News

Two KMDG Projects Awarded by BSLA

We are excited to announce that the Boston Society of Landscape Architects has honored KMDG with two design awards. Both Fisher Hill Reservoir Park and Suffolk University’s Roemer Plaza have won Merit Awards for Design.

FisherHillReservoirPark_WaterSupplyMap_KlopferMartinDesignGroup_BSLA_Award.jpg

Fisher Hill Reservoir Park
The project captured an important opportunity to transform an abandoned piece of public infrastructure into a public park for passive and active recreation. The distinctive landforms and architecture of this former Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) facility were retained and integrated into a park serving new functions.

FisherHillReservoirPark_KlopferMartinDesignGroup_BSLA_Award_CPP.jpg

"love that the topography was kept as a repurposed landscape remnant." -bsla jury

Elements such as a wall and topographic marker indicating the high-water mark, allow visitors to experience ‘plunging’ into the former watersheet of the full reservoir.  Granite pavers with a carved map of the state-wide water supply system, of which the reservoir was a part, help contextualize this place in the state and neighborhood, and illustrate how our water resources are still delivered. The fully accessible path network allows universal access to the various artful play elements, prospect points, and diverse, native, woodland and meadow plantings that give the park scale, seasonal interest, and ensure a rich botanical future.

See more of the project here.
 

Roemer Plaza at Suffolk University
The redesigned Roemer Plaza transformed an underutilized 1960s era open space into a multi-functional, university plaza, that provides flexible circulation and much needed campus gathering spaces within a tight urban fabric. When Suffolk University purchased Massachusetts’s Metropolitan District Commission’s (MDC) property on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, their proposed new building presented the design team an opportunity to re-envision the adjacent run-down plaza.

RoemerPlaza_SuffolkUniversity_BSLA-Awards_KlopferMartinDesignGroup_CPP.jpg

"the human scale of the space and careful three dimensional study of the stair and terracing are well done, adding a lot of value to this space." -bsla jury

 

 

Identifying the need for a campus identity and connectivity through this space, the design approach addressed the topographical and structural constraints of the site. With the plaza sited above an existing structure, the design features an amphitheater of stairs and seating that reconnects the existing upper and lower plaza levels to facilitate stronger circulation and provide a seating/stage relationship that allows Suffolk University to hold outdoor campus events. Pockets for plantings were carefully coordinated to work with the existing structural loads. Our commemoration strategy focused on the great places that are a result of the MDC. Eighty MDC place names are raised from a black granite plinth centered in the plaza. In addition to the plinth, panels standing 12’ tall and 175’ long, exhibit historic maps, plans and photographs highlighting important MDC projects around the greater Boston area.

See more of the project here.

Fisher Hill wins BSA Honor Award

18--0118_BSA-Gala_TT_KMDG_Fisher-Hill-Reservoir-Park_opt.jpg

Congratulations to Touloukian Touloukian and team for winning a 2017 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence for the Fisher Hill Reservoir Gatehouse and Comfort Station.

View looking across the reservoir at the historic gatehouse. Both the Reservoir and Gatehouse were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.  

View looking across the reservoir at the historic gatehouse. Both the Reservoir and Gatehouse were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.  

Looking across a bioretention basin at the Touloukian Touloukian designed comfort station. 

Looking across a bioretention basin at the Touloukian Touloukian designed comfort station. 

Kennedy Plaza Wins BSLA Design Award

We are excited to announce that our work with the city of Providence and Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority (RIPTA) for Kennedy Plaza received a Merit Award for Design by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. 

Kennedy Plaza is once again a space for pedestrians. By removing the interior bus lanes and pushing the bus berths to the periphery the pedestrian space was doubled making it a true “plaza” in scale and character. The design deploys long groves of trees and a contemporary paving palette to reinforce the Plaza as a place of prominent scale functioning as a venue for events and festivals during non-peak ridership and comfortably for individuals catching the bus.

Thank you to the BSLA for recognizing the quality design solutions that can be executed with a limited budget and all who made this project possible. 

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

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary Named Green Building of the Year

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary was awarded Green Building of the Year by the US Green Building Council - Massachusetts. 

The award was judged on the following criteria:
·         Meeting the Challenges of the Project
·         Effective Collaboration/Communication Management
·         Innovation in Construction Techniques, Tools or Materials
·         Distinction in Client Service
·         Sensitivity to the Environment and Community

A big congrats to the team! 

For more information visit:
Summer Star's Website
-
Our Project Page
-
The Architect's Page

R-Line Wins Paul Davidoff Award

Broad and Public.jpg

Paul Davidoff Award

Transportation Corridors to Livable Communities Study

City of Providence and Rhode Island Public Transit Authority

This four-year Transportation Corridors to Livable Communities Study  focused on enhancing transit, land use, and art and cultural opportunities along the highest ridership bus routes in Providence. The neighborhoods located along the project corridors are home to residents most in need of improved transit service, reduced transportation and housing costs, and improved access to arts and cultural amenities. 

Although the study areas make up only a small land area, they are located along key corridors that contain nearly 50% of city residents over the age of 65 and over 60% of residents who live below the poverty level. Once fully implemented, the recommendations from this study will better connect residents to jobs and create investment and community pride in areas that are most in need. 

Many of the ideas that emerged from the study are already being implemented in order to build upon the place-making role of transit to revitalize Providence and highlight its unique neighborhoods. The transit improvements recommended by the study have been implemented along the first two of the five project corridors; many of the land use recommendations are being implemented through the new Providence zoning ordinance and zoning map recently adopted by the City Council; and several Pop-Up Providence events and installations were centered on important nodes along the transit corridors.

AIA Maryland Design Awards

AIA Maryland Public Building of the Year:   Henderson-Hopkins School, Baltimore, MD by  Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers

AIA Maryland Public Building of the Year:  Henderson-Hopkins School, Baltimore, MD by Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers

Mark had the opportunity to sit on the jury for this year's AIA Maryland Design Awards. More information HERE.

Harleston Parker 2014

Anmahian Winton's Harry Parker Boathouse, one of last year's winners.

Anmahian Winton's Harry Parker Boathouse, one of last year's winners.

Kaki participated in this year's Harleston Parker jury for the BSA to honor the best architecture built in the Boston area within the last 10 years. Click HERE for more information.