Harriman Receives 2011 Building New Hamphshire Award
Manchester, NH - Harriman was a recipient of the prestigious 2011 Building New Hampshire Awards for its design of the new Idlehurst Elementary School.
The full-service architectural and engineering design firm was recently recognized with an award in the commercial category for its sustainable, high-performance design of the new 82,000-sf, Pre-K through 5 school in Somersworth, New Hampshire.
The building was designed and built to minimize its carbon footprint and impact on the environment. The school was also designed to meet the Northeast CHPS program offered by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Sustainable design features include building orientation to maximize solar heat gain and daylighting, radiant floor heating with displacement ventilation, demand ventilation and CO2, sun shades and light shelves, and continuous dimming control, variable frequency drives, variable-volume kitchen exhaust and gas-fired condensing boilers.
“We’re honored to be named a 2011 Building New Hampshire Award winner,” says firm President Clifton Greim. “Harriman has been committed to designing sustainable, energy-efficient buildings for decades, and we’re delighted that the new Idlehurst Elementary School is recognized for its numerous sustainable design features.”
It’s estimated that the school will save 277,861 kilowatt hours, resulting in approximately $29,000 in savings annually; 5,000 therms (natural gas), resulting in approximately $12,750 in annual savings; and reduce CO2 emissions by 169,451 pounds.
The new school has also been called the “greenest” school in the state, according to Ed. Murdough of the New Hampshire Department of Education.
Harriman Recognizes Employees' Longevity
Harriman recognized and presented service awards to 34 employees during a recent gathering at the firm’s Auburn Headquarters, representing a collective 485 years of service.
Darryl Johnson was presented an award for 40 years of service; Dan Robbins for 35 years; and Clifton Greim, Erik Greven, Richard Marchessault, Phil Morrissette, and Mike Polley for 30 years of service. Ken Rand was recognized for 25 years of service, and Sandra Chamberlain for 20 years.
Fifteen-year service awards went to David Brown, Jeff Cormier, Mark Lee, and Penny Myrick. Steven Dunn, Susan Hathaway, Dave Hunt, Judy Johnson, Robert Klinedinst, Melissa Metivier, Matt McClenahan, Matt McGinnis, Jamie Ouellette, Keith Sanborn all were recognized for 10 years of service.
Those recognized for five years of service include Kathryn Austin, Bert Chretien, Casey Gilman, Scott Homer, Brian Laderbush, Mark Ouellette, Eric Potvin, David Reinheimer, David Story, Norm Varney, and Jeff Weymouth.
“We’re very pleased to recognize these employees who have been dedicated and committed to the firm for so long,” said Clifton Greim, president of the firm. “We’re appreciative of their contributions and especially proud to have them as part of our staff.”
Harriman Approved As Partner in New Hampshire's Pay for Performance Program
Harriman was recently approved as a Partner in New Hampshire’s Pay for Performance (P4P) Program, a program managed by TRC on behalf of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission’s Sustainable Energy Division. The program is funded via the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Fund (GHGERF).
As a Pay for Performance Program partner, Harriman is authorized to work with clients to develop comprehensive Energy Reduction Plans (ERP) for existing commercial, industrial and institutional buildings including hotels, large office buildings, multi-family buildings, supermarkets, manufacturing facilities, schools, universities, shopping malls and restaurants. The program provides three levels of incentives for those who develop an Energy Reduction Plan, complete the energy-efficiency improvements identified in the ERP, and confirm that the performance target has been achieved, reducing existing energy consumption by 15% or more. To participate in the program, facilities must have an electricity demand of -> 100 kW and/or fuel consumption of > 1,000 MMBTU.
The incentives are linked directly to savings. Incentive #1 is capped at $40,000 to help defray the cost of the Energy Reduction Plan. Incentives #2 and #3 are capped at $200,000 or 50% of project cost on a per project basis. There is an annual entity cap of $500,000 where entity is defined as a single building owner (municipality, private business, school administrative unit, etc.).
