Spectrum IT Completes Samuel Adams Brewery Headquarters’ Security Enhancements

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J&M Brown’s low-voltage division in progress with security project for Boston Beer Co.’s breweries and tap rooms nationwide

Boston, MA – Spectrum Integrated Technologies (IT), the low-voltage division of J&M Brown Company, Inc., is in the final stage of large-scale video security and card access system enhancements for the Samuel Adams/The Boston Beer Co. brewery and corporate headquarters, located at 17 – 25 Drydock Ave. in Boston.

Spectrum also has completed security installations at the new Sam Adams Brew Pub at 60 State Street in Boston.  Concurrently, the NECA Boston contractor is underway with security projects at the Boston Beer Co. breweries in Walden, NY, Cincinnati, OH, and Breinigsville, PA. The project will tie in all Samuel Adams breweries and tap rooms nationally – in Delaware, NY, PA, Florida, Ohio, and California.

The scope entails Spectrum IT’s design, engineering, configuration, installation and commissioning of all security systems, as well as integration back into the Sam Adams headquarters security system.  Local installations are handled by Spectrum IT; in projects outside of Massachusetts, the contractor teams with security subcontractor partners for system installation, and Spectrum oversees the project and commissions the systems.

In addressing COVID-19 safety protocol for the breweries, the project includes the integration of elevated body temperature scanning into all facilities’ security systems.

The project is headed by Sr. Project Manager Terry Kilduff; Boston project installations are being provided by Spectrum’s crew of IBEW Local 103 technicians. Lead technician, George Camia, is tasked with loading all software, programming, and testing all systems in Spectrum’s prefab shop. He also is working in tandem with Boston Beer’s IT department in building a web server that enables all regional managers from throughout the U.S. to log into the AMAG Symmetry system in order to view the card access and video transactions of their breweries, cidery, and tap rooms.

“We are proud to partner with Boston Beer in expanding their company’s state-of-the-art security systems. The project is a cooperative effort between Spectrum and the Sam Adams team, coupled with our vendor and subcontractor partners throughout the country,” said Kilduff.

The project commenced in November 2019 and is targeting completion in December 2020.



J&M Brown completes Phase One of Market Central in Cambridge, MA; Final phase on schedule for early 2020 completion

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Cambridge, MA – J&M Brown Company, Inc. (JMB), headquartered in Jamaica Plain, MA, has completed the ground-up electrical construction of the first phase, six-story, wood-framed residential building of the Market Central project (formerly Mass + Main), in the heart of Central Square, Cambridge. Market Central is a transit-oriented development comprised of three new buildings on Mass Ave. near the intersection of Main Street.

The NECA Boston contractor’s scope entails installation of primary and emergency power, electrical distribution, interior and exterior lighting and lighting control, and the fire alarm system for all three buildings.  

The first building includes 60 residential units with ground floor retail and residential entry on the first level. It connects to a rebuilt 4-story building (the Apollo Building), which also features ground floor retail and has residential units on the second and third floors.  Market Central’s owner, Watermark Central / Twining Properties took occupancy of the building in August. 

JMB is also nearing completion of the comprehensive core and shell electrical construction of the project’s second phase, a 19-story residential tower with two levels of below-grade parking, 18 residential levels with 225 residential units, and a mechanical penthouse. The first ten (10) floors of the tower will be completed in December with turnover at that time to the owner, Watermark Central/Twining Properties. The final phase of the Market Central residential tower is on schedule for completion in late January 2020 with opening anticipated in February.

JMB’s low-voltage division, Spectrum Integrated Technologies is providing tel/data, security and AV system installations for both buildings. 

The Market Square complex amenities and features include a clubhouse, fitness center and green roof. It is being built to LEED Gold sustainability standards.

J&M Brown project manager (PM) Michael Booker and foreman Wayne Lucas are heading the contractor’s electrical project team.  Spectrum IT’s project is being supervised by PM Randy Silva (tel/data); PM Terry Kilduff (security); and PM Mike Anderson (AV).  At peak construction in the two-plus year project, J&M Brown has managed a crew ranging upwards of 45 IBEW Local 103 electricians and technicians.


See article in New England Real Estate Journal, December 20, 2019

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.


J&M Brown Completes Putnam Investments Global Headquarters, 100 Federal Street, Boston, MA

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J&M Brown Company, Inc. 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 J&M Brown team was headed by 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

J&M Brown coordinated 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 Completes Boston Consulting Group Offices at 200 Pier 4 in Boston Seaport 

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J&M Brown Company, Inc. (JMB), based in Jamaica Plain, MA, recently completed the fast-track electrical fit-out of The Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) new 184,000 sq. ft. offices at the new 200 Pier 4 office building in Boston’s Seaport district.  The project comprised JMB’s installation of the electrical distribution system, fire alarm system, lighting and lighting control systems.  

NECA Boston Chapter contractor furnished and installed the extensive lighting package, which consisted of more than 1,300 fixtures. State-of-the-art Creston lighting controls are also installed throughout the 6 1/2 floors occupied by BCG. 

The fire alarm scope included integration/syncing of the system with the base building fire alarm system as well as installation of fire curtain protection in a 5-story internal stairwell.

The JMB project team supervised a field crew of 32 IBEW Local 103 electricians at peak construction in the aggressive nine-month project schedule. 

