Brighton, MA Sanborn Head’s team of engineers had much to celebrate at the official ribbon cutting ceremony on May 17 for the Boston Landing commuter rail station. They were among the crowd that took part in the festivities that celebrated what is being called the “West Side Gateway to Boston.”
Since 2012 Stan Sadkowski, P.E., Sanborn Head’s principal engineer has overseen the geotechnical and environmental engineering portion of this $20 million project. After performing subsurface explorations, Sadkowski and his team identified approaches to managing soil and constructing economical foundations systems. “Considering the characteristics of the soil, we knew there would be some issues to address,” said Sadkowski who worked closely with the developer, New Balance Development Group. “But having a lot of experience in the area, and after evaluating what we had to work with, we were able to develop recommendations for economical and smart foundation options.”
The rail station is a convenient and stimulating change agent for the Allston/Brighton community. “It is exciting to be part of a revitalization project such as this,” said Sanborn Head vice president of business development & marketing Kim Sousa. “It offers a new way to travel to Boston and has been uniquely funded through a public-private partnership, with the MBTA and New Balance/Jim Davis. It’s a partnership that greatly contributed to the success of the project.” Trains arrived at the Boston Landing station for the first time on May 22.
Boston Landing is a mixed-use development in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood, which encompasses 14 acres along the Mass. Pike. The site was once the largest stockyard in the area. It now consists of class A, LEED-certified office space within New Balance’s new world-headquarters building, lab and office space, retail stores and restaurants, the Warrior Ice Arena (home of the Boston Bruins practice facility), the future home of the Boston Celtics practice facility, as well as a future residential building located at 125 Guest St.