High-Profile: June 2021

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June 2021 Focus:

Healthcare Facilities

The new med/surg unit has been completed at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Mass. / Photo courtesy of HED / Full story page 11



Matthew Guarracino

Jeff Palmer


John Fowler




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NEI General Contracting Launches WORC2 Renovation Underway on Boston Landmark Lowell Justice Center Achieves LEED Platinum USM Breaks Ground on Passive House Project Mio Apartments Completed CCSU’s Barnard Hall Renovation Completed Bennett Joins ReArch Company

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A spotlight on Dark Matter University

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Medical Center Completes New Unit



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Lowell Justice Center Achieves LEED Platinum

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Publisher’s Message

Anastasia Barnes On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask indoors or outdoors. In our industry, a lot of events are now being advertised with the words, “in-person with limited capacity.” Much of the work (specifically construction) that was on hold has now commenced, as you’ll read in the following pages, and life might just be getting back to a “new normal.” Yes,

I used that phrase. It’s hard not to. We will be returning to a new something… new office, new school, new job site. You name it. Every person and place has been affected by this pandemic. John Fowler uses the phrase in his article on page 21. He points out that, even though we are able to go back to in-person doctor visits, “healthcare organizations expect 20-40% of their patient visits will be conducted virtually depending on the specialty,” and he asks a good question: “If physicians are on site at a clinic or hospital, do they need to be in the same area as their in-person visits or can they utilize space that is more remote from the highly valuable patient care zones?” Designers are being tasked with coming up with creative solutions to accommodate these types of new requests from a variety of clients.

SDI Architecture has seen an increase in demand for workspace modifications. Some of its clients are having to modify space “to satisfy a new hybrid style of work: collaborating in the office while individual work is done at home.” Read the full story on page 39.

I’m proud to say this is our fourth issue that includes our J.E.D.I. section. Danei Cesario, architect at SOM, founder of WALLEN + daub, and member of HighProfile’s J.E.D.I. editorial committee, recently conducted an interview with three professionals that are involved with Dark Matter University and its mission. I encourage you to turn to page 33 to learn more about this unique organization. HP’s editor, Emily Langner, recently attended Urban Land Institute’s virtual



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The St. Regis Residences Goes Vertical

Dellbrook|JKS Breaks Ground

(l-r): Doug Havens, Medway affordable housing coordinator; Bill Lovett, Toll Brothers regional director of acquisitions and development; Michael Boynton, town manager; Maryjane White, select board; Dennis Crowley, select board; and Ketan Joshi, Toll Brothers director of development

Medway, MA – New England construction management firm, Dellbrook|JKS, along with Toll Brothers Apartment Living and architects Cube3 Studios, has broken ground at 39 Main Street in Medway. This marks Dellbrook|JKS’ third project with Toll Brothers. The 232,704sf multifamily project includes new construction of 190 units, 48 of which are affordable, with 65,200sf of ground floor amenity space. “We’re excited to be working with Toll Brothers Apartment Living again to bring a wonderful new community with

affordable housing options to the town of Medway,” said Dellbrook|JKS project manager, Mark Imse. Two wood framed over slab on grade structures, one with five stories of type IIIA construction and one with four stories of type V construction, will be built using Hardie siding and vinyl windows. The two structures will be separated by a firewall and will form one building overall. Outdoor amenity spaces include a landscaped courtyard, pool, barbecues grills, fire pits, a playground, fenced dog run, and 304 at-grade parking spaces.

Boston – Cronin Development recently welcomed the tower crane to The St. Regis Residences, Boston (SRRB) at 150 Seaport Boulevard, marking a critical step in the building’s construction program and the start of vertical construction. The general contractor on the project​is John Moriarty and Associates. Throughout the first phase of construction, work was centered on the foundation, which is comprised of 10,500 cubic yards of reinforced concrete with load bearing walls and structural elements mounted on bedrock, more than 150 feet below grade. The concrete slab for each floor is unique, slightly rotating in order to create the twisting facade. The reinforced concrete structure provides a higher level of protection from interior sound and vibrations. To support construction of the building’s unique cantilever, a diagonal steel beam is placed up to the five-story mark to support a hung column and, when the top floor is poured, the steel beam will be cut away leaving the hung column supported from above within the concrete infrastructure. SRRB features a design from Elkus Manfredi Architects that mimics the curvilinear shape of a tall ship at sail. The tower’s 114 luxury condominiums will range from one-bedroom condominiums

Rendering of The St. Regis Residences

to penthouse homes, each with views of Boston Harbor. Owners will have access to a swimming pool, spa, exercise room, library, sports simulator, grand lounge, wine vaults, media room and guest suites. The signature restaurant with outdoor terrace will provide in-residence private dining as well as cater to residents, guests and neighbors.

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USM Breaks Ground on Passive House Project Portland, ME – On May 20, the University of Southern Maine (USM) held a virtual groundbreaking for the $99.4 million Portland Campus Development Project, the second-largest Passive House building project in U.S. higher education. When completed by June 2023, the Portland Campus Development Project will result in the addition of a three-story, 42,000sf Career & Student Success Center, the 580-bed Portland Commons Residence Hall and a one-acre Residential Quad that will become a natural campus gateway and active meeting place for the entire USM community. The residence hall will help ensure educational access to USM students by providing them with attractive, affordable housing in a market where inventory is low and expensive. It will offer a mix of en-suite single-occupancy rooms, studio apartments, and larger apartments with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms to USM undergraduates, graduate students and Maine Law students. The Career & Student Success Center is projected to be completed or substantially completed in Spring 2023 and will include student-service spaces devoted to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at USM. Portland Commons is designed to use

South facing facade of USM’s Career & Student Success Center / Renderings courtesy of ElkusManfredi Architects

50% less energy than a normal building built to code. The new Career & Student Success Center will be built to LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) standards and feature a large, rooftop solar photovoltaic array. Crosslaminated timber (CLT) will feature prominently in the construction of the center. Through planting native and drought-tolerant plants as well as a lowmaintenance lawn, it is also estimated to save 67% of irrigation water over a typical project. The two new buildings in this project represent major steps toward USM’s commitment to achieving carbon

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Rendering of Residential Quad (center), with a view of the Career & Student Success Center and Portland Commons Residence Hall

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American Energy Management Relocates SIG SAUER Holds Groundbreaking

Celebrating the groundbreaking for the SIG SAUER Experience Center in Epping, N.H. (l-r): Duene Cowan, architect, Cowan Goudreau Architects; Amanda Savage, business development manager, and Dylan Register, project superintendent, North Branch Construction; NH Governor Chris Sununu; Ron Cohen, president/CEO, SIG SAUER, Inc.; Dylan Cruess, COO, TFMoran, Inc.; Joseph Campbell, president/principal, and Bruce Blazon, project manager/principal, North Branch Construction

Westborough, MA – American Energy Management (AEM), a Building Automation Systems (BAS) integrator, has moved its offices from Marlborough to Westborough. The new space has updated offices, technology and furnishings and offers employees improved access and amenities including a fitness center, cafeteria, and walking trails. The office is located at 200 Friberg Parkway, Suite 1004, at the junction of Route 9 and Route 495.

The building features a 50-seat conference center for large meetings and customer training events, as well as a custom built software lab for staging BAS projects, which is a key component of AEM’s comprehensive quality assurance process. Upgraded technology allows technicians and project managers full access to software and engineering files from jobsites or when working remotely, streamlining the installation, commissioning, and troubleshooting process.

Anchor Point Breaks Ground Beverly, MA – Beverly-based nonprofit developer, Harborlight Community Partners, announced that Anchor Point, a community of 77 units of affordable family housing, will break ground in June. Anchor Point will include two apartment buildings and a community building, along with many exterior elements such as playgrounds and walking paths. At the heart of Anchor Point will be a community building with myriad programming opportunities, making this a unique service-infused project. This housing initiative brings back the repeat team of Harborlight Community Partners (HCP), SV Design, and Groom Construction. Located on five acres at the intersection of Tozer and Sohier Roads in Beverly, Anchor Point will provide the region affordable housing for low-earning families, while setting aside 20% of its housing for families who have suffered homelessness. It will be deeply affordable, supporting those earning 60% or less of area median income. “This project is coming at a time when the need for high quality, service enriched, and affordable homes has never been more evident,” says Andrew DeFranza, executive director for Harborlight Community Partners. “Our region is a beautiful one that remains largely out of reach for people we depend on every day. Anchor Point is essential toward mitigating housing insecurity and equity in our region.” The housing at Anchor Point will be built in two phases, 38 units and 39 units respectively, and consists of two- and three-bedroom apartments

Epping, NH – SIG SAUER Inc. held a ceremonial groundbreaking celebration on May 7 at the site of the SIG SAUER Experience Center at 233 Exeter Road in Epping. The celebration marks the beginning of construction on the center, a two-story, 40,500sf facility of structural steel and load-bearing masonry with a structural steel roof. Design-build services are being provided by North Branch Construction and Cowan Goudreau Architects, both of Concord. Civil Engineering is being provided by T.F. Moran, Inc. of Bedford. The state-of the art facility will offer public access to a 6,000sf SIG SAUER flagship retail showroom, indoor shooting ranges, a high-tech interactive museum depicting the history of the company and an educational experience for SIG SAUER products, a lounge called “Legion Club,” a

Rendering of the SIG SAUER Experience Center

multi-purpose meeting space, conference rooms, and corporate office space. Master of ceremonies for the event was SIG SAUER vice president of government affairs, Bobby Cox, who introduced New Hampshire governor, Chris Sununu, and SIG SAUER president and CEO, Ron Cohen, each providing brief comments.

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for families. The community building, named The Lighthouse Center (TLC), will be the heart of Anchor Point and will provide on-site childcare, after school programming, ESL and GED classes, a teaching kitchen, financial counseling, case management, and more. In addition to robust programming, it will include many exterior elements such as community gardens, half-court basketball, playgrounds, walking paths, and a playing field. Local leadership and citizens of the city of Beverly adopted 40R zoning, which paved the way for the project. It is also made possible with strong local funding and a regional commitment to affordable housing between Beverly, Salem, and Peabody, though the Mayors’ Task Force on Homelessness. “Communities that combine quality living with on-site skilled services are a focus for our company and something that we hope to develop more of in the future,” said David Groom, principal at Groom Construction. “We are proud to partner once again with Harborlight Community Partners and the SV Design team on such an impactful project for our community.“


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Focus: Healthcare Facilities The Prognosis is Good for Construction in Boston’s Healthcare and Research Hub

by Matthew Guarracino Over the years, JM Electrical is proud to have contributed to projects at some of Boston’s leading healthcare institutions. Even before last year’s devastating pandemic and public health crisis, these institutions have been a critical part of the region’s DNA. Still, COVID-19 highlighted both the vulnerability of our system and our region’s inherent resilience and spirit of innovation. It has been more than a year since the World Health Organization officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak a

pandemic. And for Greater Boston, like many regions around the state and across the country, this crisis had a massive impact on the healthcare industry. This unprecedented situation accelerated transformations, specifically around design, to address the healthcare sector’s emergency response systems while continuing to treat the local population. The pandemic heightened existing insufficiencies and inefficiencies ranging from inadequate capacity to equity and access to quality of care. But this moment in time also accelerated innovation such as telehealth, and sparked improvements by upgrading ventilation systems and sanitation practices. Infection prevention and control have always been a key priority in modern healthcare, but the nature of COVID-19 required rethinking how hospital workers are protected and, more broadly, how hospital environments are

