Comprehensive Services for Improvements to Worcester's Institute Park
Weston & Sampson was retained by the City of Worcester to provide the design, permitting, and bidding of a series of improvements to Institute Park. An initial schematic design phase was undertaken to explore the potential development opportunities and costs associated with the basic park improvements. All work efforts were intended to advance the Institute Park Master Plan previously adopted by the City of Worcester.
Weston & Sampson assisted with the following park improvement elements:
- A new signature park gateway to include relocation and reincorporation of the Tremont House Doric Columns along the park perimeter. Conceptual designs included potential geometric improvements to the two roadways.
- A new canopy and related enhancements to the Sneiderman Pavilion, an open-air staging feature located in proximity to Salisbury Pond.
- Stormwater management strategies, which included daylighting Bear Brook and collecting within the park watershed.
- Various site and landscape improvements surrounding the Sneiderman Pavilion and viewing and staging areas.
- An exterior plaza to contain space for seating, an informational kiosk, and connections to existing and future bathroom, concessions, and storage building facilities.
- Development of a new public gathering and small-scale performance space to include a new open-air gazebo and related amenities within a historic overlook area.
- Electrical service and other utility systems.
Services included schematic, preliminary, and final designs; cost estimates; presentation graphics; contract documents; bid assistance; and construction administration.