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August 2019 Focus:

Retail/Hospitality & Entertainment

The Residence Inn by Marriott, located on the corner of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Washington Street in Roxbury, Mass, opened earlier this year. Image courtesy of JS Photography and Residence Inn Boston Downtown South End / Full story page 20


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Publisher’s Message...................................6 Up-Front.......................................................7 Retail/Hospitality........................................9 Restoration & Renovation........................ 22 Corporate................................................. 27 Green........................................................ 30 Mixed-Use.................................................31 Connecticut.............................................. 32 Education.................................................. 33 Multi-Residential...................................... 36 Build Better Podcast................................. 38 Trends and Hot Topics............................. 40 Northern New England.......................... 41 Philanthropy.............................................. 42 Awards...................................................... 43 People....................................................... 45 Calendar................................................... 46

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Publisher’s Message

Anastasia Barnes August marks our annual retail/ hospitality and entertainment issue, and while I am excited to share this issue with you, I’m disappointed that this means the summer is almost over. Traditionally, August is the month that everyone takes off, which is why it’s so quiet this time of year. Businesses close early, people take vacation, and entire countries (Italy) take the month for holiday, making it a perfect time to highlight some of New England’s exciting retail, hospitality and entertainment markets! Harry Wheeler of Group One is a leader in this sector. We kick off this month’s Focus section (on page 9) with Harry’s article on how technology is shaping the way architects are Harry Wheeler

approaching modern hotel design. You’ll also read about the recently completed Cycle Gear store in Manchester, N.H. (page 18). Built by Chapman Construction, the new space features an exploded motorcycle that was hung from the ceiling using Unistrut and aircraft cable.

Cycle Gear’s motorcycle retail store in Manchester Mall

HP’s founder, Michael Barnes, and I were lucky enough to tour the soon-toopen citizenM Hotel, located in Boston’s West End neighborhood. What’s unique about this hotel is how it caters to today’s traveler. With each bedroom being the same size, citizenM takes pride in its high-quality amenities (XL king-size bed, top quality linen, powerful rain shower, designer AM/PM shower gels, and the fastest free Wi-Fi in town),



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Speaking of the West End, Mark Guarracino lays out what’s in store for this historic neighborhood in his article “Revitalization of the West End” (on page 40). Guarracino writes, “For an area that’s undergone significant urban renewal over the past several decades, the infusion of new retail has already brought vital economic boost to this neighborhood which combines commercial and residential spaces.”

Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts

On page 24, we have a three page feature on the Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts, with an introduction from the organization’s CEO, Mike McDonagh. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike on a recent episode of the Build Better podcast and was so impressed with his dedication to ASM’s members and the initiatives he has for the organization. Get to know this AEC organization and learn more about how becoming a member can benefit both your company and your employees!

Page 35 is part two of a series featuring LAB/LSA’s conceptual design, The Blue Necklace. In this month’s article, Mark Reed and Stephanie Goldberg propose four areas of Boston that could be fortified to protect flooding in both Cambridge and the Back Bay. Stay tuned every month as we roll out different aspects of this comprehensive and ambitious concept.

Lastly, I’d like to say a big congrats to J. Calnan & Sons for their recent recognition for having made “a notable positive impact on the local community.” I know how giving back is a big part of the company’s culture. This award, presented at the 13th Annual Family Business Awards, is well deserved!

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Fitchburg City Hall Breaks Ground

Mayor of Fitchburg, Stephen DiNitale, and BOND project manager, Pamela Bailey

Fitchburg, MA – BOND, a building, civil, utility and energy construction firm, joined Fitchburg officials in celebrating the groundbreaking of the Fitchburg City Hall building renovation. Design partner ICON Architecture and owner’s representative Colliers International joined the festivities. Fitchburg City Hall is considered a local historic landmark and is listed in the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System as the “Downtown Architecture of H. M. Francis, Fitchburg MA.” The exterior building will be restored to its original state with the interior being renovated to accommodate

the complex functions of government. The City Hall will be completely redesigned to accommodate 14 administrative departments including the office of the mayor. An adjacent building (formerly a bank) is being converted into a legislative building, housing the City Council chambers. The building is also being recommended for listing on the National Register of Historical Places with the Massachusetts Historical Commission. The renovation project is now underway and will be completed in late 2020.

Providence, RI – The Providence new program that focuses on Preservation Society (PPS) teaching skills that apply to announced that Kelsey Mullen working on buildings built has joined the organization as before 1945. director of education. She is Mullen was the public the first person in the role since programs manager at 2011. the Newport Restoration Mullen will be asked to Foundation. Prior to that, create a 21st-century version she was director of public Kelsey Mullen of the Children’s Heritage programming and education at Education Program that The Mount, Edith Wharton’s ran from 1985 to 2011, which taught Home in Lenox, Mass., and education Providence’s history and architecture. assistant at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. She will also lead the development of a

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updates to all exterior facades, including brick repointing, new siding, insulation, and roofing. Residents will be temporarily relocated to other units throughout the property while their homes are under construction. The Squirrel Brand Company, a candy manufacturer founded in 1888 in Roxbury, moved its headquarters to 12 Boardman St. in Cambridge. The headquarters, converted into 20 units of multi-family housing in 2000, is now known as Squirrel Brand Apartments. The building sits on the State Register of Historic Places and will be rehabbed to meet historic preservation standards. This building will remain occupied during construction and will require close coordination for the selective interior renovations planned, in addition to the exterior work. The two new infill buildings, along with the addition, are currently under construction and will offer an additional 23 units to the development. The largest infill building will be built to Passive House building standards, ensuring maximum energy efficiency and resident comfort.

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Focus: Retail and Hospitality Using Technology to Advance Traditional Hotel Design

by Harry Wheeler Technology is changing the face of hospitality design. It’s evolving the way in which we approach and conduct our work; providing options for new products and ways to leverage mobile apps to improve the design and guest experience; and increasing our accessibility to innovative resources and materials. Let’s look at the many ways technology is shaping a new future for hotel design. Design Strategy

Conference calls and digital presentations have quickly replaced in-person meetings and conventional physical design boards. This makes it quick and easy to collaborate with the full project team, and saves time and money related to meeting travel and

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digital ally for designers. With no tooling required, this resource allows designers to use drawings to create plastic models of any part of our design. This option allows designers to quickly and easily recreate and improve on designs based on project team feedback and consumer trends.

shipping costs for physical renderings. Software programs like Photoshop and SketchUp have taken the place of traditional hand renderings, making it easy to update and modify drawings for design changes made on the fly. They show actual furniture, fixtures, finishes and equipment in elevations and models, helping to streamline the overall design process.

Technology is changing the face of hospitality design. It’s evolving the way in which we approach and conduct our work; providing options for new products and ways to leverage mobile apps to improve the design and guest experience; and increasing our accessibility to innovative resources and materials. Revit, a building information modeling program, gives hotel designers a completely different way of drafting. We can create accurate 3D designs that

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show heights, widths, materials, fire ratings, sound ratings and essentially all components of a complete design. Using this program, we can create virtual, living buildings where all design elements are represented and interrelated. 3D printing has emerged as a powerful

Like many industries, technology products are now essential in the hospitality design world. Marriott properties offer guests advanced check-in by using its app for use as guest room keys and to charge purchases. This allows for an easy and seamless guest experience and designers to recreate the traditional check-in desk area in favor of smaller check-in stations, pods, and to expand interactive social common areas. In Boston’s Envoy Hotel, the hotel’s billiards table features an interactive 65-inch touch screen that serves as a one-of-a-kind entertainment center. It provides guests with the ability to play games, search online, and interact with continued to page 10

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by Avi Shoss Experiential and immersive retail. Pop up stores. Concept stores.

These are some of the most prominent trends retail is exploring as the industry races to adapt to evolving customer needs. For internationally-recognized labels and emerging digitally-native brands alike, the name of the game is a new in-store experience. So what does it take to succeed in this brave new world of experiential retail, and how can you compete?

1. Re-imagine your layout to better fit customers’ shopping habits.

Employ AutoCAD services to create accurate drawings of the best shopping experience you can provide to your customers. You know their habits and needs. Leverage this valuable data to keep them coming back, bringing their friends, and truly enjoying their shopping experiences with you. 2. Stay put while you scale.

Above all, let thy customer be thy teacher. Digitally native brands like Warby Parker (eyeglasses), Bonobos (menswear), and Allbirds (shoes), invested early in learning from, and catering to the wishes of their shoppers. Armed with consumer behavior data, they are successfully expanding their physical

It’s not always cost effective or feasible to open a new location. But that doesn’t mean you can’t offer the best version of your company to your customers. Engineering consulting services can help you transform your existing space into the store of your shoppers’ dreams. EBI Consulting has a team of engineers, operators and technicians to assist in the design, oversight, and validation of engineering and construction projects, no matter how small or large.


3. Do better by the environment and your customers, and improve cashflow.

Today’s consumers want sustainable stores with the best products from ethical manufacturers. Deciphering the supply chain for each product on your shelf is a daunting task, but minimizing your carbon footprint with sustainability and energy efficiency projects, while maximizing your cash flow, doesn’t have to be.

To successfully implement this step, begin by assessing existing systems, identifying improvements, and providing your stakeholders with the economic analysis to justify taking your store – and your entire value chain – into the new millennium with retro-commissioning services. The Takeaways

Retailers are under enormous pressure to capitalize on the wealth of data at their

Increasingly, consumers are aligning themselves with brands that work to minimize their environmental impact and highlight their sustainability projects. In fact, sustainability and energy efficiency programs are often the quickest projects to pay back, help reduce overhead, and show consumers you care about more than just profit. Increasingly, consumers are aligning themselves with brands that work to minimize their environmental impact and highlight their sustainability projects.

disposal, and the new trends that promise to redefine their industry. The smartest way to accomplish this is to ensure that every potential investment receives comprehensive and integrated due diligence from an experienced partner, and brings tangible results to the business. Avi Shoss is an account executive at EBI Consulting.

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Technology has created countless new opportunities for a fresh approach to interior design. Designers can customize carpet designs online and view results instantly. This makes it easy for both designers and clients to make changes throughout the design process and to create customizable options for unique properties. Using technology for digital printing has gained popularity over the past few years. In the Westin Boston, the backof-house corridor features a large floral mural printed on wallcovering. It’s even visible from the outside of the building, especially at night when the interior is lit. The Residence Inn Boston Downtown/ Seaport features digitally printed images on wallcovering, which are used as the focal design element in the hotel guest rooms. Glass image printing is also increasingly prevalent in today’s hotels. The Envoy Hotel’s guest room bathrooms are framed with custom art glass featuring

historic harbor maps and using the hotel’s signature brand colors. Finally, combining unique materials with lighting can create a unique and stunning focal point in any design. In the Hilton Garden Inn Marlborough, the main corridor from the lobby to the elevator bank is highlighted by a backlit bamboo wall. The lighting streams through patterned wall perforations using multiple pre-programmed themes automatically changing colors, bringing animation to a high traffic area. A New Reality

As the hotel design marketplace continues to accommodate changing customer needs and expectations, it’s never been more important to leverage the full potential of technology. For new and industry veterans alike, it’s a fast paced and exciting time where we’re able to create stunning properties for guests craving a personalized and intimate experience. Harry Wheeler AIA, NCARB, LEED is a principal at Group One Partners, based in Boston.

