Sometimes great things happen over lunch. It was that way when Greg Antonioli, former EM NARI President and owner of Out of the Woods Construction, met with an old friend one day early this summer. In his new job, Greg’s friend Andy Bernstein was busy developing sponsorship opportunities at Boston University’s Agganis Arena – home to the BU Hockey Team and over 100 events each year. Andy had been inspired by a luxury box at an arena in Pittsburgh and as the two talked and Greg told Andy about EM NARI, the idea for the NARI Luxury Suite began to take shape.
Inspired by the vision for a space at Agganis that would showcase the work of EM NARI members and build the EM NARI brand, the list of partners involved in the project grew quickly. A brief phone call to designer and hockey-fan Cathy Doucet of Doucet Remodeling & Design, and the project had the creative vision it needed. Audio Concepts jumped into the project next with a donation of flat screens for the space. Their Boston showroom is just steps from the Arena making them a natural partner in the project. And, with Arena foot traffic measured in hundreds of thousands, having monitors on the concourse spotlighting EM NARI members was key to adding value to the project.
Showcasing EM NARI members and their work was a theme throughout the project. Encasing the space in glass created the privacy needed by the Fortune 500 companies that rent the Suite – while allowing patrons passing by the opportunity to get a glimpse of the elegant craftsmanship in the space. Allstate Glass stepped up to the plate and provided glass panel walls along the concourse and a glass railing along the ice.
While the space sparkles with glass and technology, there was much work to be done behind the scenes to create the infrastructure in the space. Joseph Passamonte of Passamonte Plastering, John Puccio of Puccio Electric, and Jim Lavallee of Lavallee Plumbing & Heating gave generously of their time to make the project a success. They worked under tight timelines at a moment’s notice to get done whatever was needed.
Key to the space was adding elements that were both beautiful and durable. The carpet flooring, provided by Installations Plus, and the Cambria solid-surface counters by Counter Edge fit the bill. To top it off, the space features the signature Kohler Brinx bar sink from The Bath Showcase and the Sub-Zero beverage center by Clarke. No doubt, Suite guests will have everything they need in this elegant, yet comfortable space.
In finishing the space, high end touches like the mahogany millwork from Beacon Millwork complete the elegant design first envisioned. Detailed staining and paint-work was done by Cosmos Painting adding to the rich color palette.
Although there were many late nights, some last minute requests, and even a few set-backs, the project team came together to create a space that embodies the quality and excellence that are the hallmark of the remodeling professionals associated with EM NARI. Undoubtedly, Boston University will benefit from their donation for many years to come. And, area homeowners will have the ability to experience first-hand, the amazing work of these partners as they envision the possibilities for transforming the spaces in their own homes.
See the Video: The Suite Life to see EM NARI Members Create the Suite.