C.E. Floyd Renovates Pierce Care Facility

by Jeff Palmer Pierce Care, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, recently broke ground on its renovation project along with Moser Pilon Architects, Construction Solutions Group and C.E. Floyd Company. Let’s step back a few years: It’s 2019 and the Pierce Care community is looking forward to their long-awaited renovations. It had been 50 years since their last renovation, and they’ve spent the past six years working with Moser Pilon Nelson Architects and have chosen Construction Solutions Group as their OPM. Then COVID happens and, along with the rest of the world, the project is put on hold. Next comes the struggle the AEC industry is all too familiar with: How do you continue the project while keeping residents, staff, and communities safe? Luckily, Pierce Care had a major advantage: The majority of their rooms are private and contain their own bathrooms. This is an absolute game changer from an infection control standpoint as residents and patients are able to be isolated and kept safe while construction occurs on campus. C.E. Floyd was then able to step in and help Pierce Care use this advantage to create plans and procedures to continue their much needed renovations. With


their private en suite rooms and thorough preplanning with an emphasis on containment, Pierce Care was able to secure approval from the Department of Public Health and the Department of Social Services to proceed with construction. Minimizing the impact on residents and staff was the main priority. During the first phase of work, renovating six resident rooms, C.E. Floyd used hospital-grade STARC RealWall panels to help contain the noise, dust, and debris of construction, and negative air machines to ensure the air quality remained adequate. Weekly COVID testing of C.E. Floyd staff and their trade partners was conducted and tracked via spreadsheet, and colored stickers were used for hard hats. With these protocols in place, it was crucial that a phasing plan was put into place and communicated to the staff, residents, and their families. We held weekly meetings via Zoom in which we ensured the staff was up to date on what construction was to occur and where. The use of LEAN boards helped keep everything organized. With preplanning and stellar communication, we were able to move six residents and their belongings into their newly remodeled homes in just two hours. The initial round of renovation is complete at Pierce Care and C.E. Floyd has moved onto the next phase, which includes a new main entrance and elevator, as well as renovations to the entire existing building: 60+ bedrooms, an assisted living wing, and common spaces. Jeff Palmer is director of Connecticut operations at C.E. Floyd Company.

engineered. The distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline healthcare workers and new techniques to sterilize equipment did immeasurable good. By enhancing facilities’ key infrastructure, many hospitals were able to prioritize the need for infection control and introduce better protocols for sterilization. Meanwhile, COVID-19 also reaffirmed Kendall Square’s reputation as a hub of innovation, with Moderna joining biotech neighbors Pfizer and BioNTech in the race to develop a safe and effective vaccine. When the outbreak began, these teams reprioritized new research, while at the same time shifting to more patient centricity, digital interactions, and workforce agility. Energy reliability is essential to keep medical research labs operating without costly disruptions, with facilities requiring innovative technology to handle their complicated energy, HVAC, and heightened air purification needs. From Massachusetts General Brigham and Harvard Medical School to some of the region’s leading biotech and life science companies, our expert professionals understand the challenges associated with working in complex medical environments. This includes operating in sterile environments, the impact of noise and other disruptions on staff and patients, and negotiating often complex logistics.

When it comes to hospital settings, scheduling and coordination are deeply important in order to minimize disruption for patients and hospital faculty and staff. For contractors, coordinating complex logistics around a construction site, a thorough understanding of hospital procedures is critical. This includes utilizing a Hepa-cart system to minimize dust and debris. And finally, automation systems control temperature and humidity levels while simultaneously moving large amounts of air throughout lab space spanning research facilities across the region. These systems are crucial in maintaining an environment that meets clinical, research and regulatory requirements to preserve the sensitive nature of the vital work underway at hospitals, labs, and research centers. By adhering to a complex set of criteria, driven by these institutions’ commitment to healing and innovation, we have been fortunate to play a small role in the success of the research and healthcare sectors. And as the last year has underscored, a world-class medical and research hub benefits not simply the local economy or the individual health needs of area families but can rise to the occasion and tackle some of humanity’s greatest threats. Matthew Guarracino is a principal at JM Electrical Company.

Ebbrell Completes Treatment Facility Plymouth, MA – Ebbrell Architecture + Design, a Massachusetts-based certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE), announced that it completed work on a 3,800sf medical opioid and alcohol addiction treatment center for CleanSlate in April. Working closely with its stakeholders, Ebbrell transformed the former medical office in Plymouth into a bright and welcoming space that supports CleanSlate’s medical group outpatient clinic’s staff and patient needs. Ebbrell’s work included the addition of a phlebotomy lab, provider offices, and staff support space. “The layout was a perfect fit,” said Robin Willcox, a designer at Ebbrell. “But the space left a lot to be desired and needed a complete cosmetic renovation before our client could move in and utilize it,” she said. The Ebbrell design team, led by Willcox, aligned the look and feel of the space with the client’s comforting palette of warm neutrals and natural wood tones. “A lot of design has moved from warm colors to cool palettes, but that doesn’t

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work in this setting,” said Willcox. “It was important to create a calm and therapeutic environment for both the patients and the staff.” Willcox said one of design team’s main goals was to use and move as much natural light as possible into the interior. “We really utilized the natural light in the two patient waiting rooms and the staff break rooms – two areas where it’s important for people to feel relaxed and comfortable.” Votze Butler & Associates was the general contractor on the project.

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Medical Center Completes New Unit

Nursing station, patient room, and entryway into patient room / Photos courtesy of HED

Brighton, MA – National architecture and engineering firm, HED, announced the opening of a new medical surgical telemetry (med/surg) unit at the St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton. The unit at St. Elizabeth’s, a Boston University Teaching Hospital, opens just in time to meet heightened demand for care in the growing community. “The opening of this unit brings St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center’s bed count to 308 and is crucial to furthering our ability to provide the highest-quality care and experience for our patients as the tertiary care facility for Steward Health Care here in Massachusetts,” said Paul Smith, chief operating officer at St. Elizabeth’s.

The unit is located within the sixth floor of the hospital’s Connell Building, which was built in 2009, with shelled upper-floor space included in anticipation of future demand for additional patient beds on the hospital campus. While a conceptual design of this unit had been completed in prior years, the hospital didn’t begin full design in earnest until March of 2020. Led by the design team at HED, working closely with its engineering partners from BR+A Consulting Engineers, the new med/surg unit adds 16 patient beds, including two isolation rooms, to the hospital’s existing 140 med/surg bed count. The 10,000sf project was designed in

just 30 days, and construction documents were completed in 10 weeks in order to add new, flexible, acuity-adaptable beds as quickly as possible. The suite was built in just eight months by the team at Consigli Construction for $6.3 million in construction cost. The project’s innovative planning approach was crafted with the flow of staff and patients in mind, separating circulation paths for these groups, increasing staff efficiency, and minimizing activity and noise for patients located in the perimeter rooms. Five dispersed nursing stations provide visible observation of all 16 patient rooms around the L-shaped unit. These stations maintain a centralized

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Salem Hospital Utilizes Flexible Rooms Salem, MA – In 2009, Salem Hospital (formerly North Shore Medical Center) engaged CMTA to design a code complaint Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and inpatient bed units on multiple floors of the Davenport building. Salem Hospital is part of the Mass General Brigham healthcare network. Located in Salem, the hospital is the largest emergency care facility on the North Shore, with 395 patient beds and an outpatient SurgiCenter. Initially, the Davenport renovation was undertaken to address the challenges of the H1N1 or “Swine Flu” pandemic and to plan for future mass viral outbreaks. To address this challenge, CMTA worked with the hospital, clinical, administrative, and facility staff to design an innovative and unique HVAC system that enables patient rooms to operate either in normal patient mode or as negative pressurized isolation rooms. To properly care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, the design allowed the hospital to be “surge ready” when the demand required multiple isolation rooms to be available. The major renovation equipped the HVAC air distribution system to operate either in the isolation or normal mode. When a patient with an airborne infectious disease occupies a room, the isolation mode requires 12 Air Changes Per Hour

(ACH) per the AIA Healthcare Guidelines and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) regulations. When a patient without an airborne infectious disease occupies a room, only 6 ACH are required. To accomplish this flexible design, each patient room has dedicated supply and exhaust air terminal devices as well as HVAC controls that include a keyed control panel located at the nurses’ station. The nursing staff can individually control the HVAC mode for each of these patient rooms. With the flip of a keyed switch, a standard patient room can be activated to operate as a pressurized isolation room. Since the renovation’s completion in 2010, the unit has operated in isolation mode only 15% of the time. However, during major COVID-19 outbreak surges, the unit operated in isolation mode 100% of the time. Having 15 flexible patient rooms that are “convertible and surge ready” to serve as negatively pressurized isolation rooms enabled Salem Hospital to be COVID-19 ready in January of 2020 without having to complete any fast-track HVAC retrofits, renovations, or temporary service locations which saved money and lives over the past 12 months.

June 2021

NEC Completes Boston Vet Clinic

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Boston – New England Caseworks (NEC), a solutions-based commercial casework and millwork manufacturer, has recently completed the new healthcare office for Boston Veterinary Clinic in the Seaport. Boston Veterinary Clinic is a “Fear Free Certified” establishment offering comprehensive wellness and preventative care for pets. Working closely with the clinic, NEC built plastic laminate cabinets with extended countertops and custom cupboards to examine a variety of animals in the treatment and exam rooms. The spacious lobby features custom woodgrain plastic laminate waiting room benches, a reception desk with solid surface tops, a painted shiplap accent wall, and product display shelving. A

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Experiential vs. Operational Results: Is There a Growing Divide? by the CI Editorial Committee Healthcare has taken an interesting turn over the past decade to improve the patient experience. Research suggesting that a non-clinical atmosphere is not only highly desirable but also a powerful contributor to both staff and patient satisfaction is revolutionizing the aesthetic of interior environments in healthcare. Borrowing from the hospitality and corporate industries, the healthcare market has softened seating, brought in warm, natural paint colors, and enhanced wayfinding graphics that reduce stress in navigating the oftencomplex floor plan. Technology, too, is being leveraged to connect rural communities with telehealth resources, advance surgical capabilities that reduce recovery time, and connect patients with information – anything from online dashboards that securely house medical records and upcoming appointments, to apps that alert arriving guests of their anticipated wait time. These are exciting advancements that deliver positive experiential results, but healthcare also needs to meet and exceed the high bar of operational results set before them. Lean is certainly OVER 25 YEARS


the most well-known tool in this area. By instilling principles that minimize waste in procedures and processes, Lean healthcare promotes a culture of continual improvement and frequent communication. Hospitals are also subject to set standards of operational efficiency that directly translate to dollars – patients per hour, for example. Knowing that the healthcare industry has both experiential and operational goals, and the immediate need for innovative, agile care networks as we recover post-pandemic, the question becomes: how to maintain high levels of patient satisfaction while optimizing efficiency? If telehealth is a growing trend in 2021, what are ways to connect over the digital divide? Just as in the past decade, healthcare looked to other industries for inspiration; there could be an opportunity to explore associations between telehealth visits and student engagement in a virtual

classroom. Albeit quite different on the surface, educational districts were faced with a similar challenge: how to maintain meaningful exchanges, communicate a profound level of care over a computer screen, and assess or share information without the benefit of physically occupying common space. The trends emerging in healthcare post-pandemic could also apply within educational districts, with the reverse being equally plausible: Trend #1: Move from a passive system of measurement to a dynamic system of action. Gone are the days when a survey was sufficient to capture the full spectrum of patient needs and experiences. Metrics now need to be collected and translated into actionable items that advance the healthcare delivery model and subsequently, enhance the patient experience. Trend #2: Digital space is just as important as physical space. Bringing that same attention to detail and experience that

