Central Campus Infrastructure

Amherst, Massachusetts

Client: University of Massachusetts


  • Construction Administration
  • Drainage Design
  • Project Management
  • Site Design
  • Water and Sewer Utility Design

Project Summary

Hoyle, Tanner served as the project manager and lead engineering firm for the $10 million Central Campus Infrastructure Project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, while overseeing $1 million in engineering services involving geotechnical, mechanical and electrical subconsultants.

To overcome challenges presented by a congested campus and limited available space, Hoyle, Tanner evaluated several types of trenchless technologies for the proposed deep sewer line. Based on the soil conditions encountered, portions of the sewer line were installed using micro-tunneling. This process provides for a very precise installation, which is critical for maintaining slope on a gravity sewer. The project included upgrades and replacements of the following campus utilities: domestic and reclaimed water, sewer, drainage, steam, electrical, and telecommunications.

The project presented many unique challenges, including layout of several utilities through the central part of the campus adjacent to a 28-story library and other buildings, design of a new 30-foot deep gravity sewer through the heart of the campus, and extensive coordination with adjacent campus projects and sequencing of various utility shutdowns to minimize disturbance to existing campus facilities. The project is currently under construction and Hoyle, Tanner is providing construction administration services, including management of engineering services related to each utility and technical review of civil and structural shop drawings and field changes.

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