While it’s hard to believe that in only an hour you can demolish a gymnasium, that’s just what happened last week as we began demolition work at the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club!

Back in October 2013, we helped connect our client, Samford University, with Team Impact, and shared the University’s announcement of its 17th basketball member, Nathaniel “Biggie” Henderson, a 7-year-old diagnosed with CLOVES syndrome.

This touching video shows just how much this program helped “Biggie”, his family, the Samford Basketball team, and the entire school community. Separately, two more of our clients have partnered with Team IMPACT to help give children with severe illnesses the unique experience of being on a sports team and having teammates.

The Future of BIM, IPD and Design Build

The cover of the July/August issue of Net Assets displayed a powerful, and for us concerning, headline. In large bold letters, it stated THE END OF DESIGN/BUILD.

We’ve used this method for over 40 years, and plan to do so for the foreseeable future – so for obvious reasons we were eager to read the article! “Construction Disruption” barely addressed the cover headline’s assertion, and in our opinion left readers confused about the differences between the various project delivery methods.

Happy Holidays

From all of us at Stanmar, Inc.

Culinary Institute of America – Hyde Park, NY
Wishing you a warm and joyful Holiday Season
and a prosperous New Year!

The Nantucket Boys and Girls Club, hired Stanmar, Inc. to design and construct their new facility. Since 1945, the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club has been helping Nantucket’s youth grow and succeed. The Club is a vital resource for the Nantucket community, providing parents with a safe, healthy and fun place for their children. Throughout the past twenty years, the Club has expanded from 230 members to 669 members. In order for the Club to continue to be a part of children’s lives, a significant change was needed.

Three magazines recently recently recognized Tufts University’s Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center in their respective Facility Showcases. Located in Medford, Massachusetts, we designed and constructed the Sports and Fitness Center, opening last fall on time and under budget.

We are proud to see our recent project across multiple publications!

Risk. It’s a dreaded word for Owners, and on a construction project, it’s defined by time and money.

Most people working with the construction industry for the first time don’t understand when a project is most at risk for cost increases and time delays. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be assessing the three phases of risk during a construction project lifecycle: Getting out of the Ground, Enclosure, and Completion.

In a recent poll of athletic directors at public and private Colleges and Universities nationwide, our partner Career Athletes found nearly half of the institutions agreed that multi-purpose athletic and recreational facilities will be their highest priority in future building projects.

These large capital projects face many significant challenges. Fundraising, time constraints, and the right program mix are just a few that can derail a project. Career Athletes recently sat down with our leadership team to discuss how to avoid some of the critical mistakes we’ve seen over our 40 years of designing and constructing these facilities.

It’s extraordinarily rare for a celebrated civic architect to be the subject of a front-page smackdown in The New York Times, so it’s worth appreciating the recent profile of Santiago Calatrava and his aggrieved clients on that basis alone. Certainly, other architects, especially the 99 percent who don’t answer to the term, “starchitect,” found it to be a very enjoyable read.

The Pete Hanna Center at Samford University, which we designed and constructed in 2007, has hosted many interesting events – but none quite like the men’s basketball team’s official signing of Nathaniel “Biggie” Henderson, a 7-year-old diagnosed with CLOVES syndrome. Henderson will be the 17th member of the 2013-14 Bulldog squad. The University joined efforts with Team Impact, a nonprofit organization that connects children with life threatening illnesses to college athletic teams. In the organization’s words, they envision a future where the lives of children facing the hardships associated with adverse issues and events will have access to expanded team-based support networks in order to significantly enhance their quality of life and to fill their lives with more love and laughter.

The full story can be viewed here.

For more information on Team Impact click here.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC’s) is a major role in the green building movement. As reducing carbon footprints and conserving limited resources becomes more important to facility builders, LEED certification has become a crucial benchmark for many institutions. In Early July, USGBC’s members voted to adopt the fourth version Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, (LEED V4), simultaneously raising the bar for the sustainable building community and causing controversy.

The USGBC’s landslide approval of LEED V4 passed with 86 percent supporting. LEED V4 makes it significantly harder to achieve certification based on easy to achieve credits. By shifting current credits, and adding new measurements based on specific performance thresholds, future LEED certified meetings will meet an entirely new level of sustainability.

PJ Mcdonald, Headmaster of Eagle Hill School takes a moment to discuss what the new Baglio Sports and Fitness Center means to Eagle Hill School, and how Stanmar, Inc.’s integrated project delivery approach led to a signature facility that came in on budget and two months ahead of schedule.

To learn more about the Baglio Sports and Fitness Center, visit out our case study.