High-Profile: February 2024

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February 2024 Restoration and Renovation

Rowse Architects recently reached a major milestone in the restoration of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training in Cranston. Photo by Brian Doherty / Read full story on page 20



Brian McCormack


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Brandon Carr


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Joint Apprentice Training Center Unveiled after $10M Renovation J&M Brown Company Completes Work on 345,000sf Life Science Building Erland Completes Enabling Work, Infrastructure Upgrades on The Vale Renovations Completed on FSU’s Christa McAuliffe Challenger Center Tecta America New England Celebrates 35th Anniversary Universal Provides Historic Replica Windows for Ludlow Mills Conversion Epsilon Associates Awarded for Springfield Adaptive Reuse Project $147M Contract Awarded for NOAA Marine Facility in Rhode Island


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ADVERTISERS INDEX ABC MA.....................................................30 Alpine Environmental.................................. 8 AEM/CTC.................................................. 13 American Plumbing & Heating.................. 2 Arden Building Companies...................... 21 Associated Subcontractors of Mass.......... 6

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Publisher’s Message

Anastasia Barnes A colleague recently told me that Feb. 1 marks the halfway point between winter solstice and spring equinox. That is something worth celebrating as we look forward to shedding the coats and feeling the warm New England air once again. It’s just around the corner! If you’re a regular reader of my publisher’s message, it will be no surprise to you that February is one of my favorite issues, and this is one of our bigger Restoration and Renovation issues ever. The section is full of adaptive reuse and renovation projects across every sector. The articles and industry insights dive into the specific histories of some of these buildings, the challenges of restoring them, and the end result of prioritizing preservation to create stunning and energy-efficient buildings that will last well into the future. On page 12, Brian Lever of Epsilon

Associates provides a breakdown on state and federal historic tax credits, commenting that “Taken together, these programs and other tax credits like solar, brownfield and affordable housing tax credits provide the incentives often needed to attract redevelopment of challenging properties.” He talks about how these credits are driving diverse New England projects, spurring economic development and community enrichment. Next month’s issue will have a focus on Schools and Institutions, which fuels much of the AEC economy. Even when there is a slowdown in other sectors, higher education and K-12 projects are underway in every New England state. Be sure to submit news on the education projects your firm is working on, or share your insights on the latest developments or challenges in designing and constructing these types of facilities.

Our March issue will also have an annual update on the North Atlantic region of The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). SCUP’s 2024 North Atlantic Regional Conference will take

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Up-Front Ground Broken on 30-unit Multi-family Project in Taunton Taunton, MA – Congress|EMJ, Tremont Development Partners, MassHousing, Eastern Bank, and City of Taunton officials, including City of Taunton Mayor Shaunna O’Connell, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 11 to mark the commencement of a new 30unit, two-story multi-family development in Taunton. The project will be built under MassHousing’s CommonWealth Builder (CWB) program, which provides grants to eligible projects that deliver deed restricted affordable homeownership units in gateway and disproportionality impacted communities, in and around Boston. Representatives of Congress|EMJ say it was selected by Tremont as the construction manager for the project based upon its extensive multifamily housing experience and expertise, and long and successful track record with MassHousing, including multiple CWB projects. Congress|EMJ will manage all on site construction activities, cost control, quality control, safety and project procedures during construction. The architect is Davis Square Architects, and Eastern Bank provided the construction

(l-r): Bill Nicholson; Sebastian Zapata, MassHousing; Rich Mazzocchi; Mayor Shaunna O’Connell; Angela Meehan, Eastern Bank; Jay Pateakos, City of Taunton Office of Economic and Community Development; and Patrick Dellarusso, CFO, City of Taunton

financing for the project. “This site offers a tremendous opportunity to create homeownership opportunities in the city of Taunton at an attainable price point for first-time homebuyers,” said Rich Mazzocchi, principal of Tremont. “We are truly grateful for the support of our financing partners and the City of Taunton,

NIBS Celebrates 50 Years Washington – The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) announced it is celebrating 50 years of contribution and service to the U.S. built environment. NIBS was officially established in August 1974 by the U.S. Congress in the Housing and Community Development Act, Public Law 93-383. At that time, Congress recognized the need for an organization to serve as an authoritative source supporting government and private sector building science research, code/ standards development, and innovative technology integration. “We are planning to celebrate this important milestone throughout the year,” said Stephen T. Ayers, interim president and CEO. “This is our chance to honor the relationships we have formed, research we have developed, and stakeholders we continue to serve. Our work is far from over.” Several special events are planned in 2024, including the release of a comprehensive 50th Anniversary Report, launch of new online resources reflecting NIBS achievements, and a Golden Anniversary celebration during Building Innovation 2024 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. in May. Some examples of NIBS contributions over the years include: • Supporting U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development programs and

initiatives, producing guidelines and studies to promote energy-efficient homes, abatement of toxic materials, off-site construction solutions, and building rehabilitation criteria. • Coordinating the development and maintenance of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures for over 40 years through NIBS’ Building Seismic Safety Council under a contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. • Serving as a trusted distributor and curator to the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal building specifications/criteria for over 40 years through the Construction Criteria Base (the first building industry electronic library produced on CD-ROM) and later through the Whole Building Design Guide (the first comprehensive online portal providing access to federal sector building criteria and subject matter expert authored resources). • Establishing the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council through support from federal partners and industry volunteers that has produced numerous resources promoting resilience-based design to address the threats of climate change to structures, including the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves study.

and we look forward to achieving the successful delivery of these homes to the community.” William Nicholson, Congress|EMJ principle, stated, “We are honored to have earned Tremont Development’s award of this exciting project, and to continue our ongoing relationship with the City of Taunton and MassHousing, for which

we have constructed multiple projects. We echo Mayor Shaunna O’Connell’s statement that home ownership is one of the cornerstone fundamentals of any community, which this project assists and supports, and we applaud Tremont Development for assembling a skilled, hardworking team which made this project a reality.”


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BPDA Announces First Locations for Squares + Streets Planning Initiative Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) announced that the first four locations for the Squares + Streets planning initiative will be Roslindale Square, Cleary Square, Codman Square, and Fields Corner. The planning processes for Roslindale Square and Cleary Square will begin in February, followed by Fields Corner and Codman Square this spring. Each of these locations is a key historic commercial area that already offers transit options, goods, services, and job opportunities, and has the potential for growth, including more housing, arts and culture resources, and retail. With community input, the BPDA’s Zoning Reform team drafted an amendment to the Zoning Code that will provide a series of options for Squares + Streets. When first added to the code, these options will not apply to any areas in the city. Instead, they will serve as a range of options for communities to consider during targeted planning processes in each location. The BPDA will embed staff in a neighborhood center or main street for the duration of the planning process and will work with stakeholders to determine which combination of these new zoning district options best meets the needs and vision for that area. Only after the conclusion


of that 6-9 month planning process, with extensive community engagement, will a Squares + Streets zoning option from the code be applied to a Squares + Streets location. In preparation for this planning process, staff have been engaging with community members citywide to hear how residents would like to see their neighborhood centers improve,

and to educate them on the Squares + Streets process. Planning for Squares + Streets is one of the first phases of citywide zoning reform and focuses on high-impact, short-term, targeted recommendations that can be implemented through zoning and capital investments. Representatives of the BPDA say that, as Boston’s population continues to grow, the

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$147M Contract Awarded for NOAA Marine Facility in Rhode Island Newport, RI – Skanska announced it has been awarded a $147 million contract by the U.S. Navy on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to build a new NOAA Marine Operations Center on Naval Station Newport in Newport. “We are thrilled to be constructing the new NOAA marine operations center,” said Paul Pedini, senior vice president, Skanska USA Civil’s New England region. “The facility will be pivotal in advancing NOAA’s ship operations, and we’re proud to contribute to the growth of what will soon become a vital hub for ocean research, sustainability and innovation fostering.” The project scope includes the construction of a pier to accommodate four large vessels and associated utilities, a supporting 22,129sf administration building with parking, exterior storage, and an adjacent loading and laydown area. The facility will serve as the home of NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations’ (OMAO) Marine Operations Center in the Atlantic region. Work began in December 2023 and is expected to reach completion in July of 2027.

