On June 12th, the NMR Meditation Center, or Wat Nawamintararachutis, held its grand opening in Raynham, MA. The 110,000 square foot temple is the largest Thai Buddhist temple in the world outside of Thailand. After nearly 10 years of planning and construction the $60 million facility is finally open to the public. While Raynham may seem like an unlikely place for a Buddhist temple, its location was chosen to honor Thailand’s King (Bhumibol Adulyadej) who was born at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. The Raynham location was both large enough– around 55 acres– and closer to Cambridge than some of the other proposed Massachusetts locations. The temple is comprised of a meditation room, residence halls for monks and visitors, a courtyard, a museum/library, and multipurpose rooms.
BSC Group was responsible for civil engineering design services for the creation of the facility. BSC worked on the design of all project aspects, including roadway and parking lot design, site layout and grading, a stormwater management system, and utilities. BSC was also responsible for preparing plans and submittal packages for filing with local town boards, and coordinating with other project consultants. CBS News released a brief video of the Temple’s grand opening, which you can watch here.
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