Code Red Consultants

Winthrop Center – Boston, MA

Winthrop Center is a new state of the art 53-story, 1.8 million square foot mixed-use residential development located in downtown Boston, MA. The building contains commercial office space on Floors 6-26, residences on Floors 35-62, below grade parking, amenity areas, and an impressive ground floor public atrium known as the Connector. Winthrop Center is the largest Passive House office project in the world, surpassing LEED Platinum to set the most rigorous global standards for energy and efficiency.

Code Red Consultants worked closely with Suffolk Construction Company and Millennium Partners during the construction phase of the project to navigate the life safety inspection and approval processes with Boston Inspectional Services Department (ISD) and the Fire Department (BFD). Specifically, we served as the phased occupancy/turnover consultant, Construction Fire Safety Consultant, Firestopping Special Inspector, and Smoke Control Special Inspector.

Code Red Consultants worked with Millennium Partners in the development of a Phased Occupancy Plan for the building (including phasing of the fire alarm system) which helped to allow the building to open on time with ongoing Connector/upper floor construction while maintaining the necessary levels of fire protection and life safety for the building.

In conjunction with Suffolk Construction, we worked to develop a comprehensive NFPA 241, Construction Fire Safety Program to ensure the project was completed on time while mitigating the risk of fire during construction. Code Red also worked with Millennium Partners to develop and implement an owner’s master construction fire safety program that allowed for building occupancy with continued ongoing base building work.

In serving as both the Firestopping and Smoke Control Special Inspector, our scope was to confirm that all fire rated joint assemblies and penetrations of passive fire rated barriers had been appropriately installed and the buildings stair pressurization, below-grade smoke control, and atrium smoke control systems were adequately installed, commissioned, and integrated ensuring a fire safe environment for building occupants.

Location

Boston, Mass.

Size

1.8 million SF
53 stories

Cost

$1.3 billion

Completion

2023

Winthrop Center – Boston, MA

Winthrop Center is a new state of the art 53-story, 1.8 million square foot mixed-use residential development located in downtown Boston, MA. The building contains commercial office space on Floors 6-26, residences on Floors 35-62, below grade parking, amenity areas, and an impressive ground floor public atrium known as the Connector. Winthrop Center is the largest Passive House office project in the world, surpassing LEED Platinum to set the most rigorous global standards for energy and efficiency.

Code Red Consultants worked closely with Suffolk Construction Company and Millennium Partners during the construction phase of the project to navigate the life safety inspection and approval processes with Boston Inspectional Services Department (ISD) and the Fire Department (BFD). Specifically, we served as the phased occupancy/turnover consultant, Construction Fire Safety Consultant, Firestopping Special Inspector, and Smoke Control Special Inspector.

Code Red Consultants worked with Millennium Partners in the development of a Phased Occupancy Plan for the building (including phasing of the fire alarm system) which helped to allow the building to open on time with ongoing Connector/upper floor construction while maintaining the necessary levels of fire protection and life safety for the building.

In conjunction with Suffolk Construction, we worked to develop a comprehensive NFPA 241, Construction Fire Safety Program to ensure the project was completed on time while mitigating the risk of fire during construction. Code Red also worked with Millennium Partners to develop and implement an owner’s master construction fire safety program that allowed for building occupancy with continued ongoing base building work.

In serving as both the Firestopping and Smoke Control Special Inspector, our scope was to confirm that all fire rated joint assemblies and penetrations of passive fire rated barriers had been appropriately installed and the buildings stair pressurization, below-grade smoke control, and atrium smoke control systems were adequately installed, commissioned, and integrated ensuring a fire safe environment for building occupants.

Wesleyan University New Science Building

The new Wesleyan University Science Center is a 5-story, 190,000 sf building featuring classrooms, wet and dry research labs, amenity spaces, and teaching labs.  The building’s atrium provides vertical connectivity between levels and allows for well-lit and visible interconnection between the various uses present.

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 Middletown, MA Building and Fire Departments.  Working with architect Payette, Code Red Consultant’s services included building, fire, accessibility, and hazardous chemical 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 and Fire Code Modifications related to:

  1. Sprinkler protected glass control area boundaries
  2. Plumbing fixture calculations
  3. Stair discharge through an atrium
  4. The storage of flammable liquids in a basement.

Location

Middletown, Conn.

Size

190,000 GSF
5 stories

Completion

Ongoing

Rending Credit

Payette

Wesleyan University New Science Building

The new Wesleyan University Science Center is a 5-story, 190,000 sf building featuring classrooms, wet and dry research labs, amenity spaces, and teaching labs.  The building’s atrium provides vertical connectivity between levels and allows for well-lit and visible interconnection between the various uses present.

