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Beyond Sustainability – Steps Project Managers Have Identified to Mitigate Real Estate Risk Through Resiliency Planning

By Robin Dorogusker

First, let me tell you who I am not.  I am not an environmental scientist, a climatologist, or an expert in resiliency.  I am not on any committees for climate change at the federal, state or local level.  I’ve not been studying climate change for years.  I’m not an expert by any stretch of the imagination.  However, I am a member of our real estate community.  I’m a program planner and a project manager – representing owners who are designing and building commercial real estate projects for their organizations.

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The Power of an Intern

By Ethan Weiss

I must begin this blog post by expressing my sincere appreciation and thanks to Hereva for taking a chance on an intern and giving me the biggest opportunity of my young life. Almost one year later I sit here reflecting on where I began and where I am now.

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Hereva’s Waverley Hall Project Wins Historic Preservation Award

On May 31, 2018, Waverley Hall was awarded a City of Cambridge Historic Preservation Award by the Cambridge Historical Commission. The project was recognized for the exceptional quality of the work, and extent to which the project contributed to the preservation of the property. Congratulations to the project team on this wonderful distinction!

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Hereva Loves a Challenge, and the Kendall Challenge Delivered!

By Patrick Gallagher

You probably already knew that Hereva thrives under challenging circumstances on our projects, however, we love a challenge even more when it benefits those in need – amazing nonprofit organizations that are tackling issues like homelessness, sustainability and hunger right here in our Cambridge and Kendall Square community.

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Not Your Typical Networking Event

In May Hereva held our first networking event around a topic women in our industry can all relate to: From Site to Night – How do You Navigate a Day That Begins at a Construction Site and Ends at a Gala? We co-hosted the event with SmithGroup at the gorgeous Steelcase WorkLife Center in Boston’s Seaport.

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cGMP Design and Construction – Best Practices

By Brian Lynch

Most of my career in the planning, design, construction, and operations of buildings has been in the pharmaceutical research & development industry. For nearly 15 years, I was fortunate to work for a corporation who valued functionality, flexibility, and design in (nearly) equal regard – and had the leadership and resources to back it up. Large projects – regardless of geographic location – were marked by creativity, technical complexity, multi-dimensional stakeholder management, and collaborating with exceptional third-party partners in architecture, engineering, lab planning, and construction management.

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Resiliency: A Timely Case for Flood Mitigation in Boston

By Nick Parsa 

This winter, Boston was hit with a massive Nor’easter that left water flooding the city’s downtown.

This storm pales in comparison to other events in 2017, when three of the five costliest Atlantic Hurricanes devastated the Gulf Coast and Caribbean totaling more than 290 billion dollars worth of damage.  In 2012, Hurricane Sandy reached as far north as Maine and caused extensive flooding in New York City. This goes to show that the Northeast is not exempt from these storms.

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Sustainability in Bio-Pharm Manufacturing Facilities: Challenging the Assumptions

By Patrick Gallagher

Bio-technology and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, sometimes known as cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) Facilities, have long been maligned as energy guzzlers. In many cases these facilities consumptions exceed R&D laboratories, which have been shown to consume at least five times more energy per square foot than office buildings.

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Managing the Sustainable Lab Project: Avoiding the Pitfalls

Article by Gregory Muth

Sustainability in lab projects is a relatively new concept, requiring new ways of thinking and working. Once considered unachievable, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for labs is now within reach through careful planning and management. Clear, measurable goals need to be established and included in the program from the outset, with buy-in from all stakeholders. As with any initiative, the project team should be held accountable for meeting milestones toward sustainability goals at the beginning, middle and end of the project.

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