Fenway Alliance Bi-annual Corporate Newsletter Spring 2013

From the Fenway Aliiance Bi-annual Corporate Newsletter Spring Issue 2013

Spring is officially in full swing with sunshine, warmth, and a slew of exciting happenings in the Fenway Cultural District. Before highlighting a few of these events, we would like to thank the Fenway Alliance Corporate Partners for their continued support of the Fenway Alliance in our effort to enhance the Fenway Cultural District and advocate for the arts throughout Boston. We would not be able to plan for and carry out our mission goals for the District without the generous contributions from our Corporate Partners. TEDxFenway:The Ecology of a Great City! The inaugural TEDxFenway was a success! Eleven distinguished speakers from the Fenway and our Corporate community spoke on the 'Ecology of A Great City' and inspired everyone to re-imagine the cultural and physical landscape of the Fenway Cultural District. This was the first TEDx in the District, and we want to thank our Corporate Partners, whose support and resources allowed us to present TEDxFenway free to the public and other great events, including Opening Our Doors (Oct. 14 this year!).  TEDxFenway was sponsored by Northeastern University, Commonwealth Financial Group,the  Isabella Gardner Museum, Audio Concepts, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Fenway Alliance. Participants in the Day gathered at Northeastern's Fenway Center on Wed. April 24 to listen to a roster of engaging talks on the cultural and technological forces that inspire change in communities.  The event kicked off with a performance by the accomplished Boston Arts Academy Dancers, and included art-making activities,including attendees' contributions to the Fenway Sculpture Bar presented by Energy Necklace Project and studio2sustain (see photo), and attendees' digital drawings on iPads provided by Audio Concepts. Photos of the event are available at www.tedxfenway.com and videos of the talks will be available soon. Please LIKE TEDxFenway on Facebook and follow @TEDxFenway on Twitter. Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers Joins the Fenway Alliance    The Fenway Alliance is excited to introduce our newest Corporate Partner, Herrick & White! Millwork has always been a crucial component of public and commercial buildings and Herrick & White has been creating hand crafted architectural millwork that ranges from traditional wood doors, windows and mouldings, to contemporary European style cabinetry, custom furniture, and solid surface materials, since 1977. Their artisans proudly have established a long history of skillfully crafting one-of-a-kind pieces for institutional, commercial, retail and residential projects. Download the full announcement and learn more about Herrick & White HERE. State of the Art at Audio Concepts On March 13, 2013, Audio Concepts of Boston featured their second installation of fine art entitled, "State of the Art". A private pre-reception was held for the Fenway Alliance Board Members and Corporate Partners, followed by an evening of socializing and art-gazing in the beautifully designed showrooms. The juried exhibition highlighted local artists, such as Glenda Tall, Ed Stitt, and Helen Lee, as well as several talented students from the Massachusetts College of Art. Please read the full press release HERE. Other Audio Concepts Updates Audio Concepts' Lounge representing items from their Designer Collection Series has been popping up everywhere in Boston.  In February, they gave reason to pause at the Boston Wine Expo's Grand Cru Lounge.  In March, they dressed the entrance to the Spirit Executive Networking Night where over 800 area professionals attended. They were also seen at the AD20/21 show at the Cyclorama, and the American Society of Interior Designers' Gala at the Mandarin. At the end of March, Audio Concepts conducted their Spring Bi-Annual Seminar Series on Boston Residential Design Continuing Education for architects and interior designers.  Designers were able to earn .4 credits in one day, while architects earned 6 credits.  Audio Concepts will host a series of new courses in the fall.  These courses are free and include breakfast and lunch.  Interested parties should contact Budd Kelley at budd.kelley@audioconcepts.com to learn more about continuing education offerings. To learn more about Audio Concepts, visit www.audioconcepts.com.   Commonwealth Financial Group Commonwealth Financial Group assists clients in understanding their financial present and future better than ever before. We support our clients in growing, managing, and preserving their wealth. Through our unique and innovative process, we integrate business, personal, and legacy goals into one cohesive plan. Making those tough financial decisions in life can be challenging and confusing. Through our process and our wide array of services, we coordinate teams of trusted advisors to ensure that our clients' overall goals are clearly understood and being met. We achieve success by working with clients on an annual basis to guide them on the path to meeting their ever-changing goals.   BOND Awarded Construction of Wentworth Institute of Technology's Newest Residence Hall BOND has been hired to provide construction management services for Wentworth Institute of Technology's new residence hall, the Apartments @ 525 Huntington Avenue. The 305-bed residence hall will provide much-needed living space for junior and senior students, offering apartment-style living with mostly single bedrooms as part of a suite. It will create more appealing housing alternatives for students wishing to live on campus rather than in Boston's surrounding neighborhoods and these units will provide modern amenities to address the current and future needs of students. The 110,870 SF building offers 72 units of living space combined with ground floor offices, common space, and bike storage areas. The project site will dedicate 2,350 square feet to a landscaped entry plaza, providing a green gathering space reminiscent of other plazas located along the busy Huntington Avenue thoroughfare.   BOND Completes Boston University's New Center for Student Services BOND recently completed Boston University's 120,000 SF East Campus Student Services Center, a facility that consolidates several of the institution's academic and advising programs into one space. The Center's first two floors are dedicated to student dining, its top four floors to educational and career development programs, and its basement to a bakery and coffee shop, function room, and community space. Marciano Commons, the Center's dining facility, replaces four outdated campus dining halls and provides four-star meals for as many as 1,000 students at a time. Three of the restaurants within Marciano Commons have been deemed Certified Green Restaurants by the Green Restaurant Association for their sustainable practices.   