Academic Projects

585 Commercial Street / Eliot School Renovation

This project involved a complete renovation of a former office building into an elementary school in Boston’s North End. Client:    City of Boston Public Schools Designer:    Finegold Alexander Architects Size:    42,000 SF Photography:    Raj Das   Project Features Building envelope replacement Structural and gut renovation of the interior Site improvements Art… View Article

Amherst College – C. Pratt and Morrow Halls

Client:    Amherst College Designer:    Sacco + McKinney Size:    62,200 SF Restoration of Morrow Hall’s interior and exterior detailing. Demolition and replacement of the entire interior structure. Replacement of the existing wood framing with structural steel and concrete slab floors.

Amherst College – Earth Sciences and Museum of Natural History

Construction of a new brick, stone, and terracotta building to serve as a Museum and classroom space for Amherst College’s Geology Department. Client:    Amherst College Designer:    Payette Associates Size:    55,000 SF Curtainwall system included custom terracotta baguettes. Terracotta baguettes manufactured in Germany with custom coloring and dye process. Complex Lutron dimming systems… View Article

Amherst College – Greenway Dorms

The Greenway Dormitories are broken down into four structures with a total area of 110,000 gsf, providing 300 beds of undergraduate housing for Amherst College. Client:    Amherst College Designer:    Kyu Sung Woo Architects Size:    110,000 SF   Four new cast-in-place concrete flat slab structures. Buildings range in height from 4-6 stories, with… 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. Client:    Amherst College Designer:    BVH Integrated Services   Conversion of the campus-wide primary electrical distribution from 4,800 volts to 13,800 volts. Switchover of all main utilities. Steam, water and chilled water system upgrades. Storm… View Article

Amherst College – North and South Halls

North and South Halls, originally built in 1823 and 1821, are two of the oldest buildings on the Amherst College campus. Project involved a complete interior and exterior renovations to both dormitories. Client:    Amherst College Designer:    Sacco + McKinney Size:    20,000 SF Complete redesign of the interior, and extensive restoration and reconstruction… View Article

Amherst College – Pratt Field House

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.  Client:    Amherst College Designer:    Bowie Gridley Architects Size:    17,600 SF Addition of a 15,000-sf Field House that included a medical facility (exam, taping and treatment rooms),… View Article

Amherst College – Seligman House

The Seligman House student dormitory renovation and expansion project at Amherst College included a 12,300-SF renovation as well as a 9,200-SF addition to the historic building.  Client:    Amherst College Designer:    Shepley Bulfinch Architects Size:    21,500 SF First renovation in the building’s 80-year history. Block and precast plank structure with a brick exterior…. View Article

Amherst College – Williston Hall

As one of the first components of the Amherst College’s Residential Master Plan, the conversion of Williston Hall turned this existing classroom/office building into a modern residence hall.  Client:    Amherst College Designer:    Sacco + McKinney Size:    10,000 SF Complete interior demolition, leaving only the brick shell. Removal of existing roof, roof trusses… View Article

Bard College – Center for Science and Computation

Construction of Bard College’s Reem/Kayden Center for Science and Computation, a dramatic curved structure housing laboratories, offices, and teaching facilities.  Client:    Bard College Designer:    Rafael Vinoly Architects Size:    69,500 SF Building contains wet and dry laboratories, offices, classrooms, and an 80-seat egg-shaped auditorium. Exterior features complex curtainwall geometry and custom metal cladding… View Article

Bard College – Fisher Performing Arts Center

Construction of a dramatic new Performing Arts Center for Bard College designed by renowned architect, Frank Gehry. Client:    Bard College Designer:    Frank O. Gehry Architects Size:    109,000 SF 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… View Article

Bennington College – Center for the Advancement of Public Action

This project involved construction of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) complex for Bennington College, consisting of three small buildings. Client:    Bennington College Designer:    Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects Size:    15,000 SF The largest structure totals 10,000 sq-ft. It houses classrooms, conference space, lounges, and kitchen facilities. The small… View Article

Brightwood/Lincoln Elementary School

Construction of a new elementary school building built on a 10.2-acre open field on Plainfield Street, adjacent to Chestnut Accelerated Middle School in Springfield, MA. Client:    City of Springfield Designer:    DiNisco Design Partership Size:    150,500 SF Photographer:   Peter Vanderwarker  Project Features Consolidation of two existing schools to accommodate 800 students from… View Article

Bunker Hill Community College – Health & Wellness Center

Construction of a new Health & Wellness Center addition to the Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, MA to support nurse education and health profession students. Client:    DCAMM Designer:    DiNisco Design Partnership Size:    48,000 SF Precast concrete piles and structural steel framing. Recycled steel in the structural frame. Interior construction included instructional… View Article

