Code Red Consultants

Cambridge Crossing Parcels G & H

Parcels G and H are the next buildings to come online in the 4.5M SF mixed-use Cambridge Crossing neighborhood, currently in development by DivcoWest. Serving as the new American research headquarters for a major biotech company, the parcels comprise a 10-story office high-rise (Building H) and a 12-story, state-of-the-art science and technology building (Building G). The projects entailed coordination between both Boston and Cambridge AHJ’s, as both buildings straddled city lines.

On the design side, Code Red Consultants worked with Perkins & Will as the Code Consultant for Building G. Key design features included control area strategy planning and a large exterior terrace. On the construction side, we worked with John Moriarty & Associates (JMA) for Construction Services at Building G, and Consigli for Construction Services at Building H. Code Red Consultants was responsible for conducting design and shop drawing level documentation reviews across multiple disciplines, development of Test Plans for building smoke control and integrated fire and life safety systems, conducting field inspections during construction, and verifying performance of the integrated systems at the completion of construction. A variety of core-shell fire and life safety systems were integrated with the building fire alarm system which required verification of proper control and/or monitoring. Code Red Consultants also performed Third-party Firestopping Special Inspections and prepared NFPA 241, Construction Fire Safety Plans. Code Red Consultants worked in conjunction with the general contractors to coordinate across multiple trades to ensure successful testing with the City of Cambridge Building and Fire Departments as well as City of Boston Building and Fire Departments for delivery of the core/shell spaces to the Owner.

Location

Cambridge, Mass.

Size

1.1 million SF

Completion

2022

Cambridge Crossing Parcels G & H

Parcels G and H are the next buildings to come online in the 4.5M SF mixed-use Cambridge Crossing neighborhood, currently in development by DivcoWest. Serving as the new American research headquarters for a major biotech company, the parcels comprise a 10-story office high-rise (Building H) and a 12-story, state-of-the-art science and technology building (Building G). The projects entailed coordination between both Boston and Cambridge AHJ’s, as both buildings straddled city lines.

On the design side, Code Red Consultants worked with Perkins & Will as the Code Consultant for Building G. Key design features included control area strategy planning and a large exterior terrace. On the construction side, we worked with John Moriarty & Associates (JMA) for Construction Services at Building G, and Consigli for Construction Services at Building H. Code Red Consultants was responsible for conducting design and shop drawing level documentation reviews across multiple disciplines, development of Test Plans for building smoke control and integrated fire and life safety systems, conducting field inspections during construction, and verifying performance of the integrated systems at the completion of construction. A variety of core-shell fire and life safety systems were integrated with the building fire alarm system which required verification of proper control and/or monitoring. Code Red Consultants also performed Third-party Firestopping Special Inspections and prepared NFPA 241, Construction Fire Safety Plans. Code Red Consultants worked in conjunction with the general contractors to coordinate across multiple trades to ensure successful testing with the City of Cambridge Building and Fire Departments as well as City of Boston Building and Fire Departments for delivery of the core/shell spaces to the Owner.

Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex, Boston, MA

The new Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) is an eight-story, 544,000 square foot building featuring a variety of classrooms, wet and dry research labs, amenity spaces, and teaching labs.  The building’s two glazed atria provide vertical interconnection between multiple stories and allow for light-filled gathering and social areas.  This LEED Platinum building paired sustainability and performance with a striking exterior and interior design to create a center for scientific research and student gathering.

Serving as the project’s code consultant, Code Red Consultants was responsible for developing and presenting the building’s code compliance approach to the City of Boston’s Building and Fire Departments. Working with architect Behnisch Architekten, Code Red Consultants’ services included building, fire, accessibility, and hazardous materials code consulting as well as performance-based design analysis of the atrium smoke control system using a computational fluid dynamics computer model.  Included in the code approach were several State Building Code Variances related to (1) sprinkle-protected glass control area boundaries, (2) stair discharge through an atrium, and (3) the storage of flammable liquids in a basement.

During construction, Code Red Consultants served as the project NFPA 3 & 4 Commissioning & Integrated Testing Agent, as well as the Smoke Control Special Inspector.  In this capacity, we were responsible for conducting design and shop drawing level documentation reviews across multiple disciplines, development of Test Plans for building smoke control and integrated fire and life safety systems, conducting field inspections during construction, and verifying performance of the integrated systems at the completion of construction. We also worked closely with the design team and University to prepare the Boston Fire Department (BFD) Place of Assembly permit drawings and applications for the numerous and flexible amenity areas of the building.

Location

Boston, Mass.

