DESMAN Receives 2014 Innovation Award from NPA

The National Parking Association (NPA) awarded DESMAN’s New Balance Field and Parking Facility – Boston University as the 2014 Innovative Sustainability Project of the Year.


DESMAN served as Parking Consultant and Structural Engineer on this award winning project.

Faced with mounting pressure for athletic and academic development on a land-locked campus, the planning sector at Boston University embarked on an innovative solution that would address multiple needs for the campus. Closely following LEED® guidelines, DESMAN worked with the Boston University team to develop the concept and design for New Balance Field, a multi-program, mixed-use facility.

An existing surface parking lot was transformed into a state-of-the-art, women’s field hockey facility with a 350-space, two level, pre-cast concrete parking facility located beneath the turf field. “DESMAN replaced the much-needed surface parking lot and built a structure above it," says Norm Goldman, Principal, DESMAN. "We had to relocate utilities and also set the entrances and exits, parking elevation and functions.”

Completed in May 2013, the project’s sustainable features include rain harvesting technology, drip irrigation, and a storm-water management. Through the use of precast construction, the design was able to address several aspects of the project, including long-span construction to aid the functionality of the parking component along with brick and limestone façade finishes that reflect the collegiate environment.

To see this project featured on NPA's Industry Awards page click here.

Congratulations to the following DESMAN team members who worked on this project:

Norm Goldman: Principal-in-Charge

Wes Wilson: Project Manager

Hisham Asad: Structural Engineer

Thomas Basile: Parking Specialist


Congratulations to the entire team which consisted of:

DESMAN – Structural Engineer / Parking Consultant

Clough Harbor & Associates – Prime Consultant/Sports Architecture/Landscape

Nitsch Engineers – Civil Engineers

Haley & Aldrich – Geotechnical Engineers

ARUP – Code Consultant

Bond Brothers – Construction Manager

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