, vendors, and consultants. This was truly a team effort that resulted in NineZero Washington earning this wonderful award.”


May 2019


Podcast A Journey to Recovery With Jared Hesek and Pat Donovan by Emily Langner On episode 5 of High-Profile’s Build Better Podcast, Anastasia welcomed Jared Hesek and Pat Donovan of Karas & Karas Glass Company Inc., based in South Boston. Both Hesek and Donovan began working at the company through a unique program (later named the “Boston Phoenix Foundation”) created by David Argus. Argus started the program to give recovering addicts a chance to pursue careers in the construction industry. Donovan is a Local 7 Ironworker and will celebrate 15 years of sobriety this year. Hesek is a union carpenter and is five years sober. Both men started their journey to sobriety through the Gavin Foundation, a substance abuse treatment program based in Massachusetts. The program at Karas & Karas has given both Donovan and Hesek a job that is rewarding along with a long-term plan for retirement, two things neither of them had experienced before, but Donovan says

one of the most valuable parts of the job is having other people to talk with that can relate to his journey, and his challenges. With 15 people now in the program, Donovan says having others at work that also understand the struggles of staying sober brings them closer together and helps them to be more comfortable with each other. Hesek says, “When somebody is struggling, you can see it because we’ve been there. When you’re struggling at the time, you forget how to get out of it. Sometimes you need that boost or that helping hand,” and the guys in the program provide that for each other. Both Hesek and Donovan work to help others successfully maintain their sobriety by speaking about their individual journeys. Donovan also feels strongly about making himself available by phone or text to those who may be struggling. He believes this is especially important because he remembers the days he just needed someone to talk to, but didn’t always have a person to call or who would listen. Making that connection with someone, he says, can be the difference between relapse or continuing to stay sober. Of the reason he continues to speak,

Jared Hesek and Pat Donovan

Hesek says, “All I can do is keep doing what I’m doing because there could be that one person that hears it, or that one time that one person gets something out of that message or they hear one word that I say and it makes a difference in their life.” He says there is one message he hopes everyone will walk away with: “Anybody can do it. There’s hope.” Donovan is excited about how far he has come, thanks in big part to the

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Structural Soil

continued from page 19 imagine. Financial planning is worth the exercise. Third: If we set aside the optimal solution of the large open treeway, then we are left with two broad systems of providing a planting medium below sidewalks: structural soil or suspended slabs. Structural soils utilize either coarse sand or crushed stone to create a matrix that can support sidewalks and accommodate enough topsoil to promote tree root growth. Suspended slab construction refers to the structural system that supports sidewalks and accommodates a below grade bed of topsoil. It is critical to note that whether we utilize one or the other system type, we must provide irrigation, aeration, and underdrainage to keep these soils in a modicum of health. Fourth: Structural soil systems are better suited for sidewalks next to city streets. Unless the street and its utility infrastructure are going to be entirely redesigned and reconstructed, existing utilities will always restrict the use of a suspended slab system. All those pipes, duct banks, conduits, and wires will inhibit the easy and ready placement of either reinforced concrete walls and slabs, or the modules of the plastic grid systems. It is much more cost effective to excavate around the utilities, install underdrains/


program at Karas & Karas. To those that are struggling, Donovan offers words of encouragement. “It’s going to be difficult,” he says, “but you just have to suck it up. Nothing good is going to come out of anything that is easy. We have to go through a hard time to get to where we want to be.” Emily Langner is the associate editor for High-Profile Monthly.

aeration/irrigation, and then place the structural soil than to do otherwise. We have also found that the structural soils are better able to withstand the vibrations from passing trucks and automobiles and are less prone to vibratory consolidation than a topsoil in a suspended slab condition. Fifth: Alternately, in the absence of constant, repetitive vibration of passing vehicles, the topsoil that can be placed in a suspended slab system will promote faster and healthier tree growth than the relatively sterile structural soils. Suspended slab systems are better suited to urban plazas or pedestrian malls because the planting soils have more fine sand, silt, clay, and organics. Maintaining and expanding upon the urban forest contributes to the health of our cities on many levels — to the public health of the inhabitants, to heat island mitigation and stormwater management, to psychological relief from urban hardscape, to creating wildlife habitat, and to increased property value. It is worth the upfront investment in the variables under our control, such as soil, water, and aeration. Because, ultimately, the cost of not planting trees is higher. Horace Aikman, RLA, is a senior associate and the director of construction technologies at CRJA-IBI Group.

