IFMA Boston Announces Winners of 2017 Awards of Excellence

BOSTON, Mass. – May 17, 2017 – The Boston chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), a non-profit association dedicated to serving the facility management profession, today announced the winners of the 2017 Awards of Excellence.

You Make it Happen Award: Ashley White, Ropes & Gray
The “You Make it Happen” award is given in recognition of service to the IFMA Chapter that goes above and beyond expectations, and makes a substantial impact on the membership and success of the organization.

President’s Award: Michael Clancy, Creative Office Pavilion
The President’s Award recognizes an individual who is passionate about what they do—either as a leader from within or outside the IFMA Boston chapter. They go beyond what is asked of them and give it their all.

Exemplary Service Provider Award: Carolyn Hickey, STV | DPM
This award is presented to the representative of an associate member in recognition of voluntary contributions to IFMA Boston. These contributions may include sponsoring programs or educational offerings, presenting innovative sessions on FM-related topics, sponsoring educational research or scholarships, providing technical assistance to members, or serving as chapter or council officers or committee members. Nominees must be associate members who recognize that IFMA is a forum for the interchange of ideas with members.

Exemplary End User: John Love, JL Real Estate Advisors
The Exemplary End User Award is presented to a professional member of the Boston Chapter who has provided sustained, outstanding leadership to the chapter. This person is highly valued by his or her company, IFMA, and the facility management profession. This individual keeps current on changes in the facility management profession and educates other IFMA members and peers. Recipients demonstrate the best in leadership and ethics.

Emerging Leader Award: Kiara Torres, Wentworth Institute of Technology Student
This award is presented to a Boston Chapter IFMA member who has been an active member within the chapter and shows initiative in both their work and professional settings. They go above and beyond in their efforts with skilled execution and follow through and motivate others to participate.

Facilities Management Achievement Awards for Best Practices
These awards are presented to the individual or team whose facility management program, project, system, innovation, or idea has had a substantial, positive effect on the success of their organization. The recipient demonstrated how their project impacted business objectives and contributed to improved success. The award winners demonstrated innovation, and their achievements will be used to educate other facility management professionals. This award is intended to honor those who achieve “above and beyond” the normal scope of job responsibilities.

Sustainability: Lincoln Laboratory PV-Array Carport (nominated by MIT Lincoln Laboratory)
Small Project (<25,000 s.f.): Arup Boston (nominated by Dyer Brown Architects)
Medium Project (25,000 – 75,000 s.f.): Douglas D. Schumann Library + Learning Commons at Wentworth Institute of Technology (nominated by Perkins+Will) and Temple Beth Shalom (Nominated by: Chapman Design & Construction + Fort Point Project Management)
Large Project (>75,000 s.f.): Takeda Research and Development Headquarters (nominated by Perkins+Will)

People’s Choice Award: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt HQ (Nominated by Structure Tone)
The entire A/E/C community was welcome to vote online for their choice for People’s Choice during one week in April. This year more than 3,000 people cast their vote.

About IFMA/Boston
Established in 1980, the International Facility Management Association is a non-profit, incorporated association dedicated to serving the facility management profession. The International organization provides education, research, publications, events, and alliances with other related associations and organizations. The Boston Chapter of IFMA was founded in 1984 by ten facility managers. Today the chapter numbers nearly 700 members, making it the second largest chapter in the world and long recognized as one of the most active and progressive Chapters. For additional information, visit
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IFMA Boston Volunteers at Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

unnamed-5On September 25, more than 9,400 participants and 1,000 volunteers worked to raise more than $8.3 million for compassionate patient care and innovative cancer research at Dana-Farber. Among them, were IFMA Boston volunteers, including Andrew Verderame, Diana Firestone and Jennessa Durrani.

Andrew Verderame leads the Community Projects Committee for IFMA Boston and was the site captain for IFMA members who volunteered at Refueling Station #3 on West Central St. and Boden Ln. in Natick. There were 12 refueling stations with all routes concluding at the Copley Sq. Finish Line where walkers received a commemorative 2016 Jimmy Fund Walk medal and had the opportunity to take a team photo, and celebrate with live music and food.

Volunteers are a vital part of the tremendous success of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. IFMA would like to thank all who came out and hope to see you and more next year.


Facility Management News from Huntington Avenue – FM @ Wentworth


Long-time IFMA advocate and friend Suzanne Kennedy officially retired in February after 25 years of service to Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT). Suzanne wore many hats beautifully; a professor, the department head of Design & Facilities where she oversaw the Interior Design, Industrial Design, and Facility Management programs and department chair of Business Management and Facility Management in the College of Arts and Sciences. Suzanne fondly tells the story of bringing her new born daughter Colby to her WIT interview. She got the job and unwittingly started “Bring your Daughter to Work Day” at Wentworth, only kidding. A great mentor to all WIT students, Suzanne helped launch the careers of many young FM professionals. A classy lady, she will be missed. Enjoy retirement Suzanne and have a glass of wine!

Although a tough act to follow, Wentworth again has turned to a qualified FM practitioner and instructor to guide the department of Business Management and Facility Management. Battle-tested and ready to roll, WIT’s new department head is Leonard DeLosh who brings extensive classroom and practical experience to the Institute.

