The AIA 2030 Commitment: A New Year’s Revolution

December 29, 2014
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Here it comes again. New Year’s Day. Time to press the reset button and set noble and ambitious goals for 2015.

What are yours? Lose weight. Get organized. Save money. Quit smoking. All good, but all self-oriented. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The desire to improve one’s self and bring a certain calendrically-enhanced discipline to the pursuit is great. But have you ever made a New Year’s resolution to try to improve something … [Read More]

Repositioning 699 Boylston Street

December 17, 2014
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699 Boylston Street – a highly visible building at the corner of Boylston and Exeter Streets in Boston’s Back Bay – had long attracted sneers by its neighbors and the general public. Recognizing the vast potential of the site, AEW Capital Management purchased the building and quickly committed to repositioning the building to retain key tenants and attract new, specifically targeted tenants. Bergmeyer worked closely with AEW, the client’s property manager, and corporate and retail … [Read More]

Endicott College balances innovation and efficiency for new student residence

December 4, 2014
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With the goal of increasing student involvement on campus and strengthening the relationship with the community, Endicott College is adding a new student residence for upperclassmen. The project is just one of a handful of the latest improvements to the campus that has been shepherded by College President Dr. Richard E. Wylie.

In order to meet the College’s goal of adding nearly 300 beds next year, the new residence hall had an extremely tight schedule. … [Read More]

Sonja Haviland honored with PAVE Rising Star Award

December 4, 2014
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At the 18th edition of the PAVE Annual Gala last night, Sonja Haviland was honored with the 2014 Rising Star Award! The award was created in 2007 to recognize the achievements of individuals who have demonstrated talent, vision, and implementation in the retail environment. The event, which took place on December 3 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, brings together retail design industry luminaries and industry supporters together for networking, dinner, awards and an … [Read More]

JD Myers featured in BSA Student Design Showcase

December 3, 2014

Every year, the BSA Membership Committee invites the best of local student work for consideration in the BSA Student Design Showcase, and then celebrates the best of the best at the BSA Space. The jury was impressed with the quality, thoughtfulness, and quantity of the submissions. One of the finalists chosen for the showcase is Bergmeyer’s own, JD Myers, an exceptionally talented designer with a vast skill set.

JD Myers is 28 and grew up … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Don’t Miss Out

November 24, 2014
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Fear of missing out. FOMO. It’s a thing.

A form of social anxiety, it’s that compulsion to know what other folks are doing just in case they might be having more fun than you. Anyone with a smart phone and a Facebook page has experienced it. There are real psychological drivers behind it, too. Check out Henry Murray’sExplorations in Personality and his list of psychogenic needs. FOMO is right there in between cognizance … [Read More]

ABX Session Recaps

November 24, 2014

The architecture and building industry’s biggest event of the year, ArchitectureBoston Expo, was held just a few short weeks ago. The three-day conference had presentation and workshops in a variety of formats and multiple educational tracks like “building performance,” “codes and regulations,” and “the future of practice.” Architect Rachel Lanzafame, AIA, LEED AP BD+C offers recaps two sessions she attended last month on the links between BIM and facilities management and the lean construction process.… [Read More]

TEDxBeaconStreet this weekend

November 14, 2014

Started in 2012, TEDxBeaconStreet is one of the most innovative TEDx events in the world.  The annual event, taking place on November 15 and 16 at the Lincoln School in Brookline, will include TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet program with the theme “Worlds Imagined” and a block dedicated to Google’s Solve for X Moonshot Ideas and panel discussions. As we’ve done for the past couple years, Bergmeyer set the stage with recycled materials for this unique 2-day community event, … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: Lisa Herman

November 5, 2014

The Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. This month’s spotlight is on Lisa Herman, Receptionist.

Years with Bergmeyer: 7

What are you currently working on at Bergmeyer? Everything! My primary responsibilities include: providing a good first impression of Bergmeyer for our clients & v…isitors, maintaining Bergmeyer’s legal and registration status in 44 states, and also satisfying the varied dietary (aka candy) requirements of the team!

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Bergmeyer wins big at the IIDA New England Fashion Show!

October 24, 2014

The IIDA New England Fashion Show is one of the most anticipated industry events of the year. The theme Adaptation was the focus for the annual event, taking place on October 23 at the Boston Convention Center. Bergmeyer took home top honors with the People’s Choice award and Best in Show. Congrats to the Bergmeyer team and all teams who participated! It was an incredible night.

