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Anastasia Barnes It’s June, which means it’s our annual healthcare facilities focus! We start off our healthcare section with Emily Langner’s article on the takeaways from this year’s Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Annual Design, Operations, and Construction Conference. Read Emily’s full report on page 14.
I’d like to call special attention to our Build Better podcast on pages 24 and 25. If you haven’t heard, I produce and host a podcast called Build Better, where I talk with people that are acting on their own vision (or their organization’s vision) to build a better industry. If you haven’t listened to the two latest episodes, I encourage you to! Mary Vogel, Andrea Dunn and Tom Gunning are my most recent guests. You can listen to the podcasts on your phone or computer, visit: high-profile.com/build-better-podcast
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It was my honor to emcee the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Connecticut Marketing Communications Awards this year. I enjoyed helping to shine the spotlight on the marketing teams who do so much behind the scenes to improve the visibility of Connecticut’s top AEC firms.
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Sixty-seven percent of highway contractors report that motor vehicles had crashed into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America. In response, association officials have launched a new radio and media campaign urging drivers to slow down and remain alert in highway work zones.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has added the Industrial Trust Company Building in Providence to its 2019 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, an annual list that spotlights important examples of our nation’s architectural and cultural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. Dubbed the “Superman Building” due to its resemblance to the Daily Planet building from Superman comics, the iconic Art Deco tower has been vacant for six years and has no current rehabilitation plans.
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Augusta, ME – Pittsfield, Maine-based Cianbro Corporation and joint venture partner VJS Construction Services of Pewaukee, Wis. broke ground recently on the new 138-bed Maine Veterans’ Homes (MVH) senior living facility in Augusta. The 179,000sf long-term care complex will be situated on 44 acres directly across the street from Maine General Medical Center, the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, and Kennebec Pharmacy and Home Care. Designed jointly by Gawron Turgeon
Architects of Scarborough, Maine, and Milwaukee-based Plunkett Raysich Architects, the $91 million, state-of-theart residential care facility will replace MVH’s current 150-bed nursing home. The new campus will comprise four two-story buildings, including three residential buildings centered on the “small house” model that features private bedrooms and bathrooms for every resident. Each residential building will have 10 to 15 private rooms clustered around a living room, dining room,
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den, and kitchen in which residents are encouraged to gather and help prepare meals if so inclined. The fourth building will contain a gym, large rehab pool, and extensive multipurpose room. It will also feature a “town center” with storefronts housing amenities such as a barber shop/beauty parlor, movie theatre, bistro, and veterans club. Outdoor amenities include patios, raised gardening beds, and a stocked pond where residents can fish. “We hope this new facility will be a
fitting tribute to our veterans and provide them the home, dignity and quality of life that they so richly deserve,” said MVH CEO Kelley Kash. “We look forward to opening the doors of the new Augusta home by this time in 2021.” In addition to Kash, the groundbreaking event featured comments by Maine Governor Janet Mills and the state’s entire congressional delegation, as well as United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, whose department contributed $49 million toward the project.
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Stoneham, MA – Integrated Builders announced that it has been selected as the construction manager for a 120,000sf self-storage facility in Stoneham. The work will be performed on behalf of owner Jumbo Self Storage, LLC. Integrated Builders’ team includes Dean Kelliher, project manager; Jeff Seaman, project superintendent; and Barbara Frazier, assistant project manager; who will implement the design of architect BL Companies. The project will start with extensive site work and shoring. The Integrated Builders team must build into the side of a hill and erect 30-foot-high concrete retaining walls. The facility will be constructed with a structural steel frame and insulated metal wall panels, while split face block will be installed around the lower exterior. It will
stand three stories tall and include a full basement. The interior will house 1,000 temperature-controlled storage units that are accessed through commercial sliding doors and an elevator in the front entrance area. The first level will include reception for sales and administration, and all three levels will include individual storage lockers. Integrated Builders will install a state-of-the-art fire protection system throughout the building. In addition, landscaping and irrigation will be installed around the perimeter to enhance curb appeal. Lastly, a small parking lot will be paved for staff and customer use. The new self-storage facility is located at the former Montvale Plaza directly off Route 93, making it a convenient location for customers in the North Shore region.
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Medford, MA – Elected officials and CTA Construction staff were joined by Medford Law Enforcement leadership recently to break ground on a new energy-efficient police headquarters in the city. The new three-story facility will be located directly behind the existing facility, and will provide more than 35,000sf of space for the department. Waltham-based CTA Construction won a competitive bidding process earlier this year and is slated to complete the construction for $17,860,000, a full 3% under budget. The new stateof-the-art facility features new offices and conference rooms for officers, a fitness center, increased evidence storage, updated detention facilities, and a new combined dispatch center. The construction timeline is scheduled to continue through the fall of 2020.
The building will not use any fossil fuels which will greatly reduce its carbon footprint. By avoiding costly natural gas and oil, the building will help keep local air quality high and save in heating costs. Heating and cooling will instead be provided by heat pumps, aided by the installation of an efficient energy recovery system. “Having enough space and a well-designed headquarters will be a great asset to the hard-working law enforcement and public safety officers of Medford, as well as to the general public,” said Paul DuRoss, principal at CTA Construction. “The new, stateof-the-art headquarters will also lower the facility’s environmental impact and provide savings in operation costs due to its increased energy efficiency.”
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On the exterior of the site, improved landscaping will create ample green and open space. A new accessible entryway will also provide easier and more convenient access. These updates will allow the West Branch Library to increase programming opportunities for individuals of all ages and create a more visitor-friendly space.
Belmont School Breaks Ground Belmont, MA – A groundbreaking ceremony for the town of Belmont’s new Middle and High School took place on May 28. The 445,100sf project is conceived as a flexible and agile environment to prepare students for the coming decades and will take Belmont’s already highly-ranked public school system to a new level. The building will feature both carefully separated and strategically shared spaces between the two schools. By co-locating all students on one campus, the district solves a town-wide space shortage concern in the face of growing enrollment. This future-ready building is also tackling climate change with its intent to achieve zero net energy. The project team is a collaboration among the town, the Mass. School Building Authority, SKANSKA, Daedalus Projects and the global design and research firm Perkins+Will. “The building will perform at a very high level of sustainability through a comprehensive strategy that includes geothermal wells and rooftop photovoltaic panels, all while burning zero fossil fuels on site,” says Building Committee Chairman Bill Lovallo. “The reduction in energy use is great news for the environment and also will
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Plymouth, MA – A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently for construction of a new, $3.3 million maritime center to replace the small building that currently houses all harbormaster operations at Plymouth Harbor. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined local leaders and the project team to celebrate the occasion that marks a major step in the town’s effort to expand and secure the harbor while increasing accessibility for residents and tourists. Nadeau Corporation Construction Development and Engineering has been awarded the construction contract for the new facility designed by Olson Lewis + Architects that will include a laundry, showers, and public restrooms for transient boaters as well as an office and bathrooms for the harbormaster and his staff.
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Cape Neddick, ME – Plans and permits were approved in January for the new Center for Wildlife conservation medicine and education facility and campus. Jewett Construction is the construction manager for the new 16,000sf wildlife medical clinic and visitor center facility that is being designed by McHenry Architects of Portsmouth, N.H. and civil engineering services are being provided by Ambit Engineering, also of Portsmouth. The two-story facility will feature an expanded wildlife medical clinic, classroom and conference spaces, a nature discovery center, and indoor/ outdoor gathering spaces. Construction will include a focus on conservation and sustainability, with plans to include solar energy, rainwater collection, and the use of energy efficient and low maintenance building materials. Center for Wildlife Executive Director Kristen Lamb noted that “our current
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Focus: Healthcare Facilities Annual MHA Conference Provides Education, Inspiration by Emily Langner On May 17, the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) held its Annual Design, Operations, and Construction Conference in Burlington, Mass. The purpose of the conference is to give hospital facilities leaders and architecture, design, and construction professionals working in the health care space an opportunity to learn about some of the latest issues, best practices and innovations in the field, as well as to network with their colleagues. According to Kirsten L. Singleton, MBA, CAE, executive director of MHA’s Center for Education & Professional Development, “Things are always rapidly changing in hospitals, and this annual event helps leaders and vendors stay on top of the latest trends and regulatory strategies.” The conference started with a panel discussion entitled “Mental Health Space Challenges: Design, Build, and Renovate Within Anti-Ligature Codes; TJC Inspections and Other Considerations.” Tim King, project executive at Creative Office Pavilion/DIRTT Walls and conference director, says, “One of the biggest changes in healthcare planning is the increase in focus and resources on behavioral health.” He says roughly 25% of beds in emergency departments are now being used for mental/behavioral health issues, so “it’s important to understand how to successfully treat patients from a mental health perspective, not just a clinical one.” Other topics at this year’s conference included disaster preparedness, internal water safety and prefabrication in the healthcare environment. One project highlighted in the “Prefabrication in Healthcare” presentation was the Boston Medical Center Bridge. According to Stacey Yeragotelis, principal at SmithGroup, “Allowable installation time and impact of construction on other critical operations is a big driver for prefabrication. We had one day to install the massive bridge over Albany Street, so we prefabricated it in an adjacent parking lot. The bridge was built more efficiently, and we installed it in one day. We called it Bridge-a-palooza and celebrated this important milestone.” The MHA conference is free of charge for all hospital engineers, facilities directors, and employees of MHA member hospitals. King says, “Our goal is to make sure that all of the new information, technology and codes get out so facilities professionals have access to it and can
MHA 2019 Design Panel speakers: (l-r) Tim King, Dann Boyer, Stephen V. Deschenes, George Player
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then add increased value and efficiency to their hospital or medical center.” This year’s conference had over 100 attendees, and according to Singleton, “Hospital facilities leaders face many challenges in today’s environment, whether it is on the regulatory front (water and building code regulations) or the patient safety side. This conference provides an opportunity to take a deeper dive into some of these important considerations. We also hope attendees gain inspiration and a sense of community from MHA’s design conference, and also receive validation of their work and its important place in the healing professions.” Emily Langner is the associate editor for High-Profile Monthly.