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To be selected for the P4P program, Harriman needed to demonstrate extensive experience designing and implementing comprehensive energy-efficiency programs.
“Harriman has been designing energy-efficient buildings in New Hampshire for years,” says firm President Clif Greim. We’re excited that we’re now able to bring incentives to clients for making energy-efficient improvements that will ultimately lower their energy costs for many years to come.”
The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Fund consists of proceeds from the auction of carbon allowances through New Hampshire’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), an effort by 10 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from the electric power sector.
New Idlehurst Elementary School, Designed by Harriman, Ready for Students
Construction is complete on the new 580-student Idlehurst Elementary School in Somersworth, New Hampshire, and is set to open as scheduled. The $19.9 million school was designed by architecture and engineering firm, Harriman.
The new 82,000-sq.-ft., single-story, Pre-K through 5 school, will open as planned for the first day of school on August 30th. Each of the 24 classrooms incorporates state-of-the art technology including interactive smartboards, a white board and teacher laptop computers. Each classroom is color-coordinated by classroom wings, with the color of the chairs, floor tiles and wall trim representing the grade of the students who use the room. All classrooms offer an abundance of natural light, creating a warm and inviting learning environment. The new school also features a media center with an adjoining computer lab, full-size gymnasium, music and art rooms and a cafetorium with a stage.
Some of the many energy-saving measures include building orientation to maximize solar heat gain and daylighting; sunshades on the south-facing side controllng direct sunlight into the spaces, thus reducing cooling costs; radiant floor heating in approximately 100% of the classrooms; daylighting control through the use of internal light shelves, external sun shades and automatic controllability of light fixtures; and on-demand ventilation providing ventilation to occupied spaces only. The school was designed to meet the Northeast CHPS program offered by the New Hampshire Department of Education for an additional 3% state building aid. According to Ed Murdough of the New Hampshire Department of Education, the school is the “greenest” in the state. The school district was presented with a check for $75,000 from Public Service of New Hampshire for going above and beyond standard cost-saving and sustainable design features.
The school was designed to also serve as a community resource and can easily be sectioned off for community use, including the gymnasium, cafetorium, library and a dedicated community room for local organizations. In the event of a disaster, the new facility can be used as a community shelter including a command room for the Fire Department.
Bonnette, Page and Stone of Laconia, New Hampshire was the construction manager.
Harriman's Story Received Professional License
Harriman, a full-service architecture and engineering firm, is pleased to announce that David W. Story recently received his Professional Engineer (P.E.) license from the State of Maine, Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers. The state’s licensing process involves education and training, industry experience and testing.
Story has worked in Harriman’s Auburn office for over five years as a Mechanical Engineer-Intern. He has spent a great deal of time performing feasibility studies to determine the viability and payback of sustainable technologies, as well as designing a variety of systems that focus on energy efficiency. In addition, Story has experience developing utility master plans and performing facility analyses for various campus settings. Most recently, Story was part of the design team responsible for the integration of the first fuel cell in the country for a food retailer. His experience also includes the design of energy-efficient chilled and hot water hydronic systems. He is currently designing the replacements of the underground utility distribution systems at Bowdoin College and the University of New Hampshire.
Story graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and an Associate of Applied Science in Civil Engineering. He is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, and a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Story resides in Lewiston with his wife Jessica and their son Cooper.
Harriman Announces Expansion of Healthcare Design Studio
Harriman, a full-service architecture and engineering firm with offices in Maine and New Hampshire announces the expansion of their healthcare design studio with the addition of two senior healthcare architects.
Richard Borrelli, AIA, joins Harriman with 25 years of professional experience in healthcare facility programming, planning and design, bringing extensive expertise to the firm. His experience ranges from ambulatory care to acute care and includes renovations, expansions and new construction projects, with the focus on creating healing environments that respond to patient, staff and physician needs. Prior to joining Harriman, Richard served as Design Director for the in-house architectural arm of Trinity Health, a national Catholic healthcare provider, giving him a unique perspective as both client and architect simultaneously.
