Coghlin Electrical, IBEW Local 96 In Progress with Foisie Innovation Studio and Messenger Residence Hall at WPI

February 28th, 2018

Renderings: Gensler

Architect: Gensler, Boston, MA; GC: Shawmut Construction, Boston, MA

Coghlin Electrical President Sue Mailman (2nd from left) at the WPI site with IBEW Local 96 apprentices (l-r) Esmerelda Saez, Michael Collins, and Dino Gleason.

Worcester, MA – IBEW Local 96 signatory contractor, Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc., based in Worcester, is in progress with the ground-up, core and shell electrical construction of Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Foisie Innovation Studio and Messenger Residence Hall project.

The new, five-story, 78,000 square-foot building, located at the center of the WPI campus, will house two floors of high-tech classrooms, makerspace, and a robotics engineering lab, as well as a three-floor student residence hall. The contemporary educational facility, designed by architectural firm, Gensler, of Boston, will feature collaborative project workspace and active learning classrooms.

Coghlin Electrical and its Local 96 field crew are providing installation of the facility’s primary power and electrical distribution sytem, emergency power, fire alarm system, and its interior and exterior lighting and lighting control systems. At peak construction, the Coghlin team, headed by Project Manager Tim Hickey and Foreman Joe Demango, will manage a crew of 20 Local 96 journeymen and apprentice electricians on the project.

Renderings: Gensler

The contractor commenced work on the Foisie Innovation Studio and Messenger Residence Hall project in summer 2017 and the WPI project is on schedule for completion in the fall.

Coghlin Electrical is on a project team headed by general contractor, Shawmut Construction, of Boston.

Upcoming Events

MAY 2018

  • Tuesday, May 22, 6pm – LU 96 Executive Board Meeting at Union Hall
  • Thursday, May 31, 10am – Retiree Group Meeting at Union Hall


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