Boston – Copley Wolff Design Group, Inc. (CWDG), a Boston-based landscape architecture and planning firm, recently attended a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate Related Beal’s Parcel 1B project, a 600,000sf, mixed-use development that will include 239 affordable and workforce residences, an above-grade parking garage with capacity for 220 cars, a Courtyard Marriott with 220 guest rooms, and 10,000sf of ground-floor retail in downtown Boston’s Bulfinch Triangle.
CWDG is working with CBT Architects and Related Beal on the landscape planning and design for the streetscape which will serve as a connection between Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway to the south, Portal Park to the north, and the nearby Harborwalk.
The groundbreaking ceremony took place on February 4. Participants included Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, as well as representatives from Related Beal, CBT Architects, and other project team members.
Streetscape components such as street trees and sidewalks are keeping with the design standards CWDG developed for the CA/T Surface Restoration project. The trees will be planted in grates for additional accessible area and protection from urban elements. Distinctive paving will be utilized along the building face and at major building entryways and the porte-cochère to correspond with the lobby and provide a recognizable identity. The site design will act as an example for future crossroads initiative streetscapes along Causeway Street and Valenti Way, and is a key element of the overall Bulfinch Triangle redevelopment.
“We are always thrilled to work on transformative projects that serve as a link between other pedestrian landscape areas,” says John Copley, ASLA, Principal at Copley Wolff Design Group. “Years back, the removal of the elevated expressway and train structure led to the reconnection of neighborhoods and increased pedestrian access. This project continues that reconnection theme – providing a visually appealing link between the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Portal Park within an area that already experiences a high level of daily foot traffic.”