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Norwood Town Hall, a Community Treasure
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In an article published in the May 2017 edition of The Muncipal, Norwood Town Hall is called a community treasure.

Restored to its former beauty
Norwood, Mass., Memorial Municipal Building, also called Norwood Town Hall, has been a beloved landmark ever since it was dedicated Nov. 11, 1928- the 10th anniversary of the armistice ending World War 1 - in honor of those killed in the war. The four-story building was constructed out of Weymouth, Mass., granite and had the good fortune of being completed prior to the Great Depression. Beyond its impressive granite facade, Norwood Town Hall features a 50-bell carillon tower, which houses the Walter F. Tilton Memorial Carillon, one of nine carillons in Massachusetts and the seventh largest in the United States.

Excerpt taken from article written by Sarah Wright
 

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Modular Building Has Several Benefits
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Interest is growing in prefabricated construction techniques, and the first-ever Offsite Construction Expo, hosted by AGC, the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Modular Building Institute, was held last week in Washington, D.C. Modular construction is considered to be quicker, of better quality, safer and less costly than traditional construction. This article takes a look at modular building, its benefits and some examples.

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SJC Decides Coghlin Case in Favor of Construction Managers
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In an article published by Murtha Cullina LLP "SJC decides Coghlin Case in Favor of Construction Managers: Owner Impliedly Warrants the Plans and Specs for CM at Risk Project," read about the much anticipated decision where the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court confirmed that the "Spearin Doctrine" is alive and well in Massachusetts, holding that public owners impliedly warrant plans and specifications furnished in conjunction with a construction management at risk project.

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Making The Grade: A+ for Weston’s New Field School
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The new Field Elementary School in Weston, MA was featured in the Summer issue of Wellesley-Weston magazine. Compass has served as Project manager on the Field School since 2011 when it was selected to guide Weston through the MSBA process.  The 65,365 sf Field School, designed by Jonathan Levi Architects and built by Colantonio Inc., has been designed to blend in the pastoral setting of the Case Estates in Weston. The article can be found at the following link on page 150.

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Building Bridges
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"Public-Private partnerships, or P3S, do it both literally and figuratively - forging strong connections between collaborators in new and productive ways as they tackle transportaiton projects with aplomb.

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Sert Re-Asserted: A renovation & expansion of a midcentury academic tower restores a master’s legacy
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Preservation and Modernism might seem to have contradictory goals, but not for architects Bruner/Cott. The Cambridge, Massachusetts–based firm is renovating and restoring Boston University's Law Tower and has just completed a 93,000-square-foot addition at its base. The half-century-old 18-story tower is a key element in a collection of five 1960s buildings designed by Josep Lluís Sert, the Corbusier-influenced architect and urban designer who fled to the United States from fascist Spain in the 1939. They occupy a site on the university's central campus between busy Commonwealth Avenue and the Charles River in Boston's Fenway-Kenmore section. In addition to the tower, the Brutalist concrete grouping includes two libraries, a student union, and a central boiler plant, making up what Bruner/Cott calls “a rare grouping of significant works by a single, internationally known architect.”

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Marshfield Residents in Awe of New High School
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Larry Whalen remembers the old Marshfield High School being built. More than four decades later, Whalen stood outside of another Marshfield High School, this one set to open for classes in September. “It’s a fantastic building, it really is. It’s got everything you could ever want,” said Whalen, a former deputy veterans’ officer who also served on the school committee. “I wish I could have gone to high school here,” he said.

Hundreds of Marshfield students and community members came to tour the new high school Friday, Aug. 8, following a ribbon cutting ceremony that morning.

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BIM and Virtual Construction: Where is the Money?
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"Show me the ROI of BIM" is the mantra of project executives and architect-engineering-construction (AEC) business owners throughout the industry. BIM return on investment is elusize and fraught with varying opinions. So we must view it from a higher perspective: BIM should not be viewed as a directly relatable money-saving application, but a risk-reduction strategy.

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Cultivating Future Farmers: Norfolk County Agricultural High School
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On a frigid but sunny Tuesday afternoon in March, the three students sitting in the principal’s office of Norfolk County Agricultural High School (Norfolk Aggie) are so animated, so eager to talk about their vocational classes, caring teachers and outside-but-related activities that it’s almost disorienting. Where are the disaffected youth who sulk around so many high school hallways?

While it is rare for high school students to know what they want to be when they grow up—let alone five minutes from now —these kids are remarkably focused. Refreshingly, there is no sense that any one of them has chosen a particular class or activity because it will look good on a college transcript.

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Study Finds: CM’s Help Projects Succeed
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Professional construction managers are outstanding leaders of successful projects that feature more effective communication, fewer crises and fewer “surprises” for the owner. That’s the key conclusion of a major new market research study carried out recently by McGraw Hill Construction for the CMAA Foundation. It’s the first time a rigorous and extensive study has quantified the benefits owners realize from having a professional CM as their agent in executing a project.

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