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Mike Weber speaks with The Boston Business Journal on the rise of Office-To-Lab Conversions

Recently, Mike Weber spoke with Catherine Carlock of the Boston Business Journal regarding the rise in Office-To-Lab Conversions within the Boston/Cambridge Construction Market. This cover story also featured Steve Lynch of King Street Properties and Bob Coughlin of JLL Boston.

Due to increased life science tenant demand, many building owners are making the jump to lab space in submarkets that were not historically known as lab hotspots – including Kenmore Square, Fort Point, Allston, and Watertown.

Additionally, an office-to-lab conversion requires significant planning, budget considerations, and a review of building infrastructures to be sure that a conversation is feasible.

From the article:

“Labs require redundant power sources, sophisticated HVAC and mechanical systems and higher floor-to-floor ceiling heights than a standard offices, which can make it difficult to convert an older building,” said Mike Weber, a principal at Gaston Electrical in Norwood. It’s also common for biotech tenants to rapidly grow in their physical space needs once they have a commercial product, or receive FDA approval for their work. 

“We’ve done a job for a customer in a 10,000-square-foot lab area, and two years later, we’re doing 200,000 square feet,” Weber said. 

Boston Business Journal / October 1, 2021

To read the entire article. please click here. And to learn more about our recent Life Sciences Projects, visit our portfolio page here.

Boston Low Voltage
Around The Office, Electrical Industry News

Gaston Adds Scott Hall As Low Voltage Division Manager

We’re excited to announce that Scott Hall has joined the team as Low Voltage Division Manager. Scott will be reporting directly to Mike Weber, Gaston Principal as the company continues to expand services across the Greater Boston region. 

In his new role, Scott will develop and lead growth strategies for the Low Voltage Division – fostering new industry relationships and partnerships, while ensuring the success of existing accounts and clients. His addition to the team represents the ongoing growth and depth within Gaston’s Senior Leadership Team, and goal to become the preferred electrical and low voltage service provider in the region.

“Technology is playing an ever-increasing role in today’s built environment. From tenant connectivity requirements to building security, and the internet of things – buildings are smarter than ever before,” commented Mike Weber. “As we expand and strengthen our services, we’re assembling the most-talented professionals in the market who operate at the leading-edge of their respective disciplines. Scott has just the right mix of industry and product knowledge, management background, and proven sales success to deliver tailored solutions for our clients and end-users.”

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Boston Low Voltage

Hall brings over 15 years of professional experience to his role, having worked for top telecommunication and distribution companies during his career. Most recently, he led a regional sales team, where he developed Master Sales Agreements with large end-user clients in the healthcare, broadcasting, and high-tech sectors.

“Having come from the distribution side of the telecommunication business, I’m excited to bring my industry knowledge and relationship network to complement and grow Gaston’s busy Low Voltage Division,” said Hall. “I look forward to working with my talented Team members as we expand Gaston’s footprint in the Greater Boston market.”    

Construction Podcast
Continuous Improvement, Electrical Industry News

NECA “Innovation Overload” Podcast / Bill Weber Discusses Construction Innovation, Company Culture, and Continuous Improvement at Gaston Electrical

Recently, Gaston Principal Bill Weber joined NECA “Innovation Overload” Podcast hosts Amanda Harbison and Tauhira Ali for a discussion coving topics such as construction innovation, best practices for coordination, the importance of peer groups, and building company culture within the Electrical Industry.

Listen to the full podcast by clicking here.

You can find previous installments of NECA podcasts here.

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Boston Electrician
Boston Electrical Contractor
Continuous Improvement, Electrical Industry News

Mike Weber chats with Joe Kelly of the Mass Construction Show Podcast covering Construction Marketing, Prefabrication, Efficiency, and Continuous Improvement

Recently, Gaston Principal Mike Weber sat down with Joe Kelly of the Mass Construction Show Podcast to talk about Construction Marketing, Prefabrication, Efficiency, and Continuous Improvement (among other topics). In this return visit, Mike and Joe take a deep dive into construction trends, leading/emerging technologies, LEAN construction, and the importance of relationship-building in the construction industry.

