Academic/Institutional

Amherst College C. Pratt and Morrow Halls

As two of the oldest buildings on campus, this two-building project addressed the pressing need to improve these dormitories. Both buildings retained much of their exterior architectural detailing while their interiors were dramatically enhanced. C. Pratt Hall is an ornate building on the exterior, and was renovated to straighten out confusing corridors and to cluster… View Article


Amherst College Earth Sciences and Museum of Natural History

This 55,000 sq-ft brick, stone, and terra cotta building is a stunning addition to the East Campus of Amherst College. The layout of the building features an innovative grouping of teaching and research labs, faculty offices, and support spaces, which embody the Department of Geology’s approach to teaching. The Natural History Museum integrates storage walls… View Article


Amherst College Infrastructure Project

The Infrastructure Improvement Project significantly updated a large portion of Amherst College’s systems that support every facility on campus. A major component of the project was the conversion of the primary electrical distribution from 4,800 volts to the modern standard of 13,800 volts. Other system upgrades included steam, water, chilled water, storm drains, sanitary drains,… View Article


Amherst College North and South Halls

North and South Halls are two of the oldest buildings on the Amherst College campus, and this project involved complete interior and exterior renovations to both dormitories. One of the highlights of this project was the reuse of chestnut timber framing that was salvaged from the renovation of Williston Hall and re-manufactured for the flooring,… View Article


Amherst College Pool

The Amherst College pool involved the reconstruction of a fire damaged building. The interior of the 50 year- old building was completely replaced, adding a new 14-foot-deep pool and 4-foot-deep warm-up pool. New locker rooms, offices, and mechanical systems were also built to serve the pool area. DOC served as construction manager and general contractor… View Article


Amherst College Pratt Field

As part of a major renovation to the third-oldest NCAA football playing site in the nation, the project added a 15,000-square-foot field house, grandstands, and track. The new field house accommodates football and field hockey in the fall and men’s and women’s track, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and softball in the spring. The field house also has… View Article


Amherst College Seligman House

The Seligman House student dormitory renovation and expansion project at Amherst College included updating systems and making the dorm more energy-efficient, while maintaining the building’s historical character and aesthetic sensibility.  The interior design and renewal of the residence hall maintained much of the existing character of the building including exposed wooden beams and fireplaces while… View Article


Amherst College Williston Hall

Amherst College Williston Hall was one of the first components of the college’s Residential Master Plan, the conversion of Williston Hall turned this existing classroom/office building into a modern residence hall. Construction included the delicate dismantling and replacement of the entire interior structure down to the brick shell, then replacing the existing wood framing with… View Article


Bard College Center for Science and Computation

The Reem/Kayden Center for Science and Computation is a dramatic curved structure that makes 69,500 SF housing laboratories, offices, and teaching facilities. The west side of the building contains 16,000 SF of laboratory space adjacent to large open spaces for interaction between faculty and students. Laboratories are designed with a flexible modular bench-and-bollard system that… View Article


Bard College Fisher Performing Arts Center

Bard College’s extraordinary new Performing Arts Center is a combination of artistic expression and technical achievement. Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, this facility includes a conventional 1,000 seat theater, a 400 seat black box theater, a concert shell and forestage lift, and full flying systems for scenery. Building this kind of ground-breaking architectural design… View Article


Bennington College – CAPA

The Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) at Bennington College is a complex of three small buildings. The largest structure totals 10,000 sq-ft and houses classrooms, seminar and conference space, lounges, and kitchen facilities. The small conference space is equipped with broadcasting and recording capabilities. The exterior of the building is clad in… View Article


Dartmouth College Floren Varsity House

This LEED Silver 41,300 sf three-story Varsity House and Stadium contains strength training, satellite training, and a meeting room for 130 people. Also included are locker facilities, team offices, a conference room, lounge and reception space. The 5,000 stadium seats were modified to comply with current life safety and accessibility codes. This Guaranteed Maximum Price… View Article


Dartmouth College Kemeny Hall & Haldeman Center

Kemeny Hall is a 93,000 square foot brick and granite structure reuniting a mathematics department that had been spread among three buildings. It provides “smart” classrooms, laboratories, and common spaces for student-faculty collaboration. Haldeman Center is a new academic facility housing three of the College’s premier academic coalitions and it provides conference and classroom spaces…. View Article