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A Paradigm Shift: Reducing Embodied Carbon in the Built Environment by Emily Langner On May 31, the Boston Society of Architects/AIA, in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be holding a conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts titled Embodied Carbon in Buildings. The purpose of this very special event is for A/E/C industry professionals to come together to hear from “leading- edge practitioners and researchers as they investigate the impacts and opportunities of materials and products, and share strategies for realizing carbonthoughtful design.” According to Jeremy Gregory, executive director, MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub, embodied carbon refers to the environmental impact associated with the construction of buildings and creating the materials for those buildings. On episode 6 of High-Profile’s Build Better Podcast, Anastasia welcomed Gregory and Jean Carroon, FAIA, principal, Goody Clancy, to talk about the challenges those in the A/E/C industry face in reducing their carbon footprint, and the approaches to tackling this monumental issue.

According to the World Resources Institute, Carroon says, “In the last 50 years, humanity has used more raw resources and created more waste than all previous humanity before,” and in the United States, she says, “it is estimated that almost half of our consumption might be directly related to buildings or materials.” Carroon emphasizes that one of the most effective ways to reduce embodied carbon is to “place value on what already exists.” This means instead of tearing down and constructing new buildings, designers and builders should first consider starting with structures that have already been built. Gregory says one important thing industry professionals should be considering with every project is “shifting the paradigm from just thinking about performance and cost to incorporating the sustainability component as well.” He adds that “getting together people from the architecture, engineering, and construction communities and having discussions early in the design process is very important in accomplishing sustainability goals.” Gregory and Carroon also say there is not a one-size-fits-all answer, taking into account the varying materials that exist in different geographic regions, and

Jean Carroon

Jeremy Gregory

say there may be no “miracle material.” This leaves a lot of room for discussion when tackling this complex issue. They both agree that a good place to start is by working with existing materials and trying to use fewer materials in general. Carroon adds, “Architecture, design, and construction is a team sport.” She says the real breakthroughs will come when

industry professionals are consistently applying a holistic approach to each project, creating an environment where “we get the most bang for our buck in our environmental expenses, and creating a healthier, more equitable world in Boston, in our region, and for the planet.” Emily Langner is the associate editor for High-Profile Monthly.

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Company Profile Local Company’s Innovation Changes the Building Industry by Kelly McCoy For more than a century, architects, designers, builders, and real estate developers have seen windows and doors as simply building materials. Marvin at 7 Tide, an unprecedented 3,500sf brand experience center located in the Boston Seaport, has changed that forever. Marvin at 7 Tide is the brainchild of Hastings, the longtime representative of Marvin Windows and Doors in New England and Eastern New York.

“We opened the country’s first Marvin Experience Center,” explained Hastings director of marketing Miana Hoyt Dawson, “after developing proprietary technology to exemplify — for the first time — the full scope of possibilities with Marvin products long before a purchase decision is made. This nonsales, collaborative environment is a game-changer for anyone planning a project.” “We opened the country’s first Marvin Experience Center,” explained Hastings director of marketing Miana Hoyt Dawson, “after developing proprietary technology to exemplify — for the first time — the full scope of possibilities with Marvin products long before a purchase decision is made. This nonsales, collaborative environment is a gamechanger for anyone planning a project.” This technology has drawn thousands of visitors from throughout the region and earned Hastings the top innovation award


in the window industry in 2018. “Marvin at 7 Tide provides various interactive ways to critically evaluate how Marvin can achieve the objectives of any project,” said Steve Hoyt, who leads the Marvin Commercial Solutions team for Hastings. Hoyt’s team is the fulcrum between the custom manufacturing professionals at Marvin in Warroad, Minnesota, and the local Marvin dealer who is onsite to ensure every project is delivered as promised. A singular meeting place with unsurpassed technology

Marvin at 7 Tide is totally unique, looking and operating like neither a retail store nor a manufacturer’s showroom. Visitors enjoy unique collaboration spaces, each with its own experience and goal. Inside the Marvin Living Room, a proprietary product-to-scale projector brings architectural plans to life. As a Hastings Brand Ambassador guides the conversation about how a bank of three windows in one style looks, you see them appear on the wall exactly as they would be in a home or commercial building. Too tall? The wall projection changes instantly to inform the conversation. As a result, visitors gain confidence to make important decisions that allow the project to progress. In the resource pavilion, at a Smart Touch Table, visitors can actually design their own windows and doors. Through a proprietary interface, you can see the window design appear on the table, change the interior color, the exterior cladding, the style, hardware, and more, with each feature rendering instantly for consideration on the table surface. “As if this weren’t exciting enough,” said Hoyt, “everything at Marvin at 7 Tide is ‘session-based,’ meaning any photo, rendering, or sample that inspires you is saved by your brand ambassador and