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Elevating the Patient Experience Through Playfulness and Discovery large role experience design plays in creating healing environments,” said Gil Peri, president and COO. “Connecticut Children’s is reinventing that patient experience and ensuring we do everything we can to create a WOW experience for those children that walk through our doors.” Working with Connecticut Children’s staff and providers, Hartford-based Tecton Architects was challenged to create environments that build community and nurture healing while facilitating care. Each space harnesses the positive effects of energizing color, soft forms, natural light and biophilic imagery to create a welcoming and reassuring environment for patients and their families. This atmosphere is scalable, from a simple implementation in a waiting room to a complex, themed environment. The Connecticut Children’s brand and spirit are evident as a feeling, more than a literal interpretation of a standard, and provide a common thread between offices and facilities. In particular, Connecticut Children’s new Infusion Center in Farmington presents a study in imagination and investment in the patient journey. Understanding the grueling hours that children can spend in treatment for chronic conditions, the team envisioned a creative and energizing space that balances patient
Editor’s note: The following article was provided to High-Profile by Tecton Architects in collaboration with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Tecton is a member of the Construction Institute. Farmington, CT – One of the fastest growing trends in healthcare design is the emergence of clinical environments that don’t feel clinical. Healthcare organizations are increasingly drawing on the power of the built environment to enhance and elevate the patient journey. Research has shown that patient stress is reduced in environments that feel more familiar, comfortable and are easy to navigate. However, there is an additional layer of our human experience that responds when our environments enrich us. In her book “Welcome to Your World”, Sarah Williams Goldhagen states that these well-designed environments can help us flourish by providing nourishment for our mental and physiological well-being. Ordinary elements of design executed in an extraordinary way can have a positive impact on our capabilities as humans to learn and remember, respond to stress, navigate our world, and take in our environment visually and through movement. “Imbued with character,” these environments are “layered with meaning.” Connecticut Children’s Medical
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Acuity-Adaptable Rooms: What They Are and Why Hospitals Need Them
by Tom Ryan On the horizon is a new way and better way for hospitals to design their care: acuity-adaptable patient rooms. What are acuity-adaptable patient rooms? They are cutting edge hospital rooms that allow the care to come to where the patient is – via portable telemetry and diagnostics – rather than the patient needing to be moved to where the care is. As hospitals around the country struggle with overcrowding, the acuityadaptable patient room model is quickly becoming the answer. Acuity-adaptable rooms that would serve medical/surgical and intermediate care (also called Step Down) units would allow patients to stay in a centralized room throughout their stay, from admission through discharge. Studies have shown these acuity-adaptable rooms lead to less wasted time and resources waiting on transfers and greater patient safety, so it’s easy to see why this model is enjoying a resurgence. For example, a major hospital
in New Hampshire recently put out an architectural Request for Qualifications asking for experience in the design of acuity-adaptable patient rooms, so you can see where some hospitals are headed. The American College of Emergency Physicians says the lack of available patient rooms leads to the overcrowding of the ED as patients wait for admission. This condition is known as ‘boarding’ and it’s become a major issue in most
What are acuity-adaptable patient rooms? They are cutting edge hospital rooms that allow the care to come to where the patient is – via portable telemetry and diagnostics – rather than the patient needing to be moved to where the care is. hospitals. The extensive boarding time of patients leads to several problems: ambulance refusals, prolonged waiting times, and increased suffering for those waiting on gurneys for hours in hallway
corridors. When emergency departments are overwhelmed, the hospital’s response to community emergencies and disasters is also compromised. By reducing the number of patient transfers, the acuityadaptable patient room has proven to reduce delays for placement of patients in holding areas. So, what can acuity-adaptable patient rooms mean to a hospital, and what’s the best way to go about implementing them? For starters, cost needs to be considered. Big proponents of acuityadaptable rooms would argue they should be able to handle all care, from ICU through discharge, but given hospitals would have to double the size of the patient room to account for the ICU requirements, that suggestion is neither practical nor financially feasible. A more realistic scenario calls for acuity-adaptable rooms being able to rotate between Intermediate Care and Medical/Surgical unit, allowing the care to fluctuate back and forth; instead of doubling a room’s size, the most significant of these requirements would be an increase in minimum clear floor area (20sf), and medical gas outlets. Opinions vary about the practicality of acuity-adaptable units, with some arguing an acuity-changeable model is more appropriate. At a hospital that
I worked on in North Carolina, senior management opted for an acuitychangeable model where the rooms are constructed such that it would take minor modifications to renovate to different patient acuity levels when future census of acuity demographics or organizational changes occur. This model allows for organizational flexibility, but since patients still must be moved based on what kind of care they need, rather than the care coming to their room, it does not address the delay in patient transfers and the resulting overcrowding, quality of care, and patient satisfaction issues. While there is no single, isolated solution, flexibility and adaptability will need to reflect the overall mission for the hospital of the future. Acuity-adaptable patient rooms will be able to benefit all stakeholders – patients, families, care providers and administrators – addressing major issues such as patient safety, decreased length of stay, and a cost-effective care delivery model. If you’re not yet considering acuityadaptable rooms for your hospital, perhaps it’s time you should. Tom Ryan is a senior healthcare project manager at Maugel Architects, a Boston area firm that recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
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DIRTT Brings Prefabrication to Clinical Healthcare Interiors
by Tim King For decades, prefabrication technologies have been adding value and efficiencies to different segments of the construction experience. Now the most sensitive and sophisticated healthcare environments are benefiting from pre-fabrication processes. Hospital bedrooms, ICU areas, exam rooms and other specialty spaces are being built nationwide by some of the largest and most innovative healthcare systems. Citing schedule benefits, cost controls, ongoing maintenance advantages, higher-tech implantation and an overall sustainability matrix, healthcare planners and design professionals are considering how to maximize pre-fabricated interiors on every healthcare project. Schedule: Reduction in the overall construction schedule by an average of 20% is done primarily by parallel, simultaneous construction. The interiors are being built while the site work/ shell is also being built. Multi-trade
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prefabricated construction also limits the number and duration of subcontractors on site, that impacts the schedule. Also, with the DIRTT pre-fab process sequence, flooring, MEP’s and ceiling trades have an “open run” for efficient prep and install. Cost: Although usually a “price neutral” option, the guaranteed cost controls across multiple trades offers tremendous advantages to the owner. Stabilized factory purchase power eliminates the dreaded escalations and contingency tabs in estimates and GMP’s. The “speed to market” advantage has become a major concern and bonus for institutions anxious to start the revenue stream.
Finally, the patented attachment system allows for finished wall segments to be easily removed, providing instant access and repairability to all “in-wall” technologies, such as electric, plumbing, med gas, low-voltage, media and other IT items. This immediate access for repairs and upgrades brings unparalleled speed and ZERO demolition impacts in a healthcare environment. “The facilities, maintenance and infection control managers are thrilled with this revolutionary approach,” says Mike MacDonald, DIRTT New England. “We are drastically reducing the hospital’s interior demolition for future renovations, and the CFO’s office loves the fact that
rooms don’t have to be closed for a one, two, or three days for routine changes and upgrades.” Ongoing Maintenance: With all of the med gasses, utilities and other electronic media and IT components now easily accessible, simple “tweaks” (OK… renovations) can be done without any drywall impacts or ICRA type barrier management. All types of clinical spaces can be “adjusted” without the traditional construction impacts and revenue loss. High-Tech: BIM technologies are a key driver in the evolution and utilization of prefabrication. Acting in a designassist/subcontractor role, DIRTT utilizes its own BIM software (ICE) to design, model and visualize while simultaneously developing specs and engineering/ manufacturing data. This provides a realtime financial module that is consistently validated from pre-construction through implementation. Sustainability: Although sizing specs are 100% customizable, the combination of DIRTT’s own proprietary ICE software with factory measured and cut production, eliminates 85% of traditional waste. Once the system arrives onsite, there is virtually no waste on the clinical jobsite (except packaging). Just in time delivery, elimination of continued to page 18
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BOND provided preconstruction and construction management services for the 37,000sf, four-story building, located at 148 Chestnut St. in Needham. The center will bring expanded outpatient services to the community in the areas of cardiology/ vascular surgery, endocrinology/ endocrine surgery and neurology as well as an array of medical/surgical specialties and support services. The center will support an increased number of medical professionals with technology-rich services designed to lower hospital stays and improve the patient experience.
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been using DIRTT in a more substantial, dedicated approach and in much more sophisticated clinical spaces. Some now start with DIRTT as the “Basis of Design” to maximize the new sequence and positive impacts. The advantages are clear for both the initial construction process and “day-2” ongoing operations. From the C-Suite to facilities/maintenance and through specialty offices, such as infection control and finance. DIRTT multi-trade, prefabricated interiors are changing (disrupting?) the face of healthcare planning, design, construction and operations. Tim King works at Creative Office Pavilion as a project executive for Healthcare Interiors.
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Timberline Renovates Sarepta Headquarters Cambridge, MA – Sarepta Therapeutics, a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company, recently expanded its headquarters in Cambridge by acquiring two additional floors at the historic Athenaeum Press Building. Timberline Construction successfully completed the 58,000sf logistically complex renovation. The project features a three-tier waterfall into a 20-foot koi fish pond, a visually stunning green wall, two 26×26-foot skylights, and an interconnecting monumental staircase between two floors. The space also includes open concept office areas, conference space, huddle rooms, a catering and servery area, and café. The third and fourth floors now boast 12,000sf of conference space containing three planar video walls (6.5 feet x 16.5 feet) with two Modernfold partitions and Pulp switch glass. Timberline managed this high-end renovation hand in hand with R.E. Dinneen Architects & Planners, DPS Group, and CBRE. The Timberline team tightly coordinated all construction with Sarepta and the landlord, due to high pedestrian traffic. To support the expanded operations for Sarepta, the project also included strict shutdowns and tie-ins for new mechanical systems.
Sarepta Therapeutics staircase
The new equipment on the rooftop of the Athenaeum Press Building includes two generators, two 500+ MBH RTUs and two 600+ MBH RTUs, along with the associated structural steel dunnage. Timberline has kept pace with Sarepta’s growth with renovations and expansions on four floors of its headquarters located at 215 First St. To date, Timberline has completed over 90,000sf of interior renovations within this building to expand Sarepta’s office and laboratory space. It also has completed substantial work at the campus in Andover, including a laboratory addition, interior renovations and infrastructure upgrades.
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Coreslab Uses Precast Concrete Panels on New Facility Valhalla, NY – Westchester Medical Center Health Network in Valhalla used architectural precast concrete cladding on its new $230 million, 280,000sf ambulatory care pavilion, located adjacent to its existing tower. It is said to be the largest health care construction project in Westchester County in decades. The eight-story structure includes 185,000sf of ambulatory care space with a surgery center, advanced imaging center, and heart and vascular services. Also included are 20,000sf of private room expansion and 75,000sf of doctors’ offices. Construction began in December 2016 and precast installation was completed in December 2018. The architect was Perkins Eastman of North Haven, Conn.; the structural engineer was John Smolen & Associates of North Haven; and the contractor was Skanska USA Building of New York, N.Y. Designers specified architectural precast concrete panels as the building cladding, using various shapes and finishes. About 250 precast concrete panels were cast by Coreslab Structures (CONN) Inc., covering 55,000sf of cladding area. They feature two finishes along with a tight reveal pattern custom made with custom polyurethane form liners produced by Coreslab.
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IoT in Healthcare Facilities: Planning for the Changing Future
by Jason Butler The interface and connectivity of infrastructure systems and equipment to information technology networks is rapidly changing and evolving. Recent advancements in computing power, data logging, on-board memory, energy consumption, and wireless connectivity systems now allow for cost-effective integration into healthcare systems and equipment. While this growth is providing astounding new capabilities for improvement in both patient procedures and satisfaction, it can be a complex and taxing challenge for existing healthcare infrastructure systems and budgets. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical devices embedded with connected electronics, software, and sensors that exchange data. loT gathers information quickly and increases the ability to access, process, and use that data by creating opportunities for efficiency improvements and economic benefits. Though this allows for more
data to be gathered, too much data can be overwhelming if not organized and automated for the effective use of the information. A key to the success of utilizing loT devices and integrated systems is organizing the acquired information to a single interface in order to analyze and understand the data. When applied specifically to the healthcare environment, IoT provides an enhanced ability to monitor the patient’s health and needs while improving their experience. The use of new loT devices has been dramatically increasing over the past few years. It is anticipated that 20.8 billion loT devices will be used worldwide by 2020 (according to Gartner Inc.). This forecast is based upon the current trends indicating that the quantity of loT devices is increasing by approximately 30% per year for the past four years. IoT devices have become more common in all aspects of our everyday lives and, as a result, consumers’ expectations have risen. Whether a hotel or hospital, consumers and patients desire, and have come to expect, the same capabilities they have at home when they visit or stay elsewhere. Jason Butler is a healthcare market leader and principal at Fitzemeyer & Tocci.
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CMC Builds New Clinic Manchester, NH – Construction is underway at Catholic Medical Center’s (CMC) Wilson Street Integrated Health, a primary care clinic located in a historic brick building that was built for Hoitt’s Furniture in 1900. The building is now home to the Manchester Treatment and Recovery Center, that is dedicated to serving individuals dealing with substance use disorder. The new space will allow CMC to provide care for New Hampshire’s Families In Transition and those affected by substance use disorder.
CMC is partnering with Chapman Construction/Design and Stone River Architects for the design and construction of this new space. With the existing infrastructure unfit for a medical use, the team is working collaboratively to build out new infrastructure that meets ASHRAE’s standard for patient care. The team is also working closely with the neighboring tenants to ensure there is no disruption to the ongoing care they provide to the community. The project completion is slated for late June 2019.
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care and delight. Through physical and digital design features, the feeling of a mystical outdoor adventure was created. “By layering subtle details throughout the space, each visit offers new discoveries to uncover. From the colorchanging lights, to the secret passageways between tents, to the exam room graphics that merge into one, the architecture adds nuance to an otherwise repetitive experience,” said Laurel Clark, project
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Teamsters Local 25 to Provide Opiate Awareness Stewards Training Boston – Teamsters Local 25, New England’s largest teamsters union with more than 12,500 members, is the first Mass. labor organization to provide opiate awareness training for shop stewards. The initial training session, held recently at the Teamsters Local 25 Union Hall, marked the first time a union has proactively addressed the addiction crisis by providing peer-to-peer training. The mission is to train Local 25 shop stewards, as peer advocates in the workplace, to be able to detect problems and direct
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members to available resources for help. The goal is to save lives, improve quality of life, and help Local 25 members and their families during this unprecedented epidemic. Teamsters Local 25 is providing this innovative program in partnership with TeamstersCare and Mass. Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health (MassCOSH). It is funded through support from the Mass. Department of Public Health (DPH) in response to its report examining the occupations of all Mass. residents who died from opioid overdose. Ironworkers Local 7 and
the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) are also participating. “While there is much work left to do,
our administration is proud Massachusetts was one of very few states where opioidrelated overdose deaths decreased in 2017 and 2018 because of our focus on increasing access to treatment, restricting highly addictive prescription painkillers, and educating the public about the consequences of opioid addiction,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are pleased to see Teamsters Local 25 become the first labor organization to train their members about the dangers associated with the opioid epidemic, and we encourage other organizations across Massachusetts to follow their lead.” The opioid crisis impacts all sectors of our society, but the stigma of addiction often discourages people from seeking treatment. With this in mind, Teamsters Local 25 is taking a bold approach to help members.
