21st Century Campus Transformation
UMass Boston is committed to becoming a student-centered, urban public research university of the 21st century, and is making significant improvements to enhance the student experience and improve connections with its neighbors. BVH was awarded the contract for the final design and construction administration of the university’s Utility Corridor and Roadway Relocation project, an important transformative start of more than $700 million in new facilities and infrastructure construction on the campus over the next 25 years.
As prime consultant, BVH’s scope of work included the design of a new roadway network to improve overall traffic circulation and pedestrian connections, and a campus-wide utility corridor ‑ including hot and chilled water piping, domestic and fire protection piping, medium voltage electric, telecommunications, sanitary and gas ‑ to improve utility services to existing and future buildings.
BVH performed a study of UMass Boston’s campus utilities, including Chilled Water, Low Temp Hot Water, Primary Electric, Gas, Fire Protection, Domestic Water, Technology, Sanitary and Storm. The study focused on reconciling conditions, capacity and green initiatives for each system as specifically related to implementing the campus master plan. Several new efficiencies and potential green initiatives were found in particular, how the central plant relates with each individual building connection.
An important factor established is to seamlessly coordinate building loads with the plant operations and maintaining high building delta T’s and taking advantage of sea water for free condenser water cooling. The project also took into account maintainability and reliability through redundant loop configured systems.
After this study, BVH performed MEP engineering design for the utility plant upgrade, as part of the Utility Corridor and Roadway Relocation project.