Rock Chapel Marine Wins an AIA Award for Urban Design


Rock Chapel Marine is the redevelopment of a mothballed oil terminal into a seasonally-shared road-salt transshipment facility and public waterfront park in Boston Harbor. The project balances seemingly incompatible uses – active industry, public recreation, and wildlife habitat –through the design of industrial operations. 

The project interweaves industrial operations with the life of the city by making use of the seasonal nature of the road salt industry to expand the park area during the summertime when the industry is less active. In the winter, the shared area returns to industrial use.