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SSA celebrated the holiday season with our annual evening at Charbrook Farm. The food was wonderful, the drink festive, and the Yankee Swap hysterical. Santa even sent three of his reindeer to help mc the evening and ensure no one was unruly during what is always a competitive gift exchange. We at SSA want to wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a very happy and healthy New Year.
Quarry Point Residence
SSA has been carefully observing the construction of the Quarry Point Residence located in Cohasset, MA. This project is the result of a close partnership with Catalano Architects, ensuring that the architecture and landscape work together to celebrate the natural features of the site. All of the stonework was fabricated from on site ledge removal. This was a sustainable practice while also allowing the walls and terraces to better blend with their surroundings. The project includes an elaborate coastal bank restoration, as well as the use of native plantings, such as the tupelo from our own Chabrook Nursery.
This week SSA is travelling to New Orleans to take part in the largest “landscape” event of the Year: The American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting & Expo. This year SSA will not only receive an ASLA award in the Residential Category for our Chilmark Residence, but participate in two presentations at the conference. Milee Pradhan and Greg Tuzzolo will be presenting as part of a PPN Meeting to discuss “Digital Technology and 21st Century High-Performance Campus Landscapes,” and Joe Wahler will be moderating a session entitled “Down and Dirty: Planting's Hard Truths and Lessons Learned,” with colleagues Kelly Lewis, Kelby Fite, John Swallow and Michael Igo. We look forward to seeing all of our friends and colleagues throughout the next few days.
Williams College New Quad
SSA was thrilled to welcome the students of Williams College back to campus with the completion of their new Sawyer Quad. For the past three years SSA has worked closely with the school designing a new quad to appropriately re-frame the renovated Stetson Library and the long views toward the Green Mountains. The college was very supportive with the vision of using local marble from nearby Vermont to help frame and shape the edges of the quad, and pay tribute to the region's rich history with the material and masonry. The positive response to the design is best recorded by a senior student, Malcolm Moutenot, in an article in the Williams Record referencing that SSA 'crushes landscape design for higher learning institutions and prep schools in New England.' Well done!
THBG Master Plan Approved
After a yearlong intensive Master Plan process with Tower Hill Botanic Garden and its stakeholders, SSA is excited to announce that the Master Plan has been unanimously approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees. SSA and its team of sub consultants collaborated to create a new 30 year plan that builds upon the strength of the existing core buildings and gardens, while embracing and revealing the adjacent outlying natural ecosystems. The new plan framework celebrates the deep-rooted agrarian history of the site in both form and garden collection. We are very excited and eager to begin Phase 1 of creating this beautiful world class contemporary garden.
Pulaski Park Opens!
The SSA team was thrilled to be a part of the official opening of Pulaski Park Phase 1 on July 22. SSA has been working closely with the City of Northampton and its community over the last several years to revitalize the beloved one acre park at the heart of its downtown. Every element was considered and represents the unique sense of place. Materials reflect the history and culture of the city as well as regional ecological and geographical typologies and the elements of the park are designed to be adaptable and flexible for its multitude of users. Pulaski Park is a true testament to the power of a collaborative effort. SSA is proud of Phase 1 and is excited to start construction on Phase 2. Pulaski Park Reopens »
Associate SSA is pleased to announce that Matthew Brown has been promoted to Associate. Matthew joined SSA in 2010 after completing his MLA from the University of Toronto. Over the years he has worked on a variety of institutional and residential projects that include Amherst College New Science Center, Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center, Seal Harbor Residence, Gifford Residence, and more recently project managing the Master Plan for Tower Hill Botanic Garden, the Hotchkiss School Memorial Hall and the Bartel Residence. Matthew has also played a vital leadership role in developing graphic standards, marketing materials, the awards program and the re-design and launch of the SSA website. SSA is excited to have him as an Associate. Licensure SSA wants to congratulate Stephen Carrolla, Garrett Stone, Milee S. Pradhan, and Chris Buccino on passing the LARE examinations to become the most recent licensed Landscape Architects on our talented team of designers.
Join Our Team
SSA is currently looking to add an entry-level landscape designer to our team. Candidates must have 2 years minimum work experience in a design firm and be able to work both independently and in a team within a fast-paced collaborative studio environment. The candidate must be proficient in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch Up, Rhino, and Microsoft Office, as well possess excellent visual, written and verbal communication skills. Project management, client contact, construction documentation and detailing is required. The ability to communicate quickly through sketches and free hand drawing is also preferred. Beyond this required skillset, SSA is looking for a well-rounded, creative and highly motivated individual that will become an integral member of our talented team. Stephen Stimson Associates offers competitive salaries based on experience, with a comprehensive benefits package. The position will be located in one of our studios, either Princeton or Cambridge, MA. Please send a letter of interest, resume, portfolio and references to Jennie Abbott.
SSA attended another successful Boston Society of Landscape Architects Gala this year. We were honored to receive a BSLA Merit Award for Forest Park, as well as have the opportunity to celebrate the success of all our colleagues. It is evident through the photo booth images that we all enjoyed a night of recognizing great work and being part of a great team.
MIT Killian Court
SSA is excited to share that the first phase of MIT’s Renewal Plan for Killian Court is nearing completion! This portion of the project includes improvements to the “River Terrace” along Memorial Drive, restoration of one of the side courts, and two new masonry ramps to provide ADA access to and from the Main Group of buildings. We are still awaiting permanent landscape furnishings and some warm weather to allow the planting of the perennial beds. A great first step towards a long term vision for renewing this historic landscape at the core of the MIT Campus.
SSA Winter Wonderland
February finally brought a beautiful winter weekend to New England. One of our Principals, Eddie Marshall, was on Cape Cod and captured two of our previous projects white washed with snow. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where its weathered steel runnel provided a stark contrast with its white covered hills, and Teaticket Park, where the low lying wet areas appeared to vanish into soft blues with whites. The wet snow combined with cold evening temperatures caused it to freeze to the vegetation, creating a unique visual experience of our built landscapes.
Harvard Allston Science
SSA is excited to share renderings of the new Harvard Science and Engineering Complex in Allston. This project occupies the foundation constructed for the original Allston Science project in 2006 and plans to serve as a crucial evolution in Harvard’s campus. The Allston neighborhood has changed dramatically since 2006, especially along Western Avenue. The proposed building site is entirely on structure that will be prone to increased storm surge and flood events in the near future. The street level landscape, above street grade terraces, and below street grade open air courtyards are designed to be adaptable to these events and retain and filter the majority of the site’s stormwater. Ultimately, the site design is conceived as a continuation of the proposed building’s interior corridors and atria superimposed on an abstraction of the vanished salt marshes and hummocks that once existed in the area. This project will begin construction this year.