High-Profile: September 2021

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Focus: Educational Facilities

The Winooski School District in Vermont is currently underway on a campus-wide project consisting of 16 phases and slated for completion in August of 2022. Rendering courtesy of TruexCullins Architects / Full story page 26



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On the Cover:

Winooski School District Project Underway




BFIT Shares Plans for Nubian Square Campus

Construction Underway on Quincy Brewery


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Sections: Publisher’s Message...................................6 Up-Front.......................................................7 Educational Facilities..................................9 Multi-Residential...................................... 29 Retail/Hospitality......................................31 Life Science............................................... 34 Technology and Innovation.................... 35 J.E.D.I........................................................ 36 Build Better Podcast................................. 38 Community............................................... 39 Philanthropy.............................................. 40 Organizations and Events....................... 42 Corporate................................................. 44 Trends and Hot Topics............................. 45 Training and Recruitment......................... 46 People....................................................... 48 Calendar................................................... 50

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Publisher’s Message

Anastasia Barnes It’s back to school time! As you know, the education sector never seems to slow down. This month, we’re featuring both public and private education projects spanning from kindergarten through higher education, all across New England. I’m always so impressed with the resources today’s students have at their fingertips. I’m referring to the modern classrooms with high-tech features, state-of-the-art technology, and comfortable furniture. When I was a kid, I had a desk, a chair and a locker. That was it. Or at least that’s how I remember it! David Kempskie’s article on page 19 is a perfect example of the many advances schools have made to better prepare their students for future careers. In his piece, Kempskie says, “Equipment and technology offered in these [STEM] labs

motivates students to come back during breaks to work on projects and participate in related after-school extracurriculars.” Return to a classroom voluntarily? I always struggled with science as a kid, but sometimes I wonder if my science classrooms had been more inspiring and creative, would I have developed more of a passion for these subjects?

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This is our seventh month that includes our Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) section. Thanks to our dedicated J.E.D.I. editorial committee, we continue to share thought-provoking insights from industry professionals who are “walking the walk” when it comes to this important topic. We are delighted to share a piece by the JLG Architects Justice by Community (JxC) Group, as they provide background and share their approach to designing for detention facilities. Turn to page 36 to read the article. The Build Better podcast is back!

We took a short hiatus but we’re back with a new episode featuring Dan Diehl, CEO of Aircuity, discussing how both new and existing building projects can have a focus on energy efficiency while prioritizing indoor air quality, and the importance of healthy environments, especially now. Listen to the latest episode at BuildBetter.space, check out the article on page 38, and stay tuned for more episodes to come! This month marks our 24th Anniversary issue. Plans are in the works for a special 25th Anniversary issue, featuring the companies that are driving the evolution of design, construction and technology. Keep your eye out for announcements on how to become involved in this special issue. As always, enjoy the read!


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Learning Academy Breaks Ground

BFIT Designing Nubian Square Campus

BFIT campus / Rendering by Studio G Architects

Boston – Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT), a private non-profit college, has submitted its formal proposal for a relocated campus in Nubian Square to the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA). The campus proposal was developed in partnership with Studio G Architects and collaborating architect Studio Enée. Located at 1003-1013 Harrison Ave. in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, the new, state-of-the-art facility will update spaces to accommodate existing programs and create flexible new space that can change with the institution’s evolving program offerings. The new 3-story, 68,000sf building will support seven academic departments with technical labs; classrooms; conference, meeting and huddle rooms; a central student lounge; study space; administration and other offices; and support spaces. At the corner of Harrison Avenue and Eustis Street, the first floor Engineering Technology Robotics Lab will be visible to passers-by. The Automotive Department will have a live garage to which the public can

bring cars for repair by students. Outdoor space includes a rooftop learning lab, supporting the school’s hands-on learning with access to rooftop HVAC systems, photovoltaic (solar electric) panels and roof-mounted wind turbines, as well as spill-out gathering and social space. An extensive strategic planning process by BFIT, Studio G Architects, and the consultant/development team resulted in a master plan to leverage the significant value of its existing real estate and invest into a new purpose-built facility. In addition to current programming needs, the building can accommodate planned growth to approximately 600 students and offers new optionality for future programs. “This is an exciting step forward for the future of Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and our goal of creating an innovative, state-of-the-art facility for our students and faculty and the Greater Boston community. Our inspiring new home will serve learners from Boston and Gateway Cities alike,” said Aisha Francis, president and CEO of BFIT.

Project Team Selected for New School

Members of the Consolidated Early Learning Academy Build Committee pose with ceremonial shovels at a recent groundbreaking.

New Fairfield, CT – A groundbreaking was held recently to kick off the Consolidated Early Learning Academy project in New Fairfield. The project includes an approximately 41,000sf addition to the elementary school and limited renovations and upgrades to corridors, vestibules, and teaching spaces in the existing building. The new addition will be built adjacent to the existing building with several areas providing connecting access. The project also includes both new and replacement sitework and exterior features. Major sitework consists of all new underground

utility work, pavements and drives, and construction play areas. The existing school building and exterior areas outside of construction fencing will be occupied by students and staff during the construction period. Expected to be completed in the fall of 2022, the project will meet the State of Connecticut High-Performance Building Standards. The project team includes O&G Building Group, construction manager; JCJ Architecture, project architect; and Colliers International, owner’s project manager.



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Watertown Life Science Campus Breaks Ground Watertown, MA – The Davis Companies and Boston Development Group have broken ground on 66 Galen Street in Watertown, a 224,000rsf, purpose-built, Class A life science building designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects. The project marks phase one of a twopart campus plan which will encompass more than five acres of land, 40% of which will be dedicated to open space. Substantial transportation infrastructure improvements, including traffic signalization, lane widenings, dedicated bus lanes and sidewalks, will also be constructed. The Galen Street campus will address the growing need for high-quality life science space in the dynamically growing life science cluster in Watertown, a prime location for firms desiring to stay in proximity to key institutions in Boston and Cambridge and to be part of the emerging ecosystem of lab users who have chosen to make Watertown their home. Upon final buildout, the campus will include over 450,000rsf of dedicated lab space across two new Class A life science buildings. “We’ve collaborated with the Town of Watertown and Elkus Manfredi to ensure that the buildings are strategically designed to provide everything needed for the next generation of lab users, while also integrating a strong health and wellness-

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focused amenity program to benefit those who will use it day-in and day-out,” said Mike Cantalupa, chief development officer at The Davis Companies. Located on the highly accessible Galen Street corridor, connecting Watertown Square to the Massachusetts Turnpike/I-90, 66 Galen Street provides

10-minute access to downtown Boston and easy access to Kendall Square via I-90 or Soldiers Field Road. The site is located immediately adjacent to the MBTA’s

Watertown bus terminal and is easily accessible from a variety of residential communities, including Boston’s urban core and its western suburbs. The building will offer six private tenant outdoor spaces and a common rooftop balcony with panoramic views of the Charles River. Additional amenities include a fitness center, locker rooms with showers, a 45-space bike room, on-site retail/cafe space, a hotel-style building lobby, and ample indoor parking accessible directly beneath the building. A 25,000sf rooftop solar array will provide a significant portion of the building’s power. “We’re excited to bring this lab campus to the market, with its first offering being a truly top-quality LEED Gold building,” said Jodie Zussman, president and CEO of Boston Development Group. The project team also includes John Moriarty & Associates, WSP, Ground, VHB, and McNamara Salvia. The facility is slated for completion in mid-2023.

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Southborough, MA – MassDevelopment has issued a $47,946,000 tax-exempt bond on behalf of St. Mark’s School of Southborough, Inc., a co-educational preparatory school and one of New England’s oldest private boarding schools. Funds will be used to build a new 90,000sf residential dormitory that will house approximately 150 students and include 12 faculty apartments. The new dormitory will create space for students in the central core of campus, eliminating the need for students to cross Route 85 in order to get to and from their existing dormitories. Boston Private Bank & Trust Company purchased the bond, which will also be used to refinance previously issued debt. Construction is expected to be complete

in August 2022. St. Mark’s School of Southborough is an Episcopal preparatory school situated on 200 acres in Southborough. Seventy-five percent of the school’s 370 students reside on campus and hail from 15 countries and 19 states. St. Mark’s was founded in 1865 by Joseph Burnett as an intentionally small residential community. “We are excited about working with MassDevelopment again for the financing of our new residential dormitory here at St. Mark’s School,” said St. Mark’s School of Southborough chief financial and operations officer, Robert Kuklewicz. “The project is an integral part of our master plan and will help ensure the longterm sustainability of our school.”

