Weymouth, MA – Aldon Electric, Inc., headquartered in Weymouth, recently completed comprehensive electrical construction of Emmanuel College’s new 19-story residence hall at 300 Brookline Avenue in Boston.
The NECA contractor’s project scope included installation of the facility’s primary and emergency power systems, electrical distribution system, fire alarm, interior and exterior lighting, and lighting control system.
Aldon Electric was a team member on the residence hall project with architect, Elkus Manfredi; GC, John Moriarty & Associates; and EE, R.W. Sullivan Engineering.
The modern, multitower, 267,500sf residence hall is the largest building on the Emmanuel campus, housing approximately 690 upper-class students. The facility incorporates lounges and group study rooms, a media center, a fitness center, dance studio, 15 underground parking spaces, and 102 covered bicycle spaces.
The ground floor atrium serves as a common space for the entire Emmanuel community. The Margaret L. McKenna Media Center, an all-purpose room equipped with flat-panel displays for studying, meeting and presentations, is located in the center of the atrium. The ground floor also houses a Dunkin’ Donuts cafe and a Joe-Di’s Food Mart convenience store.
The residence hall is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification with features that included energy-efficient LED lighting and energy-saving HVAC systems.
Exterior lighting installations include LED recessed downlights which illuminate the façade, and Aldon’s reinstallation of pole lights that were on the original site and that help the new residence hall blend harmoniously into the Emmanuel campus.
Primary power consists of a 480/277V 3-phase system for MEP equipment and a 120/280V 3-phase system for dorm rooms. In event of power outages, a rooftop 450KW diesel generator with multiple Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS) provides emergency power.
Project Manager Dennis Sheehan and General Foreman Dan Denehy headed the Aldon Electric project team, managing a field crew of 50 IBEW Local 103 electricians at peak construction in the two-year project, which was completed as scheduled in August. Emmanuel College students moved into the residence hall in September at the start of 2018-2019 academic year.
Commenting on the logistical challenges met by Aldon, PM Sheehan said, “The residence hall is built on a small footprint on the campus. The project required close coordination and cooperation with general contractor John Moriarty Associates and Emmanuel College so that the scheduling of all electrical equipment and personnel was done in a timely manner, which enabled us to meet the project schedule.”