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What We’re Reading: Non-Obvious by Rohit Bhargava Submitted by The Construction Institute Editorial Committee We’ve all been witness to the powerful influence trends can have on culture, community and consumer behavior. As we know, the A/E/C industry is heavily influenced by current trends, whether they be in the form of employing the latest and greatest project delivery methods or choosing the most modern designs or construction techniques. Have you ever wondered how new trends start? Or better yet, have you ever wanted to predict a trend before it happens? Good news – you can! – no degrees or certificates required. In his book, “Non-Obvious,” author Rohit Bhargava outlines several strategies for the enthusiastic beginner. Mr. Bhargava describes himself as a “trend curator” and “listener,” and provides his views on trends, marketing and the future through the annual Non-Obvious trend report. In the latest installment, Mr. Bhargava shares the following tips for the would-be student of trends: Pay attention to the short-term. Often when we think of trends, “fad” is the next word that comes to mind. This is an unfortunate association because it categorizes trends and fads synonymously

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as fleeting phenomena. Where trends are concerned, this is not entirely true. While both reflect moments in time, the key difference between a “trend” and a “fad” is twofold: Trends occur along a timeline and across diverse markets. By paying attention to the short-term decisions surrounding trends, you’ll begin to identify the changes and influences that will affect long-term decisions. This is a great segue into the next strategy for the novice trend curator: Train your powers of observation. Not unlike a physical work-out, training your powers of observation requires diligence. You’ll need to start collecting things and


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being curious about other industries. Spend a few moments reading something different, talking to someone new, or attending an event you never thought you’d attend. You’re broadening your horizons, but at the same time, you need to be detailed and focused – try to key into details of process that might otherwise go unnoticed and learn something from them. These are just a few highlights, and by now you might be wondering how this affects the A/E/C industry. Let’s look at an example – a trend for 2019 called

challenged to use its creative resources to seamlessly integrate nontraditional, eye-catching elements into the design and construction of modern retail facilities. In this article, we’ve only scratched the surface of possibility when it comes to identifying and “curating” the trends which affect the A/E/C industry. You too can become a “trend curator”! For further reading, first, pick up a copy of “Non-Obvious” from your local bookstore. Second, begin collecting at the Construction Institute website. Check out our “Resources” tab for access to hundreds of free articles written by our diverse, experienced member authors, and read something outside your daily norm. Finally, we invite you to connect with us and share your insights – on social media, at our Visionaries Forum, industry REdesign events, or by becoming a member author yourself! We’re excited to support your professional journey, and look forward to contributing collectively to our future.


“Strategic Spectacle” and within it, a closer look at “Experiential Retail.” First, what is this trend? Strategic Spectacle capitalizes on attention and experience to distinguish a brand or business from the competition. Found in aeronautics, museum science and the art world, it is increasingly used in the retail sector. Known as “Experiential Retail,” this concept delivers spectacles in the form of virtual reality rides and DJ booths at the Samsung flagship in New York City, or strobe lights and dance parties in Tokyo at the Kawaii Monster Café. Shopping for men’s suits? MartinPatrick3 in Minnesota built a city block within an old warehouse that combines business attire, interior design services, furniture, a barber shop and bar, all indoors and under one roof. As the demand for the design and construction of these flashy, high profile features and design concepts has increased, the A/E/C industry has been

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Auburn, MA – Integrated Builders has finished construction on the new Prime Ford auto dealership in Auburn. The work was carried out on behalf of owner Prime Motor Group. The construction management team included project manager Brian Kidder, assistant project manager Barbara Frazier, and project superintendent Michael Croteau. Integrated Builders worked in collaboration with Prime Motor Group’s director of facilities, Joe Rose, to ensure the modern architectural design provided from The Curtis Architectural Group was implemented to Ford’s Design Intent Directive (DID) standards. Civil engineers Kelly Engineering Group, Inc., structural engineers Flood Consulting, and MEP/FP engineers CBC Engineering were also responsible for the sleek and functional design of the new dealership.


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Prime Ford was built with a structural steel frame, with silver composite used on the exterior and an arched entrance to enhance curb appeal. The façade boasts a 25-foot curtain wall at the showroom, and inside the dealership is a vast open space to showcase vehicles. There are offices for sales and administrative staff, and a small area for retail sales as well as a training room. Integrated built-out a custom lounge with a café for customer convenience. The service center is located in the rear and includes six wide drives with rolling overheard doors. There are 20 individual service bays with lifts and a full car wash in this section of the building. Integrated also added a 3,000sf mezzanine for additional parts storage. The last phase of the project consisted of the demolition of the existing dealership and paving a new parking lot for both customers and inventory.

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Saco, ME – Ricetta’s Brick Oven Ristorante, a well known family-owned Italian pizzeria based in southern Maine, has selected Jewett Construction to manage the construction of a second location in Saco. The project will focus on transforming the old Kerryman’s Irish Pub facility on Route 1 into a new Italian eatery. The existing facility will see interior and exterior demolition work to accommodate a new architectural style throughout. Exterior treatments will include new cedar board and batten siding, a wooden

trellis entry feature, and decorative accent lighting along pedestrian walkways. A new kitchen design will create space for two of Ricetta’s signature brick oven fixtures along with other modern equipment throughout. Demolition work has begun and construction is scheduled for final completion by the end of the summer. “We know that this will be a great addition to the Saco community,” says Jon Sirois, general manager of Maine operations at Jewett.

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Aldon Elec. Completes Installation

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Boston – Aldon Electric, Inc. recently completed comprehensive electrical installations for Time Out Market Boston, located on the ground floor of the historic 421 Park Drive building (formerly known as the Landmark Center) in the Fenway neighborhood. The 25,000sf build-out of the food court in the art deco space included installations of power, lighting, and fire alarm systems for 15 food kiosks, two bars and a demonstration kitchen. The NECA Boston contractor teamed with architect, Dyer Brown Architects, Boston; GC Construction Management & Builders, Inc., Danvers; and owner, Time Out Market (Boston) LLC, New York. The Time Out Market Boston, which

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Hirsch Project Wins BPA Award Boston – Hirsch Construction Corp. has announced that 240A Newbury Street is a Boston Preservation Alliance 2019 Preservation Achievement Award winner. Hirsch was the builder of the retail store and cafe, completely renovating the four floors to a luxury finish. 240A Newbury Street was originally built in 1880 as two residential brownstones at 39 and 41 Fairfield Street. Retail shops appear in photographs of 39 Fairfield as early as the 1940s. The two homes were combined in the 1960s with an insensitive infill project. UrbanMeritage purchased the building in 2014 and set to the task of architecturally and aesthetically unifying the structure. Throughout the project, details were restored in a way to reflect the skilled craftsmanship of the building and a sensitivity to harmonizing the necessities of new with the much-needed repair of the old. Continuing the tradition of craftsmanship, tailors in the suitshop can be viewed from the sidewalk through at-grade windows or from the eclectic basement cafe. The owner/developer is UMNV 240A Newbury. The architect is LLC. Elkus Manfredi Architects. The project team included Abbas Woodworking, AKF, Atmosphere Design Group, Authentic Designs, CBI Consult-

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Woodcraft Completes Renovation

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Mashpee, MA – Woodcraft Designers & Builders, a manufacturer of commercial architectural millwork solutions located in Canton, recently completed renovation for The Club at New Seabury, a premier golf resort community on Nantucket Sound. Woodcraft was awarded a contract to help design, manufacture and provide all the custom interior architectural millwork for 95 Shore Restaurant, New Seabury’s new-concept and upscale dining replacement for the club. Woodcraft managing partner, Lukasz Wasiak, was asked to serve as

construction manager for the club’s entire capital renovation project. Working with architectural firm, S3 Design, Inc., and Interior Design Concepts and Remodeling, the $4.5 million renovation was completed ahead of schedule. Against a backdrop of 1,500 acres and oceanfront views, the newly renovated club features the restaurant, 95 Shore, with an outdoor wraparound deck featuring gas lit fireplaces, an expansive white cedar gazebo with seating for 120 guests, and a unique, custom climate controlled

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wine wall which holds over 800 bottles. The design elements included oceanic tile, custom herringbone plank cedar, quartz counters throughout, and several coastal themed and custom-built industrial elements in the new bar area, all against a backdrop of exposed wood beams. This extensive renovation for the buildings on the golf course, which first opened in 1962, showcases the stunning setting while maintaining its historic Cape Cod charm.

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Concord, NH – Construction is well underway at the site of the former Days Inn on South Main Street in Concord where TFMoran is working closely with Duprey Hospitality and Great NH Restaurants. A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held at the site to officially welcome the restaurant which is set to open in the winter of 2020. The site will be the location of a Tru by Hilton hotel for Duprey Hospitality, as well as T-Bones for Great NH Restaurants. Construction has begun for the Tru by Hilton, a four-story hotel with 85 guest rooms and plenty of functional public space. The building features a 2,000sf

open concept lobby with multiple areas for guests to work, eat and lounge. The size of guest rooms has been minimized with an efficient design including open closets, rolling desks, and plenty of storage and power outlets. TFMoran has teamed with Opechee Construction and is providing civil and traffic engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture and construction administration services. The hotel is expected to open in the spring of 2020. The T-Bones restaurant will be the largest stand-alone T-Bones location for Great NH Restaurants. The restaurant is 9,420sf which includes a 260-seat indoor dining room and 35-seat outdoor patio.

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Chapman Completes Cycle Gear Store GC Chosen for Hilton Expansion

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Manchester, NH – Chapman Construction/ Design recently completed a 4,000sf fitup for Cycle Gear’s first motorcycle retail store in New Hampshire. Located in Manchester’s Mall of New Hampshire, the new space features an exploded motorcycle, designed by Edi Ignacio of Cycle Gear Inc., that was hung from the ceiling by Chapman using Unistrut and aircraft cables. Chapman worked closely with the Mall of New Hampshire to relocate an existing fire protection

main out of Cycle Gear’s retail space. The exterior store front was also renovated to include an Alucobond canopy, Fiberon composite cladding, and an exterior insulation and finish system. Additional team members included project designer, Philip Michael Brown Studios; owner’s project manager, Cushman & Wakefield; architect, Blu Arc Design; and engineers, Kurzynske & Associates.

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Boston – Dimeo Construction Company was awarded the Hilton Garden Inn Expansion in East Boston. This 48,960sf project, designed by BMA Architectural Group, consists of a five-story, 83-room addition, and associated site improvements. Existing amenities include an indoor

pool; a fitness center; a business center; flexible meeting and event space; and Garden Grille & Bar, an on-site restaurant serving breakfast, dinner, and drinks. As part of the proposed expansion, the on-site parking will be reduced to 321 vehicle spaces.

Local Architect Completes Zuma Boston

Boston – Bringing a sophisticated level of design to Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, elevated ‘izakaya’-style restaurant, Zuma Boston, has officially opened its doors, welcoming locals and visitors to experience the vibrancy and energy that lives within its four walls. Locally headquartered Dyer Brown, as executive architect, collaborated with Tokyo-based designer, Noriyoshi Muramatsu, founder of Studio Glitt, to stay true to the restaurant’s global aesthetic inspired by the four elements of earth, fire, water and air. The twelfth worldwide location for Zuma occupies the second floor of the recently opened Four Seasons Hotel at One Dalton Street. While embodying the style and elegance of Zuma’s eleven other locations worldwide, the design showcases elements that relate to the innovative, pulsating city of Boston such

as Thai-imported Pu Fai stone boulders. Patrons enter at street level to be ushered up a sweeping curved stair into a high-ceilinged space dominated by granite walls and slabs of exotic monkey pod wood sourced from Thailand. Additional interior accents include fullheight rice paper accent walls and vibrant red and purple jewel tones, creating a texturally rich, warm and sophisticated ambiance. Featuring a main dining room including a sushi bar, robata charcoal grill and open kitchen, the intimate restaurant also offers a semi-private dining room featuring a long glass partition that preserves the vibrancy of the main dining room with a touch of added seclusion. To help achieve Studio Glitt’s signature design for Zuma, Dyer Brown’s architects helped meet several enormous challenges of working in a tight space in a skyscraper that was still under construction.

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citizenM Opens Boston Hotel available to assist with everything from checking-in to mixing a cocktail. Always ready with a smile, advice or local travel tips, citizenM ambassadors make the affordable luxury experience complete by adding a warm human touch to every citizenM stay.