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Focus: Educational Facilities School’s Out for Summer: Campus Renovation Tips

by Thomas Dionne From retrofitting labs with the latest innovative classroom technologies to installing residence hall features to improve the quality of the student experience, summertime is renovation season at most institutions of higher education, as well as many independent schools. In education, it is common to tackle maintenance and facilities upgrade projects when the bulk of students and faculty are away. Completing your summer campus renovation project(s) – “annuals” in higher ed or “summer slammers” in construction – on tight timelines requires careful attention. First, experience and preconstruction planning are even more crucial than usual. Any construction outfit can bid on a project, but fewer have adequate experience with the fast-tracking process

required to reach completion within your educational institution’s eight to 12-week summer window. Having completed projects for Boston College, Tufts University, Governor’s Academy, Brooks School, and others, we cannot understate the importance of finding a construction manager with a track record of meeting unforgiving deadlines. No matter what happens, the students are coming back, so the success of your project may depend on preconstruction phase issues like estimating, procurement, and permitting. This is why good estimators tend to ask a lot of clarifying questions. For more than 30 years, Paul Scarnici has served as a construction project manager at Boston College (BC), where Connolly Brothers is currently working on the new Higgins Laboratory and a new athlete’s recovery lounge at the Conti Forum. Scarnici advises academic institutions to “plan up front as far ahead as you possibly can.” He says that means getting summer projects for the next calendar year on the internal docket early in the fall semester. This allows time for VPs and/or committees to review

UMASS Boston Upgrades Campus Boston – Gilbane Building Company is providing construction management atrisk services for the 600,000sf substructure, demolition, and quadrangle development (SDQD) project at the University of Massachusetts’s Boston campus. Designed by ARUP/MVVA and NBBJ, the project is part of the university’s 25-year master plan that aims to transform the 1970s-era campus into a more sustainable and innovative environment for students and staff. Slated for completion in 2022, it includes the selective demolition and

proposals so the school can approach a construction manager with an approved plan at the turn of the new year. Next, pay extra attention to long-lead items. Supply chain issues prohibiting required materials from arriving on-site in a timely fashion is a surefire way to stop a project from reaching completion on schedule. However, if the design team shares drawings with the construction manager as early as possible, this can often be avoided. Also, clear communication becomes paramount with a condensed schedule, as there is generally no room for error on procedural issues such as project timeline, working days and hours, safety precautions, and on-site cleanup procedures. An experienced superintendent is critical in ensuring that the project’s fast-track

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reinforcement of a deficient parking substructure that lies beneath several academic buildings; the development of a quadrangle with areas of different elevations to improve building connections; the demolition of the Science Center and Clark Center pool buildings; repair of all surface areas of the plaza that will remain; and the creation of a 6.5-acre park and 300-space surface parking lot. “The SDQD project represents the future of UMASS’s Boston campus, and we’re honored to be part of this team,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president and business unit leader for Gilbane in Massachusetts.


pace does not result in any sacrifice to quality, and that daily realities align with agreed-upon conditions and expectations. Scarnici has enlisted Connolly Brothers on projects for 15 years, from science building laboratories to run-ofthe-mill dormitory work, because, he says, “I appreciate Connolly’s good work, their good people, and the knowledge that I won’t have to worry about it.” That lack of stress may be the greatest measure of “annual” or “summer slammer” success. Following these guidelines can help your college, university, or school avoid construction panic and embrace the peace of mind that comes with a smooth summer renovation project. Thomas Dionne is vice president of preconstruction services at Connolly Brothers, Inc.

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Wheaton College Gets New Academic Center

Wheaton College project rendering

Norton, MA – MassDevelopment has issued a $13,420,000 tax-exempt bond and a $21,320,000 taxable bond on behalf of Wheaton College which will use proceeds to fund a variety of upgrades to its 400-acre campus in Norton. The college will renovate an existing building to create a new academic center


that will house advising and career services; applied health, business, and psychology academic programs; and innovative makerspaces. Plans are to improve parking and accessibility pathways, upgrade mechanical systems and IT infrastructure, and complete other various renovations and capital projects. Proceeds from the bonds, which were sold through a public offering underwritten by Barclays Capital Inc., also will be used to refinance previously issued debt. Founded in 1834, Wheaton College was established as a female seminary and was chartered as a four-year liberal arts women’s college in 1912 before becoming coeducational in 1988.

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Final Phase Underway on St. Mary’s HS Project

St. Mary’s STEM building / Photo by Allen & Major Associates

Lynn, MA – The project design team is executing the final phase of the building futures project at St. Mary’s High School in Lynn. When completed, the design will knit together three separate existing campus buildings, creating a single interconnected school. The new open space(s) will be the first true campus to serve the St. Mary’s School in its 137year history. The multi-phase project, masterplanned and designed by CBT Architects, began with the demolition of a 2-story

chapel and annex building along with its connected utilities. The first phase was steam to hot water conversion of the heating system. The second phase was the demolition of a chapel and annex building and the boiler plant. This made way for the new 30,000sf state-of-the-art STEM/Gateway building which opened in November of 2020. Allen & Major Associates, Inc. provided full site design and civil engineering solutions for ADA accessible routes throughout the campus, including updates to the existing stormwater

Rendering by Chelgren Associates

systems, reconfiguration of parking areas, and updates to site lighting. Work included multiple field investigations to resolve conflicts with existing utilities, which required coordination with the Lynn Water and Sewer Department as well as the on-site contractor. In the final phase of the project, Chelgren & Associates, in collaboration with Radner Design Associates, is overseeing the implementation and construction of the extensive landscape architecture design for the new school campus.

The contemplative garden is anchored on one side by a grotto that contains a classic Greek temple which will house a granite statue of the Virgin Mary and child and on the other side a fountain with a circular sitting wall. Finally, the main pedestrian walkway, dubbed as the Great Hall, functions to allow a large number of students to move from the parking lot into the school as well as a central ceremonial space which, when combined with the adjacent parking lot, is capable of hosting large functions such as graduation ceremonies.


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Windover Completes Academic Center Beverly, MA – Windover, in a designbuild partnership with Bergmeyer, recently completed the new Samuel C. Wax Academic Center at Endicott College in Beverly. Breaking ground in 2017, the multi-phased project brings a new academic and social hub to the heart of the coastal campus. The new academic center hosts two state-of-the-art buildings that hold the school’s arts and sciences, education, communication, and hospitality departments, as well as graduate school programs. The buildings feature 35 classrooms, 13 academic departments, collaborative and social spaces, as well as a new 925-seat lecture hall, television studio, 150-seat cafe, and precast parking structure, adding 170 parking spaces. The project was completed in two


Endicott College’s Samuel C. Wax Academic Center

phases. The first phase of construction occurred adjacent to the existing 1970s Wax Center which remained occupied until phase one was completed and students and faculty could move into the new building. The second phase then began with the demolition of the existing Wax Center to make way for the second building. The two buildings are joined together by a connecting walkway. Technology was used throughout the project to ensure quality, enhance communication to streamline decision making, and minimize risk. The project

was also the first time an autonomous laser scanning and layout planning robot was used on a construction site. Windover collaborated with Autodesk and Nextera Robotics to develop “Oliver,” the first robot to do both autonomous laser scanning and utilities/ wall layouts onsite directly from BIM data. Oliver was able to autonomously move around the uneven surfaces of the site to predetermined locations, scanning indoor and outdoor spaces to accurately measure and plan for walls and spaces, and freeing up the workers on-site to

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Two Schools, Two Approaches to Transforming Existing Buildings

by Christopher Lane The city of Boston has set a goal to become carbon neutral by 2050. Though ambitious, it is achievable and will require utilizing one of the city’s greatest assets: existing buildings. According to the AIA COTE Report, more than four in five (82%) U.S. commercial buildings were constructed before 2000, prior to modern building energy codes; addressing the climate crisis will require examining existing buildings. Extending the life of buildings requires the delicate balance between preserving the most important and valued elements of a building while also transforming spaces within to meet contemporary user needs. As leaders in adaptive reuse, Finegold Alexander has worked on hundreds of preservation, addition/renovation and adaptive reuse projects across many sectors, including K-12 educational facilities.

