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Introducing the J Malden Center Residences!
Beals + Thomas, in collaboration with Jefferson Apartment Group (JAG) and Callahan Construction, has recently completed work on the revitalized Malden Center. The development, centered around the J Malden Center residences, connects the neighborhood with the MBTA station, shops, and restaurants. The vibrant mixed-use, transit-oriented space features 320 residential apartments, 22,500 square feet of retail space, and adds 45,000 square feet of office space to replace the existing City Hall building. In addition to land surveying, civil engineering, and construction support services, and, B+T’s responsibilities included the critical role of guiding the project proposal through a complicated zoning and permitting process. The project site consisted of an assemblage of parcels under varying ownerships that created many technical zoning intricacies that had to be vetted and approved by the city. With B+T’s assistance, the permitting challenges were overcome, allowing the project to proceed with design and construction.
In Support of Social Distancing
Our community may be temporarily separated but we are united for everyone's safety. The health and safety of our employees, their families, and the greater community is our greatest concern in these unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has created safety concerns and logistical challenges that we are working tirelessly to address. We count ourselves lucky to have dedicated staff who are juggling personal matters while addressing our clients’ needs as Massachusetts strives to flatten the curve. We commend the municipalities in which we work for their dedication and creativity in maintaining forward progress while protecting society. We thank our clients for their confidence in us as we assist them in reaching their goals. This is a challenging time, but we are optimistic that together we can weather the storm.
Employee Spotlight: Elizabeth Clark
We’d like you to meet Liz Clark, a Senior Civil Engineer and Associate at B+T. Liz is a Registered Professional Engineer with over sixteen years of experience in the industry. She serves as the lead design engineer for many of our urban projects, providing innovative solutions for physically and environmentally constrained sites, and is also our Civil Engineering Discipline Leader. She strives to provide her clients with practical designs that meet regulatory requirements while incorporating cost-effective, environmentally sensitive technologies, such as low impact development methods. Liz has provided solutions for sites that have a variety of regulatory and environmental considerations including: nutrient restrictions for stormwater discharges, proximity to water supply reservoirs, and contamination. She also evaluates criteria for resiliency and sustainability goals and provides designs to meet the targeted objectives. She is a SITES AP, Envision SP, has assisted with multiple LEED certifications, and is part of the team currently engaged to obtain SITES and Envision registration for the Cambridge Crossing Project.
Liz recently welcomed a new baby and has been spending time enjoying her young family. When the weather is nice she tends to be outside gardening, hiking, and camping. She also enjoys catching live music or having a good meal with friends.
Stacy Minihane, who serves as Vice President of the Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists (AMWS), will serve on MassDEP’s Stormwater Advisory Committee as the designee from AMWS.
Employee Spotlight: Rick Whipple
Rick is a Senior CAD Designer with over thirty years of experience in the industry. Twenty five of those years have been spent at Beals + Thomas. His wealth of experience and understanding of B+T’s means and methods are invaluable to the firm and fellow co-workers. Currently, Rick provides civil and site design services for land development projects for the firm’s industrial, commercial, and residential clients. As a senior CAD technician, Rick supports internal design groups and the survey department with preparation of various plans using AutoCAD, Land Development Desktop, Civil 3D, AutoTURN, and ArcMap 9.3 GIS software. In addition to his project work, Rick provides CAD management and QA/QC throughout the firm, working with CAD users to review and monitor existing systems, practices and procedures, and developing defined graphic standards.
Rick is an avid sports fan and music enthusiast. When not at a sporting event with his family, Rick can be found performing music in some of the local establishments in the area.
Newly-renovated Betty Price Playground
On August 30th B+T was honored to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly-renovated Betty Price Playground. Named after the late Elizabeth "Betty" Price, a woman who led the way for African American women in Worcester, park improvements include a new ADA accessible playground, a fitness area, shade shelter, new picnic tables and benches, and a new park sign, among others.
The grand opening featured lively music, while children played on the new playground equipment and neighbors grilled. This event was a true representation of the positive spirit of Betty Price. B+T is proud to have provided design and construction administration services for this very important neighborhood park.
Surveyor of the Year
Beals + Thomas congratulates Ian Wisuri, Professional Land Surveyor and Associate, for being named Surveyor of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers. Ian previously served as the MALSCE Central MA Chapter Secretary, Vice President, and Director. Ian’s wife Debbie, his children Ivan, Simone, and Joseph, and his mother Joanne were present at the awards ceremony (pictured here). B+T is very proud to have Ian on our team!
Recent Team Member Accolades
Congratulations to Mark Benson, one of our Professional Land Surveyors, whose preparation of an As-Built Plan for a property in Cambridge, MA was voted #1 at the 2019 MALSCE Convention for Data Accumulation/Existing Conditions Plan! Mark is a repeat winner of the MALSCE Plan Contest, and was recently promoted to Associate. Great job, Mark!
We are delighted to announce that Mark Benson, PLS, Sarah Stearns, PWS, and Kirk Aubuchont, PLS have all been promoted to Associate at Beals + Thomas.
Congratulations to all on this wonderful achievement!
Employee Spotlight: Mary Kate Schneeweis
We’d like to introduce you to Mary Kate Schneeweis, an Environmental Specialist. Over her six years at the company, Mary Kate has developed a thorough understanding of a wide variety of regulatory programs, which she has applied to projects ranging from ecological improvement efforts to the construction of large-scale energy facilities. Her knowledge of GIS software and readily-available sources of data allows her to supplement permit applications and planning efforts with detailed graphics that identify regulatory constraints. She particularly enjoys applying her educational background in coastal processes to the permitting of resiliency improvements, as well as facilitating discussions about planning for climate change in her role as a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness provider. An avid fan of tabletop gaming, Mary Kate can be found rolling dice at local conventions on her days off. In addition, she is currently designing her own role-playing game inspired by horror movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s. If you think Mary Kate might be an asset to your upcoming projects, please feel free to give us a call at 508-366-0560.
250 North Street Topping-off
– Cambridge, MA
Beals + Thomas congratulates Divco West Real Estate Investments on the topping-off of 250 North Street, a 430,000 sf office/lab building that includes 17,000 sf of retail space located at Cambridge Crossing. Beals + Thomas provided land surveying, civil engineering and permitting assistance services for the project. The building will be the future North American headquarters of multinational health technology company Royal Philips.
Completion of AVA North Port
– Cambridge, MA
Beals + Thomas congratulates AvalonBay Communities on the completion of AVA North Point, a 265-unit residential community located at 2 Leighton Street in Cambridge. This project is the third of three residential projects designed by Beals + Thomas on this property since 2003 which includes Avalon North Point and the Avalon North Point Lofts.
Completion of the 8-Arch Bridge Restoration
– Holliston, MA
Beals + Thomas Congratulates the Town of Holliston, MA on completing the restoration of the 8-Arch Bridge, part of the Upper Charles Rail Trail. Beals + Thomas provided graphic and permitting support to the project. Beals + Thomas Landscape Architect, Robert Weidknecht, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony.