Nitsch is thrilled to announce that two of our projects were recognized with 2023 Engineering Excellence Bronze Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA): the Tufts University Stormwater Improvement project in Medford, and the Gardner Street Improvement project in Worcester. The Engineering Excellence Awards recognize innovation, complex problem solving, sustainability and social contributions, value to the future of the engineering profession, and fulfillment of client/owner needs.
Tufts University, Stormwater Improvement Project, Medford, MA
To understand the causes of flooding at the Tufts University Tisch Sports & Fitness Center, Nitsch developed a district-scale hydraulic model of 261 acres of watershed including Tufts’ Campus, nearby Medford neighborhoods, and adjacent Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) rail lines. Based on an analysis of the results, Nitsch designed a rerouted system that increased capacity to support both current and future development – the Stormwater Improvement Project.
Gardner Street Improvements, Worcester, MA
Table Talk Pies, a family-owned food manufacturing business, has served the community of the City of Worcester for nearly a century. Working with the City of Worcester to connect Table Talk Pies’ existing freezer facility to their new oven facility, Nitsch lowered the Gardner Street roadway beneath an active CSX Bridge to provide adequate clearance for trucks traveling between the two buildings. The unique solution required an innovative use of micropiles to protect the structural integrity of the bridge, while maintaining ADA-compliant sidewalks, relocating roadway utilities, and adding on-street parking. Our design integrates a safer roadway, offers current and future benefit to the City for utility maintenance, and ultimately allows Table Talk Pies to remain in Worcester and continue serving those who love it.