Deerfield Academy – Fitness Center & Greer Store Renovations

Deerfield Acedemy’s Fitness and Training facilities was vastly expanded and improved. An upper-level cardio area with treadmills, bikes and ergo machines overlooks the state-of-the-art lower-level weight-training area, with separate pin-loaded machines and free weight training spaces. In addition, this project included the creation of a much needed Student Center type of space on campus by… View Article


Gateway Park at WPI

The O’Connell Companies celebrates the next phase at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Gateway Park with the completion of the second building in the development. At 92,000 square-feet, Gateway II houses tenants such as the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center, the Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, the Fire Protection Engineering department at WPI, and the WPI School of Business. Built and… View Article


Harvard Law School Hauser Hall

DOC provided preconstruction consulting services and served as general contractor for the new six-level building located in the Harvard Law School quadrangle. The 58,000 square foot building contains faculty offices, lecture halls, and seminar rooms. The steel frame structure is clad in brick and natural stone. A tunnel connects the building to the existing underground… View Article


Harvard Law School Langdell Hall

The highly complex renovation of the historic main library of Harvard Law School was carried out while portions of the building remained operational, including the Rare Book Collection room. The project demanded detailed logistical planning to minimize disruption to building occupants and to safeguard the priceless collection of rare books. The building’s interior was completely… View Article


Harvard University Bauer Life Sciences Laboratory

This newest addition to Harvard’s Chemistry Department complex contains more than 60,000- sq-ft on an extremely constricted site. Built within a few feet of active classrooms and science laboratories, the project required extensive below grade work for utility relocation while maintaining uninterrupted service to nearby buildings. Additionally, 30,000-sq-ft of subterranean space was developed beneath the… View Article


Harvard University Grays Hall

This historic dormitory in the midst of Harvard Yard received significant interior and exterior restoration, all within strict guidelines for historic preservation projects. The three-month time frame for construction, during the summer break, required substantial preplanning and complex scheduling. During preconstruction, we helped determine the scope of work, budget, and define items needing pre-purchase. CBT/Childs… View Article


Harvard University Massachusetts and Strauss Halls

These two adjacent historic buildings in Harvard Yard received major interior and exterior renovations within a three-month time frame. Massachusetts Hall, which is home to both the President’s Office as well as a number of student residences, was renovated while the building was occupied. Careful coordination of work activities and sensitive scheduling was provided during… View Article


Harvard University Maxwell-Dworkin Hall

Harvard’s new computer science and electrical engineering center is located in the congested North Yard of their Cambridge campus. Extensive logistical planning was required to minimize disruption to pedestrian and vehicle traffic, adjoining classrooms, and historic dormitories. State-of-the-art computer science and electrical engineering technology is incorporated throughout the building, as well as sophisticated MEP systems…. View Article


J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center

Located in Salem, MA, this project consolidated five court departments into two adjacent buildings, offering opportunities for shared resources and building efficiencies. The new building houses the Superior Court, District Court, Juvenile Court, Housing Court, and Probate & Family Court. A total of 11 new courtrooms provide fully-accessible judicial facilities that meet current national court… View Article


Marist College Natural Science and Allied Health Building

Daniel O’Connell’s Sons served as the construction manager for this 59,000 sf academic building that houses two new Health Science graduate programs and current undergraduate science programs that include Biology, Medical Technology and Athletic Training.  The newly constructed Natural Science and Allied Health facility contains state of the art technology and equipment serving spaces for a… View Article


Marist College Student Center

This new, multi-purpose academic building houses the Music Department and related programs, and is used by students and faculty of all disciplines. The Student Center renovation enhanced the entire building, including the Performing Arts Room, Nelly Goletti Theatre, and the Student Government Association Office. It also features an expanded and completely renovated Dining Hall, including an… View Article


Massachusetts Venture Center

This project involved the construction of a sophisticated technology park and office center adjacent to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The joint venture project, built on an environmentally sensitive site, was developed by O’Connell Engineering and Financial, and is managed by Appleton Corporation, both subsidiaries of the O’Connell Companies. The new center is designed to… View Article


