BOSTON, Mass. – Copley Wolff Design Group (Copley Wolff), a Boston-based landscape architecture and planning firm, in partnership with project developer The Davis Cos. and project architect SGA, commemorated the groundbreaking of 35 Cambridge Park Drive, adjacent to MBTA’s Alewife Station in Cambridge.
The existing 147,000 -square-foot building will be transformed into a 222,800-square-foot modern and environmentally conscious Class A laboratory building with ground floor retail. The project will also include the renovation of an existing parking structure, providing 331 onsite parking spaces.
“Working on 35 Cambridge Park Drive in collaboration with TDC Development Group and SGA provides our team with another exciting opportunity to showcase our expertise and passion in creating engaging public space,” said Meghan Marchie, of Copley Wolff. “Through the use of native landscape elements, we are able to produce a highly innovative design that maximizes the exterior space, incorporates sustainable features and provides the public with a creatively enhanced outdoor experience that wasn’t previously available.”
The exterior components designed by Copley Wolff will feature seating and gathering spaces among a series of rain gardens and bioretention basins. Native perennial gardens and birch tree groves will be placed in sinuous, curvilinear planters that bring a contemporary edge to the space. The planters are thoughtfully positioned to coordinate with existing trees, preserving the natural elements of the site.
Copley Wolff has incorporated sustainable design elements that align with the project team’s objective to create a LEED-certified building. These features include low-flow irrigation, permeable paving throughout the site and an extensive storm water management system comprised of a series of rain gardens and a planted retention basin.
Copley Wolff offers extensive knowledge and expertise in landscape design for mixed-use developments and outdoor spaces. The firm has worked on a diverse number of projects within this sector including: The Hub on Causeway, Ink Block, the Baxter Riverfront Park and Streetscape at Assembly Row and the Wharf District Parks on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.