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Focus: Restoration and Renovation Expediting a Schedule to Upgrade Student and Family Housing at UMass Amherst

by Brian McCormack and Daron Kurkjian The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) embarked on an ambitious new Residential Life Expansion in 2020 to replace the Lincoln Apartments and North Village student housing with upgraded residences for family, undergraduate, and graduate students. UMass used a PublicPrivate Partnership (P3) arrangement to demolish the older housing and construct the new, modern facilities. Based on the campus space constraints and everpresent need for more student housing, normally tight design and construction timelines were compressed. To expedite the schedule that required the first new units be available by September 2022, Weston & Sampson worked with UMass to design the

demolition and construction phasing to facilitate immediate P3 redevelopment. We prepared abatement and demolition bid documents in a five-week period. Our project team closely coordinated with redevelopment design architects and civil engineers to allow for the smoothest transition from demolition to redevelopment. Site Background

The Lincoln Apartments were built in 1958 and North Village in 1971 and together included 200,000sf of living space and 61 buildings. Commonly used building materials of this construction era include universal and hazardous wastes, which were identified in areas physically inaccessible to occupants. Working under COVID-19 pandemic access restrictions to active quarantine spaces, we applied our building construction knowledge to extrapolate hazardous building material types for the design. Design and Construction Constraints

With work compressed into less than two years, the design included an assessment of hazardous building materials, abatement and demolition

The newly completed and modernized Lincoln Apartments. / Photos courtesy of Weston & Sampson

design, debris materials management, and capping and removal of utilities over the 37-acre project area. Utility design also included reconfigurations to tie in the proposed service connections for the P3 redevelopment. We coordinated much of our effort related to utilities with both the university and the Town of Amherst, as their utilities are necessarily interconnected. We developed a longlasting stormwater design for on-site

infiltration that supported the demolition phase and remains operational postredevelopment. Acting as the project environmental engineer, our team quickly identified and mitigated site construction issues that could delay the abatement and demolition phases. These included planning for the proper abatement of continued to page 15



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Getting the Credits You Deserve

By Brian Lever Every year, hundreds of projects around New England benefit from state and federal historic tax credits. From smallscale facade restorations to large mills being rehabilitated into housing or other uses, you have probably seen them without thinking about how they are funded. Since 1976, the federal government has provided billions of dollars in historic tax credits to incentivize the rehabilitation of historic buildings with nearly 50,000 projects across the country benefiting to date. Since the early 2000s, states across New England have followed suit creating their own programs, with some adding extra bonuses for affordable housing creation or projects in opportunity zones. State credits vary from state to state but typically provide 20-25% of qualified construction costs in state tax credits, while the federal government provides a flat 20% tax credit on qualifying hard and soft costs. Every state in New England has a state historic tax credit except

Harkness House in Springfield, Vt. historically served as an inn and, in late 2023, was successfully rehabilitated with updated building systems and other updates, allowing it to continue to serve as an inn. / Photos by Epsilon Associates

for New Hampshire, which may soon. Taken together, these programs and other tax credits like solar, brownfield and affordable housing tax credits provide the incentives often needed to attract redevelopment of challenging properties. Reducing project costs through mixing and matching credits or taking all possible credits is always a possibility. The state and federal historic tax credit programs have similar basic requirements: The building has to be income producing – it could be a museum

that charges an entry fee, a business, or rental property, among other uses. The building has to be historic, meaning either listed in the National Register of Historic Places or determined eligible for listing. Many buildings are or can be determined eligible for National Register listing upon proper documentation. Finally, the rehabilitation needs to comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties (the Standards). Meeting the Standards is determined through an application process to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and National Park Service (NPS), who review existing conditions and detailed proposed plans. Often people ask, what I am going to do with the credits? A $5 million rehabilitation project generating upwards of $2-2.25 million in federal and state tax credits can be more than many people can use to offset income taxes owed. This is where selling or syndicating the credits

come into play, where you partner with an investor who pays you cash in exchange for the credits such as a bank, utility or insurance company, or even a private investor. This means that even nonprofits who may not pay income taxes can benefit. From carriage houses to apartment and industrial buildings and even libraries and cultural facilities, any type of historic building can qualify. Aside from historic preservation, the historic tax credit programs are an economic development benefit and job creator. Successful tax credit projects include affordable housing, mixed-use, commercial buildings, market rate housing, health centers, manufacturing centers and movie theaters, among other uses. Historic tax credits have provided vital funding to make these projects happen, enlivening downtowns, preserving historic buildings, and enriching community life in cities and towns. Brian Lever is associate – Preservation Planning at Epsilon Associates.

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Transforming a Former Industrial Site into Copart’s new Regional Hub

By Brandon Carr The location of Copart’s regional hub in Freetown, Mass. tells a unique story of environmental reclamation and industrial repurposing. Situated on a 400-acre former industrial site along the Taunton River, this extensive project faced numerous challenges, including wetlands, remediation concerns, and the sensitive nature of the Taunton River coastline. The journey from concept to reality spanned 15 years and involved multiple layers of review from state, federal, and local agencies. The result was an over 2 million sq. ft. business park, later adapted to become a crucial regional hub for Copart, a leading online auto auction company. The project was initiated by developer Churchill & Banks. DiPrete Engineering worked on different concepts for various uses of the site. Initially envisioned as a business park to be developed over the course of 10-20 years, the plan changed when Copart entered into an agreement to purchase the entire property. The

Aerial view of Copart’s regional hub in Freetown, Mass.

new vision for the site transformed it into a massive car storage facility, with the capacity to house up to 22,000 cars, specifically designated for “catastrophe storage” in the event of a natural disaster. Copart specializes in processing totaled cars, giving them a new life through

resale or salvage. With Copart’s involvement, the project’s scope and timeline changed dramatically. The site, originally planned for gradual development, shifted gears to accommodate a singlephase construction of 100 acres of car

storage. Overcoming the challenges of such a significant alteration, the team embarked on an expedited schedule, completing the design, permitting, and construction phases in an unprecedented two-year timeframe. This achievement is noteworthy given the project’s size, complexity, and the extensive level of permitting involved. Overcoming hurdles such as wetlands and environmental concerns, the team navigated a complex permitting process that involved the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Town of Freetown. The Copart facility in Freetown has been operational for nearly two years, showcasing the efficiency and dedication that went into its development. The history of the Copart facility reflects the resilience and adaptability required in large-scale development projects. The site’s transformation is a testament to the perseverance of the development team and the success that can be achieved through innovative thinking, careful planning, and effective collaboration with regulatory bodies and the local community. Brandon Carr is principal at DiPrete Engineering.

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Four Keys to a Successful Interior Build-Out right expertise on hand, you can determine whether a facility can accommodate the infrastructure or space layouts you need within a reasonable budget and timeline. Create the Right Team

by Nat Wysor and Alex Dubanowitz From evaluating sites to executing an interior build-out, a relocation is a major undertaking. With expert planning and the right team, however, it’s possible to create a less stressful and more predictable, costeffective experience. The following are four keys to implementing a successful workplace build-out. Define Your Operational Requirements

For most organizations today, forecasting space needs is more challenging than before and the popularity of remote work has altered the planning equation. New office concepts emphasizing amenities, collaboration and flexibility have replaced individual workspaces and conference rooms. As you begin to review potential sites, some facilities will be better suited for your needs than others, but critical differences may not be obvious. With the

Beginning your relocation with the right team will help ensure that critical details are uncovered early to inform decisionmaking. Your project team should include an owner’s project manager (OPM) who can advise on planning, budgeting, and vendor selection. An experienced OPM can help you make vendor selections in alignment with your goals, culture, budget, and project. Having worked with many vendors, an OPM will know which firms they trust for collaboration. The more smoothly your consultants work together, the more efficient your project will be. If sustainability or diversity, inclusion, and equity are important to your organization, your project team should have expertise in these priorities. Once project consultants are selected, your OPM will ensure that team contracts are aligned with the timetable, deliverable deadlines, and scope of work. Explore Your Building Options with Costs

Every space has challenges. An experienced OPM will be able to assess the con-

dition of the space and engage the right expertise to uncover potential pitfalls. They’ll identify issues that may affect timing and costs and determine which components can be reused or replaced. An OPM can provide a perspective on your project budget that factors in the landlord’s tenant improvement allowance. An OPM can also help your broker scrutinize your work letter for unexpected provisions that affect costs. Manage Cost and Schedule Drivers and Risks

Every build-out has risks, as well as distinct cost and schedule drivers, and it’s important to anticipate what those drivers will be. Cost drivers encompass finishes, systems, labor, site conditions – and delays. Most cost savings are gained early in the work letter negotiations, design analyses and pricing evaluations.

