By Grey Lee

The Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts, the committee of the USGBC which connects people new to the industry, produced a top-notch building tour on Thursday, May 21st. Attendees were privileged to enter into one of the next darlings of the biotech cluster and innovation scene which is Kendall Sq. It was great to get into the building and tour around and see many green features. 

Presenters included:

  • Christian Blomquist, Payette
  • Jack Sherman, Sunrise Erectors
  • Melissa Hinton, Gilbane Building Co.
  • Peter Kujawski, VIEW Glass

The building is really 2 structures joined by a “Winter Garden” atrium, and totals approximately 440,000sf. There will be some retail on the ground floor and the winter garden will be publicly accessible linking Rogers St to Binney St.


This large scale high-tech laboratory project in two buildings is seeking LEED Silver certification and will also include a below-grade parking structure. Executed through a highly collaborative delivery approach, the project is utilizing a 100 percent virtual design and construction platform. We will hear from members of the design & construction team. During peak project demand, 15-20 individuals leverage daily work planning and real time model-based collaboration to enhance the project delivery.

A vital component of the BIM services we'll hear about include underground and temporary construction coordination. Situated on a tight, urban site, the project location poses unique challenges. With contaminated soil conditions, a high water table, as well as buried storage tanks and abandoned foundations, mass excavation was a project in itself. Realizing that the vast majority of design information was only available in 2D format, the contractor began with modeling all underground systems, temporary construction, dewatering wells, construction clearance and safety zones, and even the tower crane foundation and swing radius. As a result, this process has allowed the entire team to make smart and timely decisions to maintain the project budget.

Thank you to the organizing team, led by Suzy O'Leary, all the tour guides, and those who helped stay late to wrap things up, and especially to Pete Kujawski of VIEW Windows for underwriting the group dinner at ZA following the tour! Good time and good cheer had by all. See you next time!

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