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Planning and Construction

Capital Projects

The Office of Planning and Construction oversees all projects on campus. 

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Jon Nattinville
Director of Planning and Construction
781.891.2310

Trent Rex
Senior Mechanical Project Manager
781.891.2207

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Dyna Ly
Assistant Project Manager
781.891.2715

Michael Wade

Michael Wade
Space Planning Administrator
781.891.2209

Project Request Form

To submit a project request, please reach out to the Planning and Construction team for a Project Request Form. After your formal request is submitted, you will be contacted by a Planning and Construction team member to review the scope of work and discuss the process. Please note that your project submission is not a project approval or a funding assignment request.

Did you know...

Campus Construction

Renovation and building projects on the Bentley campus involve cooperation and collaboration among many groups including Facilities Management, Administration and Finance, Board subcommittees and the departments impacted by the project. These groups provide insight and guidance on all major building projects including oversight of general contractors, setting budgets, assistance in the design process, and assuring the quality and the function of the new or renovated space.

Ten Year Capital Plan

Bentley University continues to work on the ten year capital plan as it relates to the overall mission of the university.

Project Request Form

The Project Request Form is a formal request to the Planning and Construction team available to the Bentley community. The form is used to initiate the request for a construction/renovation project. Once received, the Planning and Construction team member will review the scope of work and meet with the requester to discuss the project. It is a form to keep the project on track with data collection such as funding, schedule and the appropriate approvals.

2019 Winter Break Construction Projects

Dana Pool Lighting Project:
Replaced the existing fluorescent high output fixtures to new LED High Bay Lighting within the pool area.
This project reduced the wattage output by appr. 40% and enhanced the overall lighting levels throughout the space. This project alone will reduce the annual consumption by 4,755 kwh per year.

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Fenway 411: Shower Room:
The existing construction with corian panels have leaked over the years causing damage in the units below.
We performed a complete gut and installed our standard copper pan, mud set, durock, and laticrete waterproofing under the final tile. The wall tile in the shower is floor to ceiling and a 42" wainscoat tile for the balance of the room. Work to be completed 100% by 1/7/20.

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Falcone Corridor Floors (North, East, and West):
The existing carpet floors were in terrible condition. Consistent with our campus standards we removed the existing carpet, leveled the floors, and installed a new rubber flooring along with new vinyl base. This is a very durable flooring, easy to maintain, and also eliminates the smell associated with carpet. The entrance mats were also replaced as part of the works.

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Miller Switchboard Replacement:
The main switchboard was replaced for Miller. A significant amount of preparation work was performed during this past summer to get us ready for the change out. The entire building's electricity was shut down on 12/26/29
with the emergency systems -- lighting and the fire alarm panel being energized by the existing generator.
The board was changed out and the building back up on permanent power on Sunday 12/29/19. This is one of 2 major milestones. The remaining work is the installation of the whole building generator which will be installed right after Commencement. All preparation work has been completed for this work.

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LaCava Portico Waterproofing:
This project started on 12/26/19 and will continue throughout January. The finished spaces below the portico get wet during rain events. The cause is the existing waterproofing between the concrete plank and the topping
concrete slab have been compromised over time. The work being performed requires the entire 6" concrete topping slab to be removed and new waterproofing membrane to be installed, then a new concrete topping slab will be installed and a waterproofing wearing course to finish the slab. At the building we are also installing through wall flashing to assist in providing a pathway for water that gets behind the brick to drain out and not into the building.

Construction work in progress

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LaCava 298 Conference Room Conversion to 2 Offices:
The existing conference room is being divided into 2 offices. Work consisted of demo, erection of new walls, re-configuring HVAC, electrical/data, ceiling, lighting, paint, new carpet, and furniture.

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Additional Construction Work Performed:

1. Lindsay Re-Keying Project: All of the existing door cores were replaced, key pads installed in select areas, and A new Key Watcher installed. The re-keying is in conformance with the campus keying policy and provides enhanced security. Surveys were performed in the Fall along with meetings with the user groups. This allowed
the long lead items to be ordered and on hand for the work to start the week of 12/16/19. Keys were passed out while the installation work took place. This allowed us to hand out the new keys prior to people leaving on break.

2. Adamian 161: We converted 2 offices into one and a storage closet. Work included demo, new ceiling, adjustments to the sprinkler, lighting, carpet, and paint.