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provides a moveable workspace for lab employees to facilitate collaboration. “The bench has interchangeable power and plumbing poles for greater flexibility,” said Ed St. Peter, STEM’s managing member. “The bench is also on castors with separated leveling feet to provide stability every time bench is repositioned throughout the lab,” he added. STEM recently completed 880 Winter Street and TScan with J Calnan & Associates.

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Team Selected for EMD Serono Project

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hazardous building materials and steam heat piping insulation. We developed bid documents in a compressed fiveweek period to allow for an expedited bidding process by dedicating our project engineers solely to this effort. We also met frequently with our interdisciplinary team on design elements and were fully aligned with and committed to UMass’ goals and timelines. Once the building demolition phase was complete and P3 development construction had begun, we supported the redevelopment team. For example, we reviewed and commented on the proper phasing of the disconnection of water main lines that looped and served a large neighboring apartment complex. We also supported proper subsurface utility removal that extended into the redevelopment. Project Takeaways

The new student housing complexes at UMass are complete and the first new student tenants took occupancy in September 2022 for the former North Village and August 2023 for the former Lincoln Apartments. The elements essential to the success of such a complicated project with an aggressive

Demolition of the Lincoln Apartments at UMass

schedule were the importance of a fully dedicated project team that was focused from Day 1 on the end goals, and buyin from the entire project team on the tight schedule along with constant communication. Brian McCormack, PE, is a senior team leader in Weston & Sampson’s Reading, Mass. headquarters and Daron Kurkjian, PE, is a team leader in the Boston office.

Billerica, MA – EMD Serono has selected Erland Construction, PM Group, and BR+A Consulting Engineers to renovate 15,000sf of space within the Bourne Building. The new lab will contribute to the company’s ongoing commitment to providing medicines, drug-delivery devices, and support services for patients with difficult-to-treat diseases. The space will require a significant electrical and connectivity upgrade. Erland will also overhaul the existing mechanicals, HVAC, and plumbing systems to accommodate the new lab’s layout. New ductwork, fume hoods, and sinks will be installed. “This project represents a unique opportunity for us to be involved in an essential part of cutting-edge science and discoveries,” said Matt Combs, Erland’s Advanced Technology/Life Sciences


Group manager. “We are proud to have been selected by EMD Serono and look forward to returning to their campus and fulfilling their vision for this space.” In addition to the renovation, Erland will convert a section of existing lab space into a temporary dry lab area that will be used to build and stage lab equipment. Off-hours work during demolition will be required to minimize disruption to EMD Serono’s ongoing operations. “We value the relationship we have built with Erland over the last seven years,” said Chris Nesman, head, facilities management at EMD Serono. “They are invested in our culture and mission, and we couldn’t ask for a better team member to help us bring the future of lab operations to our facility.” This is Erland’s 11th project with EMD Serono.


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Epsilon Associates Awarded for Springfield Adaptive Reuse Project

The Elias Brookings School after renovation / Photo by Home City Inc.

Springfield, MA – The Elias Brookings School was recently awarded a 2023 Paul & Niki Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts for its successful adaptive reuse to affordable housing. The former school building was built in 1925 and served as an elementary school until 2011 when it was severely damaged by a tornado. Replaced by a new school, the original, historic building was left vacant for many years, and ultimately

acquired by Home City Development Inc. in 2018. In partnership with Davis Square Architects as architect, Allegrone Companies as general contractor, and Epsilon Associates as Historic Tax Credit consultant, the building was adaptively reused and converted into 42 units of modern, energy-efficient affordable housing. The project included the preservation and restoration of many of the building’s original features.



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Representatives of Epsilon Associates say Massachusetts state historic tax credits and federal historic tax credits provided crucial funding to supplement other sources to make this a successful affordable housing project. Combined, the state and federal historic tax credits can provide up to a 40% credit on qualified construction costs that can be utilized by the developer to reduce income taxes owed or sold to provide equity to finance projects. Epsilon Associates provided historic preservation consulting services including preparing the historic tax credit applications, design review and preparing a National Register of Historic Places Nomination for the property. The tornado damage to the building was significant at both the exterior and interior. Other alterations over time had also compromised the building including the loss of the original windows and decorative oriels. Despite the damage, the building maintained its Collegiate Gothic style. It is notable for its large size and symmetrical facade with projecting entry and end pavilions. On the interior, the building retains its original double-loaded corridors with terrazzo floors. Within the glazed-brick dadoes, ornamental figural tiles depicting monks flank most classroom doors. Many of these historic elements remained intact. Some historic features that were lost to time such as the oriels and windows were restored using historic plans and photographs. Other features such as the figural tiles and decorative interior masonry were repaired and reinstalled. The one-time classrooms have been converted into one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with high ceilings. Each unit received an inkitchen chalkboard made from salvaged chalkboards throughout the building. Now with an elevator, the building is fully accessible and historic interior features

such as the figural tiles at each doorway, a fireplace and other interior and exterior historic details were preserved. The former gym was repaired and now serves as a community event space.

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Universal Provides Historic Replica Windows for Ludlow Mills Conversion Marlborough, MA – Universal Window and Door, a manufacturer of custom window solutions for commercial construction projects, announced it provided the historic replica windows for the conversion of the Mill 8 building at Ludlow Mills, a former mill complex. Building 8 is being converted into 95 mixed-income apartments for adults 55 and older and a center for supportive healthcare services. The project is being developed by WinnCompanies, in partnership with property owner Westmass Area Development Corp. “The Residences at Mill 8” is the second residential phase at Ludlow Mills, following the conversion of Mill 10 into 75 senior apartments in 2017, and is expected to be ready for occupancy by summer 2024. Universal provided replica windows for approximately 275 openings from its 400 Double Hung Series with fixed transoms, each designed to provide beautiful views of the riverwalk and maximize the amount of natural light in the units. The historically accurate aluminum replacement windows also allowed the redevelopment team to meet the stringent requirements necessary to qualify for Federal and State Historic Tax Credits from the National Park

Service and Massachusetts Historical Commission, an essential component of financing the project. The 111-year-old, 4-story, 230,000sf Mill 8 building is home to the clock tower depicted on the Town of Ludlow’s seal. Comprised of one- and two-bedroom open-layout apartment homes, Building 8 residents will have access to a fitness center, resident lounge, laundry facilities, work pods, an outdoor community space, and 147 parking spaces. The 95 apartments will cater to a wide range of incomes, offering 43 affordable units for rent at 60% and 30% of area median incomes (AMI). The Architectural Team (TAT) serves as the architect on the project; Dellbrook|JKS is the general contractor; and Thermo Expert installed the windows. The same team converted Mill 10. Universal has a long history of working with WinnCompanies and TAT – in tandem and separately – supplying historic replica windows to award-winning mill conversion projects, including Yarn Works in Fitchburg, Loft Five50 in Lawrence, and the Junction Shop Lofts in Worcester, all of which earned awards from Preservation Massachusetts and other historical commissions. The design and construction of Mill 8 will meet the standards of Enterprise Green Communities (EGC),