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Transforming Outpatient Behavioral Healthcare Design
by Jason Costello and John Fowler According to the National Institute of Mental Health, behavioral and mental health (BMH) conditions affect one in five adults in the United States each year, yet only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. As the stigma of mental illness begins to lessen, the need for access to behavioral healthcare treatment will only continue to grow. Recognizing that often outpatient behavioral health facilities are not medical facilities, and shouldn’t be designed as such, healthcare designers are designing therapeutic environments that ensure patient safety and promote psychological wellness and healing. Research and emerging evidence compiled by The Center for Health Design suggests that certain design features are important for BMH treatment facilities and can relieve stress, create
calm, and facilitate healing. Behavioral healthcare settings today often feature a comfortable, home-like environment with access to daylight and views of nature, enhanced noise control and visual privacy, and supportive spaces that promote patient security, autonomy, and positive distraction. BMH facilities are also being designed with efficient floor plans, multi-functional spaces, and alternative workplace designs to improve space utilization and reduce waste. The design of the built environment can impact a patient’s real and perceived quality of care. A study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that the design and conditions in doctors’ waiting rooms influenced perceptions of the quality of care delivered by the doctors associated with those spaces. In behavioral health facilities, natural materials and daylighting are used to offer a calming, hospitality-feel to the reception area. If a clinical program requires security, it is often provided by plain-clothes officers with a dual job function to promote a more welcoming environment from the moment patients enter the clinic. The programming of a behavioral health facility centers around consult rooms, the primary clinical spaces of an outpatient care environment. Their design should create a neutral, residential look
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while utilizing commercial materials and products. Details are subtle yet critical, such as no-trip area rugs and comfortable chairs. The selection of carpet and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) surround supports the look of a living room but with a level walking surface suitable for a healthcare environment. Visual privacy may be controlled by motorized shades that limit visibility yet allow daylight to enter the space. Sound masking solutions should be implemented to protect patient confidentiality.
Some facilities are deviating from the private office model in favor of a free address, open work setting with unassigned and shared therapy spaces. This planning model is more efficient for clinics whose providers see patients at multiple locations, leaving their vacant offices unusable to others. The integration of room scheduling software, online for clinicians and at digital signs strategically located at consult room entries, can help continued to page 38
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Build Better Podcast How Building Pathways is Transforming Lives by Emily Langner On episode 8 of High-Profile’s Build Better podcast, Anastasia was joined by Mary Vogel, executive director of Building Pathways, and Andrea Dunn, a sprinkler fitter apprentice at E.M. Duggan, to talk about the benefits of the Building Pathways program and how it is changing lives and contributing to much-needed diversity in the construction industry. Building Pathways is an eastern Massachusetts organization that creates opportunities for low-income area residents to access and prepare for building trades apprenticeships and familysustaining careers in the construction industry. It was launched in 2011 by the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District to address the continued disparities in apprenticeship for women, people of color, and other underserved communities. Vogel has been with the organization since its inception, and is very passionate about its mission to increase access and
opportunities for women and people of color to pursue careers in the building trades. She says one of the primary goals of the program is to “expose participants to all of the trades so that they can make a more informed decision on what trade is a good fit for them.” Building Pathways’ pre-apprenticeship program consists of a six-week training session with classroom and hands-on learning experiences designed to prepare participants for apprenticeships in the trades, but Vogel says it is so much more. Participants receive guidance in choosing the trade that aligns with their interests and utilizes their strengths, along with help in navigating the application process. Building Pathways then advocates for their acceptance into apprenticeship programs and provides additional guidance with childcare, budgeting, and other life skills to ensure their success in the industry. Dunn says her life has been completely transformed since entering the Building Pathways program and finding employment with E.M. Duggan.
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After hearing about the program, she initially recommended it to others she knew, never feeling that she had what it took to succeed in the construction industry. When she finally decided to take the leap, she was living in a homeless
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Building Trades Recovery Week: Coming Together to Save Lives by Emily Langner In the third installment of HighProfile’s focus on the opioid epidemic in construction, Anastasia Barnes welcomed Tom S. Gunning to the Build Better Podcast. Gunning is the director of labor relations for the Building Trade Employers’ Association (BTEA) and the organizer of the Building Trades Recovery Week that took place in Boston from April 29 to May 3. The goal of the conference was to increase awareness and understanding of substance use disorder and help construction industry professionals learn best practices for prevention and recovery. It was the first city-wide recognized week with this mission to be held in the United States. Gunning believes it was important to have several days to approach this important issue. He says, “We felt it was going to take more than a day to help change the perception that people have of substance use disorder. There’s a lot of education one needs to understand in order to help someone who is struggling with this disease, and by making the conference a week, we wanted to help
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contractors and the building trades facilitate a conversation with their people and their members.” The conference included speeches by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and former Boston Celtic’s player Chris Herren as well as presentations by experts on the topic of substance abuse disorder and Narcan training from the Boston Public Health Commission. The conference ended with a 150-second stand down on job sites around the city to mark the 150 opioidrelated deaths per 100,000 construction workers annually. After the stand down, Gunning says, some of the people in
the field who listened and participated reached out to their contractors to let them know they were struggling and that alone, he says, makes the conference a success. “If we could help one person feel more comfortable or empowered to seek help or talk about what they were going through, then it would mark a successful event,” he adds. Gunning encourages contractors to help spread the “rehabilitation and not termination” message and to keep the conversation going throughout the year in an effort to reduce the stigma. He encourages union leaders to continue to be advocates on the topic and “reach out to our brothers and sisters who are struggling”. Gunning says he was overwhelmed and humbled by the amount of support and participation in the conference and adds that the number of attendees exceeded all expectations. He has high hopes for the
next conference and has a goal of making it a state-wide event next year. The BTEA has compiled webinars from the conference and a list of resources at http://buildingtradesforrecovery.com/ resources/.
Gunning encourages contractors to help spread the “rehabilitation and not termination” message and to keep the conversation going throughout the year in an effort to reduce the stigma. He encourages union leaders to continue to be advocates on the topic and “reach out to our brothers and sisters who are struggling”.
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Education Educating the Girls from the Boys & Girls Club The Roundtable Discussion
by Michael Feldman At Feldman, we’re committed to giving back to the community. For example, in the summer of 2017, we invited four youngsters from Orchard Gardens Boys & Girls Club of Boston to our offices for a tour of the facility and some insights into what land surveying is all about. During the holiday week this past spring, we extended the invitation again. This time, we were delighted to welcome a group of eight girls – all sixth to eighth graders – to our offices on Wednesday, April 17th. Exploring Our Technology
During the visit, we showed the girls how to set up the total station, 3D Laser Scanner and hand scanner. They had the opportunity to look through the scope and see the laser in action. We also showed them how we use our drones by holding the controller. They were very inquisitive and asked a lot of intelligent questions about the technology. At the same time, they were also able to answer a lot of the technological questions we put to them,
Next, we held a roundtable discussion about what the girls were planning for their futures. We were very pleased to learn that some of them wanted to become engineers after visiting our office! They asked what type of education they would need to consider to specialize in our field
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options that are available to them and to show them that they can perform highly skilled and important work right across the street from where they live in Roxbury.
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After showing the girls some of the technology we use, we showed them photographs of our work. They saw photos of the renovation of our own building, which they found very interesting. In addition, they said that they were familiar with the Kenmore Square neighborhood after we showed them a 3D model we built of the famous Citgo sign. One of the youngsters even recognized one of our projects we just delivered in Roxbury. It was particularly nice to see that they could relate our work to their own community and lives.
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and what types of degrees – bachelor’s or master’s – they would need to become project managers. We believe we were able to broaden their horizon as to the different career
It wasn’t just the girls that enjoyed the visit – our entire team here at Feldman did, too. When you can explain what you do to these youngsters and get to see your work through their eyes, it’s very cool. There’s a lot of pride in that. Michael A. Feldman is the president and CEO of Feldman Surveyors.
Finegold Alexander Selected for Feasibility Study
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Leicester, MA – Finegold Alexander Architects has been selected by the town of Leicester and Massachusetts School Building Authority as the architects for feasibility and schematic design phases of the Leicester Middle School project. Originally constructed in 1961 as the Leicester High School, the building is a single-story structure of approximately 74,000sf. The location of the existing building is part of a 43-acre campus that is shared with the Leicester Primary School and the Leicester High School. The building was converted to the middle school in 1994, upon the opening of the new high school. The town is seeking to address the educational
program limitations and the facility deficits of the current middle school, but also to evaluate the project in context of the overall school district needs and vision. The feasibility study kicked off with an existing building and site conditions assessment in parallel with a series of educational visioning workshops with the district, representatives from the school administration, faculty, staff, parents and students. “The visioning session helped to identify and understand the aspirations of the school and the community. It also uncovered key community issues and concerns related to the project,” said
Regan Shields Ives, principal, Finegold Alexander Architects. “The feasibility study will evaluate options for renovations, expansion, or creation of a new building, as well as potential grade configurations ranging from a 6-8, 5-8 or pK-8 school.” At the conclusion of the study, a preferred schematic design option will be presented to the MSBA for a vote to move forward into the schematic design phase. “We are thrilled to be working with Finegold Alexander to help build the new middle school,” said Marilyn Tenzca, superintendent, Leicester Public Schools. “They understand our community and we are excited about the process which will help us educate students for the future.”
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Inspecting, Testing and Maintenance of Water-based Fire Protection Systems Massachusetts has some of the best fire sprinkler laws in the country to protect its citizens from death by fire. But like any life safety equipment, fire sprinkler systems must be inspected, tested and maintained so that they properly operate in the time of need. Unfortunately, once installed, many building owners and operators neglect to inspect, test and maintain these lifesaving systems. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an association comprised of both national and international membership who create and maintain standards and codes for usage and adoption by local governments, has created “NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems”. NFPA 25 is the baseline for inspection, testing and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems. Compliance helps maximize system integrity to avoid failure and to ensure fast, effective response in a fire emergency. The commonwealth of Massachusetts is one of many states that have adopted NFPA 25 in its entirety. Main components of NFPA 25 are inspection, testing and maintenance:
1. Inspection – A fire sprinkler system inspection is defined as a visual examination
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of a system or portion of a system to verify that it appears to be in operating condition and is free of physical damage. • Weekly or Monthly: Inspect the gauges. • Quarterly: Inspect control valves, hydraulic nameplates, supervisory signal devices, valve supervisory alarm devices and water flow alarm devices. • Annually: Inspect the hanger/seismic bracing, information signage, pipes, fittings and spare sprinklers. • Every five years: Inspect both internal and external sprinkler piping.
