Autodesk Phase 3
BEDFORD, MA (May, 2018)- For over 30 years Autodesk has been at the forefront of innovation and design by making 3D construction, engineering, manufacturing, and entertainment software. In 2015 they moved their regional office from Waltham to 23 Drydock Ave in Boston’s Seaport District. The 70,000 SF renovation project was broken up into several phases, with the sixth-floor office space conversion being phase one and phase two being the construction of Autodesk’s BUILD Space Lab on floors one and two. State Electric completed the electrical fit-out of the first two phases in partnership with Consigli Construction. After performing extremely well, State Electric was hired back to assist Turner Construction in completing the third phase, which entailed converting the 21,000 SF 3rd floor into more office space.
Commercial Division Project Manager Luke Rebisz and Low Voltage (LV) Project Manager CJ Quinn spearheaded this challenging fit-out project. Along with General Foreman Tom Page, Lighting Foreman Kieran Joyce, and LV Foreman Scott Macpherson, they completed the project in early April of 2018, in just under 5 months. Because of several weather delays, our crews had to work extra-long days and weekends in order to meet the completion date. Throughout the office, there were many complex ceiling lighting systems that required intense fixture integration. The fixtures were assembled with additional independent supports, then mounted and integrated onto the ceiling system prior to the ceiling being installed. This included a 75ft oval Philips tunable white ceiling system in Autodesk’s creative thinking room. All the work was laid out using the Trimble for an efficient installation. CAD Coordinator Zelong Le worked closely with the field crew to ensure all existing building conditions were properly reflected in the final BIM model.
The Low Voltage Systems group led by Foreman Scott Macpherson completed the Tel/Data, AV, and sound masking for Autodesk’s new high tech regional office space. Throughout the office, there are cutting edge projectors, TVs, speakers, electronic desks with adjustable heights, communication, and Tel/Data equipment. Technicians Dan Allard and Dan Vickers did a tremendous job with the Tel/Data rack terminations. More and more offices are getting sound masking installed to provide low-level background noise from speakers in the ceiling. It seems counterintuitive, but adding sound to an office space actually increases productivity and protects confidentiality, by eliminating distractions and increasing employee satisfaction. Technician Dan Eckhart and Apprentice Mike McVinney completed the sound masking and AV work on the project.
The final phase of Autodesk’s new regional office is scheduled to begin construction in the near future and hopefully, State Electric’s proven performance on the previous three phases puts us on that project as well.