Boston Architectural College Green Alley
Sustainable Campus Initiative | South Boston, Massachusetts
The “Green Alley” is the first project of the Boston Architectural College’s Urban Sustainability Initiative created to highlight its academic initiatives in sustainable design and landscape architecture.
Boston Architectural College selected a team led by Halvorson Design to develop comprehensive plans for site sustainability improvements at its Back Bay campus and serve as a replicable model for the City of Boston and Back Bay.
The initial phase involves Boston’s first sustainable public alley project, which redirects, collects and infiltrates stormwater runoff from adjacent rooftops through permeable paving surfaces. Benefits include localized filtering of pollutants and infiltration of groundwater on site which helps the depleted groundwater table of the Back Bay and significantly reduces the first flush stormwater pollutants from entering the Charles River. To date, the system has successfully infiltrated 100% of the stormwater on the site.
This project includes stormwater monitoring equipment that allows the BAC to actively monitor the effectiveness and actual benefits of the system. As an educational feature, real-time system performance data is available to the public on the project's online dashboard.