MIT Arts & Media Center

The Arts and Media Center at MIT remains a world-renowned center for visionary computer research. The facility was built to stand as a highly identifiable landmark, celebrating the relationship between fine arts and high technology. It contains a theater facility, leading-edge laboratory spaces, and structural sculptures integrated into the building’s interior and exterior. MIT selected… View Article


MIT Simmons Hall

Quite simply, there is nothing else in the world like this building. The innovative residence facility is open to the students, faculty, and artists-in-residence who live, work, eat, and study within its welcoming spaces. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Steven Holl, this facility not only broke new ground using DOC’s innovative construction methods and technology,… View Article


MIT VLSI Laboratory

This existing six-story concrete frame building on the campus of MIT was completely renovated to create laboratory and office space as well as Class 10-100 clean rooms for research. DOC provided estimating, scheduling, engineering, and equipment fitup services for this 74,000- sq-ft project. Symmes Maini &  McKee provided the design team for the project.


Mount Holyoke College Science Library

The three-phase renovation project, designed by Graham Gund Architects, included a new addition and interior renovations to Williston Library and a complete renovation of Dwight Hall. Williston Library remained fully occupied and operational throughout the project. Dwight Hall’s renovations created a new computer center, new home for the college’s Archive Center, and additional faculty office… View Article


Northfield Mount Hermon Rhodes Art Center

As part of Northfield Mount Hermon School’s plan to consolidate onto one campus, the Rhodes Arts Center brings all aspects of the visual and performing arts to one centrally located venue. Located on a sloped site in the center of campus, the architects have incorporated a sense of a Main Street experience that traverses all… View Article


Northfield Mount Hermon School Bolger House

The strategically-chosen site for Northfield M. Hermon’s Bolger House is adjacent to the ninth-grade village on Cottage Row, between Memorial Chapel and Alumni Hall. This provides expansive views of Forslund and James Gyms and the Rhodes Arts Center. It serves as a place of orientation for prospective students and provides the ideal launching point for… View Article


Northfield Mount Hermon School Infrastructure

As part of the School’s plan to consolidate all operations into one campus, DOC was retained for the necessary infrastructure work to support proposed and existing buildings. DOC served as the design/builder in order to expedite and simplify the process. The overall plan included upgrades to existing systems, extending others, and relocating some systems into… View Article


Quinsigamond CC Science and Technology Building

Daniel O’Connell’s Sons provided Construction Management Services for the New Science and Technology Building, Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester. The project consisted of a new 15,900 GSF Science and Technology Building, which contains offices, laboratories, specialized and support spaces for the existing science and technology programs and a 30-seat general classroom.  


Salem State University Mainstage Theater

The Massachusetts Division of Capital and Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) awarded DOC the SSU Mainstage Theater project, a complete gutting of the existing facility and rebuilding the theater as part of the Sophia Gordon Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. The $17.6 million project created a more intimate theater, raised seating, balcony, orchestra pit,… View Article


Smith College Brown Fine Arts Center

Renovating and expanding the Fine Arts Center was the most ambitious capital project in the history of Smith College. Internationally-acclaimed architects at Polshek Partnership designed a vibrant symbol of the important role the arts play in the Smith campus community. The reconfigured Fine Arts Center provides an entire floor of sky lit galleries, creates studio… View Article


Smith College Campus Center

Smith College’s Campus Center lies at the heart of campus, providing students, faculty, and staff with a dynamic new home for social interaction. A long, curved, sky lit gallery forms the core of the design. Along this central core are lounges, exhibition areas, art studios, performance spaces, dining facilities, shops, and student organizations. A series… View Article


Smith College Capen House

Extensive interior and exterior renovations transformed this 1820 Classic Revival-style dormitory into modern student housing. The fast-track summer project affected every portion of the building, including all new interior walls and finishes on the upper floors of the house. Accessibility and life safety issues were incorporated, as well as new mechanical and electrical services and… View Article