Boston Consulting Group is the anchor tenant, occupying floors 7 – 13 at the new 13-story 220 Pier 4 building. BCG moved 700 employees into the facility in June 2018. 

J&M Brown provided services on a project team headed by general contractor Turner Construction, of Boston, MA.


J&M Brown Completes Electrical, Tel/Data Fit-Up of Amazon’s Newest Boston Offices in Fort Point

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Boston, MA – J&M Brown Company (JMB) has completed the comprehensive electrical fit-out of Amazon’s newest Boston office at 253 Summer Street / 27 Melcher Street in Boston’s Fort Point.

The tech giant’s six-floor office space comprises 180,000 square-feet and currently houses more than 350 staffers from Amazon Web Services (AWS), tech support for human resources, and transportation technology team.  The offices can accommodate up to 900 employees.

JMB’s scope including installation of the facility’s 120kW UPS back-up power system, fire alarm system, lighting and daylight harvesting lighting control. In addition to its open office layout, the Amazon office features several kitchen/break-out rooms, a number of special privacy phone rooms, and a library area.

Spectrum Integrated Technologies (Spectrum IT), J&M Brown’s technology division, provided the tel/data installation and sound masking requirements for the Amazon office.

The project was completed on a fast-track, 6-month schedule, during which J&M Brown and Spectrum IT managed a combined field crew of 70 IBEW Local 103 electricians and technicians. In meeting Amazon’s aggressive schedule requirements, the JMB crew worked approximately 37,000 man-hours.  Dennis Nigro, Vice President of JMB’s Special Projects Division and Supervisor John Mallet headed JMB’s project operations.

J&M Brown was on a project team headed by general contractor, Columbia Construction.  IA Interior Architects of Boston served as the project architect.

Amazon has plans to open a 430,000 square-foot office in WS Development’s Seaport Square in 2021.


J&M Brown Completes Restoration of Emerson Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA

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In June 2018, J&M Brown Company (JMB) completed the comprehensive electrical restoration and renovation of the historic Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston. The project required elaborate electrical and lighting renovations.

The Emerson Colonial now features an upgraded electrical distribution system. Prior to the installations associated with the distribution system, JMB provided a comprehensive survey of the theatre’s existing distribution system.  The scope in this project phase included providing installations of the new distribution system for power, lighting as well as A/V equipment, while leaving the existing distribution system in place.

The NECA Boston Chapter contractor’s scope included comprehensive relighting of the entire theatre, including the relamping all house fixtures, new aisle/egress lighting fixtures, and new backstage lighting. Dimming controls were added to existing lighting fixtures. JMB also furnished and installed customized floor boxes for dedicated power feeds to removable theater seats which provide power to seat lights. The lighting project also encompassed providing power to theatrical lighting controls.

Project Manager Patrick O’Neil commented on the unique challenges met by J&M Brown in the restoration of the historic building: “One of the most critical aspects of the project was the care that was required in our electrical work, so as to not damage the theatre’s antique interior facades, which features highly detailed custom plaster scrolling. All walls had been painted and authentic murals restored and the theatre features highly decorative original woodwork with historic original lighting fixtures that required significant repair as well as the installation of new circuitry.”

“Historic candeliers in the ceiling above the theatrical seating area were lowered on hoists for relamping and rewiring with great care, and 58 ring-lights surrounding the chandeliers in the ceiling were also rewired and relamped,” O’Neil said.

The historic restoration also entailed unstallation of new life safety lighting and related life safety equipment, which was carefully integrated into the overall layout of the spaces to have minimal impact on theatrical operations. It is to be noted that J&M Brown had upgraded the Colonial Theatre’s fire alarm system five years earlier.

Updating the Emerson Colonial Theatre’s A/V systems were also integral to the project. A new speaker system was installed by JMB with raceways and wiring running to the stage, backstage, back-of-house as well as front-of-house areas and back to multiple A/V network rack locations.

Another highlight of the project is the Emerson Colonial’s brand new theatre marquee. JMB installed all new power circuitry was installed for LCD screens on the marquee and GSMAT “Smart Glass” exterior display screen above the marquee. The Jamaica Plain-based contractor also furnished and installed multiple fixture types in the marquee projecting light above and below the theater entrance and custom-made exit signs.

Project Manager O’Neil and Assistant Project Manager Nelson Barrantes headed the JMB project team with installations provided by its skilled IBEW Local 103 field crew.

J&M Brown worked in close collaboration with Elkus Manfredi Architects, general contractor, Consigli Contracting, and owner Ambassador Theatre Group in meeting the project timeline. The NECA contractor started the project’s detailed planning phase in August 2017. Electrical renovations on the 8-month project began in November and the project was completed in June 2018. Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) proudly reopened newly refurbished Emerson Colonial Theatre, with the first performance of the world premiere pre-Broadway engagement of Moulin Rouge! The Musical on June 27, 2018. The show enjoyed an extended six-week run that ended on August 19.

ATG, the world’s number one live-theater company, has entered into a long-term lease agreement with Emerson College to operate the landmark venue, including investing several million dollars in much-needed capital improvements to the historic theater, and renewing the tradition of the Emerson Colonial Theatre as the birthplace of new Broadway musicals.