Bergmeyer’s New Board of Directors

December 16, 2015
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Bergmeyer is pleased to announce the election of Mike Davis as the firm’s new President and Director of the Board.  Mike has been with the firm for over 30 years and has been one of Bergmeyer’s leaders in project design, sustainability and firm management. Mike succeeds David Tubridy who led the firm as President for many years.

Bergmeyer is also pleased to announce the election of our new Board of Directors.

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Four Promoted to Associate

December 16, 2015


We are proud to announce that four of our colleagues have been promoted with new appointments as associates in the firm. Each of these individuals has played a pivotal role in creating award-winning design, servicing our clients, and demonstrating their leadership both within and outside the firm. Mike has been working in the profession for over thirty years; Stan is leading some of the firm’s most dynamic implementation programs; Susan is managing multiple concurrent … [Read More]

Nespresso on Newbury

December 14, 2015

Nespresso, the worldwide pioneer in premium, portioned coffee, recently worked with Bergmeyer to redesign its Boston Flagship Boutique. The contemporary 2,400 square foot space is located on Newbury Street in Boston’s chic Back Bay neighborhood. The Boutique offers visitors a unique brand experience and is exemplary of Nespresso’s commitment to the highest-quality coffee, brewing machines, and customer service.

The design team from Bergmeyer helped to enrich the customer experience by designing a new contemporary 25 … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: Rachel Lanzafame

December 1, 2015
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Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. This month’s spotlight is on Rachel Lanzafame, an Associate at the firm who has been with the firm since 2007. Here is what she had to say during her Spotlight interview:

What led you to study architecture?

My dad is an architect, and I loved when he would bring home magazines for me to look at and extra samples from the library for me … [Read More]

Upcycling for TEDxBeaconStreet

November 25, 2015

That’s a wrap, folks! Another year gone by and a second life to an otherwise discarded item was utilized because we saw the potential in it.

For the last four years, Bergmeyer has partnered with TEDx Beacon Street to design and construct a stage set for the event. Creating our own criteria, we decreed as a firm to re-use recyclable materials from our office and community as part of a larger global effort to be … [Read More]

SENSEational! IIDA New England Fashion Show 2015

November 6, 2015

The IIDA New England Fashion Show is one of the most anticipated industry events of the year.  SENSEATION was the theme for the annual event which took place on November 5th at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Bergmeyer took home the Best Interpretation of Theme award for our concept entitled Reminiscent.  We would like to thank everyone involved in this year’s efforts! See lots of photos from the event from Kim Neal Photography.… [Read More]

Roadmap to Zero: A Conversation with Ed Mazria hosted by Mike Davis

October 30, 2015

Ed Mazria, FAIA, founder of Architecture 2030 and the 2030 Challenge will be at BSA Space for a conversation on the roadmap to a zero-carbon city. Mike Davis, FAIA, Principal at Bergmeyer and a proponent of the 2030 Challenge, will host the informative evening on Monday, November 9.

Read more details on the event below from the Boston Society of Architects and visit the site to register for the event.

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Bergmeyer Spotlight: Bill Spaulding

October 27, 2015
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Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. This month’s spotlight is on Bill Spaulding, an Associate at the firm and Manager of Education and Training who has been with the firm for over 13 years.

What led you to study architecture?

It started when I was quite young with tree houses then observing and assisting my dad and uncles build summer cottages. Where can one do this? On a quiet lake … [Read More]

Jef Leon Speaks About Restaurant Design for Design Museum Boston!

October 21, 2015
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Dining at a restaurant is a sensory experience, one which goes far beyond deliciously prepared food. From the restaurant’s overall ambiance to its brand, its design, and its architecture, every detail must be thoughtfully considered to craft a holistic experience that entices diners to return. Each restaurant comes with a unique set of challenges and opportunities; each with its own client with a visionary plan for its future. As designers, it is our responsibility to … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Get SMART

October 13, 2015

I started writing this blog just over four years ago on a dare. I accepted a challenge, and my part of the bargain was to write regularly about my design firm, Bergmeyer, and our adoption of the AIA 2030 Commitment. Seventy-two posts later, I’m still volunteering for big, hairy, audacious challenges. Still haven’t learned.

The challenge I’m writing about today is a bigger but related one. I’m setting sustainable design performance goals for Bergmeyer, and … [Read More]

Stories on An Unlikely Story

September 30, 2015

With a vision to breathe new life into their adopted hometown of Plainville, Massachusetts, author Jeff Kinney – of the popular Wimpy Kid series – and his wife Julie purchased an abandoned commercial property. Big ambitions and a goal to connect people to their neighbors, their community, and the world through literature led the Kinney’s to revive and re-invent the model of the local bookstore. Just a few months after its opening, the building at … [Read More]

Green Building Focus in ARE’s Retail Environments

September 11, 2015
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A recent Bergmeyer project epitomizes environmental and social responsibility. Designed for Jeff Kinney, author of the Wimpy Kid books, and his wife, Julie, the project has had a significant impact on the community and the local economy.