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 Middletown, MA Building and Fire Departments.  Working with architect Payette, Code Red Consultant’s services included building, fire, accessibility, and hazardous chemical 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 and Fire Code Modifications related to:

  1. Sprinkler protected glass control area boundaries
  2. Plumbing fixture calculations
  3. Stair discharge through an atrium
  4. The storage of flammable liquids in a basement.

Raffles Hotel, Boston, MA

One of Boston’s most exciting developments in decades, Raffles Boston, opened its doors earlier this year. Residents began moving in during the summer months and the hotel had its grand opening on September 15th. The property marks the first mixed-use development in North America for the illustrious, world-renowned, 136-year-old Raffles Hotels & Resorts brand and writes a new story for Boston’s hospitality and real estate industries. The 35-story, $400 million+ LEED Gold building is an urban oasis where global cultures and local influences converge. Offering an unprecedented hotel experience in the heart of the city’s Back Bay, Raffles Boston features 147 guestrooms and 16 distinct gathering spaces. From top to bottom, Raffles Boston showcases and celebrates what makes the Raffles brand so special: a sense of adventure and style, gracious and intuitive hospitality, and thoughtful, locally inspired design, all while enhancing the cosmopolitan charm of the Back Bay.

Code Red Consultants worked with The Architectural Team, Suffolk Construction, Noannet Group, Saunders Hotel Group, and Cain International to provide a variety of fire protection and life safety related engineering services on the project. Code Red served as the Firestopping Special Inspector providing inspections for opening protectives in fire-rated wall and floor assemblies and the Smoke Control Special Inspector reviewing design documentation and commissioning the two-building stairway pressurization smoke control systems. Additionally, the firm worked with the Suffolk Construction and Owner representation develop both a Phased Occupancy Plan and Construction Fire Safety Plan that met the requirements of NFPA 241, the expectations of the City of Boston, and the construction methods of the contractor. Construction administration related bench strength was provided on an as-needed basis to facilitate acceptance testing with the local AHJ and assistance in obtaining certificates of occupancy for each phase of the project, all while maintaining occupancy and compliance with NFPA 241 as the associated construction operations and hazards changed throughout construction.

Location

Boston, Mass.

Size

35 stories

Cost

$400 million

Completion

2023

Photography Credit

The Architectural Team, Image by Binyan Studios

Raffles Hotel, Boston, MA

One of Boston’s most exciting developments in decades, Raffles Boston, opened its doors earlier this year. Residents began moving in during the summer months and the hotel had its grand opening on September 15th. The property marks the first mixed-use development in North America for the illustrious, world-renowned, 136-year-old Raffles Hotels & Resorts brand and writes a new story for Boston’s hospitality and real estate industries. The 35-story, $400 million+ LEED Gold building is an urban oasis where global cultures and local influences converge. Offering an unprecedented hotel experience in the heart of the city’s Back Bay, Raffles Boston features 147 guestrooms and 16 distinct gathering spaces. From top to bottom, Raffles Boston showcases and celebrates what makes the Raffles brand so special: a sense of adventure and style, gracious and intuitive hospitality, and thoughtful, locally inspired design, all while enhancing the cosmopolitan charm of the Back Bay.

Code Red Consultants worked with The Architectural Team, Suffolk Construction, Noannet Group, Saunders Hotel Group, and Cain International to provide a variety of fire protection and life safety related engineering services on the project. Code Red served as the Firestopping Special Inspector providing inspections for opening protectives in fire-rated wall and floor assemblies and the Smoke Control Special Inspector reviewing design documentation and commissioning the two-building stairway pressurization smoke control systems. Additionally, the firm worked with the Suffolk Construction and Owner representation develop both a Phased Occupancy Plan and Construction Fire Safety Plan that met the requirements of NFPA 241, the expectations of the City of Boston, and the construction methods of the contractor. Construction administration related bench strength was provided on an as-needed basis to facilitate acceptance testing with the local AHJ and assistance in obtaining certificates of occupancy for each phase of the project, all while maintaining occupancy and compliance with NFPA 241 as the associated construction operations and hazards changed throughout construction.

Northeastern University EXP

Northeastern University’s EXP building is the second science building on campus, located between the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) and Ruggles Station in Boston, MA. The new science building will afford students and faculty additional laboratory, classroom, and innovation workspace. Payette was responsible for the master plan and design of this 9-story science building, while Suffolk Construction served as the general contractor on the project.

