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Assembly Square ground improvement engineering

Real estate developers

Federal Realty Investment Trust saved millions on development project with our first-of-its-kind design

$1 million

saved per building in construction costs with our approach


  • Federal Realty Investment Trust sought to redevelop a former industrial site in Somerville, Mass. as a vibrant mixed-use community.
  • But they had to overcome poor soil conditions, which would typically require costly foundations and structural systems — an unfeasible approach for a site that would include many buildings covering eight city blocks.
  • We devised a novel plan to use ground improvement to eliminate the need for expensive pilings and structural slabs for the first buildings of the development, and did the testing to show that ground improvement and shallow foundations to be used in ways that were previously considered unthinkable.

For more information, contact:

Damian Siebert

Service Leader, Geotechnical Engineering

Headshot of male. Kevin Wong.
Kelvin Wong

Senior Client Account Manager