Posted on August 17, 2017
(Providence, RI) – BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm, announces that Stonehill College has selected BOND to provide preconstruction and construction management services for its new Leo J. Meehan School of Business. This project was awarded to BOND and is being managed by the Providence office team, whose leadership has been instrumental in building a strong relationship with the College.
The state-of-the-art $30 million School of Business launches the College’s revitalization program to transform the campus for the future. Located in the main quadrangle of the campus, the 65,000 SF facility will provide an innovative and active learning space for students in accounting, finance, international business, management, marketing, economics and healthcare administration. It will feature cutting-edge technology and flexible, adaptive classrooms that support hands-on learning and collaboration, preparing students to operate more successfully in the real world.
“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Stonehill College with the newly established School of Business project,” said Dan Ramos, BOND’s Regional Manager, Providence, Rhode Island. “We look forward to working closely with the College to deliver upon this exciting new transformation of the campus, which will elevate the College regionally and nationally.”
Currently in the design phase, building construction will begin Spring 2018 and is slated for completion in August 2019. Design and project partners include: S/L/A/M Collaborative, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers (BR+A) and Nitsch Engineering.
In addition, BOND recently broke ground on the College’s Academic and Welcome Center and has completed several other projects on campus including: the Rev. Mark T. Cregan C.S.C. Athletic and Fitness Center at the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex and the Thomas and Mary Shields Science Center.
About Stonehill College
Stonehill is a selective Catholic college located near Boston on a beautiful 384-acre campus in Easton, Massachusetts. With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, the College engages over 2,500 students in 80+ rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional fields. The Stonehill community helps students to develop the knowledge, skills, and character to meet their professional goals and to live lives of purpose and integrity.
Posted on August 10, 2017
(Boston, MA) – BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm, announces that Tim Peer, P.E., BOND’s Vice President of District Energy, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), at the 2017 annual conference and tradeshow in Scottsdale, Arizona.
IDEA is one of the energy industry’s foremost organizations representing over 2,200 members from 26+ countries. Its mission is to foster leadership in providing reliable, economical, efficient and environmentally sound district heating, district cooling and combined heat and power. Tim has been actively involved with IDEA for over 20 years and now joins its board of industry leading professionals from around the globe.
“We applaud the election of Tim Peer to IDEA’s Board of Directors and their recognition of his accomplishments in the energy services field,” said Robert Murray, President of BOND. “At a time when managing and sustaining the world’s limited energy resources is so critical, IDEA has worked with the industry to make substantial advances in the production, delivery and management of energy.”
Tim is responsible for leading BOND’s District Energy market sector, with a focus on developing new strategies and integrated solutions that exceed client expectations. A licensed professional engineer, Tim has over 25 years’ experience in the evolving power and energy industry, specializing in campus district heating, cooling and micro grids. He has led the construction of many complex projects, including central utility plants and distribution systems, as well as natural gas delivery systems and substations.
For more information on IDEA, visit www.districtenergy.org and please visit the BOND website at www.bondbrothers.com to learn more about district energy and power generation services.
Posted on August 9, 2017
(Boston, MA) – BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm announces the hiring of Robert Stone, Director of Preconstruction, Healthcare and Life Sciences. Bob is an important addition to BOND as the company continues to expand and strengthen its healthcare and life science service offerings throughout the Northeast.
In this newly created role, Bob will use his extensive industry experience to ensure clients’ needs are addressed and resolved early on, leading to a smooth and efficient construction process. He has more than 35 years’ experience focused in preconstruction, estimating and value engineering for highly-complex laboratory, biopharmaceutical and high-tech manufacturing clients. This diverse background gives him a keen understanding of client needs.
“We are excited to have Bob join the BOND team,” said Michael Walsh, Vice President of Healthcare and Life Sciences. “He brings tremendous value to our Healthcare and Life Sciences Group with many years’ experience in the industry. He is well versed in all aspects of planning, preconstruction and project delivery and focused on helping clients receive the highest value for their budget.”