Adapted for stage, screen, comics, action figures – and … [Read More]

NAIOP Trends + Technology Conference Recap

October 24, 2014

In the afternoon of Wednesday, October 22, NAIOP assembled an event that highlighted new technologies and marketing trends that are positively influencing today’s commercial real estate market. NAIOP is the leading voice representing the interests of the real estate industry, including developers, owners and other professionals engaged in real estate development, investment and ownership in the Commonwealth. A keynote address and two panels of real estate professionals opened a dialogue to the marketing, branding, digital … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Why Can’t We Be Friends?

October 21, 2014
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“Sometimes I don’t speak right, but yet I know what I’m talkin’ about.”*

Architects and engineers. If one is from Venus, the others must be from Mars.

Why is it so hard for architects and engineers to communicate? One of my sustainability gurus, Barbra Batshalom, describes the typical architect/engineer relationship as pretty much dysfunctional. But as we have pledged to meet the energy efficiency goals of the AIA 2030 Commitment, never before has a … [Read More]

Mike Davis, FAIA to present at ABX on the value of social media

September 26, 2014
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Kicking off on October 28, the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) is a three-day event that provides thought-provoking programs and educational workshops for the building industry. As one of the first sessions of the conference, Principal Mike Davis, FAIA of Bergmeyer will be presenting with Karen Robichaud of Payette on the value of social media in architectural practice.

As social media has begun to penetrate the architecture and design community, individuals and firms face choices about how … [Read More]

Tour the new LEED-certified Hostelling International Boston

September 25, 2014

Hostelling International leadership recognized an opportunity to raise their profile in Boston by creating an urban flagship with multipurpose public spaces that deepen connections between the organization and the amenities outside its doors. Join us on September 25 for a tour of the project, with the USGBC MA Chapter and Suffolk Construction, and learn how we turned this historic structure on the National Register of Historic Places into a LEED certified building and one of … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: Brandon Graska

September 24, 2014
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The Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. This month’s spotlight is on Brandon Graska, who was recently invited to participate in NCARB’s Intern Think Tank.

Tell us a little bit about the NCARB 2014 Intern Think Tank and your involvement. The NCARB Think Tank is a collaboration supported by the AIA and NCARB. NCARB groups together a dozen associate level architects (pre-NCARB registration) to elaborate on the process and experience … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Research

September 11, 2014

If you’re an architect or designer working in the built environment, I’d guess science wasn’t your favorite subject in high school. Acutesqueamishness was an impediment for me. Forget cutting frogs open, I still can’t even look at a needle. My career in the biological sciences was over before it began.

But I believe the scientific methodof research – my one major take-away from high school science classes – can inform any creative process. … [Read More]

Bergmeyer wins Hub Prize for Cannondale and RH stores

September 8, 2014

The Hub has announced finalists in its fourth annual Hub Prize competition, honoring excellence in the brand experience. Bergmeyer was honored with two awards for our work on Cannondale, a new prototype that embeds the bike brand into the vision of the environment, and RH, a new flagship store in Boston restoring the beauty of the architectural landmark on Newbury Street. The awards will be celebrated at the Hub Live event in New … [Read More]

design:retail recognizes Bergmeyer as Design Firm of the Year

September 2, 2014

The design:retail awards are a huge honor for Bergmeyer and affirms our national presence in the retail market space. What’s most rewarding about the acknowledgement though is that the firm and Principal Joe Nevin were nominated by peers and industry experts, not by the editorial staff or an awards committee. The firm and firm leader Joe Nevin are – in design:retail’s words – “reshaping retail through their passion and creativity, and carving out new paths … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: Anna Butterfield

August 19, 2014
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The Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. This month’s spotlight is on Anna Butterfield, IIDA.

What led you to study interior design? After college, I was working at a law firm and headed to law school. I was pretty lost about what to do with my life, and “lawyer” just sounded really stable. After doing some pretty boring data entry for months, I made a 360 one day and decided … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: The Whole World is Watching

August 14, 2014
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One of the hardest things about the AIA 2030 Commitment is just keeping the faith. After getting your architectural firm to sign up, completing three or four years of reporting and enduring as many setbacks as improvements, sometimes you want to put your head down and just do your work.

