The AIA 2030 Commitment: Shedding Some Light

December 17, 2013
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Energy geeks. We’re the ones out there doing our holiday shopping by squinting at the lights and saying “Wow, I wonder what the lighting power density in HERE is?”

When my architecture firm, Bergmeyer, completed our second year of reporting for the AIA 2030 Commitment, our mission was clear. We design a lot of retail interiors. Retail stores account for 20% of all US commercial energy use, and 22% of that energy powers electric lighting[Read More]

“LEED v4: Materially Different”, article by Dee Spiro, LEED AP BD+C and Rachel Zsembery, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

December 2, 2013

Dee Spiro, Bergmeyer’s Sustainability Manager and Rachel Zsembery, Senior Associate of Bergmeyer discuss the extensive changes to the Materials and Resources category in LEED v4 and what those changes mean to our industry. Learn more in their article “LEED v4: Materially Different” featured in the current issue of Retail Environments.

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Bergmeyer team designs eco-conscious stage for 2013 TEDx Beacon Street event

November 27, 2013

A team of Bergmeyer Associates designed and constructed the 2013 TEDx Beacon Street stage using 10,000 donated aluminum cans and plastic bottles. After the show, the stage was disassembled and recycled. The proceeds from the recycled cans and bottles were donated to Lincoln School, the host of the event. Watch the team work!

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Eustis Street Fire House Earns LEED Silver

November 25, 2013
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The Eustis Street Fire House, the oldest remaining firehouse in Boston, recently earned a LEED Silver certification, which recognizes the structure’s energy efficiency and environmental impact.

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2013 Hostelling International Boston chosen as a finalist in the 2013 Gold Key Awards

November 10, 2013
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Hostelling International Boston was chosen as a finalist in the Best Eco-Conscious or Socially Conscious Hotel category of the 2013 Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design! The Gold Key Awards represent the most innovative hospitality properties constructed or renovated within the past 18 months and are presented by the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® and sponsored by Boutique Design magazine and HOTELS magazine.

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: Measured Progress

November 4, 2013
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Did Albert Einstein really say insanity was making the same mistakes over and over again but expecting different results?  I know, it’s the most over-used cliche of all time. But gimme a break. It works perfectly here. And I promise never to use it again.

The 2013 Annual Report of the AIA 2030 Commitment is here. Download it, read and share. Help promote this important measure of our progress. Post a link on your firm’s … [Read More]

Rachel Zsembery, AIA, LEED AP in the November issue of VMSD Magazine

November 4, 2013
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In VMSD Magazine’s “Green Today, Gone Tomorrow?” Rachel Zsembery, Senior Associate at Bergmeyer Associates sees sustainability opportunities in the challenging and ever evolving world of technology.

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The AIA’s 2013 Annual Report on the 2030 Commitment is out!

November 1, 2013
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In the AIA’s 2013 Annual Report, Bergmeyer’s Mike Davis, FAIA, LEED AP and Dee Spiro, LEED AP relate the many ways in which Bergmeyer has successfully incorporated this commitment into our office as well as our work.

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RH Featured in October Issue of DDi Magazine

October 2, 2013
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DDi Magazine highlights Bergmeyer’s work restoring the Boston flagship’s historic 1860s building.

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: Where’s Boston?

September 26, 2013
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“Eighty percent of success in life is just showing up.” – Woody Allen

Last Tuesday, we had our big Mayoral primary election in Boston. First time in twenty years that Thomas M. Menino wasn’t on the ballot. Given the historical significance of this race, you’d think voter turnout would be off the charts. It wasn’t. 113,222 ballots were recorded, 31% of registered voters.

But that participation rate was still better than what we’re seeing from … [Read More]

Bergmeyer honored with Gold Hub Prize!

September 17, 2013

For the design of Boloco, Bergmeyer was honored with a Gold Hub Prize, which celebrates the many ways in which brand marketers, retailers, and others make the brand experience come alive. The project will be featured in the Nov/Dec issue of the Hub Magazine.

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Hampshire Dining Commons at UMASS Amherst now open!

September 10, 2013
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The Hampshire Dining Commons’ grand opening was featured in the Boston Globe where Ken Toong, Executive Director of the campus’ Auxiliary Enterprises, praised the newly renovated dining commons, calling it “next-generation campus dining.

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RH Featured in September-October Issue of Contract Magazine

September 3, 2013
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Contract cites Bergmeyer’s revival of a Boston landmark as an elevation of retail to high art.

