MBTA Government Center Station + City Hall Plaza
Civic Open Space | Boston, Massachusetts
Halvorson Design Partnership is collaborating with HDR, Inc. on improvements to the Government Center MBTA station. This project has undergone a multi-agency approval process to provide a permeable, structurally stable paving system as the new standard for Cambridge Street and City Hall Plaza improvements.
In addition, pedestrian and bicycle access has been improved by incorporating sloped walks in lieu of steps, resulting in universal access to Cambridge Street, this important transit hub and City Hall.
This first major implementation project, building on the recently completed Greening of City Hall Plaza Master Plan, breathes life into an underutilized mid-century space largely devoid of human activity. Tree bosques planted in the permeable paving system provide summer shade over a series of gathering spaces, reducing the heat island effect and alleviating the existing underperforming drainage system.