iRobot on Track to Produce US Army Robots and Spare Parts for Training and Simulation
5/9/2008, Quincy, MA — Bedford, MA–J. Calnan & Associates, Inc., recently completed a 150,000sf interior fit-out of three two-story, steel/masonry buildings at 8, 10, 12 Crosby Drive in Bedford for iRobot’s new world headquarters. This keeps them on schedule to produce more than 200 robots and spare parts for the U.S. Army for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation. The $9.5 million project designed by ADD, Inc., was launched in June, 2007 and completed in April, 2008.
Brittney Larrabee, LEED AP, Interior Designer of ADD, Inc., in Boston said: “Our design goals were to create a space that would excite both consumer and institutional leaders and create a stimulating and attractive work environment for current and potential employees.” “The strong collaboration between ADD, Inc., iRobot, J. Calnan, Collaborative Engineers and CRE Source helped us to successfully achieve these goals,” she said.
iRobot is the manufacturer of Roomba and Scooba vacuuming robots as well as unmanned military vehicles, explosive detecting & disposing robots, and many other new-age innovative products.
The establishment of its new world headquarters required extensive interior demolition of the three existing buildings and the construction of new high-end offices as well as R&D and testing facilities and the installation of new mechanical, electrical and security systems.
J. Calnan & Associates (JCA) team members on the project included Brian Healy, Peter Locke, Eli Constantinou, and Michael Ensminger. Constantinou, the Project Manager, noted that the original intent was to finish all three buildings at the same time but after the project began, iRobot asked JCA to turn over one building ahead of schedule in order to meet their staffing needs. JCA completed that building three months ahead of schedule.
He pointed out that the completed project has many unique features including a museum on the first floor of the main building with a rock ‘climbing’ wall. This wall is used to display the “R-Gator,” a John Deere vehicle modified by iRobot to operate un-manned. Constantinou complimented ADD, Inc., for “doing a great job pulling together some really nice design features while being budget conscious.” He also praised the work performed by subcontractors such as Rivers Electric, L.C. Anderson (HVAC), Cintas/Fire Suppression Systems Group, Dan-Cel (plumbing), and Fabrizio Corporation (millwork). He pointed out that this was JCA’s first project with iRobot and said “iRobot was fabulous to work with. They were able to make decisions on a timely basis which kept the project ahead of schedule. It was a team working environment all the way.”
About J. Calnan & Associates, Inc.
Founded in 1996, J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A), headquartered in Quincy, MA with an office in New York City, is one of New England’s leading construction management firms specializing in pre-construction services and challenging construction projects. JC&A provides world-class services to select high-profile clients in the corporate, private school, life science, industrial/manufacturing, recreational, mixed-use/multi-unit residential, advanced technology and sustainable building markets. JC&A’s reputation has earned assignments from select clients, including Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Acceleron Pharma, Draper Laboratory, Verenium, Parexel International, Control Delivery Systems, Millipore Corporation Reebok International, The TJX Companies, Inc., Thayer Academy, New England Sports Network (NESN), Liberty Mutual, Tufts University, The MathWorks, and General Electric.
Among recent awards, JC&A earned the “IIDA New England Interior Design Award” for teamwork and best sustainable design, the Boston Business Journal ranked JC&A as one of the “Top 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies” and “Top Corporate Philanthropist” in the state, Boston SF recognized JC&A as “Construction Firm of the Year,” and the Ohio Casualty Group presented JC&A with the Platinum Safety Award for an outstanding safety record. More information can be found at www.jcalnan.com.
Exterior view of iRobot’s new world headquarters