Smith College Chase & Duckett House

During the summer hiatus, DOC completed extensive interior and exterior renovations to these historic dormitories on the campus of Smith College. The 12-week project, designed by Juster Pope Frazier, required substantial preplanning and complex scheduling to complete the work in an extremely tight time frame. A new connector, including a two-story dining hall, was added… View Article


Smith College Clark Science Center

This renovation and expansion project included three elements: construction of a new four-story science center and library, extensive renovations to the existing Clarke Science Center (built by DOC in 1955), and construction of an underground tunnel to connect the new facility to adjacent buildings. All buildings remained occupied and operational during construction, requiring DOC to… View Article


Taunton Courthouse

Located in a densely-populated section of downtown Taunton, this new Courthouse contains eight courtrooms serving the District Court, Juvenile Court, Housing Court, and Probate & Family Court. Together with the existing Superior Court building, the complex serves as a comprehensive justice center for Northern Bristol County in Massachusetts. Project Features Study & Project Designer –… View Article


Transportation Building

In the heart of Boston, DOC constructed this 620,000 sq-ft building with office space and below-grade parking for 500 cars. The project’s size and location required tight scheduling, complex engineering, and sophisticated project management to minimize the impact of construction on pedestrian and vehicular traffic, as well as adjoining buildings.


Trinity-Pawling School Smith Field House

Trinity-Pawling School is a prep school located in Pawling, NY. The Field House project is designed by Kaeyer Garment + Davidson Architects and includes a 22,000 sq-ft addition and renovation to their existing field house, which will combine to form the new Smith Field House. DOC will construct the new field house addition while maintaining access to the fully occupied… View Article


UConn Arjona Building

This project included renovations to the University of Connecticut’s most heavily used classroom building. The updated building now provides much needed office space that is increasingly needed as part of the University’s four-year plan. The renovations included updating the electrical and climate control systems, installing new floor and ceiling coverings, replacing its lighting fixtures and… View Article


UCONN Basketball Practice Facility

This exciting project included a new state-of-the-art basketball practice facility located at the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus. The 78,000 square foot Indoor Basketball Practice Facility includes two courts and associated locker rooms; training rooms, physical therapy rooms, classrooms, dining and A/V upgrades. The facility was designed by world-renowned Populous Architects.


UCONN Bousfield Psychology Building

This project included an addition to the University of Connecticut’s Psychology Building on their Storrs campus. The addition of about 30,000 GSF was constructed on the north side of the existing building, just south of the new Social Sciences and Humanities Building East. It is connected to the existing building through a two-story atrium which serves as… View Article


UConn Gentry

The Gentry Completion Project houses the Neag School of Education and included an extensive renovation to its classrooms, offices, laboratories and other departmental space. The building was erected in two parts; the original 57,995 GSF building in 1960 and a 42,000 GSF addition in 2004. At the time of the addition, little was done to… View Article


UMass Amherst South College Academic Facility

Work is underway on the historic South College building at UMass Amherst. Designed by Kliment-Halsband, DiMella-Shaffer, the project includes renovation of 30,000 sq-ft of the original building built in 1886, and an addition totaling 67,500 sq-ft. Renovations to the existing building encompass all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and life-safety elements. A four-story addition will add common areas, faculty… View Article


UMass Studio Arts Building

Daniel O’Connell’s Sons collaborated for the sixth time with the Gund Partnership to build a consolidated facility for the Art Department on the flagship campus. The Studio Arts Building is a 47,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility which includes instructional space for a wood and metal shop and teaching studios for painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics…. View Article


Union Station, Springfield, MA

The renovation and redevelopment of Union Station is a crucial component in the revitalization of downtown Springfield. At the start of this project, Union Station consisted of two vacant buildings: a three-story terminal building and a two-story baggage building. Both constructed in 1926, the buildings are located in the Downtown Springfield Railroad Historic District. This… View Article


University of Massachusetts Amherst Infrastructure

Utility upgrades of steam and condensate piping to service the central heating plant. The project was in two separate places and consisted of installing utility tunnels, duct banks, manholes, vaults and steam and condensate piping connections to existing underground piping system located at the UMass Amherst campus.


