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Steel Shots: A Gateway to the Islands
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 21, 2011 at 11:14 AM.


Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion at dusk. The first permanent structure built on the recently completed Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, above the Central Artery Tunnel, and earned the Grand Honor Award in AGC’s Build New England Awards Program. The distinctive laser cut steel supports bring charm and character to the structure. (Click on the photo for a more detailed look) Photo: Utile Inc.


The Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion, built on top of the “Big Dig” tunnels, was conceived and designed to bring the energy and excitement of the nearby Boston Harbor Islands into the middle of the city at a place where millions of visitors, residents, and workers pass by. The structural roof canopies provide a stimulating exhibit space in the middle of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, where people can learn about the islands by interacting with park rangers, view maps and ferry schedules, and buy tickets to tour the islands.


Waltham, Mass.-based Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. provided structural design and construction administration services for the project.


A joint effort of the Boston Harbor Island Alliance and the National Park Service, the engineering and construction involved careful coordination with MassDOT and several Boston agencies to ensure building loads and construction equipment were carefully managed so as not to exceed the loading limit of the thin, wing-like roofs - a composite structure of steel and concrete. The shallow site, with less than 4 ft in some places between the ground surface and the top of the tunnel, resulted in extremely tight tolerances for the construction and all of the below ground infrastructure.



The Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion received the Grand Honor Award at the Build New England Awards gala on October 6. Organized by the Associated General Contractors (AGC), the awards program recognizes project teams for their collaborative approach to planning, designing, and building structures that meet the vision and goals of the client and enhance the community.


To learn more about the awards program, and view photos and information on all of this year’s honored projects, click to read the Build New England Awards Program Guide at

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