At MVVA, we love the power of landscape architecture and the many roles it can play in improving the quality of people’s daily lives. Our firm’s ethos was established in its earliest years with a series of innovative projects that gave voice to the powerful medium of landscape and pioneered new approaches to materials and technologies. Now, thirty years later, we have emerged as a leader of multidisciplinary design teams of all sizes, still looking for ways to expand the positive influence of landscape.
Our staff members each bring different types of expertise, and we work collaboratively to ensure that every project benefits from our multidisciplinary fluency. We see value and potential in every scale and type of landscape, from the design of entire urban neighborhoods, large public parks, and university campuses, down to intimate gardens and private landscapes. Regardless of project size or location, MVVA’s built landscapes also exemplify outstanding environmental performance, financial resourcefulness, technical innovation, and excellence in the performance of systems, assemblies, and materials.
As a firm and as individuals we prioritize effective management and client satisfaction, and we are proud to have many long-time and repeat clients. We are also deeply interested in landscape as an exercise of both imagination and knowledge. We pursue this interest in multiple ways, including research, teaching, lectures, and publications, often in collaboration with leading professionals from a wide range of fields.
MVVA’s projects, which span North America, have received the highest professional honors. We are exceptionally proud that Brooklyn Bridge Park was awarded the Brendan Gill Prize from the Municipal Art Society of New York in 2010, given to a work of art that best captures the energy and spirit of New York City.
Jul 31, 2019
Electrical Permit Pulled for Parcel G at Cambridge Crossing
An electrical permit has been issued for the upcoming 12 story office and lab building on Parcel G within Cambridge Crossing. The parcel G building will feature around 450,000 square feet of space along with parking for 400+ cars. This building along with the neighboring Parcel H building also under construction will be home to Sanofi. The pharmaceutical giant who will house around 2,700 workers between the two new state of the art facilities. Construction is expected to be complete in 2021.
Jun 14, 2019
Foundation Work Ongoing for Parcels G and H at Cambridge Crossing
Foundation work is underway at both Parcels G & H within Cambridge Crossing for two upcoming office & lab buildings that will be home to Sanofi. In total, the buildings will feature around 900,000 square feet of space and parking for nearly 850 cars and almost 300 bicycles. Next to Parcel G, a new green space will also be created to be known as Baldwin North. Construction on both buildings is expected to be complete in 2021.
Jun 12, 2019
Steel Structure in Place for Restaurant Space at Cambridge Crossing
The steel structure is in place for what will be Cambridge Crossing's dining destination The Shed, to feature cuisine from local chef Will Gilson. The property will feature a full-service restaurant, cocktail bar and outdoor space. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2020.
Mar 23, 2019
Construction Underway for Parcels G and H at Cambridge Crossing, Future Home of Sanofi
Construction is underway for the next two buildings at Cambridge Crossing on Parcels G & H. The new office/lab buildings will contain a total of around 900,000 square feet, all of which has been leased to Sanofi. Sanofi plans to bring 2,700 workers to the "wired" neighborhood when construction of their new space is complete in 2021.
Aug 16, 2018
BPDA Approves Exchange South End
In a meeting held on August 16th, 2018 the BPDA approved the massive, 1.6 million square foot development in the South End along Albany Street. Positive comments regarding the project came from numerous sources including neighborhood associations, unions, and the board itself. The head of the South End Forum, a collection of the various South End neighborhood associations, applauded the development team for their community engagement throughout the past year and no opposition to the project was voiced at the public hearing.
The development of the 5.6-acre site will include four new buildings of commercial, technology, and life science space with ground floor retail. The front door to the site will be the 1-acre park, Albany Green. While questions around transportation remain, The Abbey Group hopes to start construction this coming spring, 2019.
Jul 05, 2018
Exchange South End Awaits ApprovalWith the Exchange South End proposal under board review, the $600 million commercial development is still aiming to begin construction in the fall of 2018. The development would transform 5.6 acres of South End real estate into a massive mixed-use opportunity for the neighborhood.The nearly 1.6 million square foot project would include four new buildings featuring approximately 1,481,350 square feet of commercial, technology, and life science research space with 42,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 30,000 square feet of civic and incubator space oriented about a new public park.Over one acre of new pedestrian-friendly public open space, known as Albany Green, would be constructed on site. Exchange South End would host 4,000 to 7,000 new jobs, and represent a total investment of over $1 billion in the South End neighborhood.
