Nitsch Engineering provided civil/site engineering services for the construction of a new high school and associated athletic fields. The school is one of the largest high schools in New England, housing 1,850 students in a 412,000-square-foot building that features an indoor swimming pool, a student-run restaurant, technical education spaces such as a television studio and automotive repair classroom, and a performing arts center. The site also includes 10 outdoor tennis courts, a synthetic turf stadium with 2,000 seats, assorted playing fields, and an indoor track. Because the existing school needed to remain operational while the new school was constructed on the site, the project involved a complicated phasing process that involved constructing the new building, moving the offices and classrooms over, demolishing the old building, then adding the playing fields and additional parking where the old building had been sited.
Nitsch Engineering was responsible for the design of the site’s utilities (water, sewer, and drainage), including site layout, utility demolition, construction phasing, and construction administration services. We designed a new stormwater system that incorporates Best Management Practices (BMP) design requirements and includes an underground stormwater detention system that is located beneath the new synthetic turf field. The detention system has two separate outlets; the second being belt suspenders to help safeguard the field in case of extreme weather or outlet failure. We also permitted the project with the City of Newton Conservation Commission and coordinated with the design team to pursue LEED for Schools certification; the project earned LEED Gold certification.