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Adaptive Reuse Project Underway to Create Affordable Senior Housing in Worcester Worcester, MA – Construction manager F.W. Madigan Company, Inc., in partnership with Maugel DeStefano Architects, announced a collaborative design-build project for the adaptive reuse of the historic former Worcester Boys Club building and property. Undertaken by WinnDevelopment, the property will be converted into 80 affordable apartment homes for adults ages 55 and above. Originally designed by the Worcester architectural firm Frost, Chamberlain & Edwards, the Lincoln Square Boys Club opened for use in 1930. The 4-story structure also served local students at the Worcester Vocational High School for several decades before becoming vacant in 2006. WinnDevelopment acquired the property in 2019. “We’ve been involved on this site for over a year and were strategic in assembling the right team to transform this underutilized community asset into something new and much needed in our local community,” said Jim Madigan, CEO of Madigan. “As a Worcester-based, family-owned business, we bring a particular passion and sense of pride to our work on projects like this in our own backyard.” The 93-year-old, 59,000sf facility will undergo preservation and renovation to create 16 age-restricted affordable

apartment units. In addition, a new 5-story, 63,000sf building will be constructed alongside the existing historic structure, designed to adhere to Passive Housing Institute US (Phius) standards and subject to rigorous energy sustainability requirements for residential development. The new facility will feature 19 studio, 46 one-bedroom, and 15 two-bedroom units. “We’re pleased to be moving forward with this development after persevering through a variety of challenges over the years,” said WinnCompanies CEO, Gilbert Winn. “By combining our adaptive reuse and new construction

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expertise, this project will give new life to a magnificent historic building, provide much-needed senior housing in a great location and reinvigorate a key gateway to Worcester’s downtown.” In addition to standard accessibility upgrades, the preservation and renovation of the Boys Club will include the incorporation of several community spaces to accommodate resident, public, and civic uses. The existing basementlevel gymnasium will be transformed into a fitness center for residents and guests. Maugel DeStefano was selected by Madigan as the project designer.

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Rowse Reaches Milestone on Rhode Island DLT Project Cranston, RI – Rowse Architects announced it has reached a major milestone in the restoration of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RI DLT). For the past 10 years, the East Providence firm has been working on the replacement and repair of 910 historic windows on the century old buildings of the RI DLT. Last fall, the team celebrated as one of the buildings was finally completed. The complex consists of five stately granite structures that cover nearly one square mile of land. The buildings, erected from 1888-1908, were once abandoned and in need of modernization. In the year 2000, major interior renovations and an addition allowed the buildings to be modernized and occupied by state offices. Restoration of this complex is an ongoing effort, and in 2013 Rowse Architects began the window replacement project. Elizabeth Jackson, architect and project manager at Rowse, explained that although the window sashes were replaced during previous renovations, the frames were from the original construction. The window assemblies were not energy efficient, leading to a drafty and cold environment for the buildings’ occupants. The hundred year old frames were weathered and deteriorating in multiple places, and many windows leaked, causing ongoing issues for the maintenance staff and employees.

Rhode Island DLT / Photo by Brian Doherty

There was a variety of window conditions and ages, and due to the inconsistencies in the construction each window opening was unique, which meant there were no quick options — every detail had to be field measured and drawn.

Rowse Architects involved Andersen Windows & Doors from the start of the design process. “Andersen worked with us on creating different iterations of aluminum trim extrusions until we arrived at a profile that replicated the historic wood trim,” said Jackson. “They provided support during the development of construction documents and continue to be present on site during construction for in-field coordination.” Working with the local historical commission, every detail down to the sealant color was carefully selected by the team. Jackson said the decision to replicate each individual window was a decision made jointly between Rowse Architects and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission. “It’s true that many of these small details – like bullnose versus broomstick trim profiles – would not be noticeable from the ground but that’s not the aim of historical preservation. We needed to replicate all we could without sacrificing the modern requirements of energy, safety, and comfort.” Project contractors Nadeau Corp and Douglas Lumber worked collaboratively with the team to solve the many unforeseen

circumstances that arise working with 130-year-old masonry construction. “Changes were down to the most minute detail,” said Rowse Architect’s Paul Bernardino. “It was an eighth of an inch here, a sixteenth of an inch there. It became so exacting that we wondered if it would ever get off the ground.” Nadeau Corp’s team is in the process of installing windows weekly. The project completion date is projected to be in the second half of 2024.

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$6.5M Bond Issued for Purchase, Renovation of Mental Health Association HQ Chicopee, MA – MassDevelopment has issued a $6,543,000 tax-exempt bond on behalf of Mental Health Association, Inc. (MHA), which will use proceeds to buy and renovate an approximately 78,378sf building at 350 Memorial Drive in Chicopee where it will relocate its headquarters from Springfield and house its mental health programs and residential and support services. The building originally housed the Charles River West Psychiatric Hospital and most recently served as the MassMutual Learning and Conference Center. The move will allow MHA to keep pace with growth and locate its staff in one office. Renovations to the building will include interior wall reconfiguration, office construction, HVAC and sprinkler system updates, added reception area security, and painting, flooring, and information systems improvements. Construction began in November 2023 and is expected to be completed in February. MHA expects to create 45 fulltime jobs and 20 part-time jobs over the next three years. Florence Bank purchased the tax-exempt bond, which helped MHA achieve a lower cost of capital. “Mental Health Association, Inc. will soon be able to seamlessly transition its headquarters and programs into a renovated space in the gateway city of Chicopee, expand services for the

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community, and create dozens of new jobs,” said MassDevelopment president and CEO, Dan Rivera. “Access to mental health care is an essential part of helping people thrive personally and professionally, and this leading nonprofit has a long history of delivering services for individuals and families across western Massachusetts.” “We were pleased to partner with MassDevelopment on the purchase of a $6.5 million tax exempt bond to assist Mental Health Association, Inc. with the

purchase and renovation of a 78,000sf building in Chicopee that will serve as their new headquarters,” said Florence Bank president and CEO, Matt Garrity. “Mental Health Association is a longtime and highly valued customer who plays a pivotal role in providing behavioral health services in the communities we serve.” Founded in 1960, Mental Health Association, Inc. provides access to therapies for emotional health and wellness; services for substance use recovery, developmental disabilities,

and acquired brain injury; services for housing and residential programming; and more. MHA serves more than 3,000 people, from ages five to 90, each year. “We are thrilled to announce our move to this new facility,” said Mental Health Association, Inc. president and CEO, Cheryl Fasano. “This move represents a significant investment in our mission and demonstrates our commitment to providing quality services to the people in our care.”

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Renovations Completed on FSU’s Christa McAuliffe Challenger Center

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Hopkinton, MA – Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects (GRLA) announced it recently completed the renovations at the Christa McAuliffe Challenger Center for Integrated Science Learning at Framingham State University (FSU). GRLA worked closely with the Massachusetts State College Building Authority; STV, Inc.; Commodore Builders; and Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates ((F&T) to complete this project. The McAuliffe Center at FSU was originally built in 1994 and has been renovated to integrate the newest technologies and systems that represent the latest in Challenger Learn-

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Boston – Ebbrell Architecture + Design (EAD) announced it recently completed a project for private sector marketing and visitor services organization Meet Boston. Located on the Greenway in Boston, Meet Boston’s new 15,500sf offices are twice the size of its former location, which representatives of EAD say allows for more variety in space function and design. From the appealing array of workspace options for each person on the team, to the furniture, finishes and lighting, Martha Sheridan, president and CEO of Meet Boston, said the new office design meets their desire to have an inviting space for the entire hospitality community. Jen Servies, NCIDQ, interior designer at EAD, said Meet Boston’s former space lacked light, so she worked to maximize the floor to ceiling windows in the new space both for interior lighting and to highlight the cityscape beyond. “We reduced the square feet per person to gain communal assets and amenities for all and enhanced employee well-being by designing a work-free living room, adding a living wall, spacious wellness room, and convenient personal storage,” she said. Meet Boston’s offices also double as event and entertainment space for both members and groups they are working to

attract to the Boston/Cambridge metro area. The cafe includes hospitality style banquettes, an AV system, and catering kitchen suited for large events. “To set the tone of a hospitality atmosphere we embraced a neutral palette with vibrant pops of color used in poignant areas to reinforce brand identity,” said Servies. Details include a custom wallcovering with branded easter eggs, layered visual and tactile textures for a rich experience, and a refined industrial vibe achieved by juxtaposing exposed ceilings with crisp, white glazing systems and clean-lined architectural details. Servies also noted that the highly branded welcoming area brings about an air of excitement by showcasing current campaigns and awards and highlighting a live stream of Meet Boston’s social media accounts. Miika Ebbrell, AIA, LEED AP, principal of EAD, said the overall design of the new workspace achieved Meet Boston’s desire for an inclusive, branded, community-driven and amenity rich space to take them to the next level. “When you walk through the doors now at Meet Boston, you realize that this is something new. There is an amazing vibe that makes you say, ‘I want to be a part of this!’ It’s exciting,” she said.