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June 2021

Ambulatory Surgery Center Nears Completion

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Portsmouth, NH – Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine’s new ambulatory surgery center, New England Center for Orthopaedic Surgery, is nearing completion at 1900 Lafayette Road. This is the second medical office building on the site, completing the two-phased project. Phase Two required TFMoran’s seacoast division to work with the owners,

project architect and City of Portsmouth to amend the original phased site plan that was approved in 2015. The original site plan designed by TFMoran included two medical office buildings with associated access, parking and site improvements. Phase One, a 2-story, 21,300sf medical office building, was constructed by BBL Medical Facilities and opened in early

2016. Phase Two, a 2-story, 20,000sf medical office building to be built later, was planned for the back of the lot, near the entrance of the service road. The amended site plan for Phase Two featured a single-story, 11,175sf ambulatory surgical center which was approved by the city in July 2019. Construction started in the summer of 2020 and completion is expected this summer. The new state-of-the-art facility is affiliated with Portsmouth Regional Hospital and jointly owned with HCA

Healthcare. The New England Center for Orthopaedic Surgery will feature three operating rooms specially designed for orthopedic procedures and will provide high-quality outpatient care. The project team for both phases includes Hereford Dooley Architects of Nashville, Tenn., project architect; BBL Construction Services, LLC of Albany, N.Y., construction services; and TFMoran, Inc. of Portsmouth, N.H., civil/ site design, permitting, land surveying, landscape architecture, and construction administration services.

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June 2021


Root Center to Open New Location

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Hartford, CT – The Root Center for Advanced Recovery announced it will open a new behavioral health center in New Britain later this summer. Through a holistic, research-driven approach to wellness, Root Center presently treats more than 5,500 patients per day in its growing network of clinics across Connecticut. The New Britain location is planned as a behavioral health center, providing services for both mental health and substance use disorders. Root Center currently operates a smaller clinic within the city. However, the new, larger facility and more convenient location will allow Root to expand services to a larger population and develop other healthcare initiatives to meet the needs of their patients. Root Center selected Hartford-based design firm, Tecton Architects, and New Britain builder, T-Long Construction, to complete the project. Tecton Architects collaborated with Root Center to create an aesthetic that breaks the stigma of addiction. Throughout the exterior and interior, natural patterns, daylight and organic forms are incorporated to evoke renewal and provide an inviting, non-clinical

environment for individuals seeking treatment. Through early space planning and observation of Root’s existing operations, it became evident that the entry sequence and interior circulation were pivotal to engaging patients and elevating service delivery. “One of the first things we recognized was that there is often a lot of back and forth within the spaces; a congested flow with how people moved about the process. This was the driver for the space,” said Ernest Nepomuceno, senior designer for Tecton. The site entry begins with a covered plaza, gardens and walkway that provide protection from the elements and a soft green space for a comfortable, nurturing arrival experience. Inside, Tecton created a central space connecting check-in with dosing, with a one-way circulation pattern and wayfinding elements to establish a sense of place and streamline the visitor process. Throughout, the design carefully balances openness and transparency with privacy and quiet, to reinforce Root Center’s mission and elevate the patient experience. The project broke ground in January of 2021 and is currently under construction.

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June 2021

The Future of Telehealth Beyond COVID-19

by John Fowler The Margulies Perruzzi Healthcare Studio is seeing the impacts of COVID-19 on space planning and design that will continue post-pandemic in several areas. In addition to considerations for being better prepared for a future pandemic, clients are evaluating the use of practices and workflows that were born out of necessity over the past year. The rapid adaptation of telehealth is one example that can lead to better healthcare delivery and patient satisfaction while also providing an operational advantage to healthcare organizations in certain circumstances. According to the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition Survey, Massachusetts saw a staggering 9000% increase in telehealth visits from September 2019 to September 2020. Of those surveyed, 60% of physicians stated that telehealth improved the health of their patients, 50% stated it will improve the financial health of their practice, and 55% said that it improved the satisfaction

of their work. Even as we return to the new normal, patients will expect more virtual care options. Anecdotally we are hearing that healthcare organizations expect 20-40% of their patient visits will be conducted virtually depending on the specialty, as certain visit types will have a greater need for physical evaluation or testing for the foreseeable future. The two biggest potential obstacles to virtual visits when deemed appropriate are reimbursement and patient’s access to technology. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services granted waivers during the pandemic that allowed for the increased use of virtual visits at the same reimbursement as in-person visits. The rules and reimbursement rates for those visits will play a large role in the extent of its utilization going forward. During

the spike in use of telehealth visits, the majority of providers were conducting some from their own homes. In the future, those visits may not be allowed outside of a licensed clinic or hospital or may be reimbursed at a lower rate, due to the decreased costs to the providers. The patient’s access to technology can vary dramatically by region and demographics, and ensuring equitable access is a key consideration. Meg Barron, the AMA’s vice president of digital health, outlined four key areas that need attention: device access, connectivity, digital literacy, and design relevance. Expanding broadband access and creating ways for those with audio, visual or motor impairment to have better access to telehealth are among the specific needs that must be addressed. When evaluating the impact of

telehealth on space planning needs, we are considering several operational scenarios. If physician at-home visits are allowed and reimbursement is financially viable, will they be able to schedule visits for certain days of the week that are virtual only? If physicians are on site at a clinic or hospital, do they need to be in the same area as their in-person visits or can they utilize space that is more remote from the highly valuable patient care zones? And if physicians do not have a dedicated office appropriate for virtual visits, is it advantageous to create virtual visit exam rooms that require less space and infrastructure than a traditional exam? With each of these scenarios we see opportunities for our clients to increase their patient volume capacity or lower the real estate footprint required due to the decreased number of traditional exam rooms required. Although there may still be more questions than answers regarding telehealth, there appears to be a consensus that it is here to stay and will continue to provide patients with a more convenient option for their healthcare while creating flexibility for their providers to better deliver care. John Fowler, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP, is associate principal and associate partner at Margulies Perruzzi.

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June 2021

Net Positive Energy and a Contemporary Coastal Aesthetic A Look at Hospice of Southern Maine’s New Headquarters

by Nicole Rogers Hospice of Southern Maine is relied upon by patients, families and the community-at-large for high quality, compassionate end-of-life care. The growing organization sought a new building that balanced a long list of operational requirements and reflected the organization’s hallmark

reputation for providing both comfort and extraordinary care while at the same time developing a highly sustainable building aligned with their commitment to the future. The end result? Housed in a net positive building designed and engineered by SMRT Architects and Engineers, the new Hospice of Southern Maine facility marries a comforting contemporary New England coastal aesthetic with optimal functionality, supporting a highly dedicated staff faced with the often stressful commitment to guiding patients and families through end of life challenges. Sustainability was at the forefront of

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Solar arrays and geothermal wells, coupled with a carefully engineered building envelope and M/E/P systems, resulted in a net positive building with a projected EUI of +/-10. Excess electricity supports another Hospice of Southern Maine facility nearby.

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Lowell, MA – Finegold Alexander Architects announces the LEED-Platinum certification of the newly constructed Lowell Justice Center in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, the Office of Courts Management, ARUP Engineers, ART Engineers, Nitsch Engineers, Copley Wolff Design Group, The Green Engineer, and Dimeo Construction. Lowell Justice Center is the first

LEED-Platinum certified courthouse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as the first new state courthouse to achieve this certification in the United States. The 265,000sf, $146 million newconstruction building opened its doors in March 2020. The 21st -century, modern courthouse is located on a 3.2-acre site at the northern edge of the Hamilton Canal District, within the Lowell National Historic Park. Among the various building features

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contributing to the LEED-Platinum certification are a chilled beam HVAC system, an air displacement system, photovoltaic panels, highly insulated walls, and a building envelope with glazing that allows for abundant natural light to flow into the courtrooms, private areas behind the courtrooms, judges’ chambers, jury deliberation rooms, and transaction areas. Additionally, the mechanical and lighting systems in place target performance that is 45% better than current code.

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June 2021

IEN Launches Net Zero Initiative Boston – A group of 17 leaders from higher education endowments, investment consultants, asset managers, and nonprofit partners have joined together as a steering committee to guide a new Net Zero Endowments initiative hosted by the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN).

After groundbreaking commitments from institutions like Harvard, Stanford, Michigan, and Penn over the last year, IEN aims to accelerate the adoption of net zero portfolio commitments to 50 endowments over the next two years. A commitment to net zero means committing to transition the investment portfolio to net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 consistent with a maximum temperature rise of 1.5°C above preindustrial temperatures, taking into account the best available scientific knowledge including the findings of the


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IPCC, and regularly reporting on progress, including establishing intermediate targets every five years in line with Paris Agreement Article 4.9. The Net Zero Endowments initiative will serve as a bridge between higher education endowments and the growing field of net zero investing. IEN members will participate in peer learning and partner with other initiatives for shared resources, events, and actions.

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Washington – Preliminary analysis released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) finds that the residential provisions of the 2021 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) are 9.38% more efficient than the 2018 edition and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 8.66%. The International Code Council (ICC) has developed the IECC for over three decades; it is the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the world. With this new analysis, the IECC has seen a 40% improvement in energy savings starting from the 2006 edition. Publication of each new edition of the IECC triggers a congressionally mandated review of the code by DOE to determine that the new edition saves energy over the prior edition. In his first

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Boston – New England construction management firm, Dellbrook|JKS, has begun raising steel at 191-195 Bowdoin Street for a new mixed-use, affordable housing community with the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID). The 51,906sf site, which previously consisted of two vacant lots in Dorchester, will be transformed into a four-story wood framed building with 41 residential apartments. Thirty units will be available for households at or below 60% of Area Median Income (AMI), and 11 units for households at or below 30% of AMI.

“We are excited to be working with the community and VietAID to provide more affordable housing to the area, a tenant space for the Co-op, and new job opportunities during construction,” said Dellbrook|JKS project manager, Evan Stark. Additionally, 6,000sf of ground floor retail space will be leased to the Dorchester Community Food Co-op, a grassroots initiative to build a community and worker-owned grocery store that makes healthy food accessible and advances economic opportunity through neighborhood engagement. The project will also achieve Enterprise Green Communities certification.

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MassDevelopment Provides Funds for Mixed-use Projects Boston – MassDevelopment has provided an $800,000 loan to Eagle Mill Redevelopment, LLC, which is using proceeds to redevelop the former Eagle Mill and surrounding parcels in Lee into a mixed-use complex featuring 128 residential housing units and 14,000sf of retail and office space. The developer used loan proceeds and additional financing from Adams Community Bank to buy 10 adjacent properties that will be combined and subdivided into six separate parcels for future redevelopment. Construction on the project, which is expected to cost a total of approximately $55 million, is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021 with its first phase completed within 14-18 months.