Marvin at 7 Tide

emailed to you at the completion of your visit. You can then review your selections and share them with any member of your project team.” The new headquarters for Marvin Modern

As architects and builders in the Northeast have actively embraced the modern aesthetic, Marvin at 7 Tide has become a singular resource for researching Marvin Modern, an exciting new product line that reflects the future of modern design for windows and doors. “We invite anyone involved in a modern building project to utilize Marvin at 7 Tide to help visualize Marvin’s newest products and understand how they realize the exacting principles and standards of true modern architecture,” explained Marvin at 7 Tide Manager Lauren Hokenson. For more on Marvin at 7 Tide, visit

Smart Touch Table

seventide.com. For details on how the Marvin Commercial Solutions Team at Hastings can help your project succeed, visit awhastings.com/com mercial-solutions. Kelly McCoy is co-owner of The McCoy Group and has written for industry-leading home design and building professionals for more than 25 years.

University Landscapes Can Enhance Wellbeing continued from page 18

rooted in our unconscious from the time people inhabited African savannas: Being able to see predators before they saw us was essential. Now, it provides a sense of unknown comfort. This is why people tend to like terraces or decks on their homes. A guiding design strategy for the renovation of the building was to connect the interior space to the landscape as much as possible. There are a series of glazed workrooms along the first floor corridor. Windows in these spaces have sills and heads tight to the exterior surfaces to tie together the materials on the inside and out. When walking through the corridor, one can experience a continuous connection to the courtyard. An unexpected delight is that the glazing on the other side of the corridor provides a reverse reflection of the courtyard:

translucently layered with views to the townhouses on the other side of the building through the classroom and study spaces. One feels truly surrounded by nature even when indoors. Landscape architecture has always been part of our practice at Pirie Associates because we do not see the walls of the building as a scope of work boundary. The blurrier the lines, the more we share responsibility as design professionals for the impacts of what we make in the built environment. And when we acknowledge and utilize the potential for the comprehensive built environment to improve health and wellbeing, our work has an even greater impact on the communities we serve. Becky Nichols, NCIDQ, LEED AP, is an associate at Pirie Associates, an active member of The Construction Institute.

May 2019


Healthcare SLAM Completes Outpatient Suites

New cardiac rehab space of The Hospital of Central Connecticut / all photos: SLAM – Christa Maul

New Britain, CT – The integrated design and construction team at SLAM (The S/L/A/M Collaborative and S/L/A/M Construction Services) has completed several outpatient suites on the first floor of Hartford Healthcare’s The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. The team worked with facility managers to budget, design, and build the transformative project, which included a complete interior demolition and renovation of outdated spaces, all done within an occupied floor. Meeting new urgent care satellite standards for interiors, SLAM renovated 3,600sf of former clinical space to create a new welcoming maternal fetal medicine

suite that provides a reception and waiting area, and consultation, ultrasound, exam, and administrative rooms. A new 1,800sf spine center is connected to the fetal medicine suite and features a separate and transparent glazed vestibule entrance with reception and staffing stations, waiting, consultation, and exam rooms, nurse stations, and administrative offices. The new suite is designed with soft natural hues in wall and floor finishes, frosted glass panels, sliding barn-type doors, indirect cove lighting, and accent furniture. The exam rooms feature soft light, minimal furniture, and large wall monitors to view and share in patient-

New maternal medicine suite interior

doctor interaction. Adjacent to these two suites is a renovated 3,200sf cardiac rehabilitation gym that was formerly clinical offices. The new patient-dedicated suite also offers prep areas, glazed work area, cardiac gym equipment room, work spaces, consultation room, storage, and an existing data closet. “Our integrated team of design and construction professionals were pleased to help transform existing space within the hospital, to new outpatient facilities that will enhance the community,” says Matt Ciaglo, AIA, project manager, S/L/A/M Construction Services.

New spine center suite

The Battle Over the Curb and the Future of Urban Mobility continued from page 10

needs of today and the foreseeable future, providing ride share vehicles with a designated location for short-term stopping where they can safely pick up and drop off their passengers Adapting to reduced street parking space will be an enormous challenge, particularly for retail businesses and restaurants, who predominantly feel that losing nearby street parking means they will lose foot traffic and business. While that may still be true in suburban areas, as more and more people move to cities and give up their personal vehicle, they still need to get around and turn to rideshares. Rideshare vehicles typically idle for less than 2 minutes while they pick up or drop off their rider, and often much less, whereas a parking space will be used by one vehicle, typically staying for more than an hour. This vast difference in the number of people that can access the curb, and therefore adjacent business, should significantly increase foot traffic and

