Large-Scale Furniture and Architectural Wall Installation for Partners Healthcare

How much furniture and wall product was required to outfit the 750,000 square feet of workspace at the Partners Healthcare Systems headquarters, a recent addition to Assembly Row in Somerville, Mass.? As the company that performed those large-scale installations, Colonial Systems can tell you it took miles of Teknion Optos and Altos wall systems, over 4,000 Knoll workstations, and more.

Three Daytime Teams Installing Full Time

On February 1, three Colonial field teams launched construction at Partners’ Assembly Row project. The first group, led by foreman Patrick Curran, installed nearly three miles of Teknion architectural walls, while the second, under foreman Jason Redman, installed a total 4,200 Knoll workstations. The third crew, managed by foreman Mike Nigrelli, labored through long evening shifts of receiving/staging product and performing furniture installations.

In March, another daytime team, captained by foreman Mike Caponigro, installed ancillary furniture and specialty rooms, according to Ray Theberge, Colonial Systems’ senior vice president and our project manager for Partners Healthcare’s furniture and architectural wall installations.

Approximately 90% of the furniture and wall systems were successfully delivered from the factories to the job site. Once received at the Colonial Systems warehouse, these items were aptly redirected to Assembly Row, as detailed in the installation plan. The on-site receiving work included pre-dawn delivery of two to three trailers of Teknion wall product per week. In addition, two fully-loaded trailers delivered furniture product on a routine evening, five nights per week. The flow rate commenced for roughly six months, totaling the upwards of 240 trailers.

Second-shift Team effectively kept Job on Schedule

During its active construction, the Assembly Row development presented an ever-changing set of challenges for the drivers. The hardships they encountered throughout the deliveries of February and March are captured in the photos included with this post.

Tasked with a pivotal role in the project, Colonial foreman Mike Nigrelli and his second-shift team upheld a highly productive work schedule. As part of their efforts, the team diligently unloaded product, checked for completeness and product condition, and transported the items to the proper location for the ensuing day’s installations.

Strong Manufacturer and Dealer Support

Under the general contracting of Suffolk Construction Company, the Partners Healthcare headquarters project was expertly designed by Gensler. With client dealers like Office Resources (Knoll and other furniture brands) and OfficeWorks (Teknion architectural walls), Colonial received solid support from project managers, Nadim Jamal (ORI) and Joe DeVeau and Jeff Jordan (OfficeWorks).

The wall team thrived under the on-site support and product knowledge of both Teknion project manager Claud Houde and field engineer Stephan Poulin, both of whom travel the world to facilitate demanding contracts.

The Partners Healthcare installations mark the largest half-inch Teknion project integrating Optos and Altos in the history of the architectural product lines. We greatly appreciated the vast attention we garnered from the on-site visits of Kent Smallwood, Teknion vice president of architectural products, and Don Gravel, Teknion engineering manager for manufacturing.