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.

JC&A Names Trull Partner

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J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A) one of New England’s leading construction management firms specializing in world-class pre-construction services and challenging construction projects, is pleased to announce that Vice President, Scott Trull has been named Partner.

Mr. Trull has been with JC&A for ten years, managing teams on more than 250 corporate office projects of all sizes. His commitment to clients and dedication to the successful outcome of every project has directly contributed to JC&A’s ability to cultivate repeat relationships with high profile clients including Amazon, Parexel, Boston Properties, EMC, Pegasystems, Reebok, GE, SanDisk, Polycom, Philips, and Liberty Mutual to name a few.

Mr. Trull also has extensive experience in the academic sector. Over his 20+ years in the industry, he has worked on projects for universities such as Towson University, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, and his alma mater Brown University.  He has been instrumental in furthering JC&A’s existing relationships in both the higher education and the secondary school markets through our work with Boston College, Bentley University, Babson University, Tufts University, Malden Academy, Phillips Academy, Notre Dame Academy, The Park School, The Guild School, Shady Hill and Newton Country Day School.

“Scott’s business acumen, passion for JC&A, and work ethic can only be matched by his personal character and unwavering commitment to always doing the right thing. His elevation to Partner reflects his achievement, contributions, and accomplishments within our organization, as well as the industry as a whole,” said COO Mike Crowther.

“I am honored to join the partners at JC&A as we continue building this first-class organization. The firm has always operated with the highest integrity, putting the client’s needs first at every turn, and committing to the development of its employees. Being able to impact JC&A’s growth and strategy from the partnership level is very exciting,” said Mr. Trull.

Mr. Trull joins Partners Jay Calnan, CEO; Jim Cahill, President; Mike Crowther, COO; Tim Kelly, CFO; and Steve Robak, EVP.  He will continue to deliver for our corporate clients while also focusing on the advancement of our academic sector and JC&A’s strategic initiatives including employee training and development, technology tools, and overall processes and procedures.

Mr. Trull holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Brown University.

About J. Calnan & Associates, Inc.

J. Calnan & Associates is a leader in providing construction management and preconstruction services in the Academic, Corporate, Healthcare and Science & Technology markets in the Northeast. For 20 years, our strategic thinking, proactive approach and commitment to clients and the communities in which we live has made us a leader in the industry and attracted high-profile clients including Boston Properties, Biogen IDEC, Atlantic Management, Children’s Hospital, PTC Inc, Adidas, Shire Pharmaceuticals, The Park School, New England Sports Network (NESN), Philips, Constant Contact, The MathWorks and General Electric to name a few. Among recent awards, JC&A has received a Boston Business Journal Citizenship award for its philanthropic efforts eleven years in a row and CoreNet Global New England Chapter has recognized JC&A as “Regional Service Provider of the Year” two times. More information can be found at www.jcalnan.com.

J. Calnan & Associates, Northstar Project & Real Estate Services, Packard Design and WB Engineering complete global headquarters for Kronos

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Lowell, MA J. Calnan & Associates (JC&A), Northstar Project and Real Estate Services, Packard Design and WB Engineers recently completed the global headquarters for Kronos, one of the world’s largest enterprise software companies, generating more than $1 billion in annual revenue with more than 30,000 customers – including half of the Fortune 1000 – using Kronos workforce solutions across more than 100 countries. Kronos recently relocated its headquarters from a three-building campus in Chelmsford – where it called home since 2000 – to its new space, uniting nearly 1,500 Massachusetts-based Kronites under one roof across more than 500,000 s/f.

Kronos now occupies 16 floors – including the entire first tower, dubbed the Kronos Tower – in what will total a $68 million renovation of the former home of Wang Laboratories.

Working collaboratively with Kronos, JC&A, Northstar, Packard Design and WB Engineers, created a high-performance workplace of the future to inspire collaboration and innovation with hundreds of meeting rooms and open scrum spaces; technology; separate user experience (UX) and hardware labs; a customer community center; and a 30,000 s/f amenities floor called The Hub, featuring a full-service barista, an IT bar for helpdesk support, an indoor park, library, and gaming area – all overlooking an outdoor Kronos-branded sports court.

Other key partners for this project included: Anchor Line Partners, Delorey Contract Interiors, Environments at Work/Haworth Inc., and Cushman & Wakefield.

“JC&A is tremendously proud to be part of the Kronos story and look forward to watching them flourish in their new home.  This truly was a team effort and we’re fortunate to work alongside some of the best partners in the industry,” said Stephen Robak, executive vice president/partner, with JC&A.

Vince Devlin, chief procurement officer at Kronos said of the team, “Trust, transparency and a work ethic that put the client first” were the keys to the success of the project.