Size

544,000 SF

Cost

$1 billion

Completion

2021

Photography Credit

Brad Feinknopf/OTTO (designed by Behnisch Architekten)

Rending Credit

Behnisch Architekten

Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex, Boston, MA

The new Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) is an eight-story, 544,000 square foot building featuring a variety of classrooms, wet and dry research labs, amenity spaces, and teaching labs.  The building’s two glazed atria provide vertical interconnection between multiple stories and allow for light-filled gathering and social areas.  This LEED Platinum building paired sustainability and performance with a striking exterior and interior design to create a center for scientific research and student gathering.

Serving as the project’s code consultant, Code Red Consultants was responsible for developing and presenting the building’s code compliance approach to the City of Boston’s Building and Fire Departments. Working with architect Behnisch Architekten, Code Red Consultants’ services included building, fire, accessibility, and hazardous materials code consulting as well as performance-based design analysis of the atrium smoke control system using a computational fluid dynamics computer model.  Included in the code approach were several State Building Code Variances related to (1) sprinkle-protected glass control area boundaries, (2) stair discharge through an atrium, and (3) the storage of flammable liquids in a basement.

During construction, Code Red Consultants served as the project NFPA 3 & 4 Commissioning & Integrated Testing Agent, as well as the Smoke Control Special Inspector.  In this capacity, we were responsible for conducting design and shop drawing level documentation reviews across multiple disciplines, development of Test Plans for building smoke control and integrated fire and life safety systems, conducting field inspections during construction, and verifying performance of the integrated systems at the completion of construction. We also worked closely with the design team and University to prepare the Boston Fire Department (BFD) Place of Assembly permit drawings and applications for the numerous and flexible amenity areas of the building.

Puritan Medical Products

COVID-19 has put a strain on existing testing swab manufacturing facilities prompting Puritan Medical Products to expand their existing capabilities. The decision was made to renovate and refresh an existing 144,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility at 129 North Main Street in Pittsfield, Maine. The existing property and structure had not been in operational use for a few years and needed significant architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) upgrades to support the new state of the art equipment for their manufacturing process. In order to meet the immediate demand for swabs, an aggressive design build project delivery schedule was implemented by Puritan Medical and the building Owner/General Contractor Cianbro. This approach provided the project with a single point of responsibility, while allowing the designers and contractor to work together to complete the project within a few months from commencement.

Code Red Consultants worked closely with Ci Design in order to deliver a safe and efficient building. There were many unique challenges throughout the project due to the older character of the existing building, including mixed construction type and multiple additions that required reconciliation to result in a unified facility. After a quick transformation, the facility now serves as the modern manufacturing and warehouse space best suited to meet the company’s and country’s current needs.

Excitingly, Puritan Medical Products has partnered with the same project delivery team for a second facility. The scope of that project will be to further expand production of the testing swaps to support local and national demands.

Location

Pittsfield, Maine

Size

144,000 SF

Completion

2020

Puritan Medical Products

COVID-19 has put a strain on existing testing swab manufacturing facilities prompting Puritan Medical Products to expand their existing capabilities. The decision was made to renovate and refresh an existing 144,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility at 129 North Main Street in Pittsfield, Maine. The existing property and structure had not been in operational use for a few years and needed significant architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) upgrades to support the new state of the art equipment for their manufacturing process. In order to meet the immediate demand for swabs, an aggressive design build project delivery schedule was implemented by Puritan Medical and the building Owner/General Contractor Cianbro. This approach provided the project with a single point of responsibility, while allowing the designers and contractor to work together to complete the project within a few months from commencement.

Code Red Consultants worked closely with Ci Design in order to deliver a safe and efficient building. There were many unique challenges throughout the project due to the older character of the existing building, including mixed construction type and multiple additions that required reconciliation to result in a unified facility. After a quick transformation, the facility now serves as the modern manufacturing and warehouse space best suited to meet the company’s and country’s current needs.

Excitingly, Puritan Medical Products has partnered with the same project delivery team for a second facility. The scope of that project will be to further expand production of the testing swaps to support local and national demands.

One Kendall Square Campus

Code Red Consultants (CRC) has provided code consulting services on the One Kendall Square Campus to direct to the Building Owner associated with laboratory chemical storage and use compliance. Starting in 2017, CRC performed an initial assessment of the 7-building campus to document and evaluate existing conditions and establish a master plan concept for compliance that the owner could utilize on future tenant fit out and renovation projects. Since that time, CRC has continued to provide support on a project-by-project basis to ensure that a consistent control area compliance approach in accordance with the Massachusetts State Building Code and Comprehensive Fire Code was implemented. The control area compliance strategy includes navigating challenges such as vertical openings and building connections with varying construction types. Most recently, Code Red Consultants provided support associated with obtaining flammable licenses with the City of Cambridge for two of the buildings on campus to support the evolving needs of the multi-tenant laboratory tenants. Additional work on campus includes the preparation of NFPA 241 Construction Fire Safety Plans as well as egress and accessibility consulting services.