But, hey, buck up. The whole world really is watching. (I’m not old enough to remember much from the 1968 Democratic National Convention except that [Read More]

Food Management awards Hampshire Dining Commons with Best Concept Awards

August 7, 2014
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Hampshire Dining Commons, a $15.5 million renovation project by Bergmeyer, recently received just one of a handful awards from Food Management and their award program, the 2014 Best Concepts Awards. Food Management showcases creative projects in onsite dining, bringing much-deserved attention to innovative foodservice outside of commercial restaurants. From the Food Management publication: “Following on the heels of the renovation Berkshire Dining Commons, which won a Best Concept Award in 2007, Hampshire Dining Commons is … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: My Favorite Things

July 20, 2014

“What are you reading these days?” is a tough question.

To be honest, most of what I read now is in the social media stream. Although I still drop everything for a new print copy of The New Yorker (thanks, Katie!) and do plow through an actual book now and then (just finished The Metropolitan Revolution by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley, just started On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno[Read More]

49ers celebrate opening of their new stadium and flagship retail store

July 17, 2014

Principal Joe Nevin attended the Gala Opening of Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, with Cambridge Seven Associates. Inside the stadium is the Flagship Store and Stadium Retail for the 49ers, a collaborative project with Bergmeyer at C7A.

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Hampshire Dining Commons at UMass Amherst awarded with LEED Gold and Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting

July 15, 2014
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Recently ranked among the top three universities for campus food, UMass Amherst is committed to delivering healthy and sustainable dining options. Now, the recently renovated Hampshire Dining Commons on campus can boast its own sustainable accolades after achieving LEED Gold certification.

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Bergmeyer’s 2014 Sustainability Action Plan Now Available

July 13, 2014

Developed as part of our participation in the AIA 2030 Commitment, the 2014 Sustainability Action Plan details our current actions and our future goals for further incorporating sustainability into all areas of our operations and our design practice.

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Bergmeyer noted for leadership in sustainability by SPI

July 11, 2014

Architects have not begun issuing sustainability reporting nearly as decisively as they have adopted CAD or BIM transition, but Barbra Batshalom is working to speed the transition. As founder of the Boston-based Sustainable Performance Institute, Batshalom teaches design firms and real estate owners to institutionalize sustainability. In her interview with Green Source, she noted Bergmeyer as having an “effective approach to systemic sustainability.”

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: Materials Matter

June 25, 2014

Today I’m blogging live from the 2014 AIA Convention in Chicago. A trip to Chicago is always fun, but truthfully, I enjoy the AIA Convention wherever it is. I come for seminars that expand my mind. I attend to see friends and colleagues from across the country – including people I never get to see in my hometown. And I show up for the parties. But not necessarily in that order.

I kind of … [Read More]

Hampshire Dining Commons featured in Campus Dining Today

June 20, 2014

The newly renovated dining facility at UMass Amherst was recently featured in Campus Dining Today, the publication of the National Association of College & University Food Services

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Bergmeyer hosts Shoptalk Boston

June 4, 2014
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Every year, ARE hosts regional Shoptalks in cities around the U.S. and Canada. Top visual merchandising and store planning professionals are invited to gather at exciting locations for an evening of networking and education. Shoptalk’s focus on education reinforces our mission and provides greater value for both attendees and sponsors. This year, Bergmeyer co-hosted with Timberland with proceeds from the event to benefit PAVE.

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Principal Mike Davis on a panel of experts for NEEP workshop

June 2, 2014

Today’s energy and climate realities require us to rethink how we build, produce power and utilize water. The net zero buildings of the near future will be dynamic in their function, with the capability to sustain vital operations in face of unpredictability. On June 2 & 3, over 300 people converged on the Newport Hyatt for the 2014 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit. Mike Davis presented with a panel of experts on Building Resiliency.

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: Feedback

May 22, 2014
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Whenever someone says the word “feedback” I become momentarily distracted. I mentally flip into “air guitar” mode and imagine that I’m Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock playing the Star Spangled Banner . . .

But feedback is a good word. It’s an important concept. Anyone who wants to improve the output of a system needs to recognize – or create – process feedback loopsand watch them closely.

Designing buildings and spaces that are more and … [Read More]

Rachel Zsembery to sit on a panel for Women in Design Boston

May 8, 2014

The practice of design is rapidly changing, to keep pace with changes in the world around us. As designers, we must position ourselves to adapt to the changing environment of our industry. Senior Associate Rachel Zsembery, along with a panel of professional women in design, discusses the skills and strategies necessary to stay competitive in the 21st century.