3. Orchard North and South Generator: Portions of the underground works and pulling cabling into the emergency closets. This work will help reduce the building down time and reduce the construction timeline when the new generator is installed after commencement.
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4. Exterior LED Lighting: We were able to continue upon or conversion from less efficient high/low pressure sodium and metal halide lamps to energy efficient LED. With the work performed over break, campus wide, we are at approximately 85% LED lighting for exterior lighting.

Due Diligence work for upcoming summer projects:

Collins Hall:
a. All of the windows were measured to allow submittals and ordering to take place. The lead time can be as far out as 20 weeks.
b. The existing main switchboard and panels were all surveyed by the contractor. This will allow for submittals to start and get the equipment ordered to meet the May 11th start date.
c. Suite doors for the Phase 2 remodel (Floors 1 -3) were all measured.

Falcones: Met with the architect to review the upcoming remodeling scope to allow design to start.

2019 Summer Capital Projects

Collins Hall Dorm Renovation

Collins Hall is being renovated to meet the new design standards on campus and address deferred maintenance projects. The project has been split into three projects spanning FY19-FY21. The major interior remodeling project began May 13 and will span FY 19 -20 phase 1 and then May FY20 –FY21 to complete the 84 suites. The work is similar to Orchard N & S with the following: full gut of the bathrooms, new vinyl flooring in the common areas and bedrooms, new paint, and new appliances. The furniture will also be replaced as part of the overall project. The exterior door replacement is set to continue with the standard we established at Rhodes, to include adding card readers. Chapman completed phase one on time in just 10 weeks and the student reviews have been phenomenal. We are now working with Chapman to get ready for phase two next summer by ordering materials and lining up the same team’s from the summer.

Library Slate Roof Replacement

After the spring storms in 2018 there was extensive damage to the roof and large loss of slate. The roof had been continuously patched until it could be replaced, and in FY18 we released SGH to complete the design. SGH completed the design which was sent to Titan Roofing for pricing with the work slated to start in FY19. Titan roofing was awarded the project and completed 95% of the structural reinforcement during winter break, with the rest of the structural completed during spring break. The project started immediately following Reunion Weekend, and was completed the week of 9/11/19.

Dana Center Pool Filer Room Piping Replacement

The pool water piping in the filter pit at the Dana Center were covered in significant corrosion due to active leaks that require having 3 sump pumps active at all times. Additionally the piping has failed several times and caused significant leaks, requiring emergency patching and temporary fixes with large costs. The piping is beyond its useful life and must undergo repairs to avoid larger issues down the road. The project went out to bid to PURAqua (the company that services our pool) and Elge Plumbing for a price comparison. The project time frame changed due to having to drain the pool which could only occur from July to August. The pit work was completed during Spring break to help to expedite our summer schedule and allow for less pool downtime. The project is now complete with the pool operating normally with a solid infrastructure behind it.

Copley North/South and Fenway Chiller Replacements

The Copley Chillers were installed in the early 2000’s and typically would last for twenty to thirty years if installed correctly.  Due to design flaws combined with bad controls, the chillers have been operating under conditions that have drastically shortened their useful life. Trinidad Engineering was the selected vendor to complete the design for these replacement chillers.  The project is in design with drawings expected to be complete by May 2020. Construction is tentatively planned for July/August of FY21.

Adamian Exterior Door Replacement

The exterior doors on the Adamian building are beyond their useful life and were in need of replacement.  Taking this into consideration, we seized the opportunity to upgrade security measures as well. The plan was to meet the door standards set in place by the remodel of Jennison in 2016. The project is part of a campus overhaul into the safety and security master plan. Lincoln Architects finalized plans for bid in the fall, and the project was sent out to bid in November 2018.  The bids were received back and the project was awarded to Walker Construction. Walker submitted the application for permit and the project started after commencement on May 20th and was completed June 30, 2019.

EIF/Window Replacement-Miller Hall

We requested SGH to design replacement windows and details to resolve long term water issues which were due to the building envelope.  We requested SGH to have the project ready for bid by the end of November, which was achieved. Facilities selected an aluminum double hung window, which will become the new standard for future window replacements on campus. The project was sent out to bid to Chapman, Timberline, and Sienna Construction with bids received back on December 18th. After review, the contract was awarded to Timberline Construction. The project started immediately following commencement and was completed mid-July 2019.

