Life Science Construction Experts with Covid-19 Protocols in Place

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JC&A is the construction management leader in the Life Science industry helping clients in the Cambridge and Suburban markets with all their construction needs.  Now more than ever before, it is critical to work with partners who understand the intricacies of this very specialized work, as well as how to build safely under the new Covid-19 guidelines. 


JC&A is paving the way for Life Science companies to advance their construction projects in a safe environment.  Through our work with State and local officials (as well as many building owners), we have developed and implemented comprehensive Covid-19 Protocols across all of our essential jobsites.  We are well positioned to help other Life Science companies with their construction needs as well. 


Advancement in science and research cannot stop.  As founding members of Team IMPACT, a non-profit that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, we know first-hand the criticality of your work. We believe we share a singular mission: to improve the lives of the children and families we champion.


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J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A), one of the leading construction management firms in the Northeast specializing in world-class pre-construction services and challenging construction projects, recently completed the corporate headquarters for Dicerna™ Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a developer of investigational ribonucleic acid interference (RNAi) therapeutics.

Together with R.E. Dinneen Architects and AHA Engineers, JC&A transformed 80,000 square feet in Lexington for Dicerna.  The team upgraded Dicerna’s existing lobby and atrium, and significantly upgraded existing office and laboratory spaces. The team added a new chemistry lab, a commercial kitchen, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Exterior highlights include a staircase that allows direct access from all three floors to the new, expansive back patio, as well as a new front patio and trellis.

“We are proud to be part of Dicerna’s successful transition to Lexington,” said Greg Lewis, project executive, life sciences at J. Calnan & Associates. “In the end, it’s all about improving patients’ lives, and this new headquarters will allow them to further advance their therapies.”

“At Dicerna, our mission is to leverage our proprietary GalXC RNAi technology platform to develop new therapies for patients with rare and common diseases that have a genetic component. There is an urgency to the work that we do, and the recent, rapid expansion to our new Lexington facility will provide our growing team with additional infrastructure and capacity to deliver new medicines to patients,” said Douglas Fambrough, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Dicerna.

JC&A builds for the world’s top Life Sciences companies. Our specialized Life Sciences team has extensive experience working in challenging cGMP environments including occupied spaces, clean rooms, operational vivariums and labs. We also have worked for various user groups with strict security requirements and aggressive schedules. Some of these groups include Sanofi Genzyme, Biogen, Parexel International, Takeda, Acceleron andMassBio. 


Giving Back and Building Relationships with Team IMPACT

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On episode 20 of the Build Better podcast, Anastasia welcomed Jay Calnan, CEO of J. Calnan and Associates. Calnan shared the mission of Team IMPACT, a nonprofit he started in 2011 to connect and cultivate meaningful relationships between college athletic teams and children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.

As a kid, Calnan had the opportunity to participate in team sports, an experience that allowed him to learn skills he values as an adult and business owner. These life skills – work ethic, teamwork, leadership and followship skills, discipline and perseverance – were all developed with the help of the people and organizations who invested their time and resources into the community.  Calnan founded Team IMPACT as a way to pay it forward, giving back to his community and to kids who benefit most from learning these important life skills. The program serves kids ages 5-15 who are diagnosed or dealing with a life threatening or chronic illness. Each one is paired with a college athletic program that dedicates a minimum of two years to mentoring and helping them learn these important skills. They also have the opportunity to become a part of the team by attending practices, games, team dinners, and other events.

Team IMPACT now works with over 650 campuses in all 50 states, with over 2000 kids participating. Calnan says that networking and building a sense of community was what made J. Calnan and Associates a success after he started the company in 1996, and he carries those same principles into the nonprofit.  If a company or organization is seeking ways to give back, Calnan encourages people to find something they are passionate about, to work hard, and to continue to network and meet new people in all different industries and walks of life. By networking with the medical and athletic communities, Calnan and the Team IMPACT staff are able to match kids with teams in their area. Calnan says, “The more people you  know, the larger your network is, the more opportunities that will be created.” He also advises people to always be on the lookout for ways to get involved, and to remember to show appreciation for others by celebrating shared successes.

