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Partnering Industry & Recreation in Waterfront Development

Landing Studio’s Designs for Rock Chapel Marine in Chelsea, MA Featured in the Boston Globe & Inaugural Exhibition of the New BSA Space, Going into Construction in 2012

Designs for the development of Rock Chapel Marine, the work of design firm Landing Studio, founded by Assistant Professor Dan Adams, and Instructor Marie Law Adams, were recently featured in both the Boston Globe and the inaugural exhibition of the new BSA Space in Boston.  Rock Chapel Marine will be a first of its kind working waterfront landscape, integrating large scale industrial salt dock operations with community access recreation landscapes.  The project is the result of 5 years of detailed negotiations between industrial operators, the Chelsea MA city government, and state and federal agencies.  Unlike recent trends for urban waterfronts to replace industrial operations with residential or recreational programs, this design promotes a sustainable balance for preserving transportation infrastructure used for bringing salt into Boston Harbor, while also providing much desired waterfront and recreation space to the high density, urban community of Chelsea MA.

The design of Rock Chapel Marine will dismantle an existing 13,000,000 gallon asphalt batching and storage tank farm, and develop maritime infrastructure for the berthing and discharge of ocean traversing salt vessels and stockpiling of salt, in conjunction with public recreation landscapes including a waterfront lawn amphitheater, playground area, and event space.  The demolition design incorporates a careful salvage plan for preserving and re-purposing a number of materials from the tank farm landscape.  Several of the steel tanks will be cut into strips to be recycled as raised planting landscape throughout the public regions of the dock, and massive geo-desic aluminum domes that previously covered the asphalt product will be re-purposed as trellis-like scaffolds spanning over the landscape.

Dock infrastructure construction began in March 2012, Full demolition to commence in April 2012, The public park areas will be completed for a grand opening in Spring 2013, with a new headquarters building for dock operations to open for late fall 2013.

Boston Globe Article

Chelsea Record Article

BSA Exhibition

BSA Exhibition in Architizer


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