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The SSA team celebrated the holiday season with our annual Charbrook Party. It was an evening of delicious food, tasty drinks, and the coveted Yankee Swap. It was by no means a silent night, but one of festive conversation, storytelling, and laughter. We at SSA hope you all had a wonderful holiday and wish you a healthy and happy New Year.
ASLA and ABX Presentations
SSA was proud to have two of our Principals participate in Conference presentations in November. Joe Wahler presented with Simon Prunty and P. Clifford Miller at the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo in Chicago on the designed plant communities from the perspective of eco-modelling native communities to embrace spontaneous species. Lauren Stimson presented with Tom Chung, Emma Houiellebecq and Alexander Schreyer at the Architecture Boston Expo on the iterative and holistic design process used to bridge across disciplines to create a living demonstration of design integration, specifically referencing the UMass Amherst Integrated Design Building. Congrats to both on successful and informative sessions.
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2015 Awards
SSA is thrilled to receive an ASLA Honor Award for Phil Hardberger Park.
The 2015 jury wrote that “the landscape architect bridges the formal and romantic parts of the park and embraces both. There is a place for everyone.”
The concept for Hardberger Park is cultivated wild. Over the last seven years, this Park has become an integration of the rich cultural history of San Antonio, blended with the diverse and resilient ecologies that are native to the region. The Park dedicates 75% of the 311 acre site to preservation and restoration of this native landscape while seamlessly embedding 25% as low-impact recreation. Engaging state-of-the-art green infrastructure and a restored, diverse landscape, the Park has become a living laboratory for urban ecology, healthy living, and sustainability in south Texas.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden | Get Involved!
SSA is excited to be working on the next Master Plan for Tower Hill Botanic Garden. We invite you to join us and share your creative ideas during our first Public Meeting.
Williams College - Stetson Plaza
The removal of the old Sawyer Library is a major step in the right direction for Williams College. SSA has been diligently working with the college on this bold move, where landscape is given back to appropriately re-frame the renovated Stetson Library and its long views toward the Green Mountains. This new campus quad will feature local marble from nearby Vermont, crafting it into benches and tables as signature pieces of the Stetson Library entry plaza. The transformation is just beginning!
3 Barns in AD
SSA is proud to be featured in this month’s issue of Architectural Digest in a collaborative project with Ashe + Leandro. The landscape for this residence on Martha ’s Vineyard explores the contrast between the newly constructed three barn structure and it’s indigenous landscape. Constructed edges contain the manicured and programmed areas that are set within restored sand plain meadows and coastal shrublands.
Ferrous Park Planting Day
A team from SSA recently ventured out of the office for a day of planting at Ferrous Park in Lawrence, MA. In order to assist the construction phase of this fast paced project, a group of volunteers from Lawrence High School, Groundwork and SSA worked to plant over 4,000 plugs on the newly constructed mound. An exciting day for SSA to see this park taking shape.
SSA Cape Getaway
Now that summer has finally arrived, a small group of our SSA team headed to the Cape for a weekend of revisiting built SSA projects. Projects included both residential and institutional work completed in the early 1990’s to more recently finished projects. A few highlights were the Heritage Museum Flume in Sandwich that received a 2014 BSLA Honor Award, and the Cove House in Woods Hole that also won a 2015 BSLA Honor Award. It was a great weekend of learning, exploring and experiencing SSA’s evolution of timeless landscape design.
The residents of Lake Forest, IL are anxiously awaiting the opening of the newly renovated 29 acre park that overlooks Lake Michigan. SSA worked closely with the City over the last several years developing a Master Plan that focused on replacing invasive plants with natives, integrating new pedestrian circulation throughout the tableland of the Park and restoring the site amenities.
BSLA Gala at Hyatt Regency Boston
SSA celebrated in style at the annual Boston Society of Landscape Architects Gala this year! We were honored to receive three BSLA awards, one Honor Award for our Cove House Project and two Merit Awards for the Clyde Street Residence and the Concord Academy Athletic Fields. We would like to congratulate our fellow colleagues and thank all of the sponsors that make this event possible.
Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) 2015 Awards
SSA is honored to announce that we received three awards from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) this year! Seven awards were given in the Residential and Garden Design category this year, and we are excited that our Cove House project received an Honor Award and Clyde Street Residence received a Merit Award. Our Concord Academy Athletic Fields project received a Merit Award in the category of Pre K-12. We are thrilled to have our work recognized among other impressive works in our region.
Cove House – BSLA Honor Award
Situated on four acres of beautiful coastal landscape, Cove House was sited to take advantage of the expansive views of Quissett Harbor while also respecting the historic property. In collaboration with the owners and architects, a contemporary intervention was designed to capitalize on the existing sunken garden of the previous historic residence, while also working with the natural grade change of the coastal embankment. The residence, garage and parking are held near the edge of the property taking advantage of existing grade, vegetation, and program. The architecture, along with the landscape, frame views to the Harbor while also directing you through a series of terraced gardens. Maintaining the existing sunken garden allowed for a pedestrian bridge to be constructed linking the guest parking court to the main residence. This project was extensive in working with the conservation commission to restore the coastal bank and create a native plant palette. Clyde Street Residence – BSLA Merit Award
This project involves the construction of a new residence, gym building, pool house, and associated landscape on a property in Chestnut Hill, MA. The owners requested a sophisticated and modern landscape with a large play lawn for athletic use, a pool area, kitchen garden, and terraces for entertaining. The existing site was wrapped by a canopy of evergreens and declining understory, and was restored to fit the surroundings. The project is a successful example of the insertion of a modern design into a natural, wooded, suburban context, blending contemporary forms within an existing tree canopy, meadow and streetscape in a landscape offering strolling opportunities and a fitting setting for a beautiful modern home. Conceived in close collaboration with the owner and architects, the landscape has become a successful retreat from the city for the owner and an admired venue for large, upscale fundraising events. Concord Academy Athletic Fields – BSLA Merit Award
Concord Academy is an independent preparatory school located in Concord, MA. The main campus is adjacent to the Sudbury River where seasonal flooding compromised the existing athletic fields. A site was purchased a mile from the main campus to develop a new athletic facility to meet the needs of the school's athletic program. Previous farm operations had been abandoned and the disturbed site was in transition to retail development. The new site design restored and repurposed the property into an athletic complex that respects the site history, restores site ecology, responsibly manages storm water runoff and has become the new athletic core of the Concord Academy campus.
UMass LA Professional Class Visit
SSA welcomed the spring 2015 UMass Landscape Architecture Professional Practice class to our Cambridge studio. This group of over twenty was led by Professor Frank Sleegers and included undergraduate and graduate students. We were excited to share some of our current projects and our thought process with the group.