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.

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J&M Brown Completes Electrical Construction at One Seaport Square

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J & M Brown Company, based in Jamaica Plain, recently completed electrical construction of 5 Fan Pier Boulevard – Building C at One Seaport Square, the Seaport District’s newest and most vibrant new mixed-use project. Earlier in 2017, JMB completed core and shell electrical construction of Building B – The Benjamin, located at 25 Northern Ave. The two 22-story towers house 850 luxury apartments and over 300,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space, with three levels of below-ground parking.

J & M Brown’s crew of 50 Local 103 electricians at peak construction worked on both Seaport Square buildings. The electrical team provided the buildings’ primary and emergency power as well as their integrated fire alarm system. The NECA Boston Chapter contractor also installed lighting in the buildings’ lobbies, rooftop terraces, and exterior public realm areas.

Spectrum Integrated Technologies, the low-voltage division of J & M Brown, installed the buildings’ security system and provided the design-build A/V system with its crew of Local 103 technicians.

J & M Brown worked on a project team headed by Construction Manager/GC John Moriarty & Associates of Winchester, MA.  The project was designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, Boston, MA. Cosentini Associates, of Boston, provided electrical engineering services.

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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.