PSD phase 1

therefore sales. While airports, hotels, and other private entities have already created specific zones for rideshare pick-up and drop-off, it is not so easy for municipalities to do so. The city of Boston is one of the few public groups in the country that is actively studying the concept. Four parking spaces in the Fenway neighborhood have been converted from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day to rideshare only. While the study is young, two things are clear thus far: Better signage and better enforcement

PSD phase 2

are essential in making interventions such as this a success. Otherwise, people on feet and in cars do not know where to go and they will not change their current detrimental habits. At CRJA-IBI Group, we are currently studying the best ways to instill the transition from street parking to dynamic, multi-use curb spaces that can maximize ridership and revenue by changing use based on time of day and demand. By selectively and incrementally replacing spaces in phases, the impact on the single occupancy vehicle owner will be

PSD today

minimal, but the overall effect will be clear: More people will be able to access downtown and with less congestion. Over time, not only can more spaces be converted to hyper-local portals for urban mobility, they can also be used to create the rapidly increasing demand for outdoor space. This way, the urban centers that many young people are migrating to can be more walkable, vastly increasing their mobility. Jeff Bittenbender, RLA, is an urban designer and landscape architect at CRJA-IBI Group.


May 2019


Connecticut CT ABC Construction Career Day Event

Young girls attending Career Day / all photos from ABC CT’s 2018 Construction Career Day.

Plainville, CT – On May 1 and 2, Connecticut Associated Builders and Contractors (CT ABC) will host its eighth annual Construction Career Days that will feature a construction career expo with approximately 1,300 high school

juniors and seniors in attendance. The event will be held at New Life Church at 350 High Hill Road, Wallingford. The construction industry has come together to present this two-day event as a way to promote workforce development and for high school students interested in careers in the construction industry. There will be dozens of booths and interactive exhibits for the students to participate in hands-on learning

experiences. These will include masonry, fire protection, plumbing, sheet metal, carpentry, welding, and many more. We will also have live equipment demonstrations using excavators, cranes, skid steers, and other large pieces of construction equipment. It is CT ABC’s hope that this event will showcase possible career paths for these students and help develop the next

generation of skilled tradesmen. There are currently 500,000 open jobs in the American construction industry, a number that is expected to climb to more than 1 million by 2020. We hope that by demonstrating what careers in construction have to offer, that CT ABC will help encourage students into rewarding careers in the trades.

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Hartford, CT – Amenta Emma’s project 616 New Park received the Best in Class award in the Transit Oriented Development category at the 24th Annual CREW CT Blue Ribbon Awards Showcase held at The Bushnell in Hartford. This pioneering mixed-use community, the first to be located immediately adjacent to a CTfastrak rapid transit stop in West Hartford, provides mixed income housing attractive to everyone from seniors to Millennials. The 54-unit project, with one- and twobedroom units, is priced both at market rate and at rates attractive to a workforce earning at or below 60% of the area’s median income. Eleven units are designated as supportive housing for veterans. The first floor is intended for retail development compatible with restaurants and

616 New Park lobby / Benson Photography

shopping venues nearby. The exterior design is simple, a blend of materials that pays homage to the neighborhood’s commercial and industrial roots. Inside, vibrant color schemes serve as wayfinding elements on each floor. Artwork and wayfinding graphics were developed to honor Connecticut’s transportation history.

May 2019


Retail/Hospitality Construction to Begin on Newport Hotel DiPrete Provides Engineering Services Newport, RI – Plans for a new 57-room, four-story hotel in Newport are moving along. Located at the corner of Long Wharf and America’s Cup Avenue, the new hotel will replace a two-story building that formerly housed a Hooley store and the Corcoran, Peckham, Hayes, Leys & Olaynack PC Law Firm. Demolition has begun and construction will beginin May. The new hotel is expected to be complete by summer of 2020. Developers of the hotel, Farrar Equities, LLC and Crosspoint Associates, Inc., have named the upscale boutique property the Brenton Hotel after Brenton Reef located at the entrance to Narragansett Bay. DiPrete Engineering provided engineering and surveying services and worked closely with the developers to secure permits for the project from the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), the city of Newport, and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT). The property will feature architectural details that honor the historic buildings of

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Brenton Hotel / rendering by Group One Partners of Boston

Newport, while its guestrooms and suites will provide modern comforts with a high level of luxury. A lounge, dining, and common area will be located on the first floor. Farrar and Crosspoint have teamed with Dan Paquette, CEO of Sterling Construction Management, LLC, and Behan Brothers, Inc., general contractors, to construct the hotel. The team is also working with Group One Partners of Boston and DiPrete Engineering. The harborfront building will be raised above what is required in preparation for sea-level rise, and parking spaces will be underneath the hotel on the ground level.