Editor’s Note: High-Profile was included in an impressive guided tour of the new citizenM Hotel in Boston recently. Here is a report based on that visit: Boston – CtizenM, a new 272-room hotel in Boston’s North End, is located close to the city’s major points of interest including Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston Common, and the harbour. The hotel is connected to TD Garden, New England’s largest multipurpose arena for sports, concerts and conventions. The hotel was built in collaboration with long-time partner design firm concrete Amsterdam, and Gensler as the executive architect firm. It is a high-tech hotel, where modern travelers can sleep and work while enjoying contemporary art, designer furniture, and 24/7 food and drinks. Guests enter on the ground floor and go straight up to the fourth floor where they will find the self-check in kiosks and living room. Spanning the full width of the hotel, the living room is filled with a collection of art, books, and designer furniture by the likes of Verner Panton, Hella Jongerius and Jasper Morrison from Swiss manufacturer Vitra, creating a perfect environment for relaxing or working. Guests can take a piece of citizenM

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style home with them by shopping at a one-of-a-kind retail shop with a curated selection of quirky and useful items. In the heart of the living room, canteenM offers food from all time zones with 24/7 hot and cold meals, buffet breakfast, and craft cocktails. Nearby, glass doors lead out onto an enormous outdoor terrace with ping-pong tables, a swinging bench, and designer furniture. The six societyM rooms are located on the fourth floor on the far end of the living room. Colorfully furnished, equipped with flat screen TVs, and stocked with

unlimited refreshments (plus catering on request), this is a place to hold a meeting, presentation, interview, class and other activities. There is only one type of bedroom at citizenM, everything that matters is luxurious: the huge XL king-size bed, ultra-comfortable linen, powerful rain shower, full-size AM and PM shower gels, and superfast free Wi-Fi. Each room’s ambiance is controlled by a MoodPad – an iPad that adjusts everything from the temperature to the TV. The hotel’s “ambassadors” are

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With a vision rooted in the idea of “affordable luxury for the people,” citizenM offers guests all they would expect from a high-end hotel, but without sky-high prices. Since 2008, a steady rollout across Europe has put the hotel firmly in the minds of business and leisure travelers. Recent bold ventures into the continued to page 21

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Combined Hotel and Residences Completed

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Restoration & Renovation Renovation of Historic Chapel Complete Watertown, MA – Shawmut Design and Construction announced its completion of a $15 million renovation of Mount Auburn’s Bigelow Chapel, a national historic landmark located in Watertown. Shawmut, together with William Rawn Associates and CSL, worked to enhance and preserve Bigelow Chapel’s façade and interior, originally constructed in 1845 out of Quincy granite. The team installed a new, floor-to-ceiling glass addition that complements the original gothic revival design by Dr. Jacob Bigelow and connects visitors within the space to the beautiful and meditative landscape outside. The new structure serves as a space for public gatherings, memorial services, receptions, and educational programs. The Shawmut team conducted a complete renovation of Bigelow Chapel while greatly improving overall accessibility, including adding a new ADA entrance, creating larger gathering spaces for events, and improving lighting and acoustics in the chapel. Other highlights include the restoration of the Great Rose Window, located above the chapel entrance. Commissioned as part of the chapel’s original design and imported from Scotland, the fragile glass

Mount Auburn Chapel / all photos by Robert Benson Photography

panels were meticulously removed from the window’s original cast-iron frame, then repaired, restored, and reinstalled. In addition to upgrading select architectural features, the team installed a new state-of-the-art crematory within the chapel’s new addition, replacing the existing facility. The modern space includes a serene, glass-enclosed viewing room and private garden where families can participate in the cremation and memorial process.

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Kingston, MA, – Dacon Corporation has completed a 62,000sf renovation of the corporate headquarters of the Sheehan Family Companies, located at L.Knife & Son, Inc. in Kingston. Since its founding four generations ago, L. Knife & Son, Inc. has been servicing restaurants and retail establishments in southeastern Massachusetts with beverages. Dacon aimed at balancing three variables for its client; making current business more efficient, planning for productive management of future demand, and environmental preservation. Initial assessments were conducted to determine the site configuration with the three variables guiding the discussions.

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by Michael McDonagh It seems like summer is just getting started, but here we are in August and at the Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts (ASM) we are already looking forward to exciting fall activities, programs, and events. We are very excited for our signature event this fall when we will hold our biennial gala on November 7 to celebrate our industry and install our new officers and directors. At the same time, we remain focused on keeping our members as up to date as possible with the most current and relevant information for their business. We all know laws constantly change and new trends emerge in the construction industry. This is why we are finalizing details for upcoming seminars on business, insurance, contracts, dispute resolution and other legal topics for subcontractors. We are also planning sessions this

fall for our Safety Roundtable, which is open to all our member companies. Our members know that workplace safety always comes first. Regular training and awareness on safety is one of the most important services ASM provides. In the meantime, our advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues has not slowed down. In our advocacy work we strive to protect and advance the interests of all subcontractors. While the legislature remains focused on several “big ticket” items such as transportation/ infrastructure funding, climate adaptation, and education funding, to name a few, ASM has several priority issues it is following. One bill, filed at the request of ASM, would go a long way to alleviating stress among subcontractors when entering into a contract with a general contractor. These contracts typically have broad indemnification clauses that can make a subcontractor 100% financially responsible for accidents, including personal injury and property damage, where they were only 1% at fault. ASM’s bill is meant specifically to protect subcontractors by prohibiting contract terms requiring a subcontractor to indemnify anyone for injury or damages

not caused by the subcontractor. While indemnification is specific to subcontractors, the issue of “wage theft” touches all companies who work in the construction industry and beyond. ASM supports strong enforcement of our wage laws. But we don’t support, and we made clear to the legislature, holding innocent construction companies liable for violations of other companies through the concept of “vicarious liability.” If passed, this concept would apply to every business entity in the commonwealth that contracts with another business for labor or services of any kind. It makes every employer in the commonwealth, in every industry- not just construction - potentially liable for

wage violations against workers who are not their own employees. ASM will continue to work with the legislature, our industry partners, and all stakeholders on this issue to try to find a solution that is both fair for employers and effective in stopping wage theft. These are a couple of examples of issues that impact the day to day business of subcontractors. On these and many other issues, ASM works tirelessly to ensure that subcontractors have a seat at the table and a voice in the process. Michael McDonagh is the CEO of Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts.

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Johnston, RI – Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. has completed electrical installation work at the new Citizens Bank campus in Johnston. Two four-story office buildings, in addition to a contact center, amenities building and connector building, as well as a four-story parking garage, make up the new 420,000sf campus. Cushman & Wakefield of Boston served as the owner’s project manager, with Dimeo Construction Company of Providence as the construction manager. Boston-based firms Elkus Manfredi and Bard, Rao + Athanas were the project architect and electrical engineer, respectively. Open workspaces with modern features were constructed to promote employee collaboration and communication. Amenities include an onsite bank branch, technology bar, Cigna wellness center, and indoor and outdoor fitness areas with sports fields, courts and trails that will benefit both citizens team members and area residents.

Throughout construction of the 123acre campus, sustainability remained a top-priority, with the preservation of over 60 acres of wetlands and natural habitats, in addition to the construction of a rain garden to collect rainwater and distribute it back to the wetlands. The maximization of natural light within the five buildings and energyefficient LED lighting utilized throughout illustrate the bank’s commitment to the environment. Responsible for wiring four of the five buildings, in addition to the parking garage, the Griffin Electric team was responsible for the installation of temporary power, power distribution and lighting. Systems for UPS, technology conduit, life safety, heat trace and emergency generators were also setup by Griffin, in addition to the fire alarm system for the entire campus. Onsite electrical work was planned and coordinated through BIM technology.

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demerit points. Gleeson Powers recently performed air & vapor barrier services at 400 Rivers Edge (Columbia Construction), 81 Wyman St. (Columbia Construction), Golden Brook Elementary School (The MacMillin Company) and Moderna Clinical Manufacturing Expansion (Wise Construction), all ABAA accredited projects.

August 2019


Corporate Balancing Enclosed and Open Office Spaces Creates New Workplace Paradigm

by Terri Frink On the top floors of the iconic Gold Building in downtown Hartford, Conn., sits the new headquarters of Virtus Investment Partners, a distinctive partnership of boutique investment managers with $101.7 billion in assets under management. The new 65,000sf space offers spectacular views of the region, including the Connecticut River and the Travelers Tower. A look inside features an unmatched interior space in the state’s capital city that showcases Virtus as a solid, progressive and forward moving company. Like many companies, Virtus’ previous workspace had become inefficient and outdated. Senior leadership wanted the new headquarters to facilitate an increase

in employee interaction through more unobstructed floor space and natural light, without compromising the need for privacy. Unlike today’s trend for increased open office space, Virtus places nearly 40% of employees in private offices due to the sensitive nature of the business. SLAM was challenged with providing a significant number of enclosed offices around the perimeter of the building, without losing the benefits of natural light.

A relocation to the iconic Gold Building, a 26-story Class A office tower with a distinctive gold-glass facade, rendered a balanced solution. The design team’s use of full-glass office fronts

allows access to daylight and panoramic views for all employees, including those in the interior workstations. This option bucked today’s ongoing trend of doing away with enclosed offices, understanding that one size does not fit all when designing a 21st century workspace. The underlying mission was to design a space that truly supports the way people work and the behaviors that are beneficial to the business. From inception, senior management demonstrated strong leadership for this project. The dynamic collaboration between senior management, the SLAM design team, Gilbane Construction, and our end-user representatives resulted

in a new paradigm for workplaces designed by SLAM. We forged a model partnership from the very beginning that served as the roadmap to success. Clearly defining the program requirements and understanding the vision of senior leadership is what shaped the modern, timeless interior design of Virtus’ new offices that incorporates classic materials and well-appointed technology. Although not originally considered, SLAM introduced Virtus to the concept of a grand staircase. Not part of the

program requirement, it was intended to serve as a centerpiece and vehicle to bring the Virtus community together. continued to page 29

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Gilbane Completes Office at Pier 4

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Boston – Gilbane Building Company’s Boston office recently completed construction management services for the 117,000sf Cengage office at Pier 4 in the Seaport District. Cengage, a global education and technology company, relocated from Fort Point’s Channel Center to the distinctive Block L4 Tower, where its multi-floor office features a workspace designed to encourage collaboration and spontaneous interactions among its nearly 600 Bostonbased employees. “Gilbane’s commitment to a partnership approach ensured alignment on this project and the resulting space exceeded our expectations,” said Steve

Gibson, senior vice president of real estate, facilities, and procurement for Cengage. “Our employees are excited about the new office which facilitates collaboration and provides ample opportunity for working together, in line with our culture.” The new open floor plan features an interconnecting staircase, executive seating, meeting/conference rooms, general office space, and a private outdoor terrace, featuring state-of-the-art infrastructure and eco-friendly appliances and fixtures. The space is designed with sustainable systems and finishes, from activated lighting to bio-based products, to furniture and carpet with the lowest Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) possible.

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Redap Helps Inari Relocate

Inari’s expanded headquarters / Damianos Photography

Cambridge, MA – Inari Agriculture, named a 2019 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, has been relocated in Cambridge. R.E.Dinneen Architects & Planners, Inc. (Redap) provided comprehensive architectural planning services as well as construction documentation and administration for the expanded headquarters. Inari’s new location now accommodates a larger state-of-the-art R&D Lab with more space for plant growth chambers and separate individual specialty labs. The expanded office area centers around collaborative open office work areas with supporting conference, phone and huddle room facilities.

As the layout is divided on two floors, a new contemporary communicating stair was designed to provide direct internal access. Also central to the design is a multipurpose/multi-use function area. As an all-open configuration, the space can accommodate company-wide meetings of 90 people with theatre style seating, while being supported by large screen distance/ AV media. As a divided configuration with movable partitions in place, the same area can quickly accommodate separate 16 to 26-person conference rooms, while simultaneously providing a fully functioning break area with dining-style tables and seating.

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JMB Underway with BEAT Project

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Rendering of The BEAT / Add Inc. (Stantec) and Nordblom Co.