2. Testing – Fire sprinkler system testing is a procedure used to determine the operational status of a component or system by conducting periodic physical checks, such as water flow, fire pump, and alarm tests, as well as a trip test of the dry pipe, deluge, or pre-action valves. • Quarterly: Test fire sprinkler mechanical devices. • Semiannually: Test pressure switch devices. • Annually: Test and tag the entire fire sprinkler system. This includes checking all elements of the fire sprinkler system by utilizing the water flow, fire pump,
and alarm tests and the trip test of dry pipe, deluge, and pre-action valves. 3. Maintenance – Fire sprinkler systems require routine maintenance. The need for maintenance will be determined by the result of the scheduled inspection or test. Any issue discovered during inspection or testing must be taken seriously and any required repair be made expeditiously. Doing so will maintain the fire sprinkler system in proper working order and prevent future issues. How may one ensure that a fire sprinkler system is in compliance with “NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems?” • Inspect the date on the tag that is placed upon the fire sprinkler system and make sure the date is current with the inspection and testing schedule. • Verify that a licensed fire protection contractor completes the work. • Verify the license of the fitter performing the work. Compliance with NFPA 25 is a good way to reduce the risk of a failure of the fire sprinkler system to properly operate in its time of need. Submitted to High-Profile by Peter Gibbons, business manager, Local 550 Sprinkler Fitters and Apprentices
Understanding and Avoiding Phishing Attacks
by Jesse Connolly If you want to partake in an eye-opening little exercise, open your contacts list and scroll through the first 100 entries. What would you say if I told you 97 of those names were a cybersecurity threat? According to extensive research by Intel, only three out of every 100 people can successfully identify a phishing email. If you’ve managed to avoid falling for social engineering – the psychological manipulation that takes place when a hacker attempts to trick or even scare you into downloading a malicious file or coughing up sensitive data like your login credentials – it’s likely the same can’t be said for everyone throughout your organization. We are all emotional beings in nature, and that’s exactly what social engineering preys on, with phishing emails striking fear into us with messages about our
mailboxes being deleted or accounts being suspended, or they pique our curiosity, telling us we’ve got a package on the way, or a new comment on our LinkedIn page. We let our guard down. We click. We fall right into the trap. Most professional outlets have a number of safeguards in place to help thwart these dangers, from antivirus software to spam filters, but the individual isn’t just the last line of defense; he or she is the most important one. There are a handful of steps you can take to avoid falling for social engineering, namely phishing emails. Don’t trust the display name
Anyone can change their display name to something other than their given name. For instance, I could sign into Office 365 and say my name is Bank of America Support. Look for their actual email address. You can do so in Outlook by double-clicking on the sender’s name. Look but don’t click
Hover over the link before clicking on it. If it doesn’t point to a corresponding website, it’s almost certainly no good. Check for typos
Hackers have made big strides on this
front, but if something is rife with typos, that’s usually a tell-tale sign. Analyze the greeting
If Bill always says “hey” but suddenly his email begins with “Dear friend”, that should set off your alarm bells. Don’t fork over personal info
This isn’t limited to your social security number. If you’re not talking to a trusted source, don’t tell them things they don’t need to know. Be leery of threatening language in the subject line
Sometimes immediate action is genuinely required, but this is a very common tactic when it comes to phishing emails. Don’t panic. Make sure it’s legitimate correspondence. Review the signature.
We’ll use Bill again from earlier. If he never signs emails with “Warmest regards,” something’s not right. For emails from the likes of Microsoft, DocuSign, inspect their signatures, including logos. But also note that these can be forged, too. Don’t click on attachments you weren’t expecting
Viruses, malware and the like can hide in
any file type other than .txt. That means Word documents and even PDFs can be used to wreak havoc on your machine upon being downloaded. As the people development manager of network coverage, it is important that I train our techs on how to best leverage our tools, which include robust antimalware and email filtering solutions, to protect our clients. It is also important for me – and our team, as a managed service provider as a whole – to properly educate users on how to identify and avoid falling for phishing emails. Scrutinizing every email that comes in may sound tedious, but it’s a small price to pay if it means avoiding being among the 97% that fall for the ruse and put their personal data, their company’s data, finances and reputation in danger. If you have any questions about the security of your company’s data or the behaviors of your users, feel free to reach out. We’re always happy to help. Jesse Connolly is the people development manager at Network Coverage, a managed IT service for small businesses.
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Concord, MA – Northland Residential Corporation, a national real estate development firm, has received approvals to develop Wolcott Woods, an agerestricted townhome community, on a 47acre parcel located off of Canton Avenue in Concord. The necessary entitlements were granted in accordance with Milton’s Great Estate Planned Unit Development zoning bylaw and the town’s Scenic Road bylaw. Plans call for designating approximately 60% of the land as open space, preserving three existing historic homes on the property and constructing 50 architecturally-compatible, two- and three-bedroom townhomes. The new development promises to fill a void in the local market for townhomes specifically designed for active adult households and will provide six homes for moderate-income households throughout the town. Northland’s project team includes legal advisor Ned Corcoran, Esq. of Corcoran
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IESC Hosts “Innovations” Trade Show Tewksbury, MA – Interstate Electrical Services held its first-ever “Innovations” trade show at its state-of-the-art operations center in Tewksbury on May 16-17. The two-day event was open to all of the company’s 600+ employees as well as friends and peers in the industry.
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Natick, MA – The 98,000sf Residence Inn by Marriott in Natick is on target for a late summer 2019 completion. Developers XSS Hotels of Manchester National Development of Newton teamed up with PROCON of Manchester, N.H, who is the architect and construction manager. The Residence Inn is an extendedstay hotel designed for cost-conscious travelers seeking lengthier stays. The hotel will offer 136-urban king suites with a separate living area, a workspace, and a fully-equipped kitchen with standardsized appliances. The design includes a sophisticated lobby/reception that will blend into the
lounge/bar with assorted seating. Hotel guests will be able to start their day with a full complimentary breakfast in the hotel’s buffet area just off the lobby. The design also features 3,000sf of event space with a 350-person capacity that may be reserved for weddings, business seminars, and other special occasions. The room will subdivide into two smaller areas that can function simultaneously, and will be supported by a full-service kitchen. The lounge/bar and event spaces will access an outdoor patio designed for Residence Inn’s evening mix n’ mingles.
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Restoration & Renovation Middlesex Savings Unveils Renovation Margulies Perruzzi Announces Reopening
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Concord, MA – Middlesex Savings Bank and Margulies Perruzzi (MP) announced the reopening of the newly renovated branch at 64 Main St. in Concord. The renovation focused on celebrating and honoring the historic interior architectural features of the building while incorporating modern amenities, comforts, and features. The goal for the 9,000sf renovation was to keep the integrity of the historic features yet improve the function, flow, and visibility of employees.
The project team includes J. Calnan & Associates, construction manager; BLW Engineers, MEP engineering; and furniture, Environments at Work. MP worked closely with the bank to consider all the features of the space and its influence to make customers feel welcome. Porticos and private offices were opened up to increase visibility, enabling customers to quickly and easily see where to go for help. A customer service pod was placed in the center of the branch, and a previously
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unused mezzanine level was redesigned with a conference room and additional customer service workstations. A glass half-wall was installed on the balcony to keep the space open while offering speech privacy. To brighten the space, dark millwork panels on the walls and ceiling were painted white, emphasizing the beauty of the existing dark wood columns. Natural stone at the teller line and at the base of the wood columns are a subtle nod to the rich history of traditional banking interior design. The “community wall” of local landmarks was reimagined as wallmounted photography in the alcoves behind the teller line. The color palette and finishes were kept neutral, with the
bank’s brand colors of blue and yellow used on the teller stations and carpet. Soft seating was placed throughout, and a hot beverage area was located near the entrance. New lighting played a major role in improving the functional and aesthetic quality of the space. Margulies Perruzzi used a mix of modern and transitionalstyle light fixtures to highlight the natural beauty of the interior architecture as well as improve energy efficiency. Electrical and mechanical systems were updated, with close attention paid to making the heating, air conditioning and sprinkler equipment fit within the wood intricacies of the space. Without modifying the historic façade, all exterior windows and part of the roof were replaced.
Abbot Completes Masonry Project Boston – Abbot Building Restoration recently completed a masonry maintenance project on a three-story brick apartment building at 455-457 Columbia Road in Boston’s Dorchester section. The scope of work involved power washing, cutting and repointing brick, recaulking windows, and coating the stone headers and sills on all four sides of the building. Abbot also painted the ornamental metal coping at the top front elevation of the building. Significantly, during the power washing process, it was determined that cleaning work previously performed on the specially treated face brick under the windows on the front of the building created blemishes that could not be removed during the new cleaning process. To remedy the situation, Abbot suggested that all the brick on the front elevation be removed and replaced with a new matching brick. The workmanship was so precise that even the trained eye could not detect the change. Abbot Building Restoration provides a broad range of masonry construction
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services to public, institutional, and commercial clients, including condominiums, property management entities, and private residences. The firm also acts as a general contractor for a variety of masonry building construction projects. Specific areas of expertise include: • Brick and stone restoration • Repointing and recaulking • Concrete repair and protection
Municipal IBEW Local 103 Creates National PAC Boston – IBEW Local 103 has set up a national PAC for the purpose of contributing to national campaigns, including races for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the 2020 presidential race. “Our union membership is rapidly expanding and our political reach should expand accordingly,” said Lou Antonellis, IBEW Local 103 business manager and financial secretary. “The labor movement must take an active role in shaping the next election and IBEW 103 members are well-positioned to take a leadership role in these efforts.” IBEW Local 103 recently shook up the Massachusetts political landscape by issuing a moratorium on contributions to the state Senate and state House of Representatives. The union took this unusual action after it felt the state Legislature failed to enact key bills supporting working people. The union instead returned funds earmarked for contributions to its members. The new federal PAC will complement and enhance IBEW Local 103’s longtime lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill for labor causes.
(l-r) From IBEW Local 103: business agent Gary Walker, business manager and financial secretary Lou Antonellis and President Bob Sheehan on Capitol Hill
A&M Provides Support for Infrastructure Provincetown, MA – Allen & Major Associates, Inc. (A&M), in partnership with Classic Site Solutions, Inc. and the National Park Service, U. S. Department of the Interior, provided land survey and engineering support to relocate Province Lands Road and the north parking lot in Provincetown. In the past decade, winter storms have torn up pavement and covered parking spaces with vast amounts of sand. The infrastructure issues were affecting the tourism economy, and the constant repairs were also taking a financial toll. A&M redesigned the north parking lot for Herring Cove Beach and the relocation of Province Lands Road. The parking lot was moved approximately 330 feet easterly away from the water edge, and the road was relocated approximately 200 feet easterly. The design included an isolated bike path, new vault toilet facility, over 12 accessible parking spaces and five accessible paths to the beach. During construction of the project, a new fast-paced erosion “hotspot” developed so the roadway needed to be shifted inland. That, coupled with the government shutdown, affected the project timeline. The development team made
extraordinary efforts to ensure that the project stayed on schedule. The team beat expectations, and the roadway was opened to traffic on time for Memorial Day weekend. Funding for this $3.3 million project came from the National Park Service Line Item Construction program.
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Seekonk, MA – Last fall, the town of Seekonk approved the design and construction of a new 2,500sf animal shelter at 100 Peck St., which will be adjacent to the current shelter and town hall. The new animal shelter also received $300,000 for the project from Save-a-Pet. DiPrete Engineering is providing site design, including design of the drainage system and sewage disposal system as well as construction administration. The existing shelter, which was undersized and well past its useful life, cares for over 400 animals every year. The new shelter will provide Seekonk Animal Control with modern facilities now and into the future. Brewster Thornton Group Architects worked closely with Animal Control and the Seekonk Save-A-Pet Society to create a shelter that provides animals with outstanding care and comfort as they wait for their forever homes.
The town of Seekonk has teamed up with BTGA, Coletta Contracting Company, Inc., Odeh Engineers, Creative Environment Corp., and DiPrete Engineering to design and construct the new building. The site will utilize an existing driveway along with tying in utilities to different locations on the site and along Peck Street. A new parking area is being developed along with sidewalks and other hardscape around the new building. Construction is scheduled to be completed in early 2020. “We’re happy to work on a project that will help the Seekonk Animal Shelter,” said Jason Clough, senior project engineer and project manager at DiPrete Engineering. “The organization deserves a good home for the animals and an improved work environment so it can continue to fulfill its mission.”