Location

Cambridge, Mass.

Size

676,000 SF

Completion

ongoing

One Kendall Square Campus

Code Red Consultants (CRC) has provided code consulting services on the One Kendall Square Campus to direct to the Building Owner associated with laboratory chemical storage and use compliance. Starting in 2017, CRC performed an initial assessment of the 7-building campus to document and evaluate existing conditions and establish a master plan concept for compliance that the owner could utilize on future tenant fit out and renovation projects. Since that time, CRC has continued to provide support on a project-by-project basis to ensure that a consistent control area compliance approach in accordance with the Massachusetts State Building Code and Comprehensive Fire Code was implemented. The control area compliance strategy includes navigating challenges such as vertical openings and building connections with varying construction types. Most recently, Code Red Consultants provided support associated with obtaining flammable licenses with the City of Cambridge for two of the buildings on campus to support the evolving needs of the multi-tenant laboratory tenants. Additional work on campus includes the preparation of NFPA 241 Construction Fire Safety Plans as well as egress and accessibility consulting services.

Donor Network of Arizona

Designed by Shepley Bulfinch and constructed by Wespac Construction, the Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) completed its new 2-story, 70,000 square foot headquarters located in Tempe, AZ. The DNA is a nonprofit organization that works with community and health care partners to coordinate organ, eye, and tissue donation for transplant. The new building will consolidate and house their 200+ employees and includes new offices, laboratories, and support space. The offices are primarily open to allow a focus on collaboration and communication which are vital aspects of the organization’s values.

Code Red Consultants served as the code consultant on the project and developed a detailed code report documenting compliance with the local building and fire codes, reviewed architectural plans for code compliance, and worked closely with Tempe’s Plan Review Department to resolve any code-related concerns. We are thrilled to have been part of the project for such an important and passionate organization.

Location

Tempe, Arizona

Size

70,000 SF

Cost

$18 million

Completion

Fall 2020

Photography Credit

©2021 Kevin C. Korczyk

Donor Network of Arizona

Designed by Shepley Bulfinch and constructed by Wespac Construction, the Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) completed its new 2-story, 70,000 square foot headquarters located in Tempe, AZ. The DNA is a nonprofit organization that works with community and health care partners to coordinate organ, eye, and tissue donation for transplant. The new building will consolidate and house their 200+ employees and includes new offices, laboratories, and support space. The offices are primarily open to allow a focus on collaboration and communication which are vital aspects of the organization’s values.

Code Red Consultants served as the code consultant on the project and developed a detailed code report documenting compliance with the local building and fire codes, reviewed architectural plans for code compliance, and worked closely with Tempe’s Plan Review Department to resolve any code-related concerns. We are thrilled to have been part of the project for such an important and passionate organization.

Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center, Lafayette College

Designed by Payette and serving as the new departmental home for Biology and Computer Science, the Integrated Sciences Center at Lafayette College is a 5-story building on a central campus courtyard that includes teaching labs, research labs, offices, a café, a rooftop greenhouse, and a spatially dynamic atrium that extends four stories. Code Red Consultants had several roles to play on the project both in design and during construction. During design, we provided fire protection and life safety code consulting services. The nature of the laboratory-focused facility necessitated our expertise on the use/storage of hazardous materials as well as the location and distribution of fire-separated control areas throughout the building. Strategic coordination was necessary given the adjacent central atrium, which was a focal point of the structure. We documented the code compliance approach of the fire-rated separations and egress compliance in a set of life safety drawings we developed for the permit submission. Due to the unique geometry of the atrium and requirement for emergency smoke exhaust, we also provided performance-based fire/smoke modeling services to evaluate tenability during egress and help size the roof-mounted exhaust fans and natural supply locations.

During construction, Code Red Consultants also served as the project smoke control special inspector. In this capacity, we were responsible for conducting design and shop drawing level documentation reviews across multiple disciplines, development of test plans for building smoke control, conducting field inspections during construction, and verifying performance of the smoke control system at the completion of construction. Code Red Consultants worked in conjunction with Turner Construction to coordinate testing within the building to ensure successful final acceptance testing by the City of Easton Building and Fire Departments and on-time delivery of the building to the Owner. The building was available to be shown off for an open house and tours on the first day of the Fall 2019 semester.

