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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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