The Architectural Team Announces Milestones and Success for Boston’s Longwood Medical Area Development
CHELSEA, Mass., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The award-winning Boston-based architecture, preservation and master-planning firm The Architectural Team has announced completion of the first phase of a major mixed-use neighborhood redevelopment on a prominent Boston site. The multiple-building project brings significant new clinical and research facilities for the medical community while returning an important mental health institution to its historical location and expanding the reach of a major affordable housing community.
Located between the Brigham and Women’s Hospital campus and the Riverway and amid four other hospital campuses, the revitalization represents a unique collaborative partnership between Brigham and Women’s, the Roxbury Tenants of Harvard affordable housing community, Massachusetts’ Department of Mental Health and its Division of Capital Asset Management.
The Architectural Team’s master plan removed an 184,000-sq.-ft. state mental health hospital, abandoned since 2003. Four new buildings now take its place, including The Binney Building, a clinical and office facility, and “The Partial Hospital and Fenwood Inn” – a clinical and residential mental-health center that marks the neighborhood’s long-anticipated return of the state’s Department of Mental Health both completed in 2011.
As part of its master planning role, The Architectural Team designed the exterior architecture of two first-phase buildings for the hospital’s architect, Linea 5.
The buildings — praised by area healthcare leaders and the local community — will be followed by two more: A 16-story residential building with 156 living units for Roxbury Tenants of Harvard (The Architectural Team is Architect-of-Record), and a 350,000-sq.-ft. clinical and research facility for Brigham and Women’s.
“This is a truly remarkable outcome which accommodates the needs and goals of multiple stakeholders who might be anticipated to be competitors rather than collaborators,” says Michael Liu, AIA, partner with The Architectural Team and the project’s lead Urban Designer. “There is a premium on real estate in the Longwood Medical Area. At 2.5 acres, the site is among the largest and last in this desirable area.”
Aside from its size, the site is unique because it borders the Riverway, a significant open space in the Emerald Necklace, Frederick Law Olmsted’s famous linear parkland.
The firm’s work on the development reinforces The Architectural Team’s growing national reputation for both healthcare architecture and master planning of large-scale, mixed-use communities with urban revitalization aims.
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