February, 2015

Phase 2B Underway as Walsh Brothers Continues Work on Novartis Headquarters Building Facade Project

Walsh Brothers, having recently completed Phases 1 and 2 of this important project, has begun Phase 2B of the Façade Improvements project for the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc. world headquarters building (formerly the landmark NECCO Building). The project is being completed in collaboration with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, the project architect/engineer, and is broken out into multiple phases to ensure minimal disruption to occupants of the building and to the surrounding area. This multi-phased improvement project to both Buildings A and B is located on a very busy site at 250 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge and requires extensive communication and exacting safety standards to ensure the safety of occupants of the building, as well as pedestrians and traffic in the area.

The building's facade is of masonry skin and limestone with several different construction types, and involves materials abatement on the existing flashing. Working on a project such as this where seasonal conditions play a large role in the project outcome, Walsh Brothers is utilizing its past experience and lessons learned on similar projects to help ensure success.