Facilities Updates

Announcements

View the new Charlestown Campus Directory Map

Student Success Center (N-Building)

Ongoing tasks by contractors are in progress at the Student Success Center. Some restrooms are now open, with a few awaiting updated locks for installation. 

E-Building Construction Project

The E-Building demolition and abatement activities are progressing. Please note that the AIDE/Innovation Lab in E-230 may be temporarily closed on Friday to facilitate necessary work. Offices will receive a notification once confirmed.

Facilities Message Blog

Visit this page for a list of the latest facilities and construction updates at the Charlestown and Chelsea Campus.

February 13, 2024: Weekly Facilities Highlights

Dear BHCC Community,

Welcome back to this week's edition of Weekly Facilities Highlights, specially crafted to complement the BHCC Update and keep you informed about the latest developments across our Charlestown and Chelsea campuses.

Here are the key highlights for the week of February 12, 2024.

Please visit the Facilities Updates webpage to catch up on last week’s Facilities Highlights.

Charlestown Campus:

Charlestown Campus Directory Map: Now available for download and prominently displayed throughout the campus.

Student Success Center (N-Building):

  • A successful ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Monday, February 12, with nearly 100 attendees. Look out for the upcoming news story and photos.
  • Ongoing tasks by contractors are wrapping up at the Student Success Center. Some restrooms are now open, and installing updated locks for others is in progress.

E-Building Renovation Project:

  • Abatement activities in the E-Building are nearing completion.
  • During Tuesday's snow day, fire protection work was done in normally occupied areas, including the Innovation Lab. Additional work is also scheduled on Saturday in areas close to occupied spaces.

Chelsea Campus:

  • A Chelsea Campus Directory is in the works, featuring the new Enterprise Center for Entrepreneurship & Training (ECET) on floor 5.

Stay tuned for additional updates as we continue our ongoing efforts to enhance and improve our facilities. Thank you for your continued support.

If you have questions or suggestions for this update, please email Karen Norton, Executive Director of Integrated Marketing & Communications at kmnorton@bhcc.edu or 617-228-2177. 

February 6, 2024: Weekly Facilities Highlights

Welcome to the Weekly Facilities Highlights, a dedicated update to complement the BHCC Update and inform you about the latest developments on our Charlestown and Chelsea campuses.  

Here are this week's highlights for the week of February 5, 2024.

For a recap of last week's Facilities Highlights, please visit the Facilities Updates webpage.

Charlestown Campus

The Charlestown Campus Directory Map is now available for download and is displayed throughout the Charlestown Campus. 

E-Building Renovation Project

The E-Building demolition and abatement activities are progressing. Please note that the AIDE/Innovation Lab in E-230 may be temporarily closed on Friday to facilitate necessary work. Offices will receive a notification once confirmed.

A reminder to the Access Points and Floor-Specific Updates:

  • The central stairway is closed, but side stairwells remain open.
    • The E-Building elevator and stairs closest to D-Building can access floors 1 and 2.
    • The E-Building elevator and stairs closest to G-Building can access floors 1, 2 and 4.
  • Floor 4: The Cafeteria, Culinary Dining Room, and classrooms are open and accessible via the stairwell and elevator near G-Building.
  • Floor 3: Closed for construction.
  • Floor 2: The main hallway is open for transit between D-G-Buildings. Remaining open on this floor is the Office of Disability Services, the Innovation Center, and AIDE.
  • Floor 1: Accessible via the stairwells and elevators closest to D-G-Buildings. The Bookstore has moved to floor 1. The Media Arts classrooms and Print Center remain accessible on floor 1.

Student Success Center (N-Building)

Ongoing tasks by contractors are in progress at the Student Success Center. Some restrooms are now open, with a few awaiting updated locks for installation. 

Chelsea Campus

A Chelsea Campus Directory is being created, including the new Enterprise Center for Entrepreneurship & Training (ECET) on floor 5. 

Stay tuned for more updates on our continuous efforts to enhance and improve our facilities. 