Apr 04, 2018
A look at Facebook's New Boston Officevia BostinnoFacebook is planning to hire more than 500 employees for its new office in Cambridge, according to Ryan Mack, Facebook Boston site lead, who discussed more the move and the company’s hiring plans.“We’re always hiring,” Mack said in an interview. “We’re actively recruiting and I’d be happy to talk with people.”Here’s what we know so far about the new Facebook office (and the types of jobs it’s looking to hire).The new officeThe company moved from its current location at One Broadway to 100 Binney St. The two locations are less than a 10-minute walking distance from each other in the Kendall Square area. Mack said that the new space is around 130,000 square feet, so six times the size of the current space.How many positions?Mack estimates that the new space has a capacity of 650 employees. Currently, over 100 people work in the Boston office.What profiles is Facebook Boston looking for?Primarily, technical and engineers. “We are hiring software engineers focusing on infrastructure, mobile application development, networking, compilers, data warehouses, machine learning experts and data scientists,” Mack said. In the Facebook Boston location, employees focus on machine learning and how to scale machine learning efficiently, among other things.How to apply?Currently, the Facebook careers page lists 20 openings for Boston. The company is looking for software engineers with different specializations, including machine learning, traffic infrastructure, iOS and Android. Minimum qualifications include bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science or related fields and at least one year of software development experience (but requirements may vary). There are also tech openings for university grads, interns and Ph.D. university grads.The construction of 100 Binney Street remains on schedule using Touchplan, a construction software that allows developers to plan, implement, and monitor projects in their entirety. The innovative software gives developers the ability to see the full spectrum of their project down to every last detail. Touchplan has let developers keep their projects on or ahead of time leading to lower costs and more efficient construction.
Mar 12, 2018
Updated renderings of Exchange South End from Stantec, the architectural firm on the project. The $600 million commercial development is aiming to begin construction in the fall of 2018, transforming 5.6 acres of South End real estate into a massive mixed-use opportunity for the neighborhood.
Nov 21, 2017
Next Cambridge Crossing office and laboratory development unveiled
DivcoWest has unveiled 101 Dawes Street, a nine-story, 635,372-square-foot office and laboratory building that would the next phase of the 45-acre, 4.5-million-square-foot Cambridge Crossing development. 101 Dawes Street would contain 375,000 square feet of core laboratory and office space, with 25,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor. Amenities would include large rooftop terraces on floors two and nine and on-site vehicle and bicycle parking. DivcoWest has filed plans for 101 Dawes Street with the City of Somerville, who is now reviewing the proposed project. Construction of 101 Dawes Street would take 28 months pending City approval.
Oct 19, 2017
BPDA approves two new office and laboratory buildings at Northpoint, Cambridge approval still required
The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved two new office and laboratory buildings totaling approximately 798,000 square feet at the 42-acre NorthPoint development site at last Thursday’s board meeting. The buildings, located on NorthPoint Parcels G and H, will be partially located in Boston; the vast majority of Parcels G and H is located in Cambridge, where the remainder of NorthPoint is located. The two buildings remain under review by the City of Cambridge’s Planning Board, and will require Cambridge approval in order to proceed with construction. Both a 14-story office and laboratory building containing approximately 450,773 square feet and a 15-story office and laboratory building containing approximately 347,600 square feet will be constructed on Parcels G and H, respectively.
Sep 28, 2017
Two new office and laboratory buildings proposed at NorthPoint
DivcoWest proposes to construct two new office and laboratory buildings at the 42-acre NorthPoint development site in East Cambridge. Two buildings totaling over 798,000 square feet would be constructed on NorthPoint Parcels G and H, adjacent to the Gilmore Bridge. On Parcel G would be a a 14-story office and laboratory building containing approximately 450,773 square feet; on Parcel H would be a 15-story office and laboratory building containing approximately 347,600 square feet of Gross Floor Area. Because portions of both parcels are located in Boston, the buildings will require approval from the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) in addition to the City of Cambridge. Plans have been filed with both cities, who are now reviewing the proposed project.
Sep 20, 2017
Abbey Group reveals plans for 1.6-million-square-foot Exchange South End commercial development
The Abbey Group has revealed its’ plans to redevelop the 5.6-acre Boston Flower Exchange site in the South End into Exchange South End, a commercial, technology, and life science research hub totaling nearly 1.6 million square feet. Pegged at $600 million and representing an over $1 billion total investment in the South End neighborhood, The Abbey Group’s proposed development would feature four new buildings up to 20 stories and 282 feet tall, featuring 1,481,350 square feet of commercial space in addition to 42,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 30,000 square feet of civic and incubator space.Over one acre of public open space would be constructed at Exchange South End. Construction of the Exchange South End’s first phase, which would construct two buildings, would start in Fall 2018 and last approximately two years. Additional buildings would be constructed based upon demand. The Abbey Group has filed plans for Exchange South End with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the proposed project.
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