- Located on a former industrial property, the design recognizes the history of the site while remediating the degraded zones.
- The design protects floodplain function and restores ecological conditions along the Mystic River.
- 333 trees were planted on site.
- Fertilizer and pesticides were minimized.
- Mycorrhizal fungi was implemented in the soil mix to provide increased water and nutrient absorption for the planting. In turn the planting provides the fungi with necessary carbohydrates.
- Plants are allowed to go from seed to flower life.
- Annual planting was avoided.
- Low-water-usage planting was used on-site.
- 1.8 acres of permeable surfaces was created.
- The project would be resilient to a major flood. Stormwater features function as amenities, through the use of bio-swales, rain gardens, and detention ponds. A land mitigation strategy zones out portions of the land to accommodate flooding.
- A 28,000-SF green roof reduces the heat island effect, absorbs stormwater, and provides enjoyment to the users.
- Trees have the potential for intercepting 166,500 gallons of water which are equivalent to the water usage for 1,665 American residents for one day.*
- Outdoor water usage is reduced.
Carbon, Energy + Air
- The project uses planting to minimize building energy use.
- The project uses regional materials.
- The project minimizes the users’ exposure to environmental tobacco smoke through designated smoke-free zones and prohibited smoking on-site.
- The project reduces carbon emissions by encouraging employees and visitors to utilize alternate forms of transportation (i.e. MBTA and bicycles).
- The trees sequester 39,960 pounds of carbon annually, which offset 396 cars per year.**
- Salvaged materials were used on-site.
- The project provides optimal site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding.
- Benefits are provided beyond its own footprint. As the anchor of Assembly Row, the project extends the retail experience and culminates in a public amenity with Partner’s Park.
- The multi-use path on the eastern portion of the site connects to bike trails along the Mystic River and Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park.
- 4300 employees will be relocated to the site, activating the surrounding area and economy.
- Sustainable awareness and education are promoted on-site through educational programs.
- Bike storage and shower facilities are provided on-site, and the MBTA assembly stop is to the north of the site.