Calnan says it is mutually beneficial relationships that make Team IMPACT a success. “Mutually beneficial relationships are really the essence of life, and those come from being a person who leads in an introductory relationship in any capacity: to a friend, or a co-worker, or an associate in the industry, or your neighbor.” He adds, “Whatever the relationship is, you lead by saying, ‘How can I help?’”

Maugel and J.Calnan Complete Olympus OSSA 122,000 SF Restack

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Maugel Architects and J. Calnan & Associates (JC&A) announced the completion of the 122,000 square foot restack of Olympus OSSA in Waltham, Massachusetts. Olympus OSSA is a world-leading manufacturer of innovative non-destructive testing instruments used in industrial and research applications.  The Maugel-JC&A team had previously designed Olympus’ original interior fit-out in 2011.  The 2019 project entailed a nine-phase renovation of expansion and occupied space encompassing 12 departments and over 500 employees. STV|DPM served as project OPM with MEP/FP engineering services provided by WB Engineers and Consultants.


The master plan and interior design, led by Maugel Architects, optimized efficiencies across office areas to maintain proper adjacencies to manufacturing and lab spaces and enabled the consolidation of Olympus’ Newton facility into the Waltham location.  New amenity and collaboration areas were strategically located throughout the facility to foster productivity and social connection across departments.


The use of graphic wall coverings, bold textured accent walls, and dramatic mid-tone wood accents create a fresh contemporary space that reflects the branding of the industry leading firm. The creative use of LED lighting of varying styles add interest to the space. Soft flooring was used in differing patterns to delineate workspaces and enhance acoustics and aesthetics. Other spaces include 28 new conference rooms, gym and locker rooms, a film studio and demo area, and an enlarged redesigned kitchen and breakroom.


“The Olympus OSSA project illustrates the best in modern workspace design. We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Olympus OSSA and J. Calnan & Associates and were honored to be selected to design the master plan and interior design for the Olympus restack,” said Heather Merwin, Olympus project interior director for Maugel Architects.  “The Olympus OSSA team, led by Joe Welch and Jason Shapiro,  had a clear vision and worked closely with the design team to ensure the new space would not only function well, but provide a creative work environment rich in amenity hubs and collaboration areas that fostered productivity and employee well-being.”

We Build…® The Skating Club of Boston

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We Build…® Legacies 

JC&A, Troika, Northstar Project & Real Estate Services and AHA Consulting Engineers reached a significant milestone last month in the construction of the Skating Club of Boston’s all-new 179,000 square foot, state-of-the-art training facility. The final beam was raised into place during a “topping off” ceremony held at the site of the new building.

The multi-million dollar, three-rink facility will feature a sports injury prevention and strength training center, dance studio, club and team locker rooms, coaches lounge, ticket office, lobby café, Club trophy room, library, multiple guest areas and meeting rooms, and an apparel and equipment store.

“The transformation of this site in such a short amount of time is already so significant, and the raising of this final beam bring us one step closer to opening this beautiful and amazing facility next summer,” said Joe Blount, President, The Skating Club of Boston. “We are excited that so many Club supporters came out for the event today to celebrate this milestone. If it weren’t for them, this new facility wouldn’t be possible.”

The center of the action of the new building will be an Olympic-size arena called The Performance Center that will seat 2,500 spectators and host exhibitions, shows and competitions for figure skating and short-track speed skating. The second rink will be a dedicated figure-skating rink for training and competitive events with 1,500 seats, and the third will be an NHL-sized, multi-purpose rink with 400 seats, equipped for hockey play.

