Converse, Inc. World Headquarters

Project :Converse World Headquarters
Address :160 North Washington Street, Boston
Size :200,000 s/f
GC :Shawmut Design and Construction
Scope :The project at the Converse facility, a former Schrafft’s warehouse undergoing complete renovation, entails McDonald Electrical’s comprehensive installations for ten floors of office space and two mechanical floors. Additionally, the contractor is providing installations in Converse’s new, stand-alone, two-story, state-of-the-art recording studio overlooking the Charles River. MEC commenced work on the project in mid-September 2014 and is on track to meet the aggressive project schedule, as Converse will take occupancy in spring 2015.

MEC’s scope includes installation of a new electrical distribution system and branch circuitry at the 200,000 square-foot facility, as well as its uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and advanced Simplex fire alarm system. Project requirements also include installation of energy-efficient interior and exterior lighting and the state-of-the art Lutron lighting control system.
Challenges :McDonald Electrical is working in tandem with general contractor Shawmut Design and Construction and other skilled trades to address logistical challenges presented by the building’s open ceiling layout, as building information modeling (BIM) coordination is being consolidated with the actual installation schedule in order to meet the project schedule.