Ellenzweig Receives AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm Award

Ellenzweig is the recipient of the 2018 AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm Award. The award recognizes Ellenzweig’s commitment to supporting and advancing its emerging professionals. Architects Amanda Solinsky and Steve Mahler attended the AIA New England Design Awards program, hosted by the Boston Society of Architects, where they received the award on behalf of the firm.

Topping-Off Ceremony at MIT for the Albany Street Cogeneration Plant

Ellenzweig recently celebrated the steel topping-off ceremony of our new Albany Street Cogeneration Plant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with our design partner R.G. Vanderweil Power Group and the construction team. The 69,000 gsf, 40 Megawatt combined heat and power plant is located in a highly active, mixed-use environment on the MIT campus and will have a significant urban presence.

The street level program includes staff offices and a presentation/outreach facility. Sculptural air intakes, which are integral to the plant operations, add visual relief to the building façade; large window openings afford views into the working spaces. The sensitive landscape design enhances the streetscape at a major campus entry.

Construction completion is scheduled for 2020.

For more information about this project visit  Albany Street Cogeneration Plant

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Rowan University Wins 2018 New Good Neighbor Award

Ellenzweig is excited to announce that our Engineering Hall at Rowan University has won a 2018 New Good Neighbor Award from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association! Nominated projects were judged on economic benefits, job creation, architectural merit and community involvement. We, and our design partners Clarke Caton Hintz, are proud to have received this award.

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Ellenzweig at SCUP Conference in Nashville

At the 2018 SCUP annual conference held in Nashville, Ellenzweig President Dominick Roveto and Principal Michael Lauber presented a concurrent session with Catherine Summa, Director of the Science Center at Wellesley College, entitled “STEM: What Does it Mean to Your Institution?” The session explored the goals, measures of success, education outcomes, curricular changes, and new pedagogies associated with STEM initiatives by detailing the differing strategies employed by several US colleges and universities. Ellenzweig also participated in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 318.

Ellenzweig Project Achieves WELL Gold Certification

Project Sagamore, completed for EMD Serono in Billerica, Massachusetts, has been awarded Gold Level WELL Certification for "New and Existing Buildings" from the International Well Building Institute (IWBI). The new building is the first project in the United States and the second in the world to achieve Gold certification in the "New and Existing Buildings" category. Project Sagamore is only the third project in this category to be certified in the U.S. at any level.

WELL Certification is based on building performance and requires a passing score for each of the seven categories of the WELL Building Standard: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind. A WELL-certified building improves the health and well-being of its occupants through nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns, and performance.

An addition that more than doubles the size of an existing building, the project is the latest expansion of EMD’s research and development campus, designed by Ellenzweig over the course of 19 years.  The new Sagamore facilities include an open lobby, interaction area and café, outdoor patios, fitness center, four workstation neighborhoods with adjacent quiet rooms, meeting and collaboration spaces, and an auditorium.  The building features an open design that allows for choice and flexibility in where and how employees work.  Employee engagement strategies focused on four C’s:  choice, comfort, collaboration, and challenge—as in challenging the norms of how EMD employees interact with their environment.  The bold, branded colors have an important impact on the otherwise monochromatic palette, representing the impact EMD has on the world’s health and well-being.

Key team-member contributions were made by Intec Group, Red Thread, BR+A Consulting Engineers, The Green Engineer, JLL Construction, and our client, EMD Serono.

Ellenzweig at SCUP 2018 North Atlantic Regional Conference

Ellenzweig Principal Shirine Boulos Anderson presented an interactive session entitled Reconciling College and University Goals towards a Low Carbon Future with James Anderson of Harvard University, and Jacob Knowles of Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers. Dominick Roveto, firm President, and Catherine Hunt, Associate Principal, also attended the conference.

Ellenzweig Announces Dominick Roveto, AIA, LEED AP as its New President

Michael Lauber, FAIA, is pleased to announce that Dominick Roveto, AIA, LEED AP, succeeds him as President of the firm. Michael is stepping away from the presidency to focus on the firm’s project work and client relations.