Code Red Consultants was retained directly by Northeastern University to serve as both the Firestopping Special Inspector and the Smoke Control Special Inspector. In this capacity, 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 systems, conducting visual and destructive inspections of firestop systems, conducting field inspections of smoke control system equipment during construction, and verifying performance of the smoke control systems at the completion of construction. Code Red Consultants worked in conjunction with Suffolk Construction to coordinate requirements and testing across multiple trades to ensure successful testing with the City of Boston Building and Fire Departments and on-time delivery of the building to Northeastern University. The Northeastern University EXP building opened for faculty and students in September 2023.

Location

Boston, Mass.

Size

41,000 SF
9 stories

Cost

$218.25 million

Completion

2023

Northeastern University EXP

Northeastern University’s EXP building is the second science building on campus, located between the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) and Ruggles Station in Boston, MA. The new science building will afford students and faculty additional laboratory, classroom, and innovation workspace. Payette was responsible for the master plan and design of this 9-story science building, while Suffolk Construction served as the general contractor on the project.

Code Red Consultants was retained directly by Northeastern University to serve as both the Firestopping Special Inspector and the Smoke Control Special Inspector. In this capacity, 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 systems, conducting visual and destructive inspections of firestop systems, conducting field inspections of smoke control system equipment during construction, and verifying performance of the smoke control systems at the completion of construction. Code Red Consultants worked in conjunction with Suffolk Construction to coordinate requirements and testing across multiple trades to ensure successful testing with the City of Boston Building and Fire Departments and on-time delivery of the building to Northeastern University. The Northeastern University EXP building opened for faculty and students in September 2023.

Charles Park – Cambridge, MA

Charles Park is a connected 2-building complex, formerly known as 1 Rogers / 1 Charles and now referred to as 140 & 124 First St, which recently converted from office to Life Sciences Lab.  The complex consists of 400,000 sq. ft. across 6 stories, and required the installation of new MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) and life safety systems. Code Red Consultants provided design reviews, developed test procedures, performed integrated testing of fire protection and life safety systems for both Core/Shell and tenant fit-out projects, developed NFPA 241 Construction Safety Plans, and served as the Smoke Control Special Inspector.  We also assisted with acceptance testing and final walkthroughs with Cambridge Inspectional Services and Fire Departments.

The Charles Park complex comprises two adjoining yet independent buildings that house common tenants across a large floorplate. Code Red Consultants assisted in addressing some of the unique challenges presented by this arrangement, including the coordination of life safety systems between the buildings. Particular attention was devoted to ensuring the provision of clear signage and information to responding emergency personnel, allowing for better ease of navigation between the two buildings.

Location

Cambridge, Mass.

Size

400,000 SF
6 stories

Completion

2023

Photography Credit

Alexandria Real Estate

Charles Park – Cambridge, MA

Charles Park is a connected 2-building complex, formerly known as 1 Rogers / 1 Charles and now referred to as 140 & 124 First St, which recently converted from office to Life Sciences Lab.  The complex consists of 400,000 sq. ft. across 6 stories, and required the installation of new MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) and life safety systems. Code Red Consultants provided design reviews, developed test procedures, performed integrated testing of fire protection and life safety systems for both Core/Shell and tenant fit-out projects, developed NFPA 241 Construction Safety Plans, and served as the Smoke Control Special Inspector.  We also assisted with acceptance testing and final walkthroughs with Cambridge Inspectional Services and Fire Departments.

The Charles Park complex comprises two adjoining yet independent buildings that house common tenants across a large floorplate. Code Red Consultants assisted in addressing some of the unique challenges presented by this arrangement, including the coordination of life safety systems between the buildings. Particular attention was devoted to ensuring the provision of clear signage and information to responding emergency personnel, allowing for better ease of navigation between the two buildings.

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center – Lebanon, NH

Code Red Consultants was proud to continue our involvement in the healthcare industry by providing testing and inspection services on the new Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Patient Pavilion in Lebanon, NH.  The project consisted of a new, ground-up 240,000 square foot high-rise bed tower, connected to the existing hospital campus.

Serving as the Smoke Control Special Inspector, Code Red Consultants provided design and construction reviews as well as commissioning of both stair pressurization and elevator pressurization systems.  We also performed integrated testing on the fire alarm system to verify accurate and reliable reporting to the redundant alarm monitoring systems in place.

Fire protection and life safety systems are critically important in hospital environments, and we are pleased to be able to contribute to a great team which included Consigli Construction, Cornerstone Commissioning, HDR Architects and TCI Engineers.

