A&M Completes Work at MGM Springfield

MGM – Howard Street

Springfield, MA – Allen & Major Associates, Inc. (A&M) was retained by the development team of Blue Tarp ReDevelopment, AECOM Tishman, Davenport Cos., Form + Place to provide master planning, full site design, land survey, permitting, and landscape/hardscape design services for the MGM hotel and resort casino in Springfield.

The overall hotel/resort encompasses 14.5 acres over three city blocks in the south end of downtown and includes lodging, dining, retail, and entertainment facilities. It also includes new construction and rehabilitated historic buildings and façades and the relocation of the historic First Spiritualist Church.

The project included the design, permitting, and construction for the Daycare/Head Start center at the corner of Main and Union streets, the relocation of the Springfield Rescue Mission in the former Orr Cadillac building at 10 Mill Street, and a workshop building with k-9 kennels located at 99 Union Street.

A&M’s civil engineering division provided master planning, site design, permitting, and construction oversight for the entire project. Specific design work was comprised of site grading, drainage, utilities, as well as coordinating with the various design consultants and team members.  

The design and construction of infrastructure improvements within Union Street, State Street, Howard Street, MGM Way, Bliss Street, and East Columbus Street involved the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the existing roadways, including repair or replacement of existing sewer and water lines.

A&M’s civil team modeled all underground existing as well as proposed utilities and drainage structures in AutoCAD Civil3D in order to supplement the design and identify conflicts. The project includes conservation measures to reduce the effects of the development on the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission CSO system.

A&M’s landscape architecture division provided conceptual and master planning, landscape/hardscape design for the streetscaping, perimeter landscape, and Daycare/Head Start center and the Springfield Rescue Mission relocation.

The project is currently being reviewed for LEED certification.

Permitting was extensive and successfully achieved through the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Springfield Water & Sewer Commission, the Springfield Office of Planning and Economic Development, the Springfield Department of Public Works and the Springfield City Council.

A&M Land Survey Division provided all survey services on the project from inception to completion.  Specific services included property line surveys, existing condition surveys, extensive off-site roadway surveys, legal documents, on-call/on-site construction layout and monitoring throughout the duration of construction.