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Merging the building industry’s latest technology with one of the most famous stories in American history, Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. recently completed construction of the new $27 million Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum...
SUFFOLK CONSTRUCTION "REBUILDS HISTORY" BY CONSTRUCTING NEW BOSTON TEA PARTY SHIPS & MUSEUM
Construction management firm links history with the future by building museum using state-of-the-art virtual models and BIM technologies
BOSTON, MA, August 6, 2012 – Merging the building industry’s latest technology with one of the most famous stories in American history, Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. recently completed construction of the new $27 million Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum in time for its grand opening ceremony.
Suffolk leveraged its “build smart” approach and state-of-the-art technologies to meet numerous challenges on this 18,700 square-foot project. One of the most significant challenges was finding a way to house the extensive mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems in the unusually tight confines of the museum’s attic space. To address this challenge, Suffolk implemented virtual models and Building Information Modeling (BIM) early in the planning process to re-work the layout of the MEP systems to ensure they would fit in the allotted space. This innovative solution allowed the team to prefabricate much of the MEP components off site, allowing for a more efficient installation on this very tight building site.
The two-story Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, designed by Margulies Perruzzi Architects, sits on a floating barge with a Tavern/Tea Room on the top floor. The barge is surrounded by two historic replica ships, with a third ship expected to be added in 2014. The adjacent pier building contains a retail store, meeting rooms and offices.
The new museum will take visitors back to the historic time of 1773 – 1775, when patriots dumped 342 tea crates into Boston Harbor, protesting Great Britain’s tea tax on the American Colonies.
“Suffolk Construction is extremely honored to have built such a prominent and historically significant project in the City of Boston,” says Mark DiNapoli, President and General Manager of Suffolk Construction’s Northeast Region.
Through the use of the virtual models made available by 21st century technology, Suffolk Construction was able to bring alive a part of American history.
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