Low Voltage Group Completes Largest Project To Date
BEDFORD, MA (March, 2018)- In the summer of 2014, Turner Construction awarded State Electric’s Commercial Division the electrical core and shell work at 50/60 Binney St. After almost four years, our Low Voltage Group is still there finishing up the Tel/Data, Security, and Sound Masking for Sanofi’s new office building at 50 Binney St. It’s State Electric’s largest Low Voltage project to date and is a major leap forward for the group.
Project Manager C.J. Quinn and General Foreman Kevin O’Connell coordinated the entire low voltage fit-out of Floors 1-10. The initial focus was on the Tel/Data scope. As the project progressed, a robust network of Category 6 cabling was installed to connect thousands of user workstations throughout the building. By coordinating with Sanofi, Turner Construction, and numerous other subcontractors, the Ethernet connectivity was extended to the building systems and several hundred wireless access points were deployed. Ben Jackson handled the majority of the fiber optic fusion splicing and Dan Allard dressed in and terminated the Tel/Data station cabling. They connected the first floor’s main distribution frame (MDF) to the intermediate distribution frames (IDF) on Floors 2-10 with a variety of fiber optic and copper backbone cables.
Several months into the job, Turner Construction added the installation of the building’s Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to State Electric’s project scope. Foreman Mike Pelton spearheaded this portion of work and managed a crew to fully install, terminate, and perform system certification Sweep and PIM testing to carrier standards. Also, a singlemode fiber optic backbone was extended to a new DAS Head End in 60 Binney Street, and SEC is actively pursuing the additional phases of the DAS system installation on the property.
Concurrently, under the direction of Project Manager Jim Fitzgerald, SEC worked as an installer deploying the Sanofi Access Control and CCTV security systems with the tenant’s integrator (ASI). John Gonski and Brian Richards both played key roles in finalizing the complex system that included installing and integrating an optical turnstile system in the main entrance lobby.
A major challenge our Low Voltage Group faced was not being able to lay any materials on the floor during construction. To combat this issue, the team utilized Graybar’s Smart Cart on wheels to productively pull all the wire on the project. State Electric maintained a dynamic approach throughout the aggressively scheduled project. The final punch list is currently being addressed and building occupancy is on schedule for Spring 2018.