Samiotes Consultants, Inc. Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors

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The First Church | Belmont, Massachusetts

The First Church | Belmont, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants Inc. produced the civil engineering design for The First Church in Belmont. This project involved both a major expansion and renovation to the historic (1896) place of worship. SCI was responsible for designing all drainage treatment aspects, as well as re-configured utility connections. Challenges for this design included meeting all stormwater management practices and Riverfront Protection Act regulations due to the close proximity, and elevation, of Wellington Brook to the site.

Client/Designer: Robert Olson & Associates Architects

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants provided civil engineering and land surveying services for reconstruction of the existing meeting house that was destroyed by a fire.  The existing meeting house is located in the historic district of Cambridge and as such required careful attention to the historic details and characteristics of the building and site.  The project required making the building accessible without the use of traditional ramps and rails.  Approvals were obtained from the Cambridge Historic Commission and Department of Public Works.

Client/Designer: Tsoi / Kobus & Associates

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Trinitarian Congregational Church (TCC) | Wayland, Massachusetts

Trinitarian Congregational Church (TCC) | Wayland, Massachusetts

SCI provided civil engineering and land surveying services to the TCC for expanding its Fellowship Hall. The 14,000 sf expansion more than doubled its size, including site improvements such as a new parking lot layout, walkways, and improvements to the new addition’s entrances. The project was the first in the town to utilize bituminous porous pavement to help mitigate stormwater runoff and improve water quality while saving approximately $100,000 in construction costs. The Wayland Conservation Commission was supportive of the use of porous pavement, and monitors the site as a benchmark for future developments. SCI also provided construction layout, and assisted in gaining project approvals from the Conservation Commission, Road Commissioners, and the Planning Board.

Client/Designer: Maple Hill Architects

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United House of Prayer | Boston, Massachusetts

United House of Prayer | Boston, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants provided civil engineering services for the restoration of the historic Congregation Mishkan Tefila Temple site to a church in the Roxbury section of Boston. The Temple was founded in 1895 and the structure built in 1925.  The congregation moved out in the 1950’s and the building fell into disrepair.  The building was acquired in 1968 by the Elma Lewis School for the Performing Arts and then sold in 1997 to the United House of Prayer.  The building was completely renovated and returned to religious use in 2001.  Permits and approvals were obtained from Boston Water and Sewer Commission and Boston Public Improvements Commission.
 
Client/Designer: United House of Prayer

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Eastern Point Retreat House | Gloucester, Massachusetts

Eastern Point Retreat House | Gloucester, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants Inc. provided civil engineering and land surveying services for the Eastern Point Retreat House located in Gloucester. SCI performed an initial survey and investigated the feasibility of sanitary sewer options for proposed additions to Retreat House. The waterfront/ocean location of the property presented design and approval challenges. SCI subsequently designed a subsurface sewage disposal system, and subsequent discontinuance of the existing sewer facility that discharged into the Atlantic Ocean, in accordance with the requirements of the Army Corps of Engineers and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. This complicated system involved designing an alternative treatment plant to reduce nitrogen levels for future implementation and required pressure dosing

Client/Designer: Linbeck / Archdiocese of Boston

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Congregation Or Atid | Wayland, Massachusetts

Congregation Or Atid | Wayland, Massachusetts

The site design for this controversial stormwater project changed the use of a residential property from a single-family home to a much-desired local place of worship including a 250-seat sanctuary, a library/chapel for smaller services, eight classrooms, support offices and a function room for receptions with kosher kitchen.  The site and building have been composed to provide proper orientation for religious worship while maximizing the stengths of the site’s natural features, which include two mature stands of pine trees and a gently sloping lawn.  Design of this difficult site included stormwater management adjacent to a number of wetlands, siting Title 5-compliant septic system, preserving a stand of existing trees, footprint location, grading, driveway and parking materials design to meet aquifer protection zoning.

Client/Designer: Bruner/Cott & Associates

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