Agreeing to its benefits, Virtus supported construction of one of the most dramatic interior staircases in Hartford. The stair connects the reception area on the 26th floor to a spacious, well-appointed café on the 25th floor. Bright and comfortable, the café provides employees a central space in which to engage and host both casual interactions and large communications sessions. In Virtus’ new space, individuals can easily and visibly move throughout the space, which is facilitating increased collaboration and communication. In addition, an emphasis on employee wellness has shifted the culture to

embrace sit to stand workstations for all staff, plus a quiet room was provided for employee “off-stage” privacy. SLAM recognizes that each of our clients are under tremendous competition to retain and attract talent. The design solution for Virtus is a game changer that captures their brand, while offering a forward-looking perspective that meets their needs in today’s modern workplace. The design successfully communicates their brand and envisions their future, resulting is a workplace that provides the best possible employee experience. Terri Frink, IIDA, is a principal at The S/L/A/M Collaborative.

Boston – J&M Brown Company, Inc. (JMB) is underway with the core and shell electrical construction of The BEAT, the former headquarters of the Boston Globe at 135 Morissey Blvd. in Dorchester. The project will include a 10,000sf fitness center, a brewery and a 100-seat restaurant. Joining JMB on the project is architect, Stantec (Add Inc.), Boston; GC, Moriarty, Winchester; and developer, Nordblom Company, Boston. Integral to the building’s design is a new multi-story atrium that will be constructed at The BEAT’s entrance, creating a central gathering area complete with a food hall and collaborative meeting and gathering spaces. The comprehensive electrical scope includes demolition of the building’s

normal and emergency electrical distribution system and the installation of new primary and emergency power. JMB will also furnish and install a new 15kV electrical service, a 480 Volt normal electrical distribution system, and a 480 Volt emergency distribution system. The NECA Boston contractor will also install The BEAT’s state-of-the-art lighting and lighting control systems as well as the building’s new Autocall fire alarm system. J&M Brown’s vice president, Bryan Greene, project manager Mike Booker and general foreman Phil Talbot are heading the project team, supervising a field crew expected to include upwards of 40 IBEW Local 103 electricians at peak construction. The project is targeting completion in the summer of 2020.

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Whitney Ctr. Upgrades to Save Energy

EEB Reps Tour Watson Facility West Haven, CT – In June, representatives from the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board (EEB) attended a facility tour of Watson, Inc. Vice President Gavin Watson presented various sustainability efforts and energy efficiency initiatives implemented at the West Haven/Orange facility, which produces ingredient systems and products for the food and supplement industries. Watson explained that they were able to save about $182,000 in annual energy costs by working with United Illuminating to make energy updates to their facilities, including upgrading compressor systems and lighting. In addition to some of its other initiatives, the company has started a large shared garden for employees at the Orange facility and purchases 100% of its electrical energy from wind power sources. EEB tour participants saw the production process of many products and were able to realize firsthand how Watson has taken sustainability beyond the scope of Connecticut’s efficiency programs. Attendees of the tour were Gavin Watson, VP of Watson, Inc.; Adrienne

Vice President Gavin Watson points out various initiatives at the Watson facility tour.

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Whitney Center installed pool covers to increase energy savings.

Hamden, CT – Whitney Center, a fullservice retirement community with 244 residential units, is working with staff and vendors to find ways to reduce its carbon footprint. Engineers from United Illuminating (UI) and Southern Connecticut Gas (SCG), both subsidiaries of AVANGRID, provided insights to interpret and verify energy audit results. New energy conservation goals warranted an operational assessment of the 15-acre community. With guidance from energy engineer Patrick Reavey, major upgrades were made to Whitney Center’s lighting and heating systems resulting in an estimated $317,672 in annual energy savings.

Lighting was upgraded to LED fixtures in both buildings. To help create a sense of community with the project, residents were involved through polling and educational campaigns. Additional measures were taken to increase energy savings, like the installation of new pipe and steam trap insulation, and the addition of a pool

Additional measures were taken to increase energy savings, like the installation of new pipe and steam trap insulation, and the addition of a pool cover, new chillers and domestic hot water heaters.


Since financing was the largest hurdle for this project, Reavey first assisted in tailoring UI and SCG energy efficiency incentives to help make the necessary upgrades more affordable. “There were two reasons for this project – to achieve energy savings and to address the advanced age of the equipment,” said Reavey. The project required re-engineering mechanical curbs and installing new structural steel with special modifications for the installation of new lighting and HVAC systems. The heat pump system was replaced in the North Building and there was an upgrade to its HVAC custom controls.

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cover, new chillers and domestic hot water heaters. Whitney Center partnered with UI and SCG during the design and construction of its South Building in 2007 and in replacing old rooftop HVAC equipment in its North Building in 2006. Upon the completion of this project, the conservation committee will assist in measuring the energy performance of the two buildings and compare the baseline performance each month to evaluate actual savings.

August 2019


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MassHousing Closes on $11.2M

BPDA Approves New Projects Boston - The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) board of directors approved development projects in neighborhoods across the city of Boston, which will create an additional 85 residential units, including 45 incomerestricted units, and 1,036 trade jobs, 2,298 direct jobs and 553 indirect and induced jobs.

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141 Westville Street

141 Westville Street

BU Data Science Center

BU Data Science Center

The newly approved Boston University Data Sciences Center, located at 665 Commonwealth Ave., creates a hub for the interdisciplinary study of data sciences and will construct an approximately 305,000sf building with a height of 19 stories (305 feet). The building features environmentally friendly carbon-free design and created approximately 1,040 construction jobs.

Located in Dorchester, 141 Westville Street  will build a four-story (36 feet) residential building containing 14 income-restricted, non-subsidized, energy-efficient housing rental units designed under the city’s Compact Living Policy Pilot. It will include approximately 500sf of shared space for residents to use as well as an approximately 250sf outdoor patio. It is a transit-oriented development in close proximity to basic amenities, Zipcar stations and Bluebike stations.  

Boston – MassHousing has closed on a total of $11.2 million in affordable housing financing to WinnCompanies for the development of 22 new rental housing units and 30 new condominiums on the East Boston Waterfront. The Clippership Apartments and Clippership Condominiums will create new homes for households across a broad range of incomes, including 14 new workforce homeownership units in the condominium development. The general contractor will be Cranshaw Construction, the architect is The Architectural Team, and the property manager will be WinnResidential. The Clippership projects involve the redevelopment of a portion of the Boston Housing Authority’s (BHA) Heritage

Apartments public housing community. WinnCompanies will demolish four former Heritage Apartments buildings, which contain 20 units of family public housing, and construct 22 units of replacement affordable rental housing in the Clippership Apartments. The apartment building will include groundfloor retail space, community space and a bicycle storage room. As part of the redevelopment plan, WinnCompanies will also construct a 30-unit mixed-income homeownership building, the Clippership Condominiums, on-site. The redevelopment project will improve public access to the waterfront from the surrounding Maverick Square neighborhood.

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Renovations from the Commonwealth Pier Revitalization Project create a multiuse destination at the Seaport World Trade Center, located at 200 Seaport Blvd., in South Boston Waterfront. It brings the addition of 170,445sf of public realm, including open-air public plaza and programmable spaces, and creation of approximately 1,000-1,500 construction jobs. The project will convert a majority of the existing exhibition/event space into various public realm, retail, innovative office and event spaces and  will enhance connections to the waterfront by transforming the Seaport World Trade Center into a vibrant, multi-use environment.

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Connecticut KBE Awards $18,000 in Scholarships

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Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corporation has been doing its part since 2014 to encourage Connecticut’s youth to pursue careers in the design and construction industry. KBE awards scholarships annually to graduating seniors at Connecticut’s Technical High School system, with $71,000 awarded to date. This year’s awards totaled $18,000, given to 12 technical high school students. The funds will help the students pay for the costs of post-high school education programs in the building design and construction industry. These include trade

certification classes for licensure as well as two- and four-year degree programs in construction management, architecture, interior design, and engineering. There are an estimated 500,000 construction jobs open and begging to be filled in the U.S. today, with more than 40,000 of those available in Connecticut alone, according to recent industry statistics. Construction companies and clients alike are feeling the impact of a decreasing workforce as project schedules take far longer to complete due to competition for trade skilled workers.

Community/Senior Ctr. Cuts Ribbon

Cutting the ribbon for the Newtown Community Center

Newtown, CT – The town of Newtown’s new community and senior center opened its doors after a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on July 19, attended by local officials, community leaders and nearly 200 residents and new members. The new 35,210sf facility, designed by QA+M Architecture, gives residents centralized access to community activities in a contemporary environment, doubles the space of the previous facility, and exponentially increases the services offered. The Newtown Community Center includes an arts and crafts room; a commercial kitchen; a 5,000sf banquet room; a six-lane, 25-yard pool; a zero-entry activity pool; and outdoor connections to the surrounding area of the Fairfield Hills campus. Six multipurpose activity rooms accommodate activities

SLAM Expands Architectural Team Glastonbury, CT – The S/L/A/M Collaborative has announced the addition of three architects. Chris Hoell, LEED AP, a senior architect in Chris Hoell SLAM Boston, will All photos by The focus on science S/L/A/M and technology. Collaborative He brings more than 25 years of experience in design, project management, site selection, and construction of a broad range of building types with a focus on lab buildings. His portfolio includes office buildings, labs, and office environments for life science facilities involved in pharmaceuticals, biologics, and therapeutics. Marek A. Garlicki, a project architect in SLAM Glastonbury, will serve in the educational studio, bringing more than 25 years of experience as an architect and

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Lauren Hiatt

project manager in planning, designing, and construction. His portfolio includes healthcare projects at Yale New Haven Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Nashoba Valley Hospital, and Framingham Community Health Center. He also is working in collaboration with SLAM Los Angeles on the Kaiser Permanente Murrieta Ambulatory Surgery Center. Lauren Hiatt, AIA, a project architect in SLAM Atlanta, brings five years of experience as an architect. She currently is working on the University of Washington Health Science Building project.

Fuss & O’Neill Welcomes New Owner Manchester, CT- Fuss & O’Neill announced that the firm has added a new owner, Elizabeth Landry, PE, CEM, CBCP. She started her career with the firm in 2005, after graduating from Smith College with a bachelor’s degree in engineering science. Landry earned a master’s in engineering from the University of Hartford and is a registered professional engineer in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She is both a certified energy manager and a certified building commissioning professional. She began as a mechanical engineer in the West Springfield’s industrial group and then transitioned to the the company’s Manchester headquarters. Focusing on large-scale energy and building projects, she has been leading the

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MEP group since 2015. Landry is well-regarded for her technical expertise and project management skills. The MEP Group has increased in size and scale under her leadership.

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ranging from music to group gatherings. The separate 9,450sf senior center will cater to seniors’ programs and activities and strive to enhance and expand the current program offerings.

Hartford, CT – Amenta Emma Architects announced the addition of Andrea Olson, IIDA, Associate AIA, WELL AP, to the firm’s Senior Living team. She brings over 11 years of design experience to the firm. Most recently, she was with id3A, of Glastonbury. Olson’s current project assignments with Amenta Emma include Hartford Healthcare/Jefferson House renovations in Newington, Elim Park Master Planning in Cheshire, and renovations at senior care community Andrus on Hudson in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. She earned her WELL AP credential, which denotes expertise in the WELL Building Standard and a commitment to

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August 2019


Education Newman Architects Transform Former UConn Campus into Ideanomics’ Global HQ

Wetlands Boardwalk

West Hartford, CT – Transformation is underway at the former University of Connecticut campus with the announcement of the proposed Master Plan for Fintech Village, global headquarters of Ideanomics, a publicly-traded New Yorkbased technology company. The plan redevelops the former commuter-based college campus into an entrepreneurial work-live-play campus and an international center for financial technology and innovation. “We are creating an architecture which is very much connected to the way people increasingly want to live,” says A. Brooks Fischer, principal at Newman Architects, lead architect for the project. “The core principles of innovation, environment and community shape every aspect of the architecture, which we believe will be a model for the future.

