University Station is a mixed-use development located at the intersections of Routes I-95, 128 and a major Amtrak Station. The project, based on Smart Growth and Transit Oriented Design principles, boasts of a 140-acre mix of retail shops, restaurants, offices, luxury housing, a health club and a hotel.  Shadley Associates led the landscape design for New England Development on the project. Placemaking was a key component of all of the retail pedestrian areas, with rich streetscape furnishings throughout and a central plaza which features a large sculptural arbor. Water quality enhancement management was a major component of the design, and SA worked with Tetra-Tech to create solutions which also provided significant placemaking. Pond basins capture and control storm runoff while recharging the aquifers on the north end of the site, while on the southeast side of the project area a large meadow rain garden was designed and planted with hardy, drought tolerant native plant species to allow stormwater to infiltrate naturally into the soil. A human sundial on a large plaza with etched granite creates a whimsical and interactive display of the time. The project opened to the public in 2014.

Ed Wonsek, JP Shadley
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