The new facility will also include the new Marilyn Kasputys Branch of the Micheli Center, a 7,000 square-foot area, designed by fitness, injury prevention and sports & wellness professionals, that will have private offices for athlete evaluations, examinations, physical therapy, x-ray imaging, sports psychology and nutritional counseling.
“We’re so proud to be part of this incredible project for the Skating Club of Boston. This state-of-the-art facility will not only be the envy of the skating world, but also athletic complexes across New England because of its modern design and features,” said Steve Robak, Executive Vice President and Partner, J. Calnan & Associates. “We’ve worked closely with The Skating Club of Boston and the entire project team for the past couple of years to ensure that this project will be completed on time and hit all the milestones for a successful opening next summer.”
The building is located at 750 University Ave. in Norwood, MA, about 20 miles southwest of downtown Boston.
The Town is excited to see this much progress with the development in such a short amount of time,” said Paul Bishop, Chairman, Norwood Board of Selectmen. “Norwood is looking forward to welcoming the thousands of new visitors who will be coming here once The Skating Club of Boston opens its doors next summer.”

More information about the new training facility, including a timeline of the project, renderings, live video feed of the construction site, and the Club’s full history can be found at


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JC&A Receives Community Involvement Award

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Quincy, MA  – J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A) was recently recognized at the 13th Annual Family Business Awards for business success, contributions to the community and industry, and innovative business practices and strategies and took home the Middlesex Savings Bank Award for Community Involvement.

The award was created to acknowledge a company that has had a notable positive impact on the local community.

JC&A gives back in various ways to charities and organizations that are meaningful to its employees and creates many opportunities for collective volunteerism.  The company has supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Champions for Children’s, United Way and The Jimmy Fund to name a few.

It also co-founders a nonprofit, Team IMPACT, with a mission to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.

Team IMPACT children are drafted onto local college athletic teams and invited to become official members of the team from Draft Day through graduation.  Since its inception in 2011, Team IMPACT has over 2,000 children at more than 600 colleges and universities across the country!

CEO Jay Calnan accepted the award on behalf of the company and stressed the importance of having a strong community and how instrumental its community has been to the success of both JC&A and Team IMPACT.

“The people of JC&A have a keen understanding of how much help we received from our community in our 20+ years of business,” said Jay Calnan, Chief Executive Officer of JC&A. “We have successfully grown from a start-up company to an industry leader and are extremely cognizant of how instrumental our community has been in helping us to realize our goals.  Our community continues to inspire us every day to be the very best we can, and we feel strongly that it is our obligation to return that support in every way we can.”

JC&A has consistently been recognized for its work in the community.    The Boston Business Journal has ranked it among the top charitable contributors for the past 12 years and in 2014,  JC&A and Team IMPACT were recognized by as Partners of the Year for their continued work to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses by matching them with college athletic teams.

Click here to watch Jay’s speech. 


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We Build…® Legacies

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For more than a century, The Skating Club of Boston has inspired U.S. figure skaters with a forward-thinking approach and long-standing commitment to excellence. In keeping with this history, the Club is currently underway with an unprecedented expansion by constructing a new, three-rink training facility and performance center in Norwood, MA.
JC&A is working with Studio Troika, AHA Engineers, Northstar Project & Real Estate Services and the Skating Club of Boston. At a ceremony attended by the project team, Olympic athletes Scott Hamilton and Tenley Albright, club coaches, benefactors and Norwood town officials, the Skating Club officially “broke the ice” last month signifying the start of construction.
The new 180,000-square-foot training facility will feature three rinks, a sports injury prevention and strength training center, dance studio, club and team locker rooms, coaches lounge, ticket office, lobby café, Club trophy room, library, multiple guest areas and meeting rooms, and an apparel and equipment store.
JC&A is looking forward to delivering this legacy facility next summer that will form the foundation and benefit the entire figure skating world for the next 100 years!
Check out this video from the official “Ice Breaking” in Norwood.

JC&A Holds “Breakthrough” Event for Dicerna

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Lexington, MA J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A) held a “breakthrough” event signifying the start of construction for biopharmaceutical company Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Dicerna, a leading developer of investigational ribonucleic acid interference (RNAi) therapeutics, is relocating its corporate headquarters and laboratories from Cambridge to 33 Hayden Aven., a building owned by Boston Properties. The 80,000 s/f facility, which is scheduled to open in fall 2019, comprises two floors of office space and one floor designated for laboratory usage. The tenant fit-out, designed by R.E. Dinneen Architects & Planners (REDAP), consists of 55,000 s/f on the second and third floors. The design maximizes the use of natural light and views with a completely open floor plan, intended to promote collaboration and camaraderie. Staying true to Dicerna’s values of openness and equality, there are no private offices in the space, and all workstations are equal in size. A variety of conference, meeting spaces and break-out areas provide ample opportunities for employees to choose alternative work areas. In keeping with the company’s emphasis on employee well-being, a new fitness center and yoga studio, as well as patios for outside activities, will complete the transformation of the new facility.