Prior to joining BOND, Bob served as Chief Estimator at The Richmond Group, a construction management and design-build firm specializing in life science facilities. He also served as Director of Preconstruction Services at The Martins Companies as well as Chief Estimator at Walsh Brothers, Inc. His project portfolio includes clients such as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Biomedical, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Mt. Auburn Hospital and The Ragon Institute.
Bob graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University. He also holds E.I.T certification and a 30-hour OSHA certification. A resident of Carlisle, Massachusetts, he is a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators and American Society of Civil Engineers.
Posted on July 17, 2017
(Boston, MA) – BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm, recently joined officials from Northeastern University and the City of Boston to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new William E. Carter Playground on Columbus Avenue. The project is the result of a unique public-private partnership that involves developing a state-of-the-art athletic complex and expanded recreation opportunities for city residents and Northeastern students.
Alongside Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun, BOND executives and project leaders joined in the festivities marking the beginning of this collaborative project.
BOND is providing preconstruction and construction management services for the Carter Playground project, which is a 6.7 acre site that includes: two multi-purpose turf fields, five tennis courts, inclusive playground and splash pad, passive corner park and streetscape improvements. Additional enhancements include improved infrastructure, such as irrigation and drainage, as well as field lighting and scoreboards. The University will place a temporary air structure—or “bubble”—over one of the playing fields during the winter months to extend the availability of the facility for both students and city residents.
“BOND is proud to partner with Northeastern University and the City of Boston on this exciting project,” said Robert Murray, BOND President. “What we build today will benefit so many children, students and residents for many years to come.”
Project construction is currently underway and slated for completion by end of year 2018. Once completed, the transformed public park will be one of the largest city park/playgrounds in the South End and Roxbury.
Posted on June 28, 2017
(Boston, MA) – BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm, recently announced the completion of the Lawrence General Hospital Santagati Surgical Center. In addition, BOND is nearing completion of the last phase of the project, which includes the renovation of a pre-admission and reception center as well as a spacious and welcoming new family/visitor waiting room.
This project is part of a $73 million effort to improve healthcare delivery and expand the reach of the hospital and its services. The new surgical building represents the single largest capital investment in Lawrence General Hospital’s history. To facilitate the project, BOND worked in close collaboration with LGH stakeholders and design firm Morris Switzer Environments for Health to construct the new 43,000 square-foot facility. The building houses seven technology-rich operating rooms, including the only hybrid operating room in the region. State-of-the-art imaging and digital support technology is incorporated throughout the facility, improving LGH staff’s ability to perform complex vascular, cardiac, and neurosurgery.
“BOND is proud to have played a pivotal role in the expansion and transformation of Lawrence General Hospital,” said Robert Murray, BOND’s President. “Having the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of treatment options in Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire is indeed an honor.”
New construction began following the dismantling and demolition of the Lamprey Annex, former School of Nursing building and the Medical Office Building. BOND managed the demolition and enabling efforts related to this first phase of the project, carefully rerouting campus infrastructure to ensure critical Hospital operations were maintained throughout the project. BOND also completed renovations in the existing hospital, encompassing approximately 25,600 square feet of inpatient bed space, including nine single rooms with space for overnight visitors and 17 single and semi-private rooms.
Prior to the construction phase, BOND provided preconstruction services for the effort, including various options analyses, cost estimating, and Building Information Modeling (BIM) to ensure the most efficient construction process. The new facility took just shy of two years to complete, from groundbreaking to opening and came in on time and on budget.
Posted on June 14, 2017
(Boston, MA) – BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm, recently celebrated the groundbreaking of Stonehill College’s Academic & Welcome Center. The ceremony was attended by members of the College, academic administrators, trustees, students, faculty, staff as well as the BOND project team and design partner S/L/A/M Collaborative.
BOND is providing preconstruction and construction management services for the 35,000 square-foot academic & welcome center, built on the site of the Old Student Union. The Center will feature an admissions room with tiered seating for more than 50 people, administrative and faculty offices, a 350-seat auditorium, classrooms, meeting spaces, bookstore and Au Bon Pain Café.
