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Boston Contractor Brings Harvard Hall to Life
> HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL’S Tata
Hall is a 177,000-square-foot executive
education facility, consisting of 179
bedrooms for visiting executives, 22
living group areas, and two state-of-the-art classrooms. Boston-based Sullivan &
McLaughlin Cos. Inc. provided services
including design/assist, value engineering,
BIM/CAD coordination and multiple
“In terms of design/assist, we were on
board almost a full year ahead of time, which is the way Harvard
Business School likes to do these larger projects,” said Mike Barry,
project manager. “They like having key contractors on board early
to make decisions, look at budgets and find ways to save money. It
Sullivan & McLaughlin handled the basic electrical work and
the installation of a new substation; a rooftop photovoltaic system
that is linked to an alternating current module that generates
power directly from each solar panel; a new light-emitting diode
(LED) lighting system ( 90 percent of the 4,000 light fixtures are
LED); a curtain wall-controls system; fire alarm; telecom; security;
audiovisual; and heating, ventilating and air conditioning control
wiring. Ultimately, the project received
LEED Platinum status.
“For us, the biggest challenge was the
location because we were working on an
existing campus,” Barry said. “[Executive
education] is year-round, so we had to be
quiet ... when executive classes were in
session. There are a lot of important people
in these programs, who are paying a lot of
money for what they are learning, so we
didn’t want to be distracting them.”
In addition, there was a day care center within 50 feet of a
portion of the job site, thus requiring not only quiet work, but an
extra focus on safety.
One of the project’s most interesting features was a 15-by-20-foot
high-resolution video wall, the first of its kind in the United States.
“We partnered with a company called HB Communications,”
Barry said. “The way it is set up is that, when you walk in, it
looks like a wall panel, but it is a retractable screen, so, with the
touch of one button, it folds into a recessed cavity.”
As resolution continues to improve, Barry expects to see
more of these types of screens in the future.
The NECA Show to Be Held in Boston Oct. 7–10
> THE 62ND ANNUAL National Electrical
Contractors Association (NECA)
Convention and Trade Show, held in
Boston this year from Oct. 7–10, is bursting
at the seams with new technology,
educational workshops, networking
opportunities and product exhibitions.
In addition to the trade show,
registered attendees will have access to an
opening reception at the Boston Museum
of Science, more than 50 educational
workshops, the Student Chapters’ job fair,
a Women in NECA roundtable and the
winners of the Green Energy Challenge
(see page 16). Convention-goers will also
have a chance to enjoy the Boston Pops
swing orchestra at the closing ceremony
and hear from three general session
speakers, including Chief Daniel Linskey,
Boston’s Incident Commander during the
2013 Boston Marathon attack.
All of this is valuable, but newcomers or
those with limited time should focus on the
trade show, said Sue McCart, a member of
the NECA convention and exposition team.
McCart said to begin with the
Showstopper Showcase, which offers a
chance to investigate nearly 200 of the
newest products and services on the
market. It opens an hour earlier than
the rest of the show floor, and McCart
suggests using it as the trade show’s
“CliffsNotes version.” Scope out must-see
booths and companies. With nearly 300
exhibitors, a game plan is necessary.
Afterward, visit a technical workshop.
Although presented by industry
manufacturers and distributors, these
18 workshops are not commercials. The
exhibitor-submitted proposals were
selected and cover subjects such as power,
productivity, management tools and
building information modeling.
“This is the place [for ECs] to come
to find the solutions for their particular
problems,” McCart said.
Other key attractions include the
NECA Disruptive Technology Pavillion
with Joey Shorter, Ph.D., director of
research at NECA; the Boston Sports Bar;
and the Digital Media Lab, where visitors
can watch 25-min. tech talks and get
individual advice about social media, such
as improving their LinkedIn pages.
An added incentive to visiting the
trade show: Get in for free using promo
code 16EXH when registering at www.
Glenn Potter of Star Electric Inc.,
Fairbanks, Alaska, attended his first
NECA show last year in San Francisco.
“My wife and I reluctantly went
feeling guilty about leaving work,”
he said. “After our first NECA Show
experience, we will never miss another.
We got the feeling we belonged and were
appreciated, which is rare these days.”
To learn more, visit www.
necaconvention.org, download the NECA
2016 Boston app or see page 97.