January 30, 2024: Weekly Facilities Highlights

Charlestown Campus

Dear BHCC Community,

We are pleased to introduce the Weekly Facilities Highlights, a supplement to the BHCC Update. This will be delivered to your mailbox at the beginning of the week. Its purpose is to inform you about the progress and changes by providing information to help you navigate the ongoing developments on our two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea.

The Campus Directory Map is available to download and view online and is displayed throughout the Charlestown Campus. The Facilities Update webpage provides a central place to see project updates and past communication. You can also find a list of offices relocated from the D-Building, E-Building, and what’s in the new N-Building (Student Success Center).

Below, you'll find the most recent updates on our continuous efforts to enhance and improve our facilities for the week of January 29, 2024.

Charlestown Campus

Parking

Lot 4 has reopened and is reserved for accessible and visitor parking. This entrance is the closest to the main entrance of the Student Success Center, with a quick route into the B-Building.

E-Building Construction

The E-Building renovations are underway and scheduled to continue through 2024. Demolition and abatement activities are ongoing on floors 1, 2, and 3. 

Access Points and Floor-Specific Updates:

  • The central stairway is closed, but side stairwells remain open.
    • The E-Building elevator and stairs closest to D-Building can access the 1st and 2nd floors.
    • The E-Building elevator and stairs closest to G-Building can access the 1st, 2nd, and 4th floors.
  • Floor 4: The Cafeteria, Culinary Dining Room, and classrooms are open and accessible via the stairwell and elevator near G-Building.
  • Floor 3: Closed for construction.
  • Floor 2: The main hallway is open for transit between D-G-Buildings. Remaining open on this floor is the Office of Disability Services, the Innovation Center, and AIDE.
  • Floor 1: Accessible via the stairwells and elevators closest to D-G-Buildings. The Bookstore has moved to floor 1. The Media Arts classrooms and Print Center remain accessible on floor 1.

Student Success Center (N-Building)

While the Student Success Center is open, some outstanding action items or tasks will still be completed over the next few weeks. During this time, certain areas may experience temporary closures or limited access. The restrooms are expected to be open this week; nearby restrooms are available in the B- and D-Buildings.

The first-floor entrance to the Student Success Center adjacent to Lot 4 also provides access to the B-Building, replacing the former lower B-Building lobby.

January 10, 2024: Stair Closures for Painting

Charlestown Campus

Dear BHCC Community,

Please be advised that the B staircase, located at the back of the N-Building, will be closed for painting today, January 10. On Thursday, January 11, the A staircase at the front of the N-Building near the main entrance and security desk will be closed for painting.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Source: All-College email

January 3, 2024: Announcing New Student Success Center Open (Student Email)

Charlestown Campus

Dear Students,

Happy New Year! We are pleased to announce that the new Student Success Center (N-Building) is officially open. Please note that teams are still setting up computers and network connections in the new building. Spring classes begin January 22, 2024.

Renovations to the first, second and third floors of the E-Building have begun and access to those areas is limited.  The cafeteria and Culinary Arts facilities on the 4th floor of E-Building will remain open. Below is a summary of new locations.

Student Success Center 

Student Success Center (N-Building) Floor 1 

  • N111   Workforce & Economic Development
  • N111   Internships & Career Development
  • N113    Single Stop
  • N114   Center for Self-Directed Learning (CSDL)
  • N115   TASC (Temporary location until E-Building renovations are complete)
  • N116   Veterans Center

Student Success Center (N-Building) Floor 2

  • N210   LifeMap (Advising/Registration, Transfer and Career Counseling)
  • N217   TRIO
  • N216   Learning Communities/Ace Mentors
  • N221   International Center

Student Success Center (N-Building) Floor 3

  • N300   Library Learning Commons
  • N310   Reading Room
  • N311   The Writing Place

D-Building & E-Building Updates 

D-Building Floor 2

  • D206    Welcome Back Center (Temporary location until E-Building renovations are complete)
  • D221    & E142 HOPE (Temporary location until E-Building renovations are complete)

E-Building Floor 1

  • E120    Bookstore (open before the semester starts)
  • E142    & D221 HOPE (Temporary location until E-Building renovations are complete)

January 3, 2024: Announcing New Student Success Center Open (Faculty/Staff Email)

Charlestown Campus

Dear Colleagues,  

Happy New Year, and welcome back! We are pleased to announce that the new Student Success Center (N-Building) is officially open. Faculty and staff can unpack and set up offices and work areas in this new space. Please note that teams are still setting up computers and network connections in the new building.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and to all of you who continue to work to make these changes happen, especially IT. 