“BOND is proud to work with Stonehill College on yet another important endeavor to improve the student experience on campus,” said Robert Murray, BOND President. “This new state-of-the-art center will become a hub for many students to gather and learn about the Stonehill experience for years to come.”
The new Center will serve as a welcoming focal point to the college, offering students a wonderful introduction to the campus, as well as demonstrating the value of a Stonehill education. It’s also the cornerstone building of a series of improvements to the academic quadrangle.
The project is currently on-track, within budget and slated for completion August 2018 in time for the academic school year.
About Stonehill College
Stonehill is a selective Catholic college located near Boston on a beautiful 384-acre campus in Easton, Massachusetts. With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, the College engages over 2,500 students in 80+ rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional fields. The Stonehill community helps students to develop the knowledge, skills, and character to meet their professional goals and to live lives of purpose and integrity.
Posted on June 1, 2017
(Boston, MA) – BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm, is pleased to announce the Taunton State Hospital WRAP (Women’s Recovery from Addictions Program) project has been awarded the Preservation Massachusetts 2017 Paul and Niki Tsongas Award. The project was recognized in the category: Best Use – Community and Social Services.
The award ceremony was held on May 10th at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. The Tsongas Award recognized BOND’s renovation which includes 17,050 square feet of the historic Taunton State Hospital’s Chambers Building, a secure facility that houses women who are recovering from addiction and substance abuse. The project was highly successful in transforming an outdated building on an underutilized campus into a new state-of-the-art treatment and recovery facility with a nurturing soul of 165 years of history.
“BOND has been working in the historic preservation sector since 1907,” said Robert Murray, President of BOND. “We are committed to this type of project and will continue to uphold the mission of Preservation Massachusetts to actively promote the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes as a positive force for economic development and the retention of community character.”
“The Taunton State Hospital Women’s Recovery from Addictions Program (WRAP) and Taunton State Hospital are strong examples of the power of preservation and the power of a mission,” said Pamela Bailey, BOND Project Manager. “It’s an honor to be a part of such an impactful project to our state and to the community.”
Project construction began on December 1, 2015, and the WRAP project in the Chambers Building was open for occupancy on July 5, 2016. Fast-tracked by Governor Baker as an emergency project, the construction phase took just over six months – an accomplishment achieved through a highly collaborative team of owner (DCAMM, the state’s building agency and Department of Mental Health), architect (Studio G) and builder (BOND).
Within that time period, the existing stereotypical institutional glazed block wards were transformed into a welcoming, home-like environment. Spaces were designed to give individuals a sense of control and identity. Complete HVAC and life safety systems were installed. Two beautifully-landscaped courtyards with site furnishings, walks and fencing were created to give the clients access to the outdoors. Final renovation provided two new wings of patient rooms, an administrative wing, lounges, dining rooms, nurses’ stations, medical rooms and other support spaces.
The 29th Annual Tsongas Awards recognized 22 projects from Plymouth to Pittsfield that demonstrate the award theme, The Power of Preservation. Winners were selected through a nomination process. Each project, along with their team, show what preservation brings to communities and lives. They range in use from housing to educational facilities, to health care and community service uses and show that preservation is a tool that utilizes the past to make a better future.
About the Paul & Niki Tsongas Awards
Founded in 1985, Preservation Massachusetts is the statewide non-profit organization that actively promotes the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes as a positive force for economic development and the retention of community character. Since 1988, the Paul & Niki Tsongas award is the highest honor given by the state’s historic preservation advocacy organization and was named for its first recipient, Senator Paul Tsongas. In 2016, the award was renamed to include Congresswoman Niki Tsongas for her support of preservation. The theme for this year’s awards is The Power of Preservation. Awards were presented at the historic Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. Proceeds from the dinner directly support the programs and advocacy work of Preservation Massachusetts
Posted on May 22, 2017
(Providence, RI) – BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm, announces that Providence College has selected BOND to provide construction management services for the expansion of its Science Complex.