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MassDevelopment also issued a $10.5 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of Cabot Housing LLC, an affiliate of the YMCA of the North Shore, Inc. The organization will use bond proceeds to

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buy and renovate a three-story, 45-unit housing facility at 245 Cabot Street in downtown Beverly, including adding a fourth floor that will allow for a total of 67 studio units. The existing 45 units, previously single-room occupancy units, will also be converted to studio apartments with added private bathrooms and kitchenettes. Built in 1911, it was updated in 1999 as part of a historic renovation by the Department of Housing and Community Development. Ten of the units will be rented to formerly homeless individuals, and a new full-time caseworker will be available for residents to help with accessing services. Eastern Bank purchased the bond. In addition, MassDevelopment has

awarded $257,800 from the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund to the Main South Community Development Corporation (CDC), which is using proceeds to

assess and remediate a vacant lot at 92 Grand Street in Worcester’s Main South neighborhood. Grand Street Commons will be a mixed-use facility that will feature 48 units of mixed-income rental housing and ground-floor commercial and retail space. The 90,000sf property, which has been vacant since 1960, was once part of the industrial-era Crompton Knowles and Standard Foundry mill complex. The property subsequently served as a makeshift parking and container storage lot for adjacent businesses, and the Main South CDC purchased the site in 2018. Construction for the $18 million Grand Street Commons began in February.

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BPDA Approves Residential Projects in Allston and East Boston Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) board of directors recently approved five new development projects. Located in the South Boston Waterfront, 88 Black Falcon Avenue is a 4-story addition to an existing 3-story structure owned by the Mass. Port Authority in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park. Public benefits to the neighborhood include ground improvements that will enhance cruise ship operations, the reconstruction of the intersection at Drydock Avenue to improve pedestrian safety, and improvements to the Harborwalk. The 149 – 157 Newbury Street project will develop the last undeveloped parcel on Newbury Street, creating new office and retail space. The new building will replace what is currently a surface parking lot. This project will create a 5-story building containing 17,500sf of retail space and 26,000sf of office space.

120 Braintree Street

Located in Allston, 120 Braintree Street is a new 5-story building with 32 residential units, five of which will be income-restricted. The ground floor provides 437sf of space for commercial use. The building will also have bike parking and storage, a garden and patio on the ground floor, and a roof garden.

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7-11 Curtis Street

The 7-11 Curtis Street project in East Boston will construct two, 4-story residential buildings that will include a total of 29 residential units and 17 off-street vehicle parking spaces. Four residential units will be income restricted. The current commercial building will be demolished. The project will also contain a bike room to encourage less vehicular travel.

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35-43 Braintree

The 35-43 Braintree project will create a 7-story building with 149 residential housing units, including four artist live/work spaces, and 25 incomerestricted units. Community benefits will include a space in the building for artists to display their work, and the creation of a

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Life Sciences

Construction Begins on Evoqua HQ

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Boston – Greatland Realty Partners and Singerman Real Estate announced they have closed on the acquisition and financing of 10 Maguire Road in Lexington, Mass. The four-building, 288,528sf creative office and R&D property is a joint venture between Greatland and Singerman. It is the second investment partnership between the two firms following the recent groundbreaking on Revolution Labs, a new 180,000sf life science lab building also in Lexington. As with Revolution Labs, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) has been engaged as leasing agent and property manager. Keegan Mehlhorn, director of investments at Greatland Realty Partners, says that 10 Maguire Road “represents an

exciting opportunity to provide lab-ready space almost immediately to the supply constrained life science sector.” Centrally located in a life science and technology cluster, 10 Maguire Road is less than 10 minutes from the I-95/Route 128 and Route 3 interchange and offers highway access to Boston, Cambridge, and surrounding communities. With flexible floor plates, column spacing, and multiple loading options, the building presents a retrofit opportunity for life science companies seeking to expand their physical footprint in a market with limited supply of existing lab space. The property also features Revolution Hall, a new open-air communal eatery featuring large garage door walls and indoor and outdoor seating.

Tewksbury, MA – Dacon Corporation has commenced construction on a 14,000sf headquarters renovation project for Evoqua. Specializing in identifying water concerns, Evoqua’s technological solutions aim at giving power and purpose to nature’s most important resource by keeping water safe, reliable and available. Its products and services span wastewater treatment, disinfection systems, electrochemical products, filtration systems and digital water management solutions. Evoqua’s portfolio of 16 brands services industrial, municipal and recreational customers. The basis for this project is the

reconfiguration of existing office and lab space to facilitate productivity and research, and welcome employees back to post-Covid office life. A complete interior renovation of ceilings, MEP systems and interior finishes with branded elements will surround open collaboration areas for 100 employees. The new configuration is built upon a hoteling concept, designed to enable employees greater flexibility and creativity within their work lives. Additionally, two new labs are configured to accommodate the relocation of technologists and research development. The project is anticipated to be completed in September.

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Multi-Residential How Successful Multifamily Project Teams Are Designing Inspiring, Healthy Interiors makes it necessary for design and development teams to be familiar with a range of strategies for achieving these goals. The Value of Biophilia

by Jennifer Phan After spending considerable time working from home this past year, today’s potential multifamily tenants and buyers are more interested than ever before in spaces that support health and wellness. For developers, owners, and operators of apartment and condominium properties, the question is, how can we plan and design these environments most effectively? As architects and interior designers working on a broad range of new construction and adaptive reuse projects across New England, here are a few key trends and considerations we have seen driving successful interiors in the current market: Active Design and Encouraging Movement

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planning and design approach known as active design is one of the most fundamental ways a project team can deliver healthier buildings. Effective active design strategies can be simple, for instance, it can include adding feature walls, customized accents, artwork, signage, or windows and skylights in stairwells to promote walking instead of elevator usage. Thoughtfully designed fitness centers with a variety of workout

modalities are another path toward promoting resident wellness. Children’s play spaces now command an everincreasing role in multifamily: The latest trends focus on encouraging exploration, experimentation, and imagination through active but less structured types of play. Beyond the obvious health benefits for residents, active design principles are essential for the pursuit of building certifications such as Well and Fitwel, which

In a similar vein, many of today’s most successful multifamily projects incorporate elements of biophilic design, an approach that reconnects residents to nature within the built environment. Effective design strategies include a focus on visual connections to the outdoors, and where possible, the creation of exterior “rooms” that allow residents to move effortlessly and freely between the built and natural environment. These types of indoor/outdoor zones are an increasingly significant part of multifamily amenity packages. They provide an active connection to nature, which also increases residents’ ability to experience daylight and brings a positive impact on individual health and wellbeing. Plant life is also an important element of biophilic space, and design teams should include living elements in common areas both inside and outside. In addition to promoting higher indoor air quality, studies have shown that plants continued to page 44

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Mio Apartments Completed Weymouth, MA – Mio apartments, located at 39 Trotter Road in Weymouth, has completed construction and is ready to welcome residents to all three buildings in the 237-unit complex. Mio is a joint project of Marcus Partners and John M. Corcoran & Co. LLC. The property is also leasing two ground floor retail spaces. The project is professionally managed by Corcoran Management Company. The project team included construction manager, Plumb House; design architect, Utile; MEP engineer, BLW Engineers; structural engineers, Veitas and Veitas; geotechnical engineer, McPhail Associates; civil engineer, CHA Consulting; landscape architect, CHA Consulting; leasing consultant, John M. Corcoran & Co; and traffic engineer, Vanasse & Associates, Inc. Modern spaces at Mio include stainless steel appliances, plank flooring, quartz countertops, Nest learning thermostats, in-home washers and dryers, oversized windows, and high-efficiency plumbing. The property is aiming for LEED certification, with state-of-theart building practices and the latest ventilation technologies. The new development features a high

level of service, with 24-hour package acceptance and notification, valet trash service, around the clock maintenance repair services, and complimentary WiFi in the amenity spaces. “Along with our partners at Corcoran, we are extremely pleased to complete this project on time and within budget, especially in such a challenging year,” said Josh Berman, senior VP at Marcus Partners.


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ULI’s Spring Meeting Addresses Challenges, Inspires Change by Emily Langner During the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) virtual Spring Meeting on May 10-12, industry professionals from New England, California, Colorado, and other parts of the country convened to address the challenges and questions posed by the events of the last year, and to cover ongoing topics such as lessening the environmental impacts of real estate developments, meeting emerging housing needs, and ways to tackle sea-level rise.

While the industry continues to prioritize important issues such as social sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and climate change, the majority of the sessions at this year’s meeting were dedicated to discussions surrounding COVID’s impact on design, development, and productivity. During the three-day event, what emerged were thoughtful

conversations and a general consensus that, although challenging, the last year has afforded the industry a unique opportunity to regroup, reset, and move forward with purpose.

ULI’s Spring Meeting included a virtual session entitled, The Corporate Journey toward Enhanced Diversity and Inclusion.

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In the session, A Post-Pandemic Workforce and Its Impact on the Workplace, Diane Hoskins, co-CEO of Gensler, and Mark Grinis, Americas real estate, hospitality & construction leader at Ernst & Young, LLP addressed the cultural and technological workplace impacts resulting from the

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COVID-19 pandemic. Hoskins said that “collaboration is showing up as the missing piece in the work from home equation.” This challenge, she says, is now driving new design ideas around the workplace and the best ways to enable the speed, communication, and sharing of knowledge that allow companies to achieve essential business outcomes and the ability to excel. Hoskins also noted that, as people come back to the workplace, “they have now all come through this awakening regarding DEI, climate change, and the realities of things like COVID” and said that addressing the fact that this change has occurred, and how it gets reflected in the workplace, is vital.

these discussions. The session, The Corporate Journey toward Enhanced Diversity and Inclusion, focused on the importance of companies having a proactive, rather than reactive, approach when setting DEI goals within their organizations. Gabrielle Bullock, principal, director of global diversity at Perkins and Will, said an important step her firm has taken regarding recruitment and retention is to change who is doing the recruiting, along with challenging the status quo “at every turn.” She said it’s important to ask, what are you measuring, what are your performance measurements, and are they skewed? She explained that organizations should examine “how you engage your staff and how you promote and how you develop unique to them, and that the one size fits all just doesn’t work anymore if you want a more diverse, inclusive, and engaged organization.”

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In the session entitled, Urban Shift: Future-Forward Inclusive Placemaking and Equitable Community and Economic Development, Jasmine Williams, associate urban designer and planner at CallisonRTKL, said the impact of the pandemic, the resulting financial strains, and the ongoing climate disaster have “altered our lifestyles and expectations.” The Q&A following the session centered on the questions of how best to convert office spaces left unused by the shift to working from home (and how much to convert), the importance of ensuring equal access to jobs, and the recognition that all voices matter and have a place in

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When planning for the “next normal” and considering important issues such as diversity and inclusion, collaboration and productivity, sustainable design practices, and social equity, the many challenges brought on by the pandemic have given companies the opportunity to take bold steps, and inspired them to set ambitious goals for the future. Emily Langner is the editor and staff writer at High-Profile Monthly.

