Nitsch Engineering provided land surveying and civil engineering services for the lease purchase and design of Archstone Avenir, a 10-floor mixed-use, transit-oriented development that includes retail on the ground floor, a 116 space-parking garage on the second and third floors, and 241 residential units. The project represents a public-private partnership between Trinity Financial, to construct private retail, rental, and condominium space in concert with the MBTA’s development of North Station (which lies beneath the building).
We performed topographic and cadastral surveys for the site, which was the first parcel to be developed as part of the Central Artery/Tunnel (CA/T) renewal program. The project featured several unique aspects, including an operating subway system below the site which had to be surveyed. We surveyed the utilities that run within the abutting streets and feed the station or cross the new CA/T tunnel. Working with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the City of Boston, Nitsch Engineering’s surveyors laid out two new streets and created new easement plans and several discontinuance plans in order to get this project going. We also prepared an ALTA plan.
In regards to civil engineering services, we provided all site layout, grading, and utility design services, as well as securing permits with the Boston Water & Sewer Commission and City of Boston Public Improvement Commission. Nitsch Engineering also assisted the developer in securing the necessary approvals from the MBTA, Boston Redevelopment Authority, and MEPA. The project achieved LEED Gold certification.