Renovations to the first, second and third floors of the E-Building have begun and access to those areas is limited. The cafeteria and Culinary Arts facilities on the 4th floor of E-Building will remain open.  

Student Success Center  

Student Success Center (N-Building) Floor 1   

  • N111     Workforce & Economic Development  
  • N111     Internships & Career Development  
  • N113     Single Stop  
  • N114     Center for Self-Directed Learning (CSDL)  
  • N115     TASC (Temporary location until E-Building renovations are complete) 
  • N116     Veterans Center  

 Student Success Center (N-Building) Floor 2  

  • N210     LifeMap  
  • N217     TRIO  
  • N216     Learning Communities/Ace Mentors  
  • N221     International Center  

Student Success Center (N-Building) Floor 3  

  • N300    Library Learning Commons  
  • N310    Reading Room  
  • N311     The Writing Place  

D-Building & E-Building Updates  

D-Building Floor 2  

  • D206     Welcome Back Center (Temporary location until E-Building renovations are complete) 
  • D221 & E142 HOPE (Temporary location until E-Building renovations are complete) 

E-Building Floor 1  

  • E120      Bookstore (open before the semester starts)  
  • E142      & D221 HOPE (Temporary location until E-Building renovations are complete) 

Please get in touch with the appropriate departments if you need assistance in these areas.  

  • IT Connectivity/Computer/Phone: Email: helpdesk@bhcc.edu  
  • Facility's Needs: Please place a work order in Asset Essentials, which is available on the BHCC Intranet 
  • New A/V Technology: Please reach out to Heather Tortola or the Help Desk: heather.tortola@bhcc.edu or helpdesk@bhcc.edu  
  • For changes to existing print material or on the website regarding the new location, please open an IMC ticket and select “Internal Communications” as the Help Topic. https://www.bhcc.edu/imc_support/ or Email: imc@bhcc.edu 
    IMC is working with facilities to identify temporary signage and update directories and maps.  

December 21, 2023: E-Building Renovation

Charlestown Campus

Dear Colleagues,

Please be advised of the following updates regarding the E-Building renovation:

  • The entire E-building is now open. Construction of the overhead passageway is complete.
  • There will be no network in E-Building on December 22. Employees can work elsewhere on the Charlestown or Chelsea campus or work remotely.
  • For employees who are moving from the E-Building, anything that is not packed and labeled by 5 p.m. on December 22, will be discarded in the move. 

For questions, please reach out to Heather Tortola at 617-336-5128 or heather.tortola@bhcc.edu

Source: All-College email

December 20, 2023: E-Building Floors 1 and 2 Corridors Closed Wednesday Afternoon

Charlestown Campus

Dear BHCC Community:

Due to the upcoming E-Building renovation, our construction team will be installing a covered walkway in the 2nd floor corridor of E-Building today, Wednesday, December 20, and tomorrow, Thursday, December 21. During this time, the first and second floors of E-Building will be closed. The first and second floor corridors will be open for safe passage on Friday, December 22nd. 

For today and tomorrow, please travel through the E Building by taking the stairwells or elevators on either end of the E Building, adjacent to G Building and D Building to the fourth floor, where you can cross E-Building and then travel back down to the first or second floors via the opposite elevator or stairwell. 

We apologize for the inconvenience. Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. 