Historic Symbol

The Kinneys purchased a long-abandoned historic building in their small Massachusetts hometown of Plainville, planning to restore it. Their intended new use for what had once been a general store was a civic center to reinvigorate … [Read More]

New Study on the Energy Use of Big Box Retail Stores

September 8, 2015
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As a signatory to the 2030 Challenge and the AIA 2030 Commitment, Bergmeyer is always seeking ways to reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of our projects.

We believed there were opportunities to reduce the energy consumption of a client’s big box stores to save on operating costs. From its early days as a home-based business more than 50 years ago, the company had grown into a national retailer with a portfolio of 65 … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Designs New McGauvran Center at UMass Lowell

August 26, 2015
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Bergmeyer is repurposing a 40-year-old concrete and brick student center as a new dining and learning commons at UMass Lowell’s South Campus. The renovated building, centered on the campus quad, is expected to become a major attraction for students to dine and gather on campus. The redesigned building will add over 10,000 sf to the existing 42,000 sf of new space and will offer multiple dining options, a learning commons, and collaborative classrooms.

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: A New Perspective

August 6, 2015

Greetings from Herring Cove Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The only place in the Northeast USA where you can watch the sun set in the west over the ocean. Or something like that.

Vacation can be a great way to get a new perspective. But all the time you’re on the Cape, you can’t help but think about climate change and sea level rise. The Ocean, the ecosystem, the climate: it’s why we come here. But … [Read More]

Joe Nevin to Speak at Bisnow on Activating the Ground Floor

July 27, 2015

This Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 am, Joseph Nevin of Bergmeyer, along with Daniel Bradley of AEW and Ted Chryssicas of NGKF, will present a case study of 699 Boylston Street, a strategic repositioning in Boston’s Back Bay. The panel will present an overview of how 699 Boylston Street increased its overall property value by redesigning the ground floor retail, lobby, and streetscape.

Hosted by Bisnow, this informative, local event focuses on commercial real estate … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Seeing Is Believing

June 12, 2015

Were you in Atlanta for the 2015 AIA Convention? About 18,000 people attended, plus exhibitors. It was huge. I coulda missed you.

Here’s the headline news: If you are really, seriously committed to doing sustainable design, the Design Data Exchange (aka the DDx) – the new AIA 2030 Commitment reporting tool – will light up your life. The AIA COTE and a 2030 Commitment Working Group worked with the US Department of Energy for almost [Read More]

The Table at LX launches June 11!

June 8, 2015
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The latest exhibition from Design Museum Boston is launching on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Design for Dining is a public exhibition, distributed across seven restaurants in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood that will showcase how designers shape the dining experience – from a restaurateur’s vision to the completed dining experience.

Bergmeyer has partnered with Legal Crossing (LX), an urban neighborhood restaurant inspired by the vibrancy of Downtown Crossing, then and now. The restaurant’s proximity to Chinatown … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: John Ho

June 4, 2015

The Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. This month’s spotlight is on John Ho

Time with Bergmeyer: 8 Months

What led you to study architecture?

I went to a technical high school and studied computer aided drafting. This played a major role in my decision to study architecture. I wanted to pursue something that not only fit my skill set, but also challenged me. I am interested in the built … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Announces Promotions

May 21, 2015

We are proud to announce that several of our colleagues have been promoted with new appointments in the leadership team. Each of these individuals has played a pivotal role in creating award-winning design, servicing our clients, and demonstrating their leadership both within and outside the firm. At Bergmeyer, we value a culture of collaboration and we encourage everyone to offer meaningful contributions to positively impact our projects and our company. We’re appreciative of their talents, … [Read More]

Jef Leon Joins Bergmeyer to Expand Hospitality Practice

May 20, 2015
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Bergmeyer is pleased to announce Jef Leon, AIA has joined the firm as a senior design leader focusing on consumer environments with a concentration in our restaurant and hospitality markets.

Jef is a seasoned restaurant designer, architect, and branding strategist. He has delivered numerous successful restaurant environments and prototypes – working with restaurateurs, retailers, and hoteliers – from entrepreneurs to conglomerates – locally and internationally. Jef prides himself on his ability to add value through … [Read More]

Rachel Zsembery is honored with 40 Under 40 award

May 11, 2015

Rachel Zsembery, a Principal at Bergmeyer, was recently named one of design:retail magazine’s 40 Under 40 recipients in their inaugural awards program! The editorial team culled down the list of nominees to those that had the biggest impact on the industry through their leadership and accomplishments. Rachel and the other honorees will celebrate at the New York CitySCENE event on May 18 and will also be featured in the April/May issue of design:retail. She is … [Read More]

Hostelling International wins Tsongas Award for Preservation

May 8, 2015
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The Charles H. Dill Building in Boston, otherwise known as Hostelling International Boston, won a 2015 Tsongas Award! Each May, Preservation Massachusetts holds an awards program and dinner celebration to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to preserving the Commonwealth’s historic resources.

From 2013-2015, the Paul E. Tsongas Awards embraced a three-year thematic program with a nod to cinematic awards. The program honors the people “behind … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: A Conspiracy Theory

April 21, 2015

Want proof that college is worth it?