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Be Prepared: Create Holding Statements Before a Crisis Hits
by Susan Shelby A survey conducted in 2016 by Nasdaq PR Services and PR News Pro found that only half of the firms polled had crisis communications plans in place. In the AEC industry, we tend to think about a crisis in terms of job site accidents or fatalities, but there are other incidents that could bring unwanted media scrutiny of your company. The newspapers are full of businesses affected by a crisis: sexual harassment or discrimination, workplace violence, financial irregularities, layoffs, natural disasters, etc. Are you prepared to respond if the press calls? Before the age of the Internet and social media, companies used to have what communications professionals called the “golden hour” to respond to a crisis. Today, it’s more like minutes, a reality that makes a crisis communications
plan vital to your business. One tool in the crisis communications plan that you can prepare in advance and keep in your pocket is the “holding statement,” the first statement you share with the press during a crisis. A holding statement is a prepared response, derived from a thoughtfully crafted template, that allows you to respond quickly to press inquiries even when you do not know all the facts. It does not have to go into great detail because you are still gathering information. An effective holding statement can buy you time with the press until you better understand what has happened. To develop a holding statement, convene your designated internal crisis response team (CRT) to brainstorm potential crisis situations that could negatively impact your business. Then prepare holding statements for each one, creating a template with blanks for future customization. You should develop holding statements for various communications platforms, from social media posts to personal email. Be sure to include a list of your social media platforms in your crisis communications plan along with
guidelines for length, format, etc. A significant advantage to preparing holding statements in advance is that it allows for a full review by your CRT, including your legal team, HR, and management, at a time when the press is not urgently calling you for comment. Key elements of a successful holding statement
This is a good time to follow the rule of KISS: “keep it short and sweet.” Given that a holding statement is issued shortly after you learn of a crisis, it should focus on the essentials of what you know at the time and not speculation. The press does not expect you to know everything, but you should be as clear and concise as you possibly can to provide them with the information they need to do their job. • Empathy: a crisis is an emotional time, even if you are not responsible for what happened. Be sure to show you understand the severity of what happened and demonstrate compassion, concern, and humility. • Action: even in the initial stages, communicate what you know is fact and what you are doing to deal with the situation. This could be as simple as
saying you are coordinating with OSHA or the relevant authorities. • Reassurance: put the incident into context and explain what you are doing for all those involved. • Examples: outline the steps you have taken in response to the incident. • Details: the press is interested in the five W’s – what, where, when, who, and why? However, at this time you should not speculate on why unless you are absolutely certain of your facts. You can say: “The cause of the incident is not yet known but an investigation has been launched and we are cooperating with the relevant authorities.” • Updates: indicate when and/or how you will give updates moving forward. This may be a landing page on your website, an email from your CRT, or a daily briefing. Follow the motto of the Boy Scouts and be prepared. Bring your CRT together and map out all the possible incidents that could affect your company, and then prepare holding statements for each one. In the event of a crisis, you’ll be glad you did. Susan Shelby, FSMPS, CPSM is the president and CEO of Rhino Public Relations
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Gunning was the organizer behind “Building Trades for Recovery Week”, which happened between April 29 and May 3rd of this year. The week-long event was designed to increase awareness and understanding of substance use disorder and help construction industry professionals learn best practices for prevention and recovery. Gunning discusses the reason behind his organizing the event, the take-aways and success of the conference.
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Mixed-Use Marr on Top of the New Hub
A total of 16 suspended scaffold platforms were installed for glass and curtainwall installation at The Hub on Causeway
Boston – Marr Scaffolding Company was contracted by specialty contractor, The Cheviot Corporation, to provide suspended scaffold platforms for the installation of glass and curtainwall at the new Hub on Causeway, a high-profile, multi-use project under construction in Boston. John Moriarty & Associates is the general contractor for the project. Located on the 2.5 acre site of the former Boston Garden, The Hub is a 1.87 million square foot project featuring office, residential and hotel towers developed by Delaware North and Boston Properties. Since April, Marr has installed 14 suspended scaffold platforms from roof rigging mounted on the catwalk of the 38-story residential tower known as Hub50House. Due to significant space restrictions on the roof, an alternative to the traditional rigging system was devised that permitted the rigging setups to be built on top of the catwalk. This solution required an engineerdesigned configuration. It eliminated the need for counterweights and instead called for tying the back of the rigging beams into anchor plates bolted into the structural steel of the catwalk. Additionally, four of the setups were engineered to accommodate six-foot overhangs, adapted to the building’s architectural design. Two additional platforms were installed at lower elevations for Cheviot to complete vinyl glass work on the residential balconies. The equipment was installed over two months and will remain in place for at least six months as multiple trades will utilize the platforms. A second challenging feature, involving limited space, particularly given the hundreds of workers on site, has been access. An extremely tight footprint
allowed for only Twin Alimak hoists, installed by Marr Crane & Rigging, to service the daily equipment and personnel needs not only for the residential tower, but also for the eight-story citizenM luxury hotel and a 31-story office tower that rise from the same, central podium.
Cogswell to Complete Fire Protection Dorchester, MA – Cogswell Sprinkler Co., Inc. is currently working toward completion of the fire protection installation for the 631,000sf South Bay Center residential project located in the new section of the South Bay Town Center in Dorchester. Cogswell’s project manager, Mike O’Donoghue, and foreman Michal Zementowski are working together with Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. to bring the project to completion for a 2019 opening. The Andi, the residential component of the project, is a 475-unit luxury complex featuring 120,000sf of groundlevel retail space and will offer residents amenities including two fitness centers, a saltwater pool and sun deck, co-working spaces, and ample resident lounge areas, all oriented around an active pedestrian streetscape. Tasked not only with working on an active construction site in close proximity to an open and active movie theater/ parking structure, Cogswell’s biggest challenge was the requirement to install fire protection earlier than usual on the project to accommodate the need for “live” fire protection in various areas during the construction process. The sprinkler installation consists of NFPA 13 combination wet sprinkler/ standpipe system throughout with
Michal Zementowski, Cogswell’s foreman, in the sprinkler room at South Bay
dry type sprinkler systems in the parking garages, interstitial spaces, and trash chutes.
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Marr installed roof rigging for 14 suspended scaffold platforms on The Hub’s residential tower’s catwalk, rather than to the roof itself, due to space limitations
Though a tower crane facilitated the transfer of most of the equipment to the roof, work crews have had to plan efficiently to contend with high elevator traffic. Beginning in July, two more suspended scaffold platforms will be installed at the abutting hotel tower for Design Communications, Ltd. to hang the “citizenM hotel” sign. Construction on the residence and hotel towers is set to be complete in late 2019.
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Philanthropy Recent Callahan Volunteer Projects Boston – Callahan Construction Managers participated again in a quarterly volunteer day at Rosie’s Place in Boston. Founded in 1974, Rosie’s Place was the first women’s shelter in the United States. Fifteen Callahan employees prepared and served meals to 90 women and children on May 3. Rosie’s Place is just one of the organizations where Callahan volunteers Callahan Team at Rosie’s Place
Brian Anderson (l) and Michael Carrier at Rosie’s
spend both time and resources as part of their Constructing Communities program. The committee was designed to support local communities offering outreach through volunteerism, the hiring of local subcontractors, and the purchase of local goods. Callahan also supports the South Shore Habitat for Humanity (SSHH) with numerous build days throughout the year in its effort to provide safe, healthy, and affordable housing to families in need. The firm recently partnered with SSHH in building a six-family townhome
community in Duxbury and announced that a new home build at 10 Electric Ave. in Easton will commence this summer. As a SSHH Community Builder, Callahan’s donation directly supports the organization’s mission to “build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.” Callahan also hopes to support the work of the SSHH ReStore, where gently used home goods and surplus building materials get a second life. This ensures vast quantities of material are saved from landfills each year, helping to protect the environment.
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Suffolk Employees Help Clean Up
More than three dozen employees of building contractor Suffolk volunteered to remove non-native invasive plants and pick up litter in the Torbert Macdonald Park in Medford as part of the Mystic River Watershed Association’s Mystic Greenways Initiative to improve and connect waterfront parklands.
Volunteers from building contractor Suffolk teamed up with Playworks New England to clean, paint and brighten the playground at the Orchard Gardens School near Suffolk’s headquarters in Roxbury, as part of a large-scale beautification project. Suffolk employees: (l-r) Amy Stuart, Kathy Golota, Rachel Kirby, Sean Keaney and Michael Kuenzler
N.H. Companies Donate to Theatre
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Portsmouth, NH – A truckload of assorted furnishings donated by XSS Hotels and Colwen Hotel Management of Manchester and Portsmouth was delivered recently to the Seacoast Repertory Theatre on 125 Bow St. in Portsmouth. The delivery consisted of approximately 12 chairs and sofas that were offered to the theatre by the development partners Leo Xarras and PROCON owner Mark Stebbins. The donation came about when Xarras and Stebbins began renovations on a nearby hotel and decided to give some little-used furniture to a good cause. The theatre’s previous lobby furniture was more than 10 years old, but with nearly
300 productions per year and about 30,000 overall patrons, it had deteriorated considerably. Alan Gold, president of the theatre’s board of trustees commented on the difference the new furniture has made. “To say that our previous lobby furnishings were ‘shabby’ is to understate things dramatically, and this donation has enabled us to create the comfortable, more elevated public space that our patrons deserve.” For the theater leadership and staff, the general feeling was best summarized by the theater’s executive director, Kathleen Cavalaro, who said, “I never work in my office anymore. Nobody does. It’s too comfortable down here.”
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Life Sciences REDAP Designs Addgene Expansion
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Watertown, MA – After growing out of its first REDAP-designed facilities in Cambridge, Addgene secured a lease in the newly completed LINX complex in 490 Arsenal Way, Watertown. Addgene leased 40,000sf of space, with 25% of the suite to be subleased to a similar life science tenant. REDAP lead the task of demising an appropriately-sized suite, and space planned both the Addgene program and the sub-lease tenant suite to minimize construction in the future when the
two spaces are adjoined. The design maximizes the traits of the building by using an open ceiling layout and keeping built elements to a minimum. R E Dinneen worked on this project in partnership with AHA Consulting Engineers, McNamara & Salvia, Code Red Consultants, Lam Partners, AJB Lab Planning, PIDC Construction and Union Office Interiors. With available office and lab space in the Cambridge area scarce, surrounding communities like Watertown are
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attracting life sciences companies requiring larger spaces while still remaining close to public transportation and other urban amenities. Openness and a variety of areas to collaborate were paramount. REDAP worked closely with the branding and culture committees to develop color schemes that would reflect the different departmental neighborhoods, while maintaining a consistent theme throughout the space. The labs are contiguous with the labs of the tenant suite, assuring the costly build-out of a new lab is avoided in the future expansion into the sub-lease space.
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to improve space utilization and room booking for clinicians in a free address workplace. Group therapy is a key programmatic element in today’s behavioral health treatment plans, but can be underutilized in an outpatient program. Facilities should be designed for multi-use flexibility to improve space utilization. Moveable partitions between large group therapy rooms can enable configuration for a variety of additional uses, as long as acoustical privacy at the partition (particularly above ceiling) is addressed to ensure HIPPA compliance for speech privacy. Behavioral healthcare is shifting toward treatment of the whole person as clinicians recognize that exercise and nutrition are key contributors to mental wellness. Facilities are expanding their program offerings by adding
nontraditional treatment spaces for fitness, yoga, meditation, and art/music therapies and demonstration kitchens to teach dietary health and wellness. These activities may require dedicated spaces or share multipurpose rooms. Defining these space requirements early in the design process is important to reduce the sound and vibration impact on adjacent patient and staff areas. With an increased focus on overall wellness in behavioral healthcare as well as emerging approaches to treatment, BMH facilities require a clear clinical vision for today and a flexible design for change in the future. Jason Costello, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP, is associate principal and partner, and John Fowler, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP, is associate principal and associate partner at Margulies Perruzzi.
Metro Walls Now Offers Acoustical Ceilings
Metro Walls installed these intricate and beautifully detailed ceilings for Day’s Jeweler’s in Nashua.
Manchester, NH – Metro Walls, a commercial drywall and framing firm, announced the launch of its Acoustical Ceiling division. With this new division, Metro is able to offer quality installations of acoustical ceilings, wood ceilings, Tectum, acoustical wall panels, and much
more to its customers. “We are excited to offer these additional services to our customers. By offering quality installation and customer service in a wide variety of acoustical products, we feel we can add significant value to any project. These
items really complement our other framing and drywall offerings, and help move us toward a one stop shop,” says Bryan Hussey, EVP of Metro Walls. Two qualified, experienced industry professionals have been put in place to run this operation: Eli Luicha, operations manager and Matt Duguid, senior estimator. Luicha is in charge of all field operations, staff and project management for this division. He brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the Eli Luicha ceiling industry. For the last several years, he owned and operated his own ceiling business, often partnering with Metro Walls for acoustical installations. He started as an apprentice for Wall Tech Systems while in high school, and over the years graduated to running all aspects of work in the ceiling industry.
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Metro Walls installed this custom whimsical ceiling for SolBe Learning Center in Boston.
