Structural Improvements

Comprehensive Services for Improvements to Worcester's Institute Park

The City of Worcester retained Weston & Sampson to provide design, environmental permitting, and bidding services for a series of improvements to Institute Park. Our team completed an initial schematic design phase to explore the potential development opportunities and costs associated with these park improvements. The intention of our efforts at the site was to advance the Institute Park Master Plan, which was previously adopted by the City of Worcester. As part of this initiative, Weston & Sampson assisted with the following park improvement elements:

  • A new pathway system along the northern portion of the park that would provide connection points to existing pathways for a contiguous pathway around Salisbury Pond
  • A new elevated pedestrian boardwalk through environmental sensitive resource areas and pedestrian bridge crossing connection to the boardwalk
  • Stormwater management strategies mimicking existing stormwater runoff conditions
  • Wetland replication and mitigation for impacts within the wetland resource areas
  • Structural engineering for the bridge abutments, helical piles for the boardwalk, and bridge design
  • Development of a schematic phasing plan that included dewatering, wetland mitigation conditions, staging, and treatment of existing vegetation including invasive plant management
  • Electrical design for the elevated pedestrian bridge and boardwalk

Weston & Sampson developed schematic, preliminary, and final designs; provided soil exploration, geotechnical reporting, and structural engineering; prepared cost estimates and high-quality presentation graphics; and provided contract document/bid assistance and construction administration services.


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