What’s New With Alares? Level II Energy Survey & Analysis

Architectural Staff at Alares  

Alares has been contracted to perform a Level II Energy Survey and Analysis at the Oak Ridge Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) in Oak Ridge, TN.  

The main objective of the audit is to ensure EISA 432 compliance and to assess the facility to determine what measures might be taken to reduce energy and water consumption while also reducing the total Greenhouse Gas (GHG) footprint. Alares Energy Engineers will inspect the energy intensive equipment in the field, assess the energy and water usage of the facility, and work with staff at the facility to make energy efficiency improvements.  

Notable systems include the central air handling units, lighting, and solar electricity generation 


What’s New With Alares? Awarded Contracts

Alares was awarded with the following contracts:

  • 6 EUL Contracts with VA
  • House Doctor Contract with DHCD of Mass
  • VA Facility Asset Assessments
  • VA Retro Commissioning

Alares Awarded Contracts with the VA


The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Enhanced-Use Lease Program (EUL) provides a mechanism for a non-VA entity to develop and operate supportive housing for homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families on VA property.  These EUL projects provide safe, affordable living arrangements near health care providers, which contribute to a positive health care outcome for Veterans.  The EUL program is managed through the Office of Asset Enterprise Management (OAEM). The OAEM executes the Building Utilization Review and Repurposing (BURR) initiative, whereby unused and underused land and buildings that are existing VA property is evaluated for homeless housing projects through both public-private collaboration and VA’s EUL program. Alares has been awarded 6 different contracts to assist the OAEM in developing the following new EUL locations:    Marion, IN, Menlo Park & Monterey, CA, Prescott, AZ, Tuskegee, AL and Augusta/Dublin, GA.


Alares Welcomed to the House Doctor Program


Alares was selected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department Designer Selection Committee to be a part of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) House Doctor Program for the Bureau of Housing Development and Construction.    Alares was one of many talented pools of consultants that were selected to work with DHCD on the capital projects at state-aided, local housing authorities.  Alares signed a Structural Engineering contract with DHCD, which became effective as of July 1, 2020.


Awarded Retro-Commissioning Contract for VISN 1


The Veterans Administration awarded Alares with a contract totally $770K to conduct retro commissioning services, which inspects HVAC equipment, for VISN1*.    VISN1 consist of 11 VA Medical facilities located in New England.


Albany VAMC Boiler Replacement Project


VA awarded the Albany, NY Boiler Replacement Project to Alares!  The project includes design and construction period services for replacing the primary boilers serving the Albany VAMC main hospital.    The goal of the project is to improve the boiler plant’s reliability and efficiency.

*VISN= Veterans Integrated Service Network. VA’s Veterans Health Administration is divided into 21 areas called VISNs

What’s New With Alares? Awarded Contracts

Alares was awarded with the following contracts:

  • Sanitary Sewer Upgrade
  • Seismic Deficiencies
  • AE Chiller Replacement Design

    VAMC Upgrade Sanitary Sewer Project   

The Veterans Affairs Administration awarded Alares with the A/E Professional Design Services for the Upgrade Sanitary Sewer Phase 2 project at VA Medical Center Central Western Massachusetts located in Leeds, MA.   This project is the continuation of two previous projects to replace the aging sanitary sewer system. The VA estimates that there is approximately 6900 feet of sewer system that requires replacement. This includes replacing the sewer main as well as connections to buildings throughout the campus. There were two previous projects; Phase 1 was completed in 2014, as well as a project in 1990. The intent of this project is to replace all remaining sewer system elements installed prior to 1990. 


Seismic Deficiencies at the East Orange NJ VAMC 

Alares was contracted to correct seismic deficiencies in one of the boiler plants at the VA Health Care System, East Orange, NJ.  Alares will design upgrades to the existing building frame structure and the non-structure components & equipment’s with a focus on seismic problems and noncompliance and bring the building structure and all its components up to compliance with all applicable current seismic codes.  


AE Chiller Replacement Design VAMC  

Awarded to Alares from the VA was the A/E Chiller Replacement Design at the VA Healthcare System located at the Manchester VA Medical Center.  The scope of this project consists of A/E services to design the replacement of the existing chillersThe new chiller system will provide redundancy and provide cooling for the various air handling units throughout the medical center.  Alares will conduct a study to confirm the chiller capacity is appropriate for the identified spaces. 


What’s New With Alares? Cost Estimation

Alares Expands into Construction Estimating  


Alares has expanded its staff skillsets with recent hires and is officially expanding its scope of services to include cost estimation.   


All projects share a tie with costs and budgets and that information can be just as critical as the designs we create.  With the ability to do both, our value to the client is increased.  We find this opportunity especially intriguing as the technical areas of our design expertise are the same areas where estimates are typically unreliable.  We are certain that we can bring a superior product to the marketplace.   


Bob Fortier, Director of Operations, has had estimating experience with multiple contractors and owners as well as with a national estimating firm and will lead this effort for Alares.