Check out the full podcast video here:

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Boston Electrical Contractor
Around The Office, Project Updates

Completion Of Expansion Adds Exciting New Office And Meeting Space

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Safety

Journeyman John “Coco” Cocorochio Named Safe Employee Of The Month As Part Of The Gaston Safety Recognition Program

We’re excited to announce that John “Coco” Cocorochio was recently named Safe Employee of the Month as part of the Gaston Safety Recognition Program.

Coco was recognized for his commitment to safe work practices on the jobsite – and rewarded with a $150 Visa Gift Card.

Safety Director Rick Coakley was on hand at one of our ongoing tenant fitup projects in Boston’s Financial District to present Coco with his prize – photo below.

To learn more about Gaston’s Commitment to Safety, please visit the Safety page of our website by clicking here.

Boston Electrician
Events, Project Updates, Uncategorized

BU Myles Standish Hall Renovation Project Receives 2020 Boston Preservation Alliance Award

In Mid-October, the Boston University Myles Standish Hall Renovation Project was recognized by the Boston Preservation Alliance with a 2020 Preservation Achievement Award.

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.

To learn more about the Myles Standish Hall project, please visit the Boston Preservation Alliance page by clicking here.

Below are some photos of the Project and Team throughout the renovation process.

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Nina Radzim and Gaston Team Members Participate In STEM Webinar For Blackstone Valley Educational Foundation

On October 8th, Team Members from Gaston Electrical joined Consigli Construction to participate in the Blackstone Valley Educational Foundation STEM Webinar Series.

The series was developed to introduce middle school students to the many exciting career paths and opportunities that exist in STEM fields – including construction.

HR Director Nina Radzim spearheaded Gaston’s involvement and coordinated an overview of the subcontractor role which included Estimator Selene Burke, BIM Manager David Fiorini, and Prefabrication Shop Manager DJ Murray.

Each Team Member took time to explain their respective roles within the company, their responsibilities relating to projects, and their backgrounds. Students then asked questions via the webinar chat function. Of particular interest was the use of BIM in construction coordination, and the important role of women and minorities in the industry.

To learn more about the Blackstone Valley Educational Foundation, please visit https://bveducationfoundation.org/

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Electrical Industry News, Events, Uncategorized

Bill Weber Jr. Speaks At NECA National Convention On The Subject Of Offsite Construction

Recently, Bill Weber, Jr. joined Lonnie Cumpton of NECA National and Tauhira Ali of Milwaukee Tool to discuss offsite prefabrication, pre-planning, and the push for greater efficiency in construction during the “Innovation Studio” podcast.

During the discussion, Bill talked about the history of prefabrication at Gaston Electrical, the hard work to build the division, and the benefits seen on the jobsite today. He also offered advice and best practices for other electrical contractors who may be in the process of establishing their own prefabrication division.

To learn more about Gaston’s Prefabrication Division, you can visit our website by clicking here.

Electrical Industry News

John Buckley Shares Insight On Building Systems And Improvements In The Wake Of Covid-19

Recently, John “Buck” Buckley , Gaston Service Division Manager, spoke with Boston Business Journal Real Estate Editor Catherine Carlock about the steps that building owners and managers are taking to make facilities safer, more attractive to tenants, and ready for increased energy requirements. Topics included the importance of ample lab space in the Boston and Cambridge markets as well as the financial hurdles involved with office to lab conversions.

The article also includes valuable insight on air quality and cleaning processes within buildings from industry leading companies such as Skanska, ABM Industries, Aircuity, HqO, and Analogue Studio.

Below is an excerpt from the story featuring Buck’s discussion. The full BBJ / Catherine Carlock article can be read by clicking here.

HIGHER ENERGY USE

Some hospitals and health-care facilities are already planning to improve their facilities systems in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, said John Buckley, service division manager with Norwood-based electrical contractor Gaston Electrical Co. Inc. Whether that extends to the commercial office side remains to be seen.

Converting an office building into something that can handle life-science type systems is neither easy nor cheap, Buckley said. The facilities would go from basic infrastructure — cooling, heating, hot water, and data for computers — to running continual power, installing emergency generators so the power never goes out, and upgrading ventilation and exhaust systems.

“It’s mammoth, on the mechanical side, when you got to a life-science type operation as opposed to an office building,” Buckley said. “It’s a lot of design, and it’s expensive.”

Some area landlords have converted a floor or two to life-science standards, versus an entire building, which Buckley said there could be more of in the future.