Boston – BOND recently celebrated the topping off ceremony for the 15,000sf renovation and 5,000sf vertical expansion of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) 70,000sf Longfellow Hall. The project will create new and revitalized classroom, office, and gathering space.
Among those attending from BOND were MEP estimator Barbara Connolly; project executive Rose Conti; project manager Michael Bean; safety manager Jim O’Neill; superintendent Paul Heneghan; President Robert Murray; superintendent Tom Curran; QA/QC manager Josh Lannen; field intern Sean Raftery; and executive VP Frank Hayes.
The Longfellow project is the third major step in HGSE’s master plan to develop a more cohesive campus centered on Appian Way. The project includes critical infrastructure upgrades and adds new sprinkler and fire alarm systems throughout the entire building. The project will enable HGSE to relocate off-campus research activities and programs in professional education to campus.
BOND was engaged in 2012 to provide in-depth preconstruction services prior to the start of work in the field. Through an extremely collaborative process, BOND, Baker Design Group, and HGSE completed a conceptual study and constructability reviews to finalize the project’s design, maximizing program and minimizing risk for the School. BOND’s in-house Building Information Modeling (BIM) and laser scanning services provided critical information concerning the facility’s existing conditions, and enabled the team to determine the most viable and efficient execution strategy.
The project is tracking a targeted completion in December 2014, with an expected LEED Gold certification.