Aron Ain, CEO, Kronos said of their new global headquarters, “Our new home stands as a symbol of Kronite dedication, ingenuity, innovation, and caring for our customers. Without our terrific team members, none of this is possible. On our 40th anniversary, we officially open the doors to a global headquarters befitting of the Kronos culture, the company we’ve become, and the inspiring people who call Kronos home.”

TriNetX Moves to Expanded Headquarters in Cambridge

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TriNetX, the global health research network for healthcare organizations, biopharmaceutical companies, and Contract Research Organizations (CROs), announced a move into their new, expanded headquarters in Cambridge to accommodate their rapidly growing business. The state of the art space promotes improved collaboration among the TriNetX team members and enhances TriNetX’s ability to service its clients and partners.

The yearlong project involved moving from 8,200 square feet to a 20,000 square foot office space, upstairs in the same building at 125 Cambridgepark Drive. The TriNetX team has grown from 20 to 75 and the company had outgrown its existing space.

“We wanted to stay in Cambridge because of the proximity to our clients and partners, and it allows us to retain our talented group of employees,” said Chris Fraser, Vice President, Finance & Administration who headed the relocation project. “It was equally important that the new space reflected our personality and aligned with our corporate values around teamwork, creativity and wellness.”

The new space features an open office concept, but also includes numerous huddle rooms, phone rooms, conference rooms, and a library—all fully equipped with the latest in audio/video collaboration tools. Each workstation features a sit-to-stand option desk. The focal point of the new headquarters is a centrally located café that provides a convenient area for employees to interact out of the direct workspace.

A key feature of the new space is the Network Operations Center (NOC). This is a wall of large screen displays that monitor a variety of activities including the health of the network, real-time visibility to the TriNetX platform, and the operating status of the TriNetX appliances located at healthcare organizations all over the world.

“This allows us to keep a close eye on our network and systems,” said Fraser. “It also helps us monitor our devices in the field to make sure they are operating properly. We can keep an eye on client activity so we are better prepared to respond to the needs of our clients and partners.”

TriNetX leveraged a team of vendors to help facilitate the move including Freudenheim Partners Real Estate, STV/DPM for project management, IA Interior Architects to help design the space, J. Calnan & Associates to build out the new offices, and Creative Office Pavilion to supply all the furniture and workstations.

About TriNetX
TriNetX is the global health research network enabling healthcare organizations, biopharma and contract research organizations (CROs) to collaborate, enhance trial design, accelerate recruitment and bring new therapies to market faster. Each member of our community shares in the consolidated value of our global, federated health research network that connects clinical researchers in real-time to the patient populations which they are attempting to study.

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Seawolves introduce Team IMPACT’s Adrianna Oliva as newest member of the program

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The Stony Brook swimming and diving program welcomed its newest member to the program on Thursday afternoon with the signing of 13-year-old Adrianna Oliva of Stony Brook, N.Y.

Oliva connected with the Seawolves’ program through Team IMPACT. She was diagnosed in 2006 with an Ependymoma Brain Tumor.

Team IMPACT’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing serious and chronic illness through the power of team bonding. The Boston-area national non-profit organization paired Oliva with Stony Brook’s program, making her an official member of the team. Oliva will attend team practices and games, as well as other team events throughout the season.

Stony Brook swimming a diving opens its 2017-18 season on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Vermont. The University announced the return of Stony Brook’s Swimming and Diving program for the 2017-18 academic year on Sept. 4, 2016, following a five-year hiatus due to multi-million dollar renovations to its indoor pool facility.

JC&A Promotes Maureen Rystrom to VP of Marketing

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J. Calnan & Associates, Inc., one of the leading construction management firms in the Northeast specializing in world-class pre-construction services and challenging construction projects, is pleased to announce that Maureen Rystrom has been promoted to Vice President of Marketing.

Mrs. Rystrom has been with JC&A for nearly 10 years and has helped position JC&A as a leader in the academic, corporate, healthcare and science & technology markets through targeted marketing, branding and business development initiatives. She has helped grow JC&A in new and exciting ways through social media strategies; an enhanced web presence; employee networking initiatives and educational offerings; and by continuing to cultivate JC&A’s incredible network of clients, partners and associates. Clients and fellow employees alike praise Mrs. Rystrom for her commitment to each client, her dedication to the successful outcome of every project and the continued growth of the organization.

As Vice President of Marketing, Mrs. Rystrom will continue to lead JC&A’s marketing efforts. She will also continue to progress the firm’s business development efforts with Mike Wilson and the Partners and focus on the advancement of JC&A’s initiatives including employee training and development, strategic relationships, technology tools and overall processes and procedures.

Maureen has an extraordinary ability to connect with people – clients, colleagues and peers alike – that forms her entire approach to marketing and business development. These connections facilitate a stronger understanding of our clients’ needs, how we can provide better service and be a stronger teammate, and have directly contributed to an expanding client roster.