Len holds a MBA from University of Massachusetts and a BSE in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University. His academic and leadership credentials are stellar. Len is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), as well as a Certified Demand Side Manager (DSM). A veteran instructor and seasoned FM professional, Len brings over 25 years of direct experience in the facilities operations, construction and energy management fields to the classroom. Len’s private sector transition from Portfolio Director for Johnson Controls to WIT department chair has been flawless. If you see Len at an IFMA event with students in tow say hi!

As a long-time supporter, Wentworth’s relationship with IFMA has helped promote the Institute’s Master of Science in Facility Management (MSFM) program. In April 2016, the 3rd MSFM class will receive their MS degrees and WIT’s graduation ceremony marks the completion of the 1st fully 100% online MSFM cohort. The MSFM program has attracted diverse graduate students with undergraduate degrees in marine, mechanical and electrical engineering, business administration, IT, architecture and interior design and event planning. Each graduate student juggles homework, family and life while working full-time at companies like Raytheon, The Mitre Corp., Pfizer, Tufts and MIT. Employers take notice, MSFM graduates are the best and the brightest!

For those students seeking to return to the classroom but can’t travel to Boston, WIT has responded by expanding to Taunton! In partnership with the training center of IBEW Local 223, Wentworth’s College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) has announced plans to open a satellite education program at the Myles Standish Industrial Park in Taunton. By offering courses outside Boston this new regional partnership is a classic win-win situation. The new training center meets the needs of I-495 area residents and union members by giving them access to a Wentworth education, professional certifications, personal and career development courses, all within close proximity to prospective employers in the Taunton area and larger Southcoast region.

Next time you visit WIT’s campus you’ll see a new building, sort of. Students will have a new place to gather as Beatty Hall and the Library get a facelift with construction starting during spring break! The design firm of Perkins + Will have created exciting renovation plans for the library, incorporating modern, sustainable design principles to showcase a technology-rich learning environment reflective of Wentworth’s academic mission. The renovation highlights the original features of the building focusing on a modern, sleek, clean and open environment with key building upgrades to ensure the long-term efficiency and use of the library and building spaces. The renovation will transform Wentworth’s traditional library into a dynamic, technology-driven learning space, where students take control of their own learning. Once completed before fall semester all students will be able to work according to their need: from individual, quiet nooks to open, flexible collaboration areas – from high-tech group study rooms to seminar rooms and event spaces.

Lastly just remember, the institute is no longer your grandfather’s/grandmother’s/father’s/mother’s school anymore! Wentworth now has 6 graduate programs; a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (MEng CE), a Master’s of Science in Construction Management (MSCM), a Master’s of Science Facility Management (MSFM), a Master’s of Science in Technology Management (MSTM), a Master’s of Science in Applied Computer Science (MSACS) all in CPCE and the full time day Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch) program. For adult learners working full-time, CPCE makes it easy by offering it’s 5 graduate programs either on-campus or 100% online. In 2016 WIT celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the successful Wentworth Co-Op Program. Wentworth is growing (in 2016 the Princeton Review named WIT to its “Best Colleges: Region by Region” for the 9th consecutive year) and the Institute continues to meet the talent retention/acquisition needs of the AEC community.

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For more information on CPCE certificate, degree and graduate programs contact:

The College of Professional and Continuing Education – 107 Dobbs Hall
Wentworth Institute of Technology – 550 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-989-4300 / 800-323-9481/E-mail:

Cannistraro Revitalizes Manufacturing in Boston’s Seaport


Cannistraro Revitalizes Manufacturing in Boston’s Seaport
25 Fid Kennedy Avenue Renews Industrial Roots

Boston, MA – (September 14, 2016) – J.C. Cannistraro, LLC, the area’s largest mechanical construction firm, announces the planned relocation and consolidation of its manufacturing and warehousing operations from Wilmington, Watertown and Stoughton to Boston’s Seaport District. Cannistraro has completed the execution of a fifty year Ground Lease with the City of Boston’s Economic Development and Industrial Corporation for Parcel N, 25 Fid Kennedy Avenue: a 3.5 acre site with a two-story, 157,000 square foot building in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park. Cannistraro will substantially rehabilitate the property for use as a prefabrication and assembly plant for plumbing, fire protection, HVAC piping and sheet metal systems for installation at construction sites throughout the region.

Historically known as “Building 16,” 25 Fid Kennedy Avenue was built in 1940 by the U.S. Navy as a multi-trade heavy machine shop. The open, steel frame structure and forty-ton overhead crane capacity facilitated large-scale metal fabrication and assembly supporting the U.S. efforts in WWII. “The renovations at 25 Fid Kennedy Avenue will preserve the legacy of its industrial Art Deco architecture and utilitarian use,” explains John Cannistraro. “We are proud to showcase the craftsmanship of local tradespeople, and to advocate continuous improvement and best practices within the construction community.”

In addition to providing jobs for Boston residents, the move enables Cannistraro to apply green building technologies, Lean manufacturing principles and modular building methods. A significant amount of flex space within the facility will be available for innovative projects in collaboration with industry partners. Cannistraro is expected to occupy 25 Fid Kennedy Avenue in September 2017. The company’s corporate offices will remain in Watertown, MA.

About Cannistraro
J.C. Cannistraro, LLC offers complete mechanical construction services within Greater Boston, including plumbing, fire protection, HVAC piping and sheet metal; and facility service and maintenance throughout New England. With over 800 employees and annual revenues exceeding $200 million, the company is currently ranked the Largest Mechanical Contractor in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal, and listed among the Top 25 Mechanical Contractors in the U.S. by Engineering New Record. For more information visit