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The Eliot Innovation School, originally housed within the 1920s Eliot School building in the North End of Boston, required a much larger facility to house its growing population. Due to the dense nature of the area, a ground up school wasn’t an option. Instead, two facilities were selected to be reimagined to provide an expanded urban campus for Boston’s longest continuously running school. One involved preserving the historic exterior of a complex of buildings on Salem Street that once housed a church and two 3-story standalone buildings into a grade 2-4 school, and another involved transforming a former office building on Commercial Street into a grade 5-8 school. The phased projects allowed the

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The Salem Street project involved a complete gut renovation of three interconnected historic buildings along with an elevator and stair tower addition at the rear to provide 42,000sf of teaching and learning space in an accessible, code compliant facility. The historic exteriors were preserved, while the interior allowed for the insertion of right-sized educational spaces, as well as a 2-story physical education space and cafeteria at the heart of the school. The school now gives 400 students the ability to study in light-filled classrooms adjacent to the Old North

Eliot Innovation School – Commercial Street

The Commercial Street project was originally constructed in 1962 as an FDA testing facility, and more recently housed retail and office spaces. Instead of preserving the exterior of the building, this approach focused on leveraging the concrete structure of the existing building and designing a new, vibrant exterior facade that engages with the surrounding historic environment. With a focus on sustainability, the new building envelope includes high R-Value insulation and glazing to maximize natural light paired with daylighting controls. Our comprehensive renovation promotes student engagement and collaboration. The building features eight brightly colored projecting “learning nooks” geared for small group and collaborative learning. Views to historic sites paired with technology-rich classrooms, art and robotics spaces, and a media center bring learning opportunities into the 21st century. We look forward to opportunities to extend the life of Boston’s existing and historic buildings and contributing to a carbon neutral environment by 2050! Christopher Lane, AIA is principal at Finegold Alexander Architects.

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Warner Larson Completes School Projects in 2021 Boston – In 2021, three new school campuses designed by Warner Larson Landscape Architects welcomed students back following the pandemic shutdown, taking full advantage of their new outdoor learning and recreational spaces. Billerica Memorial High School features a dedicated pedestrian promenade with an integrated bicycle path that connects to all facilities without crossing any driveways. The project team included Perkins & Will, architect; Leftfield, owner’s project manager; and Shawmut Design and Construction, construction manager. Stoughton High School leveraged CPA funds to include the Knights Walk pocket park, pavilion and sports lighting to complete the vision and program for this new high school. DRA Architects was the architect on the project; Compass Project Management (a Vertex company) was the owner’s project manager; and Consigli Construction Co. was the construction manager. Clyde Brown Elementary School in Millis consolidated Article 97 parkland and reorganized school property to nestle the new 2-story building into a wooded knoll, allowing multiple outdoor classrooms at both levels. The project team included Tappe Architects, architect; Compass Project Management, owner’s project manager; and Agostini Bacon Construction, construction manager.

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Modernizing While Keeping Historical Appeal

by Abdullah Khaliqi Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Kaven Hall has helped to contribute to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department since it was built in 1954 on the corner of Salisbury and Boynton Streets. The building interior has been renovated continually to fit the department’s needs. Still, the exterior has the same look as when it was first built because of how well the brick walls, limestone foundation, and slate roof components age.

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Upgrades to a nearly 70-year-old building could be very extensive, but based on a Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (MAAB) analysis, upgrades to building access took center stage. Accessibility upgrades include new building entrances and altering building walls to allow for an elevator to be installed. Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates, Inc. is providing MEP/FP engineering for the building, which used window-mounted air conditioners where possible and met ventilation requirements with operable windows. Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) upgrades included the installation of two new Air Handler Units (AHU) in the attic space. The new AHUs bring modern ventilation rates that meet the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers standards and offer the entire building air conditioning. To allow for air conditioning in Kaven Hall, we identified a potential chilled water source in a nearby building. After running capacity calculations, metering was done for a period to ensure capacity existed in the nearby chilled water system. Routing piping through the older existing building was a challenge, but a path was identified for piping to run across buildings.

Building penetrations needed to not ruin the building aesthetic, as Kaven Hall is located on a prominent street corner. The building was a welcoming jewel to university visitors, especially with the landscape upgrades. Louvers for air intake required by the AHUs were in the back of the building to conceal them as much as possible. The slate roof had to be kept intact, so exhaust ductwork exited the building using the existing chimney.

voltage work inside the building. As is typical in existing building renovations, years of renovation complicate paths available, and there was a fear of potentially opening a can of worms with the building wiring. Existing conduit and ethernet cable were mapped, and the elevator shaft was placed in a location that missed wiring for existing systems.

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Lighting upgrades were done throughout the interior and exterior spaces, but a conscious effort was made to minimize electrical wiring and low



Replacement windows, tile used in corridors, and new mortar used at exterior bricks match the existing structure exactly. The multi-year construction should wrap up in time for the building to show its full historical potential to students and visitors during the fall semester. Abdullah Khaliqi, PE, CPQ is academic market leader at Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates, Inc.







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September 2021


For UMass Hockey, It’s Showtime

by Rick Jones As an NCAA Division I hockey team, the UMass Minutemen have built a powerhouse program that has made them a perennial contender in the Hockey East Conference and winners of the Frozen Four national tournament in 2021. Their new locker room is designed to unite and inspire the team, and its top recruits. More than simply a space to lace skates, dress for the ice and store equipment, the new UMass locker room offers an immersive experience in an environment that houses all the amenities players need to succeed as student athletes in the 21st century. Beyond the usual showers, lockers and exercise room, this renovated space includes a nutrition area, recuperation space and player’s lounge. The team from Jones Architecture traveled with the university’s team leaders to visit other top-tier hockey facilities in the New England region, and reviewed other precedents across the U.S. and Canada. The athletic director and coaches envisioned a space that would attract high-caliber recruits while promoting team bonding, unity and the well-being of the players who use the space as a home away from home throughout the year. Incorporating the Minutemen identity was also important: the look, feel and function of the space needed to be persuasive and compelling to talented athletes making decisions about where to play. An oval-shaped locker room, not unlike the shape of an ice rink, establishes a sense of motion and reflects the team’s commitment to the team culture of accountability. UMass’s athletic leaders wanted all of the players in the locker

room to be able to look each other in the eye as they prepared for the ice. There are no divisions between lockers; the continuous bench emphasizes the team over the individual, players sitting together, pulling as one. The space is built to last: custom stainless steel lockers, individually ventilated, hardwood benches and UMass maroon phenolic wall panels are designed to take a beating without losing their luster. Metal mesh ceiling panels connect with a sleek, curved soffit that mirrors the continuous bench and incorporates stainless signage.

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Recuperation space and player’s lounge / Renderings courtesy of Jones Architecture

This ambiance of dynamic toughness permeates the rest of the space, including the lounge, where players can relax while watching ESPN, the game feed or playing video games on a 98 inch flat screen. An integrated sound system gives them a chance to pump up the volume, along with the adrenaline, and is further enhanced with customizable lighting to set the tone and shape the mood. The combination of high-end materials, branding, lighting and audio make for a theatrical experience on game day, and helps recruits feel the excitement of life as a Minuteman. As the team builds on the momentum of their 2021 national title, their new locker room reinforces their leadership status as they seek to create a collegiate hockey dynasty. Rick Jones is director and founder of Jones Architecture.

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Cape Cod Tech Utilizes High-Performance Cladding

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Harwich, MA – Coreslab Structures of Connecticut recently provided the specialty engineering and fabrication for the high-performance precast concrete building envelope cladding for Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. Founded in 1975, Cape Cod Regional Technical High School provides “an opportunity to acquire high quality, academic, technical and social skills which prepare our students for success in our changing world.” Architectural


firm Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc.’s (DRA) goal was to provide 21st century learning and to support the new education philosophy for career and technical education. The brand new 3-story structure, with over 214,000sf of building on a 67-acre site, provides a combination of student commons, learning commons, general classrooms, group/flex spaces, labs, an art room/maker space, a multipurpose room, and technical shops.