Location

Lebanon, NH

Size

6 stories
240,000 SF

Completion

2023

Photography Credit

Dan Schwalm

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center – Lebanon, NH

Code Red Consultants was proud to continue our involvement in the healthcare industry by providing testing and inspection services on the new Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Patient Pavilion in Lebanon, NH.  The project consisted of a new, ground-up 240,000 square foot high-rise bed tower, connected to the existing hospital campus.

Serving as the Smoke Control Special Inspector, Code Red Consultants provided design and construction reviews as well as commissioning of both stair pressurization and elevator pressurization systems.  We also performed integrated testing on the fire alarm system to verify accurate and reliable reporting to the redundant alarm monitoring systems in place.

Fire protection and life safety systems are critically important in hospital environments, and we are pleased to be able to contribute to a great team which included Consigli Construction, Cornerstone Commissioning, HDR Architects and TCI Engineers.

21 Hickory Drive – Waltham, MA

21 Hickory Drive is a 6-story, high-rise Class-A life science research facility located in the heart of Waltham. The original office building has recently undergone an extensive conversion project led by Phase 3 Real Estate Partners. The upgrades include the installation of a new MEP system infrastructure, a service elevator and a backup generator. Additionally, the office and amenity program has been updated to offer small to mid-size lab/office suites ranging from 9,000-25,000 RSF. As part of Phase 3’s GENESIS spec program, the newly renovated building provides customizable, move in-ready lab spaces, allowing prospective tenants to quickly establish their scientific operations and expand over time.

Code Red Consultants served as the project’s fire protection and life safety code consultant and continued to provide support to Phase 3 throughout construction by preparing NFPA 241 Fire Prevention Programs, performing third-party firestopping special inspections, and re-commissioning the building’s existing smoke control systems (consisting of pressurized stair enclosures, a ventilated vestibule, and elevator pressurization). To help meet project schedule and facilitate early tenant fitout construction and move in dates, Code Red Consultants prepared a Phased Occupancy and Turnover Plan and presented the phased approach to the City of Waltham Fire and Building Departments.

Location

Waltham, Mass.

Size

120,000 GSF

Cost

$30 million

Completion

2022

Photography Credit

Phase 3 Real Estate

21 Hickory Drive – Waltham, MA

21 Hickory Drive is a 6-story, high-rise Class-A life science research facility located in the heart of Waltham. The original office building has recently undergone an extensive conversion project led by Phase 3 Real Estate Partners. The upgrades include the installation of a new MEP system infrastructure, a service elevator and a backup generator. Additionally, the office and amenity program has been updated to offer small to mid-size lab/office suites ranging from 9,000-25,000 RSF. As part of Phase 3’s GENESIS spec program, the newly renovated building provides customizable, move in-ready lab spaces, allowing prospective tenants to quickly establish their scientific operations and expand over time.

Code Red Consultants served as the project’s fire protection and life safety code consultant and continued to provide support to Phase 3 throughout construction by preparing NFPA 241 Fire Prevention Programs, performing third-party firestopping special inspections, and re-commissioning the building’s existing smoke control systems (consisting of pressurized stair enclosures, a ventilated vestibule, and elevator pressurization). To help meet project schedule and facilitate early tenant fitout construction and move in dates, Code Red Consultants prepared a Phased Occupancy and Turnover Plan and presented the phased approach to the City of Waltham Fire and Building Departments.

The Bon, Boston, MA

The Bon on Boylston Street in Boston, MA is a newly constructed residential high-rise building with ground floor retail and space for a future black box theater. The project was part of the BPDA’s Compact Living pilot program, providing residents with efficient living units and large amenity areas for socializing and living.

For the design phase of the project, Code Red Consultants served as the project’s code consultant to Gensler, to provide Fire Protection, Life Safety and Accessibility Consulting Services.  Our involvement included discussions with the City of Boston and securing state variances.

During the construction, Code Red Consultants, in collaboration with SCAPE USA and Suffolk Construction, developed a NFPA 241 Construction Fire Safety Plan, provided turnover services, and served as the smoke control special inspector.

Location

Boston, Mass.

Size

16,000 SF

Completion

2022

Rendering Credit

Gensler

The Bon, Boston, MA

The Bon on Boylston Street in Boston, MA is a newly constructed residential high-rise building with ground floor retail and space for a future black box theater. The project was part of the BPDA’s Compact Living pilot program, providing residents with efficient living units and large amenity areas for socializing and living.

For the design phase of the project, Code Red Consultants served as the project’s code consultant to Gensler, to provide Fire Protection, Life Safety and Accessibility Consulting Services.  Our involvement included discussions with the City of Boston and securing state variances.

During the construction, Code Red Consultants, in collaboration with SCAPE USA and Suffolk Construction, developed a NFPA 241 Construction Fire Safety Plan, provided turnover services, and served as the smoke control special inspector.

