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University of New England – The Danielle N. Ripich Commons Student Center & Dining Hall

Biddeford, ME

The Danielle N. Ripich Commons was named in honor of UNE's recently outgoing president. As her namesake legacy, this twenty million dollar, multi-purpose building was intended to serve as the center piece of the campus, supporting the everyday needs of residential, commuter, and graduate students. The 100,000-SF 3-story building includes the dining hall, study areas, relaxation spaces, a fire pit, outdoor patios, and a one-stop shopping venue for student services. From academic advising, to career services, to financial aid - the Danielle N. Ripich Commons also houses the campus' main dining venue with views of the Saco River as well as a pub-style eatery with outdoor seating. The 2nd floor of the building connects to the main floor of the campus' library by a glass bridge, creating easy transitions from the academic core of the campus to the Commons and then on to the residence halls. MEP-FP systems include a number of ultra-high efficiency / eco-friendly features, as well as complete generator back-up for the entire building. The lighting design is a recipient of an Illuminating Engineering Society 2019 Illumination Award for Lighting Control Innovation.

Tufts University – Boston Campus

Boston, MA

Tufts University is a private research university primarily located in Medford/Somerville and Boston MA. Tufts is dedicated to educating new leaders for a changing world, and since its inception, Avid has worked diligently with Tufts for fifteen years to complete dozens of projects through-out nearly every building Tufts primary campus’. Project types range from newly constructed buildings to facilities improvements and renovations. Specific projects include the Sailing Pavillion, advanced laboratories, office renovations, gymnasium/library system upgrades, renovations to the student managed coffee shop/lounge area (TheHEZ), various code compliance efforts, system audits, and upgrades for over thirty projects on and counting.

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts, established in 1898. The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs on its main campus in Boston. Avid Engineers has developed a close relationship with the in-house design group at Northeastern University and has become one of Northeastern’s most trusted partners. Having worked on the design of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems for multiple projects on the university’s campus, Avid has been involved in numerous buildings, including Cullinane Hall and Columbus Place.

U.S. Naval War College

Newport, RI

The Naval War College is the staff college and "Home of Thought" for the United States Navy at Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island. Avid Engineers has worked on many projects for the Naval War College on their main campus in Newport, RI. These projects ranged from electrical services and upgrades, rooftop unit upgrade and replacement, to complete renovations of the on campus facilities. One such renovation entailed a renovation of a portion of an existing warehouse building to construct a new museum storage area, as well as associated support spaces. Scope consisted of interior improvements to the building. The design effort included reconfiguration of electrical distribution equipment, as well as specific review and consideration of HVAC criteria for the museum storage area.

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

Brandeis University is a private research university in Waltham, Massachusetts. Founded in 1948 as a non-sectarian, coeducational institution sponsored by the Jewish community, Brandeis was established on the site of the former Middlesex University. The university got Avid Engineers involved in a 4,000-SF renovation project on the campus. Avid Engineers has worked on and off at Brandies’ campus through-out the company’s history and continues to do so. Throughout that history Avid has completed a series of odds jobs, including HVAC improvement projects, facilities improvements, cafeteria/breakroom renovations, locker room refreshes, men's/women's toilet room upgrades, etc.

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University is a private research institution offering advanced degrees through 18 schools on two urban campuses. Avid has partnered with BU on a number of occasions, completing building and system assessments, laboratory designs, code analysis studies, cleanroom design and office renovations through out the city. Specific designs include renovations to the BU School of Medicine’s sleep lab, which took special consideration to create comfortable, noise deficient environments for test subjects, new physics labs to accommodate research and development space for relocated faculty, and code reviews related to work in the Photonics Center.

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University is a private, Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with 6,800 undergraduate students and about 14,000 postgraduates. Throughout the last 15 years, Avid Engineers has worked on multiple projects throughout the university. These projects include new laboratory spaces, upgrades to residential, on-campus, housing, historically preserved sites, and other spaces that are crucial to student’s and professor’s research. Some of these specific project highlights are a temperature and humidity sensitive micro lab and new incubator space for Harvard’s quantum computing start-ups, which is located on Soldier’s Field Road in Brighton.

Johnson & Wales

Providence, RI

Johnson & Wales University is a private career-oriented university with its main campus in Providence, Rhode Island. The university created a project that included the renovation of approximately 3,700-SF of existing space on the first floor of the Friedman Center, located on their main campus in Providence, RI. The project entails creating a finished product of an entrance zone, a conceptualization zone and a tasting/marketing/ideation zone, a food science lab and a culinary zone. Avid Engineers was responsible for providing the new design of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems in place at the site.

Southern New Hampshire University

Hooksett, NH

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private university located between Manchester and Hooksett, New Hampshire. The university requested that Avid Engineers provide the design of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems for the renovation of one of their on campus buildings, Stark Hall. The renovation was a fit-out to convert the space into a computer lab with auxiliary spaces. Avid worked with Dore & Whittier and the university to ensure that the project was competed to SNHU’s satisfaction and requirement. Avid provided design and construction documents for the project.