Placemaking

We take aspirational ideas and transform them into great places.

Place-making is our sweet spot. It’s the alchemy of development — the uniting of work, leisure, and lifestyle to create new neighborhoods and fresh destinations. It’s pedestrian-driven, environmentally friendly, and the essence of thoughtful community planning.

Examples of how we practice place-making:

MGM Springfield

What it was: 14 acres in the heart of downtown Springfield, once home to many of the city’s most iconic historical buildings. A 2011 tornado leveled four city blocks, leaving gutted structures, destroyed businesses, and debris.

What it is today: A $1.1 billion mixed-use casino operated by MGM Resorts International. This unique development pays homage to the city’s history, with the preservation and restoration of beloved historic properties. The one million square-foot project created 3,000 new jobs and includes:

  • 125,000 square-foot Casino
  • Spa and Health Club
  • 252 4-star Hotel Rooms
  • 3,400 space Parking-garage
  • 150,000 square feet of Office Space
  • 30,000 square feet of Shops
  • 72,000 square feet of Restaurant offerings
  • An outdoor plaza featuring free concerts
  • Commissioned and hand-selected public art

Mountain Farms Mall

What it was: A largely vacant mall known for decades as the “The Dead Mall.” The dark 1970s-era property failed due to competition from contemporary nearby developments.

What it became:  An 350,000 square-foot open-air shopping experience anchored by Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble, L.L. Bean, and Walmart. Today, the Mountain Farms Mall is the primary retail destination for students and faculty in the well-known five-college region of Western Massachusetts.

Davenport Square

 What it was: A vacant city block in a struggling historic neighborhood. The property was littered with waste and plagued with collapsing structures. The site had become a magnet for local drug users.

What it became: The land area was successfully redeveloped to serve the resident urban community. It is now anchored by a LEED platinum certified day-care center, medical offices, apartments, and a thriving new CVS pharmacy.