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Corporate Organizations and Events PWC America CT Welcomes New Board Tecta New England Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Hartford, CT – The Professional Women North Billerica, MAConnecticut – Tecta America New in Construction Chapter England announced it is celebrating its (PWC CT) recently welcomed its new 35th anniversary providing commercial board of directors for the 2021-2022 and industrial roofing services to program year. businesses across the Northeast. Patricia Bilotto returns as chapter The company began as Delta Roofing president. She is the manager of marketing in 1988, established by Peter and business development for vanOwens, Zelm Brett Chapman andnearly Carolie Owens. Engineers. She has 30 years of In 2007, itinbecame partcommunications, of commercial experience marketing, roofing company Tectain the America and business development AEC under the leadership of President industry, and presently serves onPeter the program, membership, and awards committees.

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. John Donovan


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Owens. In 2021, General Manager John Donovan was promoted to president of Tecta America WeatherGuard, and in January 2022 he became operating unit president (OUP) of Tecta America New England. Owens continued to support Tecta America New England as executive chairman until December 2022, when he retired. Tecta America New England’s roofing industry expertise includes industrial, warehousing, commercial offices, tenant fit-ups, shopping malls, biotech, healthcare, sports stadiums, educational The 2021-2022 PWClocal CT board Choity Khan, Blerina Pina, Amy Ray, Patricia Bilotto, Dawn Meeker, Laurann Asklof, Carolyn Kurth, institutions and state, and (l-r): federal Kyma Ganzer, and Jennifer Marks. Not pictured: Kim Colapietro and Ronald Paolillo government buildings. In addition to Kurth,roofing CPA, installations CFE, of LaRosa Building Group, returns for Ronald Paolillo, M. Arch of DRA newCarolyn construction CohnReznick, will return as treasurer. her second year as a director. She is the Architects, begins his third term. He and reroofing projects, the company also She servesemergency on the scholarship recipient of the 2019/2020 PWC CT serves on the PWC CT’s scholarship provides service, committee. preventive Dawn Meeker, director at Marcum, Rising Star Award. She will serve on the committee. maintenance, roof asset management LLP, is returning for a second year as mentorship committee. Blerina (Bela) Pina, surety territory and thermal imaging by certified chapter secretary. She now serves as the Choity Khan, associate attorney at manager at Nationwide, returns for thermographers. membership chair and will continue as a Robinson Cole, makes her debut on the a second year. She volunteers on the The company’s representatives say career path, not just a job. Portland, Maine; and East Hartford, volunteer on the awards committee. board as a director. She presently serves chapter’s communications committee. Tecta America New England has several Tecta America New England’s home Conn. It’s sister company, Tecta Kim Colapietro, partner of EDI on the mentorship committee. Amy Ray, director of business 35-year employees who are still with office is in North Billerica, Mass. with America WeatherGuard, is located in Landscape, LLC, returns for her third year Jennifer Marks, principal at BL development at EDM, makes her the firm, as well as many clients who additional offices in Brockton, Mass.; Schenectady, N.Y. on the board. She serves as the awards Companies, returns for her second debut as a director. She serves as the have been with the company since the committee chair. year. She will serve as the mentorship communications committee chair and beginning, and that its continued focus Kyma Ganzer, project manager at committee chair. volunteer of the programs committee. is providing employees with an attractive

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Portland, ME – Suffolk recently announced the opening of its new office on Commercial Street in Portland, which will serve clients across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. This expansion into Northern New England marks a significant milestone for the company as it continues to grow its presence in highgrowth sectors including higher education and healthcare. “Suffolk is thrilled for the opening of our Portland office, which is a testament to our confidence in the strength of the Northern New England market,” said John Fish, chairman and CEO of Suffolk. “This office will allow Suffolk to make meaningful commitments to the local community and support the innovative

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Mixed-Use Demolition Complete for One-acre Mixed-use Development in Arlington Arlington, MA – Demolition is complete and construction will soon be underway for Majestic Mill Brook, a mixeduse development featuring 50 luxury condominiums and 1,700sf of retail. Located just outside Arlington Center at 1025 Massachusetts Ave., this transitoriented condominium community is being developed by The Maggiore Companies and marketed by long-time partner The Synergy Group. Designed by Harrison Mulhern Architects, the 5-story condominium complex is being constructed on an over one-acre site that was previously home to a pair of residences that Maggiore acquired in 2023. The complex will overlook the historic Mill Brook, where seven mills once operated, including the nearby Old Schwamb Mill, the oldest continuously operating mill site in the U.S. Majestic Mill Brook will be comprised of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, with 25% of the units designated as affordable for households earning at or below 80% of AMI (Area Median Income). “By offering a mix of market rate and affordable units, Majestic Mill Brook will provide much-needed homeownership opportunities for young families, seniors

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seeking to downsize and remain in the area, and working-class individuals,” said Matthew Maggiore, president of The Maggiore Companies. “The transitoriented neighborhood is rich with amenities and close to Spy Pond as well as a number of parks and sports fields.” Majestic Mill Brook will feature a ground-level urban garden by Mill Brook, a second-floor 4,500sf community

terrace, and a community rooftop deck. Select units will come with private decks or roof decks, and each unit will have high-end finishes. This pet-friendly complex will also have a fitness center and a secure, surface-level parking garage that will feature parking for 53 cars with 12 electric car charging ports. Majestic Mill Brook was designed under the Massachusetts Board of

Building Regulations and Standards 2023 Residential Stretch Energy code, which introduced significant enhancements to the building envelope, including increased insulation requirements, energy recovery ventilation (ERV), high-efficiency electric heat pump systems, light-colored roofing membranes to reduce heat island effect, and potential solar roof zone areas. The result is a highly sustainable, very low-emission facility designed to be economical for the homeowner and the future associations. “It’s great to be teaming with a first-class operation like The Maggiore Companies, especially on a project that will provide much-needed housing options to the Arlington community,” said Paul Cirignano, broker/owner of The Synergy Group. “There is a tremendous need for luxury condominiums in the Arlington market, and Majestic Mill Brook will fill that void with this premier condominium community.” Majestic Mill Brook will be built by the in-house construction arm of The Maggiore Companies, and is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy by fall 2025.

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Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) board of directors recently adopted East Boston Tomorrow, the PLAN: East Boston vision report, at its monthly meeting, after five years of planning work and engagement with the community. The board also approved several planning initiatives and zoning amendments, and six new development projects that will support approximately 1,150 construction jobs and 1,080 permanent jobs. PLAN: East Boston focuses on increasing affordable housing in the neighborhood, climate change preparedness, enhanced mobility and transit options, support for local businesses, and zoning recommendations to facilitate predictable and contextual growth. These goals cover residential areas, squares and corridors, and waterfront and evolving industrial areas throughout East Boston. The board also approved zoning recommendations, which will now go to the Zoning Commission for consideration. Development Projects

The 376-384A Blue Hill Avenue project will convert what is currently vacant city-owned land on Blue Hill Avenue into 18 income-restricted homeownership opportunities for residents in Dorchester. There will also be retail and community space for residents on the ground floor. The project will improve the public realm with better lighting and new street trees. The project will be LEED Gold. The 495 Dorchester Avenue project includes two buildings: a 16-story building with 237 housing units, and a 7-story building with 94 income-restricted units for seniors. Along with commercial retail space, there will be open space and amenities for residents including seniorspecific services. The project complies with flood district requirements in support of the city’s climate resilience goals. Located in Allston, the 103 North Beacon Street project will build a new


mixed-use building with life science and retail space. This new development will replace what is currently a commercial building and parking lot. The project will add green space to the site and incorporate design elements to improve on-site stormwater management and reduce the risk of flooding. It will also be built to reduce heat island impact in the neighborhood. The 39 Dalton Street project in Back Bay, also known as Belvidere Street Student Housing, will convert the South Tower of the Sheraton Boston Hotel into student housing for Northeastern University. This tower will be separated from the rest of the Sheraton Hotel to serve only students. The third floor will be converted into laundry, fitness, study/ lounge areas, and resident life services for the students. In addition, the public realm on site will be improved with a variety of seating options. The 287 Western Avenue project will revitalize an underutilized site in Allston and help return jobs and revenue to the neighborhood through its mix of uses. The ground level of this approximately 90,000sf office and research and development building is intended to be a co-working and meeting space for the public while the site will continue to be home to an EMS substation. There will be a large, publicly accessible plaza as part of the public realm improvements for this project. The 1334 Dorchester Avenue project on Dorchester Avenue will demolish and reconstruct portions of the existing retail, storage, and office facility. It will maintain the character and extent of operations and structures existing at the site. This project site is in front of an MBTA bus stop, with the Fields Corner T stop about a half mile away, along with other bus lines. Architecturally, the project will enhance the building’s appearance with a new facade and greenspace.

