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Published in the NEHES Quarterly Newsletter

“The Benefits of a Roof Management Plan” by Gale Project Manager, Steven R. Marshall, RRC, CDT, LEED AP, was published in the December 2014 edition of the NEHES Quarterly Newsletter. Click here to read the article.

Torrington High School Track and Field Grand Opening

Torrington High School’s Track and Field Renovations Project opened to the public on October 6th, 2014. The opening ceremony on October 11th was well attended by state representatives, the Mayor, Torrington sports groups, and the Track and Field Working Group which was instrumental in getting the project constructed through their passionate leadership.

This project includes a new running track, synthetic turf field, home bleachers (500 seats) and state-of-the-art pressbox, as well as renovations to the existing athletic lighting system. Careful management of project contingency funds during construction allowed the high school to use unspent budget to construct visitor bleachers and a new ornamental entry gate.

Gale Published in the New England Real Estate Journal

Edward Stewart, RRC of Gale’s Weymouth, MA office recently wrote an article titled “Building Envelope Commissioning Can Help Avoid Common Issues in Building Construction” that appeared in the October 17-23 issue of the New England Real Estate Journal.  To read the article, click here.

Groundbreaking at the University of Florida

Gale is excited to be part of the team building a new Chemistry/Chemical Biology Building and renovating existing facilities at the University of Florida. Gale is serving as the Building Enclosure Commissioning Consultant. The project will provide approximately 100,000 GSF for modern undergraduate teaching laboratories, classrooms, teaching support, graduate research laboratories, and offices. The building will provide a centralized home for lower-level undergraduate chemistry instruction. It will also provide state-of-the-art research facilities for faculty and graduate students working in the areas of chemical biology and chemical synthesis. Architectural design by Burt, Hill.

Join Us at ABX 2014!

Two members of the Gale Team will be presenting at the 2014 ArchitectureBoston Expo. The event takes place October 28-30, 2014 at the Boston Convention & Exposition Center. Click here for more information on the conference and how to register.

Both presentations will be part of the “Building Enclosures” Track. Steven Marshall, RRC, LEED® AP will be presenting “Window Design for Blast Hazard and Forced Entry Mitigation” and Brian H. Neely, AIA, CDT, BECxPSM will present “Adding Air Barrier and Thermal Improvements to Existing Facilities.” Click the links for more info.

 

NNECERAPPA 2014

Gale will be presented “The Benefits of a Roof Management Plan” at the NNECERAPPA Conference on Thursday, October 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine. Our AIA-accredited presentation detailed how a formal roof management plan can assist in day-to-day operations, as well as long-term planning and budgeting.

President’s Award, CSI Boston Chapter

Gale Project Engineer, Kelsey McMenamy, E.I.T., CDT, received the President’s Award from the Boston Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).  The award was in recognition of her dedication and contributions to the local CSI Chapter as a member of the Board of Directors.  We would like to extend a big congratulations to Kelsey for all of her hard work!

Gale Presented at ERAPPA 2014

ERAPPA’s 2014 Fall Conference took place September 21-24th in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Gale’s Director of Civil Engineering, William J. Seymour, P.E. and UMass Lowell’s Construction Supervisor, Jean Robinson,  presented “Fields of Dreams – Build Them and They Will Come.”  This AIA-accredited presentation recounted lessons learned looking back on the University’s recent fast track athletic facilities redevelopment project.

An Interesting Encounter at a Recent Bid Opening

At a recent bid opening at Biddeford Municipal Airport (where Gale is assisting the Airport with the installation of security fence and gates), staff from Gale and Biddeford Airport were pleased to meet U.S. Senator Susan Collins, who graciously posed for pictures with us before flying off to a meeting in Augusta, Maine.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – The Nominations Continue…

Three members of the Gale Team accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge to spread ALS awareness and donate to the cause.  Their nominees, including one of Gale’s Principals, Jon Lindberg, also accepted the challenge! Check back for more videos as the nominations continue.

