Working with Somerset Development and Structure Tone, Encon is proud to be a part of the reinvention of the historic Bell Labs, the site of such ground-breaking technological achievements as the invention of the cell phone. With 1.2 million square feet of office space, plus an additional 800,000 square feet of amenities ranging from retail and restaurants to healthcare and entertainment spaces, keeping this “Metroburb” properly heated and cooled was no small feat.
Modernizing this historic building meant taking painstaking preservation efforts while incorporating the latest technology. A key component of the project was installing a new smoke evacuation system that would be compliant with the latest codes and be invisible to the building occupants. Encon worked successfully to lift fans onto the roof of the 5-story site with a helicopter, as its famed architect Eero Saarinens’s iconic landscaping and retaining walls made it impossible to get cranes close enough. By delivering the fans via helicopter, the team was able to do in only two hours what would have taken days by conventional methods, this ended up saving loads of money. The Encon team successfully coordinated all the moving parts of this massive project.