Dartmouth College – Floren Varsity Athletic House

This project involved construction of a new three-story Varsity Athletic Facility for Dartmouth College. Client:    Dartmouth College Designer:    Centerbrook Architects Size:    41,300 SF Facility houses a 10,000 SF strength training center and satellite training. Meeting room for 130 people. Classroom and locker facilities. Team offices and conference rooms. Lounge and reception space…. View Article

Dartmouth College – Hood Museum Renovation & Addition

Renovation and expansion of Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, NH. The job was a combination of newly constructed facilities and restored and updated spaces from the original 1985 Charles Moore building. Client:    Dartmouth College Designer:    Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects Size:    62,400 SF Photography:    Michael Moran Studio  … View Article

Dartmouth College – Kemeny Hall & Haldeman Center

This project reunited Dartmouth’s mathematics department that had been spread among three buildings. Kemeny Hall was renovated to integrate with the new Haldeman Center. Client:    Dartmouth College Designer:    Bruner/Cott & Associates Size:    93,000 SF Brick and granite structures. Kemeny Hall was renovated to integrate with the new Haldeman Center. Provides “smart” classrooms,… View Article

Deerfield Academy – Fitness Center & Greer Store Renovations

Addition to Deerfield Academy’s Greer Store and improvements to the Training and Fitness Center. Client:    Deerfield Academy Designer:    Kuhn Riddle Architects Size:    30,000 SF Addition doubled the size of Greer Store creating a Student Center type of space. Fitness and Training facility improvements included an upper-level cardio area with treadmills, bikes and… View Article

Deerfield Academy – Performing Arts Center

This project included renovations and additions to Deerfield Academy’s existing Performing Arts complex on the east side of its campus.  Client:    Deerfield Academy Designer:    Architectural Resources Cambridge (ARC) Size:    90,000 SF   Existing building was gutted to structure and completely redone. Renovations to the existing Black Box Theater Renovated art studios and… View Article

Hamilton College – List Art Center Renovations

Renovations to List Art Center, a cast-in-place concrete building constructed in 1969. Client:    Hamilton College Designer:    Chiang O’Brien Architects Size:    34,900 SF  Project Features Extensive concrete repair and restoration New skylights and window replacements Spatial reconfigurations in the western half Additions at building entrances New sprinkler system Asbestos abatement Reroofing Site improvements… 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

Project involved a new dramatic, triangular building to expand Harvard’s Chemistry Department complex. Client:    Harvard University Designer:    Ellenzweig Associates Size:    60,000 SF   Complex curtainwall façade with a soaring three-story atrium. Extensive below grade work for utility relocation. 30,000 sf of subterranean space beneath the interior courtyard. “Geo-Jet” earth retention system and… View Article

Harvard University – Maxwell-Dworkin Hall

This building was a new computer science and electrical engineering building located in Harvard’s North Yard completed on a fast-track basis to meet its Fall opening deadline. Client:    Harvard University Designer:    Payette Associates Size:    92,000 SF   Earth retention systems included a full sheet cofferdam, and local dewatering to reconcile ground water levels… View Article

Marist College – McCann Athletic Center Renovation

Renovation and addition to Marist College’s McCann Athletic Center. Client:    Marist College Designer:    Robert A.M. Stern Architects Size:    60,000 SF   Project Features Complete redesign of the Grey Gym and the current Fitness Center Two new full-size regulation basketball courts Elevated indoor track Separate athlete and non-athlete fitness facilities New locker room… View Article

Marist College – Natural Science and Allied Health Building

This project involved construction of a new building to house Marist College’s Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy programs. Client:    Marist College Designer:    Robert A.M. Stern Architects Size:    59,000 SF   Marist’s first academic building on its East Campus. Precast concrete wall assembly with a factory applied field stone veneer. Space includes classrooms,… View Article

Marist College – Steel Plant Studios

Renovation and addition to Marist’s Steel Plant Studio, a former industrial building that is home to the college’s Art Gallery and houses the Fine Arts and Fashion programs. Client:    Marist College Designer:    Robert A.M. Stern Architects Size:    47,500 SF Photography:    Peter Aaron/OTTO for Robert A.M. Stern Architects   12,000-SF renovation of… View Article

Marist College – Student Center and Music Building

The Student Center renovation enhanced the entire building, including the Music Department’s Performing Arts Room and Nelly Goletti Theatre, and an expanded and completely renovated the student Dining Hall. Client:    Marist College Designer:    Robert A.M. Stern Architects Size:    49,000 SF   Gut renovation of the existing kitchen and servery. Extensive MEP upgrades… View Article

