Our team has worked at this Back Bay building as the base building engineer for many years. We have provided engineering and consulting services for the repositioning of the 15 story Class A office building located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay area.
The building’s main lobby went through an extensive redesign, with the goal of attracting more high-end tenants to the building. Our work included relocating the low-pressure ductwork and modifying the existing systems. We also provided renovations for the toilet rooms, common corridors, and elevator lobbies on multiple floors.
287 Park Avenue South
We are currently designing core and shell renovations to a nine-story building, over 120 years old. The gut renovations will enable the unoccupied building, originally constructed in 1893, to house new retail spaces on the cellar and ground floors, and modern offices on floors 2 - 9.
As part of our due diligence, we analyzed the building’s existing MEP/FP systems, including the heating/cooling systems, switchgears, switchrooms, power distribution, fire protection/sprinkler systems, sanitary stormwater and domestic water systems. We then advised CL Investment Group as to how to best approach the systems upgrade for their long-term business goals.
We are working with the team to reposition this former manufacturing into an office and retail space. The project includes adding three floors to the existing eight-floor building (29 Ryerson) as well as a new three-story building (256 Flushing) connected by a three-story glass atrium. The development also includes two below grade parking levels. Although the buildings are connected, they are being designed with entirely separate MEP/FP systems due to zoning laws. We are designing all new utilities, drainage, power, gas, fire and sanitary services for both of the buildings.
The mechanical systems we designed for 29 Ryerson include two 500-ton air cooled cooling towers with a 6.5 million BTUH gas fired boiler plant to provide heat pump units for all areas. For 256 Flushing, we designed a VRF (variable refrigerant flow) system including a condenser farm on the roof and heat recovery. The different systems meet the developer’s design goals and provide flexibility for marketing/leasing the spaces.
From updating the lobby to upgrading the MEP infrastructure, we have supported the transformation of this 13-story Back Bay building from unmemorable to a boutique office building for high-end tenants. We have designed for the replacement of two 60-ton rooftop units, and have rehabilitated two existing custom AHUs, 240-ton each. To enable a large fitness studio to move into the basement, we designed a new VRF system and a new energy recovery unit. We also upgraded base building HVAC controls.
A number of highly regarded architects – including IA, Dyer Brown, CBT, Analogue Studios, and McMahon Architects – have worked on projects including the upgrade of the lobby and various fit-out projects. We have collaborated with all of them.
900 Fleet Street
900 Fleet Street
We performed a study of Verizon’s central office. Their goal was to be able to inform any potential buyers of the development opportunities for the structure, including both the surplus space and development of the disposed property.
99 High Street
Our team has been the base building engineer at this 32-story building since 2009. Our work has included upgrading the boiler and chiller, helping the owner (TIAA-CREF) to save over $650,000 a year in energy costs. We have also upgraded the existing MEP/FP infrastructure, which expanded the retail opportunities at the building.
For the repositioning of the lobby, we relocated the MEP systems to accommodate for the new double-height glass façade. The challenge for our team was to relocate the MEP systems so that they were not visible, but still maintain the functionality.
CertificationsLEED Silver Certified
Ashburn Campus Consolidation
Overall, Verizon’s Ashburn campus consists of 12 building pod facilities and 3,300,000 sq. ft. Our initial project was the analysis of the building utilization of the campus. Based on this analysis, we created a disposition plan for the underutilized portions of the facilities. We focused on consolidating Verizon’s leased properties within the Northern Virginia region into the underutilized portions of the campus.
After the analysis was complete, we were authorized to proceed with the disposition plan of disposing of over 700,000 sq. ft. As the prime consultant, we led, coordinated, and managed over 25 separate single-point-of-contacts on 15 separate projects to complete this effort. Throughout all the complexity, we were able to complete the disposition initiative under budget, ahead of schedule and without any operational interruptions.
Our team is designing all new MEP/FP infrastructure for the repositioning of Center Plaza. Built in the late 1960s, the complex was the former home of the FBI Boston Division. Once the repositioning is complete, the development will include ground floor retail and office space.
Our team’s first task was to perform a due diligence of the project to understand which systems could be reused and which ones should be upgraded in order to improve efficiency. Following our analysis, we worked with the development team to replace two air handling units, upgrade the core restrooms and corridors, and modify the MEP systems serving the lobby.
Our team is the base building engineer at this ‘next generation workplace,’ consisting of three interconnected 14-story office buildings. The campus is amenity rich, including a fitness center, gaming, and event space. Our work as the base building engineer includes developing the base building standards, reviewing drawings to ensure that their engineering design complies with the standards, and MEP infrastructure upgrades. The infrastructure upgrades included the design of three new UPS systems.
We have also worked on numerous workplace fit-out projects for the space including a 200,000 sq. ft. fit-out for Verizon, the relocation of a number of 10,000 sq. ft. spaces to free up a space for their anchor tenant, and the 435,000 sq. ft. fit-out for that anchor tenant, Kronos.
Innovation and Design Building
During WWII, this building was used to house artillery tanks and machinery and designed so that trains could roll directly into it. As such, the walls and floors are over 16” thick. Beyond just being a fun fact, this has frequently played into our engineering over the years for both the base building and workplace projects that we’ve done because we’ve had to think creatively about how to design systems that don’t require core drilling.
Our initial team assigned to the base building work at this project is the same team that is working on the building today as we work on fit-out projects. The MEP infrastructure work that we’ve done includes a full replacement of the chiller plant, upgrading natural gas service, reworking the stairwell pressurization systems, and relocating the fire command center. We also improved the electrical infrastructure and enabled metering for each individual tenant. One of the reasons that Jamestown was able to attract Reebok, the 200,000 anchor tenant, was because the infrastructure upgrades meant that the building could accommodate their vision.