This was the title of a recent article in the Washington Post. The story included a chart of 100 different college majors ranked by median lifetime earnings in millions of dollars. Architecture was around number 26, just ahead of Political Science. The top nine majors: all Engineering.

I had lunch with an engineer the other day: Kim Shinn, PE, LEED Fellow, of TLC Engineering. Kim calls himself … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Car Talk

April 1, 2015

I own a small car. It’s a 4-cyilynder with a 6-speed standard transmission and front-wheel drive. And a roof rack for my skis.

I know how to turn it on, make it go and stop. And that’s about it. There may as well be a nuclear reactor under the hood. When the dashboard “check engine” light goes on, I take it to someone who knows what they’re doing.

The AIA 2030 Commitment is like … [Read More]

Presenting “A New Recipe” – a workshop at SCUP North Atlantic Regional

March 26, 2015
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Hampshire Dining Commons is arguably the most sustainable dining commons in the country. On April 13, 2015 at the SCUP 2015 North Atlantic Regional Conference in Providence, Bergmeyer presented a workshop, alongside representatives from UMass and Ricca Design Studios, to share how this landmark facility benefits the institution, student body, and local community. The project was recently awarded LEED Gold and is the most visible component in a wide, regional network of farmers, students, educators, … [Read More]

Post Occupancy Evaluation of the Eustis Street Fire House

March 23, 2015
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Bergmeyer’s commitment to sustainable design and environmental stewardship drives our desire to track energy and water use data in order to provide feedback on our existing projects and to increase the performance of future projects. Data tracking allows us to evaluate the effectiveness of the project’s design elements and sustainable strategies. This post occupancy evaluation focuses on the Eustis Street Fire House, a historic structure from 1859, comparing its predicted performance with actual data measurements … [Read More]

Partnering with LX for the Design for Dining program

March 20, 2015
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Have you ever wondered what goes into the design of a dining experience? Design heightens every aspect of dining, from culinary artistry to menu layout, to the spatial temperament – design is apparent throughout. Design Museum Boston, the “nomadic” design museum of the city, has curated seven pairs of design firms and restaurants in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood. Design Museum Boston announced, “These curated teams will collaborate to design unique table vignettes in each … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: One Small Step

February 11, 2015

A Neil Armstrong moment: That’s when you realize that some unremarkable event is actually the result of a long, arduous, and purposeful process.

We at Bergmeyer recently had one of those Neil Armstrong moments. We finally got a look at how one of our project’s post-occupancy energy use compared with its designed energy use. There it was: actual performance versus design intent. If your firm has signed the AIA 2030 Commitment, you’ll understand why … [Read More]

Fashion Statement – Exhibit featured in Design New England

February 5, 2015
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IIDA New England’s Post Fashion Show Exhibit at the Innovation and Design Building has been featured on the blog of Design New England, one of the area’s premiere publications for design professionals. Written by Gail Ravgiala, editor at Design New England and a former fashion show judge! Since winning big at the Fashion Show last October with “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice” awards, Bergmeyer was ecstatic to design the exhibit too.

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: A Climate Change Client?

January 20, 2015

I am frequently reminded of the difference between skepticism and cynicism. A certain amount of skepticism is necessary to form an honest critical evaluation. Be skeptical when you must. But avoid cynicism. It erodes objectivity.

I recently attended a public forum on the likely effects of climate change on my home town, Boston, Massachusetts. The first panelist was a historian. She had archival maps showing how Boston’s waterfront had been modified over the centuries. Next … [Read More]

Adaptation – Post Fashion Show Exhibit

January 19, 2015
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Bergmeyer is pleased to have designed the exhibit for the IIDA New England Fashion Show Exhibit, on display for the next month at The Innovation and Design Building. Printing for exhibition material was generously provided by ARC Document Solutions, located in the ID Building.

IIDA New England invites members of the design community and industry partners to take a closer look at the 2014 fashion show winners. Join us for a cocktail reception … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: TJ DiFeo

January 14, 2015

The Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. This month’s spotlight is on TJ DiFeo, Associate

Years with Bergmeyer: 3

What led you to study architecture?

One of my favorite questions, and while I could give you my standard answer, The Brady Bunch (because of the girl that said “architects are groovy”), clearly that is a joke. I guess it really started with my childhood. Most of my young life I … [Read More]

Professional Development – Being in the Conversation

January 12, 2015
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Brandon Graska of Bergmeyer was invited to participate recently in the NCARB Intern Think Tank. Here, he talks about the event and the importance of professional development for aspiring architects.

Involvement in a professional organization pertaining to one’s career or skill set can play a big part in shaping the industry. Becoming involved in this capacity has potential to impact more than just the individual; it affects everyone in their professional network, their peers, and … [Read More]

An Unlikely Story on CBS News Sunday Morning

January 5, 2015
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From CBS News Sunday Morning, “Rita Braver talks to the author of the best-selling book in the nation: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. It turns out, cartoonist Jeff Kinney’s success story is a tale worthy of its own work of fiction.”

Bergmeyer has been working with author Jeff Kinney on a new community building in Plainville. The project at 111 South Street is a catalyst for the local community. The bookstore, café, … [Read More]