What Lurks Below: The Geotechnical Intrigue of Boston’s Back Bay

by Jim Lambrechts, P.E., (M.ASCE), Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA., lambrechtsj@wit.edu,


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 6, Pg. 48-53


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: In 1858, the great filling of Back Bay began. Completed in about 20 years, it led to nearly 100 city blocks of iconic 4- and 5-story brick rowhouses. In the past 60 years, about 50 high-rise buildings have sprouted along the "spine" of Back Bay. No matter the size, all have had to accommodate the geotechnical intrigue of Boston’s Back Bay.

Subject Headings: Geotechnical engineering | Bays | Bricks | High-rise buildings

 

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