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PROCON Nears Completion on Hotel Quincy, MA – PROCON of Manchester, N.H., is in the final months of construction on an 89,000sf Staybridge Suites/Holiday Inn Express in Quincy. Upon completion, it will be the company’s third dualbranded hotel in the Greater Boston area in less than two years. As the hotel’s façade nears completion, the project team has turned its attention to the interior finishes. Flooring, wall covering, and painting are in progress with the installation of furniture, fixtures, and equipment up next. PROCON is the designer and construction manager, and XSS Hotels, also of Manchester, collaborated with the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) on the five-story project. The hotel’s One Arlington Street location is directly across from the MBTA’s North Quincy Station. A total of 180 guest rooms will be equally divided between the Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn Express. Staybridge Suites is an extended-stay hotel targeting long-term customers with studio units featuring kitchenettes complete with a sink, cooktop, microwave, dishwasher, and a refrigerator. The Holiday Inn Express is aimed at shorter-staying customers seeking comfort, convenience, and affordability. Each brand offers a complimentary breakfast and internet service. “We really look forward to rolling

2019 calendar Staybridge / Holiday Inn Express, Quincy, Mass.

out this dual-branded hotel so close to Boston. It is a marvelous opportunity to offer our guests more options, the best of both brands, and always with the goal of providing them the finest possible guest experience,” said Mark Stebbins, one of the owners of XSS Hotels. Part of the excitement about showcasing two established brands is the blended amenities. All guests will enjoy a stylish reception, lounge and bar, a buffet breakfast area with seating, a guest dining room, 24×7 pantry, and gathering spaces for socializing. The design also includes a fitness room, a 24-hour business center, a guest laundry room, and two meeting rooms.




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May 2019


Northern New England

Work Underway on Residence Inn PROCON Architect and CM

Jewett to Transform Portland ScrubaDub


Portland, ME – ScrubaDub, a thirdgeneration family-owned car wash company with locations all over New England, has selected Jewett Construction to renovate and add onto its existing wash facility on Forest Avenue in Portland. Over the next few months, Jewett will be providing major site improvements, exterior renovations, and the construction of a new retail addition. “Jewett Construction is thrilled to be partnering with ScrubaDub on this project. Our newly expanded Southern Maine office has allowed us to hit the ground running on a very busy site. We

are excited to see the transformation of this location take place,” says Jon Sirois, general manager of Maine operations at Jewett Construction. The project will focus on modernizing the existing facility with new metallic aluminum paneling, anodized storefront systems, and a curved roof frame sitting above the new retail spaces. New and old will be bridged with modular brick veneer systems and consistent color applications. Construction will be completed by midsummer 2019.

Manchester, NH – Work is underway on an 82,200sf upscale Residence Inn by Marriott located at 40 Lake Avenue in the heart of historic downtown Manchester. The owner, AAM 15 Management of Burlington, Mass., selected local firm PROCON of Hooksett, N.H., as the architect and construction manager for the project. The new hotel will be across the street from the SNHU Arena, considered one of Northern New England’s premier sports and entertainment facilities. The four-story extended-stay hotel was designed for travelers seeking both short- and long-term accommodations. The design features 105 king and 18 double-queen studio suites. Each room will include thoughtful design elements and boast the comforts of home, such as fully equipped kitchens with standardsized appliances, and a living area to maximize their stay. A sophisticated reception and lobby space will segue to a lounge and spacious bar serving local craft beers, creative cocktails, and a modern menu serving local ingredients. The amenity-rich hotel will include a breakfast buffet area, a salt-water pool, state-of-the-art fitness facility, a 24×7 market and business center, a laundry

Residence Inn Manchester

zone, and an outdoor patio complete with a fire pit, grill, and al fresco seating. Two tech-savvy private meeting rooms will be available for business meetings, seminars, and social events. “We wanted to connect the hotel to Manchester through sensitive design solutions that enhance the city and promote the visual integrity and experience of the arena district,” said Kent Beirne, PROCON’s vice president of architecture. The company’s interior design team paid homage to the city’s historical mill buildings in their design and incorporated the blue hues and flowing lines of the Merrimack River throughout the hotel’s interior.

Have you heard? Anastasia Barnes interviews guests in the AEC/O world discussing how we can transform our industry by embracing forward-thinking ideas, new technology and innovative solutions. Meet the leaders, visionaries and disruptors that are taking action to build a better world.

