BOSTON, MA (10 November 2000) - This year’s Excellence in Construction Award for Commercial/Institutional/Industrial projects over $5 million, sponsored by the Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), went to Tufts University’s Dowling Hall, in Medford, Massachusetts. The award was presented to design/build contractor, Kay Construction and architect, ADD Inc at a dinner and awards ceremony at the Longwharf Marriott Hotel in Boston on November 9, 2000. ABC selected this project from an impressive roster of merit shop projects for recognition as the “best of the best” in its category.A panel of seven judges including executives from the local real estate and design and building industry selected the project on the basis of excellence in design, craftsmanship and execution. Judges commented, “The logistics of building such a big structure on a small site were extraordinary. Effective site management and rising to the challenging scheduling issues, made for a true collaboration of efforts on this project.” The 210,000 square-foot, seven–story Dowling Hall incorporates a centralized Student Services Center, Campus Safety Office and provides 530 much-needed parking spaces. The building also features a 152-foot glycol heated bridge, linking the building with the Upper Campus, and a commissioned bronze sculpture honoring Tufts’ mascot, Jumbo. The contemporary design of the new building interprets the brick architecture found throughout the Tufts University campus and serves as a gateway and entry point for the north side of the campus.Dowling Hall “permits us to successfully realize one of our strategic goals: the creation of a unique, student-centered environment that combines a personalized approach to learning with leading-edge information technology resources.” states the Office of the Vice President in a letter posted on www.tufts.edu.