The Center for Life Science Boston
Mechanical Construction & HVAC Services
To construct a state-of-the-art research center in the heart of Boston's fastest growing biotechnology, medical, and pharmaceutical research area.
A new revenue-generating property for the client's portfolio, additional research space in a high-demand location, significant urban economic stimulus.
To satisfy this project's demanding requirements, J.C. Higgins is providing innovative mechanical construction solutions for a variety of initial and ongoing challenges. The congested worksite necessitates careful vehicular and equipment coordination. Rigging has to be planned to facilitate safe and proper setting of mechanical equipment. And the company has to take into account the site's substantial number of utilities, including steam and chilled water from the Medical Area Total Energy Plant.
Currently, the company is relocating and installing new steam and chilled water pipe to enable construction of a new slurry wall. In addition to requiring 24/7 operation, this activity involves "hot tapping" 16- and 20-inch chilled water lines to "live" systems, a task that demands considerable commercial HVAC expertise in this very difficult and dangerous X-ray welding and inspection technique.
To complete this phase of the project, J.C. Higgins will install 6,600 tons of chiller capacity, 8.5 miles of piping, and 12 custom-built air-handling units, capable of processing over 1.1-million cubic feet of air per minute.