“Dominick has been instrumental to our success and is going to be an excellent leader for our firm, guiding us to growth and prosperity over the coming years,” said Lauber. “He is a great communicator, has a strong design sensibility, and brings to the presidency the highest ethical values.”

Dominick joined Ellenzweig in 1994 upon receipt of his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Boston Architectural College. He worked closely with Founding Principal Harry Ellenzweig, devoting his career to designing buildings that foster community, celebrate program and mission, and enhance their built and natural surroundings. His client collaborations include those with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Florida, University of Maine, EMD Serono, University of Massachusetts, Ursinus College, University of New Hampshire, Rowan University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, University of Vermont, and Yale University.

Dominick is a frequent speaker at national conferences convened by Tradeline and the Society for College and University Planning.

Located in Boston’s Financial District and celebrating its 53rd year, Ellenzweig is an architecture and planning firm specializing in buildings for science and engineering.

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University of Maine Engineering Center Awarded to Ellenzweig/WBRC Team

Ellenzweig, in partnership with WBRC Architects Engineers of Bangor, Maine, is excited to announce our selection for the design of the new Engineering Education and Design Center at the University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono.

The new building, estimated at 120,000 square feet, will provide contemporary research and teaching facilities and accommodate the University’s expanding engineering enrollment.

To view the WBRC press release click here.

Read the University of Maine’s announcement regarding the Engineering Education and Design Center here.

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Coastal Research Building Completed for UMass Dartmouth

Ellenzweig recently celebrated with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth the opening of the new East Research Building in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The building serves the School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) as well as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. The project was administered by the University of Massachusetts Building Authority.

The new building features a major seawater research laboratory, a supercomputer server cluster for climate and oceanographic modeling, wet and computational teaching laboratories, and a 100-seat divisible classroom with video-conferencing capabilities.

Sustainability and resiliency planning informed the new building design at its coastal location, including elevated electrical and mechanical systems, and a building envelope designed for 120 mph sustained winds.

For further details about the SMAST facilities click here.

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Ellenzweig Hosts Architecture Job Shadow Day

Ellenzweig hosted a job shadow day for a group of high school students interested in careers in the design and construction fields. By attending various presentations by the Ellenzweig staff, touring the office to learn about different career paths, and participating in a creative design charrette, the students experienced what it is like to work at an architecture firm.

Ellenzweig held a similar event for students from the Margarita Muñiz Academy and English High School.

Strategies to Successfully Navigate the Design of STEM Facilities: A Case Study at the University of Mississippi

Co-authored by Shirine Boulos Anderson and Maurice R. Eftink, Professor of Chemistry and Associate Provost Emeritus at the University of Mississippi, was published as a featured article in SCUP’s Planning for Higher Education in November 2017.

To view the article, click here.

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Campus Energy Master Planning: A Road Map to Carbon Neutral Institutions in Northern U.S. Latitudes

Co-authored by Shirine Boulos Anderson and Chad Wisler, Managing Principal at Vanderweil Engineers, was published as a featured article in SCUP’s Planning for Higher Education in June 2017, and again in a July edition of The SCUP Scan.

To view the article, click here.

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Rowan University’s Anthony Lowman, Ph.D., Dean of the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, joined Ellenzweig Principals Jim Blount and Dominick Roveto in presenting, “New facility models for integrating science and engineering,” at Tradeline’s College and University Science and Engineering Facilities 2017 Spring Conference, April 24-25, at the Hilton San Diego Mission Bay Resort.

Honor Award for Accessible Design

The Framingham State University Science Complex Addition and Renovation project won an Honor Award for Accessible Design administered jointly by the Boston Society of Architects and the Massachusetts Access Board. The project achieved universal access to all facilities in the buildings comprising the Science Complex, including renovation of the entries to Hemenway Hall and the Annex and the reconfiguration of steeply sloping courtyard areas.