In honor of the Super Bowl this Sunday, we held a Souper Bowl Challenge. Each department was asked to submit a healthy soup made from local ingredients. The six submissions featured a wide variety of ingredients from seafood chowder to chili made with home grown tomatoes to lemon orzo chicken soup to canjiquinha made with grits and braised pork. To say the least, it was a delicious lunch. After much debate about the voting process,…

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Lean philosophy can be used as a framework for Virtual Design and Construction(VDC). Tocci’s VDC department is working with Operations and Field staff to integrate VDC practices more holistically. I am researching the benefits of VDC through a Lean “lens” to identify strategies for a successful implementation and create a fluid connection between departments.

Implementing VDC from a Lean perspective offers many solutions to radically improve the AEC industry. VDC utilizes BIM to visualize, organize…

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This week we’re checking in on our Homewood Suites project in Worcester. There is a lot of activity on each of the floors. Starting at the top on the 6th floor, mock-up units have finishes being installed such as the cabinets and tiling. Meanwhile on the 5th floor a texture called orange peel is being applied to the walls. Texturing is a common feature in hotels. On the first floor the guest rooms are in…

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It’s the first weekend of January and my husband and I are at Disney World to run the Half Marathon. His family is there too, running it with us. We’ve been training for months. And the weekend had finally arrived. We were excited for the culmination of our preparations. On race day we were getting ready in the wee hours of the morning when the race was cancelled due to incoming thunderstorms. Disappointment sets in….

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A trending topic of 2016 that’s rolling into 2017 is modular construction. Tocci has built several modular residential developments, including Park87 and Chelsea Place. This year, Tocci will begin construction on 32 Cambridge Street in Boston, MA. The newly constructed portion of the project will consist of 125 modular units. It will take assembling 128 modular boxes together to create these units. Across the U.S. cities like NYC are seeing a…

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