The new Dicerna biology/chemistry labs, consisting of 25,000 s/f on the first floor, occupy a previous tenant’s scientific facilities, but are being transformed and upgraded to meet Dicerna’s research & development facility requirements. Dicerna will use an existing three-story atrium, being renovated by base building architects Perkins + Will, as a company “Town Hall” gathering space for a variety of activities.

“We are excited to be a part of Dicerna’s transition to Lexington,” said Greg Lewis, project executive, life sciences at J. Calnan & Associates. “This is a milestone project for Dicerna to further advance their breakthrough therapies. Our team at JC&A, coupled with the design teams and sub-contractors, are focused on delivering this new state-of-the-art facility to Dicerna without impact or interruption to their science.”

The project team includes; owner’s project manager Anyi Strang of LJB Lab Planners; R.E. Dinneen Architects & Planners for tenant fit-out; AHA, project engineers; VHB for civil and landscape; Goldstein-Milano for structural; and Perkins & Will for base building architectural upgrades.

“At Dicerna, we work to create therapeutic breakthroughs using RNAi, and our new Lexington facility is itself a breakthrough that will enable our continued growth,” said Douglas Fambrough, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Dicerna.

“We designed our company to embody a ‘no-walls’ culture, continually breaking down barriers that can limit progress.  Our new facility’s open floor plan reflects that culture, providing the space we need to pursue our mission of developing new medicines that reduce disease burden for all patients.”


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F.P. Giglio Properties to transform Merchants Row into 10 acres of brand new streetscape retail

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Hanover, MA Immediately off Rte. 3 and just minutes from the Hanover Mall and major big box retailers in the area, a long-time retail landmark in the Hanover community will soon undergo a significant repositioning effort to provide brand new streetscape retail. Merchants Row, located at 2053 Washington St. along Rte. 53, has all the makings of a retail success – situated at a signalized intersection, benefitting from high daytime traffic, and located within a strong, south shore community – and local developer, F.P. Giglio Properties, looks forward to rolling out some big plans to re-energize the 10-acre site. Giglio, no stranger to similar underdog stories in the South Shore commercial office market (i.e., Bare Cove Corporate Center, Hingham; Ledgewood Office Park, Rockland/Hingham; Longwater Corporate Center, Norwell), has a knack for infusing tremendous value into assets that may have since waivered in performance. In the case of Bare Cove, for instance, the two-building office campus, which sits adjacent to the thriving Derby Street Shoppes, underwent significant cosmetic improvements in 2012-2013 and ultimately went from 20% to fully leased in less than a year.

“We are incredibly optimistic about our plans for Merchants Row,” said developer, Frank Giglio. “As a fellow South Shore resident and consumer, we feel we understand the market, why this 70-year-old strip mall has become less relevant in recent years, and ultimately what kind of development will once again reinvigorate the project.”

Giglio plans to scrape the existing, 65,500 s/f, two-story center and reintroduce three single-story buildings, connected by a combination of beautifully landscaped green spaces and parking. Intended to keep customers engaged and shopping longer, the green spaces will be equipped with yard games and simultaneously serve as community spaces for farm stands and other weekly pop-ups.

The redevelopment to single-story retail and incorporation of more green space will result in a slightly decreased overall rentable square footage to 62,000 s/f, but it is a strategic trade-off as today’s consumers are increasingly drawn to outdoor connector spaces. The rise of the outdoor, mixed-use shopping centers – like the south shore’s Derby Street – proves that consumers are experience-driven, and therefore seek out retail centers that can deliver this “essence” even before setting foot in an actual store or restaurant on the premises.