27,300 GSF office and manufacturing facility
Access/roadway design, drainage design, permitting. Project Cost: $9 million
The new Protectowire Fire Systems headquarters is set at the top of a wooded knoll and accessed by a 400 ft. long, two way access drive which traverses the slope. High groundwater, poorly draining soils, and moderate to steep slopes made for a challenging site design. To complicate matters, the entrance to the access drive could only be placed at one location in close proximity to the intersection of Washington Street and Columbia Road, State Highway Route 53. This positioning required an entire traffic intersection redesign prepared by Merrill and permitting through the District office of MassDOT.