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September 2021


The Latest STEM Lab Equipment Trends

by David Kempskie STEM labs are one of the spaces within an academic institution that students frequently enjoy during and outside of classroom time. The equipment and technology offered in these labs motivates students to come back during breaks to work on projects and participate in related after-school extracurriculars. There are endless opportunities for designing and outfitting technical education labs so that students thoroughly use them at all levels. Here are a few of the many equipment and technology trends to consider when creating successful STEM labs.

students work with their peers and get hands-on experience with equipment and technology. Equipment can move around the classroom when lab layouts are designed to consider equipment requirements. Universal Robots placed on wheeled carts with drawers and cabinets, and 3D printers, help bring the learning experience to the students. Tables on wheels placed around equipment offer flexibility in accommodating different size groups as they work together. of the students, taking into account their skills and safety. For example, students can explore basic STEM activities with MakerBot 3D printers, Epilog laser cutters, and traditional woodshop tools at the elementary and middle school level. Students can use a wider variety of more complex equipment at universities, including Stratasys 3D printers, ProtoMAX waterjet cutters, Pensa Labs CNC wire formers, Techno CNC plasma cutters, and much more!

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BSLA Honors Copley Wolff Design Group Boston – Copley Wolff Design Group announced it has been recognized by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects in its 2021 Awards Program. The firm was a recipient of the Merit Award in Design for its work on the landscape design at the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex (KOCSUS). Working with architects William Rawn Associates and Arrowstreet, Copley Wolff served as the landscape architect for the project. Completed in 2020, the complex is a six-acre campus redevelopment project in the WellingtonHarrington neighborhood of Cambridge. It is comprised of the King Open School, the Cambridge Street Upper School,

The outdoor classroom contains tiered seating, a sloped turf gathering area, educational garden beds, and a 900sf raingarden.

An existing library garden was reconceived, and sculptural “cat” benches from the original garden were salvaged and reused in the new space. The playgrounds include turf mounds, exercise equipment, climbing structures, and splash pads. Photos courtesy of Anthony Crisafulli

the Valente Public Library, the Frisoli Community Complex, the Cambridge Public School Department headquarters, and the Gold Star Memorial Pool. Copley Wolff ’s efforts in the design and creation of this publicly accessible community asset include the main entries to the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper Schools, Valente Plaza, the Storytime/Reading Garden, an outdoor classroom, and five playgrounds. The preservation of a landmark sycamore tree along Cambridge Street was a design driver for the design team.

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Going to School on College Renovations and Shared Air with the virus being delivered by the HVAC system through the duct work. No amount of social distancing, cleaning or quarantining will stop this issue. This is a problem that needs to be addressed to help ensure against future outbreaks. by Tom Quinlan At the beginning of the pandemic, the issue of shared air dominated circles in the construction industry. First, it was a major concern in the assisted living and nursing home facilities. As colleges begin to reopen, it’s become a concern as well. Let’s be honest, it’s a concern for us all. Frankly, as a general contractor specializing in a number of niches, including educational and other institutional facilities, making buildings safer for everyone – staff, students, faculty, etc. – is the primary issue. To that end, we can learn a lot from what’s been done for assisted living and nursing home facilities. How do we Handle the Shared Air within a Classroom, Building or Dorm?

Right now, in some facilities, the HVAC system can act as a delivery system for the virus throughout the building. Somebody at one end of the building could infect somebody at the other end of the building,

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The spread of germs in any facility has long been an issue. Having gone through and still fighting a pandemic has led experts, specifically mechanical engineers and HVAC specialists, to develop systems and solutions for shared air that meet the following criteria: • Effective at mitigating virus and pathogens • Can be installed on existing units • Does not require changing of UV bulbs (no UV bulbs involved) • Proven in the market • Compatible with all systems

• Additional benefits beyond mitigation of pathogens and virus • Identifiable costs Of course, the technology to address COVID and its variants are still a work in progress. There are some other mitigation efforts construction companies have also implemented. Those include but are not limited to: • Using anti-microbial materials and hardware – hospital grade hardware, fixtures, and coatings that all kill up to 99% of harmful bacteria when cleaned regularly. • Specialized wipe-on products – We are working with engineers and architects to test wipe-on products that leave a film thinner than a human hair and will provide additional resistance to bacteria and viruses. This could be a great benefit to use on existing hardware, light switches and other common areas people touch. • Antimicrobial paint – Painted walls comprise the largest surface area within a classroom, dorm room or other campus residence or facility. Taking away walls as a breeding ground for viruses eliminates a large potential for the spread of various viruses. • Cleaning the HVAC system – HVAC systems can spread bacteria and virus spores that can easily move sickness

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through any building. Cleaning the duct work should be part of any facility’s ongoing maintenance plan, during and after construction. Shared air has always been the elephant that was literally in the room. Those in the construction industry knew it had risks. Those risks have come home to roost. The good news is these risks will now be addressed once and for all in ways that will make it much, much safer and healthier for students, faculty, staff and visitors going forward. Everyone, stay safe and healthy. This will end. We will all get back to some sort of normalcy in due time. But the way we do things and how we handle issues, particularly in construction, will change forever and for the better. Tom Quinlan is president of South Coast Improvement Company.

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MassDev Finances $179M in Higher Ed Investments Newton, MA – MassDevelopment has issued tax-exempt bonds totaling $179,645,000 on behalf of three colleges and universities based in Newton: Boston College, Lasell University, and William James College. The schools, which enroll a combined total of approximately 17,740 students, will use bond proceeds to add new buildings to their campuses, renovate and improve existing facilities, and refinance previously issued debt. The schools expect to create an additional 75 new jobs in the next three years. Boston College will use $101,960,000 in bond proceeds to demolish Cushing Hall and, in its place, build and equip a new 157,000sf science facility to be the home of the Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society. The college will also use bond proceeds to upgrade and expand its central heating plant, including replacing aging equipment, and demolish the William J. Flynn Recreation Complex at the lower campus and, in its place, build tennis and basketball courts, a new quadrangle lawn, surface parking, and subsurface stormwater detention. The school expects to create an additional 50 new jobs in the next three years. The bond was sold through a public offering underwritten by Barclays Capital, Inc.

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Lasell University will use $54.8 million in bond proceeds to refinance previously issued debt, including a $10 million taxexempt bond issued by MassDevelopment in 2015 to help the school build and furnish a new academic center and renovate and furnish a Victorian house to serve as a residence and meeting and administrative space for the president of the university. The bond was sold through a public offering underwritten by B.C. Ziegler and Company. William James College will use $22,885,000 in bond proceeds to update its main campus building by replacing the roof, windows, and exterior wall,

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Wakefield, MA – Superintendent David DiBarri and the Northeast Metro Tech (NEMT) Building Committee announced that Gilbane Building Company has been hired as the construction manager at-risk for NEMT’s new school project. Designed by architect Drummey Rosane Anderson, with PMA Consultants serving as the owner’s project manager, the new school will allow NEMT to grow its enrollment from 1,270 to 1,600 students. The project is estimated to cost $317.5 million. The new school will feature 21stcentury learning environments, improved Individualized Education Program accommodations, state-of-the-art shop space, expanded program offerings, a new primary access roadway from Farm Street to reduce traffic congestion, a fullsize gym, a 750-seat auditorium, outdoor space for learning, and a new cafeteria.

The project is targeting LEED Silver+ certification with energy-efficient mechanical systems, provisions for solar panels, and vegetated roofs. The compact, 4-story design will feature an upper-level courtyard, roof decks, and a doubleheight library rotunda. “Having worked with both PMA and DRA in the past on similar successful projects, we’re confident we can work together through the next phases of design and construction to build a contemporary school the NEMT district communities will be proud of for years to come,” said Mike O’Brien, senior vice president and Massachusetts business unit leader for Gilbane. The project is made possible by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, a state agency that supports the funding of capital improvement projects in the Commonwealth’s public schools.

Rendering of the Boston College, O’Neill Library fifth floor renovation

Salem, MA – Jones Architecture, which is celebrating ten years of providing its service-based design for dozens of the region’s higher education institutions, has a number of projects that are near completion. They include: • Boston College, O’Neill Library – a fifth floor renovation to create light-filled collaborative study area for students. • Northeastern University Innovation Campus, 3,900gsf Internet of Things Lab – part of a recently renovated core and shell building that serves as a hub for research and entrepreneurship. • Cape Cod Community College – a recently completed, $2.3 million site accessibility improvement, and accessibility assessment in buildings

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Winooski School District Project Underway Winooski, VT – Construction management firm ReArch Company, Inc. is currently building a campus-wide project consisting of 16 phases for Winooski School District (WSD) in Winooski. The project includes significant renovations and additions to six existing school buildings and one new stand-alone maintenance facility.

