faculty were able to kick back
and relax this past summer,
MCC's Facilities Management
tackled a variety of heavy-duty assignments,
including two very ambitious building
classrooms, plus office space, were created on
the third and fourth floors in the historic
Pollard Building. On the Bedford campus,
the interior of the college library was given a
floor-to-ceiling redecoration and technology
upgrade. Both projects began in June and
were completed by early September,
according to Matthew Sepe, MCC's Dean of
college, but we do a lot of heavy
maintenance during the summer when there
are less people on campus," explained Sepe.
"So, these two jobs were added to our list of
regular summer maintenance and renovation
construction work required a study & design
phase to develop the bid specifications,
which in turn required advertising and
awarding of the construction contracts,
explained Jay Linnehan, MCC's Executive
Vice President. That process required a lot of
work from the Facilities Department and
then significant supervision of both projects
which also included considerable Facilities
Department labor, he said.
we had with such tight deadlines was
amazing," said Linnehan.
construction guidelines, he explained. It
began in the fall of 2010, but construction
didn't begin until mid-June.
renovation was basically "cosmetic" new
paint, carpet, lighting, furniture and
computers the project was far from simple,
said Linnehan. It required moving the entire
library out (and relocating it to a temporary
location for the summer), completing the
work, and putting it all back together again.
Starting in June, the library was totally
refurbished and dedicated in memory of
Middlesex founding president, the late Dr.
James E. Houlihan Jr., on Sept. 6, MCC's
Support Services, was overall project
manager for the Pollard Building. He was
assisted by Steve Hatch, Facilities
Management's Director of Operations, who
served as Pollard project director for his
department. John Belanger, Assistant
Director of Facilities Management, was
project manager for the library renovation.
Both projects presented unique challenges.
on Middle Street, across from MCC's Health
Science & Technology Center. It is owned
by Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter
School, which occupies the first two floors.
MCC leases floors three and four.
Pollard is that there had been several fires in
the building sometime in the past," said
Patuto. "We worked with structural
engineers to study and replace several
charred beams during our construction
the space, and making it more accessible for
the handicapped, all the Pollard Building's
electrical, heating and air-conditioning
systems had to be upgraded, added Sepe.
challenging at the Pollard," Sepe explained.
"Naturally, we wanted to preserve the
we couldn't put one big HVAC unit on the
roof because it would show. So, we installed
small HVAC systems on each floor."
involved much more "modern" architectural
challenges. Originally built in the early
1960s as a field house when the campus
belonged to the Marist Brothers Preparatory
Seminary, the library has a very high,
challenge with the library especially when
it came to painting and lighting," said Sepe.
"Those hanging, crisscrossed light fixtures
look good, but they also had to throw
enough light in the area."
Adams, who also designed the interiors of
MCC's City and Federal buildings, the
Bedford Campus Library is now a vision in
rich chocolate browns and soft blues. "That
library hadn't been touched in 20 years,"
explained Sepe. "We wanted the redesign to
result in a much more modern, welcoming
feeling. Susan did a wonderful job."
results. "I'm ecstatic," he said. "We now have
three badly needed, very versatile new
classrooms on the Lowell campus. And we
have a beautiful Bedford Campus Library
named for Dr. Houlihan," said Linnehan.
the idea of dedicating the library in honor of
the college's first president on Opening Day
2011. The dedication ceremony served as
the final event in the college's year-long
40th anniversary celebration.
was spectacular," said Linnehan. "I know the
Houlihan family was really surprised that
hundreds of people showed up to remember
and honor their father."
(back row, left to right): Thomas Asiamah, Moe Camire, John Tanguay, Steve Hatch, Eric Wendling, John Belanger, Tony Marcello,
Bob Bickford, Bruce Giannetta and Matt Sepe.