Out now:

Episode 5

Episode 5 of Build Better is Part 2 of a 3 part series on the opioid epidemic in the construction industry in New England. In this episode, Anastasia has a frank conversation with Jared Hesek and Pat Donovan, Jared Hesek and Pat Donovan contractors at Karas & Karas Glass. Both men have struggled with addiction and are now in recovery, living healthy sober lives. They each share their journey to recovery and how they ended up working for Karas & Karas Glass They give real advice to those who may be currently struggling with addiction.

Out now:

Jean Carroon

Episode 6

Jeremy Gregory

On Episode 6 of Build Better, Anastasia welcomes Jeremy Gregory, executive director of MIT’s Concrete Sustainability Hub and Jean Carroon, FAIA, principal of Goody Clancy to discuss the challenges and solutions surrounding embodied carbon and the upcoming one-day conference (on May 31) at MIT entitled Embodied Carbon in Buildings.

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May 2019


People DiPrete Promotes DeMers Dedham, MA – DiPrete oversight of the process maps Engineering has announced the and identifying areas of design promotion of Kevin DeMers to improvement. senior project engineer of the He is currently leading firm’s Dedham office. the engineering designs for DeMers, who joined DiPrete the Waltham Fire Station in 2000, is responsible for all expansion, the new Millstone aspects of a project’s engineerMedical building in Fall River, ing, including oversight of endrainage improvements at a DeMers gineers, design implementation, CVS in North Attleborough, and parking and preparation for public hearings. area improvements for a Hilton hotel He will continue to play a key role in the firm’s Lean initiatives, including in Dedham.

KBE VP Appointed to Camp Courant Board Farmington, CT – KBE Building the camp implement more than Corporation’s vice president $1.5 million in capital upgrades of business development, over the last three years,” Allan Kleban, was recently stated McKinley Albert, Camp appointed to Hartford’s Camp Courant executive director Courant Board of Directors. and CEO. As a member of the board, he Hartford’s Camp Courant will help ensure that the camp is the oldest and largest free achieves its strategic goals summer day program in the Kleban and that more than 1,000 of country. It provides Hartford children equal opportunity to participate in Hartford’s young people will have what recreational and educational experiences the camp describes as “the summer of a that balance fun with enrichment, while lifetime.” expanding horizons, instilling confidence, “Allan has been a staunch supporter promoting healthy lifestyle choices, and of Hartford’s Camp Courant for many inspiring big dreams for the future. years and played a critical role in helping

NAIOP Mass. Welcomes Nicolaou Needham, MA – NAIOP MasNicolaou most recently sachusetts, The Commercial worked in strategic communiReal Estate Development Assocations and government affairs ciation, has welcomed Anastaat Liberty Square Group in sia Nicolaou as its government Boston, where she advised cliaffairs associate. ents across several sectors. She She will be supporting held multiple positions at the NAIOP’s legislative, regulatory, Barbara Lee Political Offices and judicial advocacy efforts and Barbara Lee Family FounNicolaou on behalf of the commercial dation in Cambridge. She began real estate industry. She will also manage her career in the Constituent Services political giving and fundraising. Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick.

AIA R.I. Names Taylor President Pawtucket, RI – LLB Architects, associate in 2017 and recently a New England architecture firm promoted to senior associate. based in Pawtucket, announced His experience includes exthat senior associate Jonathan tensive work with governmental M. Taylor, AIA, has been and institutional clients, includnamed president of AIA Rhode ing many Rhode Island higher Island. The 501c6 nonprofit education institutions. membership organization, Prior to joining LLB founded in 1875, is the seventh Architects, he worked for Taylor oldest chapter of the American Goody Clancy in Boston. Institute of Architects. Taylor has been an active member Taylor joined LLB Architects in of the American Institute of Architects 2011. He was named director of design (AIA) since 2000, the Boston Society of implementation in 2015, a role he Architects until 2011, and AIA Rhode continues in today. He was promoted to Island since 2012.

SLAM Welcomes Richard Sears Glastonbury, CT – The S/L/ Health a 1,000+ bed system in A/M Collaborative (SLAM) Western Mass. While there, recently welcomed Richard A. he completed projects for The Sears, AIA, NCARB, LEED Baystate Children’s Hospital, AP BD+C, as project manager BH Regional Oncology in the Healthcare Studio. He Program, and the $25 million brings more than 20 years of surgery center at Franklin experience as an architect, Medical Center. responsible for the planning, Most recently he was Sears design, and construction of engaged by the BMC facility masterplan complex building types, especially and the planning and design of 80,000sf hospitals and outpatient facilities. to include 16 operating and eight Prior to joining SLAM, he served interventional procedure rooms. as a senior project manager for Baystate