Hastings Demonstrates the Power of Marvin Products Hastings, the exclusive representative of Marvin in New England and Eastern New York, recently held its second annual Commercial Summit, convening 16 dedicated commercial dealers throughout the region for a design thinking forum unlike any other in the industry. Hastings’ Marvin Commercial Summit was held at Hotel on North, one of the company’s recent commercial success stories, located in Pittsfield, Mass. “Our goal is to dispel the myth that Marvin provides only residential windows,” said Steve Hoyt, who leads the Marvin Commercial Solutions Team for Hastings. “We like to hold the summit in spaces and facilities that show the power of our products. Hotel on North is a living example of how architects, developers, Marvin, Hastings and their commercial partners closely collaborate to bring new life to legacy buildings.” Hoyt continued, “This award-winning downtown revitalization project was the perfect environment to inspire our commercial partners to think out of the box and further educate them about how Marvin satisfies historic preservation requirements while offering energy efficiency and challenging them to think like the customer.” Hastings’ Marvin Commercial Summit is designed to be unlike any product training in the country. “We use the knowledge in the room to brainstorm about how we can address commercial needs better,” he explained. “Our commercial partners
Steve Hoyt, head of the Hastings Marvin Commercial Solutions team, speaks with Hotel on North architect Karen Hunt during a presentation at the Marvin Commercial Summit.
know the Marvin product, so these events are focused on continuous improvement, human-centered design and the process of developing and maintaining a commercial project. We don’t want people sitting and listening to speeches for two days. We want them engaged and offering their expertise.” Mark Davis, Marvin’s director of architectural sales, offered key information to the attendees, along with
Karen Hunt, AIA, who was the architect on the Hotel on North project. These thought leaders were interspersed with “empathy interviews” where participants communicated through personas such as a project manager at a college, an installer and an owner’s representative. They also held a Design Thinking Sprint, a fastpaced exchange of ideas that encouraged customer-centric problem solving.
The Marvin Commercial Solutions Team at Hastings continues to grow year over year, combining resources from Marvin’s vast manufacturing knowledge base, with expert frontline personnel at Hastings and its dedicated commercial retail partners. The positive feedback from the Second Annual Commercial Summit has prompted planning for the third event in early 2020.
Technology & Innovations Virtual Reality is a Collaboration Game Changer
by Long Nguyen Designing the perfect set of construction documents is the goal of every design firm. As such, the following questions should be asked: 1. Did the design team capture the owner’s vision and requirements? 2. Are all the disciplines fully coordinated? 3. Are the documents detailed enough for the contractors to interpret with no ambiguity? I think we can all agree that getting to this point requires effective team collaboration and communication. If the entire team is on the same page, then the chances of having a successful project and happy customer increases dramatically. One tool that helps answer all three questions is virtual reality (VR). VR allows an individual or teams to fully immerse themselves into a VR
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model. Immersing oneself into a VR model is as close as you can get to the real thing and, in some respects, better. The VR model allows you to walk, fly, or teleport throughout the building or an area onsite, which means no physical barriers, and can view every aspect of the design at any angle or height. VR has been around for a few years but is starting to be utilized in the A/E/C industry. When the technology was first introduced to the A/E/C industry, the equipment required was expensive and cumbersome to use, and translating the model was clunky and time-consuming.
Today, the equipment operating VR is wireless (without connecting to a desktop) and works via Wi-Fi. Models used for VR can be easily converted from Revit/Naviswoks 3D model, and the VR model can also be updated every time the Revit model is synched on the cloud (via BIM360). The benefits of using VR are immense compared to reviewing a set of 2D paper drawings or viewing on a computer screen while trying to visualize and interpret the drawings: VR allows owners and facilities operators to walk through their future
building, classrooms, offices, libraries, theaters, mechanical rooms, electrical rooms, etc. They are able to see how the architecture, structure, and MEP/ FP visually interact with each other. For projects that are engineering intensive, they can view chiller/boiler plants, piping and ductwork distribution, panelboards, fire alarm devices, and much more. Feedback from these virtual site visits help the team to customize their designs to the owner and facilities’ needs, visà-vis equipment access, valve and pipe arrangements, and working clearances. The owner’s team is able to make decisions along with the A/E/C design team, before construction dollars are spent and before a shovel hits the ground. It answers the first question: Did the design team capture the owner’s vision? VR is an excellent design and coordination tool which allows the design team to collaborate and coordinate in the virtual world. It lets the architects experience public spaces, which can influence the locations and coordination of visible structural and MEP elements. It allows the engineers to stand in a future continued to page 45
Interstate Electrical Services Corp. Stays Ahead of the Curve Steven Drouin, Interstate Electrical Services’ director of IT services, recently noted that an outdated mix of disconnected software programs it was using nearly 12 years ago wasn’t meeting needs. “Just a simple thing like a jobsite address was being entered into six different applications back in the day,” he said. “We were operating under tight time constraints and budgets, just like every other contractor out there. We needed to streamline our processes and coordinate better, both internally and externally.” That led to a software search for a solution that was more focused on construction accounting. Around 2007, Interstate moved to Viewpoint’s Spectrum Construction Software, which helped the company get a handle on its accounting processes. Four years later, Drouin and the Interstate team began evaluating additional software solutions to further tie together the company’s back office and field operations beyond just accounting. That included becoming an early adopter of the new cloud version of Spectrum. “We went through about a two-year transformation after we made the upgrade and streamlining the other business processes we were using,” said Drouin.
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“The biggest thing we did by using all those different modules was consolidate all of our information to one platform.” Having a consistent set of data to work from dramatically improved the insight into Interstate’s projects. The company uses this software suite to deliver in-depth reports and project analysis to teams – whether at the executive level, project managers or the field level – in formats that are relevant and easy to understand. “For project managers and the executive team, we’ve created what’s called an executive dashboard,” Drouin said. “They log in, click on their executive dashboard shortcut we’ve created for them, and they have a bunch of different
high-level graphs and reports that provide some very specific financial details.” Reports include a list of the company’s
top 25 clients and status of work for them, billings, job backlog reports, work in progress reports, and more. Drouin said that prior to using Viewpoint’s cloud-based capabilities, the company was mired in manual processes, or using non-integrated technologies that still required manual processes. “We had time sheets being filled out in PDF form, sometimes printed and needing to be scanned in or reentered into our back-office systems. There were always additional levels of repetitive data entry,” he said. “Just looking at the time solutions we have in place now, those alone have saved us thousands of hours of manpower in the office and field.” Submitted by Interstate Electrical Services.
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Landscape Langone & Puopolo: Open Space Climate Resilience Design Boston – Langone Park and Puopolo Playground, located in the North End on Boston Harbor, will be the very first park area in the Boston system to implement flood-prevention measures outlined in Mayor Marty Walsh’s Resilient Boston Harbor Plan. Weston & Sampson is applying innovative open space climate resilience design methods that will integrate the standards set forth by the city within the improvements program and mitigate future flooding. Last fall, Mayor Walsh announced a plan to transform the city’s 47-mile shoreline in an effort to prevent flooding from climate change-fueled storms. The Resilient Boston Harbor plan would add 67 acres of green space to the shoreline and protect infrastructure from higher sea levels. Under the plan, which involves restoring 122 acres of parks and tidal areas to create natural buffers, miles of roads and infrastructure would be raised and some downtown areas, parks, and roads would be redesigned to reduce damage from potential flooding. “We’re not just planning for the next storm we’ll face, we’re planning for the
Sunny day rendering of open space climateresilient design methods to mitigate future flooding at Langone Park and Puopolo Playground
storms the next generation will face, said Mayor Walsh. Langone & Puopolo is one of the oldest parks in the Boston Parks and Recreation system. From its initial use as the North End Beach and the site of the Great Molasses Flood in 1919 to its current use, Langone & Puopolo has always been a key asset that serves not only the neighborhood but also the greater Boston community. Currently comprised of a children’s playground area and walkways, basketball court, bocce courts, Little League
Stormy day rendering of open space climate resilient design methods integrating the standards set forth by the city of Boston within the improvements program
baseball field, and a multi-use rectangular field with softball and baseball overlays, Langone & Puopolo is the only recreational open space with athletic fields in the North End. The property also includes a significant length of the Boston HarborWalk corridor, a key link that connects Charlestown and Downtown Boston. Additional park improvements include reconstructing the Little League field, replacing and improving the multi-use field with a synthetic turf field, relocating and expanding the playground area, expanding and improving the bocce courts,
Stormy day rendering during a storm event in the year 2070, with no change to existing conditions.
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National Finegold Alexander Transforms United Church into Loft-Style Residences Toronto – Finegold Alexander Architects of Boston has been selected to design the renovation of Toronto’s High Park Alhambra United Church into loft-style residences. This is the first international project since the firm’s new leadership reorganization two years ago. Originally built in 1908 by architectural firm Burke, Horwood & White, the church location became, and still is, an area that is landmarked for its unique neo-gothic design. The church has been carefully restored and today, a fourstory condominium has been incorporated into the original building’s design. Finegold Alexander will design the residences within church section of 260 High Park. Upon completion, the project will have 70 condominium suites including townhomes, and the church loft residences. In total there will be 15 one-of-a-kind residences. The units were creatively designed to retain as much of the exiting building fabric as possible by taking full advantage of the large windows, which feature original stained glass, and the soaring interior spaces. The tops of the towers will be converted to create private, outdoor balcony space. At the street level, original stairs and entries are retained and will be converted to private terraces.
The newly designed Church Lofts will range from 837sf one-bedroom to 3,011sf 3-bedroom residences. “Finegold Alexander has designed similar projects in recent years, and our deep knowledge with this building type enables us to truly infuse the character of the former church into the building’s new life,” said Ellen Anselone, principal at Finegold Alexander Architects. “260 High Park is exquisite in every detail, with luxurious amenities and top-
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of-the line finishes offering residents a sophisticated lifestyle in an architecturally inviting show-stopping setting.” “We are thrilled to have Finegold Alexander Architects to complete the last phase on the renovation of the church residences,” said Mike Giamou, principal of
Medallion Capital Group, the developer of 260 High Park. “Our team is focused on maintaining the integrity and design of the church as a vibrant design element in the condominiums, and we are confident that Finegold Alexander was the right choice to help us achieve those goals.”
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JCJ Architecture Expands in Oklahoma Tulsa, OK – JCJ Architecture, an employee-owned national architectural firm with offices in Boston, announced the expansion of operations in its Tulsa, Oklahoma, office. In addition to a recently completed Wellness Center and a new Cultural Center that is in construction for the Choctaw Nation, JCJ is currently collaborating with the Choctaw on design for a major expansion to its casino resort in Durant, Oklahoma. The team is also contributing to significant projects the firm has underway in Phoenix, Arizona and Palm Springs, California. The company recently announced the addition of several key hires. Led by Tulsa-natives Amy Harrell, NCIDQ, RID, and Randall Hull, AIA, the office has grown substantially since opening in 2017. In addition to Harrell and Hull, new hires include: Emily Sise, interior designer, brings experience from past work with K-12 education, higher education, healthcare, and corporate office projects. Corey Graham, interior designer, has deep expertise in design for gaming, hotel and retail environments. Amanda Bechtel, NCIDQ, interior designer, has four years of experience
in K-12 education, healthcare, corporate office, and corporate retail. The firm’s most recent hires: Kelsey Johnson, design staff, has been focused on design for projects in healthcare, higher education, library, and public safety. Sean Pendley, AIA, senior project architect, has taken a senior role on a broad range of projects including civic, corporate, K-12, and higher education. Jennifer Bradshaw, AIA, project architect, brings a background in projects for education, faith-based organizations, healthcare, civic, and hospitality. Lena Detter, design staff, has worked as an intern architect and project manager on various retail projects located throughout the United States. David Hubbard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, senior project architect, has 30 years of experience as an architect and project manager. He has been engaged in working with a wide range of clients including the city of Tulsa, Bank of America, QuikTrip, Tulsa Public Schools, and Marriott Hotels. Aaron Guthridge, design staff, brings experience from projects that include sports and student life projects for Jenks Public Schools, Oklahoma State University, and University of Oklahoma.