Source: All-College email

December 19, 2023: Network Availability on December 22

Charlestown Campus

Dear Colleagues,

Due to the upcoming move and infrastructure needs during and after the holiday, the network will not be available in the E-Building on Friday, December 22, 2023. We anticipate the network to be up and running by Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

Source: All-College email

November 21, 2023: Fire Alarm Testing on November 22

Charlestown Campus

Dear BHCC Community,

On Wednesday, November 22, fire alarm testing is scheduled on the Charlestown campus for Building C and the addition.  The testing will occur during the hours of 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. During testing, you may hear intermittent alarms, horns, and see flashing strobes. Please remember this is only a test.  In an actual emergency, you will receive instructions from Campus Police and/or the Boston Fire Department.

Source: All-College email

October 18, 2023: Fire Alarm Testing on October 19

Charlestown Campus

Dear BHCC Community,

Please be advised that there will be fire alarm testing on Thursday, October 19 from 6-9 a.m. in buildings B and E on the Charlestown Campus.  During testing, you may hear intermittent alarms, horns and see flashing strobes. Please remember this is only a test. In an actual emergency, you will receive instructions from Campus Police and/or the Boston Fire Department. 

Source: All-College email

October 12, 2023: Fire Alarm Testing and National Grid Construction

Charlestown Campus

Dear BHCC Community,

Please be advised that there will be fire alarm testing in the new Student Success Center for approximately one week. This is simply a notification of work taking place that may be disruptive in your classrooms, offices, and labs. 

Beginning October 16, and continuing through October 20, National Grid will be installing an underground natural gas line in the perimeter road parallel to Rutherford Avenue. National Grid and Bond Building will attempt to keep the perimeter road open for one lane of traffic. No Parking will be allowed on perimeter road during this time. All parking lots will remain open. BHCC Campus Police will be providing a detail to ensure safety for the work crews and anyone driving through the construction zone. There will be subsequent emails with periodic updates during the week of October 16 - October 20 informing of potential closures or schedule modifications. 

Source: All-College email

September 21, 2023: E-Building Electrical Restored

Charlestown Campus

Dear BHCC Community,
The power in the E-Building has been restored to normal. Thank you.

Source: All-College email

 

September 20, 2023: E-Building Electrical Issues

Charlestown Campus

We are currently having electrical issues in the E-Building. Certain areas of the E-Building have no power. We are currently working on the issue, but this may not be resolved by morning. We will keep you updated with any new information as we receive it. Thank you.

Source: All-College email

September 12, 2023: B-Building elevator

Charlestown Campus

The B-Building elevator will be out of service from 6-9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 13 and Thursday, September 14, 2023.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Source: All-College email

August 17, 2023: Level 1 C-Building Corridor Closure

Charlestown Campus

Construction of a controlled access intersection through Level 1 C-Building corridor has begun. The intersection will be built to allow construction access through the B-D Building courtyard into the new addition courtyard. When the corridor is not in use by construction, two removable wall panels on either side of the corridor will be able to be removed to allow student access through the hall.

Please see attached floor plan for detailed information.

Source: All-College email

August 14, 2023: B-Building 3rd Floor Lobby and A300 Level

Charlestown Campus

Dear Colleagues,

Please be advised that the third-floor B-Building Lobby/Hallway and the A300 level offices will be closed off through Friday, August 18, 2023, to complete tile work. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Kind regards,
Heather Tortola
Director, Facilities Planning, Construction and Energy Management

Source: All-College email

August 11, 2023: A300 Entrance

Charlestown Campus

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you that the A300 entrance will be closed and under construction through Friday, August 19, 2023.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Source: All-College Email

July 26, 2023: B and D building elevators

Charlestown Campus

On Thursday, July 27, a short power interruption will affect B and D building elevators. The outage will occur between the hours of 6-8 a.m.

In addition, the first-floor connector between buildings C and D will be frequently closed for construction. The contractor is constructing a secure passage from the Rutherford Avenue side of the C-Building into the new courtyard. Access to the first floor of D-Building can be accessed using the D- Building stairway. The construction may extend for two months.