JCJ Architecture Promotes Seven related to K-12 and higher Hartford, CT – JCJ Architecture education, civic, and hospitality. has announced the promotion of Elevated to senior associate: seven leaders within its growing architectural and interior design Anne Tansantisuk, AIA, practice. LEED AP, senior project arPaul M. Hamel, RA, project chitect. She has worked extendirector, has been elevated sively on projects for corporate/ to principal. He has 25 years commercial, government, and of experience in project higher education. Hamel development and management Randy Hull, AIA, project and has led large interdisciplinary team director. His 30-year career includes in the delivery projects for gaming, leadership as an architect, project hospitality, and tribal government ranging manager, owner’s rep., and developer. from $1 million to $500 million in value. Jeffrey O’Keefe, documents team He been with JCJ Architecture since 2014. leader, has been a key part of JCJ’s Lou Iannucci, director of information growth to a nationally recognized firm in technology, was promoted to director the gaming and hospitality industry. and senior associate. He began his career Lauren Braren, AIA, project designer in construction documents and project and studio leader, who, in her 20-year management. He joined JCJ in 1993 career, has been focused on projects for and became part of JCJ’s information civic, K-12, and higher education. technology group, first as CADD manager “I am extremely happy to announce and later as senior manager of applications the promotion of these individuals and and technology. to acknowledge their contributions to our Kevin Beals, AIA, project architect, firm and the projects they serve,” said Pehas been elevated to associate. He has 12 years of experience in projects ter Stevens, president of JCJ Architecture.

TFMoran Promotes Belanger


Bedford, NH – Jeremy Belanger, EIT, was recently promoted to senior project engineer. He joined TFMoran in 2015 serving as a project engineer in the civil engineering department in Bedford. Belanger’s work experience includes civil/site design and infrastructure design, as well as regulatory permitting and approvals for residential, commercial, industrial, municipal, and energy projects.

RPF’s Ham Earns CMI Amesbury, MA – RPF Environmental, Inc. announced that Brianna Ham, environmental health and safety consultant, has earned Council-Certified Microbial Investigator (CMI) designation by the American Council for Accredited Certification. The CMI designation,


accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards, recognizes Ham’s knowledge and field experience in microbial sampling. This prestigious certification will allow her to inspect properties for mold and bacteria issues and provide recommendations for handling contamination.


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May 14 20-20 Vision: Plans and Perspectives from Two CT DAS Construction Services Leaders Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT Hear from two key recently appointed leaders of the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services – Construction Services and learn about the changes and improvements their department has made, their biggest challenges moving forward, and how this all affects the AEC community.

May 22 2019 Conference + Design Awards Gala Northeastern University, Boston, Mass. The BSLA Conference is an all-day event that will feature a lively mix of site tours and professional workshops, speakers and discussions, and will conclude with the 2019 BSLA Design Awards Gala, held that same evening. All conference sessions will be submitted for LA CES and AIA continuing education credits.

PWC Philadelphia May 21 Owning Your Voice: The Wingwoman Effect BEX @ One Commerce Square Philadelphia, PA We’re all familiar with the idea of stepping on others to get ahead—but there is another way. Join PWC Philadelphia for breakfast and an interactive workshop, where you’ll learn how to strengthen your own career and network through stronger relationships with the women around you.



May 22 Slay Your Money Demons: Sip Sessions with Kelly Bradley & Joe Lander The Conduit Center, East Hartford, Conn. What would it feel like to unshackle ourselves and reframe the narrative around money? How can we choose to reclaim our power and make the impossible… possible? The session is for people who are willing to explore aligning their money with who they really are, and what they truly care about. We’ll learn, laugh, cry, experience guilt and possibly even shame as we shed burdens and expectations.

Promoting the Mechanical Contracting Industry for

125 We offer membership within the Mechanical Contractors Association, Mechanical Service Contractors Association, and the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau. We support our member contractors through our educational seminars, labor and government relations, industry news and marketing. Committed to the future of our industry, we sponsor MCA student chapters at Northeastern University and Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Our affiliation with the Mechanical Contractors Association of America and our strong, cooperative relationship with the United Association enable us to offer our members numerous opportunities to build lasting, beneficial relationships with peers while acquiring the business knowledge and tools to keep their company successful.






May 29 Marketing Communications Awards Farmington Gardens, Farmington, Conn. Join SMPS Connecticut as they recognize excellence in marketing communications by professional services firms in the A/E/C industry for their exemplary marketing projects, campaigns, and materials. SMPS members and non-members alike are encouraged to dress to impress, walk the gold carpet and enjoy a night of awards, dinner, and networking!

BICSI May 30 Emerging Technologies Seminar Boston Marriott Peabody, Peabody, MA BICSI is a global professional association supporting the advancement of the information and communications technology (ICT) community. The seminar will include light refreshments, networking and product demonstrations.

