Suffolk Construction builds new Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Construction management firm links history with the future by building museum using state-of-the-art virtual models and BIM technologies.

August 07, 2012 |
The two-story Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, designed by Margulies Perruzzi Ar

AUGUST 7, 2012--Merging the building industry’s latest technology with one of the most famous stories in American history, Suffolk Construction recently completed construction of the new $27 million Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum in time for its grand opening ceremony.

Suffolk leveraged its “build smart” approach and state-of-the-art technologies to meet numerous challenges on this 18,700-sf project. One of the most significant challenges was finding a way to house the extensive mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems in the unusually tight confines of the museum’s attic space. To address this challenge, Suffolk implemented virtual models and BIM early in the planning process to re-work the layout of the MEP systems to ensure they would fit in the allotted space. This innovative solution allowed the team to prefabricate much of the MEP components off site, allowing for a more efficient installation on this very tight building site.

The two-story Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, designed by Margulies Perruzzi Architects, sits on a floating barge with a Tavern/Tea Room on the top floor. The barge is surrounded by two historic replica ships, with a third ship expected to be added in 2014. The adjacent pier building contains a retail store, meeting rooms and offices. +

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