Miller Window Replacement

 

Parking Lot-Miller Hall

Jon Pate Architects and Bill Doyle completed the drawings for the Miller Parking Lot Renovation and were sent out to bid in early November 2018. Mastrioanni Landscaping was awarded the contract and the work began May 20th, just after commencement.  The project expanded into redesigning Circle Road due to existing conditions with the gas line, ledge and due to safety concerns, raised the road approximately 16 inches.  We incorporated moving the sidewalks next to the roadways with vertical granite curb as part of our campus wide initiative since it lasts longer and reduces the amount of sod required each year from a maintenance perspective. The project was completed by August 2019.  

Miller Lot Miller Lot

Miller High Voltage

Miller Hall will be an additional shelter in place on campus in preparation for any natural disaster. This project was coordinated with the parking lot work as it requires a much larger generator and new underground piping. This project includes increasing the size of the generator and making the building self-sufficient if we lose power on campus. Everett Engineers was contracted for design and completed the design documents at the end of January. P&H Electrical was awarded the project and successfully completed phase one of the project: Running the new conduit, removing and reinstalling the existing generator until the new one arrives for winter break 2020.

Lindsay Hall-Bathroom Renovation

The bathrooms in Lindsay Hall were beyond their useful life and in dire need of repair.  Due to ongoing ceiling grid issues and the high level of student usage in the busy building, they were escalated for renovations. Lincoln Architects was contracted for the design and completed the construction documents in preparation for bid. The project was sent out to bid to Chapman, Timberline, and Builders Systems Inc., with bids received back by December 18th. After a bid review, Builder Systems was awarded the contract. Builder Systems began construction on May 20th, and completed the project in mid-August 2019.  This project required phasing the upstairs restrooms first, followed by the ground floor in order to have building occupants able to use the facilities.

Parking Deck Repair- Orchard Deck

Similar to the Miller Parking Deck, the work consisted of concrete repairs, welding, seams, and restriping the deck. The project was given to ACME, which was the same contractor that completed the Miller Deck.  The project was completed in June 2019, three weeks ahead of schedule.

South Elevation Repairs- LaCava

The work consisted of through-wall flashing, EIFs replacement, and select window replacements. SGH completed the design for the waterproofing and window replacement and the bid packages were reviewed for contractor selection. Timberline construction was awarded the contract and began work immediately after reunion weekend.  The project was completed mid-August 2019 after working around all of the activities in the EDR and FDR.   

Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin Donuts is being relocated to the Student Center from Collins Hall per the request of Residential Life and student’s in the old Russo’s location.  Homeland Builders Mobilized on Tuesday 8/10/19, with work expected to take three weeks.  The space is slightly larger and will have all new finishes to give Dunkin’ a cleaner and fresh look on campus.

2019 Maintenance and Repair Projects

Summer Dorm Preventive Maintenance HVAC Filter PM’s

During the summer break while the students were away, we cleaned and changed out all A/C filters to keep the units running at optimal efficiency.  In the past we have done this on a yearly basis and discovered they could be done more frequently.  By doing so on a semi-annual basis, we have decreased customer complaints of units not working and increased the useful life of each unit.

Summer Dorm Preventive Maintenance Plumbing PM’s

During the summer, we addressed all resident plumbing fixtures throughout the dorms, apartments, and suites.  They checked/repaired all fixtures, drains, and made sure everything is going in the right direction.  This minimizes the workload when the students return in the fall by pro-actively addressing issues before they were recognized.

Summer Dorm Preventive Maintenance Electrical PM’s

During the summer break, we addressed all resident electrical fixtures testing and replacing all outlets, light switches, lights and lenses, and all cord caps.  This minimizes the workload when the students return in the fall by pro-actively addressing issues before they were recognized.

Student Center, Dana Center, LaCava Drains

We contracted out the first of a semi-annual PM to snake, scrub, and clean the kitchen drains on campus.  In the past, we have had constant issues with the drains for various reasons and made the decision to proactively scrub them to minimize issues that could arise during the semesters.  We will monitor this maintenance approach.

Cooling Season Transition

In May, we transitioned from heating over to cooling throughout the campus.  Prior to this, we cleaned all strainers, punched all chiller tubes, and cleaned and changed the belts in the cooling towers.  In anticipation of the changeover, we shut down all heating systems the day prior and the following day we started the process of changing the campus over.  Once we swapped all valves over in all buildings to divert the water from the boilers to the chillers, we enabled all chill water systems and monitored.

