Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2017

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Continued on page 16 14 Landscape Architect and Specifier News North Adams is located towards the northwestern corner of Massachusetts in a valley created by two branches of the Hoosic River. Historically a mill town, North Adams relied on the river and rail to transport goods during the industrial revolution. The North Adams Western Gateway Heritage State Park is in the heart of downtown. The 1.6-acre park is long and linear, shaped in a hook, with parking lots at either end. The park is poised at the convergence of rail and water infrastructure, which severs it from the rest of the city. In the 1980s, the park was renovated to provide access for restaurants, businesses and nonprofits. By 2012, these improvements had neared their end of life—surfaces were cracking, chipping, and failing. In 2014, the city of North Adams, in partnership with a private entity, sought to update the park and to attract desired future uses. Given the rebranding of North Adams as an arts mecca, the city saw the improvements of the park in alignment with that goal. The city could commission site improvements to the park, while the private entity would redevelop the buildings within it. The Berkshire Design Group assisted North Adams in developing a master plan for the park and future connections to MASSMoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Initial phases were identified and surveyed, and conceptual plans developed to address the future uses proposed by the client. The plan was refined and translated into construction documents and specifications. Berkshire Design assisted in observing the implementation of the plans. Other consultants included Lindgren and Sharples as the electrical engineer. h a rd s c a p e s By Rachel Loeffler, RLA, ASLA, The Berkshire Design Group Reviving Heritage Through Hardscapes At North Adams Heritage State Park in Massachusetts, The Berkshire Design Group designed the paving for the park's renovation. The 1.6-acre park is linear, hook-shaped, and situated where infrastructure cut it off from the rest of downtown. The revitalization replaced the chipped and cracked paving from the 1980s and opened up the park for greater access.

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