Boston – Julie Hall, a 19-story residence hall at Emmanuel College in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, is being rebuilt to accommodate students from both Emmanuel and the MCPHS University with contemporary apartment-style living spaces, function and meeting rooms, lounges, a convenience store, and underground parking.
The 267,500sf building is replacing the existing Julie Hall and will allow for 84% of students to live on campus, up from the current 73%. This project is a result of Mayor Marty Walsh’s efforts to encourage colleges to build new on-campus housing to free up some of the housing stock in Boston for year-round residents.
Beginning in July 2017, Marr Scaffolding Company contracted with Salvucci Masonry to install 26 mast climbing work platforms on the exterior of the new Julie Hall. A mix of M- and P-units were installed on a low-rise section of the hall (70 feet high); these platforms are ideal for scaling smaller and more restricted areas for masonry work.
Additionally, 12 F-unit mast climbers were installed on an adjacent, high-rise section of the hall (220 feet high); these platforms are designed for higher speed performance with high capacity, which allows for various trades — including masons, waterproofing companies, and glass contractors — to complete their work efficiently. Due to the building’s design, eight of the mast climber units had to be installed over a two-story enclosed courtyard area, which Marr shored with systems scaffolding to support the underside of the courtyard’s concrete roof. Spreader beams were placed on top of the roof to help distribute the loads.
The mast climber units on the low-rise section will be dismantled by mid-October, while those on the high rise will be dismantled in 2018. This coming winter, the last remaining F-units will require winterization to protect against the cold and allow for the brick exterior to cure correctly. All 26 units will be dismantled using Marr Crane & Rigging’s 50- and 115-ton cranes.
Julie Hall will open in the fall of 2018.