He has both a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Ball State University College of Architecture & Planning.
Richard resides in South Portland with his wife, Danielle, and their three young sons.
William Pogar, AIA, comes to Harriman with over 30 years of professional experience, 15 of those years focused in healthcare design, encompassing all aspects of planning and design. Prior to joining Harriman, Will spent nearly 10 years as Maine Medical Center’s in-house architect, giving him a unique understanding of how healthcare institutions function.
William has both a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Idaho College of Architecture, Moscow, Idaho.
William, his wife, Nancy, and their two sons are long-time residents of Scarborough.
“These two key hires are part of the firm’s strategic plan that will allow Harriman to grow and expand our expertise in healthcare design,” says Harriman President Clifton Greim. “Richard and Will bring a broad range of experiences, skills and value that enhance our existing healthcare team.”
Groundbreaking Held for New Molnlycke Healthcare Facility
Groundbreaking was recently held at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station for a new research and manufacturing facility for Molnlycke Healthcare. The groundbreaking represented the first new construction project in the civilian redevelopment at the base now named Brunswick Landing.
Designed by architecture and engineering firm Harriman, the new 79,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility will house a clean room production area, a two-story office wing and warehouse. A viewing walkway provides visitors a glimpse into the manufacturing processes. The exterior skin of the building is comprised of aluminum sandwich panels in a variety of textures and colors, and the inviting curtainwall façade is punctuated with a bold entrance leading into a vibrant two-story lobby. Clean lines and warm materials provide a European feel to interior spaces. The building layout and structure are configured for ease of expansion.
The mechanical system is designed to help protect the cleanroom from contaminants with positive air pressure flowing from the space. Transition spaces maintain air pressure with interlocking high-speed roll-up doors, and all surfaces are durable and cleanable. The clean room also feature a walkable ceiling which segregates mechanical and electrical systems from the space for ease of service and further protection of vital production processes. A system of fans and dampers operates to cool the compressor room and to recover the compressor heat for building heating use when practical.
Molnlycke, a global manufacturer of long-term wound care products, is headquartered in Sweden and is expanding its reach into the U.S. market. It’s expected that the new facility will create more than 100 jobs.
Construction is expected to be completed in 12 months.
Harriman Hires Designer
Harriman, a full-service architecture and engineering firm with offices in Maine and New Hampshire, is pleased to announce that Tyler Johnson has joined the firm.
Tyler Johnson, an architectural designer, brings over five years of experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology, and is an associate member of AIA, a LEED Accredited Professional, and the Director of the ACE Mentoring Group for Portland, a national mentoring group that mentors high school students who are interested in pursuing architecture, engineering, or construction. Tyler is currently working with the Oxford School District on ADA Upgrades and the NAVFAC P-282 Sub Component Facility at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
He resides in Portland, Maine with his fiancée Caroline Fitzgerald.
Harriman Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2030
Harriman, a full-service architecture and engineering design firm with offices in Portland and Auburn, Maine and Manchester, New Hampshire recently signed both the Architecture 2030 Challenge and the AIA 2030 Commitment, pledging its commitment to a sustainable built environment.
The Architecture 2030 Challenge is an initiative aimed at reducing the emission of greenhouse gases by changing the way buildings are designed and constructed. As an adoptee of the Challenge, Harriman will be required to meet the following targets: all new buildings, developments and major renovations shall be designed to meet a fossil fuel, GHG-emitting, energy consumption performance standard of 60% of the regional (or country) average for that building type; at a minimum, an equal amount of existing building area shall be renovated annually to meet a fossil fuel, GHG-emitting, energy consumption performance standard of 60% of the regional (or country) average for that building type; the fossil fuel reduction standard for all new buildings and major renovations shall be increased to: 70% in 2015; 80% in 2020; 90% in 2025; and carbon-neutral in 2030 (using no fossil fuel GHG emitting energy to operate). These targets may be accomplished by implementing innovative sustainable design strategies, generating on-site renewable power and/or purchasing (20% maximum) renewable energy.
