On land that was once an access road and a paved parking lot for over 400 cars, Bridgewater State University created 5 acres of green space, knitting together the two halves of campus. This $1.8 million project, completed in two phases in 2012 and 2013, provides informal lawn area, distinct plaza spaces for congregating, and a meandering contemplative garden path.
In addition, a section of 24 inch diameter drain pipe was removed and the previously buried stream was "daylighted" to create a natural water feature planted with native species that attracts wildlife.
The removal of vehicular traffic from the geographic center of campus has helped create a new identity for the University, which has been aggressively expanding their physical facilities over the past decade.
RDA has been proudly providing design and planning services to Bridgewater State University since 2004.
Owner: Bridgewater State University - Bridgewater, MA
Civil Engineer: Nitsch Engineering
Contractor: Lawrence Lynch Corp.
Located in Lowell Massachusetts, Perkins Mill is a redevelopment project that converted an historic mill complex to apartments in several phases. When RDA first visited the site, Perkins Street consisted of a partially paved way with old abandoned railroad tracks running down the middle of it. We created a new streetscape consisting of sidewalks, drop off, building entry plaza, street lighting, street tree plantings, and a central courtyard.
As a result of the development team's work with the City of Lowell Historic Board, the Massachusetts Historic Commission, and the National Parks Service, the project was a recipient of a National Parks Service award for historic preservation.
The project is ongoing, with one additional phase planned to begin design in 2014.
Owner/Developer: Mira Development
Architect: Ganek Architects
Contractor: Charter Environmental
Bristol Community College
Bristol Community College has a bucolic 100 acre campus located in Fall River, MA. After completing a landscape master plan in 2010, the College's first phase of implementation included creation of an employee dedication garden adjacent to the College's art gallery. RDA generated working drawings and provided construction phase services.
Working collaboratively with artist Nancy Selvage, RDA sited six sculptures representing employees advancing levels of service. Each year, long serving employees names are added to plaques mounted on one of the sculptures.
The newly constructed walkway replaces a narrow, uninviting sidewalk with a gracious new entry to the campus.
Owner: Bristol Community College - Fall River, MA
Binghamton University 9/11 Memorial
Binghamton University community lost 15 alumni in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. As a service to his alma mater, Michael Radner donated services in kind when he designed the master plan for a memorial courtyard in a space that had not seen improvements since its construction in the 1960's. The project has evolved over the years to include other memorials to University students, staff and friends.
To learn more about the courtyard, visit the University website.
On the site formerly occupied by Symmes Hospital, construction of 165 units of luxury townhouses and flats were built on an 18 acre site. 70 percent of the site has been permanently preserved in open space for community use.
The challenge of handling a 140 foot grade change from the street up to the building entries also became the property's greatest asset. The configuration of the buildings allows unparalleled views to the Boston skyline.
Open space treatments include a 1 acre "Vista Park" with views to Boston, a steeply sloped passive park planted with native shrubs, grasses and perennials, a swimming pool built over a parking deck, and an active recreation area with basketball court, community garden and tot lot.
Owner: Jefferson Apartment Group
Developer: Upton & Partners
Architect: The Architectural Team
Civil Engineer: Beals & Thomas
Contractor: NEI General Contracting
165 unit apartment complex in Arlington, MA on the site of the former Symmes Hospital.
Ecological restoration plan for a passive park space.
Plan for Vista Park, a passive recreation space with views to the Boston skyline.
A small neighborhood park has arisen on the site of surplus MBTA land and a former dumping spot. The design process was community-based, with several design presentations leading to more and more refined designs on a very limited budget.
The park is separated into two areas. The first is the site of a former livery stable. We re-created a stone foundation to evoke the footprint of that building which is long lost. The second space features Cor-Ten steel plates, placed vertically in the ground in concentric rings to symbolize the Town's industrial past. An historic bell salvaged from an old mill building fire was set as a focal point.
Owner: Town of Southborough
Contractor: Mountainview Landscaping
Custom Residential Design
Radner Design provides home owners and builders with custom residential landscape design services, including initial conceptualization, local permitting, and detailed design documentation and support through the construction process.
We know that construction in and around your home can be stressful, so we continually commit ourselves to providing sound guidance and assurance throughout the process. We feel the most important aspect of these types of projects is to establish a trusted partnership with the Owner and the Contractor, and to keep open the lines of honest communication in order to achieve spectacular results.
Belmont patio and spa
Framingham driveway and entry reconfiguration
An importer of natural gas based in Everett, MA wanted to build a visitor's center to host potential clients and other dignitaries. The program for the building (with a stair tower designed to resemble a gas storage tank) required construction of a well landscaped drop off zone, and an outdoor patio behind the building which was sized to accommodate a large tent for gatherings.
The particular challenge on this project was that, due to the site's industrial heritage, a large portion of the soils are contaminated. All of our site work and landscaping had to be installed on top of a pre-existing concrete slab. Raised beds provided the necessary landscape setting. We also designed a rooftop landscape so the facility can be viewed from a bird's eye perspective.
Owner: GDF Suez / Distrigas
Architect: Ganek Architects
Civil Engineer: McKenzie Engineering Group
Contractor: C.P. Berry Construction
RDA provided the full scope of landscape design services for a new Head Start school in Methuen, MA. The focal point of the project was construction of a 'natural playground' that utilizes the natural contours of the site to create a variety of climbing and play experiences.
Slides built into a hillside, a watercourse powered by an old fashioned hand pump, and a grassy hill to climb up and roll down. For development of upper body strength, a rope swing and a sculptural 'whale rock' (reminiscent of a landscape from the designer's youth). Add in a trike path and a country store, and you've got a full spectrum of play for 3 to 6 year olds.
Check out the video below to see the construction of the whale sculpture.
Owner: Greater Lawrence Community Action Council
Sculptor: Joseph Montroy
Contractor: Prime Landscaping
Andres Institute of Art - Aluminum Pour with Joe Montroy