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UMass Boston to begin test pile driving for new building

Posted by Patrick Rosso  April 2, 2013 10:54 AM

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The University of Massachusetts Boston will soon begin test pile driving at its Columbia Point campus, in preparation for the construction of its new General Academic Building No. 1.

Starting Wed., April 3, and continuing through mid-April, construction crews will be testing the building’s foundation to prepare for the placement of 260 permanent piles, according a notification from the university.

The work will take place between 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. every weekday in the northeast corner of the campus. Staff will be on hand to monitor noise and vibration levels to keep the disruption to a minimum for neighbors and students.

So far crews have removed the pavement from the site, rerouted water lines, disconnected parking lights, and dug test pits in preparation for the new building that broke ground in February.

Once completed the $113-million project will construct an 181,000-square-foot structure on a parcel that was once the school’s North Parking Lot.

In addition to housing a 500-seat auditorium plus a cafe, the new four-story building will provide nearly 2,000 seats of classroom space as well as space for art, chemistry, and performing arts programs.

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