New Year – New Space. The Gaston home office at 85 Morse Street in Norwood has always been a dynamic and bustling space. Those who have visited in the past will remember that the front area has been occupied by all of our support teams, while the rear of the building was home to our Warehouse and busy Prefabrication Shop.
This past year, Warehouse and Prefab Teams made an exciting move into approximately 15,000 square feet of new (larger and more functional) space just across the road – leaving awesome possibilities for the vacated space.
Fortunately, years of hard work have led to growth in Gaston’s capabilities, field manpower, and office employee headcount. To support this continued growth, a plan was made to transform the vacant space into new offices and conference rooms that would blend seamlessly with the existing space in front.
New office spaces for Project Managers, Operations, and Project Coordination were designed along with three new conference rooms – including Gillette Stadium, Conte Forum, and Alumni Stadium.
While all companies were adjusting to the new reality of Covid-19, planning continued to move forward and take shape. Construction progressed smoothly and safely throughout the process – with team members moving into their new spaces during the holidays.
Construction progress shots are placed throughout this post – with the final photo below showing our newly-installed graphics on the glass of the Alumni Stadium Conference Room – featuring our Core Purpose and Core Values.
We look forward to a time in the future when all of our friends and clients can stop in for an in-person visit. Until then, be safe – and Happy New Year!
In this 14-month, multi-phase renovation, Gaston Team members including Jake G., Ron P., Mike R., Adam S. and Crew worked alongside General Contractor Shawmut Design & Construction (and other project partners) to provide a complete overhaul of this iconic Kenmore Square Building.
“Continuous Improvement” is one of our four core values at Gaston Electrical. More than just words, we try to put them into practice daily. This particular core value takes special attention and effort however – as it requires all of us to think outside the box, question the way we (as a company and industry) have always done things, then develop innovative solutions to meet our goals.
Creative problem solving won’t be found as a daily responsibility in most electrical job postings, but in today’s competitive construction market, it is essential. Our electricians, project managers, and prefabrication team members are continually solving problems and developing innovative solutions.
They are highly-skilled at identifying opportunities for greater efficiency and increased safety, then putting plans into practice – all the while coordinating, adapting, and communicating across multiple departments (and with our clients) to ensure success.
Once such example is the successful collaboration between Project Manager Adam Stanieich , General Foreman Jim Ferris, Project Superintendent Mike Martinelli, and the Prefabrication Department Manager DJ Murray at our One Chestnut Place residential tower project in Quincy, MA.
For this 140-room, 18 story apartment tower project, the team worked together to identify prefabrication opportunities at the outset – resulting in the creation of prefabricated load centers which could be assembled in our 15,000 SF shop and delivered to the jobsite, and wheeled into place per our schedule.
Please click here to view the video of this successful load center installation process and learn more about our prefabrication services.
On June 10th, The Boston Preservation Alliance announced the winning projects for their 2020 Achievement Awards. This list of winners includes some amazing renovation/rehabilitation projects including The Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Graves Lighthouse, The Revolution Hotel, and our project with Shawmut Construction – Boston University Myles Standish Hall.
The Myles Standish Hall Project was a 14-month renovation/rehabilitation of the well-known Kenmore Square landmark building. The Gaston Team provided full electrical services upgrades for the building systems, common areas, and student units as well as a new electrical service, all new lighting, fire alarm and power throughout.
Below is the project and award description from The Boston Preservatiuon Alliance website. Click here to visit the site directly.
Myles Standish Hall, formerly the Myles Standish Hotel, stands on the corner of Beacon Street and Baystate Road in the Kenmore neighborhood. Designed by Arthur Bowditch, the architect behind Paramount Theater (2010 Alliance Preservation Achievement Award winner) and constructed in 1925, it housed VIPs such as Babe Ruth and the Yankees. It hosted everything from grand social events like society weddings and balls to two basement level speakeasies during Prohibition. To house an influx of soldiers entering college under the G.I. Bill after WWII, Boston University purchased and transformed the hotel into the Myles Standish Hall dormitory, where a wide variety of notables graced its halls from Howard Stern to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Over time the exterior of the building began to deteriorate due to the dampness of the alcoves of the E-shaped floor plan. Significant water infiltration led the University to undertake a major renovation of the 90-year-old building. As much as 65% of the exterior masonry required careful replacement with matching materials and an entire exterior wall required re-building; repointing and cleaning the masonry not replaced was required as well. Extensive granite repair, cast stone replacement, and rebuilding of the facades at the first and second-floor walls were required to restore the storefronts which had been removed in 1949. Most of these materials were re-used in the construction process, and the entire building was made more energy efficient. The main entrance on Beacon Street and secondary entrance on Bay State Road were re-constructed to reflect the original entrance design, complete with a canopy. The interior of the building was also updated to create a contemporary and accessible space for students. The surrounding intersection and sidewalks were upgraded to create a safer area for pedestrians. Bike paths and a park plaza were added to create outdoor space for residents and neighbors to enjoy the historic surroundings.