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Bergmeyer celebrates topping off 111 South Street, a new community building in Plainville

May 2, 2014
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When the Kinney family opens an office-retail building at the corner of Bacon and South streets this fall, it will be one of the newest buildings in town. The building, owned by Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, will hold a bookstore, cafe, and community event space.

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: A Better Future

April 15, 2014
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What do you dream about when you’re designing? The thrill of seeing your brilliant ideas built? The joy of receiving thanks and praise from your clients? Maybe you dream of getting some publicity or winning a design award? Or feeling deeply satisfied from knowing you’ve made the world a more beautiful place?

Or do you just hope the lawyers won’t show up?

Fame and glory and energy efficiency that’s 50% better than baseline are all … [Read More]

Restoration Hardware takes top honors at ARE Design Awards!

March 18, 2014

Restoration Hardware, the Gallery at the Historic Museum of Natural History, exemplifies RH’s position as one of the most innovative luxury brands in the marketplace, says CEO Carlos Alberini. The project won first place ARE’s design awards for specialty store over 25,000 sf and led the pack by winning the coveted Store of the Year award as well.

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VMSD’s Third Annual Designer Dozen Winners includes Bergmeyer’s Stephanie Jones

March 17, 2014

VMSD magazine is celebrating the best and brightest young designers in retail with the third annual VMSD Designer Dozen. In retail’s global, multi-channel and fast-paced market, it’s going to take more than business-as-usual to help propel the industry forward. Bergmeyer’s own Stephanie Jones makes the list of up-and-coming talent that are introducing new strategies and concepts and impacting the shopping experience in the 21st century.

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Sonja Haviland details Cannondale’s innovative design in VMSD Magazine

March 16, 2014

Sonja Haviland of Bergmeyer shares what makes the new Cannondale store in Carle Place, NY so successful – a design that puts customer comfort, brand identity, and apparel first- in VMSD magazine.

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Cannondale wins at Chain Store Age Awards

March 15, 2014

Cannondale won first place in the Hard Lines (up to 5,000 sf) category at the annual Chain Store Age Awards. The project was featured in the February/March issue of Chain Store Age and celebrated at a reception during CSA’s annual SPECS Conference.

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: Better Tools!

March 6, 2014

Do you have a favorite recreational activity? Does it involve equipment? Golf clubs? A tennis racket? A bicycle, perhaps?  I’m a skier. Skiers are serious equipment geeks! But the phrase you hear around the lodge is: Good skis don’t make a good skier.

However, better skis can make you a better skier. In my experience, if you’re already pretty capable at something and working hard to improve, better equipment can really amp your game.

Same … [Read More]

Why LEED matters for future generations

March 3, 2014

Why LEED matters for future generations, a primer on LEED from our sustainability team, in the latest issue of New England Real Estate Journal.

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RH wins Best Retail Design at IIDA New England Design Awards

February 27, 2014

300 people attended the 7th Annual IIDA New England Interior Design Awards at the Revere Hotel. Restoration Hardware won top prize in the retail category. The team included Bergmeyer Associates, Inc., Backen Gillam Kroeger Architects, Trainor Commercial Construction, Ross De Alessi Lighting Design, Bentley Meeker, McNamara/Salvia Inc., and RW Sullivan Engineering

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: Women Leading Sustainable Design

February 10, 2014
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The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) is working to change the culture of the building industry so that women’s work is acknowledged, respected and valued. I was honored when the BWAF invited me to be a guest blogger. Fully aware that women arewoefully under-represented in the field of architecture, I looked instead at the many thought-leaders I have come to know in the world of sustainable design. A re-posting of my BWAF blog follows:    … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: What We Need to Hear

February 2, 2014
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My fellow Americans:

For tonight’s State-of-the-Union address, I’d like to share a vision with you all. A vision of a world where people work together to assure that fresh air, clean water, wholesome foods, and free, bountiful energy will be available for future generations as long as humankind exists.

This is called sustainability. Don’t we all want to live in this world? If we could make this vision real, what would it take?

Let’s begin … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Diagnose This!

January 20, 2014
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Put yourself in your doctor’s shoes. Nice Bruno Magli loafers, perhaps. What do you think goes through your primary care physician’s head when you come in with a sniffle and say: “Doc, what’s wrong with me?”

Of course he’s thinking: “Sheesh. This guy could have anything from an allergy to a viral infection. But before we can diagnosis this, we’ll need to ask him the usual hundred questions, starting with ‘are you getting enough … [Read More]