J.M. Electrical Provides Building Automation System for Kennedy Institute

Exterior  /  Edward M. Kennedy Insitute

Exterior Edward M. Kennedy Institute

Boston – J.M. Electrical Company of Lynnfield provided the Edward M. Kennedy Institute’s sophisticated HVAC control/building automation system installations.

The chiller plants for the adjacent Kennedy Library were relocated to the new institute facility during construction. Within its scope, J.M. Electrical repositioned the chiller plant controls for the Kennedy Library and integrated them into the same backbone as the institute’s chiller control system, and then put the system back online. This entailed bringing an elaborate system of pumps, valves, actuators, and frequency drives under control and integrating them so that they function as one system. To accomplish ongoing HVAC service at the Kennedy Library, a parallel system of temporary chillers was utilized so that humidity and temperature control in the critical museum environment was always maintained.

Climate control, also vital to the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute’s museum environment, is fully computer-controlled to assure an optimal environment. The building automation system constantly monitors all spaces within the facility and adjusts based on real-time conditions. It is programmed to alert management as to any adjustments that may be required with control of the building’s automation system operable via the facility’s engineering office.


J.M Electrical project manager Niall Black and foreman Hugh MacKinnon headed the NECA contractor’s field crew of IBEW Local 103 electricians in a project that commenced in August 2013 and was complete in October 2014.  The J.M. Electrical team “coordinated closely with Lynnwell Associates to ensure the HVAC control systems went online as scheduled,” PM Black said.

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