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.


2014 Greenovate Award for Sustainability,
City of Boston, MA | Greenovate Boston



Robert Uhlig ASLA LEED AP BD+C


Boston Architectural College

Civil Engineer:
Nitsch Engineering

Soils Consultant:
Pine & Swallow Environmental

Stormwater Monitoring:
Linnean Solutions



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