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.
One of the memorable projects at the building was the design of an important amenity space –a large rooftop terrace. We designed the electrical and plumbing systems for this large outdoor area.
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.
Our work now includes the design of all new infrastructure systems, including mechanical, electrical, and water service as well as a new fire alarm system, a new life safety generator and new boilers. The building will tie into the existing gas service and sanitary system. The infrastructure is being designed to support the potential increase in occupancy to 130 people per floor from its current occupancy of 60 people per floor.
ArchitectPerkins Eastman Architects
DeveloperMadison Realty Capital
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.
Our electrical team designed a new 120/208 volt ConEdison service for each building, a new life diesel fuel oil safety generator with all new and flexible electrical distribution for life safety and normal power throughout. We designed a new digital addressable fire alarm system for both buildings, all new fire pumps, fire services, new standpipe systems and new sprinkler layouts.
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.
Our reports provided the necessary architectural and engineering information for the separation of the existing building to maintain its current use and parcel out the remaining space to be marketed for commercial and residential use. Verizon’s goal was to show the potential for ground-level retail, garage parking and even a residential tower.
Following our study, we worked with Verizon on the schematic design to further develop any requirements and specific criteria for a new internal generator, administrative workstation area, toilet facilities, structural reinforcement to address potential snow load impacts, building wall infills and demolition, protection details needed for safeguarding network infrastructure, rooftop equipment protection, below grade fiber duct banks and/or protection and interior alterations necessary to accommodate the ongoing operation of the network.
We are now working with the developer to design a 300 unit mixed-use development.
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.
Following these infrastructure upgrades, we have worked on over 35 workplace fit-out projects in the building.
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.
Through our Master Services Agreement with AstraZeneca, previously known as MedImmune, our team has provided support for various types of engineering projects at the Gaithersburg Campus. Our projects have included a site lab sanitary waste separation for the 900,000 sq. ft. campus, a $50,000 smoking mice lab pressurization and recommendation study, a process chiller study with expansion, an air handling unit replacement for a 100,000 sq. ft. office area and site lighting calculations.
Supporting AstraZeneca’s efforts moving towards a more modern and dynamic campus, we provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing design services for a full renovation of the interior space of several buildings throughout. Housing more than 3,500 employees at the scientific research campus, the new office standard renovations included the conversion of closed office space to an open environment increasing collaboration and interaction, lobby renovations, a new executive conference center and renovations to many interior corridors.
We have also conducted energy modeling calculations for eight separate AstraZeneca buildings to analyze the potential energy payback on the energy savings control modifications. Not only have we improved AstraZeneca’s return on investment rate, but we have also allowed the company to redirect capital to research and development. Our teams’ ability to understand complex infrastructure support systems has led to an ongoing, collaborative working relationship.
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.
Following our base building work, we have been hired by numerous tenants in the building for the fit-out of their spaces. Our clients include Zagster, Salsify, the Firefighter’s Association, and Sloane & Walsh.
This work has been phased in order to minimize the impact to existing building tenants
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.
In the loading dock area, we designed carbon monoxide sensors with exhaust fans, supplemental heaters, a dry sprinkler system and an air curtain. The challenge in designing this area was that all of the MEP systems had to be located higher than 12’ to accommodate the delivery trucks. Working in Revit made the coordination for this effort easy.
Following the infrastructure upgrades, we have worked on many of the fit-out projects in the building for the retail, workplace, and restaurants. We also designed the MEP systems for the 400-person event space. One of the challenges of that space was ensuring enough outdoor air to support the space. We designed two systems to bring air to the space, including an energy recovery unit connected to louvers.
Our team is working with Atlantic Management to reposition the former Hewlett Packard Campus to a high-end mixed-use development. The goal has been to redevelop the campus into a ‘live-work’-play-stay’ destination.
