Archive for July, 2013

Confidential Client – Cafeteria

This confidential client, a Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical company, asked Cyma Builders to manage the construction of a new state of the art cafeteria including full food prep, upscale service areas, café style seating for 200 people and adjacent lunch/work conference rooms at their Bridgewater, NJ headquarters.

The project began with demolition and environmental remediation of what was a former facility sterilization area. Cyma installed new electrical and mechanical infrastructure including underslab plumbing for waste and drain piping, new exhaust systems to support the new grill lines and ovens and Ansul systems to accompany the new hood/exhaust packages.

New men’s and women’s bathrooms were included in the project, as was an exterior patio which required new exterior and secondary entrances into the main building. Interior finishes were all high level with stainless steel countertops, Zolatone finish at soffits, quarry tile floors, architectural grade lighting package and numerous architectural details such as skylights and center island displays.

Logan Circle Partners – New Headquarters

For Logan Circle Partners, a financial investment firm with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Cyma completed an ultra high-end total renovation for their new 15th floor Philadelphia office. The project had a compressed timeline of sixteen weeks and at the same time required procurement of numerous long lead finishes. The project included a new stone floor lobby/reception area, cafeteria, sophisticated NYSE trading floor level workroom and glass walled executive offices.

Comcast – 1500 Market Street

Cyma has been a “go to” contractor for Philadelphia based Comcast Corporation at numerous locations including their 1500 Market Street location. We’ve renovated entire floors including office, lobby and core spaces and we’ve also performed various pre-construction services including conceptual estimating, project planning and operation and maintenance. Comcast’s continuous restack of office spaces often requires careful coordination with adjacent occupied spaces and fast-track construction execution.

Cyma has been recognized by Comcast for not only completing projects on time, but also because of the strict cost controls and high quality standards we have in place.

Korman Communities – One Rittenhouse Renovation

Cyma was initially hired to renovate the existing 15 story high rise residential apartment building, which included new floor plan layout for 7 units per floor, upgrades to the HVAC and electrical panels for each unit and new kitchens/bathrooms, which would convert the former apartments into high end extended stay suites. Once underway, the Owner decided to shift gears and completely re-build the interiors including new mechanical and electrical infrastructure upgrades with increased capacities, new plumbing risers and domestic hot water piping systems, fire alarm system, emergency generator, building code corrections and the complete demolition and renovation to the building entrance, including Historical Commission recommendations, new sidewalks, sidewalk lighting and exterior building lighting upgrades.

Dr. Leoni – Surgical Suite and Office Renovation

The Leoni Dentistry Office in Blue Bell, PA was a unique project for Cyma and showcased the versatility of the project team. The project required true maximization of the shell space in order to meet the design requirements, which included three state of the art and completely independent dentistry suites, sterilization area, office space, reception area and two separate waiting areas. New MEP distribution included wiring for LCD display panels at the exam chairs.

Hallways and waiting rooms received a custom finish more comparable to a high end custom home than an office space, including back-lit tray ceiling areas, chair rail, hardwood floors, granite countertops, and recessed lighting.

Montgomery Hospital – Emergency Dept. Expansion & Renovation

Cyma executed two separate projects in parallel at Montgomery Hospital; a 4,000 SF single story addition and a 7,000 SF renovation to Montgomery Hospitals Emergency Department. The existing emergency department operations had to remain fully operation during the expansion and renovation project. At the commencement of the project a temporary entrance and ambulance receiving area was created. There was minimal laydown area at the site which required a just in time delivery program for building materials. The building addition was in close proximity to residential development, so construction logistics had to incorporate noise and dust control. The building addition was constructed and fully fit-out prior to the renovation of the existing emergency department, so there was a seamless transition.

University of Pennsylvania – Annenberg Hall

Cyma renovated and added to an existing building on University of Pennsylvania’s campus. The 50,000 SF of project space was divided between new classrooms, new auditorium space and creation of a new 4th and 5th floor. The entire infrastructure of the building was upgraded including new electrical primary power and branch circuits, new HVAC systems including new mains and risers, and new plumbing. Finish casework and upgraded finishes were required throughout the library atrium space.

Villanova University – St. Katharine Hall Renovations

St. Katharine Hall was identical to the year’s previous St. Monica Hall renovations also completed by Cyma, requiring a full renovation of all four stories within only a twelve (12) week performance period. While the timeframe was challenging, the building did not have an operable elevator which made material handling and interior movements more difficult. The work included new windows, toilet/shower rooms, new roofing, and exterior rehabilitation including cast stone. New interior work included doors, metal paneling, drywall, tile, paint and all replacement of plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems. The building was completed for Fall Semester 2007.

Villanova University – Bartley Hall Applied Finance Lab

Work performed at Villanova University reflects Cyma’s ability to effectively manage and complete projects with aggressive, fast-track schedules. The Applied Finance Lab Project consisted of renovation to existing classroom space which created a state of the art facility for a simulated trading market that mirrors the New York Stock Exchange in a classroom environment. New HVAC equipment, recessed lighting on a dimming control system, access flooring with upgraded communications cabling were all part of the renovations. Custom millwork consisted of quad workstations, control podium and technical support work surfaces, along with ceiling coffers housing plasma monitors and a working stock ticker tracker which enhanced the overall amenities.

Princeton University – Peyton Hall Renovation

Princeton University asked Cyma to renovate the Astrophysics Department Building, which included bringing the building up to the current Building Code, infrastructure upgrades and architectural upgrades.

Infrastructure upgrades included sprinkler, HVAC and electrical replacement. Extensive architectural renovations and upgrades throughout the building included the demolition of a two story library to create a common meeting area with mezzanine and a structural glass floor balcony overlooking the common area was installed. A new three stop elevator to accommodate the lower level, main floor and mezzanine was incorporated into the project, as was removal/replacement of existing roof and installation of a gable skylight to create an atrium affect. The telescope room was converted to a state of the art meeting room and the removal of dome and associated mechanisms that housed the telescope were replaced with a new skylight with a new suspended telescope.

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