Harvard University Science Complex, MWRA Sewer

Allston, MA

Client

SEA Consultants, Inc.

Completion

2011
MWRA, Harvard University Science Complex, Pipeline Eval to Enable Construction on Site
MWRA, Harvard University Science Complex, Pipeline Eval to Enable Construction on Site

Harvard University planned to locate a new science complex above a Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) brick masonry pipeline that was over 115 years old. The University was concerned about the impact of construction on the 69 in. high by 62 in. wide active masonry sewer. SGH studied the potential effects of ground displacement that can distort and increase soil loads on buried structures, construction traffic live loads, surface vibrations, and impacts from falling objects.