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Erland Completes Enabling Work, Infrastructure Upgrades on The Vale Woburn, MA – Erland Construction announced it was selected by Leggat McCall Properties for a significant role in The Vale, a mixed-use property along I-93 within Boston’s Route 128 corridor. The project, situated on 55 acres of the former Kraft Atlantic Gelatin Facility site, marks one of the largest redevelopment parcels to emerge in the area in the last decade. Erland, in collaboration with Stantec, spearheaded the enabling work and infrastructure upgrades for The Vale. This included the demolition of existing structures, modifications to Hill Street, construction of a loop road, installation of utilities and connections, relocation of a brook, and the creation of a pad-ready site for multifamily and townhome residences, a senior living community, and a medical office building. “The Vale is a testament to the vibrant future of the Boston Route 128 corridor, and we are pleased to have played a significant role in its development,” said Ben McConchie, corporate, commercial group manager at Erland. “Our commitment to delivering high-quality projects aligned seamlessly with Leggat McCall Properties’ vision for this transformative mixed-use space.” Erland executed the enabling work concurrently with other construction

activities onsite, prioritizing minimal disruption to neighboring homes and businesses and the Tri-Community Greenway bike path that runs parallel to the site entrance. Representatives of Erland say this project showcased the company’s expertise in creating

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Life Science J&M Brown Company Completes Work on 345,000sf Life Science Building Boston – J&M Brown Company, Inc. (JMB) announced it has completed the comprehensive core and shell electrical construction of 15 Necco Street in Boston’s Fort Point Channel district. The 12-story, plus two mechanical floors, 345,000sf life science building is developed by National Development in partnership Alexandria Real Estate Equities. JMB’s electrical scope included installation of primary power, emergency power, electrical distribution, lighting and lighting control system, and fire alarm system, as well as a uniquely designed facade and roof-mounted 300kW PV system. Spectrum Integrated Technologies, the low-voltage division of J&M Brown, provided the tel/data installations for 15 Necco. Through extensive pre-construction planning, prefabrication, and the preinstallation of significant aspects of the facility’s electrical infrastructure, JMB was able to meet the aggressive project schedule. JMB closely managed the supply chain and production processes to ensure all project milestones were met or exceeded. The building’s EMF-shielded Main

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Electric Room required a special and detailed coordination effort, which enabled JMB to effectively integrate the room’s complex electrical infrastructure. For emergency power, the tower is outfitted with two enclosed rooftop generators: a 1500KW diesel generator and a 1000kW gas generator. The most advanced life safety/fire detection system technology was also integral to the project scope, as the JMB team provided design, distribution, installation, programming and testing of 15 Necco’s comprehensive

AutoCall fire alarm system. Facade lighting includes an extensive system of LED linear fixtures, uplighting and grazers which illuminate the building’s exterior architectural features, including its canopies and terraces. The NECA contractor also installed a comprehensive site lighting system, which illuminates the new public park spaces adjacent to 15 NECCO along the Harbor Walk. Here, lighting is integrated into the park’s amphitheater seating, benches, tables and landscaping.

JMB’s electrical crew, comprised of 25 IBEW Local 103 electricians at peak construction, worked on a project team headed by Project Manager Matt Noon and General Foreman Chris Salvi. Project construction commenced in November 2021 and JMB reached substantial completion in November 2023, as scheduled. JMB is working on a construction team headed by general contractor John Moriarty & Associates. BR+A is serving as the project’s electrical engineering firm. Designed by Elkus-Manfredi Architects, 15 Necco features a contemporary, staggered and sloping upper facade, which cantilevers over Fort Point Channel. The building is targeted to meet LEED Gold, Fitwell Life Science Platinum, and Well Building certifications. Life science and pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly will fully occupy the laboratory/office space at 15 Necco, as the tower will house the Lilly Institute for Genetic Medicine. Under separate contract, JMB is currently providing electrical fit-out of the new Lilly R&D and office facility, working on a project team also led by GC John Moriarty & Associates. Eli Lilly is scheduled to take occupancy in 2024.


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Retail/Hospitality Grand Opening Held for Giana’s Restaurant & Bar

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Easton, MA – Haynes Group announced that it celebrated the grand opening of Giana’s Restaurant & Bar on Jan. 12. Current partner of Novara and Abby Park in Milton, the owner and chef is Tony DeRienzo. “My family has always been in the restaurant business. I asked Brandon (Chase) to help me with this project, and now we are here,” he said. DeRienzo and Chase say they were inspired to bring “city to the suburbs.”

“When you walk into the restaurant, it feels like you could be in Boston or other areas of the country like Miami or out West, which was our goal,” said Chase, who is the project designer and co-owner. “You can find captivating design elements everywhere in the restaurant, from the 44-seat bar to the pizza oven and open kitchen to the video wall and handpainted mural.” “During the project we faced chal-

lenges concerning lead times which had an impact on the schedule,” said Brandon Mager, project manager at Haynes Group. “By maintaining consistent and effective communication with the client, we were able to make changes necessary to get back on track.” “Collaborating with the team was excellent. Despite the long and tedious process, Haynes made it so much easier,” said Chase.

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lifespan, it’s important to keep them maintained. This ensures your electrical contractor will have up-to-date records of the entire electrical system and will have an easier time restoring backup power to the building when needed. At Interstate, we keep extensive records of each jobsite and serviced building, ensuring we are prepared for a revisit in the future. Designate a point person. If possible, designate a point person on-site who knows the building well. This could be you, one of your employees, or even one of your clients in the building. They don’t necessarily need to know the technical workings of the building, but they should know how to access the basement or where the electrical room is located. If you can’t find someone who can be onsite, make sure you have an expert ready by phone for any questions that may arise. By following these tips, you can help protect your commercial facility and its occupants in the event of a winter weather event or other disaster. Brian Leborgne is service manager – NH, ME, VT at Interstate Electrical Services.

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Training and Recruitment Joint Apprentice Training Center Unveiled after $10M Renovation Boston – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Greater Boston recently unveiled a new Joint Apprentice Training Center (JATC) following a $10 million renovation. The upgraded facility features state-of-the-art technology and expanded classrooms. “No one else trains apprentices like Local 103 IBEW does — no one has a $10 million annual training budget, three full-time administrators, 13 full-time teachers, 25 part-time teachers, and trains apprentices on the job for over 10,000 hours while providing 6000 electricians with annual licensing updates,” said Local 103 IBEW business manager and financial secretary, Lou Antonellis. “The Local 103 IBEW has brought apprenticeship training to levels never imagined. It will churn out a new generation of electrical workers, ready to take their place in the expanding clean energy sector.” Community members, local elected leaders, contractors, and union members toured the training center, witnessed electrical demonstrations, met with instructors and current apprentices, and learned about the apprenticeship program during the event. “As many of you know, we’ve been actively applying for grants within our municipality, the Commonwealth, and our federal partners to support our growing and expanding workforce, particularly in the clean energy space. These changes will increase efficiency, engagement, and increase education. They’re always positive and we are confident that these changes will play a pivotal role in our relentless pursuit of excellence in the industry,” said Kristen Gowin, executive manager, NECA Greater Boston. In addition to its nearly 2,000 existing apprenticeships, the new center will also

JATC ribbon-cutting (l-r): Christopher Sherlock, training director, JATC; Louis Antonellis; Alan Scharfe, John A. Penney Co. Inc., governor at NECA Greater Boston; Lauren Jones; Robert Sheehan, president, Local 103 IBEW; Bill Weber, Gaston Electrical, president at NECA Greater Boston; Kathleen Guinee, Aetna Fire Alarm Service Co. Inc., vice president at NECA Greater Boston; and Kristen Gowin

launch a Clean Energy Pre-Apprenticeship Program to bring more young people into the trade and create more good, union jobs in the clean energy sector. The JATC also announced it was improving the apprenticeship application process through a more inclusive approach that reduces barriers to entry. “We were able to secure nearly $4 million in the FY24 budget to support what we know is a proven model to train and prepare our talent that is a part of our workforce and to provide meaningful pathways, livable wages, and secure benefits,” said Lauren E. Jones, secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

IBEW instructor and apprentices make use of one of the classrooms at the newly upgraded JATC.