Jacksonville, FL – NEI General Contracting of Randolph, Mass. has started renovations to 768 apartments at four properties in Jacksonville, Fla. on behalf of The Millennia Companies. The four apartment complexes to be renovated include Valencia Way (formerly known as Eureka Gardens), Palmetto Glen, The Weldon and Calloway Cove. “We retained NEI General Contracting due to their expertise in managing complex projects throughout a wide range of communities,” said Frank T. Sinito, CEO of The Millennia Companies. “NEI has a thorough understanding of what it takes to successfully renovate multifamily developments, and we can’t wait to see
the transformation that will benefit both the residents and greater Jacksonville community.” Project team members for Valencia include: general contractor: NEI General Contracting; architect: Dimit Architects, LLC; MEP engineer: WHS Engineers; civil engineer: Florida Engineering Group; and structural engineer: Craig S. Cohen, P.E. The team for Palmetto Glen, The Weldon, and Calloway Cove includes: general contractor: NEI General Contracting; architect: The Architectural Team, Inc.; MEP engineer: Melling Engineering; civil engineer: Florida Engineering Group; and structural engineer: Odeh Engineers, Inc.
Awards Hitchcock Center’s Building Receives Certified Living Award
Amherst, MA – Executive Director Julie Johnson of the Hitchcock Center recently returned from an international sustainability conference in Seattle with a Certified Living Award presented by the Living Future Institute. The award is for the organization’s education center achieving the Living Building Challenge, considered the most
rigorous standard for green building in the world. The building was designed by designLAB Architects of Boston and built by Wright Builders of Northampton. Completed in 2016, it has spurred a significant uptick in public interest in the center’s resilient, self-sufficient building systems that will provide
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energy and water security for decades to come. The award was presented after the center’s building met a full year of strict performance metrics that not only included achieving net zero energy, water and waste, but also the use of locally sourced, nontoxic building materials, native plants for greater biodiversity,
and promotion of alternative modes of transportation, among 20 of its Living Building imperatives. Prior to receiving this award, there were only 22 other buildings in the world and three in Massachusetts to have successfully achieved this very high bar of sustainable development.
Kaplan Project Gets Three Awards
Revolution Hotel lobby / Tina Liu, Kaplan Construction
Boston, MA – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm, announced that the renovation of the Revolution Hotel in Boston has been recognized as a winner in the Adaptive Reuse category at the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s 41st Annual Preservation Awards. In addition, the project was recognized with the Mayor Thomas Menino Legacy Award and a People’s Choice Award at an awards gala held recently at the Copley Plaza Hotel. The project was nominated and designed by PCA/Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, Inc. of Cambridge. Located in Boston’s chic South End
within walking distance to the Back Bay, the Revolution Hotel showcases the city’s revolutionary past. The design celebrates the “bones” of the building with tasteful upgrades and stately architecture, contrasted with bold art installations, color and graphics. Numerous vignettes are conveyed through a range of media, from the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Marathon to Wonder Woman (whose first home on Earth was Boston). The project team includes MEP engineer, Commercial Construction Consulting (C3); and structural engineer, Roome & Guarracino.
Revolution Hotel lower level
Kaplan Construction and the design team tackled several challenges associated with changing the use of this building from dormitory to boutique hotel. To add new bathrooms into the castin-place concrete building, strategic cores needed to be located and reinforced with steel beams. With 163 total rooms, existing conditions required layout of 41 different room types. The building’s concrete slabs were supported on old masonry walls, neither of which could be breached, so all ducting, pipes and conduit were run externally along the walls and ceilings,
thus requiring custom solutions for fixed furniture, casework, and lighting in each room. Kaplan upgraded many interior features of the existing building, including energy-efficient windows, amenity areas, and a lobby that showcases custom concrete flooring and a custom mural. Exterior work included a full roof replacement and improvements to the private courtyard as well as a full fitout to accommodate a basement bar, lounge, and fitness room. The bar and lounge functions as the co-working space Conspire during the day.
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mechanical room and coordinate the location of MEP equipment to optimize space efficiencies. It allows the entire team to ensure there are no interferences with each other. Participants in VR sessions can make notes that are tagged to elements in the model (via voice dictation), can measure between components, and can sketch during the session, which can be exported as meeting notes for the team as PDF (i.e., “shift diffuser one ceiling tile east in the office 203” or “ductwork is going through a structural beam in the penthouse next to column C-14”). VR can also benefit the construction team. Construction managers can virtually experience the model to help them understand and interpret the design
intent and even help procure the trades. They are able to walk the spaces with the different trades to help them in the bidding process or visualize the scope. They can also view the VR model and the electronic 2D construction documents side-by-side. Interpreting the construction documents, as intended, helps minimize RFIs and makes for a more efficient process. VR is in its infancy in the A/E/C industry, and its benefits are just beginning to unfold. We envision a future where VR is used not only as a coordination and collaboration tool, but for commissioning and training purposes as well. Put on your VR headset and let’s go! Long Nguyen is the BIM Development Leader at Vanderweil Engineers.
Two NEI General Contracting Projects Recognized
Boston – NEI General Contracting announced that two of its projects have been recognized by the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s (MHC) 41st Annual Preservation Awards, including the Paul & Niki Tsongas Award, the Robert H. Kuehn Award, and a People’s Choice Award.
In addition, a third project constructed by NEI, the Lenox Schoolhouse, was nominated for an award this year. Maple Commons, which received the Paul & Niki Tsongas Award and People’s Choice Award, consists of 11 separate buildings, including 173 apartments and a community building. The project
Broomstein Gets Leadership Award Boston – IBEW Local 103 Business Agent Kenell Broomstein has been honored as a recipient of the 2019 New England Women’s Leadership Award (NEWLA) by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester.
The award is given to recognize significant achievements by New England women, who are honored for excellence in their chosen fields, distinguished service in their communities, and perseverance in overcoming adversity. Broomstein was named business agent for IBEW Local 103 last year. This is a leadership position within the electrical union. “Becoming a union electrician has been life-changing for me and my two sons,” Broomstein said. “I want other women to know – you can do this! The job is interesting, it’s challenging, and more women should consider this career path. It also offers great pay and benefits.”
Broomstein was given her award at a ceremony on May 9 at the Seaport Hotel, joined by elected officials, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester youth and staff, fellow award recipients Yvonne Garcia and Noelle Lambert, and friends, family and supporters. “Our organization has one purpose and that’s to serve the families of our community by creating a safe, nurturing environment for our youth,” said Bob Scannell, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. “Many of our young female members have challenging home lives, and all can benefit from positive role models like Kenell Broomstein, who has accomplished so much. She is a perfect fit for this award. Like us, she fights for young women each day. We can’t thank her enough for being a positive force for the youth in our community.”
spreads across two city blocks in the downtown Springfield Lower Maple Historic District. Built between 1910 and 1917, the four-story buildings were primarily brick with craftsman-style ornamentation. This past year, Maple Commons underwent a substantial renovation of all the buildings, including extensive site work. This is NEI’s seventh project with First Resource Development Company, Inc. Project team members include: owner, First Resource Development Company, Inc.; general contractor, NEI General Contracting; architect, The Architectural Team, Inc.; structural engineer, Waterman Consulting; civil engineer, Heritage Survey; mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protecting (MEP/FP); engineer, South Shore Construction Consultants; historic consultant, Tremont Preservation Service, LLC; and environmental consultant, Axi-
om Partners and Harvard environmental. NEI received the Robert H. Kuehn Award for Bethany Apartments. In its fourth project for the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, Inc., a non-profit housing developer affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, NEI oversaw the historic adaptive re-use of the 56,000sf Kennedy Hall at Cardinal Cushing Center in Hanover into 37 affordable and workforce housing units, now known as Bethany Apartments. Project team members include: general contractor, NEI General Contracting; architect, The Architectural Team (TAT); civil engineer and landscape architect, Horsley Witten Group; mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protecting (MEP/FP); engineer, Wozny Barbar & Associates; historic consultant, MacRostie Historic Advisors, LLC; and owner’s rep, WaypointKLA, Inc.
RELCO Named STEP Award Winner
RELCO’s corporate safety director, Jamie Hebert, and newly licensed journeyman, Joe Power, (both centered) accepted RELCO’s safety STEP award from ABC’s executive board.
Broomstein with IBEW Local 103 Business Manager Lou Antonellis
Woburn, MA – Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts (ABC), the state’s largest commercial construction association, and the Gould Construction Institute (GCI), ABC’s training affiliate, congratulated The RELCO Companies for recently being named a Silver Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (STEP) award recipient at the 15th Annual Safety & Education
Dinner held on May 16 at the Burlington Marriott. STEP is a national ABC program which provides safety benchmarking and improvement tools that has been shown to dramatically improve safety performance among participating companies. Established in 1969, STEP was developed and written by contractors, for contractors.
TFMoran Receives Award for Medicus Healthcare Bedford, NH – TFMoran recently received the Structural Engineers of New Hampshire Excellence in Structural Engineering Award for Medicus Healthcare Solutions in the “Buildings” category. Berard-Martel Architecture of Bedford is the project architect. Safari Construction Management, LLC of Windham is the general contractor.
SENH President Christopher Fournier (l) presents award to Thomas Lamb, TFMoran senior structural engineer
Medicus Healthcare Solutions is nearing completion on the third phase of the newly constructed three building office complex. The buildings contain approximately 100,000sf of office space and are all connected by enclosed pedestrian bridges at the second floor. Each building is framed of a hybrid system of insulated concrete formed (ICF) walls and steel open web floor joists, beams and columns. The building is founded on concrete spread footings. ICF walls at the exterior were chosen as an economical and energy-efficient
Maugel/Russo Project Gets Award
The Ivory Keys Apartments project team accepts the Preservation Award.
Leominster, MA – The Ivory Keys Apartments, located at 140 Adams St., was recently recognized by Preservation Massachusetts. The Ivory Keys Apartments project team accepts the Preservation Award. Maugel Architects and L.D. Russo transformed this once-vacant historic mill building that formerly housed a piano manufacturing facility into a 41-unit affordable rental housing complex. The new design pays homage to the building’s history by preserving and repurposing original elements throughout interior spaces. The project is the recipient of Preservation Massachusetts’ 2019 Robert H. Kuehn Preservation Award. The award recognizes extraordinary projects that meld collaborative partnerships with creative ideas for the rehabilitation and active reuse of historic buildings.
solution in lieu of the typical steel frame and metal stud curtain wall system used on most office buildings. The wall systems provided several benefits including a robust lateral load resisting system, ICF formed brick shelf, increased flexibility with façade material installation, and simplicity of connections between buildings. TFMoran engineers produced a threedimensional structural model for the design of the buildings. The model was then imported into Building Information Modeling software to produce the structural drawings for the project.
Construction showing exterior ICF walls and steel framing
Callahan Wins STEP Gold Award Bridgewater, MA – Callahan Construction Managers has received a Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) Safety Gold Award from Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts (ABC). The award honors Callahan for its outstanding safety precautions on job sites. This marks the 12th consecutive year Callahan has received the Gold Award. “…. There is nothing more important than job site safety,” said GCI President Julie Kelliher. “This year’s STEP award recipients deserve each and every accolade they received by continuing to raise the standards of safety, training, and education throughout the construction industry.”
(l-r) Richard Lane, board of trustee chair for Gould Construction; Tim LeBlanc, director of safety at Callahan; Karl Hudson, chair of the board for ABC Mass./ABC
According to STEP, a GOLD award “demonstrates a unilateral dedication and commitment to job site safety, practiced by employees.”
MGM Project Wins ACEC/MA Gold
Award-winning Ivory Keys Apartments
Preservation Massachusetts is the statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization dedicated to preserving the Commonwealth’s historic and cultural heritage.
Haynes Group Named STEP Winner Woburn, MA – Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts (ABC) and the Gould Construction Institute (GCI) congratulate The Haynes Group, Inc. for recently being named a Bronze Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (STEP) award recipient at the 15th Annual Safety
Medicus Healthcare Solutions
& Education Dinner held on May 16 at the Burlington Marriott in Burlington. STEP is a national ABC program that provides safety benchmarking and improvement tools shown to dramatically improve safety performance among participating companies.
Springfield, MA – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) has named the MGM project in Springfield as a 2019 Gold winner for Engineering Excellence. The winning team included engineers from TEC, Inc. of Andover for transportation engineering; Allen & Major Associates, Inc. of Woburn for civil engineering; Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. of Boston for geotechnical engineering; NV5 of Boston for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering; De Simone Consulting Engineers of Boston for structural engineering; and Andelman & Lelek Engineering, Inc. of Norwood for LEED engineering. At a value of over $960 million, the MGM Springfield resort casino is the largest private development project in the history of western Massachusetts.
