Samiotes Consultants, Inc. Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors

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Novartis | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Novartis | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants, Inc. provided civil engineering services for converting the historic NECCO factory in Cambridge.  This design was originally completed as a core and shell design for the developer to convert the factory to a 500,000 sf R&D complex, and construct a below-grade parking facility for 400 cars.  After the design was developed and marketed, Novartis Pharmaceutical leased the building with SCI being rehired for the build-out team.  The critical portions of the design focused on mitigating the stormwater to meet the Cambridge DPW requirements of retaining the 25-year storm on-site.  The limited site area (which did not contain a building or below-grade parking structure) made this design especially challenging.  The initial design utilized an infiltration system to minimize the size and cost of the system.  Within a week, SCI redesigned a system that gained DPW approval, and was a virtual wash in construction costs. 

Client/Designer: Tsoi/Kobus & Associates and KlingStubbins

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320 Bent Street & 301 Binney Street | Cambridge, Massachusetts

320 Bent Street & 301 Binney Street | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants Inc. completed the “fast track” civil engineering design and approval of two biotech research buildings located in Cambridge. The projects required design and approval within a few months, due to existing zoning laws about to be revised. The sites also required some careful grading to ensure the average finished grades around the building were high enough not to trigger high-rise construction. The grading also allows the building’s first floor elevation to be set high enough to eliminate groundwater issues. The design included a detention system for sanitary flows from the building, in order to meet newly-enacted DPW requirements.

Client/Designer: Arrowstreet

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28 Osborn Street | Cambridge, Massachusetts

28 Osborn Street | Cambridge, Massachusetts

This project entailed the restoration, rehabilitation, and addition to the existing structures for high-tech/bio-tech purposes by MIT’s real estate division. In addition to typical civil engineering design aspects, the drainage design entailed gaining approval from the Cambridge DPW with new, undocumented regulations due to the construction of the new dedicated drainage system being installed in Mass Ave. This work included meeting with the DPW and its consultants to negotiate requirements and demands upon our site (and a portion of MIT’s neighboring sites). SCI’s design included an infiltration system and detention basin to accommodate the twenty-five year storm in the most economical way.

Client/Designer: Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

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Symmetricom Atmospheric Gases Tanks | Beverly, Massachusetts

Symmetricom Atmospheric Gases Tanks | Beverly, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants Inc. provided civil engineering and land surveying services on two projects for the Symmetricom property located on Tozer Road in Beverly. For the first project, SCI provided civil work for proposed atmospheric gases tanks to be installed on site. SCI prepared Contract Documents for the layout and grading of the pads for the tanks. SCI submitted the plans, attended meetings, and obtained approvals from the Beverly Planning Board. For the second project, SCI provided land surveying and civil engineering services associated with the eroding rear slope behind the main building on the Symmetricom property. SCI performed a topographic survey in support of slope stabilization design and
prepared preliminary plans and Contract Documents that included drainage design, slope stabilization, grading, and relocation of existing utility structures. SCI provided Construction Administration services through completion of the project.

Client/Designer: Symmetricom Inc.

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730 Main Street (MIT Real Estate) | Cambridge, Massachusetts

730 Main Street (MIT Real Estate) | Cambridge, Massachusetts

This project entailed the restoration and rehabilitation of the existing structures for high-tech/bio-tech purposes by MIT’s real estate division. The existing building encompasses almost the entire site – resulting in no space for stormwater management. SCI’s innovative design included a cast-in-place detention area below the parking garage, between column lines. The structure was designed to be built in place utilizing the footings to form the walls, with a slab poured for the bottom and the parking level slab to serve as the top. SCI’s design included a pump system that created additional freeboard and further reduced the peak rate of runoff when compared to the existing rates. This project was approved but not constructed.

Client/Designer: Tsoi Kobus & Associates

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