Rowes Wharf: A Case Study in Substructure Innovation

by James M. Becker, Beacon Corp, Boston, MA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Construction Innovation: Demands, Successes and Lessons

Abstract: Rowes Wharf is a project with many unique features. This paper has attempted to briefly review just one of these features - Up/Down construction. The willingness of the development team (Owner, Designer, and Builder) to use this innovative technique was a major step forward in ensuring the feasibity of the project. As illustrated in this paper, the decision to use this technique was the result of a process of participation in which the gradual commitment of various parties led to the final decision. Rowes Wharf does, however, take the Up/Down technique one step further in the reasons for its use, for in this case it also became a critical element in constructing a major water tight bulkhead essential to the success of the project. Innovation, therefore, was not finally by choice but by necessity.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Construction management | Ports and harbors | Innovation | Substructures | Underwater construction | Concrete construction | Bulkheads | Underwater foundations | Team building | Boston | North America | Massachusetts | United States

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