LaCava Ground Floor Mechanical Room

 

We contracted out BMI Mechanical to coat the boiler room at Lacava.  Prior to the work, we used krud cutter to clean the floor then BMI came in to mobilize, diamond grind/shot blast with dustless system to floor areas and pads to remove any existing coating and provide proper coating, cut at transitions as needed and used existing threshold as termination points, and patched all areas needed and feathered edges.  After the prep was complete, they installed the first coat of poly-krete urethane cement self-leveling floor system and broadcast for non-skid at elevator area and small hall.  Upon cure, they applied high-performance polyaspartic over prepared floor areas and safety yellow epoxy at vertical fronts of all equipment pads.

 

 

President’s House Preventive Maintenance

While the President and her family were on vacation, we scheduled and performed all preventive maintenance in the house.  We changed all filters in each air handler, washed down all condenser units, checked operation of all pumps, and changed electrodes and checked combustion on the boilers.  All systems are running as designed.

SMITH Hall Liebert Repair

In July, the liebert in Smith Data 2 went down.  Our initial response was to get a spot cooler set up in place to supplement the lack of conditioned air in the space.  Upon investigation we found circuit 2 had a restriction in the filter dryer causing low suction alarm and circuit 1 had a bad compressor.  To correct the issue, we evacuated the system, removed the failed filter dryer and installed new.  Pulled vacuum on system and recharged.  We then addressed circuit 1 by evacuating the system, removed the compressor, installed, pulled vacuum, and charged back up.  The unit is now working at full capacity maintaining proper temperatures for the space.

Dana Center pool pump

The pool pump at the Dana Center failed.  This pump gets continuous use and we keep a spare onsite for situations like this.  We removed the failed pump and installed the stand-by.  When we opened up the pump, we found the impeller to be worn very thin and the motor burnt out.  We weighed the cost of repair vs. replacement and purchased a new pump.  This will be our stand-by pump for the future.

Fenway Hot Water Heater Replacement

The hot water heater at Fenway sprung a leak.  This unit was not repairable and was at the end of its’ useful life.  We removed the old unit, set the new one in place, made all connections and fired it up.  The tank is back in operation and the system is running as designed.

 

Morison LED Lighting Upgrade

LED Lighting upgrades have been completed at Morison CMT.  Upgrades include the installation of new LED Down Lighting, and New LED Drop In Lighting fixtures, The total wattage of the facility has been reduces from 5,058 watts to 914 watts. All of these upgrades will result in a kilowatt hour reduction in this facility of 14,570kwh.

 

Slade LED Lighting Upgrade and Switchgear Upgrade

LED lighting upgrade at Slade, replacing 230, 2 lamp (28 watt) 4 foot fluorescent fixtures with Eversource provided 40 watt LED fixtures. Stilian Electric was the contractor. This work was part of the electrical switchgear replacement.

Stilian Electric started the project on Monday June 10th, the power was disconnected from the building and the demolition of the old gear began. During the outage, the building’s emergency lighting was supported by generator at the Tree dorms. The work also included pulling new feeders to the sub panels on each floor supporting lighting throughout the building. The new Square –D switchgear was in place by Wednesday, June 12th. Square D technicians performed field testing of the gear prior to energizing the equipment. Once the testing was complete, the building was put back into service on Thursday, June 13th.

Miller LED Lighting Upgrade

Coordinate the replacement and installation of 296 LED 4ft fixtures, replacing 2-28watt fluorescent fixtures. The LED fixtures were provided by Eversource.  The project is complete.

 

Water Main Break Repair

Santangelo landscape and Construction was hired to repair the 8” water main break in front of Boylston B. The water break was discovered by our in-house Energy Manager who noticed a significant increase in water usage. After accessing the Bentley grounds, no visible water was seen in or around the areas to which the main lines run through. An underground sonar technician was hired to locate where the water loss was occurring. There was a large break located near the north entryway to Boylston B. The break was more than 8 feet in the ground and the section of broken pipe was repaired within a day. During the water audit the underground sonar technician also found a break on the lower campus that was also repaired. 

Water Main Break

2019 Maintenance and Repair Projects

Summer Dorm Preventive Maintenance HVAC Filter PM’s

During the summer break while the students were away, we cleaned and changed out all A/C filters to keep the units running at optimal efficiency.  In the past we have done this on a yearly basis and discovered they could be done more frequently.  By doing so on a semi-annual basis, we have decreased customer complaints of units not working and increased the useful life of each unit.

Summer Dorm Preventive Maintenance Plumbing PM’s

During the summer, we addressed all resident plumbing fixtures throughout the dorms, apartments, and suites.  They checked/repaired all fixtures, drains, and made sure everything is going in the right direction.  This minimizes the workload when the students return in the fall by pro-actively addressing issues before they were recognized.