Maureen’s passion for the A/E/C community, tireless work ethic and commitment to continued growth and development have positioned her as an industry leader. JC&A is very pleased to recognize her contributions to our company’s growth with this promotion,” said Chief Executive Officer, Jay Calnan.

In 2014, Mrs. Rystrom received CoreNet Global New England Chapter’s “Regional Real Estate Service Provider of the Year” award. This award recognizes an individual whose performance delivers exceptional value to his/her clients on a consistent basis and whose method of engagement with clients, competitors and vendors is respectful and professional in all regards.

With the support of JC&A, Mrs. Rystrom Co-Founded and launched the Professional Ladies Association (PLA!) to connect women in the AEC industry through various educational, charitable and “just for fun” events. To date, PLA! has grown to over 300 active participants and has gained tremendous traction for its emphasis on mentoring and philanthropy. Mrs. Rystrom is also extremely active as a leader in numerous industry organizations. She is a member of the Board of Directors for CoreNet Global New England Chapter and also serves as the Co-Chair for the Programs Committee; she is also involved with NAIOP as a member of the Charitable Events Committee and former VP of the Marketing and Membership Committee. Maureen gives back to the community in positive ways as a proud supporter of Team IMPACT, a charity founded by a group of business associates and friends including Jay Calnan and Tim Kelly of JC&A, whose mission is to connect and cultivate meaningful relationships between college athletic teams and children diagnosed with life-threatening diseases. Since 2011, Team IMPACT has already matched over 1,200 children with collegiate teams at over 450 institutions in 46 states, improving the quality of life of hundreds of courageous children and touching the lives of over 30,000 student athletes.

Mrs. Rystrom holds a BS degree in Marketing from Bentley University.

About J. Calnan & Associates, Inc.

J. Calnan & Associates is a leader in providing construction management and preconstruction services in the Academic, Corporate, Healthcare and Science & Technology markets in the Northeast. For 20 years, our strategic thinking, proactive approach and commitment to clients and the communities in which we live has made us a leader in the industry and attracted high-profile clients including Boston Properties, Biogen IDEC, Atlantic Management, Children’s Hospital, PTC Inc, Adidas, Shire Pharmaceuticals, The Park School, New England Sports Network (NESN), Philips, Constant Contact, The MathWorks and General Electric to name a few. Among recent awards, JC&A has received a Boston Business Journal Citizenship award for its philanthropic efforts eleven years in a row and CoreNet Global New England Chapter has recognized JC&A as “Regional Service Provider of the Year” two times. More information can be found at www.jcalnan.com.


First look: Inside Globoforce’s new Framingham HQ

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From the Boston Business Journal

Mar 21, 2017: Human resources software firm Globoforce has more than doubled the size of its local headquarters with a move to Framingham, a relocation that will allow the firm to hire more than a dozen workers. The new office at 200 Crossing Boulevard in Framingham spans two stories and 55,000 square feet, more than double the 23,000 square feet Globoforce previously occupied at 144 Turnpike Road in Southborough. The company cut the ribbon on the new office Monday morning.

CEO Eric Mosley, who co-founded Globoforce in 1999, said the company is shifting toward a “WorkHuman” mission that aims to highlight inclusivity and support diverse working habits.
“The way organizations and teams work is changing,” Mosley said in a statement. “The shift away from the industrial age of HR to the human era necessitates more human-centric approaches at work that take advantage of the way people work today, which is built around social connections and organizational communities.”

The move to Framingham comes three years after Globoforce scrapped its plans for an initial public offering. A public records search indicates Globoforce has not again filed to register securities with the U.S.Securities and Exchange Commission.

“IPO has always been one of the options within the company’s growth strategy,” a Globoforce spokesperson said. “Right now, Globoforce is focused on helping companies build more human workplace cultures through the power of social recognition.”

Globoforce employs 200 in the U.S. and has 33 positions listed on its website, including 17 in Massachusetts and another four U.S.-based positions. The remaining dozen positions are in Globoforce’s Dublin office, which serves as a co-headquarters.

Jess Klay, senior director of design and creative, said the company considered 40 different locations when contemplating a move from 144 Turnpike Road in Southborough. Globoforce chose the 55,000-square-foot Framingham office because its central location between Boston and the suburbs made the office easily accessible for Globoforce’s Massachusetts-based employees, Klay said.

“The office at 200 Crossing Blvd. has been designed with the whole human in mind, focusing on how our people live, work, and interact with each other every day,” Klay said. Design elements of the new office include a vibrant color palette; myriad plants to improve indoor air quality; materials such as wood, glass and stone; sound masking through white noise, plant partitions and felt walls; and ventilation and thermal control.

“We designed our new, open office space to accommodate diverse personalities and work styles, while also promoting greater social recognition and humanity in the modern workplace,” said Niamh Graham, vice president of global HR at Globoforce, in a statement. “We are growing fast and are very proud of our workplace culture.”

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