Griffin Electric Wires FSU Science & Academic Facilities Upgrade
HOLLISTON, MA The Hemenway Hall and Annex upgrade project at Framingham State University (FSU) has been recently completed, with Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. (Griffin Electric) providing the on-site electrical installation work.
This 58,000-square-foot infrastructure upgrade, along with a six level addition, has produced the largest academic building on FSU's campus. The new Hemenway Laboratories are connected to the existing structure by a four-story atrium, and provides 16 new teaching laboratories, in addition to research space for the 50-year-old facility, which hosts the institution's Family and Consumer Sciences program.
Anticipating a LEED Silver designation, recycled and locally extracted materials were used throughout the construction, in addition to low-Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) building products and low-mercury fluorescent lighting. Storm water collection and the extensive utilization of natural daylight assisted in the promotion of renewable, clean energy at the facility.
Griffin Electric was responsible for removing the existing 1000 amp service within Hemenway Hall and replacing it with 1000 amp emergency power and 1200 amp normal service, within new and existing panels located throughout the facility. Renovating the site lighting and fire alarm system within the existing structure, as well as providing new lighting and power to the six level addition was performed in phases, as the building remained occupied during construction.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) authorized and oversaw the services of Barr & Barr, Inc., of Framingham, Massachusetts, who served as the project's construction manager, Ellenzweig Architects, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the project's designer of record, and BR+A, of Watertown, Massachusetts, the project's electrical engineer.