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Taking inspiration from the creative innovation environments of Silicon Valley technology campuses and the bucolic landscape of the existing 58-acre site, Fintech Village reimagines the campus and the corporate headquarters as an integrated and green urban environment – connected to its community, not apart from it. Ideanomics, which acquired the campus in October 2018, aims to gather at least 10 international fintech companies to create a global destination for financial technology innovation and education, and an economic boost to the West Hartford

community. The unique blending of academia, industry and community, and synergy between buildings and landscape offer a first-of-its-kind setting on the East Coast.

View to Civic Plaza

One side of the campus, located to the west of its central road, Trout Brook Drive, will house specialized work spaces for Ideanomics and its partners across multiple buildings. This hub of intellectual workweek activity incorporates office buildings arranged in a dynamic community that is interconnected with its surrounding landscape and wetlands. The open, modern building design is intended to stimulate innovation and creative collaboration, offering state-of-the-art spaces for engineering, offices, research and study, and meetings and presentations. Layers of quiet and interactive space, work-related outdoor rooms, and spaces for active and passive recreation are incorporated throughout. East of Trout Brook Drive will lie a vibrant residential village that incorporates innovative co-living, microliving and apartment spaces, along with amenities such as dining, retail, activity and community centers, parking and support services. It offers a tapestry of notable destination places, including a central plaza, outdoor amphitheater, community center, an art gallery and a retail/art pavilion set into the landscape, all connected to the pedestrian pathways and main road of the campus. The site features significant wetlands

Site plan

and mature trees that provide a lush outdoor habitat and function as a foil to the laboratory, office and residential buildings. The proposed plan minimizes environmental disturbance and enhances the natural ecology, connecting the campus with a green ribbon weaving through new public plazas and common areas, open views and pathways. Elements such as wetland overlooks and art pavilions are tucked into the landscape for respite, interaction and immersion in nature. With the natural landscape and environment at its core, the architecture of Fintech Village is driven by and embedded in nature. The campus will also incorporate an array of sustainability features, including energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive building design, energy harvesting opportunities, rooftop gardens, green infrastructure for water management, and opportunities to enjoy and learn about the restored wetlands. The Master Plan improves connectivity between the campus and the surrounding city by providing both physical access and welcoming natural and man-made environments that are open to the larger community.

Innovation Hub Wetland Overlook

In its former life as part of the University of Connecticut, car commuters traveled in and out of the campus daily, but Fintech Village offers the round-theclock life and pedestrian traffic of an urban neighborhood. Trails for walking and biking wind through the wetlands, while the amphitheater, outdoor plazas, art gallery and preserved baseball and basketball courts offer recreation opportunities for those living on and off site. A tabled pedestrian crossing turns the campus’ bisecting main road into a cohesive, pedestrian-centric feature that links the eastern civic plaza, the western campus plaza and the residential and workplace villages.

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August 2019

Suffolk Chosen as Construction Manager for School Project

Lowell High School exterior rendering

Lowell High School rendering

Lowell, MA – Suffolk Construction has been selected as construction manager for the Lowell High School project. This $343 million, seven-year project is not only the largest in the city’s history, it is also the largest Massachusetts School Building Authority project in the Commonwealth. Lowell now has a winning team of architects from Perkins Eastman and project managers from Skanska. As Mary Ann Williams, Lowell’s OPM, noted, “Together we are now one team, the Lowell team.” City Manager Eileen Donoghue describes the construction and renovations

of Lowell High as “a once-in-a-lifetime project that will have a transformative effect on students and will positively impact all residents.” The MSBA board approved the project budget and scope in April and is now in the detailed design phase. Construction is expected to begin in 2021. “We are honored and privileged to have the opportunity to build this incredible new school for the city of Lowell,” said Sean Edwards, VP of operations, “and we look forward to implementing our unique approach and state-of-the-art technologies to this project.”

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GUND Breaks Ground on Kenyon College Gambier, OH – Three buildings designed by GUND Partnership have broken ground at Kenyon College in Gambier. The new West Quad buildings include a new library, an interdisciplinary academic building and an admissions building with financial aid center for student recruitment. Together, these buildings support an evolution in teaching, learning and defining student success. These projects join two recently completed buildings for Kenyon’s English department, also designed by GUND. Each provides modern office and academic spaces important in the continued recruitment of great talent to one of Kenyon’s most popular majors. A new highly flexible state-ofthe-art library will support active and collaborative learning. It will feature a variety of environments to encourage student growth, curiosity, and exploration. Special collections will be prominently exhibited at the building’s entry and a teaching lab will create more opportunity to integrate the unique collections into course work. Academic advising, career development, the registrar, and student accessibility services will move to the library as an integrated hub connecting work inside the classroom with work outside of it.

To encourage innovation, two sandbox spaces, one for technology and one for teaching, will provide students and faculty needed space to explore transformative technology and teaching practices. The office of institutional research will be located in the library. With a focus on accessibility and openness, the new academic building will facilitate cross-pollination of ideas across and beyond the social science disciplines

Kenyon College West Quad

and will contain the anthropology collections and lab. The building features open commons on each floor, flexible classroom spaces adaptable to continuing changes in pedagogy, classroom sizes of 16-40 students, collaborative workspaces, and a 300-seat auditorium. A new home for admissions and financial aid will bring together the offices, which currently operate in two separate buildings. Campus tours will depart from

a new terrace anchoring the north end of the West Quad and will bring prospective students into the academic core. Multi-purpose spaces inside the building will allow greater flexibility in supporting and celebrating the campus community. All three buildings are pursuing LEED certification with the library designed to achieve LEED Gold. Construction for all buildings will be complete in 2021.

August 2019


Special Series The Blue Necklace, Part Two Four Projects to Save Cambridge and the Back Bay

by Mark Reed and Stephanie Goldberg Facing the Charles River from MIT’s iconic dome, it is hard to imagine that the sea, more than two miles away, could submerge the campus in the next 100 years. It is easy to envision the river flooding, but few realize the actual threat to Cambridge lies in Boston’s original peninsular landforms and the ocean beyond.

According to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), global sea levels could rise by up to six feet by 2100, only 80 years from now. Boston Harbor is more susceptible to sea level rise than almost any other U.S. city. NOAA’s map simulating a five foot rise demonstrates the pathways that most threaten Cambridge (figure 1). According to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), global sea levels could rise by up to six feet by 2100, only 80 years from now. Boston Harbor is more susceptible to sea level rise than almost any other U.S. city. NOAA’s map simulating a five foot rise demonstrates the pathways that most threaten Cambridge (figure 1). Zooming out from Cambridge, the problem becomes evident at an urban

scale (figure 2). With a five foot sea level rise, four flow-ways in Boston will allow free passage of ocean water into the Charles River and the neighborhoods that touch it. These are: 1) the Charlestown Flow, 2) the North End Flow, 3) the South Boston Flow, and 4) the Dorchester Flow. We have named these after Boston neighborhoods to emphasize that each originates in Boston, and are coincident with the low lying necks of the original landforms of the 1600s (figure 3). Unlike floods, these flows do not recede. Fortunately for Cambridge, “plugging” these lowlands of the peninsulas could be achieved with four discrete, but complex, projects. As Figure 4 shows, only small stretches of Boston land need to be fortified to protect the entire city of Cambridge. These projects prompt interesting questions. Does Boston have a responsibility to collaborate to protect Cambridge? What should Harvard, MIT, and the large land owners in Cambridge do to ensure that their investments are secure? With billions of dollars of assets at risk, Cambridge may need to work with, and share costs with Boston to address vulnerabilities. A holistic approach to civil engineering and urban planning involving Boston, Cambridge, and the major stakeholders is needed to address sea level rise. Actionable projects can be identified and prioritized, with budgets and schedules. These projects are complex, disruptive and costly, likely needing years to plan and execute. This study demonstrates our interconnectivity, and brings to the fore the regional collaboration that will be essential in the years to come as the entire metro area grapples with questions of climate change and our built future. Mark Reed and Stephanie Goldberg are founding principals of Bostonbased architecture firm, LAB LSA and winners of the Boston: Living with Water international design competition.

Figure 3: Map comparing Boston’s original 1600 land forms with its subsequent made land. Four low points corresponding to the necks of the peninsulas coincide with NOAA’s flood map predictor. / LAB LSA, Cody Uliasz

Figure 1: Map depicting spread of sea water onto land from NOAA’s sea level rise calculator based on five foot rise / LAB LSA, Cody Uliasz

Figure 2: Aerial view of Cambridge, Boston and environs overlaying the flow of sea water from a five foot rise. Four distinct low areas in Boston enable the flow. / LAB LSA

Figure 4: Map showing four areas of Boston that could be fortified to protect flooding in Cambridge and the Back Bay. / LAB LSA, Cody Uliasz

August 2019


Multi-Residential NEI Completes Housing Development

Ribbon cutting for Acadia, the new affordable housing development

Chelsea, MA – NEI General Contracting announced the completion of Acadia, a new 42,000sf affordable housing development with 34 units located in Chelsea on the site of the former French Naturalization Club on Spencer Avenue. Acadia is the latest affordable housing project by The Neighborhood Developers (TND), a community development corporation dedicated to building affordable homes in Chelsea, Revere and Everett. NEI has constructed over a

dozen buildings for TND. Located only one block from Chelsea’s four elementary schools, and one block from major bus lines on Broadway, the building includes a community room, common laundry, on-site parking for all 34 homes, central air conditioning, and new landscaping and public way improvements along Spencer Avenue, to benefit residents and community members alike. The development includes eight units of supportive housing designated for

SCI Completes YWCA Reno

Acadia affordable housing project / all photos by Michael Indrisano

formerly homeless families, meeting a critical need in the region. These homes will serve families who are living in shelters, who have lost their homes and are in other temporary housing, or families in imminent risk of losing their housing. TND is partnering with Housing Families, Inc. to provide supportive services to these households to improve their economic security and help them access resources like education, workforce development, health care and public benefits. Three homes were built for residents with disabilities under the

Community Based Housing Program. The project team for Acadia includes developer, The Neighborhood Developers; construction manager, NEI General Contracting; architect, Utile, Inc.; structural engineer, RSE Associates, Inc.; MEP engineer, BLW Engineering, Inc.; civil engineer, Samiotes Consultants, Inc.; landscape architect, G2 Collaborative; environmental engineer, Irwin Engineers; geotechnical engineer, Geotechnical Partnership; property management agent, Winn Residential; and development consultant, Munkenbeck Consulting.

Callahan Completes Brio

Recently finished addition to the New Bedford YWCA

New Bedford, MA – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI) recently finished a $3 million addition to the YWCA Southeastern Mass, located at 20 6th Street in New Bedford. The 6500sf addition will be used for an after-school childcare on the first floor and supportive women’s housing programs on the second. The addition and upgrades to the existing building also received a number of upgrades. The project also included new features and upgrades to the existing building. Those included new millwork in all new classrooms and pantries; new bathrooms and pantries for ykids program and residential program on separate floors; new reception area with natural light from storefront system; new electrical

wiring throughout existing building; rewired all historical lighting fixtures to accommodate upgraded wiring; new bluestone and flagstone walkway in front and back of building; and new wrought iron fence in front of building. Davis Square Architects was project architect, with Women’s Institute (WIHED) as the development consultant. Other members of the project team included Boucher & Heureux, Inc., surveyor; Paul B Aldinger & Associates, geotechnical engineer; Garcia Galuska DeSousa, civil engineer; Devellis ZRein, landscape architect; Struble Engineering, structural engineer; BLW Engineers, MEP/FP engineers; and Universal Environmental Consultants, environmental engineer.

Brio, a new residential building at the Shipyard in Hingham

Hingham, MA – Callahan Construction Managers announced the completion of Brio, a new residential building at the historic Shipyard in Hingham. The project was developed by A.W. Perry and Boston Andes Capital, with Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype and Albert Righter and Tittmann serving as the architect. Brio is located on a previously unoccupied portion of the Shipyard and features 77 luxury condominiums. The five-story, 160,000sf building overlooks the marina and sits adjacent to numerous restaurant and retail options.

