(Boston, MA) – BOND, a leading 107-year-old construction management firm, is currently providing construction services for Boston’s College’s nearly 245,000 square-foot residence hall at 2150 Commonwealth Avenue. The project will allow for an additional 490 student beds in a mix of apartment-style suites for BC students.
Located on the site of the former St. Thomas More Hall, the project required the demolition of this building.
Boston College stakeholders looked to hire a firm with expertise in Lean construction methodologies. The BOND team successfully completed a 305-bed residence hall at Wentworth Institute of Technology utilizing Lean principals of pull planning and small batch execution. These strategies proved to be successful in optimizing project value by fast-tracking a challenging schedule and mitigating multiple project risks associated with a tight, urban site. Similar Lean techniques will be applied to the 2150 Commonwealth Avenue project to minimize waste and maximize efficiency.
Hired by Boston College as the project’s design neared the completion of construction documents, BOND’s preconstruction team immediately became involved in a series of budgeting, constructability, and value analysis. The team also developed a procurement plan under a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) format that allowed for demolition with abatement in early spring 2014, while ensuring overall budget adherence.
The residence hall is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification and will be completed in June 2016, in time for the 2016 academic year.
“We are excited to be building the next residential experience at Boston College,” said Robert Murray, BOND President. “Our understanding and work with Lean construction will produce a quality structure that better complements a 21st century academic model.”
Since 1907, BOND has managed some of New England’s most complex construction projects. BOND operates as a construction manager for academic and healthcare clients and a self-performing general contractor for the power and energy industry. BOND is well-known for delivering reliable, safe, and high-quality work. The Building Division has recently completed high-profile projects such as Harvard Business School’s Tata Hall, Boston University’s Center for Student Services, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham’s Cancer Center, and MIT’s famed Media Lab. The Civil & Utility Division has successfully completed the Hoosac Wind Project for Iberdrola Renewables, the West Roxbury-Newton Cooling Line for Northeast Utilities, and the Needham Regulator Station for Spectra Energy.