June 2021


Industrial Dacon Commences Construction on Production Facility Haverhill, MA – Dacon Corporation has commenced construction on a 135,000sf facility for Monogram Food Solutions, a manufacturer of value-added food products, for its new location in Creek Brook Park, Haverhill. Founded in 2004, the Memphis-based Monogram has experienced a 620% sales rate increase, creating over 3,000 jobs and consistently placed on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies each year. Monogram has plant and warehousing facilities in Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Virginia and Wisconsin. This is Monogram’s third Massachusetts location. Paradigm Properties is the owner and developer of the new facility and this is Dacon’s second partnership with the company in Haverhill. According to Kevin McCall, Paradigm’s chief executive officer, “We’re excited to get this project underway to support Monogram’s ambitious business plan growth for this region. The combination of Dacon, Monogram and Paradigm is a focused team that will deliver, in mid-2022, a state-ofthe-art facility with 109,000sf of multitemperature warehouse space coupled

with a 26,000sf sandwich assembly area.” At Monogram, food safety is paramount for employee and customer health. Despite its high growth, the firm has never experienced a product recall. The facility is focused on optimizing production to meet consumer demand.

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Six areas – freezer, cold storage, cool dock, dry goods storage, production and offices – are configured to accommodate 300 employees. Process engineering, critical for operational efficiency, includes a state-of-the-art ammonia refrigeration system. Loading dock areas and parking

have been configured to maximize a restricted site plan. Says Kevin Quinn, Dacon’s CEO, “We are delighted to be partnering with Paradigm and Monogram to build a facility supporting their meteoric rise and vibrant culture.”

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HP’s new J.E.D.I. section is designed to highlight the people, companies and organizations that are implementing principles to further justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in their workplaces and communities.

Reimagining Architecture with BosNOMA

by Ali Horwitz The Boston Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (BosNOMA) holds a critical responsibility in Boston’s larger building and design community to foster the advancement of equitable practice and minority leadership. In 2020, a year many will view as one of fear and regression, BosNOMA focused its attention on creating a safe and supportive space for minority students and professionals in the design industry to work together toward a better future. Under the collaborative leadership of the executive board (Ali Horwitz, president; Gerard Georges, co-chair; Rima Abousleiman, treasurer; Elyse Ayoung, parliamentarian; Julian Phillips, secretary; Ryan Horton, brand ambassador; and Edward “Tony” Ransom, immediate past president, now NE region vice president),

BosNOMA expanded membership fourfold and continues to grow. Through a year of challenges and uncertainty, BosNOMA has worked to reimagine the future of architecture by questioning our assumptions and expanding our perspectives. What does it mean to be an architect? Who can be an architect, and why? How can architects and other design professionals impact policies and alter practices to affect change? How can we imagine a just future without understanding our history? Through a series of brave conversations inspired by NOMA National’s B.R.A.V.E. statement on racial justice, guest presentations, workshops, and podcasts, our membership has critically examined new ways of thinking about our industry and inspired leaders to act. Looking to the second half of 2021, BosNOMA will be aiming to inspire and empower the next generation of architects and designers of color. From August 1921, BosNOMA will host its first Project Pipeline virtual camp in collaboration with PhilaNOMA, NYCOBA NOMA, and NJNOMA. Over three days of virtual activities, architecture and design profession-

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als and NOMAS (NOMA student chapter) members will guide students through their own design projects, set in the context of the city around them. The camp is open to minority youth ages 11-15 in the Boston area and will include a day of collaboration with young designers from Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey. Registration is now open and the

deadline to apply is June 16. The program fee is $25 per student and needbased scholarships are available. The application link and further information about the program, including sponsorship opportunities, can be found at https:// www.bosnoma.org/project-pipeline. Ali Horwitz is the 2021 BosNOMA president.

Foundation Receives Endowment Washington – The Sherwin-Williams Company has made a permanent endowment to the Architects Foundation to support a diversity advancement scholarship. Through its $150,000 gift, the company will support a minority architecture student’s career path with $20,000, to be distributed evenly over the course of up to five years. “At Sherwin-Williams, we are committed to advancing a culture of inclusion and equity, where our differences are welcomed, celebrated and appreciated,” said Yentil Rawlinson, vice president of inclusion, diversity and equity at Sherwin-Williams. “This endowment reflects

our pledge to support the advancement of underrepresented students in their educational journey and our continued focus and commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity in our workforce, workplace and communities we serve.” “Sherwin-Williams’ commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and philanthropy in the architecture profession is an inspiration, especially for building product manufacturers across the country,” said R. Steven Lewis, FAIA, Architects Foundation president. The Architects Foundation annually runs an application process for diversity advancement scholars.

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In Conversation with Dark Matter University: Educating for Design Justice

Danei Cesario AIA, RIBA, NCARB, NOMA

Over the past four months, High-Profile has been working with a group of diverse professionals within the AEC industry to bring to light the people and organizations that are committed to making this industry just, equitable, diverse and inclusive. HP’s J.E.D.I. Editorial Committee members include Yiselle Santos Rivera, director of justice, equity, darkmatteruniversity.org diversity & inclusion at HKS Architects; Elisabeth Neville-Ambler, creative director at Neville Associates; Alondra de Leon, project manager at Gilbane Building Company; Rohan Freeman, president and CEO of Freeman Companies; Alicia Mojica Washington, principal/director of marketing and JEDI at HRP Associates; Ali Horwitz, staff architect at Studio G Architects; Danei Cesario, project manager at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and founder of WALLEN+ daub; and from High-Profile, Anastasia Barnes, publisher; Elizabeth Finance, account executive; and Emily Langner, editor. One organization in particular that we would like to spotlight is Dark Matter University (DMU). DMU is a democratic collaborative network of academics, practitioners and educators working to create new forms of knowledge sharing. The university is founded to work inside and outside of existing systems to challenge, inform, and reshape our present world toward a better future. DMU states that it is an “anti-racist design justice school collectively seeking the radical transformation of education and practice toward a just future.”

Danei Cesario recently interviewed three individuals that are a part of the extensive Dark Matter University roster and who have actively contributed to its success. Danei Cesario: Tell us about the Dark Matter University origin story and how it aligned with your values. Venesa Alicea-Chuqui: There are many origin points. Personally, I was connected with Bryan through a Design As Protest (DAP) event we held at the Center for Architecture on the National Day of Action. A few years later, I helped coorganize a Design Justice Summit with AIA National. Fast forward a few years later to the murder of George Floyd and the aftermath of that; DAP had some national calls. There was some online discussion and virtual chatter about the role of design education and how it could evolve and I got involved on those calls, which was almost a year ago in August, from the official launch of DMU. The idea of anti-racist design justice is important to me because it’s really centering the lived experience of people in spaces and we have a big role in that as architects and planners in creating and building and designing those spaces. Ifeoma Ebo: I wasn’t deeply entrenched in the initial organizing of DMU, but when it came about, I was already teaching a class on design justice. DMU allowed me to collaborate with others to develop structure for what an academic environment could look like that centered in design justice. It was incredibly valuable for me because at that point, I was doing it by myself. DMU created a foundation where others could tap into. DC: Beyond Dark Matter University (DMU), what are you best known for? VA: My involvement with a lot of different organizations, including AIA and City College. IE: Same, namely Blackspace and Open Space for Design Justice. Bryan Lee, Jr.: Paper Monuments or

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authors of color, projects that are maybe not the traditional projects that you might learn about in school, but projects that embody design justice and community in their priorities.

work. For so many of us, it is a labor of love, so we have to take care of ourselves, in order to be able to do the work and be able to bring our best self to the table.

DC: How do you believe DMU meets the needs of designers and students?

DC: What is the best lesson you have taught someone or been taught?

BL: I think DMU’s intentions and the execution of DMU’s intentions are wrapped around shifting to a radical paradigm for how we think about the relationship between people and the spaces that they inhabit. So, the work itself challenges and aligns with the core mission of design justice, which is twofold. One is to challenge existing privilege and power structures that use architecture and design as a tool of oppression to maintain power. And the other is to fundamentally envision new methods and new modes of generating spaces that are civic, communal, and social, by their very nature. And that seeks some form of reparation through the process and outcomes of design. VA: Relating to students, we’re really trying to promote co-teaching as a model, so that there’s not necessarily one point of view in the room. It also ensures that there’s representative diversity beyond race and ethnicity, but also in discipline in who the students are seeing and learning from. We have been trying to highlight

IE: To be curious and pursue my curiosity. I think when I graduated from school, I was very much interested in a lot of what is very prevalent today like design justice, activism, social equity, but there weren’t a lot of opportunities. Creation, whether it’s going to grad school or trying that unconventional organization to work for, allowed me to grow, develop and expand my capacity and understanding of what’s possible. It also allowed me to interact with so many different people of different backgrounds, insights and skills at different scales. I think that’s really been helpful for me in my unique path. VA: It’s been something that actually came out of the Association for Community Design fellowship. There was a cohort of us who shared our experiences and in trying to chart our practices there was a lot of personal sharing, as well as professional. One thing that came out of it was the importance of pausing with purpose. I keep repeating to myself as a learned lesson, but I also like to share it because so many of us are doing this

BL: One of the best lessons that I learned early on in NOMA was that when you have a path or you have an aspiration in this world, everyone in front of you becomes a mentor. That doesn’t mean they always have positive attributes to bring to the world, but you learn a lesson from everyone. Making everyone a person that you can constantly be learning from will get you where you want to go faster. Learn from other people’s mistakes, learn on someone else’s dime, and trust people who are critical. DC: What advice would you give to future generations or tell your younger self? VA: Learn to negotiate and advocate for yourself early on. Don’t settle. BL: For future generations: Learn to fail a lot early and enjoy the process. Failure is just a rung on the ladder to success. Your job is to acknowledge the lesson and keep moving up. IE: Don’t put so much weight on what other people have to say about your path or your value.


June 2021


Restoration and Renovation Margulies Perruzzi Completes 69 A Street Renovation Boston – Architectural and interior design firm Margulies Perruzzi (MP) announced it has completed renovations and a twostory addition at 69 A Street in South Boston, creating a five-story 45,000sf building that is the first “cross-laminated timber” (CLT) addition to an existing building in downtown Boston.

69 A Street in South Boston ... is the first “cross-laminated timber” (CLT) addition to an existing building in downtown Boston. The notable design accomplishment is that the building expansion would not have been feasible without the innovative use of CLT. This lightweight and highly sustainable structural system enabled the addition to be added to the 1920s-era brick and beam former Rivet factory without replacing the existing foundations or columns, which would have been impossible with a standard steel or concrete structure. The exterior skin of the new levels is a metal panel rainscreen system installed with exposed metal fasteners that speak to its original use. Leaving the CLT

exposed on the upper floors creates a more appealing wood interior than standard steel construction. As the existing building is constructed directly on the lot line, Margulies Perruzzi arranged for setbacks to allow for additional light on the south side. A new entrance mid-building is accessed via a landscaped courtyard, allowing enlarged windows on A Street. All the windows were replaced, but the existing building’s windows are distinguished from the new windows on the upper floors by being multi-light, which is consistent with the originals. An open-air terrace directly off the fifth floor looks west toward the Boston skyline. A major part of this project was the zoning approval process, including coordination with the BPDA and the community before any construction could begin, and regular communication with the abutters throughout the construction period. The project team for 69 A Street also includes construction manager, Commodore Builders; MEP engineer, WB Engineers; structural engineer, McNamara Salva; and owner’s project manager, DBI Project.


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Hood Milk Bottle Renovation Awarded Boston – The Boston Children’s Museum recently received the 2021 Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award by Preservation Massachusetts for the renovation of the historic Hood Milk Bottle structure.