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Main entrance / Rendering courtesy of TruexCullins Architects

the mechanical and electrical systems to maximize energy efficiency and reduce annual energy costs. The building envelope is designed to meet the stringent Vermont Commercial Building Energy Stretch Code, including

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art 21st century learning environment flexibly designed and able to evolve with changes to pedagogy. Understanding the importance of natural light in educational facilities, the architects designed classrooms flooded with natural light, as well as the interior common spaces, which feature saw-tooth daylight monitors bringing daylight deep into the building. Upcoming work at the school includes a front entry addition and a new performing arts center, with completion expected near the end of November. In fall 2021, the project’s final phase will begin, including the library, prek/k classrooms, and renovations to the existing elementary school, finishing in summer 2022, along with playgrounds

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and a new soccer field. The over two-year project is funded by a $57 million loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program, and the Heart of Winooski Foundation is actively raising funds to help offset the project cost.

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Winooski School District superintendent, Sean McMannon, comments, “When we began, our guiding principles focused on creating open, versatile spaces with lots of natural light which would foster wellness, collaboration, and flexible learning spaces. As the project nears completion, it is evident that we have been successful in creating a safe, healthy learning environment that will support our innovative, proficiency-based education system for generations of students.”

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Multi-Residential Nauset Completes Cambridge Apartment Community Cambridge, MA – Nauset Construction has completed Park 77, a 93-unit transitoriented apartment community located in the Alewife neighborhood of North Cambridge. Park 77 is situated across from the 50-acre recreational facility, Danehy Park, and within a short walking distance to Fresh Pond, the Fresh Pond Shopping Center and Alewife Station. “With the close proximity to Fresh Pond, the park, the T station and the wealth of shopping and dining options, this was an ideal urban/suburban location for a family and pet-friendly apartment community,” said Phil Terzis, VP of development at Acorn Holdings LLC, developers of Park 77. “Nauset’s construction team delivered beautifully on the designer’s vision, and with the dedication of our leasing manager Ben Silva, we were 100% leased within three months of completion.” Designed by Piatt Associates, the 4-story, 96,000sf building is a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging from 595 to 1,265sf, including 14 three-bedroom units designed for families. The building offers a host of

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BPDA Approves New Developments Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) board of directors approved five new development projects that will create 255 residential units, 121 of which will be designated income-restricted. The approved new development projects represent 1,092,091sf and will support 996 construction jobs and 671 direct jobs.

(CDC), consists of one 6-story building containing 27 compact living units, all of which will be income-restricted. In addition, the Fenway CDC will contribute $10,000 to the Boston Parks and Recreation Department to go toward the upkeep of nearby Symphony Park. It is LEED Silver certifiable, and will create 50 construction jobs.

Five new development projects will create 255 residential units, 121 of which will be designated income-restricted. The approved new development projects represent 1,092,091sf and will support 996 construction jobs and 671 direct jobs. Located on the South Boston Waterfront, the Parcels O+P project will demolish the current building on Parcel O and build a new 8-story life sciences/ research and development building. It will also rehabilitate the building on Parcel P to be used as amenity space for tenants in the Parcel O building. This will be the first development project to participate in the City of Boston’s Climate Resiliency

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Located in Jamaica Plain, 3-5 Woodlawn Street will build a new 4-story building containing 13 compact living studio units. As part of the community benefits for the project, $3,575 will be contributed to the Bluebikes program and $6,669 to the Boston Transportation Department to fund street improvements in the vicinity of the project. Ten construction jobs will be created.

September 2021


Retail/Hospitality Construction Underway on Quincy Brewery

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Quincy, MA – Construction is currently underway on Break Rock Brewing’s first brewery and taproom, located in the South Shore neighborhood of Marina Bay. Phase Zero Design has led architecture and interior design for the new craft brewery. Haynes Group recently broke ground on the project and will manage construction efforts on-site. This will be the third brewery that the design/build team has collaborated on. In February of 2019, proprietor Jay Southwood connected with Mark Joyce,

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associate principal and architect at Phase Zero Design, as well as Patrick Andrews, senior vice president of Hospitality at Haynes Group. Together, they worked to solidify a vision, goal, and plan to bring the Break Rock brand to life. The project team toured several buildings and unique spaces before pinpointing Marina Bay. “At our first meeting, Jay pointed out that Quincy was the largest locality in New England without a single craft brewery,” Joyce recalls. “He also reminded us of its long, storied history as a granite

quarrying community. He shared his desire to highlight this and other aspects of Quincy’s remarkable past.” The design of the brewery will pay tribute to Quincy’s origin through the use of natural elements such as granite and wood. It will also feature bespoke wall graphics and historical vignettes, like a reproduction of Arthur Griffin’s 1938 TIME magazine cover depicting local teens diving off the quarry walls, all while taking advantage of the vast outdoor spaces and sweeping views that Marina

Bay has to offer. “[The pandemic] changed our timing; we were supposed to open last year but that obviously got delayed,” explains Southwood. “We are excited to be back on track now. As far as vision, we still want this to be a brewery and taproom focused on the people who support it. We’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.” Construction is slated to wrap up in October. Break Rock plans to open its doors this fall.

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The Arcadian Hotel Opens in Brookline

Brookline, MA – The Arcadian Hotel, formerly known as a Holiday Inn and the Inn at Brookline, recently opened at 1200 Beacon St. in Brookline. Sharing the same goal to create something transformative, Group One Partners, Inc. and Haynes Group worked closely to bring the Arcadian Hotel to life. The reimagined 56,800sf hotel features 230 guest rooms and bathrooms, 75 guest bathrooms, a lobby, atrium, and bar. The property blends mid-century and modern designs, from the muted neutrals with pops of color in the public spaces to the lighting and wood features of the

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lobby bar. Representatives of Haynes Group say the designs were inspired by the historic tree-lined streets and parks designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, and the well-traveled, innovative residents

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that Brookline is known for. Group One Partners led the project’s vision and design direction. “The reimagination of the existing hotel into what is now the Arcadian was a true labor of love. Working closely with the town of Brookline, the several year permitting effort along with the thoughtful design direction rooted in the history of Brookline created a true sense of place in what was once a nondescript facade along Beacon Street,” noted Principal Harry Wheeler, AIA. The firms worked together to ensure that each phase was completed as

seamlessly as possible, from detailed timelines to anticipating and overcoming challenges unique to this type of renovation project. “The public space required a detailed schedule as we were required to install materials at the 60 foot atrium ceilings prior to all flooring finishes,” said Angela Atwood, project manager at Haynes Group. “I think typically, the most challenging part of a hotel renovation is the operational logistics around paying guests. We want to maintain an enjoyable experience throughout our project cycle, as well as their stay.”

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Haynes Group, Joe the Architect Complete Bedford Restaurant

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Bedford, MA – Haynes Group and Joe the Architect (JtA) recently completed a 2,620sf boutique meal delivery and takeout restaurant for Eva’s Little Kitchen in Bedford. Founded by proprietor and culinary creative, Eva Badra, the business started as a meal delivery service. The company’s new physical location was designed by Joe the Architect, and the Haynes Group

brought the design to life. “Eva’s Little Kitchen was especially unique because we had to combine a big, very functional, very operationally important kitchen with an inviting, customer-facing cafe space. That juxtaposition is pretty stark, but we were excited at the chance to marry the two together,” said Chris Milne, creative director at JtA. “My favorite part of this

project was helping Eva fulfill a lifelong dream to create a kitchen and space that she can call her own. She works incredibly hard and has worked hard to get to this point, so we wanted to make sure we delivered on that hard work.” “Our first job is to listen to our client’s vision, from there it’s important to have a good team,” said Jeff Benevides, project executive at Haynes Group. “We had a solid team and that’s what made this project so great. Working with Joe the Architect and Eva through the challenges of the project and finding solutions wouldn’t have been so smooth otherwise.”