Visit www.ALSA.org to learn more and to donate!

Additional Benefits of Marshfield Airport Project

Since 1994, Gale has been providing airport consulting services to Marshfield Municipal Airport as part of their ongoing improvements project. In addition to benefiting the airport itself, the project also resulted in the transfer of 100 acres of land to the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary. Click here to learn more.

CT Design and Trades Conference 2014

Senior Project Manager, Marc A. Loranger, P.E., LEED AP, presented “Air and Moisture Control in Building Enclosures” (Session I, Workshop 7). His presentation discussed the use of vapor impermeable and permeable air barrier membranes in exterior building enclosures and intends to clarify design concepts, code requirements and installation methods of air and vapor barriers. Controlling the transmission of air and vapor through the enclosure can provide both increased energy conservation and reduce the potential of condensation within the assembly. This presentation will also review air/vapor barrier definitions, vapor diffusion versus air leakage, various suitable materials and placement of air/vapor barriers within the enclosure assembly.

Gale Upgrades UMass Lowell Athletic Fields

The May 2014 edition of High Profile Monthly features an article describing Gale’s work at the UMass Lowell athletic fields. Gale has been working with the University since 2000 with the installation of New England’s first infilled synthetic turf field.  Our latest venture included expansion and upgrades to the fields to comply with UMass Lowell’s move to the NCAA Division I conference. Click here to read the article.

Maine CSI Building Envelope Conference

Gale’s Brian H. Neely, AIA, NCARB, CDT, Vice President of CSI, Norteast Region, delivered the Official CSI Welcome at the Building Envelope Conference in Portland, Maine on Thursday, May 15th.

Mr. Neely will also presented “Building Envelope Commissioning.” The complexity of building envelope designs, the use of new materials, and the high rate of moisture/air infiltration reportedly occurring in new buildings indicates why building envelope commissioning is essential in ensuring that buildings remain water- and air-tight. Mr. Neely detailed the commissioning process for each building envelope system.

Gale Presented “Building Envelope Commissioning” at MD/DC APPA

Gale was honored to be among the presenters at the MD/DC APPA Spring Educational Program on April 4, 2014 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Our presentation, “Build it Right the First Time – Building Envelope Commissioning/Retro-Commissioning” was one of three educational sessions taking place at the event.  Below is a brief description of what was covered:

The Building Envelope consists of roofs, walls, air barriers, windows, curtain walls, and waterproofing assemblies. The success of any exterior building envelope assembly can be attributed to the planning implemented during the initial phases of the design process and requires the combined efforts of the Owner, users, maintenance staff, design team, contractor and envelope commissioning consultant. Similar to traditional mechanical, electrical and plumbing based commissioning, Building Envelope Commissioning (BEC) includes peer review of design and specifications, quality control inspections during construction, and testing and verification after systems are in place. Focusing on continuous air, moisture and thermal barriers within the enclosure, BEC helps avoid common construction issues: air and water infiltration; mold growth; poor indoor air quality; and energy loss. The costs for BEC services are a fraction of the potential repair costs. A good commissioning plan provides a systematic quality control process implemented early in the design phase and continued through final construction. This process confirms the performance capability of the building envelope assembly, helps avoid failures and provides LEED® points. Commissioning and retro-commissioning greatly enhance building envelope performance in new and existing facilities. Issues that Owners should expect to encounter in the BEC process will be addressed.

Media Attention for Hunters View Housing Project

Gale served as the waterproofing consultant for the Hunters View Housing Project in San Francisco, CA.  The project was recently highlighted in both the New York Times and the Atlantic Cities. Click the links below to read the articles and to learn more about this important project we are very proud to be a part of.

“A Troubled Neighborhood’s Revival in San Francisco” (New York Times)

“How San Francisco is Trying to Reinvent the Housing Project” (Atlantic Cities)

Celebrating Gale’s 50th Anniversary

March 2014 marks Gale’s 50th year in business!

