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Situation:

Located on 219 acres of Cape Cod shoreline, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) is the world’s largest private facility for ocean science and exploration. To deliver the highest standards in marine research & education, WHOI selected BOND to build two new 30,000 sf laboratory buildings and expand its Central Energy Plant (CEP).  The project included new underground utilities, parking and drive areas, pedestrian walkways and landscaping. The CEP was integral to the project, requiring teamwork and planning.  BOND built a new 2,200 sf addition to the CEP for new chillers and electrical switch gear while maintaining operations of existing equipment.

Challenges:

  • Compliance with the Cape Cod Commission, an expanded conservation commission with strict rules for preserving the unique Cape Cod environment
  • Project was located in a densely wooded environment
  • BOND had to build the addition to the CEP while maintaining operations of existing equipment

Solutions:

  • BOND performed a detailed plan and process to meet these standards. These included controlled light leakage, project emissions, water runoff and infiltration rates
  • BOND removed overhead power lines and replaced with a new underground electrical system
  • To minimize the threat of disruption, a detailed sequencing plan was developed involving cut-overs and shut-downs

Results:

  • The project required an aggressive 22 month schedule to complete and the BOND team achieved that milestone. BOND received the 2006 CMAA Private Project of the Year award, 2007 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence, and R&D Magazine’s 2007 Lab of the Year High Honors award