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Bowdoin Construction – SS Collaborative

South Shore Educational Collaborative Wins Community Impact Award


On May 23rd, The Boston Business Journal recognized the South Shore Educational Collaborative (SSEC) of Hingham, with their Best in Boston “Community Impact” Award.  Representatives from FoxRock Properties and SSEC accepted the award in celebration with the entire project team which included Bowdoin Construction and Roth & Seelen Architects.  The ceremony was held at the Sheraton Boston.

The project involved converting an existing industrial warehouse into a new 86,000 s.f. state-of-the-art school for children and adults diagnosed with a wide range of intellectual, educational, emotional, social, physical, and/or medical challenges.  Work entailed the complete renovation of the existing 60,000 s.f. building and the construction of a new 26,000 s.f. addition. The completed facility features classrooms, offices, occupational therapy, indoor pool, gymnasium, fitness center, locker rooms, greenhouse, cafeteria, commercial kitchen, and bathroom facilities.

Kaplan Corp. – Beth El

Kaplan Construction completes renovation project for Congregation Beth El: Project team includes Hajian Architects, Arthur Choo, Dan-Cel Co., Donnelly Electric, Lynco Fire Protection and Schofield Engineering

Congregation Beth El – Newton, MA
Newton, MA Kaplan Construction completed renovations to Congregation Beth El. Kaplan provided preconstruction, design/build, and construction management services for renovations to the building, which was originally constructed in 1950 and holds a long and rich history within the Greater Boston area.

Realizing the need to update the building to accommodate the vibrant local Orthodox community and its desire for a more modern space, Congregation Beth El enlisted Kaplan Const. to carry out an improvement and renovation plan. The plan featured 13,900 s/f of renovations to the sanctuary, social hall, offices and preschool; as well as life safety and accessibility upgrades throughout the 18,800 s/f building, including ADA compliance, new windows and doors, a new sprinkler system, new electrical service, andan elevator. Key elements of the renovation include pews that were imported from Israel and energy-efficient windows. The result is a contemporary and more comfortable synagogue for congregants.

“By providing numerous cost analyses, Kaplan helped us determine which mix would best meet our priorities and budget,” said Sharon Jacobson, Congregation Beth El building committee member.

“Kaplan’s keen understanding of our calendar, customs and ceremonies enabled the construction work to co-exist with our congregation’s ongoing activities.”

The building remained occupied throughout construction, and a multi-phased construction schedule dictated by the stringent Orthodox calendar allowed the congregation’s prayer services to continue uninterrupted. The congregation’s operations continued with minimal disruptions and a safe environment was maintained for the on-site preschool. Kaplan honored the building committee’s process with patient assistance, and involved the congregation as a partner throughout the construction process. The completed structure is a meaningful, modern home for Congregation Beth El’s worship and community activities.

Dacon Corp. – Crown Linen

Project of the Month: Dacon Corp. begins development of Crown Uniform & Linen Service’s new commercial laundry facility
Brockton, MA Dacon Corp. begins development of Crown Uniform & Linen Service’s new commercial laundry facility.

Crown’s new textile laundering and distribution facility at 309 Battles St., will sit atop a 20 acre site that had been unused for many years. The newly planned 94,000 s/f building will house a state-of-the-art commercial laundry facility and will include 14,000 s/f of administrative office space when finished. This conventional structure building has an insulated metal panel and glass exterior façade with E.I.F.S. and clerestory glass curtain walls throughout the office area. A 2,500 s/f entry atrium and mezzanine conference center highlights the building envelope. Building plans also include 25 loading docks and 5 drive-in doors. The main production area has a 30,000 s/f laundry area sectioned off from a 50,000 s/f dry side area for folding, pressing, and finished laundry goods. An employee cafeteria and outdoor patio area will blend into the fully-landscaped site.

Dacon Corp. of Natick, Mass., has worked closely with Bill Jackson of William Jackson Associates as the owner’s representative and with American Laundry Systems of Woburn, Mass. for the laundry process systems in the development of this project. Real estate broker for the purchase of the property by Crown Uniform was Ed Jarosz of CB Richard Ellis New England. Lynn Tokarczyk of Business Development Strategies assisted Crown Uniform in the award of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Grant.