Source: All-College email

June 27, 2023: Fire alarm, sprinkler, and pre-action inspections

Charlestown Campus

Dear BHCC Community,

From Monday, July 10, through Wednesday, July 12, we will have our second quarter fire alarm, sprinkler, and pre-action inspections. They will start at 7 a.m. During the inspections, you may hear intermittent alarms and horns and see flashing strobes. Please remember, this is only an inspection. In an emergency, you will receive instructions from Campus Police and/or the Boston Fire Department. 

Source: All-College email

June 12, 2023: Water shut-off in B-Building on June 13

Charlestown Campus

Dear BHCC Community,

As part of the B-Building Bathroom Renovation, we will be shutting off the water tomorrow, June 13, from 6 a.m. – 12 p.m. in a portion of the B-Building. As part of this shutdown, the third-floor sink, The DISH Food Pantry, and the Aladdin first-floor café will be without water for the morning.

We apologize for the inconvenience.   

Source: All-College email

June 7, 2023: Restroom Modifications on Charlestown Campus

Charlestown Campus

The restrooms in the D-Building will be undergoing modifications during the next several weeks. The restrooms will be taken offline by floor. Below is the schedule:

  • Third floor restrooms are currently closed and will reopen on Monday June 12.
  • Work will begin on the second floor of D-Building on Monday June 12 and will reopen on Monday June 26, 2023.
  • Work will begin on the first floor of D-Building on Monday June 26 and reopen on Monday July 10, 2023.

Thank you for your patience during the modifications.

Source: All-College email

June 2, 2023: Fire Alarm Testing - Fire Alarm Testing on Charlestown Campus

Charlestown Campus

Dear BHCC Community,

On Monday, June 5, and Tuesday, June 6, fire alarm testing is scheduled for all buildings at the Charlestown Campus except for the G-Building. Testing will occur around 6 a.m. and should be completed by 3 p.m. each day. During testing, you may hear intermittent alarms and horns and see flashing strobes. Please remember this is only a test. In an actual emergency, you will receive instructions from Campus Police and/or the Boston Fire Department.

Source: All-College email

May 23, 2023: Perimeter Road Closure on Charlestown Campus

Charlestown Campus

For those driving to the BHCC Charlestown campus, please be advised that the perimeter road will be closed on Friday, May 26 from 7-10 a.m. so we can wash the exterior windows in the B-Building. 

Source: All-College email

April 3, 2023: Water Shut-off in C3 Staff Lounge

Charlestown Campus

Please be advised that water is off in the sink in the C3 staff lounge. The water will be off for approximately two months. 

Source: All-College email

March 21, 2023: Fire Alarm Testing

Charlestown Campus

On Tuesday March 21, 2023, fire alarm testing is scheduled for C and D-Building on the Charlestown Campus. Testing will occur around 6 a.m. During testing, you may hear intermittent alarms, horns, and see flashing strobes. Please remember this is only a test. In an actual emergency, you will receive instructions from Campus Police and/or the Boston Fire Department.

Source: All-College email

January 20, 2023: Facilities Department - New location

Charlestown Campus

The Facilities Department has moved to E-023 (in the basement of E-Building). Please email John Chirichiello at jchirich@bhcc.edu, Caroline O’Brien at cobrien@bhcc.edu, or Gary Bigelow at gbigelow@bhcc.edu, to make an appointment if you require an in-person meeting or submit a work order request through Asset Essentials. 

January 13, 2023: Tile Installation 1st Floor of B-Building

Charlestown Campus

A contractor will be installing VCT (vinyl composition tile) in the hallways on the 1st floor of B-Building during the week of January 16 – 20, 2023. The Assessment Center will remain open and accessible at all times. All offices in the B-Tier will be open and accessible. The classrooms will not be accessible.

Please contact Gary Bigelow if you have questions or comments.

Source: All-College email

January 4, 2023: B-Building restrooms are offline

Charlestown Campus

The B-Building restrooms are offline. The demolition process is underway.

The renovated restrooms in D-Building will be open on Monday January 9, 2023. Until that time restrooms in E and G are available for use.

BHCC has contracted with a demolition contractor to remove floor tile between the restrooms on the 1st and 3rd floors of D-Building. This work will be completed by the end of the week.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Source: All-College Email