McDonald Electrical Completes $11M Electrical Construction of State Street Corp. Channel Center Building and Channel Center Garage Project

NECA member teams with CM: Suffolk Construction, Boston, MA; Architect ADD Inc., Boston, MA; EE: C3 Engineering, Boston, MA; Owner: Commonwealth Ventures LLC


Boston, MA – In Boston’s Innovation District, McDonald Electrical Corp., of Hingham, MA, has completed electrical construction of the new, 12-story State Street Corp. office building at 1 Iron Street in the Channel Center. The comprehensive scope included the 525,000 square-foot facility’s core and shell electrical distribution and power installations, as well as the fire alarm, interior and exterior lighting and lighting control systems. McDonald also provided the conduit infrastructure for the building’s tel/data and security systems.

Power to the Channel Center’s most contemporary building is provided via McDonald Electrical’s installation of three (3) 4000A NSTAR electrical transformers and paralleling switchgear. Power installations also include two (2) 2000 Amp bus duct risers that accommodate tenant-fit out, a 3000 Amp bus duct feeder to the facility’s mechanical switchboard, and integration of power for all mechanical equipment. Two redundant 2MW generators back-feed to the switchgear to provide emergency power in the event of loss of power.

The NECA contractor’s scope also included all power, electrical distribution, lighting, security, and fire alarm installations for the new 10-story, 350,000 square-foot Channel Center Garage, a 970-car facility. In addition, the project included power and lighting installations for two adjacent Channel Center parks and associated roadways.

Along the street and sidewalk areas surrounding the State Street building, Channel Center Garage and the parks, McDonald installed energy-efficient LED streetlights, making this one of Boston’s first areas to utilize LED street lighting.

Project Manager Dave Potcner and Foreman Pat Evans managed McDonald Electrical’s skilled electrical and tel/data field crew, comprised of 25 IBEW electricians and technicians at peak construction. McDonald worked in tandem with the project’s construction manager, Suffolk Construction of Boston. The Channel Center project was completed within an 18-month schedule and State Street Bank took occupancy of the facility in May 2014.

The Channel Center facility, designed by architectural firm, Add Inc, of Boston, has numerous sustainable features and is built to achieve LEED Silver certification.