MIT – Simmons Hall

Construction of a new 350-bed, cast-in-place concrete residence facility at MIT’s Cambridge campus, designed by internationally acclaimed architect, Steven Holl.  Client:    Massachusetts Institute of Technology Designer:    Steven Holl Architects Size:    196,000 SF   Perfcon concrete panels (high strength load-bearing precast panels in a waffle shape) poured onsite and installed to form the exterior walls… View Article

MIT – Various Infrastructure Upgrades

DOC was on call over the course of one year to service MIT campus-wide by improving infrastructure in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Major components of the work done for the institute include the modernization of several sections of steam and water piping. Client:    Massachusetts Institute of Technology Designer:    Vaughn Crayton   Located… 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

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 School – Rhodes Art Center

As part of Northfield Mount Hermon School’s plan to consolidate onto one campus, this project to construct the new Rhodes Arts Center brought all aspects of the visual and performing arts to one centrally located venue. Client:    Northfield Mount Hermon School Designer:    CBT Architects Size:    63,000 SF   New complex with a… View Article

Northfield Mount Hermon School – Infrastructure

As part of Northfield Mount Hermon School’s plan to consolidate all operations onto one campus, DOC was retained as design/builder for infrastructure work to support proposed and existing buildings. Client:    Northfield Mount Hermon School Designer:    Berkshire Design Group   New steam and condensate line along the inner loop. Sanitary sewer system replacement. Expansion… 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

Phillips Exeter Academy – Center for Theater and Dance

Construction of a new Center for Theater Dance at Phillips Exeter Academy. The building is comprised of five levels including a large main stage 350 seat performance space with orchestra pit. Client:    Phillips Exeter Academy Designer:    Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects Size:    58,500 SF Photography:    Michael Moran Studio   H Piles,… View Article

Quinsigamond CC – Science and Technology Building

Construction of a new Engineering, Science and Technology Building at Quinsigamond Community College located in Worcester, MA. Client:    DCAMM Designer:    Perry Dean Rogers Partners Architects Size:    34,000 SF   Logistically complex site with a grade change of approximately 20’ along the north-south axis of the building. The three-story building contains offices, wet… View Article

Salem State University – Mainstage Theater

Project involved a complete gutting of the existing facility and rebuilding of the theater as part of the Sophia Gordon Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.  Client:    DCAMM Designer:    Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects Size:    32,200 SF   Renovation of the 490-seat audience chamber. Stage and scene shop improvements. Additional space for… View Article

Smith College – Brown Fine Arts Center

Renovating 130,000 SF and expanding the Fine Arts Center an additional 30,000 SF was the most ambitious capital project in the history of Smith College located in Northampton, MA. Client:    Smith College Designer:    Polshek Architects (now Ennead Architects) Size:    160,000 SF   Existing portion of the building fully gutted and reconstructed. Nearly… View Article

Smith College – Campus Center

Construction of a new Campus Center at the heart of Smith College in Northampton, MA to provide students, faculty, and staff with a dynamic home for social interaction. Client:    Smith College Designer:    Weiss/Manfredi Architects Size:    55,000 SF   Construction surrounded the long, curved, sky lit gallery at the core of the design…. 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

Trinity-Pawling School – Smith Field House

Addition and renovation to Trinity-Pawling School’s existing field house, which combine to form the new Smith Field House.  Client:    Trinity-Pawling School Designer:    Kaeyer Garment + Davidson Architects Size:    22,000 SF   Indoor athletic courts for sports practices including basketball, baseball and lacrosse. New coaches locker rooms. New multi-purpose, centralized common space at… View Article

UCONN – Arjona Building Renovation

This project included renovations to the University of Connecticut’s most heavily used classroom building, providing much needed office space as part of the University’s four-year plan. Client:    University of Connecticut Designer:    BL Companies Size:    68,000 SF   Renovation of existing office space and classrooms. Updated electrical and climate control systems. New floor… View Article

UCONN – Basketball Practice Facility

Located next to the Gampel Arena at UCONN’s Storrs campus, this project involved construction of one of the largest basketball training facilities located on a college campus. Client:    University of Connecticut Designer:    Populous Size:    76,000 SF   Two separate 11,900-SF gyms with eight baskets in each court. Large weight rooms for strength… View Article

UCONN – Bousfield Psychology Building

This project was a renovation and addition to UCONN’s Psychology Building constructed on the north side of the existing building, just south of the new Social Sciences and Humanities Building East. Client:    University of Connecticut Designer:    HDR Architects & Engineers Size:    113,300 SF   New 31,000 SF addition and 81,000 SF renovation…. View Article

UCONN – Gentry Building

The Gentry Completion Project houses the Neag School of Education and included an extensive renovation to its classrooms, offices, laboratories and other departmental space. Client:    University of Connecticut Designer:    Svigals + Partners Size:    100,000 SF   Extensive renovation to the original 1960-built classrooms, offices, and laboratories. Installation of a sprinkler system. All… View Article