Summer Dorm Preventive Maintenance Electrical PM’s

During the summer break, we addressed all resident electrical fixtures testing and replacing all outlets, light switches, lights and lenses, and all cord caps.  This minimizes the workload when the students return in the fall by pro-actively addressing issues before they were recognized.

Student Center, Dana Center, LaCava Drains

We contracted out the first of a semi-annual PM to snake, scrub, and clean the kitchen drains on campus.  In the past, we have had constant issues with the drains for various reasons and made the decision to proactively scrub them to minimize issues that could arise during the semesters.  We will monitor this maintenance approach.

Cooling Season Transition

In May, we transitioned from heating over to cooling throughout the campus.  Prior to this, we cleaned all strainers, punched all chiller tubes, and cleaned and changed the belts in the cooling towers.  In anticipation of the changeover, we shut down all heating systems the day prior and the following day we started the process of changing the campus over.  Once we swapped all valves over in all buildings to divert the water from the boilers to the chillers, we enabled all chill water systems and monitored.

LaCava Ground Floor Mechanical Room

 

We contracted out BMI Mechanical to coat the boiler room at Lacava.  Prior to the work, we used krud cutter to clean the floor then BMI came in to mobilize, diamond grind/shot blast with dustless system to floor areas and pads to remove any existing coating and provide proper coating, cut at transitions as needed and used existing threshold as termination points, and patched all areas needed and feathered edges.  After the prep was complete, they installed the first coat of poly-krete urethane cement self-leveling floor system and broadcast for non-skid at elevator area and small hall.  Upon cure, they applied high-performance polyaspartic over prepared floor areas and safety yellow epoxy at vertical fronts of all equipment pads.

 

 

President’s House Preventive Maintenance

While the President and her family were on vacation, we scheduled and performed all preventive maintenance in the house.  We changed all filters in each air handler, washed down all condenser units, checked operation of all pumps, and changed electrodes and checked combustion on the boilers.  All systems are running as designed.

SMITH Hall Liebert Repair

In July, the liebert in Smith Data 2 went down.  Our initial response was to get a spot cooler set up in place to supplement the lack of conditioned air in the space.  Upon investigation we found circuit 2 had a restriction in the filter dryer causing low suction alarm and circuit 1 had a bad compressor.  To correct the issue, we evacuated the system, removed the failed filter dryer and installed new.  Pulled vacuum on system and recharged.  We then addressed circuit 1 by evacuating the system, removed the compressor, installed, pulled vacuum, and charged back up.  The unit is now working at full capacity maintaining proper temperatures for the space.

Dana Center pool pump

The pool pump at the Dana Center failed.  This pump gets continuous use and we keep a spare onsite for situations like this.  We removed the failed pump and installed the stand-by.  When we opened up the pump, we found the impeller to be worn very thin and the motor burnt out.  We weighed the cost of repair vs. replacement and purchased a new pump.  This will be our stand-by pump for the future.

Fenway Hot Water Heater Replacement

The hot water heater at Fenway sprung a leak.  This unit was not repairable and was at the end of its’ useful life.  We removed the old unit, set the new one in place, made all connections and fired it up.  The tank is back in operation and the system is running as designed.

 

Morison LED Lighting Upgrade

LED Lighting upgrades have been completed at Morison CMT.  Upgrades include the installation of new LED Down Lighting, and New LED Drop In Lighting fixtures, The total wattage of the facility has been reduces from 5,058 watts to 914 watts. All of these upgrades will result in a kilowatt hour reduction in this facility of 14,570kwh.

 

Slade LED Lighting Upgrade and Switchgear Upgrade

LED lighting upgrade at Slade, replacing 230, 2 lamp (28 watt) 4 foot fluorescent fixtures with Eversource provided 40 watt LED fixtures. Stilian Electric was the contractor. This work was part of the electrical switchgear replacement.

Stilian Electric started the project on Monday June 10th, the power was disconnected from the building and the demolition of the old gear began. During the outage, the building’s emergency lighting was supported by generator at the Tree dorms. The work also included pulling new feeders to the sub panels on each floor supporting lighting throughout the building. The new Square –D switchgear was in place by Wednesday, June 12th. Square D technicians performed field testing of the gear prior to energizing the equipment. Once the testing was complete, the building was put back into service on Thursday, June 13th.

Miller LED Lighting Upgrade

Coordinate the replacement and installation of 296 LED 4ft fixtures, replacing 2-28watt fluorescent fixtures. The LED fixtures were provided by Eversource.  The project is complete.