Dining at the House of Blues Welcome to House of Blues Boston where our menu pays homage to southern-inspired cuisine while also creating regional fare that showcases local specialties. Whether you want to try a house favorite like Jambalaya with Rosemary Cornbread or are in the mood for a delicious steak or gourmet burger, House of Blues Boston has a little something for everyone...kids too!  Our restaurant is filled with lively music and adorned with original folk art which creates a fun dining experience that will keep you and your guests rockin' all the way home. Check out the menu HERE.   LDa Architecture & Interiors:The St. Bonaventure New Church Campus Responding to significant recent growth in Plymouth, MA, St. Bonaventure Parish and the Archdiocese of Boston commissioned LDa Architecture & Interiors to design a new worship space and adaptive reuse of the existing church and parish center creating an inspirational church campus on the parish's 50-acre property. A major goal of the design was to preserve the historic roots of the site, but to do so in a manner that would create a harmonious composition, uniting landscape and architecture - within a modest budget!  Drawing from the ecclesiastical architectural history of the region, the new church has been carefully positioned between the existing church and parish center buildings, integrating all three structures into a unified campus and increasing the parish's worship space capacity by 65%. Careful attention was paid to sustainable design strategies and the demands of building in a coastal environment. Consigli Construction Currently Working with Three Fenway Alliance Institutions Consigli Construction's current work with three Fenway Alliance member institutions includes: ongoing interior renovations of gallery areas and restoration of skylights at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; ongoing work at Berklee College of Music to implement master plan upgrades to an academic and residential building at 150 Massachusetts Avenue; and a summer renovation of Seully Hall in The Boston Conservatory's main building at 8 The Fenway. National Award for Historic Preservation Goes to Consigli Construction At a recent award ceremony held in Palm Springs, California, Consigli Construction Co., Inc. received what is considered to be the most prestigious honor in the building industry from the Associated General Contractors of America-the 2013 AGC Alliant Build America Award for the restoration of the State of New York Capitol Building. Consigli began work in 2009 on the iconic National Historic Landmark which was built from 1867-1899 and designed by seven architects. With an overall value of $45.9 million, the project involved repairing and restoring the 130-year-old roof, comprised of decorative terra cotta, slate and copper, as well as exterior granite sections. The interior restoration included decorative laylights in the Assembly and Senate staircases which had been concealed for decades since they were covered for security reasons during World War II.  In 2011, the lingering economic crisis prompted Governor Andrew Cuomo to cut costs and accelerate the construction schedule. Continuing work while the legislature was in session and the Capitol was open to the public, Consigli completed the project 22 months ahead of schedule, ultimately saving the citizens of New York $2.4 million. About Consigli Construction Co., Inc. Consigli, a fourth generation family-owned business, established in 1905, is a leading construction manager and general contractor serving academic, healthcare, institutional, corporate, landmark restoration, and life sciences clients. With regional offices throughout New England, Consigli services our Boston area clients from our full-service office at 266 Summer Street. Goody Clancy Receives Top National Planning Firm Award Goody Clancy has been selected by the American Planning Association (APA) 2013 National Awards Jury to receive their Excellence Award for a Planning Firm. Each year the APA honors one firm with this award for its outstanding body of work and success in positively influencing the field of planning and we are proud to be chosen as that firm in 2013. The Jury selected Goody Clancy for its work, spanning over more than five decades, helping communities manage growth while addressing social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental responsibility. Goody Clancy will accept their award at a luncheon at the APA National Conference in Chicago on April 16th. Goody Clancy Selected to Design Executive Education Center for Harvard Business School Goody Clancy was selected by Harvard Business School to design the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center, a 90,000 square foot building that will serve as a new gateway for the 10,000 students who attend classes each year in the Business School's Executive Education Program. The Center will be designed as a bustling hub of social and academic life on campus, providing classrooms, dining and meeting spaces to foster frequent interaction and collaboration among MBA students, faculty, doctoral candidates and executive education students. The new building will be named after Ruth Mulan Chu Chao, wife of James Si-Cheng Chao and the mother of six daughters, four of whom graduated from the Business School. The Chao family recently made a $40 million gift to Harvard University and Harvard Business School in honor of the life and legacy of the late Ms. Chao. The gift was received during the 50th anniversary celebration of women graduating from Harvard's full-time MBA program, and during the 375th anniversary of Harvard University. Among the Chao family's daughters is former Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, who served under George W. Bush and was the first Asian Pacific American to be appointed to a U.S. Cabinet. Ms. Chao received her M.B.A. from Harvard in 1979.   Showcase of Stars Gala The Mission Hill Youth Collaborative would like to invite you to The Showcase of Stars, a gala event honoring youth and those working with the youth of Mission Hill. The event will celebrate all the positive accomplishments of the last year and present awards to some of the youth and adults who made it possible. The Gala will be held on Wednesday, May 29th, from 5PM-8PM at the Pozen Center at MassArt. View the invitation HERE. Convergence Comes to the Christian Science Plaza The First Church of Christ, Scientist and the Boston Sculptor's Gallery public art installation, Convergence, opens on the Christian Science Plaza May 1 with two-dozen sculptures, and will remain on display throughout October 31. Please join us for the Grand Opening on Saturday, May 4, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Several of the sculptors will be providing tours on the Plaza and will be available to answer questions. For more information, please click HERE.