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.
Dec 30, 2019
Cambridge Development Secures $366.24 Million in Financing
The upcoming development by DivcoWest at 250 Water Street in Cambridge has secured $366,240,596 in construction financing via Square Mile Capital Management.
The approved mixed-use nine-story building will feature 483,000 square feet intended for commercial office, research and development (R&D), laboratory and retail uses. The ground floor includes approximately 2,580 square feet of Retail and Consumer Services, accessed from the street or public area of the building lobby (6,695sf), along with other active uses.
Dec 12, 2019
Demo Underway for The Exchange South End
Demo has kicked off of the building that formerly housed the historic Boston Flower Exchange to make way for Exchange South End, the upcoming 1.6 million square foot project that, once complete, will be a next-generation life science and technology urban campus. When asked about the timeline for construction of the first phase of the project, The Abbey Group tells BLDUP, "We are actively marketing the project, we are preparing the site and taking steps to be able to go forward with construction. We don't yet have a specific timetable to share."
While the Boston Flower Exchange represented a physical exchange of goods for much of the 20th century, Exchange South End will represent an exchange of ideas, technology, and culture for the 21st. Located in the South End, one of Boston’s most culturally rich and diverse neighborhoods and home to hundreds of nearby restaurants, bars, retail shops, art galleries, and studios, the site will feature four new state-of-the-art laboratory and office buildings, significantly improving the area’s life science and technology infrastructure. Additionally, the campus will feature 22,000 square feet of retail space and 30,000 square feet of community space.It is anticipated that the site’s original wharf granite slabs will be excavated and incorporated into Albany Green, a one-acre publicly accessible open space at the heart of the campus, as benches, walls, and other park features.
Dec 07, 2019
Tower Cranes in Place at Cambridge Crossing Parcels G and H
A pair of tower cranes are now in place at Cambridge Crossing parcels G & H, future home of Sanofi. The parcel G building will be 12-stories to include 510,000 square feet of office and lab space while parcel H, will come in at 9-stories with around 405,000 square feet. There will also be a total of nearly 850 parking spaces between the two buildings.
Nov 13, 2019
Permit Issued to Abandon Gas Service to Exchange South End Site in Prep for Demo
A permit has been pulled to abandon the gas service to 540 Albany Street in prep for demo. The demo will make way for the much-anticipated Exchange South End project which was approved by the BDPA over a year ago in August 2018. The four-building 1.6 million square foot project will offer a mix of office, lab, and retail space plus a new 1-acre public park. The first buildings in this new life science and technology campus are expected to be ready in Q1 2022.
Sep 19, 2019
Largest Continuous Concrete Pour in Boston Completed for Future Sanofi Headquarters at Cambridge Crossing
Thirteen hours and 800 trucks of concrete later the foundation has been poured for Sanofi's future headquarters on Cambridge Crossing's Parcel G. The 32.4 million lbs of concrete make up the foundation of the upcoming 12-story, 450,000 square foot building making it the largest continuous concrete pour in Boston/Cambridge recent memory. Sanofi has leased both Parcel G and neighboring Parcel H building (which will feature around 347,000 square feet of space).
Sep 09, 2019
Exterior Work Ongoing on Parcel W at Cambridge Crossing
Exterior work is ongoing at Cambridge Crossing's Parcel W for The Shed, what will be the neighborhood's dining destination. The Shed will include a full-service restaurant, cocktail bar, and outdoor space. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2020.
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.
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