ROCK CHAPEL MARINE, SHARED INDUSTRIAL DOCK & PUBLIC ACCESS LANDSCAPE
Planning
Chelsea, MA
Present - 2005

Rock Chapel Marine is the re-configuration, upgrade, and expansion of a salt port located in Boston Harbor. The design aims to be a first of its kind integrated landscape of active maritime industrial operations and public waterfront recreation space.

The project includes the abatement, demolition, and remediation of a 13 million gallon asphalt batching tank farm, design of ship docking infrastructure and dock landscape, theatrical lighting schemes, a 10,000 square foot headquarters building, a half mile long street side pedestrian esplanade, an all-weather surface soccer and football playing field, and a one acre waterfront public event landscape, called the P.O.R.T. (Publicly Organized Recreation Territory).

The designed demolition of the former oil terminal recycles several of the structures into new recreation elements in the P.O.R.T. Nearly all other materials from the site will be recycled - metal will be scrapped nearby, all masonry will be broken down and used as grading material to support new drainage infrastructure on the dock.

This project has involved innumerable community/industry negotiations which have resulted in several community/industry operations agreements, beneficial to both industry and local community.

The project received a Progressive Architecture Award in 2013.