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Situation:

As part of UMass Boston’s 25-year campus master plan, the University developed a Utilities Master Plan that identified the need to reroute all campus utilities, following the demolition of a deteriorating substructure. Based on our unique blend of construction management and self-perform civil & utility construction expertise, BOND was selected to deliver a campus-wide utility corridor and roadway relocation. This multi-faceted project includes significant upgrades to UMass Boston’s Central Utility Plant (CUP) and the construction of the utility corridor, composed of 17 miles of new piping and ductbanks.

Challenges:

  • Work performed on a 24/7 operational campus
  • Scheduling, sequencing, and tie-in of multiple utility installations with existing campus buildings
  • Ensured continuous access to UMass Boston while working on main campus thoroughfares
  • Overhaul of seawater pump house infrastructure that is integral to campus cooling systems

Solutions:

  • Weekly meetings with University stakeholders and project team members to review, update, and gain approval of logistics and traffic management plans
  • Development of detailed utility installation plans that give campus stakeholders at least six weeks of advance notice before a scheduled shutdown
  • Collaboration with UMass Boston to develop budget and pre-purchase equipment for the seawater pump house, including new pumps and seawater strainers
  • Utilization of in-house 3D BIM and laser scanning services to document and model underground piping and create as-builts for civil construction
  • Daily communication with subcontractors via the tablet-based BIM360 program to track quality control and project progress
  • Utilization of AutoCAD Civil 3D Underground Utility Coordination

Results:

  • Delivery of an updated CUP that will incorporate state-of-the-art control systems to serve as the “brain” of the UMass Boston utility system
  • Completed utility loop will encompass services including 26,000 linear feet of water piping, 15,000 linear feet of hot water piping, 15,000 linear feet of chilled water piping, 10,000 linear feet of electrical ductbank, 10,000 linear feet of telecommunications ductbank, 5,000 linear feet of storm piping, 4,5000 linear feet of gas piping and 3,500 linear feet of sanitary piping
  • New utility corridor will support future buildings and provide reliable and redundant utility services to the UMass Boston campus
  • New two-way roadway network will provide various amenities, including bike lanes, tree lawns, and sidewalks through the campus
  • Scheduled for completion in 2017