Location

Easton, PA

Size

103,000 GSF

Cost

$64 million

Completion

August 2019

Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center, Lafayette College

Designed by Payette and serving as the new departmental home for Biology and Computer Science, the Integrated Sciences Center at Lafayette College is a 5-story building on a central campus courtyard that includes teaching labs, research labs, offices, a café, a rooftop greenhouse, and a spatially dynamic atrium that extends four stories. Code Red Consultants had several roles to play on the project both in design and during construction. During design, we provided fire protection and life safety code consulting services. The nature of the laboratory-focused facility necessitated our expertise on the use/storage of hazardous materials as well as the location and distribution of fire-separated control areas throughout the building. Strategic coordination was necessary given the adjacent central atrium, which was a focal point of the structure. We documented the code compliance approach of the fire-rated separations and egress compliance in a set of life safety drawings we developed for the permit submission. Due to the unique geometry of the atrium and requirement for emergency smoke exhaust, we also provided performance-based fire/smoke modeling services to evaluate tenability during egress and help size the roof-mounted exhaust fans and natural supply locations.

During construction, Code Red Consultants also served as the project smoke control special inspector. In this capacity, we were responsible for conducting design and shop drawing level documentation reviews across multiple disciplines, development of test plans for building smoke control, conducting field inspections during construction, and verifying performance of the smoke control system at the completion of construction. Code Red Consultants worked in conjunction with Turner Construction to coordinate testing within the building to ensure successful final acceptance testing by the City of Easton Building and Fire Departments and on-time delivery of the building to the Owner. The building was available to be shown off for an open house and tours on the first day of the Fall 2019 semester.

Autodesk BUILD Space

Designed by architecture firm SGA, Autodesk’s BUILD (Building, Innovation, Learning, and Design) Space is a unique R&D workshop that provides a venue for architecture, engineering, and construction professionals to experiment in a shared, collaborative environment. Located in the Innovation and Design Building in Boston’s Seaport District, the interior fit-out included various workshops and laboratories that are used as “incubator” spaces by industry innovators and startup companies.

Code Red Consultants provided fire protection and life safety code consulting for the 67,000 SF space that houses more than 60 pieces of advanced fabrication machinery including Autodesk’s cutting-edge digital fabrication technologies, 3D printing, laser cutting, six industrial robots, and 11 workshops for woodworking, metal fabrication, and the like. Beyond code consulting services, Code Red Consultants developed a comprehensive hazardous materials and operation code report to outline the required protection features needed for the incubator spaces.

Location

Boston, Mass.

Size

67,000 SF

Cost

N/A

Completion

2016

Photography Credit

Spagnolo Gisness & Associates

Autodesk BUILD Space

Designed by architecture firm SGA, Autodesk’s BUILD (Building, Innovation, Learning, and Design) Space is a unique R&D workshop that provides a venue for architecture, engineering, and construction professionals to experiment in a shared, collaborative environment. Located in the Innovation and Design Building in Boston’s Seaport District, the interior fit-out included various workshops and laboratories that are used as “incubator” spaces by industry innovators and startup companies.

Code Red Consultants provided fire protection and life safety code consulting for the 67,000 SF space that houses more than 60 pieces of advanced fabrication machinery including Autodesk’s cutting-edge digital fabrication technologies, 3D printing, laser cutting, six industrial robots, and 11 workshops for woodworking, metal fabrication, and the like. Beyond code consulting services, Code Red Consultants developed a comprehensive hazardous materials and operation code report to outline the required protection features needed for the incubator spaces.

University of Houston Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2

Completed in 2017, the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2 (HBSB2) integrates teaching, research, and clinical programs in the second phase of development on the University of Houston’s biomedical campus. The nine-story, 300,000 SF facility provides a new home for the College of Pharmacy and expanded research space for the university-wide Department of Research. These consolidated lab facilities promote critical workforce training in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sectors and support translational research and collaboration among pharmacological research groups.

The HBSB2 building includes specialized research and teaching labs, faculty offices, an expanded Health Sciences Library, and a mix of teaching spaces. The first and second floors consolidate clinical and clinical teaching programs into an innovative care environment with primary care, physical therapy and behavioral health services in a new model of integrated care. The facility offers direct connections to adjoining Health Sciences buildings on four floors.

Code Red Consultants was engaged during construction to help resolve code compliance challenges with the University’s State Fire Marshal’s Office. These issues revolved primarily around means of egress, vertical openings, and the storage and use of hazardous materials within the building. Code Red Consultants collaborated with architect Shepley Bulfinch, the University, and code officials to resolve life safety issues while the building was under construction. This required constant coordination amongst the team, developing solutions quickly and efficiently while minimizing the impact on the design of the building. To that end, Code Red Consultants implemented a fire-resistance rated horizontal exit strategy into the building to resolve egress capacity issues from an upper level.