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: Traction

August 26, 2013
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Left field for the Boston Red Sox. As major-league baseball positions go, it’s legendary. From 1940 to 1990, only three guys played left field for the Sox, all of them All-Stars. Ted Williams played it for 22 seasons from 1939 to 1960. Carl Yastrzemski, 23 seasons from 1961 to 1983. Then Jim Ed Rice, 15 seasons from 1974 to 1989. And all that was before Manuel Aristides Ramirez Onelcida.

Being Mayor of Boston is not … [Read More]

Now Open! The San Francisco 49ers Team Store in the Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara, CA

August 8, 2013
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The San Francisco 49ers Team Store located in the Valley Fair Mall, Santa Clara, CA is now open!

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: Full Disclosure

July 25, 2013
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I have a friend who’s a climate-change denier. He calls climate science “junk science”. He gets in my face about carbon dioxide. CO2belongs in the atmosphere, he says. The difference between atmospheric CO2 at two hundred something or three hundred something parts per million is infinitesimal! Why waste US taxpayer dollars on some misinformed quest to micro-manage infinitely small quantities of a naturally occurring substance?

My usual reply: Arsenic is a naturally occurring substance … [Read More]

Opening in early August: The San Francisco 49ers Team Store in the Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara, CA

July 10, 2013
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The San Francisco 49ers Team Store located in the Valley Fair Mall, Santa Clara, CA is set to open in early August 2013. Very Exciting!

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: Shrink the Change

June 28, 2013
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I was in Denver last week for the 2013 AIA Convention. Denver’s a great town. Lively, walkable downtown, excellent public transit and some pretty interesting buildings. I recommend David Adjaye’s Museum of Contemporary Art up in Lodo near the Cherry Creek Trail. Nice. Libeskind’s DAM? Been there, seen that.

But enough with the travel tips. One reason I go to the AIA Convention is to see Kelly Pickard’s presentation on the state of the … [Read More]

Hostelling International Boston selected to receive a 2013 Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Achievement Award

June 25, 2013
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Hostelling International Boston will be presented with a Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Achievement Award this coming autumn. The prestigious award honors those who have achieved a high standard of historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston that will be looked upon as a model for future work in historic preservation.

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Bergmeyer Associates Participate in the 2013 JP Morgan Corporate Challenge Boston

June 20, 2013

Thirteen Bergmeyer associates participated in the 30th JPMorgan Corporate Challenge on June 20th, 2013. Our associates were in good company as the event drew 12,000 participants from 571 organizations. This year JP Morgan donated all of the entry fees to the One Foundation, which supports the families most affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. The weather was perfect and everyone’s spirits were high. We are extremely proud of our employees’ dedication both in and out … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Sharing

June 13, 2013
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In case you hadn’t noticed, sharing is now “in”.

Urban bike sharing companies like Hubwayand CitiBike are all over American cities.Zipcar is so widely visible it’s almost a generic term. For vacationers, “Aribnb” has taken couch-surfing to a whole new level. Have you heard of NeighborGoods yet? Got a ladder? Need a ladder? How about Sidecar? “Share a ride with someone awesome”. This idea has traction.

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VMSD Magazine Announces 2013 Designer Dozen

May 15, 2013
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Sonja Haviland, Senior Designer at Bergmeyer, was selected as one of VMSD Magazine’s “Designer Dozen”, a celebration of the best & brightest up-and-coming designers in retail. Sonja is featured in the magazine’s May 2013 issue.

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: Social Sustainability

May 14, 2013
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A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on leadership for the AIA 2013 Convention “blog off”. Seventeen architects contributed, many of the posts were rather good. In ways that I don’t quite understand, our collective musings will contribute to the Convention theme.

In one post, Doug Wignall, an architect from Nebraska, trotted out Whitney Young, Jr.’s famous quote chastising the attendees of the 1968 AIA Convention. I was in 6th grade at … [Read More]

Hostelling International Boston named Boston Business Journal’s 2013 Best of Boston Real Estate Finalist

April 25, 2013
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Hostelling International Boston was named one of Boston Business Journal’s 2013 Best of Boston Real Estate finalists, under the “Rehab/ Renovation” Category. Winners will be announced at the Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 23.

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The AIA 2013 Convention: Leadership is a Choice

April 24, 2013
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I usually write about the AIA 2030 Commitment. My focus has been architecture and climate change. And since last Monday was Earth Day, I had a rich supply of emails and RSS feeds to fuel the ever-present need for new blog material.

The best thing I saw last Monday was this 10-minute video of Dr. Amory Lovins (Hon. AIA) giving the keynote at “RMI25: Celebrating Solutions”, the Rocky Mountain Institute’s 25th Anniversary Gala.

