M.I.T., Vassar Street Reconstruction

Cambridge, MA

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McCourt was hired by MIT as the General Contractor for the reconstruction of a one-mile section of Vassar Street on the MIT campus. The street, which bisects the main campus, was rebuilt as the central spine with greater emphasis on pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Award-winning landscape architect Carol R. Johnson Associates, designed a signature boulevard featuring widened sidewalks, particularly along the main campus where pedestrian traffic will be highest, and one of the region’s first large cycle tracks.

The streetscape also features 73,200 SF of concrete pavers, 109 new elm trees, 3,800 CY of “Pine & Swallow” structural planting soil, extensive site furniture and a $275,000 irrigation system. Additional scope included new lighting, electrical infrastructure, drainage, and extensive environmental remediation.

Project Overview
Owner: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Final Value: $13,000,000
Completion Date: Sept, 2007

Unique Project Features
• Project occurred along one of the most heavily traffice streets through MIT’s urban campus.
• MIT academic schedule partially dictated schedule.
• Project built one of the first private cycle tracks in the region.
• McCourt needed to coordinate with multiple stakeholders including MIT, Cambridge and multiple new campus building projects.

Quarry Hills Golf Course

Quincy, MA

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In this innovative Public/Private venture, McCourt Construction worked as a team with a private developer and design consultant to: design and construct a new exit ramp off of I-93 South (SE Expressway); close and cap three landfills in the Quincy and Milton; fill and cap two deep and dangerous granite quarries; construct a 27-hole golf course and playing fields atop the capped landfills; and protect dozens of indian burial grounds and wetland areas. Because the project was built over existing landfills, McCourt also installed an extensive methane collection and burn-off system spanning hundreds of acres.

This work was undertaken for the Cities of Quincy and Milton, and financed by the Cities through a unique interagency agreement with MassDOT and private developers. The Central Artery Tunnel Project disposed of over 13 million tons of material at the 446 acre site, including 8 million tons that had to be stockpiled and tested before being accepted at the site. Prior to the material being delivered, McCourt constructed an Interstate off-ramp in under six weeks. This work was described by the Patriot Ledger as “the fastest off-ramp construction in federal highway history”. This ramp allowed for direct access to the site for the over 800 loads a day and minimized the impact on the local neighborhoods. Throughout the 4-year duration of the project the team faced logistical challenges in handling the volume of trucks and material being delivered seven days a week, including an extensive stormwater detention system, protecting thousands of acres of surrounding wetlands, and building a permanent truck wash off and containment center.

Project Overview
Owner: Quarry Hills Associates
Final Value: $143,000,000
Completion Date: Sept, 2007

Unique Project Features
• The largest brownfield project in New England history.
• 13 million tons of fill received and spread.
• Jobsite active 24/7 for 5 years (except for 8 hours on Sundays).
• Innovative project financing thru the Cities of Quincy, Milton, MassDOT, and private developers.
• Accelerated, design-build construction resulted in new I-93 offramp in 6 weeks.

Project Awards and Accolades
• Top Ten Best New Upscale Golf Course in the Country by Golf Digest
• 100 Greatest Golf Courses in America! by Golf Digest
• Patriot Ledger Front Page Headline 12/4/97: “X-Way Wonder: Ramp in 6-1/2 Weeks”