Cogswell to Complete Fire Protection for South Bay

Michal Zementowski, Cogswell’s foreman, in the sprinkler room at South Bay

Dorchester, MA – Cogswell Sprinkler Co., Inc. is currently working toward completion of the fire protection installation for the 631,000sf South Bay Center residential project located in the new section of the South Bay Town Center in Dorchester.

Cogswell’s project manager, Mike O’Donoghue, and foreman Michal Zementowski are working together with Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. to bring the project to completion for a 2019 opening.

The Andi, the residential component of the project, is a 475-unit luxury complex featuring 120,000sf of ground-level retail space and will offer residents amenities including two fitness centers, a saltwater pool and sun deck, co-working spaces, and ample resident lounge areas, all oriented around an active pedestrian streetscape.

Tasked not only with working on an active construction site in close proximity to an open and active movie theater/parking structure, Cogswell’s biggest challenge was the requirement to install fire protection earlier than usual on the project to accommodate the need for “live” fire protection in various areas during the construction process.

The sprinkler installation consists of NFPA 13 combination wet sprinkler/standpipe system throughout with dry type sprinkler systems in the parking garages, interstitial spaces, and trash chutes.