Samiotes Consultants, Inc. Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants, Inc. coordinated with the architect to provide an entranceway design with handicap access, and the replacement and location of a bus shelter at the MIT main entrance at 77 Massachusetts Avenue. This existing building is the historic entrance to the college. SCI also provided Civil Engineering services for the design build renovation of the existing W1 dorm building located on the MIT campus.  The project entailed a total internal rehab of the building, as well as improvements to the exterior of the building including upgrades to the courtyard and service entrance.  SCI designed new service connections to the Building including a grease trap for the new kitchen.  SCI worked closely with MIT’s Landscape Architect to help design the hardscape improvement whilst still maintain ADA access to the facility. 

Client/Designer: Tallalian Associates Architects & Planners LLC / Miller Dyer Spears Architects

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Boston College

Boston College | Boston / Newton, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants Inc. has provided civil engineering and land surveying services for Boston College on numerous projects on both the Chestnut Hill and Newton campuses. These projects include the Master Plan (1994 and 2000), the Alumni Stadium expansion, Championship Soccer Field, Chestnut Hill 1,000-car parking garage, Lower Campus Roadway, a graduate residence center, a new administration building, drainage design on the Upper Campus, Higgins Hall, 66 Commonwealth Ave., Ignacio and Rubenstein Halls, and the Law School library.

These services entailed gaining numerous municipal and state approvals, surveying during design and construction phases, developing a water conservation program, and numerous meetings with neighborhood groups and associations. SCI also provided soil erosion and sediment control implementation, stormwater mitigation and management design, site grading and layout design, utility design (often with the requirement to maintain the existing utilities), campus roadway design, and construction administration. 

Client/Designer: Boston College, Numerous Architectural Firms

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Harvard University | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants Inc. provided civil engineering and land surveying services for various Colleges at Harvard University. The 29,000 sf Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center (QRAC) project consisted of renovating QRAC into a performing arts center and the addition of a 6,500 sf mezzanine level inside the structure. An unusual aspect of this project was the installation of a geothermal heat pump utilizing a closed loop standing column well system. The QRAC’s exercise space was expanded, with changes combining improvements to the athletic facility with renovation of space for a dance studio and a 160-seat performance center. The project received approvals from the Cambridge DPW, Water Department, and the Building Department, with SCI providing all site design and support for these permits.  SCI also provided civil engineering services for Holden Green.  Built in the 1920's, this student housing complex contains 104 apartments, some of which are two-level townhouses.   The housing was recently upgraded including the rehabilitation of the ageing interiors and installation of new accessible ramps to portions of the complex.  The campus spans both Cambridge and Somerville so SCI assisted the Client in seeking approval from both municipalities for new water and fire protection upgrades to the existing buildings.

Bruner/Cott & Associates / DiMella Shaffer Associates

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University of Connecticut (North Towers Dining Facility) | Storrs, Connecticut

University of Connecticut (North Towers Dining Facility) | Storrs, Connecticut

Samiotes Consultants Inc. provided civil engineering services for construction of the North Dining Facility, located on the Storrs Campus of the University of Connecticut. The four hundred and fifty-seat dining facility replaced five existing satellite facilities and improved services for the students and provides a gateway for the complex.  Responsibilities included designing the sanitary sewer, stormwater management system, domestic water supply, and the fire protection supply – and a comprehensive soil erosion control plan for permitting.  SCI coordinated with various consultants, including the architect, landscape architect, mechanical consultant, and UConn’s Office of Architectural and Engineering Services throughout the design process to ensure conformity with the University’s Master Plan.  Approval from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection was required for the project due to proximity to a stream and bordering vegetated wetlands.

Client/Designer: Livermore Edwards & Associates

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Wheelock College | Boston, Massachusetts

Wheelock College | Boston, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants Inc. provided civil engineering and land surveying services for the Riverway House Renovations and New Addition project with Lee Kennedy Co.  The project consisted of the renovation of the existing dormitory building to house 131 students, construction of a handicap accessible route and entry to the building from Pilgrim Road, and a new sidewalk/plaza.  The Project received approval for meeting the Groundwater Conservation Overlay District requirements and was recently completed.

Client/Designer: Wheelock College

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Dean College | Franklin, Massachusetts

Dean College | Franklin, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants provided civil engineering and land surveying services for the proposed 29,000 square foot addition to the Dean College Campus Center. The project includes a dining complex and an indoor and outdoor performance area in an existing building and parking lot. Samiotes conducted a survey of the property and project area to create an existing conditions plan. The engineering services included a drainage design to control the additional stormwater from the proposed addition, and to collect water from a tennis court that was converted to a parking area. Samiotes conducted the work as a subcontractor to the architect, and coordinated the design with other subcontractors such as electrical engineers and landscape architects. Construction documents, including civil specifications, were required and Samiotes expects to provide construction administration services.  SCI also provided Civil Engineering services for the new Performance and Dining Center that will adjoin the existing center.  The construction of the new building required additional drainage and infiltration capacity, reconfiguring one the parking area to maintain capacity and providing emergency access to all parts of the proposed building.  The drainage system incorporated the existing components on the property to minimize the amount of drainage structures; a variety of collection an infiltration structures were used to ensure the new impervious surfaces did not increase the stormwater flow from the property.  The project received approval from the Planning Board while working closely with the Town Engineer.  The project is scheduled to be complete for the start of school in September 2011.  In addition, SCI provided civil engineering services for the renovation of the E. Ross Anderson Library, creating the school's Library Learning Commons.  Responsibilities included the site layout, grading and providing an HP accessible route to the building.  In addition, SCI designed on site storm drainage system and a new fire protection service. 

