North Bank Bridge Park
As a member of a Joint Venture design team, CRJA-IBI Group designed the final piece of the waterfront park system in the New Charles River Basin, located beneath the new Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge.
The New Charles River (NCR) Basin parks have been constructed as part of Boston’s Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project.
ClientMassachusetts Department of Transportation, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
The North Bank Bridge and its associated park component is the final park project in the NCR Basin, one that encompassed a complex public process, balancing the needs of several public agencies and numerous public constituents. The 11-acre park contains waterfront esplanades, passive open space, and special treatment to animate the underbridge pedestrian environment on both the Boston and Cambridge sides of the river. The planning process included siting a maintenance facility, and accommodating such active recreation facilities as multi-use trails, soccer fields, tennis courts and a skateboard park, much of which will be added in future phases.
The centerpiece of this project is a multi-use bridge which features dramatic curvilinear or ‘sinusoidal’ structure that provides a counterpoint to the adjacent angular geometry of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. The North Bank Bridge, which provides pedestrian access across the commuter rail tracks leading into nearby North Station, finally executes Charles Eliot’s century-old vision of connecting the parks along the Charles River with those of the Boston Harbor.
The North Bank Bridge was opened for pedestrian use in 2012.
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Principal, Landscape Architecture
John Amodeo LEED AP has over 30 years of experience in landscape architecture and practices a wide range of project types from small to complex, in both the public and private sectors. His varied project types include college and university campuses, parks, market and public housing, historic landscapes, streetscapes, bikeways, and natural resource conservation. He has also prepared landscape development guidelines for municipalities with particular emphasis on sustainable development.
John has extensive experience with public process and regulatory permitting, placing particular focus on consensus building in the early phases of a project.
Since 1997, John has also been a Commissioner on the Boston Landmark Commission and the South End Landmark District Commission.
Principal, Landscape Architecture
Since joining our team in 1999, Cathy Offenberg has developed a specialty in campus site planning and design for public and private school facilities. She also oversees a diverse array of practice areas including urban parks, streetscapes, and embassy work for the U.S Department of State’s Overseas Building Operations (OBO). As a Principal with the firm, Cathy is responsible for managing project scope, budget and schedule; client and sub-consultant coordination; supervising in-house project staff; development of design, technical and presentation packages, as well as cost estimates, technical specifications and permitting documents; construction administration and project representation at meetings and presentations. Cathy has a thorough understanding of the public process and has assisted in managing complex projects from inception through construction.