Firm Overview The Cecil Group w w w. c e c i l g r o u p . c o m
The Cecil Group Planning and Design 241 A Street Suite 500 Boston, Massachusetts 02210 tel: 617.426.5050 fax: 617.426.5051 www.cecilgroup.com
Firm DescriptionThe Cecil Group joins the talents of its architects, urban designers, planners, landscape architects and graphicdesigners to help clients realize the potential of their towns, cities, developments, buildings, institutions, parksand open space. By maintaining a multi-disciplinary staff we deliver the varied expertise needed in order to suc-cessfully “put places together.” Our work includes urban design, land planning, community planning, landscapearchitecture, stainability planning, and institutional planning, including expertise in helping institutions, towns andcities formulate and navigate change that benefits each party’s interests.The firm matches the expertise of its professionals to each project challenge, complementing the client andprofessional teams with which they work. Throughout its tenure, The Cecil Group has proven its distinctive abilityto provide actionable creative physical design and planning solutions that are specifically tailored to the circum-stances of each project. ServicesA focus on “putting places together” underpins the firm’s practice and philosophy.As a result of this approach, the firm is recognized for its ability to translate strategic goals into practical plans The Cecil Group brings the directand designs that are highly responsive to complex economic, regulatory and community considerations. The experience of its professionals on afirm’s projects are distinguished because they recognize and link relevant historic, cultural and environmental wide range of planning and designcontexts. The Cecil Group’s emphasis on effective communication has led to its excellent credentials in facilitat- projects. Services provided by theing community participation and approvals processes. firm include: Urban DesignLocated in Boston, The Cecil Group’s work represents an unusually wide range of project types, scales andlocations. Although the firm brings an extensive background in both national and international assignments, the Community Planningfocus of much of the practice is within New England’s cities, towns and open spaces. The list of past and pres- Landscape Architectureent clients is similarly varied, with a balanced representation of public, private and institutional sectors. ArchitectureSelect Awards Land Planning 2011 Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation Certificate of Commendation for Leadership in Community Preservation Institutional Planning Efforts – New London Neighborhood Revitalization Planning Study Downtown Revitalization 2010 Outstanding Planning Award, Large Municipality Planning Project from the Massachusetts Chapter American Plan- Waterfront Design and Planning ning Association – Rutherford Avenue Corridor Study Townscape and Streetscape Plans 2010 Outstanding Planning Award, Small Municipality Planning Project from the Massachusetts Chapter American Plan- ning Association – Lee Eagle and Laurel Mills Redevelopment Studies Environmental Planning
The Cecil Group has provided urban design solutions forclients nation-wide, from individual sites to large communities. founding. This work applies the skills of professionals with specific training and experience in urban design, in addition UrbanThe firm’s design philosophy is rooted in our commitment tourban design methods that integrate infrastructure into the to their associated credentials in architecture and landscape architecture. Our portfolio includes projects for private public Designlarger setting of the community. The Cecil Group approachtoward urban design consistently strives to create continuity and private sector initiatives, as well as urban design projects for institutional clients. servicesfor historic environments while providing new elements thatmeet contemporary needs. Design ServicesSuccessful urban design requires the ability to choreograph Waterfront Urban Design Transit-Orientedpractical increments of both public and private investment Developmentover time. The Cecil Group’s approach to urban design Campus Master Plansrecognizes the importance of this in composing built including Town/Gown Mixed Use Developmentenvironments that meet the current and future goals of our Strategiesclients, both stylistically and economically. The Cecil Group District and Downtownhas provided a wide range of specialized urban design Revitalizationservices as a core component of its services since its
Atlantic WharfUrban Design and Planningboston, MassachusettsThe Cecil Group was responsible for the urban design andassistance in the environmental planning (MEPA) for a 1million square foot mixed-use hotel and office develop-ment on Boston’s waterfront. The site planning requiredcareful integration of a new 30-story office tower amongexisting historic buildings. Consequently, the environ-mental documentation for this project included all of theState and local scoping issues for environmental assess-ments, waterfront analyses, urban design concepts, andhistoric preservation issues. The project helps extend theFinancial District to Boston’s revitalized waterfront edge.