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Life Science Lease Negotiated for Olink Life Science Space Waltham, MA – The Boston office of Cresa, an occupier-focused commercial real estate firm, and Newmark, a provider of commercial real estate services, announced the negotiation of a 22,000sf lease at Stony Brook in Waltham. The lease at 130 Turner Street is on behalf of Olink Proteomics, a Swedish company that provides products and services for human protein biomarker discovery. Olink’s new life science space, delivering in Q3 2021, is a five-minute walk to the Brandeis-Roberts MBTA commuter rail station, three stops from the Porter Square MBTA red line, and minutes from the intersection of 1-90 and 1-95. Stony Brook Park has actively embarked on a life science conversion of approximately 100,000sf. This threebuilding campus, owned by Jumbo Capital/SoundMark Partners, recently underwent an overhaul to its amenities in 2020 in anticipation of capturing new life science and office tenants. Following a competitive process, Cresa was selected by Olink for transaction management and project management services as it sought new office, research,

and laboratory space. Paul Delaney and John Coakley at Cresa Boston negotiated the lease for Olink, and the Cresa team is overseeing an aggressive schedule so the company can relocate from its current 7,000sf in Watertown to Waltham in mid-September. The Newmark team, led by Managing Director Matt Malatesta, Executive Managing Director Mark Roth, Managing Director Brendan Daly and Associate Brianna Piacitelli, represented

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the owner, Jumbo Capital, in the property lease to Olink. The design of the lab by MDS/ Miller Dyer Spears draws from a Scandinavian aesthetic, emphasizing functionality and supporting Olink’s core values of innovation, quality, rigor, and transparency. The lab is organized around a central “living room” area, surrounded by offices, shared work spaces, lab, and freezer farm. A large communal table,

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Technology and Innovation Suffolk Technologies Continues ‘Boost’ Program

In its second year, Suffolk Technologies’ “Boost” program connects technology startup founders with industry experts and academics to solve the built world’s most pressing challenges.

Boston – Suffolk Technologies has opened applications for its second annual “Boost” program, an intense six-week program that connects built world technology startup founders with Suffolk leaders, industry experts and academics to solve the startups’ proposed industry challenges, expand their networks and showcase their products. Suffolk Technologies is the venture capital investment arm of real estate and construction enterprise Suffolk.

“Boost” is presented in partnership with Procore, RXR Realty, EquipmentShare, OpenSpace, and the MIT Center for Real Estate. The program will be led by Parker Mundt, operating director of Suffolk Technologies. “Suffolk Technologies and Boost allow us to identify and partner with some of the most innovative, disruptive startups in the built world that will help us transform our industry for generations to come,” said John Fish, chairman and

CEO of Suffolk. The Boost I Cohort was comprised of Canvas, PassiveLogic, Flexbase, Diamond Age, and THRUX. As a result of their participation in the Boost program and the support and engagement from Suffolk leaders, these companies launched new products, onboarded major customers, and raised significant institutional capital. “Through Boost, we had all these experts in the room driving toward our

goal,” stated Kevin Albert, founder and CEO of Canvas. “Suffolk is taking a proactive approach to innovation across the industry and this program was critical to our achieving a more holistic view about how to deliver value and improve project outcomes.” Canvas recently closed a $24 million series of fundraising. Applications for Boost II are being accepted through Sept. 22, with finalists announced in mid-October.

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Reflecting Community and Compassion in Detention Facility Design by the JLG Architects Justice by Community (JxC) Group

“You are not a profession that has distinguished itself by your social and civic contributions to the cause of civil rights . . . You are most distinguished by your thunderous silence.” – Whitney Young, civil rights leader, 1968 AIA National Convention in Portland, Ore. The number of prisons in the U.S. have nearly quadrupled, from about 500 in the 1970s, to almost 2,000 today. For some architects, the building typology has become a matter of specialization and revenue, while others debate the ethical role of our profession in the design of jails and detention facilities. The hot button is whether to be involved in a design that may serve to confine prisoners or end

human life via execution. As architects, we have a duty to uphold human rights, as well as protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. According to new rules in the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, adopted on Dec. 11,2020, designing spaces intended to end human life is prohibited and inconsistent with its member’s professional conduct. But that doesn’t mean the AIA has abandoned this typology – the organization also encourages members to remain committed to promoting criminal justice reform, promoting rehabilitation to address issues impacting recidivism, and to ensure that the needs and dignity of all who come in contact with the justice system are fully respected. To ensure these values stay in focus, a contingent of JLG’s employee-owners established Justice by Community (JxC), a diverse blend of individuals ranging in backgrounds, roles, and professional and personal interests. We created this group to educate ourselves on the issues facing underrepresented populations, ultimately recognizing those populations are

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Realigning Our Values

If you’re unfamiliar with JLG, we are an architecture and interior design firm spanning four states, recognized as one of Design+Construction’s Top 300 Giants – working everywhere communities gather. In 2019, we sat down to a firm-wide meeting celebrating the prior year and reflecting on our noteworthy work, including one of our top-performing projects, a jail. After the meeting, one of our JxC colleagues asked if “designing jails aligned with our company values.” As architects and designers who strive to find solutions for a better world, and considering one of us worked on that project directly, it seemed like an important question. Should we be designing jails? Mid-2020, as our country and our profession were reckoning with the effects of the pandemic and calls for social justice after the murder of George Floyd, we reconvened to continue the conversation around jails. We began by trying to educate ourselves on the different structures of incarceration, while also researching why the carceral state functions the way it does. This served to contextualize the conversations around policing and incarceration and gave us deeper understanding around terminology and history. It also proved that learning from and collaborating with individuals outside of our profession is imperative to our mission

and our humanity. Rediscovering Our Passion

To find solutions, we continued our search through conversations with formerly incarcerated individuals, a deputy warden, judges, lawyers, a United States congressman, a police chief, medical directors, and numerous other engaged community members. We quickly realized the need to shift our focus further out from incarceration and into a holistic view of community. Since we come at these discussions with different points of view, passions, and expertise, we knew that following our passions would keep us engaged, make us a more well-rounded group, and help us to always keep our focus on the larger picture. This work also made us realize that transformations happen from the inside out – if we want our communities to be more open, compassionate, and empathetic, we need to model that behavior as well. We’ve started to take action internally by engaging local and national groups on the topics of equity within the profession, developing our own framework on equitable communities through sustainability and learning to lead the design process with compassion. Reimagining a Future

We don’t consider ourselves experts in this realm, but if we’ve taken one thing away from our journey, it’s that our initial question of “Should we be designing

jails?” is not the question we should be asking. Rather, it should be “What role does incarceration play in our society?” If we can attempt to answer that question, we begin to think about incarceration facilities through a radically different lens, one that focuses on nurturing and rehabil-

37 itation. Our hope is that it will bring about more focused, productive programs, and challenge us to build spaces that reflect, care for, and respond to people in a way that builds better communities; communities where the need for incarceration in its current form is obsolete.

NIBS Convenes Social Equity Roundtable Washington – The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) recently convened an executive Social Equity Roundtable, meeting with dozens of leaders with the goal of moving the needle on diversity, equity and inclusion in the built environment. The late July meeting was a follow up to a December 2020 executive roundtable entitled “Improving the Workforce of the Built Environment Through Social Equity.” After the December roundtable, NIBS partnered with independent market research and consulting firm, Avenue M Group, to study the current demographics and culture of the building industry. Among the findings: 65% of respondents indicated it is important or extremely important to increase the diversity of the built environment. Other highlights: 43% of employed respondents indicated their company has a program or initiative dedicated to DEI; 28% of respondents indicated they have experienced discrimination or prejudice based on

age; and 66% of respondents indicated they have experienced discrimination or prejudice based on gender (women). NIBS will sign the PwC CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, joining 2,000 CEOs who have signed the pledge. The pledge aims to cultivate trusting workplaces that can have complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations; implement and/or expand unconscious bias education; and share best, and unsuccessful, practices. NIBS will also compile and share best practices with industry leaders who participated in the roundtable. The goal is to have all building industry organizations commit to the CEO Action Pledge and other recommended steps, including committing to building a diverse leadership team and promoting members, by the end of September.

