Lechmere Station

Lechmere was planned as a $50 million, multi-modal light rail and bus terminus with an auto “kiss and ride”, parking facility and electrical power sub-station. The technical and engineering complexity of this project came from the necessity to coordinate the efforts of multiple transportation, civil and electrical power engineers, representing three competing companies, who were not always in agreement on the most cost-effective solution to the design puzzle. Susan Benz’ negotiation skills effectively secured their cooperation and a design solution. Due to changing program requirements and the complexities of the site, this project went through multiple design schemes over a five-year period, during which time quality control of construction documents was provided by Susan Benz. She served as the Project Manager for three of the five years until the program was put on hold due to economic constraints of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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