MGM and the project team transformed over 30 individual properties into a vibrant redevelopment project that creatively integrated complex historic structures and facades, used specialized soil testing to support an economical foundation system, updated a maze of outdated utilities, and tied the project into downtown with an enhanced multimodal transportation system.
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People Alpine Welcomes Gildea Chelmsford, MA – Alpine experienced in directing large Environmental recently teams and subcontractors on announced that Connor Gildea multiple projects. has assumed the position of Alpine’s growth in recent project manager at the company. years has created the need for He brings to Alpine more a dedicated project manager than eight years of experience to focus strictly on large handling complex projects. commercial, institutional and Connor has a record of residential projects. Connor’s Gildea success in estimating and job skills in schedule management, quality control and customer costing for numerous largesatisfaction make him a perfect addition scale demolition and environmental to Alpine. projects across the Northeast. He is
Horrigan Joins Callahan with the clients, determining Bridgewater, MA – Callahan the projects’ overall objectives Construction Managers while directing the means announced that Joe Horrigan and methods needed to bring has joined the firm as project the project in on time, within executive after serving in budget and to client satisfaction. various project management At AvalonBay Communities, capacities for over 15 years at Inc., he served in various AvalonBay Communities, Inc. project management capacities. As project executive, Horrigan “My professional Horrigan will be responsible experience is almost exclusively for entire project teams while also in multifamily residential development, communicating with team members so Callahan was an easy choice for me about issues and procedures. to start the next chapter of my career,” He will ensure strong communication stated Horrigan.
TFMoran Welcomes Chiaramonte Bedford, NH – TFMoran announced that Christopher Chiaramonte has joined the company as a civil project engineer. His work experience includes assisting in the design and preparation of commercial and residential site plans, permitting, drainage analyses and utility design.
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Gaston Electrical Adds Coffman Norwood, MA – Gaston Electrical Co., Inc., an electrical services contractor in New England, announced that Robert Coffman has recently joined its team as senior project manager at its Norwood headquarters. He will be working directly with Jim Reen, VP of construction, as the project management team continues to expand and lead new projects in the Greater Boston Region. In his new role, Coffman will oversee the day-to-day operations and progress of large-scale projects including communication with construction partners, material equipment buyouts, schedules, manpower, and safety coordination.
He brings over 15 years of professional experience including residential, highered, office, life sciences, and health care. Most recently, he served as a project manager at Cupertino Electric in Los Angeles.
Margulies Perruzzi Announcements
Bowdoin Welcomes Two
Boston – Margulies Perruzzi (MP), an innovative architectural and interior design firm, announced that Associate Principal John Fowler, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP, has been elevated to the position of associate partner of the firm. He is the 12th member of the firm’s partnership and will continue to lead MP’s growing healthcare studio, along with Associate Principal and Partner Jason Costello, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP. Fowler’s recent project experience includes cancer care centers, surgical centers, endoscopy departments, compounding pharmacies, diagnostic imaging, and multi-specialty clinics. MP also welcomed Mark Thomsen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, as senior project manager for healthcare. He
Needham Heights, MA – Bowdoin Construction Corp. recently welcomed Eric Arthur back to the company to serve as chief estimator. He most recently was with Suffolk Construction in Boston. Previously he worked at Bowdoin for eight years. Rebecca Geary, formerly of Cutler Associates, joins the firm as director of marketing and communications. As chief estimator, Arthur leads the estimating team and is responsible for the oversight of estimating operations, including staffing and work assignments. He develops and implements all department standards and procedures and is responsible for review of all final estimate packages to ensure accuracy and completeness.
brings 23 years of experience as a master planner, project manager, and healthcare planner for a wide variety of hospital and healthcare clients and project types. His extensive portfolio includes Jahra Hospital in Kuwait, Albany Memorial Hospital in New York, and Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J.
Two Join Isgenuity Boston – Isgenuity, a Boston-based architecture and design practice, recently announced two additions. Yoochul Roe, Assoc. AIA, LEED joins isgenuity as senior associate. He brings over 15 years of architectural experience focused on healthcare, higher education, laboratories, and corporate projects. He has been involved with projects through the planning, studies, and conceptual design phases in both the U.S. and overseas. Theresa Harris AIA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C joins isgenuity as principal and director of healthcare planning. She brings 23 years of experience in
planning, programming and design. Her portfolio includes both new construction and renovations for ambulatory clinics, inpatient units, surgical and Hybrid ORs, cancer centers and pharmacies.
Korté Named President of Arrowstreet Boston – Arrowstreet, a novation and Research Studio Boston-based architecture and (AIR), a series of research and design firm, announced that development incubators ranging Amy Korté, AIA, has been from mixed-reality and responnamed the firm’s president. She sive environments to mobility will succeed Jim Batchelor, and mass customization. FAIA, who has served as Her approach to the president since 2004. environment, integrating data, Korté will lead the firm’s considering sites and buildings Korté efforts to incorporate today’s as interconnected systems, emerging social trends, and challenging traditional business disruptors, and new technologies building typologies have all sparked new into its innovative design approach. conversations around designing for the She helped launch Arrowstreet’s Infuture in urban areas
Rivera Joins DiPrete Cranston, RI – DiPrete Institute of Technology fullEngineering recently welcomed time and is working toward a its newest team member, Sam degree in Civil Engineering Rivera. He is working at the Technology. firm’s Cranston office. Serving “Sam brings a passion as his supervisor is Eric Prive, for designing and drafting to senior project manager. our team,” said Prive. “We’re Prior to joining DiPrete, he excited to have him on our team worked for UC Synergetic as a Rivera and look forward to watching CAD technician. him expand his skills.” Rivera attends the New England
Geary oversees the development and implementation of the firm’s marketing and communications strategies. She is responsible for monitoring and maintaining brand messaging consistency across all channels, including online and social media, and for supporting business development efforts.
A&M People on the Move Woburn, MA – Allen & Major Associates, Inc. (A&M) announced that Aaron Mackey has earned his Professional Engineer designation. He has been with A&M since 2016. Recent projects include the Melnea Hotel and Residences in Roxbury, Cook’s Corner Plaza redevelopment in Brunswick, Maine, and Silver Square mixed-use development in Dover, N.H. Also moving into a new role is Stepfani Croteau who will be A&M’s business development coordinator. She has been with A&M since 2016, and will be working with principals,
Timothy Williams, PE and Robert Clarke, PLA, ASLA to promote A&M’s multi-disciplined services and expand its client base. Croteau recently served as RFP co-ordinator.
Poyant Moran Promoted Poyant Moran worked as New Bedford, MA – Poyant, a public information officer New Bedford sign manufacturer for Mayor Scott W. Lang of and branding specialist, has New Bedford, then as public promoted Stephanie Poyant information officer and new Moran to director of sales media specialist for Southcoast operations. Health. She also was the senior In her new role, she will director of marketing and public coordinate and leverage all the relations for the New Bedford business development, sales, Poyant Moran Whaling Museum. design, estimating and project She rejoined Poyant as a management resources. fourth generation in the 80-year-old famShe previously worked at Poyant ily business in 2015 as a senior branding from 2001 to 2007 as project manager specialist, serving Bristol County, Plymresponsible for the execution of the outh County and Rhode Island. company’s largest accounts.
SCI Hires McCusker
Marion, MA – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI), a design-build general contractor serving New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, recently hired Philip McCusker as a project superintendent. He recently worked as a plumbing and gas engineer for H&A Mechanical services in the north of Ireland. As a project superintendent, McCusker will work out of SCI’s Marion office and provide oversight and management on the company’s renovation projects with existing and new clients.
Calendar ISPE Boston
June 18 - 20 International 2019 ISPE Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Conference Renaissance Boston Waterfront We invite all of our members to join in the conversation with experts and thought leaders in innovative development and manufacturing for transformative therapies. The program agenda will include keynote speakers; a Women in Pharma® breakfast round table session; technical presentations, case studies, and workshops outlining successes, challenges, and insights from a variety of industry professionals; and the opportunity to tour two local facilities: Moderna, Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
June 18 Summer Social The Social Register, Boston Celebrate summer with the ISPE Boston Area Chapter at the swanky Social Register in Boston’s Seaport. This social will be held within walking distance of the 2019 ISPE Biomanufacturing Conference. We hope that those attending the conference – and those that aren’t! – join us for an evening of camaraderie. Registration fee includes admission, hors d’oeuvre, and cash bar.
SMPS Boston June 18 Volunteer Opportunity at Rosie’s Place Rosie’s Place, Boston Rosie’s Place provides a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity, and find security in their lives. In support of this mission, SMPS volunteers will be catering dinner for 75-150 women and children. We will be working alongside experienced staff throughout the shift to cook, serve and clean up after the meal. Space is limited to 15 volunteers, so be sure to reserve your spot!
NAIOP MA June 18 31st Anniversary Charitable Golf Tournament benefiting Heading Home The International Golf Club, Bolton Join us for fun in the sun at NAIOP’s 31st Anniversary Golf Tournament and Beach Party! There are a variety of sponsorship levels, along with the option to play in either the 7th Annual Championship Cup, or the scramble tournament. There will also be a box lunch, post-tournament beach party, dinner buffet, and lots of great prizes and networking. We look forward to another great tournament and one more step towards ending homeless together.
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June 19 Client Panel & Annual Meeting Glastonbury Hills Country Club, South Glastonbury, CT Newly-elected officers and directors for 2019-2020 will be announced, followed by a recap of the Board of Director’s accomplishments. Following the annual meeting, join us as we listen to a diversified panel talk about current and upcoming projects in Connecticut and their perspective on the state of our state. This program is eligible for 1.5 SMPS CEU credits in Domains 1, 2 and 3.
June 25 New & Prospective Member Orientation Lunch NV5, Boston Are you new to SMPS Boston or thinking about joining? New and prospective members are invited to an intimate orientation lunch and introduction to SMPS Boston. Discover what the organization has to offer and learn about the many rewarding ways to get involved. Come and meet Boston Chapter leadership, current and prospective members, and find out how SMPS membership can boost your professional (and personal) growth!
Construction Institute June 20 Annual Dinner The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, Haddam, CT Join the Construction Institute in highlighting members that have reached milestones, both with the Institute and in other aspects of their careers. The Construction Institute honors individuals who embody the highest level of professionalism in serving the Design, Construction, and Facilities communities in Southern New England and Eastern New York. Recipients are selected based on their personal achievements, impact on the industry, and contributions to the larger community.
BSA June 20 2019 Summer Shindig! Waterfront Plaza, Boston Waterfront Plaza will be abuzz with excitement as BSA Foundation supporters, BSA members, and Fort Point neighbors come together to enjoy music, dancing, drinks, and games. Light summer fare will be served and a Smith & Wollensky cash bar will be on site. Come help the BSA Foundation give a toast and kick off the summer in style!
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June 24 70th Annual Golf Tournament Wollaston Golf Club, Milton We invite you to play the most convenient and all-inclusive tournament of the season! Great location close to Metro Boston, 12:30pm Shotgun start, and everything is included. Your foursome includes a tee sponsorship, golfer gift, raffle tickets, all on-course contests including Putting Contest, Hole-in-One, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Hit-the-Green. No additional fees when you arrive! And of course, a seated luncheon, and dinner with open wine & beer bar.
IIDA NE June 26 2019 Volunteer Celebration and Annual Meeting Yotel Hotel, Boston Rooftop celebration of IIDA NE’s awesome volunteers and members. Mix & Mingle with your new Board of Directors and fellow volunteers! Celebrate the success of the chapter and the incredible things our volunteer committees have accomplished. Join us for breakfast, prizes and awards!
AGC MA June 27 Summer Golf Clinic Granite Links Golf Course, Quincy, MA Back by demand for a 3rd Year! Golf is an important part of networking! Learn the basics and more in this 90 minute clinic at Granite Links. Three pro’s will instruct all levels of putting, chipping and driving. Immediately followed by refreshments with a view!
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July 15 24th Annual Golf Tournament The International Golf Club, Bolton, MA A premier golf experience to benefit members services and the ASM Scholarship Program. Enjoy a full day of Golf, Friends and Prizes!
ISPE Boston July 16 Young Professionals Red Sox Game and Social Bullpen Kitchen + Tap, Boston Join the ISPE Boston Area Chapter Young Professionals cheer on the Boston Red Sox! We will be convening at Bullpen Kitchen + Tap beginning at 5 PM for ticket pickup, as well as some pre-game food and drinks. The game is against the Toronto Blue Jays and starts at 7:10 pm.
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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
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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.
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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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