In order to enable retail and restaurant spaces to move into the campus, we have designed extensive upgrades to the MEP systems. We have also designed the infrastructure needed to covert former development lab spaces into offices and research labs.
One of the primary new tenants will be Quest Diagnostics. Following the upgrades to the infrastructure, we are now working with them on the fit-out of their new space.
One Soho Square
New York, NY
The One SoHo Square project will create a premier Class A office building by combining two existing buildings at 161 Avenue of the Americas and 233 Spring Street and adding a new lobby and three terraced penthouse floors.
From an MEP engineering perspective, this project is complex. Our team worked with the developer to join three tax lots and two buildings into one. We designed a new base building service core between the two existing buildings, which contained all of the vertical transportation and base building MEP infrastructure.
The new MEP services our team designed included a new steam boiler plant to replace the existing one and a new floor-by-floor water cooled DX system. We also designed new electric bus duct risers to serve the mechanical loads, tenant distribution and glass entrance lobby.
Our engineering team for the project has been the same from start to today - seven years later.
One Whale Square
This large industrial property, formerly owned by the Whale Oil Company, is currently being redeveloped into commercial and retail space targeted at creative tenants. The new Whale Square will include tenant spaces on the upper floors and a new, modernized lobby with adjoining community space which will consist of retail stores, a lounge, and an indoor soccer facility.
Our team’s first task on this project was to ensure that the building meets life safety codes. Because the building is partially occupied throughout the repositioning process, we designed a phased install of the new MEP/FP infrastructure and services with the project team so that the building could remain in continuous operation during construction.
Once the repositioning is completed, tenants will be kept comfortable by a new air conditioning system serving the building. We also designed a new heating system consisting of modular gas-fired boilers at a central location. The technologically advanced building HVAC systems are all controlled by a web-based BMS system.
Our electrical team designed two new 4000A/480V ConEd services with vaults and an associated electrical service room on the second floor. The team provided new electrical infrastructure and distribution throughout the building which includes a centralized sub-metering system to monitor the use of hot water, electricity, and condenser water.
A new life safety generator, which uses diesel fuel oil, is located on the roof and is connected to a cellar fuel tank system. We designed the emergency electrical distribution, including risers, panels, and automatic transfer switches (ATS) as well as fuel oil transfer systems.
ClientAnchor Line Partners
Formerly a U.S. Post Office facility, we are working with Anchor Line Partners on the repositioning of this 36- acre site. The client’s vision is to create a space where innovative, collaborative, high growth companies can thrive.
The existing post office has been completely repositioned into a modern, core and shell building suitable for future office and lab tenants. The project included removal of a portion of the building to support a new courtyard, which is the marquis feature of the site. Our work for this 30,000 sq. ft. amenity included the design of power, landscape lighting, and plumbing systems.
The original design of the building did not include a parking garage. To create one, we relocated the plumbing systems located in the 100,000 sq. ft. crawl space under the building into a trench. We also relocated the mechanical, electrical and security systems, and designed a new sprinkler system for the crawl space. With these modifications, it was able to be converted to a garage.
Fun fact – this was one of our PM’s first jobs when he started his career in 1992, so it is a familiar project for him.
Our team is now working on the fit-out of the first tenant in the building, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals.
Our team is upgrading the MEP infrastructure for the new Thomson Place development, which consists of three historic buildings located at 47 Farnsworth Street, 25 Thomson Place, and 44 Thomson Place. The developer’s vision is to revitalize the entire Fort Point neighborhood, and these three buildings are at the center of that development.
The buildings were formerly old shipping docks, and are being converted to a retail and dining destination and office space. When the buildings were originally designed, all of the entrances were 3” above the sidewalk to accommodate the delivery trucks. We are modifying all of the MEP systems to bring them down to ground level to enable the retail and restaurants to be built. We are upgrading all of the existing HVAC infrastructure and designing new electrical service.
In addition to the infrastructure upgrades, we are working with multiple tenants on the fit-out of their new spaces.