Novartis, Code Compliance and Structural/MEP Upgrades

  • Project Type:Lab and office renovation and restructure
  • Owner:Novartis
  • Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Architect:King Stubbins
  • Engineer:BR+A
  • Project Dates:Fall 2013 – Summer 2014

This complex three-part project involved the redefinition and upgrading of fire-rated Atrium Boundary walls, doors, and sprinklers. The project, which took place in a six-story occupied building, began with a full review and repair of the entire existing defined “fire rated” atrium boundary and control zone. This process required DCBA’s team to repair, patch, top off walls, and label/stencil all existing fire-rated walls and assemblies. After confirming that the existing boundary was up to code, the construction team established a new boundary and control zone, a process that included replacing glass atrium doors with TGP doors and adding new frames and glass. New walls and glass lites were also constructed or brought up to code. Finally, the one sprinkler system for the fifth and sixth floors was split into two independent systems. Operating in an occupied space, performing off-hours work, and maintaining fire ratings and security requirements were DCBA’s greatest challenges for this project.