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Precast Award for Excellence

Fisher Hill Reservoir Park picked up its second award! The Architectural Precast Association selected the precast water feature at Fisher Hill for their Awards for Excellence

Precast water feature being set and positioned on the original Fisher Hill Reservoir berm

Precast water feature being set and positioned on the original Fisher Hill Reservoir berm

The project demonstrates thoughtfulness in both design and context, as well as in execution of craft.
— APA Jury

The idea behind the inclusion of a water feature at the park is to reinforce the fact and connection that this park was once a functioning reservoir. One of the driving forces of the design was to create a water feature that could stand alone as a sculptural element when there is no running water. The design features four different precast finishes set on different planes. The idea behind the different finishes and planes is to observe how water responds to the piece, creating ripples and catching light in distinct ways. The water feature sits to one side of the main promenade with a gentle slope into the moving water flow which allows kids to easily engage with the piece.

Two Projects, Two Wins

We are excited to announce two of our projects were among the winners at this year’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England Design Awards! Our recognized projects were Suffolk University’s Roemer Plaza and Fisher Hill Reservoir Park.  

Roemer Plaza – AIA NE Citation Award for Institutional work

Roemer Plaza – AIA NE Citation Award for Institutional work

Roemer Plaza at Suffolk Universty’s Beacon Hill campus was an underutilized, disconnected space situated above a parking garage and divided into two parts by a 14’ grade change. The plaza was transformed to a continuous public open space with a forecourt for nearby state office buildings and an exterior classroom for the university.

Fisher Hill Reservoir Park – AIA NE Merit Award for Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse* 

Fisher Hill Reservoir Park – AIA NE Merit Award for Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse* 

Fisher Hill Reservoir Park was a KMDG design that preserved the important historic reference points on Fisher Hill by keeping the reservoir’s earth structure and historic gatehouse. Our partners Touloukian Touloukian won for Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse for the work to preserve the gatehouse at Fisher Hill Reservoir Park. Congratulations Ted Touloukian and team!

Click Roemer Plaza and Fisher Hill Reservoir Park for more information on our projects.  

*Touloukian Touloukian's work at Fisher Hill Reservoir Park won for Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse

PLANTING AND CONSTRUCTION AT FISHER HILL

Spring planting is happening at Fisher Hill Reservoir Park in Brookline! Plugs of a wide mix of perennial grasses and flowering plants are being planted in the wet meadow and the bioswale which edges the parking lot. And, we’re seeing the results of fall planting : a walk around the woodland path reveals early blooming Amelanchier (shad bush) drifting along the back side of the embankment. Furnishings are also being installed on the Promenade.

More information about the project can be found HERE.

Construction

There has been a lot of progress at Fisher Hill this summer.  Planting is in full force, and the site work including grading and concrete is coming along nicely.

At Roemer Plaza, planting has been completed, concrete work is nearing completion and paving is well under-way.

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Construction

It has been a busy summer of building. Below are some photos from a few of the projects in various phases of construction. Click to expand the images and for additional info.

Field-Trip-Friday To Northern Design Precast

 

Furthering progress for Fisher Hill Reservoir Park, we took a trip up to Northern Design Precast in Loudon, NH, where they're preparing a mock-up for our 80' precast concrete water feature on the park's promenade.  We've used four different surface treatments: light acid etch, medium sandblast, heavy sandblast and a custom corrugation to help guide and channel the water.

More info on Fisher Hill Reservoir Park.