Location

Houston, Texas

Size

300,000 SF

Cost

$145 million

Completion

2017

Photography Credit

Robert Benson Photography

University of Houston Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2

Completed in 2017, the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2 (HBSB2) integrates teaching, research, and clinical programs in the second phase of development on the University of Houston’s biomedical campus. The nine-story, 300,000 SF facility provides a new home for the College of Pharmacy and expanded research space for the university-wide Department of Research. These consolidated lab facilities promote critical workforce training in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sectors and support translational research and collaboration among pharmacological research groups.

The HBSB2 building includes specialized research and teaching labs, faculty offices, an expanded Health Sciences Library, and a mix of teaching spaces. The first and second floors consolidate clinical and clinical teaching programs into an innovative care environment with primary care, physical therapy and behavioral health services in a new model of integrated care. The facility offers direct connections to adjoining Health Sciences buildings on four floors.

Code Red Consultants was engaged during construction to help resolve code compliance challenges with the University’s State Fire Marshal’s Office. These issues revolved primarily around means of egress, vertical openings, and the storage and use of hazardous materials within the building. Code Red Consultants collaborated with architect Shepley Bulfinch, the University, and code officials to resolve life safety issues while the building was under construction. This required constant coordination amongst the team, developing solutions quickly and efficiently while minimizing the impact on the design of the building. To that end, Code Red Consultants implemented a fire-resistance rated horizontal exit strategy into the building to resolve egress capacity issues from an upper level.

Sanofi Genzyme Center

Global biotechnology company Sanofi Genzyme relocated its Cambridge headquarters from a signature building at 500 Kendall Square to a newly built 10-story, 541,000 SF Class A lab and office building at 50 Binney Street. Genzyme is one of two anchor tenants occupying 251,000 SF in the new building. The pharmaceutical giant’s new headquarters features office and laboratory workspaces to accommodate growth for 1,300 employees, and includes a large dining area with an outdoor terrace on the 10th floor.

Code Red Consultants provided fire protection and life safety code consulting for the interior fit-out of Genzyme’s new headquarters. Genzyme’s desire to locate the dining facility on the 10th floor of the building required the design team to integrate a defend in place strategy using a horizontal exit into the base building design. The horizontal exit approach allowed double the number of occupants on a single floor compared to what the base building means of egress was able to accommodate.

Alexandria Real Estate is the developer and landlord of 50 Binney Street. Gensler was the architect for Genzyme’s interior fit-out.

Location

Cambridge, Mass.

Size

251,000 SF

Cost

N/A

Completion

2018

Photography Credit

Garrett Rowland

Sanofi Genzyme Center

Global biotechnology company Sanofi Genzyme relocated its Cambridge headquarters from a signature building at 500 Kendall Square to a newly built 10-story, 541,000 SF Class A lab and office building at 50 Binney Street. Genzyme is one of two anchor tenants occupying 251,000 SF in the new building. The pharmaceutical giant’s new headquarters features office and laboratory workspaces to accommodate growth for 1,300 employees, and includes a large dining area with an outdoor terrace on the 10th floor.

Code Red Consultants provided fire protection and life safety code consulting for the interior fit-out of Genzyme’s new headquarters. Genzyme’s desire to locate the dining facility on the 10th floor of the building required the design team to integrate a defend in place strategy using a horizontal exit into the base building design. The horizontal exit approach allowed double the number of occupants on a single floor compared to what the base building means of egress was able to accommodate.

Alexandria Real Estate is the developer and landlord of 50 Binney Street. Gensler was the architect for Genzyme’s interior fit-out.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Code Red Consultants provided code consulting services for the corporate headquarters campus expansion of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical research and development companies in the U.S. The project added two new buildings with 300,000 SF of laboratory and office space to the Regeneron complex in Westchester County, New York. Code Red Consultants developed reviewing plans for compliance with the applicable codes and coordinated with architecture firm Perkins + Will and Authorities Having Jurisdiction on all code compliance facets of the project.

Location

Tarrytown, NY

Size

300,000 SF

Cost

N/A

Completion

2015

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Code Red Consultants provided code consulting services for the corporate headquarters campus expansion of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical research and development companies in the U.S. The project added two new buildings with 300,000 SF of laboratory and office space to the Regeneron complex in Westchester County, New York. Code Red Consultants developed reviewing plans for compliance with the applicable codes and coordinated with architecture firm Perkins + Will and Authorities Having Jurisdiction on all code compliance facets of the project.