This is a milestone win for the Providence, Rhode Island office, as they celebrate their one-year anniversary. It is also a testament to the strong leadership and experience of its Rhode Island-based team, whose efforts continue to expand BOND’s service offerings throughout the Northeast footprint.
“We are excited to establish our relationship with Providence College through the construction and renovation of this multi-phased, science complex project,” said Dan Ramos, BOND’s Regional Manager, Providence, Rhode Island. “We are confident that our team’s experience completing construction within sensitive and complex academic environments, coupled with a close attention to detail, will translate into a successful project for Providence College.”
The new Providence College multi-phased, science complex project includes: two building additions, plus renovations to science classrooms in Albertus, SOWA and Hickory Halls. The revitalized complex will feature new classrooms, a lecture hall, academic offices, laboratories, mechanical upgrades, rooftop observatory and telescope storage area.
With site mobilization spring 2017, the project is slated for completion June 2018. Design and project partners include: S/L/A/M Collaborative, Farrar & Associates, Sterling Engineering, Caputo and Wick, Wilkinson Associates and The Skyline Group.
Posted on May 4, 2017
(Boston, MA) – BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm announces it has received a Construction Management Association of America, New England Chapter (CMAA) Project Achievement Award for the Bryant University Academic Innovation Center (AIC) project in Smithfield, Rhode Island. The project won in the New Construction category at the 23rd annual award ceremony on May 3, 2017 at the Omni Parker House, Boston.
Bryant University’s AIC is a groundbreaking, state-of-the-art learning facility that embraces the future of experiential education. The 48,290 square-foot building is uniquely designed to inspire creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration and innovative teaching methods. It’s the flagship project of the Bryant Builds Program, a facility plan that has added more than 250,000 square feet of innovative facilities at both the Smithfield campus, as well as Zhuhai, China.
“We are extremely pleased with our new facility,” said John Metcalf, Executive Director, Capital Projects and Construction, Bryant University. “We congratulate the project teams for their hard work and close collaboration that kept this project on schedule and within budget during a fast-track timeline. Despite the complexities of the project, everyone worked together to deliver an impressive building our students and faculty will enjoy for years to come.”
Working closely with University stakeholders and design firm EYP, BOND provided preconstruction and construction management services for the project. This included detailed cost estimating, value engineering and procurement strategies to manage cost and schedule. BOND’s preplanning and implementation of technology such as BIM modeling, laser scanning and tablet-based quality control systems ensured each building element was installed to plan. The project was delivered during an aggressive 16-month schedule in time for the fall semester of 2016.
“We are honored to a part of the CMAA New England Project Achievement Awards,” said Robert Murray, BOND President. “The construction of the Academic Innovation Center is a transformative and signature building for Bryant University and its students. We are pleased to have the opportunity to celebrate the success of this project.”
The CMAA New England Chapter holds its annual Project Achievement Awards to recognize exceptional achievement in the New England construction management community.
Posted on April 10, 2017
(Boston, MA) – BOND, the Northeast’s premier building, civil, utility and energy construction firm, recently celebrated the topping off ceremony for Boston University’s Theatre Center. The ceremony marked the last steel beam raised on this 75,000 square foot facility. It was attended by members of the University, the BOND project team and design partners including Elkus Manfredi Architects and Vanderweil Engineers.
Located on the Charles River Campus, the new multi-functional facility will feature a black box theater with seating for 250, high bay spaces for scenery and prop construction, costume shops, faculty offices and teaching studios. A two-level subsurface parking garage and adjoining parking lot will provide space for 286 vehicles. A beautifully landscaped plaza on Commonwealth Avenue will provide a welcoming focal point along with landscaped buffer zones along Essex and Dummer Streets.
“We are pleased that Boston University has selected BOND to provide preconstruction and construction management services for its new Theatre Center,” said Robert Murray, President of BOND. “The new building will unify the School of Theatre on the Charles River Campus and provide a dynamic and exciting space for artistic collaboration and future productions.”
The project is on-track, within-budget and anticipating LEED Silver certification. Phase 1 occupancy is slated for mid-August 2017 with full completion by November 2017.