Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street

The Challenge

Provide construction mitigation services to facilitate the renovation and expansion of The Harvard Art Museums into one state-of-the-art facility for the collections, galleries and curatorial staff of the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. Two of the major mitigation challenges for this project were the demolition of the existing structure and the installation of the slurry wall foundation structure. Both phases of this project required large equipment to be positioned within feet of the historic structure and the residential buildings.

The Solution

Due to the sensitive nature of the abutting buildings and the portion of the Fogg Museum that was remaining, strict remote vibration monitoring programs were implemented. The project also implemented complex mitigation measures to limit the amount of disruptive noise perceived from the closest abutters. Analyzing the construction schedule and proactively coordinating with abutters has allowed for seamless communication and greatly reduced construction impact.

The Key Benefits

CSL Consulting has had years of experience dealing with close-quarter, large-scale construction projects. We took our lessons learned from this experience and proactively implemented construction protocols and communication procedures. This all resulted in upfront discussion with the City and the abutters that helped ease the impact from the project.