Nitsch Engineering is providing land surveying, civil engineering, and transportation engineering services for the redevelopment of the Worcester Common Outlets Mall, a one-million-square-foot mall on a 20-acre site, into a mixed-use development called CitySquare. The project will re-establish city streets, connect the site with City Hall and Union Station, and include 650 units of housing, 400,000-square-feet of street-level retail and entertainment, a 1,000-car underground parking garage, and around 1-million-square-feet of office space over four city blocks. This phased project is a prime example of smart growth, as it is in close proximity to public transportation and essential infrastructure.
Nitsch Engineering provided extensive utility compilation within the existing mall structure and in the adjacent roadways, performed a topographic and property line survey around the entire mall site, provided numerous ALTA/ACSM Land Title surveys for project financing, and prepared Eminent Domain Taking Plans for new street layouts to be conveyed to the City of Worcester. We designed roadways and infrastructure for the new city streets that will be constructed partially atop the structure deck of the mall, over the existing below-grade service loading docks. The below-grade structure will also be expanded with additional parking. We designed the grading and utility infrastructure to serve the numerous buildings and new municipal roadways. Nitsch Engineering’s services also included municipal site permitting and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection permitting.
CitySquare II included some unique project challenges:
- Constructing roads on the floor slab of the abandoned mall with existing garage below.
- Integrating roadway infrastructure – the storm drain, fire protection, power, and communications – with the garage.
- Reusing building demolition materials in accordance with MassDEP Beneficial Use Determination.
- Adapting development to economic/developer demand.
- Allowing flexibility for unknown tenant needs.
- Coordinating plumbing infrastructure for existing buildings.
To date, completed private development includes One Mercantile Place, a $70-million, 214,000-square-foot office building for Unum; the renovation of an 860-car parking garage; and a $30-million capital investment by Vanguard with the opening of the 66,000-square-foot Saint Vincent Hospital Cancer and Wellness Center at One Eaton Place. The site is currently being prepared for the construction of a 550-car underground public parking garage, a 150-room hotel with restaurant, and a 370-unit market-rate residential development with 12,000 square feet of retail space, slated to open in 2016. As the project moves forward, Nitsch Engineering’s surveyors are preparing subdivision and easement plans to conform to the new building sites that are being created.