July 15, 2017

McDonald Electrical Completes Emerson College Dining Hall Renovation, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Teams with Architect: Elkus Manfredi, Boston, MA; GC: Lee Kennedy Co, Inc., Quincy, MA; EE: Vanderweil Engineers, Boston, MA

Boston, MA – McDonald Electrical Corp. (MEC), based in Hingham, Massachusetts, has completed the comprehensive renovation of Emerson College’s new two-floor dining hall, located at 120 Bolyston Street in Boston. The project scope included the installation of a new electrical distribution system in the building’s main electric room and wiring the facility’s mechanical equipment, located both in the basement and the building’s roof. MEC’s operations also entailed the elaborate wiring of kitchens and food prep areas, as well as the installation of general convenience power and lighting throughout these areas. Throughout the dining and lounge areas, McDonald installed extensive decorative lighting, comprised of linear fixtures in the architectural woodwork and LED radius fixtures overhead. State-of-the-art color and scene-changing fabric light panels were also installed in the student lounge areas. The Emerson dining facility is the first building in the City of Boston to have fabric lighting panels installed.

McDonald Electrical’s Project Manager Dave Potcner and Foreman Adam MacDougall supervised a field crew of 15 IBEW Local 103 electricians throughout the 10-month project, which was completed as scheduled, on June 30, 2017. The NECA contractor met significant project challenges, most of which centered around the coordination, installation, and integration of the elaborate decorative lighting and the new mechanical equipment in the existing building, which is over 100 years old.