Rebuilding History: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

In the year 1773, patriots dumped 342 tea crates into Boston Harbor to protest Great Britain’s tea tax on the American Colonies—the event became known as the Boston Tea Party and forever changed the course of history. Two hundred and thirty nine years later, Suffolk Construction used futuristic technologies and innovative collaboration tools to rebuild this significant part of our nation’s past.

One of the biggest challenges on the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum project was finding a way to house the extensive mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems in the unusually tight confines of the museum’s attic space. To address this challenge, Suffolk implemented Building Information Modeling early in the planning process to re-work the layout of the MEP systems, ensuring they would fit in the allotted space. This innovative solution allowed the team to prefabricate much of the MEP components off site, allowing for a more efficient installation on this very tight building site.

By utilizing creative problem solving and state-of-the-art technologies, Suffolk was able to successfully link history with the future and deliver this incredible tribute to the Boston Tea Party in time for the recent grand opening ceremony. This is just another example of how we build smart.

Project Team Owner: Historic Tours of America
Development Manager: Boston Properties
Architect: Margulies Perruzzi Architects
Construction Manager: Suffolk Construction