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Our underground engineering expertise helps DivcoWest streamline development at Cambridge Crossing


  • DivcoWest planned its Cambridge Crossing development to provide acres of urban green space, easy access to transit, state-of-the-art lab facilities and residences, and eclectic restaurants and shops.
  • But the former industrial site — a 43-acre parcel at the busy juncture of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville — had numerous challenges. The ground conditions varied widely, making design, collaboration, and underground construction exponentially more difficult. These conditions included poor-quality urban fill, buried historic structures and walls, and unusually variable geology.
  • DivcoWest needed a forward-thinking geotechnical consultant to evaluate the complex project components and assess how each decision would impact spending, schedule, logistics, and timing. The developer enlisted Haley & Aldrich because of our team’s long history of underground engineering projects in the Greater Boston area as well as our ability to think ahead and collaborate effectively with stakeholders.
  • We took a holistic view of the campus while collaborating on specific solutions to the unique challenges of each parcel. This zoom-in/zoom-out approach allowed us to plan for various potential outcomes throughout development, even as new variables were introduced and circumstances changed. Also, our existing relationships with agencies and municipalities expedited the permitting process.
  • As an example of the success of our proactivity and ability to create integrated solutions, we saved the developer over $100,000 on one small retail parcel.

For more information, contact:

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Kelvin Wong

Senior Client Account Manager

Bryan Sweeney

Principal Consultant