The AIA 2030 Commitment is a challenge set forth by the American Institute of Architects to its member firms to take a leadership role in reducing the energy consumption and green house gas creation in the buildings that are designed and operated. The Commitment has a clear long-term goal: by 2030, it will be standard practice to design and construct climate neutral buildings -- buildings that do not use greenhouse gas emitting energy to operate. The goal is to reduce energy consumption across each firm\'s entire portfolio, not just for projects seeking green building certification.
As part of the Commitment, Harriman commits to the following: within two months of signing the Commitment, establish a team to guide the development of the firm’s sustainability efforts and implementation of its commitment plan; within six months of signing the Commitment, implement a minimum of four operational action items. These actions will be undertaken while the long-term sustainability plan is in development; and within one year of signing the Commitment, develop a long-range sustainability action plan that aligns with the stated 2030 benchmarks for achieving carbon neutrality. Subsequently, Harriman will make the sustainability action plan available by providing it to the AIA for posting and committing to annual progress reports.
The main difference between the Architecture 2030 Challenge and the AIA 2030 Commitment is that the 2030 Challenge is specifically focused on lowering building energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, while the 2030 Commitment encompasses other issues as well, such as incorporating water and indoor air quality requirements in every design and outlining internal policies within your firm with regards to recycling, green product purchasing and energy conservation, among others.
“Accepting this challenge demonstrates the firm’s commitment to being good stewards of our planet. Harriman has been designing high performing, energy-efficient buildings for decades, and this initiative reaffirms our on-going commitment to sustainable design,” says Judy L. Johnson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, an Associate Principal in the firm.
Harriman's Ouellette Gains Professional License
Harriman, a full-service architecture and engineering firm with offices in Maine and New Hampshire, is pleased to announce that Mark M. Ouellette has received his professional license to practice architecture. Ouellette has worked for five years as a designer in the architectural studio.
At Harriman, Ouellette is currently working on an addition to an existing building at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Other recent projects include a new medical office building for Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, a large call center for an international bank in Auburn, and the 84 Marginal Way Office Building in Portland.
Ouellette holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology. In addition, he is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.
Harriman Hires Four
Harriman, a full-service architecture and engineering firm with offices in Maine and New Hampshire, is pleased to announce that Jeff LaPierre, P.E., Patrick Smith, Denise Ireland, and Becky Fortier have joined the firm.
Jeff LaPierre joins Harriman as a Senior Mechanical Engineer with over 16 years of experience. Jeff received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine, and is a licensed professional engineer in six states. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and a Certified Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP). Jeff resides in Gardiner with his wife and son.
Patrick Smith joins Harriman with 13 years of experience in civil drafting and design, and will be responsible for the AutoCAD production for the civil engineering department. Patrick has an Associates Degree in Construction Management from Eastern Maine Community College. He resides in Raymond with his wife and their two sons.
Denise Ireland joins Harriman as the Human Resources and Benefits Administrator with over 15 years of experience. She received her Human Resources Certification through USM, and also attended Husson University for accounting. She also has a Wellness Certification through USM. Prior to joining Harriman, Denise was employed by the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine & Blood Center in Scarborough. Denise resides in Auburn with her husband Tim.
Becky Fortier joins Harriman as an Administrative Assistant with 23 years of experience. She received an Associates Degree in Graphic Arts from Central Maine Community College. Becky resides in Sabattus.
Harriman Receives Citation Award
Harriman, a full-service architecture and engineering firm with offices in Portland and Auburn, Maine and Manchester, New Hampshire recently received a Citation Award from AIA Maine, the Maine Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, for their design of 123 Middle Street in Portland, Maine.
