Mass General Brigham headquarters in Assembly Square in Somerville was recognized with a 2022 ASLA national honor award. The remediated brownfield site, home to 4,500 employees, provides an anchoring green space in the urban neighborhood of Assembly Row. Cited for its comprehensive approach to addressing sea level rise, wind and noise pollution, and industrial contamination, the site design incorporates functional and sustainable green infrastructure into the open spaces.
“The design incorporates geometric and organic forms, native/adaptive plants, and local, sustainable building materials. Functional and sustainable green infrastructure includes a rain garden, detention ponds, and a large bioswale that overflows into a dry creek. Thoughtful placement of trees reduces street noise and the additional 333 trees sequester approximately 40,000 pounds of carbon annually. The jury called it a “truly remarkable articulation of space at numerous human scales with formal and informal geometries.” – 2022 Awards Jury