Michigan State University STEM Complex receives FSC Leadership Award
Michigan State University’s STEM Complex has received a 2021 FSC Leadership Award from the Forest Stewardship Council for using 99% FSC-certified wood in the mass timber structure as a demonstration of innovation and leadership. The award was issued to the project team: Michigan State University, Granger Construction Company, Ellenzweig (Design Architect and Lab Planner), Integrated Design Solutions (Architect of Record and designer of the power plant component), and Les Chantiers Chibougamau (manufacturer).
For more information on the project, click here.
Recent new commissions include the 56,000 gsf renovation of the Agriculture Science Building at Alfred State College of Technology, State University of New York; laboratory space for a research institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts; an office-to-lab conversion and cGMP addition in Greater Boston for a confidential client; a 350,000 gsf life sciences building in Greater Boston for a confidential client; and a simulation learning space for Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
University of Maine, Darling Marine Center Renovations
Ellenzweig recently completed the Flowing Seawater Laboratory Renovation and Infrastructure Upgrades Project for the Darling Marine Center—a University of Maine research and education facility located in Walpole, Maine, on the Damariscotta River. The renovations to the 3,000-square-foot building provide flexible marine research labs and support facilities; the project included upgrades to the flowing seawater infrastructure and pump system that provides seawater to the research labs.
Ellenzweig served as Architect and Lab Planner. Key team members included TAG Engineering, LLC, of East Falmouth, Massachusetts; BR+A Consulting Engineers of Boston; and Becker Structural Engineers (now Thornton Tomasetti) of Portland, Maine.
Projects in Construction
Oyster Hatchery, The College of William and Mary/Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA
The new 22,000 gsf Oyster Hatchery, now in construction, provides research laboratories and support facilities, workshop, meeting and office space, visitors’ reception area, and outdoor field labs for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and The College of William and Mary’s School of Marine Science. The project, which includes a new pump house and piping system, will be completed in 2021.
Ellenzweig is Design Architect and Lab Planner, working in a collaboration with TAG Engineering, LLC, of East Falmouth, MA, and BCWH (now Quinn Evans), Architect of Record, of Richmond, VA.
The New Master Plan for Energy in Massachusetts and Why It Matters
The Massachusetts state government passed historic legislation in March that introduces a master plan for reducing greenhouse gas (carbon) emissions and combating climate change. “An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy” sets long-term and intermediate goals while establishing wide-ranging initial steps that will promote rapid, positive change. Read more.
Shown: Governor Baker signing climate legislation (photo from press release, Mass.gov)
Projects in Construction
STEM Building, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
Construction of the 200,000 gsf STEM building is now underway, and is scheduled for completion in 2023. The new facility will provide contemporary teaching facilities for Engineering, Science, Technology, and Mathematics/Computer Science.
Ellenzweig is Design Architect and Laboratory Planner, working with McCarty Architects, Architect of Record. Yates Construction is the builder. For more information about the project, click here.
Cuyahoga Community College STEM Center Wins Two 2020 NAIOP Awards
Ellenzweig is excited to announce that our STEM Center at Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Ohio, has won two Awards of Excellence from the Northern Ohio Chapter of the commercial real estate development association NAIOP. The project was honored with both the Education Interior Design of the Year and Education Architecture Project of the Year. We are proud to have received these two awards for this highly sustainable building that provides contemporary learning spaces and labs for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Information Technology.
Ellenzweig served as Design Architect and Lab Planner, working in a collaboration with Weber Murphy Fox, Architect of Record.
Learn more about the STEM Center here.
Ellenzweig welcomes Michele Pollio, AIA, Associate Principal
Ellenzweig is delighted to welcome to the firm Michele Pollio, AIA. Michele has dedicated her career to the planning and design of research, teaching, quality, and clinical laboratories for academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare institutions, and research foundations. Recently employed as HERA Laboratory Planners’ Director of their Philadelphia Office, Michele has completed laboratory projects for Rowan University, Cuyahoga Community College, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, USDA, and Merck, among many other institutions. Michele has authored numerous technical papers, and has been an invited speaker at national and local conferences focused on issues relating to laboratory planning and design. Michele joins the firm as an Associate Principal.
Addressing Racial Injustice
Systemic racism in our society continues to foster profound inequalities, fear, and intolerable acts of aggression, particularly against our Black American communities. We at Ellenzweig acknowledge and condemn racial prejudice in all its forms. We are committed to proactively work against racial injustice, as well as explicit and implicit bias in our profession and related endeavors.
Projects in Construction
Spaulding Hall of Biological Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Construction is underway on this two-phased project composed of a 47,000 square foot addition and renovations to Spaulding Hall, the 82,000 square foot Biological Sciences Building. The project will provide contemporary teaching facilities, research laboratories, and core lab facilities, along with new vivarium facilities, insectarium, and herbarium. The entire project is slated for completion in 2023. For more information about the project click here.
Our response to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has created new social, economic, and physical space challenges and realities, both immediate and long-term. Here at Ellenzweig, we recognize and are responding to these new challenges.
Of course, the health and safety of our staff was, and continues to be, paramount in every decision we have made and will make regarding the operation of our practice throughout this crisis. In mid-March, we all began working from our homes, seamlessly remoting into our computer network.
Projects in Construction
Construction begins on University of Maine’s Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center
The University of Maine held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony on April 28, 2020, to launch the construction of the Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center on the Orono campus. The 110,000 square foot academic and laboratory building—the largest capital project in the University’s history—will serve as the new home for the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Program. Also located in the building will be a Welcome Center for all prospective UMaine students. Consigli is the Construction Manager for the building, scheduled to open in the fall of 2022. Ellenzweig is the Design Architect and Laboratory Planner for the project, working in a close collaboration with WBRC Architects Engineers.
Our most recent new commissions include the design of 140,000 gsf of research space for Yale University; a planning study for a confidential medical school client; the design of new buildings and renovations of existing for the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Campus in fulfillment of the Master Plan previously developed by our firm; renovation of the 172,600 Plant Science Building for the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University (shown); the Bioengineering Capstone Project at Northeastern University; renovations in the Lederle Graduate Research Center and Morrill Science Center Building IV South at University of Massachusetts Amherst; several research laboratory renovations at University of Massachusetts Lowell; and renovation of the SENG (Science and Engineering) Building at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Ellenzweig Office is Awarded LEED Platinum
We are delighted to announce that our office space at 230 Congress Street has achieved LEED Platinum certification. Designed by Ellenzweig for Ellenzweig, our team included BR+A Engineers, MoharDesign, Pieszak Lighting Design, and Commodore Builders.
Ellenzweig Project Wins Two USGBC Awards
At the recent Green Build Showcase event, Project Sagamore received two of the major awards presented by the USGBC MA Chapter: Green Building of the Year and Market Leader in Health and Wellness.
Completed for EMD Serono in Billerica, MA, the Sagamore research and office complex was designed to enhance the company’s progressive work culture through employee engagement, well-being, technology, and biophilic design.
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.
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.
Ellenzweig at SCUP Conference in Nashville
At the 2018 SCUP annual conference held in Nashville, Ellenzweig President 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.
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. Catherine Hunt, Associate Principal, also attended the conference.
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.
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.
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.
New Facility Models for Integrating Science and Engineering
Rowan University’s Anthony Lowman, Ph.D., Dean of the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, joined Ellenzweig Principal Jim Blount 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.