South Coast Improvement Company was the general contractor for this restoration of the Hood Milk Bottle that stands between the Children’s Museum and Fort Point Channel at 308 Congress St. Renovations began in August 2020 and wrapped up in October 2020. Wessling Architects of Quincy provided the architectural services for the project. Work done on the Hood Milk Bottle included stripping the exterior down to the frame and installing new insulation, sheathing, siding, windows and doors. The interior received new plumbing, HVAC,

and electrical, as well as a makeover so the facility can serve ice cream again. “The challenge with this restoration was to maintain the historic character of this iconic structure while replacing constantly deteriorating exterior materials with more durable options for this waterfront location,” said Scott Winkler, associate at Wessling

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Education CCSU’s Barnard Hall Renovation Completed New Haven, CT – Architecture, art and advisory firm Svigals + Partners announced the completed renovation of Central Connecticut State University’s (CCSU) Barnard Hall in New Britain, creating a new home for the institution’s growing School of Education and Professional Studies and delivering significant improvements to Barnard Hall’s existing structure, originally constructed in 1953. Svigals + Partners led the joint effort, working in collaboration with owner State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, and with project team partners KBE Building Corporation, construction manager at risk, and Nosal Builders, construction administrator. Included in the project’s scope was a 10,000sf addition for program space, a new HVAC system tied to the campus’ central plant, and all new electric wiring and devices, windows, ceilings, and lighting. Additional improvements consisted of a comprehensive fire protection system and interior renovations of the corridors and toilet rooms, in all, at a cost of approximately $19.3 million. The site for the 76,500sf project building addition takes advantage of

the addition utilizing a custom vertical brick pattern, multi-floor curtainwalls, and exterior building-mounted lighting. The new addition includes work and learning spaces, a large terrace with a steel and concrete gateway, and a new skylit lobby, where floor-to-ceiling glazing that spans into adjacent meeting rooms and offices features graphics developed by Svigals + Partners. The artwork is designed to celebrate the university’s mission to encourage research and outreach by featuring the words of the school’s namesake, Henry Barnard, and the work of notable alumni.

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Connecticut H.F. Lenz Develops ‘Building Community’ Initiative, Continues Market Expansion Efforts Middletown, CT – H.F Lenz Company, a multi-discipline engineering firm, has been developing a community-based initiative set to launch this year, the same year in which it will be celebrating its 75th year anniversary and the 10 year anniversary of its Middletown office. The firm’s New England regional manager, Scott Kraynak, P.E., explains, “We felt strongly about giving back to the community that has been so welcoming and so good to us. We’re rolling up

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our sleeves and getting more involved with this new initiative.” The Building Community initiative aims to serve struggling segments of the Middletown community through a supporting platform of local AEC industry contacts. Leaders of the firm say their efforts to consider community involvement as an integral aspect of their mission statement is an important step in progress toward a more equitable and inclusive





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AEC industry, and that the launch of this initiative is an example of the firm’s ongoing commitment to helping further develop the community, having built solid client relationships in multiple markets including data centers, higher education, science and technology, healthcare, sports and recreation, K-12 and mission critical. The team at H.F. Lenz continues to expand their partnerships on a number

of projects they say have already directly improved and served local communities across New England, such as their MEP design work alongside Connecticut architectural firm, S/L/A/M, on the multiaward-winning Sacred Heart University’s Bobby Valentine Health and Recreation Center Project, Yale University, and UCONN.

Planners Selected for Redevelopment Middletown, CT – City of Middletown mayor, Ben Florsheim, announced that the City of Middletown has elected to hire architecture and urban design firm Cooper Robertson for the development of a master plan for riverfront redevelopment. The team will also include Langan, an engineering and environmental services firm, and Karp Strategies, a firm dedicated to community-driven economic development strategy. “I am thrilled to be getting the riverfront master plan underway, and so excited for the work this community is going to do together with Cooper Robertson and team,” Florsheim said. “The level of talent, vision, and experience that they bring to the table matches the extraordinary potential and opportunity that exists on our riverfront, and their strong focus on community engagement will ensure that this will be a peopledriven process leading to the outcome we all want: a riverfront that has something for everyone.” In the coming weeks, the city will announce the beginning of the public engagement initiative to introduce the

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riverfront master planning team to the community at large, establish a timeframe and budget, and start the process of creating an action-oriented plan for the future of Middletown’s riverfront. “Cooper Robertson understands the importance of putting the public and community at the center of the planning process, and we look forward to working together with residents and City of Middletown staff to develop a riverfront plan that is sustainable in the broadest sense of the word: environmentally, socially and economically,” said Mike Aziz, Cooper Robertson’s project director.

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Trends and Hot Topics

Return to Work Drives Increased Demand for Workplace Modifications Boston – SDI Architecture, an international architectural and interior design firm with offices in Boston and India, reports it is seeing the impact of Zoom fatigue on both office design and office location firsthand. Recently, the Boston firm has experienced a significant increase in demand for modifications to workplaces as companies prepare for a larger number of employees returning to the office. The reason for the demand for modifications, according to the firm’s representatives, is that companies are looking for ways to keep employees and employers safe as COVID-19 continues to spread while the country waits for vaccination numbers to reach a point where communities have achieved herd immunity. “Earlier in the pandemic we saw a significant change in the areas where new construction was taking place as businesses moved out of the city and into suburban office parks which were less expensive and provided more outdoor space,” said Ben Williams, owner of SDI Architecture. “Now we are getting requests from those same companies to further modify these offices to allow for more employees in their workplaces at

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the same time, while maintaining safe distances and interactions.” SDI reports a number of factors fueling the employee move back to the office, including the return to full-time, in-person learning for students, giving parents the option to work from an office, as their role as home-schoolers comes to an end. Additionally, as the weather warms and vaccinations rise, COVID test

positivity rates and new cases continue to fall in recent weeks. However, it is the need for social interaction and a desire to reduce screen time in favor of in-person meetings that representatives of SDI hear as the most significant driving factors. “While we don’t anticipate that most employees will be in the office five days a week, we do expect a move to a healthy mix of at-home and in-office

work ,” continued Williams. “People are starving for personal interaction. In this new normal, most individual work will be accomplished at home, and the office will be primarily used as a gathering place for meetings and socialization. We know this is the case, as these are the types of modifications that companies are asking for.”


June 2021



Boston Seaport Plans for Holiday Market

MassDev Funds Chin Park Improvement Boston – MassDevelopment has awarded a $10,000 Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places grant to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy for the Chin Park Placekeeping Project. Auntie Kay and Uncle Frank Chin Park on the Greenway in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood will be improved through enhanced lighting infrastructure, playground equipment upgrades, plantings, public art installations, and annual programming celebrating Asian and Asian-American culture. The organization will use funds to buy and install a new lighting system throughout Mary Soo Hoo Park, which is part of the overall Chin Park parcel. The funds are awarded through MassDevelopment’s special Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places, which was made available specifically to assist local economic recovery efforts as community partners prepare public spaces and commercial districts to serve residents and visitors. “Before this pandemic, the vibrant centers of our cities and towns were not only a driving force behind the strength

Photo courtesy of Boston Seaport by WS Development Auntie Kay and Uncle Frank Chin Park / Photo courtesy of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

of local economies, they were the places where we gathered to dine, to shop, and to be entertained, and the Commonwealth Places program is one way that we can help these areas bounce back stronger than ever,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, who serves as chair of MassDevelopment’s board of directors.

Boston – Boston Seaport by WS Development has formed a new partnership with The Makers Show to create a European-style holiday market this winter. The Holiday Market at Snowport will be the first of its kind in New England, featuring more than 100 small businesses including local craftsmen, artisans, and entrepreneurs selling unique gifts and wares. The market will run from Nov. 19 to Jan. 2 and will be located at 88 Seaport

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Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston unveiled a mural created by local youth at the Mattapan Teen Center on May 14. The mural was funded through an $8,000 grant from the BPDA, part of a $75,000 investment in public art in Mattapan.

Ten teenage artists have been working on the mural since January. The artwork depicts the characteristics that the teens feel describe the center: engagement, community, activism, opportunity, safety, and fun. Mattapan artist, Jeremy Harrison, was chosen to create the next mural, part of the

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Maugel and Campanelli Complete Lynn YMCA Lynn, MA – Maugel Architects and Campanelli Construction announced the completion of the new 70,000sf Demakes Family YMCA located on Neptune Boulevard in Lynn. Designed to serve over 10,000 people annually, the new facility replaced an aging structure from the early 1970s. Expanded amenities for the new facility include a community wing that houses a health clinic, instructional kitchen and gathering spaces; a youth wing with a child-watch area, a family adventure zone, and an early childhood education center; and exercise venues that feature three group fitness areas, a regulation basketball court, an indoor track, and an aquatics center.

Aquatics center

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The main design goal for interior spaces was to create a sense of community and wellbeing for all members that also energized the city’s youth. To balance tranquility with vitality, the design team

Basketball court

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chose a neutral color palette with splashes of vibrant saturated color. The youth areas include geometric carpet patterns and bright saturated colors on floors and walls. Natural light is also an important element in wellness design. Two large skylights placed above the circulation path maximize light into the interior core and highlight a dramatic central staircase. To connect the YMCA with the cityscape, Maugel designed community and wellness areas with a multi-story, curved glass facade that contours the street edge. The curved shape and selected

glazing materials create a visible front to the city. Exterior community spaces are also planned. To support the YMCA’s commitment to holistic wellbeing and healthy living, infrastructure for a future rooftop garden was put in place. The planned garden will accommodate garden beds, outdoor classroom learning, and community events. In addition to the YMCA of Metro

North, Maugel Architects, and Campanelli, the project team included Tetra Tech, civil engineering; Geosciences Testing and Research Inc., geotech services; Weston & Sampson, MEP/FP engineering; Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, structural and building envelope; Colburn & Guyette, food services; Gro Development, programming; South Shore Gunite, aquatics design-build; Hastings Consulting, code consultant; and Strategic Spaces, furniture.

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separate locations and allowing enhanced collaboration while accommodating privacy needs. The exterior cladding and colors reflect the warmth and simplicity found in Maine’s coastal traditions, while quilts and weavings with inviting colors and textures intended to soothe and comfort inspire the interior. The abundance of natural light was a top design goal, achieved through large expanses of uninterrupted views of the native landscaping around the entire building perimeter. Supporting the organization’s reputation for innovative care, the open concept design anticipates Hospice’s future adaptation of its care practices, as well as its growth. The expansive windows offer natural light for all and views to nature, supporting biophilic design and the health and wellness of building occupants while providing soothing inspiration from the surrounding views. Demountable wall systems and flexible furniture support


Expansive views and abundant natural light enhance the health and wellness of occupants.

future adaptation. Acoustic solutions were enhanced with the use of custom felt wrapped ceiling panels. The interior design strikes a balance between a soothing and energetic aesthetic to differentiate between public and staff spaces. Functional, flexible workspace

layouts support Hospice’s collaborative, team-oriented approach to its mission of providing in-home care. Thoughtfully programmed adjacencies accommodate a variety of users: traveling staff who return regularly to discuss and plan patient care, grieving families seeking

bereavement services, and members of the public seeking information about hospice services or community event space. Nicole Rogers, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP is a principal and director of architecture at SMRT Architects and Engineers.