Dean College hired Samiotes Consultant’s Inc. to design a drainage system for the Dean Hall parking lot which would flood due to stormwater runoff from adjacent buildings and impervious areas.  Working with the Franklin Town Engineer address the concerns of the town and to meet the requirements of Dean College, SCI designed a system that will increase infiltration, prevent flooding, reduce the stormwater discharging to the town storm water system and improve the quality of any overflow storm water that discharges to the town storm water system.  SCI conducted a subsurface investigation and worked with a geotechnical engineer to ensure the bituminous concrete mix design and gravel based did not allow the previous problems from reoccurring. The parking lot and drainage features were design in spring of 2009 and the construction was completed during the summer of 2009.

Client/Designer: Bruner/Cott & Associates, Inc. / Dean College

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Berklee College of Music (Café 939 at Berklee) | Boston, Massachusetts

Berklee College of Music (Café 939 at Berklee) | Boston, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants Inc. provided civil engineering and land surveying services for the Berklee College of Music’s Cafe 939, a state-of-the-art, all-ages, student-run music venue and coffee house. Located at 939 Boylston Street, adjacent to the Cactus Club, Cafe 939 showcases Berklee's emerging student talent, local artists, and national acts seeking an intimate, personal space. SCI’s services, in addition to all survey and site design, included gaining Boston Water and Sewer Commission endorsement for the Groundwater Conservancy District Regulations and subsequent Zoning Board of Appeals approval.

Client/Designer: MDS/Miller Dyer Spears

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Kennedy Student Life Center) | Boston, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants Inc. provided civil engineering and land surveying services for Mass Art’s student center. The project consisted of renovating the first three floors of the building, and construction of a new addition on the Longwood Avenue side of the building. SCI’s services included site grading, relocation of domestic water and fire protection connections, and storm drainage system design. The center is located in the City of Boston Groundwater Conservation Overlay District. To comply with the District’s regulations, SCI designed an on-site infiltration system that recharges a significant volume of rainfall into the ground. The site was challenging due to the very limited space available for the infiltration system construction. The project required approvals from Boston Water and Sewer Commission (including work in the Groundwater Conservation Overlay District) and the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Client/Designer: MDS/Miller Dyer Spears

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Bentley College (Forest Street) | Waltham, Massachusetts

Bentley College (Forest Street) | Waltham, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants has provided civil engineering and land surveying services for projects at Bentley’s Waltham campus. The most recent project involved survey and utility service exploration for the renovation of Lindsay Hall. A previous project entailed a mitigation study of a drainage problem on the upper campus. An existing drainage system was not containing stormwater sufficiently during larger storms, causing flooding in dormitories and the student café. Both short term and long term solutions were recommended to the college. The short-term solution for the project was implemented and has been successful. SCI also designed an independent irrigation well / reservoir system for the college’s athletic facilities. The latter two projects required gaining approvals from the Conservation Commission.

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Brown University (Hill House & T.F. Green Bldg) | Providence, Rhode Island

Brown University (Hill House & T.F. Green Bldg) | Providence, Rhode Island

Samiotes Consultants Inc. provided civil engineering services for Brown’s T.F. Green Building and Hill House. The Hill House project entailed a building code change of use to house the department of Modern Culture and Media, and completely renovating the interior of the building. The Modern Culture and Media program includes faculty offices, administrative offices, graduate student offices, seminar rooms, film and video classroom and production space, an editing suite and media archives. The renovation includes an addition to the rear of the building to house a second exit stair, structural improvements as required for equipment loading, new restrooms and complete mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems upgrades. The T. F. Green building project involved selective interior and exterior building renovations so that the Department of Student Activities could fully occupy the building. This required a partial change of use. The renovation included the complete removal of the existing serving kitchen, creating ADA restroom facilities, egress and other building code upgrades and required mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems upgrades.
Also, the installation of a new roof system and windows, masonry repointing and stair repairs, and repairs to the adjacent driveways, walkways and sidewalks.

Client/Designer: Margulies Perruzzi Architects

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Worcester State College | Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester State College | Worcester, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants provided civil engineering services for this educational facility in Worcester. The project consisted of internal modifications to the existing building as well as upgrades to the utilities services.  SCI also investigated the potential of utilizing a rainwater harvesting system for irrigation / LEED points.

Client/Designer: MDS/Miller Dyer Spears

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