123 Middle Street is an adaptive reuse of retail space in an 1867 building that was transformed into Harriman’s Portland design studio. The design concept integrates an upper and lower level through a large opening cut in the floor framing of the upper level, creating a two-story environment filled with natural light. Design details highlight the distinction between the existing historic context and new elements. Distinctive finishes and bright colors were applied to new materials, heightening their contrast with existing surfaces. Sustainable design practices were employed including salvaging floor framing, wood flooring and plumbing fixtures. “Our goal was to weave historic fabric with contemporary materials of varied texture and color to make the space energizing and visually rich,” says Harriman Principal Patrick S. Costin. Juror James Cutler of Cutler Anderson Architects stated “The jury very much appreciated the way in which the old structure of the building was revealed with the new simplified glazing.”
The biennial awards program recognizes the best of Maine architecture juried by a group of prominent, nationally recognized architects. Thirty-four entries were submitted to the 2010 AIA Maine Design Awards program; seven projects were recognized for design excellence. The awards ceremony was recently held in Portland where Patrick Costin was presented with the award.
Harriman Provides Engineering Design Services for Fuel Cell Technology For New Whole Foods Market Store in California
Harriman, a full-service architecture and engineering firm, recently provided engineering design services for the integration of fuel cell technology for the new Whole Foods Market Blossom Hill, San Jose, California store.
This 50,000-square-foot store, currently under construction, will utilize a PureCell® System provided by UTC Power, a United Technologies Company. The fuel cell will consume natural gas to produce electricity, heat, and cooling for the store. By integrating this 400-kilowatt fuel cell into the building’s mechanical, electrical and refrigeration systems, the store’s overall fuel efficiency will be increased. The fuel cell will enable the San Jose store to generate 70 to 100 percent of the electricity requirements at peak, and most of the store heating and domestic hot water. The unit will also provide space cooling and refrigeration. The overall electrical generation efficiency of approximately 60% is nearly twice the efficiency of the U.S. electrical grid. Should there be a power outage or rolling brownout, the store will be able to stay open for business and maintain refrigeration of product.
According to UTC, fuel cells are one of the cleanest energy-generation sources available in the world, and it’s estimated that the power generated on-site at this San Jose store by the fuel cell will prevent the release of more than 370 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually -- the equivalent of planting more than 85 acres of trees.
This is the second Whole Foods Market store for which Harriman has provided design services integrating fuel cell technology. The first was for Whole Foods Market’s LEED Certified Glastonbury, Connecticut store, which was the first food retail store in the country to utilize this technology.
Harriman also provided the interior fit-up and mechanical, electrical, refrigeration and plumbing design services for the shell and interior for the San Jose store. The firm has provided design services to Whole Foods Market over the past four years on a variety of projects in New England and Northern California.
Harriman's Mark Lee to Present at Androscoggin Historical Society
Mark Lee, an Associate and Architectural Designer with Harriman, will present at the Androscoggin Historical Society (AHS) March 23rd meeting.
Lee, who has been with the full-service architecture and engineering design firm for nearly 14 years, will give a presentation titled “Harriman, Architects and Engineers: Its Architectural Legacy in Androscoggin County.” Celebrating its 140th year, the firm was established in Lewiston in 1870, and has a rich architectural history in Androscoggin County.
Most notable projects include the Dingley School at the corner of Oak and Bates Street in Lewiston, the Kora Temple Shrine on Main Street in Lewiston, and the Washburn and Chamberlain Schools in Auburn to name a few. Lee’s presentation will discuss a history of the firm’s regional work and compare it to historic trends in architecture.
Other AHS upcoming meetings include “150 Years for Methodists and Court Street Baptists in Auburn,” by Betty Dexter and Douglas Hodgkin on April 27th; and “Gettysburg’s Lost Battle: Civilian Struggle in 1863,” by Prof. Margaret Creighton on May 25th.