June 2021


Training and Recruitment NEI General Contracting Launches WORC2 Boston – NEI General Contracting, Inc, a general contracting and construction management firm, in conjunction with local community partners, has launched the Workforce Opportunity Resource Center (WORC2 or WORC Lab). Designed to engage local communitybased businesses and workers in the construction industry, particularly those underrepresented in the market, WORC2 will offer “one-stop shopping” resources and technical support to promote worker development, business capacity building, and growth in the local construction community. Through education and information sharing, WORC2 will also endeavor to remove the systemic barriers workers face when trying to access the industry. The permanent home for WORC2 will be located at the Bartlett Place development at 2505 Washington St. in Roxbury when it opens in fall 2022. Until then, a temporary space will open at 2103 Washington St. in Roxbury in June. As part of the construction of the

NEI partnered with the Madison Park Technical Vocational School to provide opportunities for students to use their training in a real-world setting.

space, NEI partnered with the Madison Park Technical Vocational School to provide opportunities for students to use their training in a real-world setting. All the materials and equipment required were provided by NEI. André Barbour, NEI’s diversity and inclusion director, will oversee WORC2 and be the liaison with Madison Park students and instructors.

Workforce Demand Drives Career Fair Concord, NH – New Hampshire’s first ever Construction Virtual Career Fair was held in May, in response to the continued industry growth and workforce demands in construction and the building trades. The event was offered in partnership between Associated Builders & Contractors of NH/VT, I Build NH, and New Hampshire Employment Security. In total, 50 employers participated and more than 250 job seekers registered to attend the job fair virtually. There were more than 1,600 positions available ranging from field and office positions and entry-level to experienced. “These are well-paying careers that offer people an opportunity to make a great living in the Granite State,” said Josh Reap, president and CEO of ABC

NH/VT. “Our industry is booming and I’m encouraged to see that many people turned out for the job fair. There were 1600 openings but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. By our estimate, there are over 2,000 construction careers ready to be filled today in our state. We need to do more to get more people into our industry.” Jacob Campbell, a recruiter with PeopleReady, said attempting to hire tradespeople during these times hasn’t been easy. “During this event I spoke with more candidates than I have over the past two weeks from advertising,” said Campbell. “This was truly helpful in my search for qualified candidates and I look forward to more events in the future.”

AWS Launches Initiative Miami – The American Welding Society (AWS) has launched a new initiative targeting students and early career welders, titled “AWS Certified.” Welding is among the most crucial and essential skilled trades that impact everyday life, according to a recent AWS article, yet the number of skilled welding technicians and professionals continues to decrease. Younger generations may not see the necessity of certification so early in their careers. To date, there are over 40,000 Certified Welding Inspectors (CWIs) worldwide

but AWS has 10 more certifications, each one focusing on a different specialty or career path that is critical in the welding industry. “Being AWS Certified shows you’re proud to be in this industry, and it requires you to master the skills that uphold our industry standards. It gives you credibility and respect among your peers,” stated Nate Bowman, director of welding optimization & education at Central Welding Supply. “Welding education is the key to success in the industry.”

The WORC Lab will be home to an extensive curriculum of professional and industry-specific training sessions, seminars, webinars, and mentorships. Offering a variety of learning opportunities for subcontractors and workers as well as structured business development paths, courses will focus on developing and expanding the project management, back office, and accounting capabilities of contractors. All information will be presented in multiple languages to better engage the local community.

“WORC2 will offer a range of courses, including accounting, risk management, and estimating, all essential skills for contractors,” said Josef Rettman, president of NEI. “The key is to provide flexibility in the delivery of this information to fit into workers’ schedules. Some classes will be offered quarterly and others on a monthly basis. The NEI staff has been hard at work developing the curriculum and we all appreciate the opportunity to give back to our community.”

Graduates Receive STEM Scholarships Concord, NH – Nobis Group, an employeeowned consulting firm providing engineered solutions for development, energy, and the environment, recently awarded scholarships to two 2021 high school graduates. The 2021 Nobis Group STEM Scholarship recipients include Massachusetts student Edmire Kabia of Lowell High School, and New Hampshire student Neil Kachappilly of Nashua High School South. Kabia and Kachappilly are pursuing higher education in the fields of civil engineering and environmental engineering, respectively. The students met with Nobis president and CEO, Ken Koornneef, and Senior Vice President Pete Delano at the firm’s New Hampshire and Massachusetts offices to receive their scholarships. Now in its third year, the Nobis scholarship program was developed to further the company’s dedication to promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to high school students. The scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors in New Hampshire and Massachusetts who have demonstrated an interest and are pursuing further education in STEM fields at a college,

Edmire Kabia (l) and Pete Delano

Neil Kachappilly (l) and Ken Koornneef

university, or trade school. Scholarship applications, essays, and transcripts are evaluated by an internal committee at Nobis comprised of scientists, engineers, and administrative professionals who are tasked with selecting students who best demonstrate a passion for STEM.


June 2021


Awards ElevateBio’s BaseCamp Wins ISPE Award Boston – ElevateBio’s BaseCamp has been selected as the 2021 Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) category winner for operational excellence by the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). ElevateBio selected DPS Group and its design affiliate, TRIA, to provide its synergistic services for engineering design, architecture, consulting, and interior design services for the fit-out of a raw warehouse space into a state-of-the art cGMP development and manufacturing facility for novel therapeutic technologies. Designed to feel like a “BaseCamp,” a physical foundation point for the incremental climb in the company’s growth, ElevateBio’s new facility features a collaborative open plan office and amenities that promote interaction and provide flexible production suites for GMP manufacturing, laboratories, and a range of supporting utility and warehouse areas. After evaluating and advising ElevateBio about potential locations for a retrofit, DPS and ElevateBio designed the GMP manufacturing space for this project. The design incorporates

ElevateBio’s BaseCamp

separate suites for viral vector production and cell therapy processing and was informed by modeling numerous process equipment scenarios for typical

upstream and downstream processing of CGTs. DPS, TRIA, and ElevateBio worked collaboratively to design the GMP manufacturing spaces to be flexible

enough to accommodate research, process development, and manufacturing for different technologies and cell and gene therapy products. DPS services included feasibility study, schematic design, design development, construction documents, construction administration, and CQV support. TRIA’s design for ElevateBio’s open office and lab space embraced the ceiling heights, abundant natural light, exposed steel beams, and other original features of the former postal service distribution center. The BaseCamp concept blends a comfortable, nature-based color palette with the industrial aesthetic of the existing building, using a light-toned wooden ceiling lattice to highlight the exposed ductwork and help to scale the expansive ceilings of 16 to 24 feet in areas. Other project team members include The Richmond Group, construction management; McNamara/Salvia, engineering; Thompson Consulting, Inc., engineering; New England Controls, automation/controls); and 42° Solutions, commissioning, qualification and validation.

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enhance creativity and productivity. Natural materials are also crucial for promoting healthy indoor environments. Where possible, design teams should specify cork, wood, and similar materials instead of vinyl and plastics. In addition to lower levels of toxic compounds, natural materials have a beneficial calming and soothing effect. Get the Light Right

Studies also show the positive mental health benefits of good lighting, from both natural sources and from well-designed artificial illumination. This means that a thoughtful lighting strategy can have a significant impact on how residents feel inside a multifamily property. For example, smart design teams utilize sunlight to emphasize and activate interior spaces such as a resident lounge. Sun studies early in the planning process can help align interior programming with the most effective daylighting. When it comes to artificial light, tunable LED lights are today’s most compelling solution. With a range of brightness and color temperatures, high-quality LEDs give users maximum control over how to light a space. Dimming lights can be effective as well. Considering that exterior lighting changes frequently over


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the course of a day, interior light levels should adjust also to maintain a comfortable environment. Artwork is also a major component that should be thoughtfully selected and illuminated — it can create a powerful statement invoking positive emotion and provides an indirect opportunity to experience nature. Thinking Creatively, Both Big and Small

Ultimately, designing a truly healthy

multifamily environment requires creativity at all scales. This can mean thinking about the smaller details – for instance, specifying hands-free motion sensor fixtures and doors so there are fewer points of contact for germs to spread. It can also mean thinking elastically about the larger design decisions like reimagining an entire amenities package, perhaps by creating maker spaces that

allow residents to express creativity in a therapeutic way. With these and other thoughtful strategies, design teams can realize powerful interior environments that improve residents’ lives and stand apart from the crowd. Jennifer Phan, NCIDQ, LEED GA, IIDA, is an interior designer with The Architectural Team, Inc. (TAT).

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June 2021


AIA Awards Boston Libraries

Valente Library

Washington – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) awarded five libraries with the 2021 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards for excellence in architectural design. The Roxbury branch of the Boston Public Library in Boston, and the Valente Branch Library in Cambridge, Mass. are two of the award winners. The Roxbury branch of the Boston Public Library was originally designed in 1978 by Kallmann and McKinnell Architects. During the 2020 renovation, the opaque facade was replaced with

expanses of clear glass. Much of the library is wrapped in a timber and glass curtain wall that helps reduce energy consumption while filtering the natural light entering the grand reading room. The library’s front door was relocated and the entrance is capped with a new entry canopy and garden that doubles as a gathering spot thanks to its terracotta sunshade. Interior glass walls and portions of the second floor were removed to draw in natural light while amplifying the drama of the original design. The existing exposed concrete has been softened by wood accents, such

Roxury Branch of the Boston Public Library

as bookshelves and ceiling baffles, and playful elements, including a custom mural of a storybook landscape replete with reading animals and insects, were added to the children’s area. The architect for the project is Utile, Inc. The 10,000sf Valente Branch Library in Cambridge is an anchor in a much larger community-focused complex. It serves both nearby schools and the greater community, providing learning spaces for families and patrons of all ages. The focus is shifted from a place to store books and volumes to a place for gathering and the exchange of ideas.

At more than twice the size of its previous location, the library’s newest home reconnected the city and park through its central green spine, positioning the library as a critical community and educational resource. The team embraced social justice as one of the project’s core values and designed it for universal access. The library reflects the cultural diversity of the city, where more than 50 different languages are spoken. The architect for the project is William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

SLR Honored by ACEC-NH Windham, NH – The SLR-designed Marston-Finn Conservation Dam in Windham (formerly Moeckel Pond Dam) was recently awarded an Engineering Excellence Silver Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies, New Hampshire chapter.

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The annual awards celebrate excellence in the consulting engineering profession and recognize the best engineering works of the past year. Bedford-based SLR (previously Milone & MacBroom, Inc.) oversaw design of the dam’s required assessment,

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SLAM Personnel Announcements

Pfadt Achieves CPHC Status Boston – Finegold Alexander Ardevelopment sessions at Finegold chitects announced that its assoAlexander on Passive House ciate and sustainability strategist, principles and other sustainable Lara Pfadt, AIA, has officially design topics,” says Rebecca achieved Certified Passive House Berry, president and director Consultant (CPHC) status, as of sustainability at Finegold determined by the Passive House Alexander Architects. “We Institute of the U.S. (PHIUS). look forward to utilizing Lara’s Pfadt brings deep expertise expertise on sustainable building Pfadt in environmentally responsible design to better service our design to all of her project work. “Lara is clients, to continue to be a leader in the a passionate advocate for green building design of green, energy efficient buildings practices and has led numerous staff that benefit our communities.”