Gale Engineering, Inc. was founded in 1964 by Charles E. Gale (“Charlie”), a Civil Engineer and Surveyor.  At that time, Gale was located in Braintree, MA and offered strictly Civil and Survey services. Under Charlie’s expert leadership, the firm grew steadily, and in 1977 introduced the Building Envelope Technology discipline.  Other disciplines followed (Architecture, Structural Engineering and Aviation Engineering), necessitating Gale’s name change to “Gale Associates, Inc.” in 1987. That same year Gale expanded geographically by opening an office in Baltimore, MD.  Gale’s continued growth allowed for expansion into other states, and today Gale has additional offices in Connecticut, Florida, New Hampshire and Virginia.

 

Mattahunt Project Featured in High Profile Monthly

The Mattahunt Elementary School and Community Center Modernization Project was featured in High Profile Monthly.  Gale served as Architect and Building Envelope Consultant for the project.  The article details the planning and design process that led to a 30% reduction in heating and cooling energy costs.

Gale Presents at ABAA Conference and Trade Show

Gale is excited to be presenting at the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) Conference & Trade Show on March 26th and 27th in Orlando, FL. We are presenting the following three presentations:

  • Avoiding Air Barrier Pitfalls
  • Adding Air Barrier and Thermal Insulation Improvements to Existing Buildings
  • Building Envelope Commissioning

 

ASBA Distinguished Multi-Field Facility Awards

The American Sports Builders Association honored Gale with two awards in the Multiple Field category.  The first award was in recognition of work performed on the Brown University Field Hockey Stadium and Stevenson Field Renovations.  The second was for upgrades to the University of Massachusetts Lowell Athletic Complex.

2014 Outstanding Outdoor Tennis Facility of the Year

The American Sports Builders Association awarded the Springfield College Appleton Tennis Courts Project with the 2014 Outstanding Outdoor Tennis Facility of the Year Award.  Gale provided civil and structural engineering services for this design-build tennis reconstruction project. The previously existing bituminous pavement tennis courts were in very poor condition and were experiencing significant cracking, as well as planarity and drainage issues. The lighting was inadequate and the courts were not handicap accessible. Gale worked closely with Cape and Island Tennis & Track and Springfield College to provide a state-of-the-art post tension concrete tennis court facility. The project included eight (8) post tension concrete tennis courts, new lighting, new fencing, drainage improvements, accessible walkways, and aesthetic improvements such as landscape walls and planting areas.

Renovation of a Historic Public Building Award

The City of Manchester was honored by the Manchester Historical Association with the “Renovation of a Historic Public Building Award” for the Bakersville Elementary School Renovation Project at the 22nd Annual Historic Preservation Awards. Through these awards the Manchester Historical Association “recognizes and supports the efforts of individuals, businesses and organizations who have made significant contributions to the preservation of buildings, neighborhoods, traditions and other historic resources in Manchester.” Gale provided design and consulting services to the City of Manchester for the masonry restoration and window replacement at this historic school.

Gale Project Wins Engineering News Record’s “Best Overall Project”

Engineering News Record (ENR) recently chose the John and Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore as the “Best Overall Project.” Gale provided Building Envelope Commissioning.

“Designed to earn certification as the first LEED Platinum-rated law school in the country, the Angelos Law Center required extensive coordination efforts to achieve its performance goals. The 12-story building’s concrete-frame structure is central to its green strategy. The design also included a system of in-slab radiant heating and cooling. Architects, engineers, and contractors spent more than a year coordinating the in-slab and out-of-slab utilities with the concrete structure to allow for the climate system with thermally active slabs. In order for the system to function, the contractor left the concrete exposed. A two-story mockup helped the team establish quality standards and resolve the appearance of exposed columns, slabs, embedded devices and key interfaces. Energy and daylight modeling helped the team optimize the curtain-wall design in response to site orientation; window sizes, density of frit patterns and configurations of sunshades were based on these studies. Automated sunshades reduce solar heat gain, control glare, and maximize daylight. Natural ventilation and user-notification control systems also decrease energy use.”

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