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Build Better Podcast A Push for Change: Prioritizing Indoor Air Quality at a Critical Time by Emily Langner

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On season 2, episode 7 of the Build Better podcast, Anastasia talked with Dan Diehl, CEO of Aircuity, a company providing accurate ventilation for healthy and sustainable buildings. Designing high-performance, high-energy buildings has become a top priority to facility managers in recent years, but Diehl says the COVID pandemic has fast-tracked this important issue, with owners and CEOs urgently seeking solutions as they strive to keep building occupants safe as they return to work. He says, “People have been aware of indoor air quality for a long time. I think what the Covid pandemic has really done is brought a spotlight to the greater public of the importance of it and the effect of indoor air quality on our overall health and wellness, and the contribution that it can have on the spread of a virus.” Diehl points out that critical environments such as hospitals and healthcare facilities have always prioritized high-quality ventilation systems that are required for these types of spaces. He says Aircuity is now seeing

being energy efficient and achieving good indoor air quality. The solution, Diehl says, is implementing intelligent systems and taking a “demand-based approach,” which means “using the energy when and where you need it,” especially now when many buildings are at around 50-70% occupancy. Diehl adds that it can be more challenging to upgrade existing buildings, as opposed to a new build, but by utilizing incentives offered by utility providers and the federal government, these projects can also be energy efficient while providing a healthy indoor environment for building occupants. And while he admits that change does not happen overnight, he says, “I think what Covid has hopefully done is push us; and what this net zero movement is going to do is push us to that next evolution of what indoor environments need to become.”

“People have been aware of indoor air quality for a long time. I think what the Covid pandemic has really done is brought a spotlight to the greater public of the importance of it and the effect of indoor air quality on our overall health and wellness, and the contribution that it can have on the spread of a virus.” - Dan Diehl, CEO of Aircuity As the pandemic continues, Diehl says taking a holistic approach to building healthier, more efficient buildings will not only benefit the environment, but the overall health and wellness of individuals at an extremely critical time. He adds that it’s about looking at the full picture and saying, “we need to do this.”

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Community New Art Lights Up at Assembly Row Somerville, MA – The new digital art canvas at Assembly Row, titled “The Conversation,” recently went live on the facade of 455 Grand Union Blvd. in Somerville. Located between Canal Street and Foley Street, on the neighborhood’s newest office tower, the 6-story high, permanent public art installation is the newest of a series of art activations added to Assembly Row. This “new-media” art wall is a giant LED screen in the shape of three heads looking left, right, and center. The heads represent the coming together of ideas, people, and communities. The Conversation is a multi-artist media facade with digital artworks shown in sequence throughout the day and night. The canvas puts conversation on display, and provides a place where local, regional, and national artists can showcase thoughtprovoking and forward-looking content. The digital canvas will feature a series of local artists which will be showcased in sequence over the coming months. The first artist team is Studio HHH, a Somerville-based, all-female team, led by artist and designer Vanessa Till Hooper. The next artists in the series will be Peter Zebbler, a local icon of the projection art

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community; Cedric “Vice 1” Douglas, an established muralist and creator of “The People’s Memorial Project;” Pamela Hersch, a local multidisciplinary projection artist; Callie Chapman, a Somerville resident and established dancer, choreographer and digital artist; and Bruce Rosenbaum, a specialist in

Steampunk aesthetic. The execution of this large-scale architectural undertaking was possible because of a partnership with Design Communications Ltd., who worked with the design team, Street-Works Studio, from the early stages of project feasibility through technology integration.

“The Conversation continues to build on Federal’s commitment to public art throughout Assembly Row while taking that effort to another level of visibility and permanence,” said David Middleton, general manager for Federal Realty at Assembly Row.

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Philanthropy Surf Camp Supports Asian American Children in Boston Hampton Beach, NH – City Realty Group (CRG), which founded its own nonprofit called City Kids, hosted a surf camp at Hampton Beach for children at Boston Asian Youth Essential Service, a Chinatown-based nonprofit with a mission to inspire Asian youth to discover and actualize their greatest potential.

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With the recent rise in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans, this initiative is more timely given the impact it has on Asian American children growing up amid these headlines, according to a spokesperson of the company. CRG is a community-focused real estate firm serving Greater Boston since 2004. Managing partners Stephen Whalen and Fred Starikov founded City Kids in 2005 with a mission to support education for underserved students in Boston.

The idea behind the surf camp is to give urban youth a chance to learn and explore new activities that take them beyond the city to the great outdoors. The camp included expert instruction from Cinnamon Rainbows Surf Co. owner, Dave Cropper, and instructor Rachel D’Abre.

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Plumbers Install Water Heater for Boys & Girls Club Bedford, NH – The team at Legacy Mechanical Services, LLC recently donated their time to the installation of a new water heater for the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester at Camp Foster in Bedford. The Boys & Girls Club Camp Foster provides inner city children from Manchester with an outdoor camp where they can experience activities ranging from swimming and fishing to arts and STEM projects. The water heater at Camp Foster is used to heat the water to the pool showers used by campers before and after using the camp pool. The heater was donated by The Granite Group, with facilitation by Territory Representative Shane Glennon. The plumbers spent an afternoon installing the water heater, enjoying pizza, and taking an occasional dive in the pool to cool off. Legacy Mechanical Services, LLC is a plumbing and HVAC contractor out of Concord that focuses on new construction and equipment installations. “We believe in promoting the dignity of our trade. We believe in channeling the passion and talent of New Hampshire’s tradespeople. We believe we have a responsibility to steward our skills and our team in a way that promotes a better quality of life for the people and communities that surround us,” says President Rick Baron.


Baron (l), and Mohammad Almawali, plumber/gasfitter, remove the old water heater from the Camp Foster pool house.

“One of our goals as a team this year was to give back to the community where we live and build,” says Nina Ann Timney, vice president at Legacy. “When we heard about the need for a water heater at Camp Foster, we knew it was the perfect fit for us.” “In our business, when you’re grateful and passionate about what you do every day, there’s boundless opportunities to show off your skills. When you have a whole team that is grateful and passionate about what they do, there’s boundless opportunities to show off your culture,” says Baron.



Almawali (l) and Michael Valente, project leader/plumber/gasfitter, solder the mixing valve, expansion tank, and water piping assembly for the new water heater.

(l-r) Almawali; Michael Irwin, project leader/master plumber/gasfitter; Timney; and Baron; share a moment of pride after successfully testing the temperature at the Camp Foster showers.





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Organizations and Events PWC CT Welcomes New Board Hartford, CT – The Professional Women in Construction Connecticut Chapter (PWC CT) recently welcomed its new board of directors for the 2021-2022 program year. Patricia Bilotto returns as chapter president. She is the manager of marketing and business development for van Zelm Engineers. She has nearly 30 years of experience in marketing, communications, and business development in the AEC industry, and presently serves on the program, membership, and awards committees. The 2021-2022 PWC CT board (l-r): Choity Khan, Blerina Pina, Amy Ray, Patricia Bilotto, Dawn Meeker, Laurann Asklof, Carolyn Kurth, Kyma Ganzer, and Jennifer Marks. Not pictured: Kim Colapietro and Ronald Paolillo

Laurann Asklof, principal of Shipman & Goodwin, LLP, will serve on the board as vice president. She has approximately 30 years of experience in the area of construction law and litigation. She will continue to participate in the chapter’s programs, mentorship, and scholarship committees.

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Carolyn Kurth, CPA, CFE, of CohnReznick, will return as treasurer. She serves on the scholarship committee. Dawn Meeker, director at Marcum, LLP, is returning for a second year as chapter secretary. She now serves as the membership chair and will continue as a volunteer on the awards committee. Kim Colapietro, partner of EDI Landscape, LLC, returns for her third year on the board. She serves as the awards committee chair. Kyma Ganzer, project manager at

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So Far in 2021, The Positive Outweighs Economic Uncertainties

by Dylan Cruess This has been quite a year so far! Many aspects of the economy seem counterintuitive and unpredictable thus far which historically should cause a reduction in new development projects but my firm, and the construction industry as a whole, are as busy as ever. The biggest development challenges that our clients have expressed this year are focused on the rising costs and the supply delays of construction materials. At its peak a month or so ago, the price of wood was up over 400% and the lead time to fabricate steel bar-joists and other building components was 6-8 months! Creating realistic proformas and delivery dates in this environment has been an incredible challenge since the ultimate cost and completion date of the project cannot be reasonably determined.

