EBC Nicholas Humber Award for Outstanding Collaboration

Award Project: Tuscan Village Development

Award Recipients:

  • Tuscan Village/ Tuscan Brands
  • Tighe & Bond, Inc.
  • Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
  • Gove Environmental Services, Inc.
  • PCA
  • Market Square Architects
  • ProCon (Architects)
  • Continental Paving, Inc.
  • Oak Hill Environmental Services
  • Miller Engineering & Testing, Inc.
  • SFC Engineering
  • Desman
  • Liberty
  • Unitil
  • Gemini Electric
  • Triad Associates, Inc.
  • Ecoscapes
  • North Point Outdoors
  • Key Solar LLC
  • Town of Salem, NH

The EBC Nicholas Humber Award for Outstanding Collaboration is awarded to Tuscan Village, the redevelopment of the former Rockingham Park Racetrack into a 170-acre mixed-use development in Salem, New Hampshire. The project included the restoration of a previously culverted brook, reshaping the floodplain and alleviating flooding concerns during large storm events. In addition to flood resilience, daylighting Policy Brook created robust habitat for aquatic and terrestrial species along the restored waterway and included the reconstruction of an existing irrigation pond into the Tuscan Lake, a large public access water body surrounded by greenspace and a park at the heart of the project. The multiphase plan for the development has struck a successful balance between residential, retail, office, dining, and entertainment uses while improving the site’s environment and water ecosystems.

EBC Nicholas Humber Award for Outstanding Collaboration

Award Project: Cambridge Crossing (CX)

Award Recipients:

  • DivcoWest
  • CBT Architects
  • Beals and Thomas, Inc.
  • Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
  • The Vertex Companies
  • Jacobs
  • East Cambridge Planning Team
  • Weston & Sampson
  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (Green Line Extension)
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
  • Goulston & Storrs
  • Galluccio & Watson, LLP
  • ML Strategies
  • Mintz
  • CSL Consulting
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

The EBC Nicholas Humber Award for Outstanding Collaboration is awarded to Cambridge Crossing (CX) for the redevelopment of 43 acres of former industrial land and rail yards into a vibrant transit-oriented mixed-use urban community. Innovative stormwater amenities engage the public, and extensive infrastructure improvements include 5,600 feet of new City streets with bicycle lanes, both raised above the 2070 SLR to address resiliency. Utilities include off-site MWRA sewer connection and off-site sewer separation. CX integrates multi-modal transit, including the relocation of the MBTA Lechmere Station onto the site and the extension of both the Minuteman Bikeway and Somerville Community path. “Urban archaeology” is incorporated through the re-use of granite blocks encountered during excavation and heavy timbers to reflect the site’s former rail use. CX celebrates equality and inclusivity with open spaces and roads named after leaders who’ve made an impact in the community, including Cambridge resident Gertrude Wright Morgan.

The team worked closely with the MBTA on the relocation of Lechmere Station, with MWRA on sewer considerations, with MassDOT on Gilmore Bridge access and improvements to O’Brien Highway, and with the Cities of Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston to connect their neighborhoods through pedestrian and bike paths.

Presenting the Award:

Rebecca Tepper, Secretary
Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Award Photos

The 2023 Nicholas Humber Award for Outstanding Collaboration