BSA/AIA May 31 Embodied Carbon in Buildings Samberg Conference Center at MIT The time for AEC professionals to talk carbon is now. Come to learn from leadingedge practitioners and researchers as they investigate the impacts and opportunities of materials and products, and share strategies for realizing carbon-thoughtful design. Leave with literacy on the issues of embodied carbon and implementable approaches for forward-looking practice.

AGC MA June 5 Opioid Stand Down 370-430 Summer Street, Boston, Mass. The AGC MA will hold an Opioid Stand Down as part of its new Building the Path to Recovery campaign to eliminate opioid use in the commercial construction industry in continuation of the Commercial Construction Industry Opioid Summit held this past January. AGC MA members will receive an Opioid Stand Down package complete with an opioid awareness toolbox talk, vinyl jobsite signs, branded T-shirts, and hard hat stickers.

SMPS Boston June 6 2019 Awards Gala Hotel Commonwealth, Boston, Mass. Join SMPS Boston to honor the Boston A/E/C firms and professionals who represent the best in marketing communications. Check out the best and the brightest marketing efforts from the past year.


June 6 Panel on Marijuana and Opioids in Construction Westin Waltham Boston, Waltham, Mass. With the recent legalization of marijuana and growing Opioid Crisis in Massachusetts, it is becoming increasingly more important for employers and employees alike to understand the true impact that this is having on jobsite safety and the construction industry as a whole. Talking points will include getting employees to buy into a culture of safety on the jobsite, how to promote a safer jobsite to prevent injury, the reality of substance abuse in the construction industry, and the impact of employees coming to work impaired.

CBC June 11 2019 23rd Project Team and Scholarship Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting The Bond Ballrooom, Hartford, Conn. Join the CBC as they end their program year in celebration of the PTA Award Winning Projects and Teams. The Connecticut Building Congress will honor project teams that demonstrated extraordinary collaboration in the execution of their projects. The CBC Scholarship Fund also will recognize this year’s scholarship recipients.

AGC NH June 13 Awards Social Featuring Presentation on Autonomous Trucking The Derryfield, Manchester NH AGC NH welcomes keynote speaker Bob Buick of Volvo Trucks North America, a world leader in transport solutions. Bob’s presentation will look at the current applications with autonomous vehicles, their impact on the industry, and current and future technologies. The ceremony will also honor recipients of the National AGC Safety Awards (NASA).

AGC MA June 14 Safety Award Brunch 2019 Westin Copley Place, Boston, Mass. The AGC of America National Safety Awards and the Massachusetts Merit awards will be presented. A brunch buffet will be provided.

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High-Profile: Hey Heidi

May 2019


Hey Heidi



| RESILIENT | ENERGY EFFICIENT After having Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) done for each one of your Concrete Masonry Unit mix designs, is there anything in particular that you learned? - Environmentally Lowering Impacts


Dear ELI: Having EPDs for each of our mix designs has helped us have a better understanding how our raw materials and manufacturing process affect the environmental impacts of our products. Previously valued sustainable attributes, such as recycled content and regional materials, didn’t matter as much as we thought. What mattered the most was the amount of cement in the mix. The cement to aggregate ratio affected most of the impact indicators; global warming potential (GWP), acidification, eutrophication, smog creation and ozone depletion. The less cement we use, the less impact we have. One way to reduce the cement content




DURABLE | SOUND REDUCING Materials | LOW (SCMs) MAINTENANCE is| to use Supplementary Cementitious such as slag (a by-product of the steel industry, unfortunately not a regional material anymore). For easy numbers, let’s take a CMU mix design that uses 10% PROJECT NAME cement. If we replace 40% of the cement with slag, and we were looking Mount Wachusett Community College at recycled content, the overall weight of pre-consumer recycled content Gardner, MA is only around 4%. But, if we look at the GWP, comparing these 2 mix designs, it is lowered by more than 1/3. There were many other things ARCHITECT: like this that we uncovered by having EPDs for every mix design. Now, Architerra, Inc. not only do we have our EPDs for the rating systems, we also have an environmental impact baseline and solid direction of how to improve our sustainability moving forward.

Heidi Jandris, BArch, is 3rd generation, Technical Resource and Sustainability Manager at A. Jandris & Sons.

For concrete masonry questions, email heidi@ajandris.com or tweet @heidiAJS. For more technical Q & A, visit Heidi’s site, http://ajandris.com/hey-heidi/



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™

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 shaped 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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High-Profile: May 2019  

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High-Profile: May 2019  

This is our annual landscape & civil focus and innovation & technology issue!