Samiotes Consultants, Inc. Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors

Recreational: Parks and Playgrounds

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Frog Pond Skating Rink / Tadpole Playground | Boston Common

Frog Pond Skating Rink / Tadpole Playground | Boston Common

Samiotes Consultants, Inc. was responsible for the civil engineering design for the highly-visible and internationally known Frog Pond Skating Rink renovation and construction of the Tadpole Playground located in Boston Common.  The Frog Pond team effort included all utilities servicing the clubhouse, the renovation of the pond and the construction of the skating rink.  An innovative aspect to this civil design by SCI was the provision of a functioning wading pool and its filtering and drainage system during the summer, with the capability to easily convert the wading pool to a skating rink in the winter.  The subsequent design work for the Tadpole Playground included the design of water services for drinking and recreational spray fountains including drainage connections.  Both sites are at elevations below the drainage and sewer mains in the surrounding streets, requiring pump station designs for these connections.  All work on both projects was coordinated with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department and gaining approvals from Boston Water and Sewer Commission Regulations.

Client/Designer: Copley Wolff Design Group

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Boston Parks and Recreation | East Boston Greenway, Golden Stairs Park, Chery Playground/Ringer Park

Boston Parks and Recreation | East Boston Greenway, Golden Stairs Park, Chery Playground/Ringer Park

Samiotes Consultants Inc. provided civil engineering services for Phase 1 of the East Boston Greenway project. The Greenway is a linear park along an old railroad right-of-way that connects neglected portions of Boston’s historic waterfront, and provided a buffer along the edge of Logan Airport. SCI provided soil testing and the subsequent design of sanitary sewer, drainage, and water services for the 12-acre, 3.3-mile long park. SCI obtained approvals from Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Boston Water and Sewer Commission. SCI also provided Construction Administration services through completion of the project.  In addition, SCI provided civil engineering services for the design of a connection of an irrigation water service for Golden Stairs Park in East Boston; and provided civil engineering services for Chery Playground in the Mattapan section of Boston. Water service was designed, to supply both a water feature within the playground and the local community garden. Stormwater management was incorporated into the park. Approval was obtained from the Boston Water and Sewer Commission for both projects.

Client/Designer: Copley Wolff Design Group and CBA Landscape Architects

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Merrimack Riverwalk | Lawrence, Massachusetts

Merrimack Riverwalk | Lawrence, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants Inc. has provided both civil engineering and land surveying services for this Groundwork Lawrence project in Lawrence. The Riverwalk is a 1.3-mile pedestrian trail along the southern bank of the Merrimack River. When complete, the Riverwalk will be part of the state park system, and will provide a valuable new amenity for residents, employees, and visitors to the city. This project is an exciting public-private partnership, demonstrating what can be accomplished through coordinated efforts of local and state agencies, elected officials, businesses, and non-profit organizations. SCI performed a GPS (Global Positioning) survey to establish horizontal and vertical control for an aerial strip survey and subsequently supplemented the aerial topography with on-the-ground topographic information.

Client/Designer: Copley Wolff Design Group/Groundwork Lawrence

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International School of Boston (ISB) | Cambridge, Massachusetts

International School of Boston (ISB) | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Samiotes Consultants Inc. provided civil engineering design and construction administration services for the new field and landscape improvements at the ISB.  The school worked with the design team to select an infill product called Geo Safe Play, made by Limonta Sports of Italy. The infill is made out of 100% organic materials which are environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and have none of the typical odors associated with rubber infill.  It maintains a constant temperature throughout the year; it does not rot, and is resistant to UV. This was the first installation with this product in the United States. It appears much like natural grass and drains as well as other infill systems, if the underdrainage is properly designed. The artificial turf system has a 2 star FIFA rating.

Client/Designer: Austin Architects

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