Planned Speare Place & North Lot Closure

As part of the University’s efforts to enhance and improve its utility infrastructure, North Lot, as well as Speare Place will be closed from Wednesday, May 10th through Friday, August 4th.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this outage, please contact Facilities Customer Service at 617-373-2754 with any questions or concerns and they will direct your call to the appropriate person.     More Information

Water Conservation with Plants


Within the landscape, a series of depressed spaces and bioswales, create a new urban marsh, a historic reference to the nearby fens.  The bioswales located in the The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) plaza are designed to collect, filter, and infiltrate storm water runoff from the impervious areas of the plaza and streetscape.  This is achieved through a series of plants and soils that can withstand moisture levels ranging from flooded to dry.  The primary benefits of these bioswales are the improved quality and reduced volume of site runoff, thereby reducing burden on the municipal system.  The bioswales can also be used for snow storage in the winter and be slowly infiltrated.


Various indigenous and drought resistant plantings contribute to a resilient ecosystem and reduce the need for irrigation.  The bioswale plant community includes trees and herbaceous plants that can withstand moisture levels ranging from flooded to dry.

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