The uncertainty of project cost and schedule has led to large and well capitalized developers entering the market. These developers are better able to withstand cost increases and time delays that are occurring almost universally right now. In addition to the cost and timing uncertainties of construction, we have seen the time for obtaining municipal approvals and environmental permits substantially increase in the last year. Some of this delay was related to the COVID pandemic as municipal and state officials adjusted to working remotely but additionally new, and more strict, environmental regulations have been recently enacted. This has caused an unpredictable delay in approval and permitting times since the review agencies and engineering consultants alike are learning how to interpret and implement the new requirements. Despite these uncertainties, the demand and activity for new projects has been very strong in 2021. Many of our clients are optimistic and remain bullish about the future. Interest rates for project financing are incredibly low and there are many nontraditional sources of funding that are making projects viable despite the

economic uncertainties. The demand for new projects is occurring in many different sectors, but multifamily housing complexes and warehouse distribution facilities are leading the way. The intense shortage of affordable housing has made the demand for apartments and multifamily housing almost limitless throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Many municipalities have adopted regulations requiring a percentage of housing units to meet affordability requirements, so we are seeing developers applying for available workforce housing tax credits while also trying to maximize the number of units in each project to obtain the economies of scale to make the project viable, despite a certain number of subsidized affordable units. The warehouse distribution sector is also extremely active. A developer told us that the COVID pandemic accelerated the demand for warehouse storage and distribution space by more than a decade. In the last year, retailers have seen the demand for their products fundamentally change from a retail store presence to online sales with an expectation of fast home delivery. This business model

change has caused demand for warehouse and distribution space to increase on an incredible scale. Typically, warehouse projects are very large in size and use a lot of land which then translates into longer permitting and approvals time for each project. We are seeing multiple developers designing and permitting future warehouse projects before they have signed tenants to occupy the future buildings. It is very much an “if you build it, they will come” attitude, which is a necessary mindset when considering the uncertainties regarding timing for permits and construction of these large facilities. In conclusion, despite the economywide uncertainties regarding price inflation, construction materials, and the lasting impacts of COVID, we have seen very strong demand for new development projects. The underlying demand for additional housing and for distribution space, along with the availability of inexpensive financing and other nontraditional funding sources, has thus far outpowered the general concerns of rising costs and construction delays. Dylan Cruess is chief operating officer and principal at TFMoran, Inc.


September 2021


Training and Recruitment ACEC-RI Announces Scholarship Recipients CAF Awards Student Scholarships Saunderstown, RI – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Rhode Island (ACEC-RI) recently presented academic scholarships totaling $12,500 to five students who are pursuing a degree in engineering.

This annual scholarship is awarded for academic achievement, related work experience, extracurricular activities, and community involvement to full-time students enrolled in an engineering program. This annual scholarship is awarded for academic achievement, related work experience, extracurricular activities, and community involvement to full-time students enrolled in an engineering program that has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET-EAC). The five scholarship recipients include: • Logan Beattie, currently in his junior

year at the University of Rhode Island, to pursue his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. • Daniel Bradley, a junior at the University of Rhode Island, who is pursuing a double major in computer engineering and French. • Anna Cetera, who is currently in her junior year the University of Rhode Island studying biomedical engineering and Spanish. • Sam Hunt, while he was in his senior year studying mechanical engineering at the University of Rhode Island. • Aaron Tutu, now in his senior year, majoring in industrial & systems engineering at the University of Rhode Island. The funds for these scholarships are raised through ACEC-RI’s annual golf tournament, now in its 23rd year.

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Fremont, NH – Jewett Construction Company recently announced it welcomed Lynn Palmer as human resources manager, and Mason Westover as assistant project manager. Palmer has over 25 years of experience in the field. Representatives of the firm say she translates business strategy into HR initiatives that inspire and improve performance, growth, and employee engagement, adding that she is a dedicated team member who is focused on improving employee morale, job satisfaction, career progression and retention, all of which align with Jewett’s core values. Westover will help continue to



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HELICAL Drilling Announces New Hires Buck Joins Bowdoin Construction Braintree, MA – HELICAL Drilling expanded its team in the last year by adding five new strategic hires including Design Engineer Stephen Murphy and project managers Nick Hetland, E.I.T.; Christopher Navien, P.E.; Andrew Jefferson, E.I.T.; and Jeff Costa, P.E. HELICAL also expanded its office space and continues to add staff to its engineering and field construction teams. The expanded group of project managers and designers will continue to foster,

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Dacon Promotes Jenny Sack

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Natick, MA – Dacon announced fresh perspective to clients of that Jenny Sack has been design build’s benefits. promoted to director of planning States Armand Souliere, as the firm continues to expand COO, “Jenny was selected for its team. this role due to her intrinsic Sack joined the firm in the ability to organize operations position of assistant project and people. She is naturally adept manager in 2015, transferring to at weaving relationships amidst the Planning Department shortly internal execution and clients. Sack thereafter. In her new role, Sack We rely on her acumen, direct will oversee and manage the entry stages approach and design build experience to of all new projects at Dacon, bringing a achieve client goals.”

Boston – Margulies Perruzzi (MP) announced the addition of four new employees to its design staff to support the firm’s growth in its workplace, health, science, and real estate practice areas. Architectural Designer J.J. Chen has experience designing commercial, healthcare, and mixed-use projects. As a job captain, he will be responsible for developing plans and architectural details, construction documents, Revit and 3D models, and renderings. Rania Gaafer, Assoc. AIA has experience with various phases of architectural and interior projects, specializing in commercial and healthcare. In her role as architectural designer, she will participate in all aspects of the interior design process including programming, interior space planning, schematics, research, selection, and specification of materials, and will complete value engineering drawings and coordinate engineering work with the MP design team. With 10 years of experience, Megan Hogan, NCIDQ, LEED GA specializes in corporate interiors and workplace strategy. In her new role as senior interior designer, Hogan will provide design, technical detailing, and space planning services from concept development

ReArch Welcomes Jackson South Burlington, VT – ReArch Jackson has over nine years of Company announced the estimating experience in the conarrival of Ashley Jackson as an struction industry. She has overestimator. seen several significant projects Jackson is responsible for including building renovations, providing quantity takeoffs; bridge replacements, stormwater preparing material, labor, and and water main replacements, subcontractor estimates; and sidewalk projects, and pavement administering value management Jackson preservation projects. on her assigned projects. She is Before joining ReArch, she served as involved with project procurement, and a public works engineer for the town of issues notice of awards to subcontractors Milton, and the city of Burlington. and material suppliers.

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Calendar ELA September 15 at 12:00 PM Water Infiltration and Improved Soil Carbon Storage This webinar focuses on how to improve water and soil. Water infiltration replenishes groundwater and is a normal part of healthy hydrology. Also, undisturbed soils store carbon, and carbon depleted soils are less productive for food value and have less infiltration capacity.

SCUP September 15 at 2:00 PM The Planner’s Bookshelf: Entrepreneuring the Future of Higher Education Join the Society for College and University Planning for its webinar on exploring how a culture of entrepreneurism can lead higher education into a brighter and more sustainable future.

CBC September 21 at 5:30 PM Meet the CBC Board Fall Social This is a great opportunity to meet the CBC Board of Directors and network with design, construction, and industry professionals. Registration includes a two drink ticket with unlimited pizza.

October 4 at 10:00 AM 26th Annual LeFloch Memorial Golf Outing This day of golf and dinner is in support of the Connecticut Building Congress Scholarship Fund. Shotgun start is at noon.

ISPE September 22 at 8:00 AM Biotechnology Conference and Workshop In this two-day remote conference, delegates will benefit from robust, content-rich, interactive sessions covering critical topics like continuous manufacturing for mABs, research and development challenges for cell and gene therapies, Pharma 4.0 in biotechnology, vaccine development, and more. September 29 at 4:30 PM Swing and Sip with WIP Join Women in Pharma for a golf clinic and networking! This event is for meeting and mingling with colleagues while enjoying the views of Boston. October 12 at 11:00 AM Fall Golf Tournament This day of golf is to benefit the ISPE 25 Spaulding Rd. Suite# 17-2 Fremont, NH 03044 603.895.2412 www.jewettconstruction.com


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BRAGB September 22 at 5:30 PM Wine Tasting @ 7 Tide Join Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston for its wine tasting event. Expect a lively evening of great food, beverages and networking.

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October 13 at 2:00 PM Lecture Series: Project Development and Documentation Part 2 This lecture will focus on project manual and specifications, codes and regulations, and construction cost estimates. The webinar host is Kristin Irwin.

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September 2021



September 2021

52 PROJECT College Campus. Amherst, MA. DESIGN Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates MVVA, Cambridge. PRODUCT Hex / City Park Paver™ with Umbriano finish.



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