BPDA Looking for Permission to Survey Navy Yard Area for Structural Damage

The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) will host its monthly Board meeting on April 15, and there will be a major request to survey the Navy Yard for structural issues – some of which have already popped up over the last few years in the form of sinkholes.

The BPDA staff is looking to issue an RFP for a consulting firm to identify all of the issues below grade and find out why they are happening with more frequency. Already, in 2020, sinkholes were repaired in the Historic Monument Area of the Navy Yard, but more potentially exist.

“To ensure public safety and protect property values and the waterfront’s beauty, the maritime engineering industry recognizes that inspecting maritime infrastructure on a regular basis is ‘best practice,’” read the request. “The BPDA is committed to its role in maintaining the public safety of the Charlestown Navy Yard for residents and visitors. To mitigate the recent sinkholes, masonry deterioration and other issues, the BPDA seeks to identify the causes and provide the direction necessary to address such deficiencies. Recommendations and findings made will be used to inform future capital planning.”

The Project Site includes approximately two acres of land and one-half mile of waterfront including Pier 3, Drydock No. 2, the Building 123 Pump House, Pier 4 and the area of HarborWalk adjacent to Pier 5. The Project Site is open to the public as part of the City’s HarborWalk system and is adjoined by parks/open space, roadways, developed and future development sites.  Community resources such as the child daycare center in the Flagship Wharf Condominium building, Courageous Sailing, the MBTA ferry terminal and Shipyard Park.

Pier 5 is not within the scope of the work anticipated for this project.

The RFP scope for engineering design services will include design, permitting, construction bid documents and construction administration. The upcoming BPDA Budget proposal does contemplate $2.7 million in design and construction repairs.


The Navy Yard Garden Association and the BPDA are looking to petition the Board to extend the agreement to keep the Whitaker Wind Sculpture exhibit up beyond the approved May 31 limit. The art installation went up last May, and has been up ever since.

The group would like to keep the kinetic wind sculptures up through Oct. 31.

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