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Welcome to the Vision Center! Posted by on



The Carpenter Vision Center is owned and operated by the New England Carpenters Health Benefits Fund. It offers complete eye examinations and the largest selection of frames available under the Plan. The Vision Center is located at the Carpenters Center, 750 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA and offers afternoon, evening and Saturday appointments.

Carpenters Union members, spouses, and children are eligible for routine eye exam and glasses (2 pairs of single vision-distance and near ?C or 1 pair of bifocals) once every two years. The facility offers over 200 Covered Frames for men, women, and children and over 80 Collectors Frames for men and women available for a $50.00 co-pay. A large selection of Safety Frames is also available.



While the facility is utilized mostly by members, spouses, and children of the Carpenters Union who have benefits through the New England Carpenters Benefits Funds, the facility is also a Davis Vision Provider. Any outside individual who has Davis Vision as their Vision Benefit is allowed to receive an eye exam and glasses through the Vision Center. The cost is billed through their Vision Insurance.

The Vision Center has three exam rooms and four doctors. There are two Optometrists who perform routine eye exams, one Ophthalmologist who comes in once a month to see patients with medical issues and one Contact Lens Doctor who is available on Wednesdays only.



The Vision Center is conveniently located off of Route 93 (get directions here) at the Carpenters Center, 750 Dorchester Ave. There is plenty of parking available; the facility is an 8-minute walk from the Andrews Square station.

Hours of Operation:
Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm (to book appointments only)
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 3:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Call 617-782-0100 to make an appointment.





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Common Boston and the Carpenters Center team up for photo contest Posted by on

Common Boston, a volunteer committee of the Boston Society of Architects that organizes Boston??s only free, public festival that opens up city to celebrate architecture and design in our neighborhoods, has teamed up with the Carpenters Center in a photography contest, with winners' work to be displayed on the LED screen.

Each year, Common Boston features events around a number of ??common points?? which are areas of activity, typically focused within one of Boston??s many neighborhoods. Programs are centered around neighborhoods to enable the general public to explore good design that has benefited their communities, while also allowing designers to connect with specific communities regarding their ideas for future projects. They organize active programming with the goal of upholding our mission to inspire people who live and work in the Boston area to collectively and effectively shape a sustainable, equitable, and beautiful built environment.

Common Boston Week 2010 will open up the city for its fourth annual event this June 17-27, 2010. The week will feature a rich program of more than forty open buildings, neighborhood tours, exhibits, and events concentrated in six ??common points?? around the city. This year??s featured neighborhoods are Chinatown, East Boston, Fort Point Channel, Jamaica Plain, Lower Roxbury, and Uphams Corner.

As part of this year's events, Common Boston has teamed up with the Carpenters Center on a photography contest to "showcase the often invisible process behind the building of our physical landscape."

From the Common Boston Photo Project website:

Common Boston invite submissions of photos that tell the story of how places and physical communities are built. We are specifically looking for construction photos ?Cthose that suggest how we connect with buildings on a visceral level through their making. The best photos will ideally demonstrate how the making and construction of buildings strengthens community within their neighborhoods.

Photos must be from somewhere with an address in Boston and preferably from the neighborhoods that we will be featuring during Common Boston Week 2010-Chinatown, East Boston, Fort Point Channel, Jamaica Plain, Lower Roxbury, and Uphams Corner.


Look for contest winner??s submissions on the Carpenters Center LED screen and on this website later this week. You can also see web gallery submissions by visiting http://www.cpphotoproject.org/ .





Training First and Foremost Posted by on

With 22,000 well-trained men and women across New England, we guarantee a deep pool of qualified workers for every type of project. Our apprenticeship proram continues to generate the workforce of the future. More than 6,000 carpenters are taught each year by nearly 100 expert instructors at our training facilities throughout New England. Those apprentices graduate prepared for a career, not just a job.





As seen on the LED - Workers Memorial Day Rally Posted by on

On April 28th, 2010, families and friends of those who have died or been injured on the job, gathered in front of the State House on Beacon Hill in Boston, MA to commemorate those who have died and to rally for legislation demanding safer work conditions.





Menino looms large along the Expressway Posted by on

Check out the Boston Globe's coverage on Boston.com.





Carpenters Center goes live with LED Display Posted by on



The Carpenters Union went live today with a major component of the Carpenters Center: a 32?? H x 21?? W transparent LED display. The display is located at the South side of the building and is visible to traffic traveling north along I-93.

A striking component of the building??s façade, the display is made up of horizontally-oriented LED sticks, offering superior brightness, contrast, and image quality. The display is perfectly suited for photographic images, both black and white and full color. It can handle millions of colors.

The horizontal orientation and spacing of the LED sticks allows for 53% transparency, while supporting an average of 40mm resolution. Technology evaluations provided the necessary image quality at viewing distances of 150??, or equal to the distance that passing cars will be viewing the display from the highway.


Looking out to the Expressway from inside the building.

There are only one or two transparent LED installations in the US which are approximately half the resolution of this display and 1/3 the potential brightness - making this sign clearly visible in the middle of the day.

The Carpenters Center display will meet all Federal Highway mandates including the minimum length of time an image must be displayed, known as the digital billboard??s ??hold time.?? The industry??s average digital displays hold time is 8 seconds.

Federal Highway Administration regulates digital display??s brightness by mandating that all digital displays be adjusted to compliment ambient light levels. This display??s brightness levels will be scheduled by a content delivery system that is able to adjust the brightness of the display to match the ambient light levels. This will ensure that the display??s brightness is appropriate to the time of day and seasonal light levels.

Selection and implementation of the LED Display was done with strong consideration given to its impact on the surrounding neighborhood. The display will have no paid advertising content and the brightness levels will comply with the regulations mentioned above.

"We want the sign to send a message about who we are, what we do, and our connections to the communities we live and work in,?? notes Mark Erlich, NERCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer.





LED Display Installed Posted by on

At the end of last week the LED display was installed at the Carpenters Center.


Crews unload a section of the LED display.

The sign is 32??H x 21??W and arrived on site in 5 separate sections. The display is made up of horizontally-oriented LED sticks, seen below in a close-up photo.






The sign has superior brightness, contrast, and image quality, while allowing for greater than 50% transparency and supporting an average of 40mm resolution. Technology evaluations provided the necessary image quality at viewing distances of 150??, or equal to the distance that passing cars will be viewing the display from the highway.




Although it is 50% transparent, it is capable of displaying a 400 x 600 pixel image. The display can handle millions of colors.


The display will be the highest-resolution transparent LED display in the world and will be seen by over 280,000 viewers per day. There are only one or two transparent LED installations in the US which are approximately half the resolution of this display and 1/3 the potential brightness - making this sign clearly visible in the middle of the day.

The Carpenters Center display will meet all Federal Highway mandates including the minimum length of time an image must be displayed, known as the digital billboard??s ??hold time.?? The industry??s average digital displays hold time is 8 seconds.



Federal Highway Administration regulates digital display??s brightness by mandating that all digital displays be adjusted to compliment ambient light levels. This display??s brightness levels will be scheduled by a content delivery system that is able to adjust the brightness of the display to match the ambient light levels. This will ensure that the display??s brightness is appropriate to the time of day and seasonal light levels.

Information provided by Sensory Interactive.