In late October 2019, State Electric’s Commercial Division completed the electrical core & shell and fit-out of Akamai’s Global Headquarters at 145 Broadway, Cambridge in partnership with Turner Construction. The 19-story, 480,000 SF office tower consolidates Akamai’s six Kendall Square offices, placing 2,000 of their employees in the same building to foster an environment of innovation and collaboration. Akamai is a multinational internet technology corporation that secures and delivers digital experiences for major companies all over the world. Their cutting edge office space has many unique features that include the “Aka-Mile” LED light fixture, numerous exterior cantilevers, 350 conference/meeting rooms, 19 different floor plates, amphitheater-style seating areas, libraries, full cafeteria, kitchen on every floor, and Global Network Operations and Broadcast Operations Command Centers.
Under the leadership of Project Manager Jim Ryan, Core & Shell General Foremen Kevin Demarco, Fit-Out General Foreman Juan Ramos, and Assistant Project Manager Matt Goyette, our team did an outstanding job executing this dynamic project. With the aggressive schedule, State Electric’s craft labor peaked at 90 electricians and it took a highly focused effort to meet the target completion date.
The most challenging part of the 145 Broadway – Akamai project was the complexity of the lighting. Most notably being the one-mile LED light fixture of continuous illumination with custom angles and miters that traverses the “Aka-Mile’s” stairwells and hallways. The “Aka-Mile” is a mile-long walking pathway across all 19-floors that was designed to connect teams throughout the 480,000 SF building. The “Aka-Mile” and other recessed linear fixtures with mitered angles and “X” transitions took extremely precise BIM coordination in order to install. Along with the recessed linear LED light fixtures, there were numerous other cutting edge fixtures that required rigorous coordination. The lighting integration into the wood ceiling’s transitions from the gypsum and acoustic ceilings along with the wavy ceiling on the 19th floor with different heights proved to be challenging as well.
The 145 Broadway – Akamai project is State Electric’s largest office core & shell/fit-out job completed to date and our upper management has recognized our project team for their strong performance: Project Manager Jim Ryan, Core & Shell General Foremen Kevin Demarco, Fit-Out General Foreman Juan Ramos, Assistant Project Manager Matt Goyette, VDC Coordinator Rocco Capalino, and Foremen Chris Goodwin, Keith Borsari, Manny Bettencourt, Mike Hartford, Mike Mullen, Rodney Cepeda, Sean Callaghan, and Sen Chen.