Our relationship with Boston University is one that is long-standing and has continued to grow throughout the years. One of our recent projects on campus, located at 930 Commonwealth Avenue, was a 40,000 sq. ft. fit-out in an existing building.
Our team designed a new energy efficient VRF system, as well a new energy recovery unit on the roof to bring in outdoor air. The VRF system was designed to connect with BU’s campus-wide controls system so that all of the units can be monitored from a central location. Additionally, we did necessary electrical infrastructure upgrades, consolidating all of the panels into a single electrical closet.
SQ FT7,000 - 15,000
ArchitectDavis Square Architects
Our team has worked on several Bright Horizons throughout the Northeast. Each project began with a due diligence study prior to signing the lease to help our client understand how the MEP systems could work with their project goals.
The majority of the sites were located in former offices, so we had to upgrade the existing systems for the change in occupancy. That meant that we had to make numerous plumbing upgrades to accommodate for the additional bathrooms and sinks. We also designed new sprinkler systems, as well as smoke detection and CO2 monitoring systems. Designing for early childhood education means that there are more stringent safety standards that we need to comply with such as locating heaters and thermostats higher.
ServicesDue Diligence & Commissioning
ClientBronx Charter School for Excellence
Bronx Charter School for Excellence
We performed a due diligence study on behalf of the Bronx Charter School to assess the existing facilities for the school’s long term lease renegotiations. Our goal was to better understand how to resolve a variety of MEP/FP issues that the school had been experiencing.
Following our survey, we provided an MEP/FP analysis of the deficiencies exist and made recommendations of how to improve the installed systems to operate more efficiently. Our recommendations were mindful of the client’s budget and the current installed condition. In addition to our study, our commissioning team recommissioned the systems to ensure the building operated in accordance with the original design intent and get a more detailed evaluation.
SQ FT85 acres
We have worked closely with Fordham University on multiple projects throughout their main campus in Bronx, NY and at Lincoln Center.
We have conducted various site surveys to gather information for utility upgrades and improvements. For the fitness center renovation project, we used the existing systems for the various gym areas. In order to optimize the University’s construction budget, we modified the dual duct heating and cooling system with new HVAC mixing boxes and provided exposed ductwork in the cardio room. The space was also re-equipped with a new fire sprinkler system and lighting system that includes both localized and remote location control switches.
We have collaborated with Harvard University on numerous projects, including Gutman Library, the Harvard Square Hotel, and the Faculty of Arts & Sciences building.
What was interesting about the upgrade at the Faculty of Arts & Sciences building was that the property was not owned by Harvard. Used to owning their own buildings, we advised Harvard throughout the design and construction process as to how to work with an external landlord. We upgraded all of the MEP systems in the space to meet Harvard’s design standards.
New York, NY
We designed the engineering systems to support Inwood Academy’s new charter school on the first and second floors in upper Manhattan. The existing two-story building was constructed in the 1920s, and was originally used as a parking garage.
To support the new use as a high school, the building required new infrastructure and distribution systems, including all-new electric, gas, water, fire, life safety generator, and drainage services. We designed the systems to support the future addition of two floors as a second phase of the project.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
We designed an incubator space for MIT, known as “The Engine”. It is a joint collaboration between MIT and Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), and provides an incubator space for new startups working on scientific and technological innovations.
The Engine occupies the second through fourth floors and includes office space, meeting areas, a café and a one pass clean air wet lab area taking up the entire fourth floor. The space was designed with an open ceiling concept, leaving the MEP/FP systems exposed.
In an effort to consolidate their central services and free up previously used space for academics, Montgomery College decided to purchase a four story office building. The project’s original commercial interiors scope was expanded during the course of the project to include replacement of the distribution ductwork, electrical service coordination for an abandoned data center, a replacement of all VAV terminal units, replacement of the complete building automation system, and as well upgrades to the building’s central chiller plant and central air handling units.
Overall, the extensive project design schedule was compressed to three months which meant meeting the client’s needs in the allocated time required intense coordination and cooperation between the architect and the general contractor to meet the schedule providing a complete and coordinated design package.
Stevens Institute of Technology
As part of our site utility assessment work for Stevens, our team visited the campus to analyze the readily observable conditions of the campus infrastructure and to survey the utilities. The team used 3D scanning technologies to document the existing site utility components and identifying considerations for anticipated campus infrastructure improvements.
In addition to making our observations about the infrastructure, we interviewed operations staff and facility personnel to gain a better understanding of their day to day experiences. Our final report suggested options for rehabilitation technology such as pipe relining and trenchless methods as well as consideration to full replacement of various infrastructure systems.
Success Academy Charter School
New York, NY
We provided engineering design for a seven-story \school within a new residential tower at 555 Tenth Avenue. The build-out provides a multi-level private charter school for elementary and middle school students, as well as a Teacher Training Facility (TTF). The design includes homerooms and specialty classrooms, offices, student/faculty lounges, and TTFs.
Design considerations include circulation, restrooms, and other accessory spaces, as well as a new convenience stair inserted into an existing multi-level atrium, and a new stair connecting the ground-level entry to the first floor. The project design is integrating environmentally responsible, sustainable building practices that raise building performance standards.