Corporate MEP

McDonald in Progress with Electrical Fit-Out of Converse HQ

Lovejoy wharf rendering

Lovejoy wharf rendering

Boston – NECA Boston contractor McDonald Electrical Corp. (MEC), of Hingham, is well under way with a fast-track, electrical tenant fit-out project for Converse, Inc.’s new corporate world headquarters building on Lovejoy Wharf in Boston.

The project at the Converse facility, a former Schrafft’s warehouse undergoing complete renovation, entails comprehensive electrical installations for 10 floors of office space and two mechanical floors. Additionally, the contractor is providing installations in Converse’s new, stand-alone, two-story, state-of-the-art recording studio overlooking the Charles River.

The NECA member is working in tandem with general contractor Shawmut Design and Construction of Boston as well as architects, The Architectural Team, Chelsea, and Jennifer Carpenter Architect of New York, NY, Boston; and EE, RDK Engineers, Boston to address logistical challenges presented by the building’s open ceiling layout.

MEC commenced work on the project in mid-September 2014 and is on track to meet the aggressive project schedule, as Converse will take occupancy in spring 2015.

The project’s scope includes installation of a new electrical distribution system and branch circuitry at the 200,000sf facility, as well as its uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and advanced Simplex fire alarm system. Project requirements also include installation of energy-efficient interior and exterior lighting and the state-of-the art Lutron lighting control system.

McDonald Electrical’s project team, composed of 26 IBEW Local 103 electricians, is headed by project executive/PM Mike Lawlor and foreman Dave MacDonald. Building information modeling (BIM) coordination is being consolidated with the actual installation schedule in order to meet the project schedule.


The new Converse headquarters in the North Station area and in close proximity to TD Garden and the Zakim Bridge, will house more than 400 Converse employees when it opens in April 2015.  The Converse headquarters building is a key component of Lovejoy Wharf’s historic adaptive reuse project that will transform the gateway between Charlestown, Boston’s North End and West End.

Converse is a Fortune 500 footwear manufacturer and a wholly owned subsidiary of NIKE, Inc.