Continued drought spells concern about building foundations in Back Bay

Published by: WBUR

Author: Fred Thys, WBUR

Synopsis: Despite recent rains, Boston is still in an extreme drought. Once neighborhood where people are watching the water levels with particular attention is the Back Bay. Like much of the city, the neighborhood is built on landfill, and its older buildings are all on wooden piling that must stay submerged in order not to rot.

Mike Atwood of Haley & Aldrich explains how the condition of below grade timber piles is unique to each building and how the timber piles of each building can deteriorate differently.