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: Don’t Back Down, Boston!

April 12, 2013
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The Boston City Council will soon vote on a proposed building energy use reporting and disclosure zoning ordinance. If we really want to reduce our city’s energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions, we Bostonians need the City Council to approve this “benchmarking” ordinance.

Under the 20-year leadership of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston has made great progress in adopting policies designed to protect our City from the effects of climate change by reducing greenhouse … [Read More]

Hostelling International Boston wins USGBC Massachusetts Chapter’s 2013 Innovation in Green Design Award

April 10, 2013
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Hostelling International Boston was presented the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter’s Innovation in Green Design Award (Innovative Building or System Category) on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. The award recognizes buildings that break new ground, can be used as a model for others, and have a positive impact on the environment, social equity and economic prosperity.

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: Power vs. Influence

March 29, 2013
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Which is better to have: power or influence?

This isn’t a hypothetical question. Answer for yourself. In your world – a community of design professionals focused on architecture and climate change – which is better? And what’s the difference?

Power is authority. It’s binary: you have it or you don’t. It is given or taken. A governor has power over the people and money in their government. A police officer can order you to pull [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Risky Business

March 7, 2013
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When I say “risky business”, what comes to mind? Tom Cruise dancing without pants to Bob Seger? Oh, please. Such foolishness.

Real estate development. Now that’s risky business.

As much as we like to think that architecture brings beauty and inspiration to the built environment (it does), the purpose of a lot of our work is to attract capital. In reality, the overwhelming majority of the buildings we design are intended to make money for … [Read More]

“Firehouse Rescue” by Peter Vanderwarker in Design New England Magazine

March 7, 2013
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Historic Boston Incorporated steps in to save the old Eustis Street station and assist in the revitalization of a Roxbury neighborhood.

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Fantasy and furniture in new Back Bay store

March 6, 2013
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Restoration Hardware receives praise in this article on the opening of the store from the Boston Globe.

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Hostelling International Boston receives Special Mention in Architizer A+ Awards “Hotels and Resorts” Category

February 14, 2013
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Architizer, the world’s largest and fastest growing website for architecture, launched an architectural award program with 50+ categories and over 200 jurors. Jury members included Rem Koohaus, Elle MacPherson, Steven Holl, & other renowned architects, CEO’s, & Pop-Culture Icons. With entries received from over 100 countries, the Special Mention distinction was awarded to projects scoring within the top 20% of entrants.

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: A Game Changer

February 7, 2013
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Imagine this: The lobby of your office building is flooding with water. It’s rushing in through broken storefronts and will soon be over your head in depth. Something in the basement explodes, rocking the whole structure. The power goes out, and you scramble up a fire stair seeking safety.

A couple days ago, this story was being re-told to a roomful of people who had assembled for a press event in Boston, Massachusetts. Not a … [Read More]

Hostelling International Boston Wins Boston Society of Architects’ Honor Award

January 31, 2013
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The sole judging criterion for the Boston Society of Architects’ Honor Awards is design excellence. The jury is empowered to determine the extent to which design excellence is informed by aesthetic, functional, contextual, sustainability, social or other characteristics.

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: A Letter to the President

January 23, 2013
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January 23, 2013

Dear Mr. President:

Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m the 2013 President of the Boston Society of Architects. This voluntary one-year position is of course by no means comparable to the truly awesome office to which you were just re-elected. But we both serve with the hope that we can do lasting good.

Next, I would like to offer my highest compliments on your truly inspiring Inaugural address last Tuesday. As … [Read More]

Joe Nevin named Fellow of the Retail Design Institute

January 14, 2013
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Joseph P. Nevin, Jr., Senior Principal at Bergmeyer Associates, Inc., was named Fellow of the Retail Design Institute at the 2013 Awards Gala on January 14th. This prestigious honor is granted to those who have achieved the highest degree of professionalism and performed outstanding service to and on behalf of the Retail Design Institute. Widely recognized as a leader in the field of retail store design, Joe has been an active member of the Retail … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Cheers from Down-Under

January 8, 2013
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Congratulations on surviving the holidays.

If your life is anything like mine, the holidays hold the potential for exquisitely painful conversations with friends or relatives that don’t exactly share your world view. Climate-change deniers tend to seek me out at parties with eggnog on their breath and confrontation in their eyes.

A favorite greeting goes like this: “Hi, Mike. Happy holidays. Why should we in the US put our economy at risk to stop this … [Read More]