J&M Brown Underway with Electrical Construction of 345 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End

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NECA Boston Contractor teams with Architect: CBT Architects, Boston; GC: John Moriarty & Associates, Winchester; Owner: UDR, Boston; EE: RW Sullivan Engineering, Boston

Boston, MA – J&M Brown Company, headquartered in Jamaica, Plain, MA, is underway with comprehensive electrical construction of 345 Harrison Avenue, the new 585-unit luxury residential/multi-use complex in Boston’s South End. The development is comprised of two 14-story buildings, housing 535,900 square feet of residential space and 33,550 square feet of ground floor retail and restaurant space. JMB’s scope entails installation of the complete electrical distribution system, LED lighting, fire alarm system and tel/data systems. The tel/data system installations are being provided by J&M Brown’s low voltage division, Spectrum Integrated Technologies.

The 345 Harrison complex, developed by Boston based UDR, will have a phased occupancy with the first phase opening scheduled for January 2018. The aggressive schedule requires that all electrical systems, primary and emergency power systems and complete Fire Alarm installation to be fully functioning at that time. The total project has targeted completion for the summer 2018, and all major electrical systems will be completed months in advance.

To streamline the construction process in the tightly scheduled project, JMB is utilizing the Trimble MEP layout solution platform. JMB’s CAD Coordinator Kelly Flynn and General Foreman Wayne Lucas, have planned electrical conduit layouts and installation areas using with 3D positional data system, enabling the JMB field crew to handle installation with exacting precision and maximum efficiency. Also enhancing the project’s consistent workflow, in the pre-construction phase, General Foreman Phil Talbot has designed layouts, and pre-planned material and labor requirements for the development’s apartment units.

J&M Brown Project Managers Patrick O’Neil and Kimberley Estabrooks are managing the project with a field crew expected to range upwards of 40 to 50 IBEW Local 103 electricians at peak construction.

345 Harrison Avenue’s amenities include a four-level parking garage with a green roof, 13th floor Sky Lounge, resort-style pool and state-of-the-art fitness center.

The 345 Harrison Avenue project is integral to the City’s revitalization plans for the South End. Across the street from the Ink Block, the residential complex is in close proximity to key public transit hubs as the MBTA Red Line, Orange and Silver Lines are all within walking distance.


J&M Brown Completes Electrical Fit-out of Harvard Business Publishing HQ Offices at Boston Landing, Brighton, MA

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Owner: Harvard University; GC: Columbia Construction, North Reading, MA

Brighton, MA – March 28, 2016 – J. & M. Brown Company (JMB), based in Jamaica Plain, MA, has completed the electrical fit-out of Harvard Business Publishing’s (HBP) new 125,000 square-foot headquarters’ office space at Boston Landing, 20 Guest Street in Brighton, MA. The fast-track, 4-month electrical project entailed the demolition and customized fit-out of five floors for HBP.

BIM and CAD coordination were integral to the project, and key factors enabling the NECA Boston contractor to meet the aggressive schedule. The office space features an open ceiling design and JMB’s field crew installed metal clad (MC) cable high and tight into ceiling areas, maneuvering around duct work and sprinklers to hang hundreds of LED pendant lighting fixtures. Digital lighting control is provided by a networked nLight® digital lighting control system, specified and installed for enhanced energy savings and user configurability.

The scope included J&M Brown’s installation of over 1700 feet of cable tray to support wire and cable runs, as well as installation of the facility’s vast Audio Visual infrastructure, which will accommodate state-of-the-art A/V installations for dozens of conference rooms, Huddle rooms, and a Video Studio room.

J&M Brown’s Special Projects Group handled the project, managing a field crew of 26 IBEW electricians at peak construction.

Harvard Business Publishing, an affiliate of Harvard Business School and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harvard University, moved into its new headquarter offices earlier in March. HBP also has offices in New York City, Singapore, India, Qatar, and the United Kingdom.


