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A Tale of Two Ribbon Cuttings

Sep 18, 2017

Thursday September 14th marked a major milestone for two of our projects: the New England Conservatory Student Life & Performance Center and the Blackstone River Valley Greenway project both had their Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies. Principal John Amodeo, having been the Principal-in-Charge for both projects, attended both ceremonies and Senior Associate Chris Bridle joined for the New England Conservatory ceremony.

The New England Conservatory is celebrating its 150th anniversary with the opening of the new Student Life and Performance Center. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony included the following speakers:

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City of Boston

Thomas Novak, Interim President, Provost and Dean of the College, New England Conservatory

Kennett F. Burnes, Chair, Board of Trustees, New England Conservatory

Darynn Dean, Class of ’19, New England Conservatory

The new building includes student residences, performing arts venues, dining facilities, and recording studios. Ann Beha Architects, design architect, with Gensler as executive architect, designed the new SLPC, which is the fourth building on the NEC campus that stretches along St. Botolph Street and Huntington Avenue, with the Gainsborough Street intersection at their center. We designed vibrant streetscapes on St. Botolph and Gainsborough Streets, creating a distinct sense of campus for these four buildings and providing an active outdoor amenity for NEC and the neighborhood. More information about this project can be found here.

Music to kick-off the Ceremony

from left: Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City of Boston; Darynn Dean, Class of ’19, NEC; Kennett F. Burnes, Chair, Board of Trustees, NEC; Thomas Novak, Interim President, Provost and Dean of the College, NEC


from left: Ann Beha Architects Lee Berman, Philip Chen & Steven Gerard; and IBI Placemaking Principal-in-Charge John Amodeo


Principal John Amodeo and Senior Associate Chris Bridle


The Ribbon Cutting celebration of the recently completed Phase I of the Blackstone River Valley Greenway which stretches from Blackstone, MA to Millville, MA segment, an approximately 3.75-mile portion of the Trail included the following attendees and speakers:

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

State Senator Ryan C. Fattman, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

State Representative Kevin J. Kuros, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Astrid Glynn, Rail and Transit Administrator, MassDOT

Leo Roy, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, DCR

This is a much anticipated project for the community. When completed it will be a 48-mile rail trail stretching from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI through the Blackstone River Heritage Corridor. As part of the VHB Team, we focused the design of the trail to illuminate the trail’s history and ecology for trail users and to enhance the rich views over open fields, small mill villages, and the winding and rushing Blackstone River itself. Phase II of the project is currently underway.