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South Campus Parking Garage at UMass Lowell

We are excited to share our recent photo shoot for the South Campus Parking Garage at UMass Lowell! FMA provided design and construction services to provide 762 parking spaces at the river gateway approach to the South Campus. The Garage is a campus connector for students, faculty and visitors; one that upholds a sense of security for users of the parking garage and surface lot, with an aesthetic referential to campus architecture.

Visible from much of the South Campus and the historic Allen House, the north façade is the face of the project and presents a screened front to the campus with brick and curtainwall around the stairs and elevator. Pedestrian access is directed through the glazed portion of the north façade, a unique wayfinding feature that leverages its transparency to promote visibility in and out of the garage. The Garage façade treatment utilizes vertical precast elements on the east and west to screen cars from the oblique view of the campus, which only reveals the interior when viewed frontally. This design maximizes fresh air, natural light and security, while presenting a screened exterior to the campus. The south façade is treated similar to the lower levels of the east and west façade, combining exposed structure with screen for security and weather protection.

Photo Credit: William Horne

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“First 101 Days”

On April 16th, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh held his “First 101 Days” press conference outlining his experiences thus far in his first term as mayor and his goals for the future of both his term and the City of Boston.  #walsh101 was used as a social media tag to encourage outreach and sharing of this information.

Using the historic and iconic Paris Street Community Center located in East Boston, as the backdrop for this event, Mayor Walsh touched on a broad range of issues. He addressed public safety, economic status and initiatives, and the city’s fiscal budget. He highlighted the focus on capital improvements, specifically through the funding of renovation and construction at many of Boston’s Community Centers. The planned renovations at the Paris Street Community Center is one of many city-wide projects intended to strengthen the city’s outreach and accessibility to the members of the community.

Fennick McCredie Architecture was excited to be awarded the Paris Street Community Center Renovation project at the end of 2013. For the event, FMA prepared boards featuring renderings and schematic concepts that were on display, which we were pleased to share with Mayor Walsh directly. For the renovation, FMA has proposed a balance of maintenance-based repairs, accessibility improvements and modernization of the community center. The goal of the project is to help continue the momentum of increased usership at the center and access and facilitate the evolution of the needs of a modern community center.

For additional details about Mayor Walsh’s First 101 Days, follow the below path:



Mayor Marty Walsh at the Paris Street Community Center event.

FMA team from L to R: Deborah Fennick, Melissa Vaillancourt & Katherine Brekka

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Coop Profile: Lama Bitar | Northeastern University


Lama Bitar, intern with Fennick McCredie during the Fall of 2013, is featured on Northeastern University’s School of Architecture website.

Read more at:
Coop Profile: Lama Bitar | School of Architecture | College of Arts, Media and Design | Northeastern University.

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reGEN Boston: Energizing Urban Living

In October, Fennick McCredie Architecture decided to put together a team to pursue the reGEN Boston competition. Being a Boston-based company, the competition appealed to us because it invited designers to create the most innovative, yet practical, multi-unit style housing typologies for urban living of the century on one of two city owned sites in the Boston Harbor. Teams were encouraged to consider the following criteria with their entries: reconnect residents with Boston waterfront; create a sense of communal inclusion on the site; housing geared towards all walks of life; a sustainable and affordable housing model to help inform the future of Boston housing; innovative methods of creating social connection between residents.

The FMA team’s project name and statement of design intent follows:

Co-daptive Housing: A prototype for Change

Co-daptive demonstrates a new housing typology that will adapt to the needs of diverse urban dwellers and their evolving living situations. In the modern world of flux, static housing types have become a burden to owners and the economy as a whole. Co-daptive seeks to address this phenomenon at multiple scales, both spatially and temporally: first at the level of the unit, through flexible home-owner and tenant configurations; then at the level of the building, which can sectionally accommodate commercial/live-work space on any floor; and lastly through the site and its relationship to the water and rising tides.

Instead of minimizing space, a concept which precludes growing and maturing families, the residential units are designed to be flexible, allowing the home-owner to adjust the square footage and number of bedrooms and bathrooms over time. In plan, unit types 1 and 2 alternate along the corridor, while sectionally unit type 1 has a studio space above. This layout allows for unit type 1 to be used wholly or partially rented, akin to the suburban garage apartment. Additionally, unit type 2 can provide more bedrooms to unit type 1, or simply be sold out as independent studios. All of these configurations maintain accessible living areas, accommodating the needs of different generations and family structures. 

