Nitsch Engineering provided civil engineering and sustainable consulting services to support the master plan and first phase of a project to redevelop the Saint Polycarp Church and surrounding parcels into a new, three-acre, sustainable, urban village that will serve the residents of Somerville. During the master planning stage, we explored sustainable concepts such as the collection and harvesting of stormwater for use within the site. As the project moved forward, Nitsch Engineering collaborated with the project team on the first of seven planned new residential/retail buildings planned for the site. This first new building includes 24 units of affordable housing, three ground-level retail spaces, landscaped outdoor space, and parking areas. Incorporating solar photovoltaic panels, a vegetated roof, triple-paned windows, sprayfoam insulation, bioretention areas, and many other green features, the project achieved LEED-NC Silver Certification. This project won the 2010 Innovation in Green Design Award from the US Green Building Council Massachusetts Chapter.

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