The property provides easy access to the MBTA commuter ferry and bus, with stops directly in the Shipyard. Callahan previously managed the construction of The Launch in Hingham’s Shipyard, a 225,000sf, mixed-use development. The company is managing construction at two other properties in Hingham: Broadstone Bare Cove, another multi-family property being developed by Alliance Residential; and The Residence at Penniman Hill, a senior living facility owned by LCB Senior Living.

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August 2019


Kaplan to Build Townhouses

Renderings of Holyoke Farms / Guzman Prufer Holyoke Farms / Guzman Prufer

Holyoke, MA – Kaplan Construction has been selected to construct a new 17,000sf, three-story apartment building and perform renovations to existing apartments at Holyoke Farms. Upon completion, the project will offer 229 units of mixed-income family housing across 32 buildings, including 217 renovated two- and three-bedroom townhouse apartments. The new three-story apartment building will replace an existing two-story residential building on Holyoke’s campus and will provide 12 fully accessible

housing units, community space, a laundry room, and a new management office. The owner is Holyoke Farms Redevelopment LLC, a long-standing partnership between Maloney Properties and the Whiting Farms Tenant Association. The developer/sponsor is Maloney Development LLC. The project team includes architect, Guzman Prufer, Inc.; structural engineer, Summit Engineers, PLLC; MEP/FP engineer, Wozny/Barbar & Associates, Inc.; civil engineer, White Engineering,

Inc.; landscape architect, Plant It Green Landscape Architecture, and property manager, Maloney Properties, Inc. Kaplan performed the demolition of an existing residential structure containing eight townhouse units before constructing a new three-story building in its place. The ground-up project will include site work, new utility entrances, a groundwater retention system, and new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems. Concurrently, the company will perform “back-to-the-studs” renovations to 217 full baths on the campus’s existing residential units. Each bathroom will

receive new flooring, drywall, tub, sink, toilet, lighting, and ventilation. In addition, Kaplan will replace all boilers with more energy-efficient equipment as well as upgrade the HVAC zoning and replace electrical panels in each apartment. Extensive site work includes repaving the parking lots and sidewalks throughout the complex and adding “pocket parks” with landscaping and benches to create community gathering spaces. Additionally, patios and steps will be replaced at many apartments to complete the landscape upgrades.

BPDA Introduces Next Stage of Planning Boston – Mayor Martin J. Walsh, along with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) announced that the next stage of planning studies will focus on the Rutherford Avenue Corridor in Charlestown and Western Avenue Corridor in Allston-Brighton.

Each strategic planning effort is guided by Imagine Boston 2030, Boston’s first citywide plan in 50 years, aimed at guiding growth that prioritizes inclusionary growth and puts forth a comprehensive vision to boost quality of life, equity and resilience in every neighborhood across the city. The goal of each study will be to create a comprehensive vision for the areas, guiding future growth and investment. Each strategic planning effort is guided by Imagine Boston 2030,

Boston’s first citywide plan in 50 years, aimed at guiding growth that prioritizes inclusionary growth and puts forth a comprehensive vision to boost quality of life, equity and resilience in every neighborhood across the city. The planning effort along Rutherford Avenue will focus on the publicly-owned parcels, leading a robust community discussion about their future use. The strategic plan will aim to preserve the historic residential core of existing Charlestown by focusing new growth on underutilized properties along the Rutherford Avenue Corridor. The Western Avenue Corridor study and rezoning initiative will address the increasing development pressure along Western Avenue by engaging local stakeholders and community members to inform recommendations for new or modified zoning. The study will also consider public realm improvements in the area. This effort will work in conjunction with the ongoing Allston-Brighton Mobility Study to explore transportation enhancements to serve this growing corridor. The community engagement process for this initiative is expected to begin in the fall.

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Build Better Podcast Creating a Living Building with Jessica Schultz and Sam Batchelor By Emily Langner In episode 11 of the Build Better podcast, Anastasia welcomed Sam Batchelor, partner at designLABArchitects, and Jessica Schultz, LFA, communications and living building coordinator of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, to talk about the new Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification, a rigorous performance standard for buildings, and the Hitchcock Center’s recent recognition as the 23rd living building in the world and the fourth in Massachusetts. The LBC sets itself apart from other rating systems in a number of ways. The first is that, unlike other performance standards, it requires meeting all 20 imperatives to earn the certification. Some of those include water, energy, materials, equity and beauty. It is also based on “actual, rather than anticipated, performance demonstrated over 12 consecutive months.” As defined by the International Living Future Institute, the organization that created the standard, living buildings “give more than they take, creating

Sam Batchelor and Jessica Schultz

a positive impact on the human and natural systems that interact with them.” Batchelor says that, “instead of focusing on doing “less bad,” the LBC strives to create buildings that are going to start to repair the environment and provide improvements to the local and global surroundings.” DesignLABArchitects worked with the Hitchcock Center to create a net zero energy building that harvests and recycles its own water and is used as a powerful teaching tool for kids and adults. Visitors to the center can witness firsthand what it means to produce more energy than a building needs to run, and learn ways to apply these concepts in

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their own homes or businesses. Batchelor emphasizes that visitors can walk away feeling hopeful that this is something that is doable and is “the kind of thing that is needed to solve the problems that are facing us in this next decade.” Schultz and Batchelor say that going through the process of completing a living building makes things easier for those that hope to follow in their footsteps. By vetting materials and charting out processes and procedures for this type of building, it creates a snowball effect, where even larger institutions are reflecting on the materials they are using

and exploring ways to make a greater positive impact. Schultz is inspired by the response of the young people that tour the center, and optimistic for what the future brings. “Our youth are demanding we take action,” she says. “They can see the actions we have taken in the building and it gives them hope. They’re hearing about all of these problems that exist in the world, and they can come to our center and learn about composting toilets and learn about rain water harvesting systems, and say, wow, somebody took the initiative to make the right decision.”

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Building Communities Through Volunteering with Building Impact By Emily Langner In episode 12 of High-Profile’s Build Better Podcast, Anastasia welcomed Bridget Akinc, the CEO of Building Impact, to talk about how the firm is transforming volunteering by connecting companies with nonprofits in a more meaningful way. By “co-designing” volunteer opp or t u n it ies and events, employees can make a greater impact by better serving the needs of the nonprofits. Building Impact was started 15 years ago to serve as a Bridget Akinc bridge between nonprofits that are innovating and finding new ways to solve complex social issues, and companies who want to be able to give back but don’t necessarily have time or resources to figure out where their time or dollars can be best applied. The mission, Akinc says, was to provide an “easy onramp” for companies to get involved in meaningful volunteer opportunities. Akinc says the organization embraces

the “democratization of giving,” providing opportunities for employees to donate to, or participate in, projects that are most closely akin to the things they feel strongly about. As a result, employees are more engaged and excited about participating, knowing they are making an impact with efforts that are truly needed. She adds, “The best work gets done by folks who are excited about the charge in front of them.” With every project, Akinc and the staff at Building Impact consider a double set of objectives. The first is to provide a team building day that helps engage employees and build the community within a company. Second, and equally important, is fulfilling the mission of the nonprofit. Building Impact does this by utilizing a three-step process which includes listening to and understanding the needs of the nonprofit, co-designing an experience that not only achieves the mission of the nonprofit but also utilizes the unique strengths and talents of a company’s employees to achieve the mission, and measuring the outcomes to apply to future projects. One example of an event that Building Impact organizes is a summer hunger drive. Most people donate to food banks and drives in the winter months and during the holidays, but many don’t recognize the need for keeping food

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on the shelves during the other times of the year. Building Impact provides opportunities and encourages companies to participate in something that truly makes a difference to those in need. Akinc advises companies to assess how often they can make a commitment to volunteering. She says that when employees can come to expect that there is going to be a project or day that is

picked out once a quarter, for example, you can build momentum within the employee base for “harnessing the skills and passions that people have toward the social causes that you choose to work on as a group.” To learn more about Building Impact’s mission and how to participate in meaningful volunteer activities, visit

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Revitalization of the West End Latin America to the heart of Boston’s entertainment hub.

to this neighborhood which combines commercial and residential spaces. Here is a look at some of the projects contributing to the revitalization of the West End:

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by Matthew Guarracino Since its debut last fall, Phase I of The Hub on Causeway has brought new life to Boston’s West End neighborhood. This mixed-use development features 1.5 million square feet of shops, restaurants, offices, hotel rooms, and residences, as well as an expansion of nearby TD Garden and improvements to North Station. The first phase of development also includes a new headquarters for Rapid7, a cybersecurity and IT operations analytics solution provider, a 15-screen movie theater, and 10,000sf of outdoor space dedicated to a new entrance to TD Garden and North Station. For an area that’s undergone significant urban renewal over the past several decades, the infusion of new retail has already brought vital economic boost

The home of the Bruins and Celtics is undergoing major renovations including a 50,000sf, $100 million addition designed to add concessions, spruce up club areas, increase seating, and add a new entrance. The project includes expanding the two main concourses, at the loge and balcony levels, and adding pop-up food areas and bars. TV monitors will span the hallways. A new club area, “Boston Garden Society”, located on the fifth and sixth floors, will offer views of the downtown skyline. In addition, a new bar on the eighth level and, on the ninth floor, another club, “Rafters”, incorporates a row of seating overlooking the Garden’s existing stands. In total, the improvements will increase the arena’s capacity by more than 400 seats. Most of the work is scheduled to be completed this fall in time for the 2019-2020 Bruins and Celtics seasons.

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Big Night Entertainment Group

Guy Fieri’s Tequila Cocina – Big Night Entertainment Group (BNEG) is partnering with celebrity chef Guy Fieri to bring Guy Fieri’s Tequila Cocina to The Hub on Causeway. The restaurant and bar will be located adjacent to TD Garden as part of Big Night Entertainment Group’s upcoming destination, Big Night Live. This premier luxury music hall will add over 40,000sf of live entertainment and nightlife space to the area. Guy Fieri’s Tequila Cocina will occupy 6,000sf within Big Night Live, with 185 seats, an expansive bar, and a menu that brings the flavors of

The amenities for the 272-room boutique hotel, citizenM Boston North Station, will include an outdoor terrace, a retail space, an open-plan dining area with 24/7 graband-go food and drinks as well as six meeting rooms. The hotel lobby, styled as a “living room,” will be open to the public and include a collection of art, books and designer furniture. Located above one of Boston’s major transportation hubs near the city’s North End neighborhood, the hotel provides easy access to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston Common and TD Garden. Star Market

Further rounding out the revitalization of the West End is the construction of Star Market which is currently underway. Occupying 60,000sf of space within The Hub on Causeway, Star Market will soon be Boston’s largest supermarket, with construction costs estimated at around $20 million. Matthew Guarracino is a principal at JM Electrical.

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Northern New England Medical Office Building Underway PROCON Designer and CM

Portsmouth Medical Park Beam Raising Ceremony / All photos and renderings by PROCON

Portsmouth, NH – On July 17, The Kane Company was joined by business partners, team members, and local supporters as they raised the beam on a 65,000sf, Class A medical office building. PROCON owner Mark Stebbins and Jim Loft, copresident, turned out for the milestone occasion. The Kane Company teamed up with longtime design-build partner PROCON of Manchester, who designed the fourstory structure, and is the construction manager on the project. The upcoming building, to be known as the Portsmouth Medical Park, is adjacent to the Jackson Gray medical facility and steps away from the Portsmouth Regional Hospital. It will be completed in summer 2020. According to The Kane Company

president and CEO, Michael Kane, the building was designed to support offices and labs in the medical community. “This area is a medical corridor on Borthwick Ave. As the medical community has continued to grow, we saw the need for another facility to support and service their increasing needs,” said Kane. The commercial leasing space will offer tenants a variety of flexible floor

(l-r) Mark Stebbins; Michael Kane; Josh Morris, CFO at HCA Portsmouth Regional Hospital; John Kane; Nancy Carmer, economic development program manager Portsmouth; Jim Loft, PROCON co-president

plans that can be fitted-out according to their specifications. The first floor entrance was designed with a large overhang for vehicles to pull up and drop-off visitors, and it leads into a spacious lobby. Large expanses of energy-efficient glass were incorporated throughout the

design for minimizing UV rays while importing light. The exterior finishes include alternating colored metal panels for a contemporary look. Plans also include a 200-vehicle parking lot surrounding the structure that accesses the second floor on the building’s opposite side.

