Nitsch Engineering provided design and construction phase civil engineering services for the new Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center at Harvard Business School (HBS). The Chao Center replaced the existing Kresge Hall with a new, 90,000-square-foot executive education facility featuring a world-class dining facility along with meeting, classroom, and administrative space. Nitsch Engineering worked closely with the design team to implement sustainable design features to align with the HBS sustainability goals and align with the USGBC’s LEED™ Rating System. The building is LEED Gold certified.
Nitsch Engineering developed a sustainable stormwater management design to align with the goals established by the HBS Stormwater Plan (prepared by Nitsch Engineering in 2012). The site sustainability strategies include permeable asphalt walkways, sub-surface infiltration, and rainwater harvesting for irrigation and toilet flushing. Nitsch Engineering supported the Boston Planning and Development Agency Article 80 process and the Boston Water and Sewer Commission Site Plan Approval process. The project also included a number of utility re-routings and phasing considerations.