UMass Amherst – 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. Client:    UMass Building Authority Designer:    Gund Partnership Size:    47,000 SF   Steel framed building with concrete on metal decks. V shaped building footprint. Curtainwall cube structure as… View Article

UMass Amherst – Infrastructure Improvements

The project was in two separate places on the UMASS Amherst campus and consisted of utility upgrades of steam and condensate piping to service the future central heating plant.  Client:    UMass Building Authority Designer:    R.G. Vanderweil Engineers   New concrete and precast utility tunnels. Duct banks, manholes and vaults. Steam and condensate piping… View Article

UMass Amherst – South College Academic Facility

This project included renovation of the historic South College building, originally built in 1886, as well as a new four-story, 65,000 sf addition to the building.  Client:    UMass Building Authority Designer:    DiMella Shaffer Size:    95,000 SF   Complete gut renovation of the historic building. Underpinning of existing foundations to accommodate new floor levels… View Article

Vassar College – Integrated Sciences Center

The centerpiece of this project was construction of the new Bridge Building spanning across the Fonteyn Kill and connecting to Olmsted Hall with a two-level skywalk. The project also encompassed renovations of the historic New England Building, Sanders Physics, and Olmsted Hall. Client:    Vassar College Designer:    Ennead Architects Size:    157,000 SF   New… View Article

Wellesley College – Davis Museum Renovations

DOC was retained to provide advice and guidance for corrective actions to portions of the renowned Davis Museum. After only fifteen years of use the museum required extensive upgrades for mechanical equipment, sound attenuation, roofing, glass and glazing. Client:    Wellesley College Designer:    James Gainfort Architects   Exterior envelope repairs. Installation of a second… View Article

Wellesley College – Infrastructure Upgrade Project

Daniel O’Connell’s Sons was contracted by Wellesley College to guide them through a series of critical, center-of-campus infrastructure upgrades.  Client:    Wellesley College Designer:    BVH Integrated Services   New steam and condensate piping. Telecommunications and electrical duct banks. Chilled water piping. Storm drainage piping.

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 time we partnered with ADD, Inc. to deliver a new residence hall at the Gateway Campus in Worcester, MA.  Client:    Worcester Polytechnic Institute Designer:    ADD, Inc. (now with Stantec) Size:    89,000 SF   Fast-track Design/Build schedule saw design… View Article

WPI – Gateway Park Phase II

Gateway Park is a 12 acre, mixed-use destination for life sciences and biotech companies. Built and owned by O’Connell subsidiary, O’Connell Development Group, DOC served as construction manager on the Phase II building project.   Client:    Worcester Polytechnic Institute Designer:    Perkins + Will, Inc. Size:    92,000 SF   Located on a former brownfield… 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.  Client:    Yale University Designer:    Kieran Timberlake Size:    160,000 SF   Pipe jacking method throughout the courtyards. All new interior walls and finishes. Incorporation of life safety and accessibility components. Relocation and upgrade of… View Article

Yale University – Divinity School

The Sterling Divinity Quadrangle Adaptive Reuse Project involved a labyrinth of 17 buildings on 21 different levels. Every one of these buildings was affected by this ambitious reconstruction and adaptive reuse program. Client:    Yale University Designer:    R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects Size:    162,000 SF   Complete interior renovations of all buildings… View Article

Yale University – Marquand Chapel Renovation

Yale University retained Daniel O’Connell’s Sons for preconstruction and construction services related to major upgrades at Marquand Chapel. Client:    Yale University Designer:    R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects   New 50% larger, reinforced balcony designed to accept the loads and physical restraints of a new organ. All new interior walls and finishes. Incorporated… View Article

Yale University – Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall Renovations

This complex renovation of Yale’s 1932-built, mixed-use Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall was completed within an extremely short time frame. Client:    Yale University Designer:    The S/L/A/M Collaborative   New interior walls and finishes, Incorporated accessibility and life safety issues. New mechanical and electrical systems. Energy efficient features. Infrastructure upgrades within an existing building and code remediation… View Article

Yale University – Silliman College Renovation

Daniel O’Connell’s Sons managed the fast-track dormitory renovation projects of several residential colleges at Yale including the Silliman College renovation. Client:    Yale University Designer:    The S/L/A/M Collaborative   Upgrades to the safety and control systems Interior finishes. Asbestos abatement. Fast-track project completed during the three-month summer break.

Yale University – Stoeckel Hall

Renovation of Yale’s Stoeckel Hall, originally built in 1897 as a Venetian-Gothic residence for a fraternity, consisted of restoration of exterior terracotta and windows, major interior renovations and a new addition. Client:    Yale University Designer:    Charney Architects Size:    22,600 SF   Existing building was gutted down to the wood studs and a… View Article