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J&M Brown Company Underway with Electrical Renovation of MIT Building NW23, Cambridge, MA

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NECA contractor teams with GC: Columbia Construction, North Reading, MA on MIT’s new home for Department of Facilities and Office of Campus Planning

Cambridge, MA – J&M Brown Company, Inc. (JMB) is underway with the comprehensive electrical renovation of MIT’s Building NW23, located at 195 Albany Street in Cambridge. When complete, the former lab building will serve as MIT’s Department of Facilities and the Office of Campus Planning.

JMB’s electrical project scope at the three-story, 52,000 square-foot building includes demolition of the existing infrastructure, prior to providing ground-up electrical installations for the renovated facility. The project team is installing new, stacked electrical closets to house the distribution equipment, a new fire alarm system, and lighting and lighting control systems. The renovated facility’s interior will feature an open ceiling design with an energy efficient lighting package controlled by an advanced Sylvania wireless lighting control system. Temporary power for construction is being drawn from an adjacent MIT building.

In its design and layout of the facility’s new electrical rooms, JMB is utilizing 3D CADD technology.

JMB Construction Group VP Bryan Green, Operations Manager Robert Carabia, and Project Managers Matt Noon and Kim Estabrooks head the J&M Brown project team and the venerable NECA contractor is supervising a highly skilled electrical field crew that will reach upwards of 23 IBEW Local 103 electricians at peak construction.

Electrical work commenced in August and the project is scheduled for completion in January 2016. The MIT facility is designed to achieve LEED certification.

J&M Brown Company Completes Electrical Construction of 100 Pier 4 in Boston’s Seaport

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Spectrum Integrated Technologies provides Tel/Data and Security; GC: John Moriarty & Associates, Winchester, MA; Architect: ADD, Inc./Stantec, Boston, MA; Owner/Developer: The Hanover Company

Boston, MA – J&M Brown Company, Inc. has completed the comprehensive electrical construction of 100 Pier 4, the newest luxury residential high-rise in Boston’s Seaport district. The NECA contractor provided installation of the facility’s primary and emergency power, state-of-the-art lighting and lighting control system, fire alarm system, and tel/data and security systems at the 21-story residential tower.  The project also included electrical fit-out for all 369 residential units, the facility’s fitness center, and an underground parking garage for 258 cars.  The tel/data and security system installations were provided by Spectrum Integrated Technologies (Spectrum IT), the low voltage division of J&M Brown Company.

J&M Brown Construction Group Vice President Bryan Greene and Operations Manager Robert Carabia supervised the electrical project, managing a field crew of 45 IBEW Local 103 electricians at peak construction.  Spectrum IT Project Managers Mike Anderson and Terry Kilduff led the tel/data and security project effort with a team of eight IBEW technicians at peak construction.  The two-year project was completed in May 2015 and The Hanover Company took occupancy at that time.

The 100 Pier 4 project is the first project in the multi-building master plan development on the 9.5 acre site overlooking Boston harbor. 


J&M Brown Company Completes Electrical Renovation of Old South Church, Boston, MA

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Jamaica Plain, MA – J&M Brown Company, Inc. (JMB), based in Jamaica Plain, MA, has completed the comprehensive, multi-phase electrical systems’ renovation at the historic Old South Church at 645 Boylston Street in Old South Church shutterstock_102116092Boston. The project scope, which coincided the complete upgrade of the building’s mechanical systems, entailed replacement of the church’s electrical, fire alarm, security, tel/data, HVAC, elevator, and sprinkler systems. JMB’s construction of a new electrical room and electrical distribution system were integral to the project.

Pre-construction planning was critical to the project, as J&M Brown teamed with general contractor Consigli Construction of Boston and electrical engineering firm Syska Hennessy Group of Cambridge to ensure the historic building’s structural integrity and interior finishes were not adversely impacted during construction. Project manager Steve and general foreman Tom Campbell headed the JMB project team, comprised of a field crew of 10 IBEW Local 103 electricians and technicians.

A highlight of the renovation was J&M Brown’s restoration of 18 historic chandeliers dating back to the turn of the century.

Spectrum Integrated Technologies, the low voltage division of J&M Brown, provided both tel/data and security system installations.

The historic renovation project was provided without interruption to ongoing church services and day care center activities. Work commenced in April 2014 and was completed on a six-month schedule in October 2014.

The Old South Church, a National Historic Landmark building, was constructed in 1875.

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