- General Contractor: Lee Kennedy
- Architect: Aasaki Associates
- Foreman: Steve Sousa
The 77A Street project in Needham, MA involves the demolition of the previous 300,000 sq f General Dynamics building into office space, a new café and a ftness center for the tenants.
Shark Ninja is utilizing 225,000 of the 300,000 sq ft as their new United States headquarters. Shark is consolidating three offices spread out across Massachusetts into one central location to house engineering, research and development and US based office staff. The space will include area kitchens, where Shark Ninja will test a majority of their new devices.
The dated building came with a unique set of challenges which required extensive steel work to ensure strict weight-bearing standards for new skylights and snow load. Since the building could not withstand the massive amount of conduits that needed to be installed in the ceiling, what was originally intended to be a complete overhead electrical distribution system needed to be diverted underground.
While in the process of getting the electrical re-routed, crews discovered an underground tunnel that traveled the entire length of the building. Our foreman, Steve Sousa utilized the abandoned underground space to house the new electrical conduit racks. This saved our client a vast amount of time and labor.
Florence Electric supplied substantial manpower working on the interior of the building and also provided large scale exterior site work. This consisted of piping for a new medium voltage loop that runs the entire length of the campus, feeding not only 77A Street and Shark Ninja, but also future parking garages, hotels and other facilities. The project included the installation of new lighting complete with bollards and modern light poles, and state-of-the-art lighting controls. The project is tracking towards completion in early summer.