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October 1, 2017

McDonald Electrical Completes Harvard Kennedy School of Government Campus Transformation Project in Cambridge

Cambridge, MA – McDonald Electrical Corp., based in Hingham, MA, has recently completed comprehensive electrical construction services for the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) of Government Campus Transformation Project. The 91,000 square-foot expansion project is comprised of classrooms, dining, office and collaboration space within three new structures which connect to four existing HKS buildings. The project included the infill construction at the perimeter of the campus and connection to the existing school.

The electrical scope for entailed the installation of primary power, emergency power, lighting and lighting control, as well as the complete fire alarm system upgrade in the existing facility and its integration into the expansion buildings’ new fire alarm system.

Primary power to the facility is provided by the contractor’s installation of a 13,800V substation, and emergency power is provided by a 400kW generator located on the facility’s roof. Installation of the building’s elaborate LED lighting package and state-of-the-art lighting control system provides the expanded Harvard Kennedy School with optimal, energy efficient lighting control, which includes such features as daylight sensing and scene settings.

Among the chief challenges met by the Local 103 team were the project’s complex, high-end finishings, which required critical attention to detail while phasing one building to another with multiple break-through points into the existing school. Work on the complete fire alarm upgrade for the existing school was provided while the educational facility was occupied.

McDonald’s Project Manager Bill Pero and General Foreman Mike Norton managed a Local 103 crew of 25 electricians at peak construction in the two-and-a-half year project, which commenced in April 2015 and was completed in September 2017.

The Local 103 and NECA contractor worked on a project team that included Robert A.M. Sterns Architects, general contractor, Lee Kennedy Company, and engineering firm Vanderweil Engineers.

The Harvard Kennedy School Campus Transformation project is LEED Gold targeted.