MIT Breaks Ground on Graduate Residence Hall

Construction has started on the redevelopment of a 3.3-acre parcel into new graduate residence housing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). BSC has provided civil/site and utilities design, addressing grading, drainage and stormwater management; Article 19 Project Review Special Permit support; and construction phase services for the project, which entails the demolition of two existing buildings and the construction of three new buildings with approximately 345 units or 560 beds, with associated walkways, landscaped courtyards, planting beds, and a driveway for access to loading docks and parking.

A highlight of BSC’s design is a complex stormwater detention system that stores the difference in pre- and post-development runoff volumes in large underground StormTrap units for 24 hours, and then releases the water via a self-actuated timed control valve system that will provide data to the MIT campus-wide facilities computer networking system as well as hard-copy summary printouts. The project also provides underground rain tanks that will collect roof runoff for irrigation purposes.