Cambridge Crossing Parcel I (Park 151)

Code Red was happy to be a part of the team on the latest phase of the expanding, Cambridge Crossing Development; the Parcel I residential tower (aka Park 151).  Completed in December 2022 and already occupied with tenants, this first-class residential project included a new ground-up 20-story residential tower, first floor retail and amenities, bike parking, outdoor patio and pool, and 3-stories of below-grade parking.

Throughout the project Code Red provided multiple services including Smoke Control Special Inspections, Life Safety Integrated Testing & Commissioning, Mass Architectural Access Board (MAAB) accessibility consulting, and NFPA 241 Construction Safety Plan development.  We coordinated fire protection and life safety testing as well as turnover consulting in order to allow for phased occupancy to get the first group of new residents in on time while ensuring building safety as final construction was being completed.

Serving multiple roles on a project allows us to engage deeply with the Developer, General Contractor, Design Team, and Authorities Having Jurisdictions (AHJs), and take a proactive role in contributing to the project success.  We look forward to ongoing involvement as the Cambridge Crossing development continues to expand with more residential and commercial projects to come.

Location

Cambridge, Mass.

Size

542,000 SF

Completion

2022

Cambridge Crossing Parcel I (Park 151)

Code Red was happy to be a part of the team on the latest phase of the expanding, Cambridge Crossing Development; the Parcel I residential tower (aka Park 151).  Completed in December 2022 and already occupied with tenants, this first-class residential project included a new ground-up 20-story residential tower, first floor retail and amenities, bike parking, outdoor patio and pool, and 3-stories of below-grade parking.

Throughout the project Code Red provided multiple services including Smoke Control Special Inspections, Life Safety Integrated Testing & Commissioning, Mass Architectural Access Board (MAAB) accessibility consulting, and NFPA 241 Construction Safety Plan development.  We coordinated fire protection and life safety testing as well as turnover consulting in order to allow for phased occupancy to get the first group of new residents in on time while ensuring building safety as final construction was being completed.

Serving multiple roles on a project allows us to engage deeply with the Developer, General Contractor, Design Team, and Authorities Having Jurisdictions (AHJs), and take a proactive role in contributing to the project success.  We look forward to ongoing involvement as the Cambridge Crossing development continues to expand with more residential and commercial projects to come.

101 Cambridge Park Drive

101 Cambridge Park Drive is a new, 6-story, 160,000 SF lab building located in Cambridge, MA within walking distance of the Red Line stop at Alewife Station. The building houses companies that focus on labs and life science. The building also houses First Floor space for multiple retail tenants, flexible gathering spaces, indoor bike storage, and below-grade parking with EV charging stations.

Code Red Consultants worked with King Street Properties to serve as the Special Inspector for the project. Code Red was in charge of reviewing documentation of building integrated life safety systems, before developing and executing an integrated testing strategy for these systems. This involved developing system-specific Test Plans, conducting field inspections, and verifying system performance to both Code and Local AHJ requirements. Code Red Consultants also performed Third-party Firestopping Special Inspections and prepared NFPA 241, Construction Fire Safety Plans.

Code Red worked closely with the general contractor, Consigli, as well as various subcontractors across multiple disciplines to ensure that all the building smoke control and integrated life safety systems operated as expected. At the end of construction, Code Red assisted with demonstrating the performance of these systems to the City of Cambridge Building and Fire Departments.

Location

Cambridge, Mass.

Size

160,000 SF

Completion

2022

Photography Credit

King Street Properties

101 Cambridge Park Drive

101 Cambridge Park Drive is a new, 6-story, 160,000 SF lab building located in Cambridge, MA within walking distance of the Red Line stop at Alewife Station. The building houses companies that focus on labs and life science. The building also houses First Floor space for multiple retail tenants, flexible gathering spaces, indoor bike storage, and below-grade parking with EV charging stations.

Code Red Consultants worked with King Street Properties to serve as the Special Inspector for the project. Code Red was in charge of reviewing documentation of building integrated life safety systems, before developing and executing an integrated testing strategy for these systems. This involved developing system-specific Test Plans, conducting field inspections, and verifying system performance to both Code and Local AHJ requirements. Code Red Consultants also performed Third-party Firestopping Special Inspections and prepared NFPA 241, Construction Fire Safety Plans.

Code Red worked closely with the general contractor, Consigli, as well as various subcontractors across multiple disciplines to ensure that all the building smoke control and integrated life safety systems operated as expected. At the end of construction, Code Red assisted with demonstrating the performance of these systems to the City of Cambridge Building and Fire Departments.