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Completed in 1934, the Christian Science Publishing House Building sits on the 14+ acre The First Church of Christ, Scientist complex in downtown Boston. A historic landmark, the Neoclassic-inspired building houses administrative offices and acts as a portal for some of the complex’s shipping, receiving and maintenance activities. Vital to its operations are 2 large, loading docks, the largest of which measures 47 feet wide and is capped by original bronze doors composed of multiple panels weighing in at over 500 pounds each. While beautiful, these original doors were heavy, slow to move and becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. Because of their age, weight and complexity of operation, the Church’s maintenance team had to custom fabricate parts to repair the doors, leading to significant downtime when repairs were required. Continued maintenance of the doors was becoming burdensome. It was time to consider replacement.

The First Church of Christ, Scientist had contracted with Bode several years ago to install, at a different location, two, standard-size Albany Ultra Tough garage doors, specialty rubber roll up doors designed to withstand negative pressure and high use, a project with which they have been very pleased.

“The success of the garage door project was key to our decision to engage Bode for this more complex installation,” comments Kathy Solomon of The First Church of Christ, Scientist.

Of vital concern to the Church was the preservation of the bronze panels surrounding the loading bays as well as stringent safety requirement because of the amount of foot traffic in the area. Additional complexity was added to the installation due to ongoing structural repairs as well as the limited overhead space available for these sizable doors.

Bode’s structural engineers and designers worked closely with the Church’s internal staff and consultants to develop a plan centered around the installation of two additional Albany UltraTough Doors and two Albany UltraBig Doors along with custom-designed header assemblies that not only protected the historic bronze panels but also accommodated the roll-up of the 47 foot wide by 12 and half foot tall door into just a 30-inch clearance space. The entire installation was completed while the loading dock floor was being replaced to minimize downtime for the facility.

The resulting installation weighed in at only 10,000 pounds for the largest door and operated by a single motor at a rate of two feet per minute, considerably lighter and faster than the original doors. Bode was able to provide a complete solution from the initial design and planning to the final installation. All work was completed on time without interfering with the structural repairs that were being done concurrent to the installation. The Church was very pleased with end results and hired Bode to provide ongoing maintenance for the doors as well as other equipment not installed by Bode.

Project Overview

Historical buildings offer unique challenges for companies who run modern-day businesses. When the First Church of Christ, Scientist contacted us about their loading dock dilemma, we knew that we could help provide a safe, secure solution that would accommodate all of their unique challenges.

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Supervisor of PSNH

“Bode presented a professional bid that encompassed everything we needed to complete the loading docks for the new facility…Their ability to provide a total solution, combined with their extensive experience and reasonable prices, made them the obvious choice for the job”

Paul Kelley
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Gerry Couture
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Ryan Denver
Vice President and Chief of Operations

“From design and fabrication to installation, Bode provided everything we needed to make this transition a success. I know that when it comes to quality service, quick response and attention to detail I can always count on Bode.”

Doug Devers
Warehouse Operations Leader, Hypertherm

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John Lyon
General Manager – Co-Owner

“The communication and coordination on this project was outstanding. The Bode team not only provided regular updates on the progress of each install, they worked in such a professional and unobtrusive manner, never impeding the day-to-day work in any of our facilities. I have complete confidence in the knowledge and abilities of the Bode team. For anything material handling or warehouse related, Bode is where I go.”

Blair Gourley
Director of Facilities

“From the very beginning of the project, I was impressed by the Bode team…The president of the company himself came out to the project site to assess what was needed and put together an installation plan that fit seamlessly within the overall scope of construction.”

Paul Kelley
Sullivan Construction Superintendent

“We appreciated Mike’s candor and responsiveness throughout the entire process. The entire Bode team was very honest and did great work with no surprises. I would happily work with them again.”

Marc Wulfraat
MWPVL International

“The success of the garage door project was key to our decision to engage Bode for this more complex installation.”

Kathy Solomon
The First Church of Christ, Scientist

“I can’t say enough about the responsiveness and consistent attention to quality from everyone at Bode”

Kathy Solomon
The First Church of Christ, Scientist

“PSNH has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with Bode Equipment”

Supervisor of PSNH

“I’ve worked with Bode on numerous projects over the years and I can honestly say they have never told me they couldn’t handle a job.”

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Coca Cola of New England

“When it came to accommodating this consolidation, Bode was at the top of my list.”

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