First Quarter 2018 News

January, 2018

Matthew Copeland, PE to Present at RCI International Convention & Trade Show

GRLA is excited to announce that Matthew Copeland, PE, Director of our Building Envelope Sciences division, will be presenting at this year's RCI International Convention & Trade Show! The conference will be held March 22-27 in Houston, Texas. Matt's presentation, The Air Barrier Circus, will focus on the current range of air barrier products on the market, and simplify the complex web of product types and variations. 

The RCI International Convention & Trade Show is the premiere annual event for the building envelope industry, bringing together professionals from all over the United States, Canada, and beyond to learn and network. For more information about the conference and to register, click here

Contact our Building Envelope experts at (508) 544-2721.


GRLA has just wrapped up a major renovation to WCVB-TV's newsroom and Chronicle program offices. The existing space was a dark, dated maze of offices and conference rooms with multiple floor levels and ramps connecting different areas.

GRLA's design team has created a bright, modern space within the existing footprint, with sleek fixtures and furniture, flat screens with live feeds of the news broadcast, open work areas, and large "ribbons" of the Channel's signature red woven throughout the space for visual excitement. The new design encourages collaboration and productivity.

Check out the video below for a glimpse at the new space!

GRLA Welcomes New Team Members!


Meghan Lacoche, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA, has joined us as a Project Manager in the architecture studio. Meghan received her Bachelor of Architecture from the BAC, and has over a decade of experience focused on corporate and institutional projects for clients throughout Greater Boston. Meghan's expertise in all phases of design--from programming and space planning to overseeing the production of drawing sets and construction administration--is an important asset to our clients


Kevin Buckley has joined as Assistant Project Manager in the Building Envelope Sciences (BES) division. Kevin is experienced in all project phases, including building envelope investigations, production of drawings and details, bidding, and construction administration. Kevin is providing key production and project management support to our busy Building Envelope Sciences team. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Roger Williams University.


Sarah Krawiec as Building Envelope Sciences Technician. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UMass Lowell, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Engineering Management. She supports our Building Envelope Project Managers on site and in the office. 


Jennifer Newland, Assoc. AIA as Job Captain in the Architecture studio. Jennifer received her Master of Architecture from the BAC in 2015 and has played a key role in the production of detailed, highly-technical drawing sets for several projects moving into construction. 

Project Spotlight: Cognex Lobby Renovation

We recently completed a major renovation for Cognex's 4-story lobby in Natick.  Check out the photos below!

GRLA Expands Building Envelope Sciences Division with New Director

March 9, 2017


HOPKINTON, MA: Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects (GRLA) is excited to announce that Matt Copeland, PE has joined the firm as Director of Building Envelope Sciences (BES).  Matt is a registered engineer and received a Master’s in Materials Science & Engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. With over 12 years of experience in the industry, Matt will be focused on all aspects of project and team management, as well working to further develop GRLA’s growing portfolio of building envelope work.  Matt has presented at Build Boston, the Roof Consultants Institute (RCI) International Convention, and the Urban Green Council, and his writing on building envelope science has appeared in The Construction Specifier.  “Matt’s experience in the field, technical expertise, and management skills make him a key addition to the GRLA team,” says Principal Scott Richardson. “Our firm is a leader in the building envelope sciences industry, and having Matt as division Director is a key signal of that commitment going forward.”

Matt will be joined by additional support staff, all of whom bring a depth of experience in the industry:

  • Nima Mansour as Project Manager
  • Joe St. Germain as Assistant Project Manager & Senior Technician
  • Jane Sherwood as Administrative Assistant

With expanded services, including building envelope commissioning, and increasing client demand, GRLA continues to grow its Building Envelope Sciences (BES) division, and will focus on adding 12-15 new team members over the next two years. 


GRLA, along with WSP, BSC, and Columbia Construction, will be presenting "LEED Platinum or Else! How We Achieve 86 Points" on Wednesday, November 16 from 3:30-5 pm.  The presentation will focus on the sustainable design strategies employed in the design and construction of the Subaru of New England corporate headquarters project.  

With 86 points, the Subaru of New England project is the highest-rated LEED (v2009) project in Massachusetts.  It ranks #1 is the US for private projects over 100,000 SF, and #4 when including public buildings.  

For more information on the presentation, click here.

GRLA Celebrates 40 Years in Business with 40 Ways of Giving Back

Hopkinton, MA—As Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects (GRLA) celebrates four decades in business, the firm is embarking on a special program of volunteering, pro bono design services, and charitable giving.   Called the 40 for 40 Commitment, GRLA is working on forty initiatives that contribute to the community in a meaningful way—one for each year that the firm has been in business.  At the firm’s 40th Year Celebration Gala on June 6, GRLA Principals Mike Gorman, Scott Richardson, and Steve Lewis announced the program, challenging the firm to work with 40 different Non-Profit Organizations over the course of the year, offering services, raising money, and volunteering time.

Currently, GRLA is working with the MetroWest YMCA on interior upgrades, as well as assisting the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest on relocation options, and The Boys and Girls Club of MetroWest for temporary heating options.  GRLA also contributed services to the United Way’s Wheat Café in Clinton for their recent relocation project.

Since 1976, GRLA has nurtured a company culture that emphasizes service to others and working with organizations that contribute to the broader community.  In addition to an extensive portfolio of corporate clients, GRLA is proud to have worked with the EcoTarium Museum, Danforth Museum of Art, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Performing Arts Center of MetroWest, SMOC, The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Chestnut Hill Foundation, Advocates, and many other not-for-profit organizations that positively impact life here in Massachusetts.