TFMoran Welcomes Summer Interns

(l-r) Summer interns Nolan Filteau, Julia Chartier, and Jacob Woodard

Manchester, NH – TFMoran welcomes the opportunity to mentor students each summer from local colleges and universities. Having student interns creates a form of engagement between young people and experienced staff to help prepare them for their future professional careers. The hands-on experience in the workplace allows students the benefit of knowing what to expect after graduating. This summer, TFMoran welcomed interns Nolan Filteau, Julia Chartier, and Jacob Woodard to the Bedford office. Filteau is working in the Land Surveying department. He attends

Norwich University and is pursuing a degree in civil engineering. Chartier is assisting the marketing coordinator with social media, blog postings, photography, and graphics. She is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from Keene State College. Woodard is working in the Structural Engineering department. He attends the University of New Hampshire and is pursuing a degree in civil engineering with a focus in structures. His coursework includes structural design steel, structural analysis, soil mechanics and project management.

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DiPrete Team Bikes for MS

TFMoran Donates to Scholarship Fund

(l-r): Sean Hayden, Annice Smith, Sharon Charpentier, Brian Thalmann, Chris Duhamel, Sheryl Guglielmo, Pegi Thibaudeau, Matthew Caulfield, Kathie Mulkerin, Robbi Mernick, and Larry Hann

(l-r) Paul Sbacchi, TFMoran; Kate Baker, NHCSF; Dylan Cruess, and Jim O’Neil, TFMoran

Manchester, NH – TFMoran has donated $5,000 to the New Hampshire Children’s Scholarship Fund, an Education Tax Credit Program. This financial assistance is available to New Hampshire children of low- and moderate-income families to attend K-12 schools that best fit their needs. These scholarships can apply to private schools, out-of-district schools, and homeschooling, which make these options more financially available. The check was presented to Kate Baker, executive director of Children’s Scholarship Fund New Hampshire at

TFMoran’s Bedford office by Paul Sbacchi, chief structural engineer; Dylan Cruess, COO; and Jim O’Neil, chief of survey. Since 1998 the nonprofit national charity organization, Children’s Scholarship Fund, has awarded more than $789 million in scholarships to the families of over 174,000 low-income children. Education Tax Credit scholarships have been available to New Hampshire children since 2013, after the New Hampshire legislature passed the Opportunity Scholarship Act in 2012.

Kingston, RI – DiPrete Engineering employees and friends recently participated in Bike MS: Ride the Rhode. DiPrete’s team, the PT Riders, rode a total of 150 miles to support finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The two-day ride started and finished at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston. The PT Riders were among the top six fundraising teams in the state raising more than $19,000.

In addition to funds raised by the race, DiPrete held its annual beer and wine tasting to benefit the MS Society, Rhode Island. MS is an unpredictable, often disabling, disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Millions of people are affected by MS and the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms.

Callahan Completes SSHH Build Day

MassDev Supports Casa Myrna (l-r) Don Fraser, CFO; Hannah Callahan, intern; Derek Mazzola, assistant project manager, Jenna Avitabile, marketing manager; Will Gregg, QA/QC manager; Joe Cirignano, superintendent; and Colin Kennery, assistant project administrator / Callahan

Casa Myrna

Boston – MassDevelopment has issued a $3,250,000 tax-exempt bond on behalf of Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc., Boston’s largest provider of domestic and datingviolence awareness efforts and support for survivors. Casa Myrna will use bond proceeds to buy and renovate the historic Rubina Ann Guscott building and an adjacent building

in Dorchester’s Grove Hall neighborhood, which the organization will then use as its headquarters. The buildings will include space for services, a youth-managed clothing boutique or café, offices, and public meeting rooms. Cambridge Trust Company purchased the bond, which MassDevelopment enhanced with a guarantee.

Duxbury, MA – Callahan Construction Managers recently completed the organization’s second philanthropic build day for South Shore Habitat for Humanity (SSHH). On July 11, seven employees, including Callahan CFO, Don Fraser, visited the build site on Feinberg Bog Road in Duxbury, to begin the second phase of construction at the development. This is the second time Callahan has built at the Duxbury site, with the first visit taking place in April. The development at Feinberg Bog Road is set to provide six townhomes, which will bring the total of Habitat homes built within the town of Duxbury to 10. Families for all three units are now moved into their new homes. Callahan’s task the following day was to add final touches to these units. The remaining three units are expected to be completed by October and Callahan plans to do another build day before the

project is complete. Alongside local volunteers, families put in “sweat equity hours” to build their home and then purchase the property with a 30-year, affordable mortgage. Homes have a deed restriction that maintains the affordability status of each home in perpetuity. Habitat Family Partners are selected through a competitive underwriting process based on their ability to pay, willingness to partner, and their need for adequate housing. “While Callahan builds affordable housing developments throughout the state, our relationship with South Shore Habitat for Humanity provides our employees with the unique opportunity to work alongside the families whose homes we are building,” states Patrick Callahan, president of Callahan Construction Managers. “Volunteering on build days gives the Callahan team a larger sense of purpose and fosters a stronger relationship between our company and the communities where we work.”

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Alexander Receives Lifetime Award

JC&A Receives Award Quincy, MA – J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A) was recently recognized at the 13th Annual Family Business Awards for business success, contributions to the community and industry, and innovative business practices and strategies, and took home the Middlesex Savings Bank Award for Community Involvement. The award was created to acknowledge a company that has had a notable positive impact on the local community. JC&A gives back in various ways to charities and organizations that are meaningful to its employees and creates many opportunities for collective volunteerism. The company has supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Champions for Children’s, United Way and The Jimmy Fund, to name a few. It also co-founded a nonprofit, Team IMPACT, with a mission to improve the quality of life for children facing lifethreatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Team IMPACT children are drafted onto local college athletic teams and invited to become official members of the team from draft day through graduation.

Jay Calnan accepted the Family Business Awards

Since its inception in 2011, Team IMPACT has over 2,000 children at more than 600 colleges and universities across the country! CEO Jay Calnan accepted the award on behalf of the company. He stressed the importance of having a strong community and talked about how instrumental its community has been to the success of both JC&A and Team IMPACT.

Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects announced that Senior Principal James G. Alexander, FAIA, LEED AP is the recipient of the Massachusetts Historical Commission 2019 Individual Lifetime Achievement Award. His 50-year career has influenced the historic preservation community in myriad ways. “Jim’s impeccable ability to discern what should be preserved and that which can be adapted provides the maximum benefit to clients, agencies, and the community. His role has been pivotal in saving and adapting some of the Commonwealth’s most significant historic structures,” explains Tony Hsiao, director of design at Finegold Alexander. Among Alexander’s numerous contributions to preservation movement projects are The Ellis Island National Monument, Boston’s Old City Hall, Charlestown Navy Yard, University of Massachusetts Old Chapel, and many libraries, schools, and historic buildings. Many of his projects have proven to be anchor projects that led to the revitalization of neighborhoods that were neglected or abandoned such as the Newburyport Downtown Master Plan; 226 Causeway Mixed Use Development in Boston’s Bulfinch Triangle; 2

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Clarendon Square and Penny Savings Bank Residences, both in Boston’s South End; the Cable Mill Residences in Williamstown; and the Holyoke Public Library, among many others. In addition to his 50 years as a preservation advocate and architect, Alexander continues to serve as a mentor, thesis advisor and guest critic to many young architects. Over the years he has opened the firm to school and youth programs to introduce young people to architecture, design and preservation.

IFMA Boston Announces Winners of 2019 Awards of Excellence Boston – The Boston chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), a nonprofit association dedicated to serving the facility management profession, recently announced the winners of the 2019 Awards of Excellence. Below is an introductory paragraph from Tom Palange, IFMA president: The theme of IFMA Boston’s 2019 Awards of Excellence, “The Sky’s the Limit,” was chosen to reflect the tremendous accomplishments of those in the facility management profession, a profession that for many years was a great unknown in and of itself. If you ask many of our members how they got started in this industry, chances are it was by mistake, or through added responsibility, or simply because somebody recognized that they “got things done.” Today, FM is a recognized industry with established career paths, educational opportunities, and an organization called IFMA that is 100% dedicated to being the complete, expert resource for facility managers. The people, projects, and programs highlighted at this prestigious event demonstrated the great work being done in our industry! Thank you to all the volunteers and partners who made this event a success, and a big congratulations to our winners!

The President’s Award recognizes individuals who are passionate about what they do, either as leaders from within or outside the IFMA Boston chapter. They go beyond what is asked of them and give it their all. Exemplary Service Provider Award: Glenn Gould, MBA, Cannistraro

This award is presented to the representative of an associate member in recognition of voluntary contributions to IFMA Boston. Exemplary End User: Frank Rhodes, II, CFM, Marriott

Tom Palange

The 2019 Winners

Lori Stewart Coletti Award: Adele Manty, Fooda The Lori Stewart Coletti Award is given in recognition of service to the IFMA chapter that goes above and beyond expectations, and makes a substantial impact on the membership and success of the organization. President’s Award: Angela Rothemich-D’Amato, Liberty Mutual

This award is presented to a professional member of the Boston chapter who has provided sustained, outstanding leadership to the chapter. Young Professionals Award: Andrew Delprete, Liberty Mutual

This award is presented to a Boston chapter young professional IFMA member who has been an active member within the chapter and shows initiative in both their work and professional settings. Best Practices Awards These awards are presented to the individual or team whose facility management new construction or renovation project has had a substantial,

positive effect on the success of their organization. • Small Project (<25,000sf): The Exchange at 100 Federal Street (nominated by Perkins+Will) • Medium Project (25,000 – 75,000sf): Home Base Veteran & Family Care (nominated by Margulies Perruzzi) • Large Project (>75,000sf): Wentworth Institute of Technology Center of Engineering, Innovation & Sciences (nominated by Fort Point Project Management) and Boston University, Myles Standish Hall Renovation (nominated by MDS|Miller Dyer Spears) Operational Innovation Awards: Somerville Main Streets (nominated by Eversource)

These awards are presented to the individual or team whose facility management innovation, process, and/or initiative has had a substantial, positive effect on the success of their organization. They will demonstrate how their project impacted business objectives and contributed to improved success. People’s Choice Award: Citizens Bank Corporate Campus (nominated by Elkus Manfredi and MovePlan)

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Arrowstreet Gets Preservation Award

Arrowstreet receives the Cambridge Historical Commission Preservation Award.

Boston – Arrowstreet, a Boston-based architecture and design firm, received the Cambridge Historical Commission Preservation Award for its work on 139 Main Street, a 40,000gsf multi-use office building and notable historic landmark serving as one of the city’s last remaining pieces of first-generation commercial construction. Formerly known as the Luke Building, 139 Main Street was built in 1874 as the home to E.H. Luke & Sons, traders of grain, meal, hay and straw. Arrowstreet renovated the building to meet the needs of today while preserving its original character by upgrading the building’s core and shell, designing an interior fit out, re-enforcing the building’s foundations, reconstructing the southeast corner facades, and meticulously restoring masonry, original fenestration, stone trim details, and the historic carriageway (originally for hay wagons) that provided a connection through to the canal behind.

