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Prior to the acceptance of each drive/motor combination, the equipment had to complete a 48-hour integrated
system field test to ensure 100 percent reliability, then
pass a 10-day operational availability demonstration
in which the equipment had to be online and ready for
pumping operations with 99. 7 percent reliability.
“In addition, upon completion of the first two drive/
motor combinations, there was a 90-day demonstration
period in which the owner evaluated the reliability and
performance of the new equipment,” Gaulin said. “During that
time, we weren’t able to commence with replacement of the
remaining drives/motors. Greatly adding to the success of the
project was the fact that, when the installation of the existing
equipment took place 20 years ago, our present site superintendent, Kevin Crampton, worked on the project. His knowledge
and experience were invaluable, as was the work of Dan Como-letti, foreman, and our crew of journeymen and apprentices.”
Boston’s ECs also left their mark on the transformation of
the Seaport District, an area that was once abandoned waterfront property but is now home to the Boston Convention and
Exhibition Center, the Institute of Contemporary Art, a host
of restaurants with harbor views, the Harborwalk, a public
walkway edging piers, wharves, beaches and the shoreline
around Boston Harbor. It is the site of multiple ongoing hotel
and mixed-use projects.
McDonald Electrical Corp. (MEC), based in Hingham, Mass.,
is providing ground-up electrical construction and fit-out, using
a crew of 55 at peak construction, for two new hotels: the six-story Starwood Element Hotel, with its 180 guest suites, and the
330-room boutique Starwood Aloft Hotel.
The wood-framed Element Hotel’s project scope includes
electrical distribution, lighting and lighting control, life safety
systems, security wiring installations, and complete telecommunications and cable TV installations.
Meanwhile, the structural-concrete Aloft Hotel project
includes installation of electrical distribution, lighting and a
lighting control system, fire alarm, and exterior-facade and
The company is also providing installation of street lighting
for both hotels.
“Both the Element and Aloft Hotel projects were built con-
current with an aggressive 18-month schedule,” said Michael
P. McDonald, president, MEC. “This schedule had to be main-
tained despite a record-breaking [ 120 inches] snowfall in the
winter of 2014–2015.”
In addition to the Old South Church, JMB is serving as the
primary electrical contractor on One Seaport Square, the dis-
trict’s largest new mixed-use project. The scope entails core
and shell electrical and fire alarm installations for the Seaport
parcels B&C project, which includes two 22-story towers that
will house 850 apartments and more than 300,000 square feet
of retail and entertainment space.
JMB is installing a complete fire alarm system throughout
the One Seaport Square complex.
To accomplish the phased turnover, the main fire alarm control panels for both buildings have to be fully operational and
tested along with all system devices that cover areas open to
the public or maintenance personnel.
“The location of the emergency life-safety generators makes
their installation and tie-in demanding. The design team is
utilizing the roof areas of the complex as amenity space for
the residents. To reduce the overall footprint of the emergency life-safety generators, the design team positioned both
generators on the ninth-floor roof of Building C. The only
connection between both towers is the underground parking
garage. In order to provide emergency life-safety power, we
must run two-hour, fire-rated cable over 1,000 feet, from the
ninth floor of Building C, across the parking garage and up
to the fourth floor of Building B,” said Michael Booker, JMB
senior project manager.
State Electric Corp., Bedford, Mass., is providing the fit-out
of the apartments. The company is furnishing a complete electrical and power distribution to each of the 832 luxury units,
residential metering equipment installations on each residential floor and lighting controls for the fourth-floor amenities.
In modifying the distribution equipment, State Electric
coordinated its efforts with general contractor John Moriarty
& Associates of Winchester, Mass.; with JMB; with the distributor, Graybar, based in St. Louis; and with the manufacturer,
Square D, based in Andover, Mass.
“In our prefab shop, we assembled and labeled the equipment
and created a very specific schedule for just-in-time deliveries
from the prefabrication shop to specific work areas on different
floors, which greatly reduced both storage fees and our footprint
on the project,” said Luke Rebisz, project manager for State Elec-
tric. “On another part of the project, we reviewed the outdoor
outlets on the balconies and realized they didn’t have the ability
to keep the curtain-wall waterproofing intact. In response, we
again worked with the general contractor in creating a prefabri-
cated type of cable, which we shipped to a curtain wall company
in Canada that assembled and delivered it on-site.”
These projects involving Boston’s ECs are as varied as the
buildings and developments of this vibrant and historic city.
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