Bennett Joins ReArch Company South Burlington, VT – Jeffrey ket sectors, from education to Bennett has joined ReArch multi-family housing and hospiCompany as director of business tality. development. Bennett is a LEED accredited His role is focused on prosprofessional and is a proponent pecting new business opporof sustainable design and contunities and cultivating client struction practices. relations and growth within the Prior to joining ReArch firm’s target markets across New Company, he led the Business Bennett Hampshire, Vermont and NorthDevelopment team for a Boston ern New England. area developer and construction manSince 2008, Bennett’s career has agement firm focused on healthcare and centered around client-focused project senior living communities throughout the development, spanning across all marNortheast.

DECCO Announces New Appointments Brookline, NH – DECCO, Inc. has announced two new management positions and new hires amid recent growth, expansion of services and strategic business initiatives. In his new position as director of environmental, health & safety, Edwin Jones will provide leadership and oversight for DECCO’s EH&S program with a focus on pro-active communications and promotion of a safety culture. Jones has more than 30 years of experience in the management of health and safety programs. In his new position, Dale Cailler, corporate manager, supports DECCO leadership overseeing the development, implementation, and management of key strategic projects, collaborating across various departments to ensure strategic goals and deliverables are successfully executed. Cailler brings more than 25 years of experience in account management and leadership to this role offering vision to manage and deliver corporate initiatives. Brian Burns will serve as project manager within the DECCO Construction Group. Burns joins DECCO with over a decade of experience as a systems test engineering professional focused on




Glastonbury, CT – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) announced that Jeffrey “Jeff” Talka, AIA, LEED AP, will serve as the firm’s national Science & Technology (S&T) practice leader. Talka will expand the firm’s national expertise in science and technology programming, planning and design, with an immediate focus on the corporate sector. He will be located in SLAM’s Boston office. Talka brings more than 35 years of experience as an architect and lab planner practicing in the field of science and technology, including six years with SLAM. Additionally, S/L/A/M Construction Services (SLAM CS) announced the promotions of Nate Bernier, LEED AP to chief estimator, Chris Candee to project manager, and Ryan Gothers to assistant superintendent. Bernier is currently a senior associate of the firm. He has more than 19 years of experience as an estimator with a high success rate of working with designers and owners to value engineer projects within their respected budget. Bernier works collaboratively to develop conceptual design budgets, evaluate constructability issues and prepare cash flow analysis, and he leads value engineering exercises. Candee joined SLAM CS as an assistant project manager in 2019. He has more than five years of experience in the industry that includes assisting





and interacting with project managers, subcontractor procurement, estimating, and scheduling. Additionally, Candee holds an OSHA 30 Certification and has certifications in Connecticut Aerial and Hoisting, First Aid, CPR, and AED Certification. Gothers joined SLAM CS as an intern in 2018 and returned to SLAM CS postgraduation as a project engineer. His experience includes the review of RFIs and submittals to ensure compliance with project plans, budgets, and specifications.

Loring Named VP of Pare Corporation Foxboro, MA – Pare Corporation “David Loring is a seasoned civil announced the recent hiring engineering professional who understands the intricacies of of David Loring, P.E., LEED planning, designing, and buildAP, ENV SP in the role of vice ing infrastructure. He will be president. working across Pare’s divisions Loring has 30 years of broadto expand on our current client based civil engineering conrelationships while helping us sulting experience throughout realize new opportunities.” Massachusetts. His recent expeLoring Loring has been a client rience has been in the areas of site-related advisor for strategic planning, funding infrastructure and transportation, but his opportunities and project execution. He resume includes a full range of water, is credentialed as a LEED-Accredited stormwater, flood protection, and energy Professional, an Envision Sustainability infrastructure projects. Professional, and maintains a MassachuPresident and CEO Larry Riggs notes, setts Construction Supervisor’s License.

NECA Boston Welcomes Morrell Burns


evaluating product quality, reliability, and manufacturability while leading teams. Molly Reagan joins DECCO from her recent position as director of public affairs at the Associated Builders & Contractors of Massachusetts. As project engineer, she will assist both the preconstruction and construction teams with estimating, project documentation, material procurement and selection.

West Newton, MA – The Nationincludes courses on business al Electrical Contractors Assomanagement (financial, legal and ciation (NECA) Greater Boston marketing), project management, Chapter, an electrical construcsafety, new technologies, and tion industry organization, anforeman training. nounces that Walter Morrell has Morrell also will be joined the chapter as its director instrumental in administering of education and outreach. the chapter’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, Morrell will oversee Morrell including mentoring and training NECA Boston’s management outreach programs directed toward development educational program for minority-owned and woman-owned member contractors and their professional NECA contractors. teams. The NECA educational program

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Coreslab Promotes Velez

DPS Group Welcomes Goodwin

Thomaston, CT – Coreslab consultant 2017. Structures (Conn) announced the Velez is licensed as a promotion of Cesar G. Velez to code official through the sales manager. International Code Council and Velez brings more than 20 State of Connecticut, allowing years of estimating and sales him to apply his critical experience from numerous thinking skills while staying different construction trades such relevant with new construction as precast concrete; structural technology and building Velez steel; miscellaneous metals; systems. In his previous role as chief estimator/ masonry; and mechanical, electrical, project consultant, Velez provided plumbing and fire protection. support to Coreslab Structures (Conn) He started as an estimator at Coreslab team members while continuing Structures (Conn) in 2015, and was increasing sales and accurate estimates. promoted to chief estimator/project

Boston – DPS Group announced to respond to proposals on behalf it has added Kara Goodwin as a of the company’s Architectural & senior proposal manager. Engineering (AE) Design, ConReporting to Eddie Skillingstruction Management (CM) and ton, vice president of business Commissioning Qualification development within the Group and Validation (CQV) divisions. Project Operations in Boston, Goodwin brings over nine Goodwin will manage and exeyears of experience in the AEC cute the proposal lifecycle of all industry, previously working for Goodwin project opportunities. construction management firms In this role, she will work closely with such as Commodore Builders and A/Z business development and operations staff Corporation.

Needham, MA – Bowdoin his new role here at Bowdoin,” Construction announced that said Eric Arthur, chief estimator. Will Kellem recently joined its “His time management and critestimating department. ical thinking skills, combined His experience includes with familiarity with the latest project cost estimating, bidding, construction technology and and project management to help software systems, made him a develop accurate budgets and strong contributor to our team price proposals for commercial, right from the start.” Kellem academic, medical, multi-family Kellem graduated from Rogresidential, and retail construction projects. er Williams University where he studied “Will has hit the ground running in construction management and business. Share your news and announcements. Send an email to editor@high-profile.com.

Concord, NH – North Branch Construction announced the recent addition of Richard LeVinus, Daniel Salmonson, and Katie St. Jean to the company. Joining the firm LeVinus in the role of safety director, LeVinus will be responsible for managing all aspects of North Branch Construction’s safety program, including weekly jobsite visits, establishing worksite safety plans, and employee training. He comes to the firm with a background in construction safety and holds extensive OSHA Safety and Health certifications relevant to the construction and industrial sectors. Salmonson, project superintendent, comes to North Branch Construction with over 20 years of experience as a project superintendent throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,


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Vermont, and upstate New York. He has experience in the educational, hospitality, manufacturing, commercial and retail, medical, municipal, and multi-unit housing sectors. St. Jean, receptionist, comes to the firm from the hospitality industry, having worked in a variety of public facing, management, and administrative roles. St. Jean will provide administrative assistance to a variety of departments across the North Branch Construction organization and will act as the first point of contact for visitors to the North Branch headquarters in Concord.

Beam Named Development Manager


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Marcey Named Managing Principal

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Studio G Adds Staff and Promotions

BVH Promotes Norton to VP

Boston – Studio G Architects recently announced two promotions and three new hires. Keihly Moore, AIA and Rachel Lehr, AIA have both been promoted to staff architect. Moore is a certified passive house consultant and co-chair of Studio G’s AIA2030/Sustainability Committee. Lehr directs her considerable energies to resolving architectural challenges and applying thoughtful design strategies for housing, educational and other civic projects at a variety of scales. Recent new hires, Sam Maloney, Ali Horowitz, AIA, and Sally Gibson, AIA, each bring their own unique and valuable experience to the design and senior project management team. Maloney joined Studio G on March 1 as a Designer II. He brings experience in master planning for large housing projects, and creative conceptual design skills to the housing and educational/civic studios. Horowitz, a licensed architect, started on March 8 as staff architect in the education/civic studio. Her prior experience includes work on the new Boston Arts Academy, focused on the auditorium, art gallery, and other performance and presentation-oriented spaces. She is the current president of the Boston chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects

Bloomfield, CT – BVH Integrated Norton’s client-centric Services, P.C. announced the approach to projects, coupled promotion of James M. Norton, with his technical expertise, P.E., from associate principal to has played a significant role in vice president. growing key markets at BVH, With 15 years of experience especially in the healthcare at BVH, Norton has an extensive and advanced manufacturing portfolio that includes master sectors. planning, new construction, “Jim leads by example and Norton and complex renovations, builds strong teams with clear with a special focus on the design of communication and dedication to his comechanical systems for healthcare workers and clients,” said Jeffrey Cichonfacilities. His recent experience includes ski, senior vice president. “He represents the spirit of BVH, and we’re excited to work at Baystate Health, Nuvance Health, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, have him contribute to the organization’s and Pratt & Whitney. growth and vision with his leadership.”





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Behar Joins TFMoran’s Structural Team state as part of its structural Bedford, NH – Aiden Behar, team, working on large office EIT has joined TFMoran as a buildings, processing plants, structural engineering intern. and cold storage facilities. Behar is pursuing his Master Behar has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil of Science degree in civil engineering at the University engineering with a structural of Massachusetts in Lowell. concentration from Gonzaga His design experience includes University in Spokane, Wash. building foundations, lateral Behar He is proficient in Revit® resisting systems, and vertical and Risa-3D, and in 2017 he earned support for new and existing structures. his Fundamentals of Engineering Prior to joining TFMoran, he worked certification. for a design/build firm in Washington

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June 15 at 9:30 AM Capturing Work: A Strategic Approach vs. A Scramble Join SMPS NNE and APMP Nor’easters for a program and interactive discussion that will outline the benefits of capture planning, the elements of a good plan, and methods for implementing a culture of proactive marketing.

June 17 at 8:00 AM Winthrop Center Winthrop Center integrates health and wellness, productivity and social engagement, and technology and sustainability into its design. Upon completion, Winthrop Center will be the largest Passive House office building in the world.


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June 16 at 1:00 PM Projects and Projection Panel: Coming Out of the Pandemic and SMPS Annual Meeting Newly-elected officers and directors for 2021-2022 will be announced, followed by a recap of the board of directors’ accomplishments along with a post meeting panel discussing upcoming projects and projections in Southern New England.

June 17 at 5:00 PM 2021 Virtual Awards Gala Join SMPS for its roaring 20’s-themed virtual awards ceremony and celebrate the Boston AEC firms and professionals who represent the best in marketing communications.

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ACEC MA June 18 at 12:30 PM Annual Celebration at Polar Park Join ACEC MA members and nonmember for this in-person casual lunch and tour of Polar Park, home of the Worcester Red Sox.

ABC NH/VT June 24 at 6:00 PM The Spirit of Ethan Allen: Evening Cruise on Lake Champlain Join ABC NH/VT for a 2.5 hour cruise and a fun evening on beautiful Lake Champlain aboard The Spirit of Ethan Allen. The event includes appetizers, a cash bar, and music.


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