US Federal Courthouse, Springfield MA

The U.S. Federal Courthouse forms a spiraling crescent around ancient Copper Beech and Linden trees original to the site. A colonnaded entry pavilion leads to a curved colonnade for pedestrians, and the grand stair leads to the courtrooms on the building’s third public level. Judges’ chambers are located in a parsonage-like annex. The facade is… View Article


Vassar College Science Center

Designed by Ennead Architects, the centerpiece of this project is an 80,000 SF Bridge Building spanning two pieces of campus terrain across the Fonteyn Kill and connecting to Olmsted Hall with a two-level skywalk. The Bridge Building includes modern labs, faculty office suites, flexible classrooms and gathering places and an outdoor seating area. The project also included… View Article


Wellesley College Davis Museum

DOC was retained to provide advice and guidance for corrective actions to portions of the renowned campus museum. Working with the college and its design consultants, DOC served as a voice of reason and helped a team of specialists understand the cost, practicality, and constructability issues relevant to the perceived needs of this important campus… View Article


Wellesley College Infrastructure Upgrade Project

The utilities infrastructure program included steam and condensate piping, telecommunications and electrical duct banks, chilled water piping and storm drainage piping. All work was carried out on the occupied campus and required careful planning, scheduling and coordination.


Western Mass Women’s Correctional Center

The Western MA Women’s Correctional Center (WMWCC) housing unit addition was a pioneering project for DCAM and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Office because it integrated the following design and construction delivery processes: Chapter 149A CM at Risk, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), and Building Information Management (BIM). The facility is located on high ground between Center… View Article


Westminster School Performing Arts Center

Building the landmark Performing Arts Center at Westminster School transformed the architectural character of the campus. The new facility contains an extraordinary 400-seat theater for musical and dramatic productions, as well as a full complement of supporting spaces and equipment. This award-winning project designed by Graham Gund Architects didn’t just transform Westminster School. It also… View Article


WPI Faraday Residence Hall

DOC was excited to work again with WPI to expand their Gateway Park campus. This 258-bed, 89,000-square-foot, apartment-style student residence hall was designed by Boston-based ADD Inc. to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification standards. The fast-track design-build project was completed in time for occupancy in the fall semester of 2013. The residence hall… View Article


Yale Divinity School

The Sterling Divinity Quadrangle Adaptive Reuse Project involved a labyrinth of 17 buildings on 21 different levels. Every one of these buildings — and the entire campus infrastructure — was affected by this ambitious reconstruction and adaptive reuse program. The project was carried out in multiple phases to allow complex construction operations to take place… View Article


Yale University Davenport College

This extensive and complex renovation project of a historic student residence was completed within an extremely short time frame. Designed by Kieran Timberlake Associates, the comprehensive upgrades included all new interior walls and finishes, incorporating accessibility and life-safety issues, mechanical and electrical systems, roofing, windows, and energy-efficient features.


Yale University Marquand Chapel

Yale University retained Daniel O’Connell’s Sons for preconstruction services related to major upgrades at Marquand Chapel. The most significant component was a new, 50% larger, reinforced balcony for a new organ. The balcony was designed to accept the loads and physical restraints of the new organ, and was constructed with the sensitivity required for work… View Article


Yale University Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall

This complex renovation project was completed within an extremely short time frame. Upgrades included new interior walls and finishes, incorporating accessibility and life safety issues, mechanical and electrical system upgrades, and addition of energy efficient features throughout the classroom and faculty offices building.


Yale University Silliman College

Daniel O’Connell’s Sons has managed the renovation of several residential colleges at Yale, including Silliman College, Pierson College, Calhoun College, Jonathan Edwards College, and the Hall of Graduate Studies. These fast-track dormitory renovation projects were all carried out during three-month summer breaks. Careful logistical planning was provided to ensure the tight deadlines could be met…. View Article


Yale University Stoeckel Hall

This extensive and complex renovation project of Stoeckel Hall repaired structural damage and aging facilities, added new equipment, and soundproof walls, doors and hallways. Its distinctive, ornate terra cotta façade was meticulously restored. An addition was constructed to accommodate new lecture and seminar rooms. Reopened in January 2009, the building now houses administrative and faculty… View Article