On October 23rd the Dacon team participated in the Crown Uniform & Linen Service groundbreaking ceremony. The ceremony was attended by many state and city officials, as well as local community leaders. Speakers included: State senator Thomas Kennedy, Brockton mayor Linda Balzotti, Brockton’s Ward 7 city councilor Chris MacMillan, state representative Michael Brady, state representative Claire Cronin, executive director of Massachusetts Office Business Development Michael Hunter, and Brockton’s Chamber of Commerce president Christopher Cooney. Members of Dacon Corp. presented the project plans and spoke in detail about the planning and development of the Crown project, which is being welcomed as a key factor in the revitalization of the city.

“Crown’s project is a win-win for Brockton” said mayor Balzotti. “Not only is Crown Uniform & Linen a family-owned company that has invested time and resources in our community, but this project is helping to grow our commercial tax base by redeveloping an abandoned property and bringing jobs to Brockton.”

Dacon Corp. was founded in 1985, and is a fully integrated design and construction management firm that provides single-source solutions to clients’ most challenging facility requirements. Dacon provides exceptional design, engineering and construction services for hundreds of corporate clients, building our success, one project at a time.

J. Calnan & Associates – Schneider

J. Calnan & Associates, Perkins & Will, CBRE and RDK Engineers celebrate opening of Schneider Electric office
Andover, MA Governor Deval Patrick, amongst other dignitaries, recently joined executives from J. Calnan & Associates, Perkins & Will, CBRE and RDK Engineers to celebrate the grand opening of Schneider Electric’s Boston One Campus. Located at 800 Federal St., the campus will also serve as their new North America headquarters and will be home to 850 employees across multiple business units.

“I am excited to welcome Schneider Electric’s new R&D center and North American headquarters to Mass.,” said governor Patrick. “We are committed to making Mass. the global hub of technology innovation and companies like Schneider Electric are important to helping the Commonwealth continue its competitive edge.”

Stephen Robak, executive vice president and partner of J. Calnan said, “We are so proud to see the incredible transformation here. It’s come a long way from the original site which only consisted of a 150,000 s/f building.”

To create this new headquarters facility, Schneider Electric and CBRE engaged J. Calnan, construction managers; Perkins and Will, architects and RDK Engineers. The scope included renovating the existing 150,000 s/f as well as adding a 3 story addition which created an additional 77,000 s/f of space to house Schneider’s laboratory and office spaces. There was also a significant tenant improvement package totaling 235,943 s/f to both the existing building and the new addition that included a combination of open office, closed executive offices, conference rooms and dry labs. The sizable project required 800 pieces of steel weighing over 315 tons. Some of the first floor amenities include a large conferencing and training center, full service cafeteria, fitness center as well as a hospitality lounge.

Some of the highlights include Schneider’s Discovery Center which allows visitors to learn about their history as well as test their solutions through simulated demonstrations using 65-inch interactive panels. Boston One is also equipped with 53,000 s/f of StruxureLabs, labs where Schneider Electric engineers test and validate products that go into real-world customer deployments. Additionally, the LEED Silver certified project included a chilled beam mechanical system.

J. Calnan is a leader in providing preconstruction and construction management services in the Academic, Corporate, Healthcare and Science & Technology markets in the New England region and beyond. For 18 years, our strategic thinking, proactive approach and commitment to clients and the communities in which we live has made us a leader in the industry and attracted high-profile clients including Boston Properties, Biogen IDEC, Atlantic Management, Children’s Hospital, PTC Inc, Reebok, Shire Pharmaceuticals, The Park School, New England Sports Network (NESN), Philips, Constant Contact, The MathWorks and General Electric to name a few. Among recent awards, JC&A has received a Boston Business Journal Citizenship award for its philanthropic efforts eight years in a row and CoreNet recognized JC&A as “Regional Service Provider of the Year.”