(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 Brandeis University Skyline Residence Hall. The 25th Annual Awards Ceremony was held on May 8, 2019 at the Omni Parker House, Boston.
Within a fast-track 13-month design and construction schedule, BOND completed on schedule for the fall semester 2018 a new Skyline Residence Hall named for its spectacular Boston views as seen from the panoramic windows.
The 54,000 SF facility was constructed in a tight and congested area in the heart of the campus. Working closely with University stakeholders, owner’s project manager, Leggat McCall Properties and design firm William Rawn Associates, BOND provided preconstruction and construction management services for the project. This included significant planning and value-engineering techniques, advising the team on cost schedule and material selection.
“In all my years as a facilities management professional, the Skyline project was the most successful I have ever been a part of and the BOND team played a significant role in that achievement,” said Robert Avalle, Jr., Associate Vice President for Facilities Services, Brandeis University. “Through the preconstruction process and efforts, BOND’s leadership and skills helped us evaluate all the options and challenges to find creative ways to meet our priorities. BOND worked diligently and in unison with the other project teams to solve problems, communicate effectively and stay on top of issues, hitting every milestone along the way.”
The Skyline Residence Hall stands as a beacon of sustainability for the “university on a hill” and is one of the only geothermal, zero-fossil fuel residence halls in the state. With wide open spaces and sun-splashed common areas, the sleek and modern building is home to 164 students. Built on the land that is formerly part of the Usen Castle, the U-shaped building features four study lounges, four common rooms, a kitchen and a courtyard with 5,000 SF of green space. Elevators and a main stairway allow for easier movement between four fully accessible floors. A complete renovation of the beloved Chum’s Coffee House in the adjacent Usen Castle was also included in the project.
“We are proud to be a part of the CMAA New England Project Achievement Awards,” said, Frank Hayes, Chief Operating Officer of BOND and President of the Building Division. “This project involved the construction of a new building located in a heavily congested area, with extensive site logistics challenges. Yet, with a terrific synergy between the owner, designer and project teams, we were able to keep this project on budget and delivered on schedule. The Skyline Residence Hall is a beautiful facility that students will enjoy for decades to come.”
About CMAA New England
Started in 1991 by a small group of professionals devoted to construction in a management role, the New England Chapter now has over 500 members with approximately 90 Certified Construction Managers (CCM). The continued growth of CMAA indicates the rising importance of construction management within the industry and the value of CCM certification.
The Chapter offers numerous activities to the membership, some of which include Monthly Breakfast Programs, Owners’ Forum Luncheon, Annual Project Awards, Student Scholarships, Professional Certification Classes, Construction Legislation Tracking & Alerts, and Annual Golf Outings. For more information, please visit the website http://www.cmaa-ne.org.
Since 1907, BOND has managed many of the Northeast’s most complex construction projects. BOND operates as a construction manager for academic, healthcare and life science clients and a self-performing general contractor for the power and energy industry. BOND is well-known for delivering reliable, safe, and high-quality work. The Building Division has completed high-profile projects for clients such as Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston University, Bryant University, Brown University, Harvard University, MIT and Roger Williams University. The Civil & Utility Division has successfully completed projects for Eversource, Enbridge, Iberdrola Renewables, Port Authority NY/NJ and United Illuminating. For more information, please visit www.bondbrothers.com