Boston’s Big Dig
Monday, September 21 | 4:00-5:15 | Zoom |1HSW
Dan McNichol, Journalist & Author, Spokesperson for the Big Dig
Dan McNichol, best-selling author and award-winning journalist discusses the nation’s most intriguing, modern, urban marvel, Boston’s Big Dig. McNichol shares how the mega urban project has come to define how we plan, design, construct cities in the United States…for better and for worse. The interactive conversation concludes with how The Big Dig, the current plague and climate change challenge the promise of urbanism in America. For over two decades, Dan McNichol was the spokesperson for the largest, most complex highway construction project ever embarked upon in U.S. history: Boston’s Big Dig. McNichol will discuss the management of this mega-public works project, officially known as the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, sharing lessons learned as well as describing the civil engineering feats of innovative tunnel designs, the creation of one of the world’s largest ventilation systems, and the construction of a cable stayed bridge over the Charles River in Boston. Big Dig’s project management revealing managerial successes and failures of the project’s many “messy complexities.”
Forests, Forestry & Climate Change
Monday, October 5 | 4:00-5:15 | Zoom |1HSW
Robert Perschel, Executive Director, NE Forestry Foundation
How we protect and manage our forest base will likely determine if New England can meet its climate goals. Robert Perschel will speak about the Forest to Cities Climate Challenge, forestry standards for both storing carbon and producing materials for buildings 6-18 stories tall.