After renovation

Before renovation

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TFMoran Hosts Awards Cookout Bedford, NH – TFMoran hosted the Annual NH Commercial Investment Board of Realtors (NHCIBOR) Awards Cookout on June 13 at the Bedford office. Nearly 150 NHCIBOR members and TFMoran staff turned out for this special night. The 2019 Awards went to Tom Riley of Riley Enterprises for Realtor of the Year, and Jeff Boufford of Boyd & Boufford Insurance Agency, LLC for Affiliate of the Year. Attendees enjoyed a buffet-style dinner including steak and turkey tips and summer salads catered by The Flying Butcher. After dinner, The Inside Scoop served ice cream to go along with the traditional congratulatory cake that was presented to the winners. Raffle prizes were given out to top off a great evening of networking and fun.

NHCIBOR award winners, Tom Riley and Jeff Boufford

Eliot Innovation School Gets Award Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects announced that the Eliot Innovation School at 39 North Bennet St. in Boston’s North End was awarded Preservation Massachusetts’ prestigious 2019 Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award. Finegold Alexander Architects served as the design architect for Boston Public Schools and the city’s Public Facilities department. The existing building at 39 North Bennet St., formerly occupied by the North Bennet Street School, was a combination of three interconnected buildings. The floor plates were mismatched across the three structures, and small sets of transition stairs wove the buildings together. Construction manager Colantonio Inc. was recognized for its involvement in the complete rehab of the school. “The school today provides a total of 42,000sf of light-filled, well-organized educational spaces,” noted Christopher Lane, senior associate at Finegold. “In addition to the multi-purpose room, cafeteria and administrative offices, the new school provides 21 general purpose classrooms; specialty counseling spaces; two SPED classrooms for 10 students with dedicated computers; and two enrichment classrooms, one for visual arts and one for technology/robotics.” Two new stair towers, an expanded roof monitor, enlarged window openings, and restoration of the historic facades and roof dormers create a sensitive blend of old and new in the transformation of the school. All new HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and life-safety systems were installed. “The challenge in repurposing the facility for a contemporary school was determining how to work with the three structures to create a unified environment while meeting code and

The school after renovations

Eliot Innovation School before rehabilitation / Ed Caruso Photography

access requirements,” said Jim Alexander, senior principal at Finegold Alexander Architects. “As a solution, Finegold Alexander Architects designed a new building within the existing walls.” The project was funded through Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Capital Plan and the total cost was $19.7 million.

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Finegold Appoints Three

JM Electrical Promotions Lynnfield, MA – JM Electrical has announced three senior-level promotions as part of its long-term growth strategy. Adam Palmer, Frank Kelly, and Palmer Niall Black have been promoted to project executives. Palmer first joined the company in 2009 as project manager. Along with building automation, he focuses on energy initiatives for the company. Kelly has more than 30 years of industry experience, specializing in



building automation systems. He is experienced working with large control contractors. Black brings more than 25 years of experience to JM Electrical. He is a member of Local 103 IBEW Boston and has extensive project management experience.

Suffolk Hires Berger Boston – Suffolk has hired DenHe will work primarily from nis Berger as its chief culture ofSuffolk headquarters in Boston ficer. He will oversee Suffolk’s but will have a significant People & Culture team and will presence in all the regions in be responsible for creating a which the firm operates. best-in-class employee experiPrior to joining Suffolk, ence across the entire employee Berger was a key partner in CDW lifecycle. He will serve on the Corporation’s transformational executive committee and report Berger growth. In addition, he spent directly to Chairman and CEO John Fish. more than 12 years in the Pepsi Berger has more than 30 years of system, most recently as head of U.S. experience across all facets of human human resources at PepsiAmericas, Inc. resources and people management.

S3 Design Adds Labbe which aligns with the focus of Braintree, MA – S3 Design, Inc., S3 Design’s specialization. an architecture, interior design He comes from Cannon and planning firm dedicated Design, bringing expertise to athletics, wellness and in all project phases from recreation facilities, announced programming and conceptual the addition of James Labbe design to construction as senior project director to its administration. team of professionals. Both Salvatore Canciello He brings almost 25 years Labbe and Bryan Dunkelberger, of industry experience to S3 principals of S3 Design, Design, with the past 12 focused on athletic and recreational facilities for previously worked with Labbe at Sasaki higher education facilities, a discipline Associates

David Marr Appointed BTEA Trustee

Marr Jr.

Boston – David Marr Jr. has been appointed as a trustee designated by the Building Trades Employers’ Association of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Inc. (BTEA) to the Operating Engineers Local #4 Pension, Health & Welfare Fund and the Annuity & Savings Fund. He will serve as the permanent replacement for Jack Shaughnessy, Jr. Marr has been a sales representative for the crane division of Marr Crane & Rigging for 10 years. He is a member of the sixth generation of Marr family members to work for The Marr Companies.

Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects recently announced the appointments of Claire Colburn, AIA, LEED AP BD+C to senior associate; Lara Pfadt, AIA, LEED AP BD+C to associate; and Ozge DilerHimes, AIA, to design manager. Colburn joined Finegold in 2016 as a project manager. She has extensive experience in civic, academic, and institutional projects, both new construction, historic restoration and adaptive use. Colburn is deeply involved with the firm’s courthouse work on the new Lowell, Mass. justice center, and the York Judicial Center, in Biddeford, Maine. Pfadt joined Finegold Alexander in 2015 with experience on both new and historic building projects for education, private development, and institutional clients. Recent projects include The Lucas, Gibbs Middle School in Arlington, and



Boston University. D i l e r- H i m e s joined the firm in 2016 and serves as an architectural and urban designer. Most recently, she worked on the design of Babson Diler-Himes Commons at Horn Library. She has worked on winning design competitions for a number of projects.

Sobolewski Joins Bulfinch Boston – The Bulfinch general legal support on a Companies Inc. announced that variety of matters related Ann Sobolewski has joined to Bulfinch’s real estate the company as vice president, investment, development, assistant general counsel. property management and She brings over 20 years of operations, and assisting the commercial real estate, land legal department in addressing use and environmental law internal legal and corporate experience to the Bulfinch team. matters. Sobolewski She will work closely Sobolewski joins Bulfinch with Mark DiOrio, managing after spending over 12 years director and general counsel, and senior with Posternak, Blankstein & Lund leadership to provide legal oversight for LLP, which recently merged with Arent the company and its portfolio. Fox. There, she served as a partner and She will be responsible for providing counsel.

TF Moran Adds Two Bedford, NH – Phillip Houston has joined TFMoran as a civil project engineer in the Bedford office. He has six years of work experience which includes design of residential and commercial subdivisions, utility and drainage plans, permitting, septic design and stormwater management. Houston is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Amy Brown also joins TFMoran in the role of office manager for the Portsmouth division. She has nearly 20 years of experience in business and project management,



all aspects of business accounting, and executive administrative support. Prior to joining TFMoran, Brown held various managerial positions for seacoast area businesses.

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August 15 ABC CT: Emerging Leaders Networking & Wine Tasting The Barn at Chamard Winery, Clinton, CT Join ABC CT’s Emerging Leaders Group for a night of networking and wine tasting including passed hors d’oeuvres, a guided wine tasting, a giveaway for the first 50 attendees, and two raffles!

August 22 Annual Summer Walking Tour Locations TBD The SMPS Annual Summer Walking Tour is in its final planning stages and promises to deliver an informative and networking filled afternoon for all attendees. Information on the presentation, site tour and Mix@6 will soon be posted so be sure to Save the Date!

ABC NH/VT August 21 YPG Party in the Park Rollins Park, Concord, NH Join the ABC YPG supported by CYPN for the 3rd annual Party in the Park at Rollins Park in Concord, NH! With live music by Cold Engines, BBQ from Smokeshow, and ice cream from Arnie’s! Rain or shine, join the ABC YPG and CYPN for a night of music, networking, lawn games, free raffles, and fun!

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September 11 25th Annual Golf Classic Blackledge Country Club, Hebron, CT Hit the links with your colleagues and join the Construction Institute for a day of golf and networking at our 25th Annual Golf Classic. Not interested in playing golf? Still want to mingle with your CI “neighbors”? We’ve got you covered. The CI Block Party offers an afternoon filled with beverage tastings, mini golf, and more!

September 12 ABC MA Future Leaders: Boston Architecture Cruise Charles Riverboat Company, Cambridge, MA Join ABC MA aboard the Henry Longfellow for spectacular views of historic and contemporary architecture along Boston Harbor & the Charles River Locks and basin. The tour includes some of Boston best landmarks as well as cutting-edge contemporary design by today’s top architects. These are simply the best waterfront views of Boston and Cambridge.

ACA/NE September 6 Golf Tournament Red Tail Golf Course, Devens, MA Join the Air Conditioning Association of New England at the 2019 annual Golf Tournament! All golfers get a shirt, cart, breakfast, and seating at the awards dinner!

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NAIOP MA September 11 The Somerville Surge Assembly Row, Somerville, MA Join NAIOP for a deep dive into the transformative projects underway in Somerville, including Assembly Row, Boynton Yards, Union Square and more. After an introduction from Mayor Joe Curtatone, expert panelists will discuss what is next for this vibrant transitoriented hot spot.


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September 12 Annual Golf Tournament Pawtucket Country Club, Pawtucket, RI The summer is moving quickly and before you know it leaves will begin falling and then we will shortly thereafter find ourselves digging out of the snow soon. Before the summer is over please join us once again for our annual golf tournament to support scholarships for our engineers of the future. ACEC-RI is looking to build off the previous 19 RICE/ACEC-RI Scholarship Golf Tournaments that could not have been so successful without the participation of you and your firms.

AIA/BSA September 12 Open Architecture Collaborative Boston Design has the power to improve the world. Open Architecture Collaborative Boston serves communities in need by producing architectural and design solutions to global, social and humanitarian crises. If you’re looking for a pro-bono challenge or a hands-on design opportunity for your resume, this may be the committee for you. You need not have design experience to get involved.

AIA CT September 12-13 Annual Conference The EXPO at Mohegan Sun, CT This year’s conference and expo will be held at Mohegan Sun’s Earth Expo & Convention Center, the newest premier convention destination in the Northeast. With over 275,000sf of meeting space, it is the largest expo space along the New York-Boston I-95 corridor and affords us the opportunity to offer more to our attendees and exhibitors.

CBC September 12 Networking After Hours J Roo’s Restaurant, New Haven, CT Kick-off the new CBC calendar year with our Networking After Hours Fall Social. This is a great opportunity to meet the CBC Board of Directors and other design and construction industry professionals. We look forward to launching the 20192020 year with everyone. Registration includes appetizers and one drink ticket.

AGC/MA September 13 Conversations With...Tom O’Brien, Founding Partner and Managing Director, The HYM Investment Group, LLC. ACG MA, Wellesey, MA Join AGC MA for our June Conversations With...program! We welcome Tom O’Brien, Founding Partner and Managing Director of the HYM Investment Group, LLC.

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 hat types of water W repellants can be used for concrete masonry construction? - Water And Leakage Are Controlled Everlastingly

Dear WALACE, Keeping masonry structures leak free takes a “belt and suspenders” type of approach. Most importantly is flashing and weep details, and proper crack control using control joints and joint reinforcement to mitigate shrinkage cracks. In addition to these strategies, there are two general types of water repellents for CMUs; surface treatments and integral water repellents. Surface treatments or water repellent coatings are applied to the exterior side of the wall after construction. In addition to increased water repellency they can also improve the stain resistance of the wall and help with the cleaning of graffiti. Integral water repellents (IWR) work differently, as they are admixtures included in CMU



mix during the manufacturing process. The inclusion of IWR allows the concrete masonry unit to repel water throughout the matrix of the block. Performing a water droplet test on a CMU (referenced in NCMA TEK 19-01) for a CMU both with and without IWR shows a drastic difference in the water repellency characteristics of the unit. Integral water repellent is important to be included in architectural CMU, exposed to the weather. It is also very important for the mortar to also contain integral water repellent. If not, the mortar joints can become a pathway for water. Using all of these strategies will ensure that your concrete masonry walls remain leak free everlastingly! Heidi Jandris, BArch, is 3rd generation, Technical Resource and Sustainability Manager at A. Jandris & Sons. For concrete masonry questions, email or tweet @heidiAJS. For more technical Q & A, visit Heidi’s site,


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