Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

Aero/Astro Laboratory, Building 33 Syska Hennessy Group completed the renovation of MIT's Building 33 which is a five-story special projects building housing laboratories, classrooms, student workshop areas and a library. The Aero/Astro Laboratory includes classrooms and facilities for a wide-range of research projects including the study of the environmental impact of aerospace systems, research on the technological, operational economic and management problems associated with the engineering of future air transportation systems.

Syska Hennessy Group engineering design included HVAC, auto-control electric power, lighting, fire alarms, fire suppression and accommodations for tel/data for this unique space. A special challenge arose from the fact that the building had no air conditioning. This meant that the facility was without the necessary space that existing ductwork would have provided so that designed tolerances were within one-half inch. The entire design process required very close coordination with the architect.


Buildings 37 & E55 - Fire Alarm System Replacement

We designed the complete fire alarm system replacement in a classroom/laboratory building and high-rise married student housing with upgrade to current code and ADA standards. Installation of new system was phased to allow the buildings to operate normally during the renovation.


Buildings 48 & W91 - Emergency Power Upgrade

We designed for addition of diesel driven emergency generator and replacement of normal electrical service entrance equipment in two academic buildings. Our work is phased to allow the buildings to continue to operate normally while the existing equipment is replaced and the new generators installed.


Building 13, Vannevar Bush Building Center for Materials Science Laboratory

Facility Assessment Survey of mechanical and electrical systems and master plan for upgrading this 180,000 sq. ft. Materials Science Laboratory Building originally constructed in 1964. Numerous renovations and lab relocations have been made in this building due to the changing nature of research facilities. The survey provided the means for planning future renovations and upgrades for central systems in order to avoid costly repairs and potentially hazardous conditions.


Crystal Physics Lab - 3rd Floor

We designed the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems for research laboratory, includes VAV hood exhaust.