Putnam Investments Global Headquarters, 100 Federal Street, Boston, MA

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J&M Brown Company completed the 250,000 square-foot, 10-floor fit-out of Putnam Investments new headquarters at 100 Federal Street in the heart of Boston’s financial district.  

The scope entailed comprehensive electrical distribution and lighting installations for the offices which house approximately 1,000 Putnam staff members.  The project scope included eight floors of state-of-the-art offices, a 150-plus seat auditorium, conference centers, a network of meeting rooms, a new data center, a commercial kitchen, and a mezzanine roof deck.  

Data center and electrical distribution installations included two UPS systems, three standby electrical risers and internal communications risers that are tied to the standby emergency generator.  Six automatic transfer switches that tie into the generator were also installed. 

The project team was headed by JMB Vice President and Project Manager Dennis Nigro and Foremen Bill Marchant, Dave Marchand, and Mike Sawyer.  

Putnam moved from into its new 100 Federal headquarters from its former offices at One Post Office Square in October 2018.

Project Challenges

Coordination of multiple power shutdowns during the project to meet building owner and tenant requirements and also to ensure critical data was maintained throughout the project.

JMB met the fast-track, nine-month project schedule managing a crew of 50 IBEW Local 103 electricians at peak construction. To meet Putnam’s move-in schedule, the power distribution scope was completed in four months and 8 floors of elaborate office fit-out requirements were completed in only seven months.


J&M Brown Underway with Electrical Construction of The BEAT (former Boston Globe Headquarters) in Dorchester

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The BEAT, 135 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester – Rendering: Stantec (Add Inc) and Nordblom Company

J&M Brown Company is underway with the core and shell electrical construction of The BEAT, the former headquarters of the Boston Globe at 135 Morissey Boulevard in Dorchester. 

The Nordblom Company’s redevelopment project will transform the 695,000 square-foot building into an “urban innovation campus,” as the existing three-story office and industrial building will be retrofit to incorporate 360,000 square-feet of office space and 300,000 square-feet of state-of-the-art flex/light industrial space, customized to accommodate, and spur innovation in such fields as robotics, life science, and high tech manufacturing.  The project will also include a 10,000 square-foot fitness center, a brewery and a 100-seat restaurant.  Integral to the building’s design is a new multi-story atrium that will be constructed at The BEAT’s entrance, creating a central gathering area, complete with a food hall and collaborative meeting and gathering spaces.

The comprehensive electrical scope includes demolition of the building’s normal and emergency electrical distribution system and the installation of new primary and emergency power.  JMB will also furnish and install a new 15kV electrical service, a 480 Volt normal electrical distribution system and a 480 Volt emergency distribution system.  The NECA Boston contractor will also install The BEAT’s state-of-the-art lighting and lighting control systems as well as the building’s new Autocall fire alarm system.

J&M Brown Vice President Bryan Greene, Project Manager Mike Booker and General Foreman Phil Talbot are heading the project team, supervising a field crew expected to range upwards of 40 IBEW Local 103 electricians at peak construction.  The project is targeting completion in the summer of 2020.

JMB is on a project team that headed by general contractor, Moriarty, of Winchester, MA.  Stantec (Add Inc.). of Boston, was the project architect. Nordblom Company, based in Boston, is the developer.

The project name, “The BEAT,” an acronym for The Boston Exchange for Accelerated Technology, also pays tribute to the reporters that worked at the Globe headquarters location for more than 60 years.


Boston Consulting Group, 200 Pier 4, Boston MA

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J&M Brown was the electrical contractor for BCG’s office fit-out.  With the goal of having BCG move-in at the same time as the building was complete, J&M Brown purchased and installed over 1,300 light fixtures, cored 100 of holes for poke-thrus and synced the fire alarm system with the base building, in addition to completing the distribution and electrical construction of the floors.

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