“The fact that Boston University took on this restoration project rather than argue for replacement, particularly within a neighborhood undergoing dramatic change and loss of historic fabric, makes an important statement about the importance of preservation and about sustainability,” says Greg Galer, Executive Director of the Boston Preservation Alliance. “Older buildings such as Myles Standish Hall are ripe for transformation, retaining the history that happened within their walls and holding firm to the historic context of the surrounding neighborhood while meeting the university’s needs.”
Recently, The Gaston Electrical Team was selected by John Moriarty and Associates to lead electrical, structured cabling, and security work for the core & shell portion of Parcel EF at Cambridge Crossing. Parcel EF, when complete, will rise to 9 floors and feature 504,000 SF of space – including 6,000 SF of retail at the ground level.
This large-scale assignment is located adjacent to our current project at Parcel JK – as 430,000 SF, 9 story building which will be the new North American Headquarters of Philips. Gaston is overseeing the core and shell electrical along with the fit-up for Philips – both JMA assignments.
Additionally, work is underway at Parcel W better known as “The Shed“. This 18,000 SF building is situated on the opposite side of Parcel JK along the parkland/greenspace along the center of the development. Gaston Team members are also busy at this location as part of the Shawmut Team.
Gaston Electrical employee “Summer Open House” recap – At Gaston Electrical, our Team means everything to us – and taking time to celebrate another successful year as a group is always a highlight of the year – not to mention a great way to kick off the Summer Season. In years past, we have hosted the Summer Open House at our Norwood Headquarters. This year, we decided to change things up and host the event inside one of our recently-completed project sites. So on Thursday, June 27th, the entire Gaston team gathered at the new Night Shift Brewery at Lovejoy Wharf in Boston’s North Station area.
The afternoon included craft beer, raffle prizes, t-shirts, great food, and a chance for our office and field teams to chat and have a few laughs. Bill and Mike Weber took a few moments to welcome everyone and to thank them for their hard work. Needless to say, a great time was had by all.
We’re proud to have played a small role in their growth – and would like to spotlight Eli Smith – Project Manager, Andy Guinane – Project Foreman, and the rest of the Gaston Team who helped make this project a success.
Next time you are in the North Station area, be sure to stop in for a pint or two. Maybe we’ll even see you at next year’s Gaston Electrical Employee Summer Open House!
Recently, The Gaston Electrical Team was selected by Cafco Construction to oversee Electrical Construction services for the massive new Davio’s Restaurant at 50 Liberty / Fan Pier in Boston’s booming Seaport. This high-profile project comes on the heels to two other successful projects with Cafco over the past year. Trillium Brewery in Fort Point was an instant destination location and the newly-opened Night Shift Brewery at Lovejoy Wharf is sure to create a buzz with its North Station waterfront location.
EaterBoston.com shared an exciting overview of the new location – with details on the size, menu, and ownership. Read the full story here.
Davio’s Boston Seaport adds to a flurry of other construction activity in Boston’s Seaport with previous project work including Wework on Sleeper Street, Envoy Hotel Roofdeck along Fort Point Channel, and Aptiv at 100 Northern Ave.
Gaston teams have also been busy on the eastern end of the Seaport at The Innovation and Design Building (with projects for Ginkgo Bioworks and Continuum), and on the new Boston Sword & Tuna facility.
Recently, ENR New England named Harvard’s Pagliuca Life Lab to its list of 2017 Best Projects in the Higher Education category. The Gaston Electrical Team worked closely with General Contractor Shawmut Design and Construction and other project team members (including Shepley Bulfinch, Reed Hilderbrand, R.G. Vanderwell Engineers, NRB Modular, and Triumph Modular) on this innovative project. Access the full article here.
On June 21, 2017, Gaston Electrical attended a groundbreaking ceremony for Wentworth Institute of Technology’s new academic building for engineering, innovation, and the sciences. The event was co-hosted by Wentworth and general contractor Gilbane. Once completed, the 75,000 SF facility will represent the first academic construction for the campus in 45 years.
We were pleased to see our great WeWork news featured on High Profile Monthly – the region’s premier facilities development news source. Click here for the full story. You can also visit our projects page here to learn more about this exciting project.
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Since 1934, Gaston Electrical has provided expert electrical and low voltage contracting services to the commercial, institutional, life-sciences, hospitality, and retail markets in New England.