Like the residential units, the commercial space and site planning can also adapt to change. Situated along the waterfront of Boston’s North End neighborhood, the Sargents Wharf site was chosen for its established connectivity to the rest of Boston, a vital element for successful affordable housing. However, the water also poses a challenge: the rising tide levels. To tie into the existing fabric along Commercial Street, the ground level of Co-daptive is currently programmed as commercial space, but as tides rise these tenants can relocate along the circulation core, creating a vertical zone of mixed-use activity, what one might call a “vertical street.” This elevated program will maintain amenities for residents and the North End district, and continue to offset the rental rates for the affordable housing units. Meanwhile, the ground level can remain relevant and stay connected through public educational and recreational water activities, a floating stage, a ferry terminal, and public and private boat connections.

Each of these scales, the unit, the building and the site, work together to create a unique urban housing typology. The driving force that shapes them is the concept of adaptability. By planning for inevitable change, we can ensure that the development will remain pertinent to the needs of the community for generations to come.

Below is an image of our winning submission and some of the members from the winning team at ABX! The FMA winning team included: Javier Fornaris-Pau, Ashley Weber, Lama Bitar, Agnes Jacob, Meaghan Earner, Katherine Brekka and Michelle Callinan.

“This was a wonderful experience altogether. Personally what I found most challenging and rewarding at the same time, was coming up with different strategies that merged together an array of innovative ideas from a group of talented designers into a single project that would best meet the competition requirements in a small time frame.  I could not be happier with the end result,” said FMA team captain, Javier Fornaris-Pau.

Our winning submission will also be exhibited at the Boston Society of Architects mid-December through January!


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1st Place Finish for FMA for 2013 Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge

For the past seven months, Fennick McCredie Architecture has been competing, along with 50 mostly-Boston-area workplaces in the Boston area, for the Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge, run by Cambridge-based Green Streets Initiative, Inc. On the last Friday of each month from April through October, companies invited staff to consider commuting in “greener”, more active ways, and to log their commutes online. The companies were then compared based on their size, percent and volume of staff checking in, percent and volume of “green switches”, and a host of other data gathered.

Overall, FMA received 1st place in both the size category (11-100 staff) and the sector category (architecture firm)!

“This competition was something co-founder Deborah Fennick was passionate about. Since most of the employees at FMA already take public transportation, bike or walk to work each day, we wanted to show our support by competing for a healthier and environmentally friendlier commute.” – Amber Jordan, 2013 Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge Coordinator for FMA


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Top 100 Women-led Businesses in Massachusetts

We are excited to be included in the Top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts! The Globe Magazine and The Commonwealth Institute partnered to create a list of female-run, for-profit companies with the highest revenue in 2012.



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Anchors Aweigh!

For Fennick McCredie Architecture’s 2013 Summer Outing, employees and guests enjoyed an afternoon cruising along the Boston Harbor aboard the Valiant yacht!

The theme for the summer outing was nautical, so many of us donned navy and white and sailor and captain hats. Once on-board, games were played, food and drinks were served and the weather could not have been more perfect!

Good times were had by all!

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Timber Design + Fabrication Competition

New England was built in timber. The rich history is still alive today in the regional building traditions that have evolved since the birth of the nation. Engineered lumber technologies are pushing the boundaries of wood construction from rural farm houses to complex urban structures and are driving a renaissance of timber construction worldwide.

Today, our urban climate and requirements for building performance are changing and construction technologies and building codes are racing to keep up. The practice of mid-rise urban timber construction has been successfully implemented in many European countries for more than 10 years, and soon the U.S. building code will be amended to allow for mid-rise timber construction in urban areas.

Fennick McCredie Architecture (FMA) has put together a team for the Timber Design + Fabrication Competition. The team will propose a site specific installation innovating within New England building and craft traditions, using engineered lumber or heavy timber.  They will then abstract and develop a partial construction addressing at full scale, specific issues of materiality, structure, connection and cladding. Installations must be experimental in nature and push beyond the boundaries of conventional timber construction.

Check back after July 1st to see what we submitted! Good luck to the FMA team!

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MBTA Green Line Extension Update

The Fennick McCredie design team has been keeping busy with the MBTA Green Line Extension project! Read about the updates to the Gilman Square and Lowell Street stations below! http://www.medfordgreenline.org/

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Deborah Fennick Chosen as Landmark Lady

Each quarter, a newsletter is published by the Women’s Transportation Seminar – Boston Chapter. Co-founder and design principal, Deborah Fennick, was highlighted by the Landmark Ladies – an exciting column that provides interesting facts about the inspirational women of WTS-Boston’s leadership and history.

Featured in the WTS-Boston Spring 2013 Newsletter