ACE Announces Leadership Transition Boston – ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston announced that Reed Cochran will step into the role of interim executive director while ACE conducts a search for its next permanent E.D. After four years serving as E.D., Jen Fries has decided to leave her role to pursue other opportunities. Cochran is a practiced nonprofit executive who specializes in leadership transitions. Her engagements include Somerville’s Door2Door Transportation, The Children’s Museum of Memphis and Ballet Memphis. In prior endeavors, Cochran has been a high school Spanish teacher in her home state of Mississippi and a high-tech management consultant in San Francisco. “After four years with ACE, I am pleased to be leaving the organization in a position of strength. ACE is attracting more financial and volunteer support than ever before, and as a result, we are serving more students at more afterschool locations than ever,” said Fries. “It was particularly gratifying when we hit the milestone of more than $1 million in scholarships awarded by ACE to our high school seniors. I know that with Reed’s leadership, the future is bright for ACE.” ACE’s president, Janine Byrne of PCA, notes that during Fries’ tenure, ACE more than tripled its annual fundraising,

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adopted a new strategic plan, and added two new program sites. “As our first executive director, Jen’s leadership allowed ACE to create structures and systems that have allowed us to set new records for scholarships awarded, high schools reached, and students served. We are grateful to Jen for her work at ACE and wish her the best in her new endeavors.”


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Philanthropy Griffin Electric Supports Local Communities During the Holiday Season Holliston, MA – Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. (Griffin Electric) and its employees once again teamed up to participate in several charitable causes in order give back to their local communities this holiday season. Griffin Electric’s workforce collectively donated hundreds of toys and gifts to help families in need. The company also made donations to some of the many food pantries in the regions that it works. The New England team, as it has for many years, participated in the Holliston Pantry Shelf’s annual Mitten Project, which called for employees to purchase specific gift requests for children in the area. The Holliston Pantry Shelf is operated by unpaid volunteers and has served the Holliston community since 1993, working to provide food and other supplies to residents in need. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has been supported by Griffin’s Southeast regions for each of the past several years. The program has donated millions of toys over the years, and Griffin participated again this year. Representatives of Griffin Electric say the team recognizes that its surrounding communities have been an important

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IBEW Local 103 Holds 10th Annual Holiday Toy Drive

IBEW Local 103 members prepared donations at the union hall to circulate to communities in Boston and Lawrence.

An IBEW Local 103 member with a box full of toy donations to distribute to needy families.

Boston – Union electrical workers with The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 donated thousands of new toys and articles of winter clothing to children and families across Greater Boston in December. The Holiday Toy Drive is an annual tradition at IBEW Local 103 to give back to the communities where their members live and work. This is the 10th consecutive year Local 103 IBEW has held the drive. “It’s really all about being of service and helping one another this time of year, spreading joy and seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids and families,”

Many of the over 10,000 toys and articles of winter clothing collected by IBEW Local 103


said Local 103 IBEW business manager and financial secretary, Lou Antonellis. “This annual toy drive wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support of our union members, local businesses, and organizations, and we’re extremely grateful to them all.” “These are the neighborhoods in

which our members live and work. We are truly blessed, and we believe in giving back to our communities,” said Renee Dozier, business agent, Local 103 IBEW. Local 103 IBEW also collected and contributed new hats, gloves, and scarves to support local families and women’s shelters this winter.

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Awards Dacon Awarded for Monogram Foods Manufacturing Facility Haverhill, MA – The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) conferred on Dacon a Silver Award for Building Construction for the Monogram Foods manufacturing facility in Haverhill. The award recognizes leadership and construction excellence utilizing the design build methodology. Denis Moffett, president of DBIA New England, said, “The project, showcased during the awards banquet, highlighted numerous Design Build Done Right best practices and is a shining example of a team coming together to deliver an exceptional product for the end user. DBIA New England was proud to recognize the project team on their accomplishment, and for raising the bar for design building in the New England region.” The key goal for this 135,000sf facility, located in Creek Brook Park, was optimizing efficiencies and production to meet consumer demand. Project challenges included pandemic-related material delays, manpower shortages, and unique thermal requirements necessitating separation design of

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multiple environments in one building. Monogram Foods is a manufacturer of value-added food products spanning 10 meat snack brands with over $1 billion in sales. Distribution is broadly spaced across retail, convenience, club, food service, military, and drug store channels. The firm was listed for 10 consecutive years on the Inc. 5000 List

of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies. This facility is dedicated to pre-assembled sandwich manufacturing and is Monogram’s fourth Massachusetts location. With each facility creation, Dacon partners with clients through its philanthropy Designed with Dignity to create a local nonprofit program. Collaboratively

with Monogram Foods and investor/ developer Paradigm Properties, two community programs were donated. The programs focused on security by providing support services to move 55 families out of Emmaus shelters and creating a food sustainability partnership with Groundworks Lawrence. This facility brings over 300 jobs to Haverhill.

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The Connolly Brothers team (l-r): Matthew Lawton, assistant VP of architecture; Bryan Curtiss, project designer; Jay Connolly; Harry Samolchuk, lead designer; and Thaddeus Minshall, VP of real estate, development / Photo by John Cannon, courtesy of DBIA New England

Marshfield, MA – Connolly Brothers, Inc. recently won a Silver Award from the New England chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). At DBIA New England’s annual awards gala on Jan. 25, the Connolly team was honored for its design-build work on New England Academy’s new South Shore campus in Marshfield. New England Academy is a private school serving grades 7-12 that is based on a belief that students with social and emotional disabilities have the cognitive and academic ability to be successful if given skills to access


their academic talents. New England Academy previously selected Connolly to design and build its flagship 40,000sf North Shore campus in Beverly in 2014. The new Marshfield campus features contemporary classrooms, laboratories, artistic/creative spaces, administrative offices, a full gymnasium and athletic field, and a cafeteria. Using the designbuild model, the project went from the conceptual stage to completion in just under one year. “Were it not for our confidence in Connolly’s ability to get the job done right, we would not have been so bold

New England Academy’s South Shore campus in Marshfield, Mass. / Photo by Camille Maren

in pursuing an expedited timeline,” said New England Academy CFO/COO, John Vogus. “Many additional students’ needs can now be met in this new educational and therapeutic setting.” New England Academy founder and executive director, Dr. Ryan Plosker, added, “Connolly Brothers has been a great partner in helping New England Academy achieve its campus dreams and providing a space where our students can flourish.” Connolly’s project team included JSN Associates, structural engineering; BLW Engineers, electrical and plumbing engineering; McDougall Bros. Enterprises, site work; Metro Walls,

framing, drywall, and acoustic ceilings; Peak Fire Protection Inc.; Shawnlee Construction, framing and carpentry; and Stenbeck & Taylor, Inc., civil engineering. Connolly previously received awards from the DBIA for its work on Great Marsh Brewing Company and Harmonic Drive’s regional manufacturing headquarters. “Thank you to New England Academy for once again entrusting us with your campus needs,” said Jay Connolly, president of Connolly Brothers. “We value this honor and appreciate DBIA’s work in promoting the highest professional standards – ‘design build done right’ – in our field.”

