McDonald Electrical Completes Electrical Construction of The Harlo,1350 Boylston Street in Boston’s Fenway
Architect: Stantec, Boston, MA; EE: Cosentini, Boston, MA; GC: Skanska Construction, Boston, MA; Owner: Skanska USA Development, Boston, MA
McDonald Electrical Corp. (MEC), based in Hingham, MA, has completed electrical construction of The Harlo, a new luxury 17-story residential tower located in the heart of The Fenway neighborhood at 1350 Boylston Street. The 183,000 square-foot building houses 212 boutique-style apartments, two levels of below-grade parking, amenity space, and 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
The Harlo also features a rooftop sky terrace with sweeping views of Fenway Park, the Back Bay and downtown Boston; a 5th floor outdoor terrace with cabanas and grilling stations; a state-of-the-art fitness center, which opens to an outdoor yoga terrace; and common area WiFi.
The comprehensive, ground-up electrical project scope included McDonald’s installation of the building’s primary and emergency power, electrical distribution, the high-rise fire alarm system with a bi-directional antenna and smoke control, and lighting and lighting control systems.
The NECA Boston contractor provided design-assist, value-engineering services on the project, which entailed the redesign of the building’s electrical distribution system. The Harlo’s power and electrical distribution is provided via MEC’s installation of a 4000 amp main switchgear with various feeders, including a 4000 amp bus duct which feeds the residential meters on each floor. The contractor installed a 600kW life safety generator on the roof of the facility.
Interior lighting is comprised primarily of energy-efficient LED lighting fixtures. Lighting relay panels control interior lighting, and a Lutron dimming system controls lighting in amenity spaces. MEC also installed City of Boston street lighting around the building.
MEC Systems, the low-voltage division of McDonald Electrical, provided The Harlo’s security and tel-data system installations. Security cameras and card access control are installed throughout the building, along with door entry security. Tel-data installations performed by MEC Systems included wiring for phone, data, and cable TV in all apartment units, as well as in common areas, amenity spaces, and the buidling’s fitness room.
McDonald Electrical’s project team, headed by Project Manager Dave Potcner, General Foreman Jim Hutchins, and Foreman Paul Tracey, managed the contractor’s field crew of 40 IBEW Local 103 electricians and technicians in the nearly two-year project. MEC Systems Division Manager Phil Reardon, General Foreman Dan Freeman, and Foreman Chris Collett headed the tel/data and security project team. McDonald Electrical commenced work in October 2015 and the project was completed by the end of September 2017, as scheduled. Project owner, Skanska USA opened The Harlo to residents in late October 2017. The building is targeting LEED Gold certification.