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Amenta Emma Announces Promotions Hartford, CT – Amenta Emma Architects recently announced the promotion of 12 team members. Jenna McClure, AIA, LEED AP has been promoted to principal. She joined the firm in 2008, and representatives of Amenta Emma say her collection of talents has led to McClure progressively greater responsibilities, including overseeing some of the company’s most complex and notable projects. Within the firm, she serves on the JEDI+B committee and leads the firm’s recruiting efforts. She is a mentor to Amenta Emma emerging professionals, and young women pursuing degrees in the AEC fields through various professional organizations. Debra Seay, AIA, WELL AP has been promoted to associate principal. She joined Amenta Emma in 2016, bringing with her over 14 years of experience on complex Seay projects. Her interest in advancing health, happiness, mindfulness, and productivity in buildings led her to become a WELL Accredited Pro-

fessional. Representatives of the firm say that, as a senior project manager, Seay’s exceptional organization and leadership skills have been the primary reason for the success of every project under her purview. In the community, she volunteers as a mentor to young women and minorities pursuing architecture. Dennis Faga, AIA has been promoted to associate principal. He joined Amenta Emma in 2012 following several years as a project architect in the Washington, D.C. Faga area. As a senior project architect, Faga oversees a diverse range of projects across all markets with a focus on large-scale workplace projects. Representatives of the firm say that, with excellent technical and management skills, he excels in working collaboratively with clients and his project teams, as well as mentoring junior team members. Additionally, Christina Blakemore; Jeremy Jamilkowski, AIA; and Kemal Zahirovic were promoted to senior associate and Andrea Olson, AIA, IIDA, WELL AP; Kathryn Cizek; Kelly Linares, IIDA; Nathalie Cardoso; Randy Begin, AIA, LEED Green Associate; and Zachary Hachey were promoted to associate.

Weston & Sampson Hires Two Wilmington, MA – Weston & Sampson’s CMR construction company recently welcomed Bill Ferrari to the firm as its director of design-build. Ferrari has over 20 years of experience in the management of complex public construction projects, including facilities, utility installation, track construction, bridge and road construction, and aviation facilities ranging in value up to $1 billion. Prior to joining Weston & Sampson, he spent 10 years with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), most recently as its acting program manager and director of construction for the Green Line Extension project. He is a Certified Construction Manager. Weston & Sampson also announced it recently welcomed Gabe Bolin, PE to the firm as a technical leader in its Water practice. Bolin has more than 24 years of



experience in the water and ecosystem restoration industry. His career has focused on reestablishing natural conditions while protecting existing infrastructure. His technical expertise includes geomorphic assessments, water resource modeling, stormwater retrofit design, dam removals, road/stream crossings, bank stabilizations, and floodplain reconnection. Bolin is a Licensed Professional Engineer in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Jersey.

Hurley Named Partner at HYM “John is an invaluable asset to our Boston – The HYM Investment team, and we are confident that Group announced the promotion his leadership will further elevate of John Hurley to the position our capabilities and contribute of partner while continuing his to the successful delivery of duties as director of development. our projects as we look to an As partner, Hurley will hold a ambitious growth trajectory in pivotal role at the company, help2024 and beyond.” ing to lead its strategic vision and “I am deeply honored and overseeing key aspects of its real Hurley excited to be named a partner estate development projects. He at HYM,” said Hurley. “In this new role, joins Thomas O’Brien, Paul Crisalli and I will remain committed to continuing to Doug Manz who have served as partners advance HYM’s mission that is rooted of the firm from its inception in 2009. in hard work, relationship building and Thomas N. O’Brien, managing partner enriching the communities we serve.” and chief executive officer at HYM, said,

AEM/CTC Welcomes New Interns Westborough, MA – American Energy Management (AEM) and Connecticut Temperature Controls (CTC) welcomed two new interns for the winter and spring seasons. Logan O’Rourke, a senior at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, has recently joined the company at its Westborough office for his winter semester. Majoring in facilities engineering, he is set to graduate this March with a Bachelor of Science. When asked about his expectations for the internship and what he aims to gain from the experience, O’Rourke expressed enthusiasm for gaining hands-on experience in troubleshooting HVAC and other control systems. He says he looks forward to acquiring a deeper understanding of modern control systems, along with a general knowledge of networking and the Niagra framework. Morgan Allegrini, another senior from



Massachusetts Maritime Academy, is set to join the firm at its Cromwell office this spring. Also majoring in facilities engineering, she is on track to graduate this June with a Bachelor of Science. Allegrini says she is eager to absorb knowledge about controls and gain extensive hands-on experience during the internship. Expressing the desire to become familiar and comfortable with controls, she says she aims to develop a profound understanding of how they operate within facilities.


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Calendar NAWIC MBC February 7 at 7:30 AM Breakfast Program with the Director of Federal Funds and Infrastructure Office for the Governor Healey-Driscoll Administration This early morning event will include an informative presentation by Quentin Palfrey, Director of the Federal Funds & Infrastructure Office under the HealeyDriscoll Administration. Coffee and light breakfast will be provided.

ULI February 20-21 2024 Housing Opportunity Conference This Urban Land Institute conference is an annual event that convenes housing industry professionals with one common goal: to expand housing opportunities in their communities. Each year, the conference explores key factors and challenges contributing to the nation’s residential housing crisis and offers emerging cross-sector solutions. The conference program covers all types of housing: market-rate and affordable; rental and ownership; single-family and multifamily. Attendees include private and nonprofit real estate developers, public officials, urban and regional planners, housing advocates, architects, investors, and lenders.

February 27 at 6:00 PM WIC Week 2024 Kick Off Join the National Association of Women in Construction - Boston, Worcester and Rhode Island for this joint venture event to celebrate Women in Construction Week 2024. It will be held at Howl Splitsville Topgolf in Foxborough, Mass. and includes topgolf suites, bowling lanes, food and a cash bar.

ASM February 28 at 6:00 PM Young Professionals Group: Evening at Puttshack The Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts Young Professionals Group is holding this event at Puttshack Boston in the Seaport. Participants will have the opportunity to get together with old friends and new for networking, small bites, and a game of mini golf at Boston’s upscale tech-infused mini golf course experience. Ticket price includes one game of mini golf, small bites, and beer and wine.

WWIRE March 5 at 4:30 PM WIC Week Mat Pilates with PowHer by Stef Join Wellness for Women in Real Estate Boston and fellow female CRE/AEC industry partners for an evening of movement and networking celebrating Women In Construction Week. WWIRE

is partnering with PowHer by Stef, a women-owned, boutique fitness studio that offers barre, pilates, kick, and sculpt classes for all women. Owner and founder Stefanie Meninno will be guiding participants through her signature Mat class, a pilates based class that challenges participants to move their bodies in unique ways, practicing low-impact compound movements to lengthen and tone muscles.

AGC MA March 6 at 4:00 PM BWiC Inspire Awards The awards, held by the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, celebrate the most exemplary women in construction who demonstrate leadership, generosity, innovation, and unwavering commitment to their career, colleagues and industry. The event will be held at the Westin Copley Place in Boston and includes cocktails, dinner, and a celebration karaoke event.

CMAA CT March 6 at 7:30 AM 2024 Annual Owners Forum This Construction Management Association of America Connecticut chapter event focuses on understanding the impact investment in transportation systems has on private development. The panelists will include key influencers in transportation and vertical construction from the public and private sectors. It will be held at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill, Conn.

Next Issue Schools and Institutions Do you have clients in the higher ed sector? K thru 12? Tell us about them! Send news on your current project(s) or share insight on trends and/or challenges in this sector. This month’s issue will also have extra distribution at the North Atlantic region Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) conference in Boston. Members are encouraged to participate in this issue.

HPMG March 7 at 4:30 PM Hard Hats and High Heels Mixer Join High-Profile for its first-ever Women in Construction event. Admission includes two drink tickets, appetizers, speed networking and raffle prizes. There will also be a surprise guest speaker at the event, which will be held at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, Mass.

CBC March 12 at 5:30 PM Project Tour: Great Wolf Lodge Join the Connecticut Building Congress to take a tour of the Great Wolf Lodge at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, Conn.

MBC March 20 at 7:30 AM Breakfast with Kevin Stevens of Power Forward According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), workers in construction have nearly twice the rate of substance abuse as the national average. After a decorated professional hockey career, including two Stanley Cup titles alongside Mario Lemieux and a trip to the Olympics, Kevin Stevens faced a 25-year-long battle with addiction. Join the Massachusetts Building Congress as Stevens shares his story and hear from local construction industry professionals working to assist and educate employees on substance abuse and substance abuse disorders.

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