Downtown FraminghamPlanning StudyFramingham, MassachusettsThe Cecil Group prepared a planning studyand urban design strategies for the revitaliza-tion of downtown Framingham. The studyincluded the analysis of transportation alternatives to al-leviate traffic congestion caused by the intersection oftwo main local arterials and the MBTA Boston-Worces-ter commuter rail line. A key goal was to integratetransportation with land use and urban design strate-gies in a unified and coherent downtown improvementplan. In addition to the Urban Design component TheCecil Group developed the streetscape and landscapedesign treatments to implement a comprehensive vision ofDowntown Framingham by enhancing the public right ofways using streetscape design. This study was recognizedwith an Outstanding Planning Award from the Massa-chusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Westwood StationUrban Design ServicesWestwood, MassachusettsThe Cecil Group served the Planning Board of the Townof Westwood with peer review design services for the4.5 million square foot mixed-use development that willbe constructed as a new district. The project has beenadvanced by a major development team and represents asubstantial shift in the scale and intensity of developmentin this moderately-scaled community in suburban Boston.This is a significant opportunity to advance economicdevelopment goals within a transit-oriented, environmentallyresponsible framework. The Cecil Group is responsiblefor comprehensive review services for all urban design,architecture and landscape architecture elements includingsignage and lighting. To facilitate the design and reviewprocess for such a large and complex development, TheCecil Group prepared detailed design guidelines thattranslate the Town’s zoning goals into standards that arebeing applied at all levels of the design and approvalprocess.
LanDscape Landscape Architecture is an important element in refining and beautifying the built environment. Through thoughtful Design ServicesarchitectUre landscape design we’re able to increase public enjoyment of open space, orchestrate gatherings in multi-use spaces, Master Plans Estate Maintenance Management Programs Landscape Site Planning increase economic vitality in downtown settings and pro- LEED certification assistance vide private respites for homeowners. Sustainable Landscapes Construction Oversight Landscape Guidelines The Cecil Group’s landscape architecture group encom- Cost Estimating passes a broad range of project types including master Parks planning, courtyards, parks, urban streetscapes, and land- ADA compliant design Playgrounds scape design for residential homes, commercial buildings Native Plantings and multi-use campuses. The Cecil Group designs spaces Hardscapes (Outdoor that balance and respect the environment while meeting Barbeques, Fireplaces, Bioretention Cells our clients’ goals and aspirations. Our success is due to Pools and Spas) our unique ability to harmonize the practical organization Efficient Irrigation and of spaces with creative design solutions that increase the Lighting value and thoughtfulness of the space.
Park at the Former Lawrence MillLowell, MassachusettsThe Cecil Group was retained by the Massachusetts Divisionof Capital Asset Management to lead a team of professionalsin the redevelopment of the long -abandoned former Law-rence Mills complex. The Cecil Group served as the primeconsultant, site designers and landscape architects. Theycoordinated a team composed of civil engineers, architectsand other specialized professionals. The site plan featuresexhibits that interpret the former waterpower canals thatwere threaded through the site. The design uses landscapefeatures to forge a new riverfront pedestrian link betweenthe University of Massachusetts campus and downtownLowell. An interior park and new infrastructure system aredesigned to support housing and office developments andaid in visually and economically restoring this historic site.
West Village ApartmentsMansfield, MassachusettsThe transformation of an old farm became a sustainableoasis for this new 250 unit multifamily community. The over-all landscape design was programmed and formulated torespect the site’s history and surrounding wetlands whileproviding a unique and inviting pedestrian atmospherecomplemented with low impact development initiatives. Na-tive shrub plantings and buffers, wild flower meadows, veg-etated swales and bio-retention cells transition storm watersafely into the surrounding habit. Site amenities were incor-porated into the design to create a unique sense of place andprovide year round enjoyment for users including, gatewaysigns, pool and spa, decorative paving, benches, pergolas,masonry barbecues and dark sky compliant light fixtures.
Asbury Village Apartmentsraleigh, north carolinaThe landscape design for this large multifamily communitywas designed to give the property a distinct atmospherethat would bring together residents in communal spaces.The design incorporates many amenities and site featuresincluding unique gateways and decorative masonry signs,alluring landscape lighting, and a lush planting design thatextends into the site and clubhouse area. An abundance ofmasonry structures are arranged to define important pedes-trian pathways, terraces and spaces consisting of masonrybarbeques, double sided fireplace patios, and a pool andterraced spa. Enhanced paving, raised planters, cedar per-golas accentuated with low voltage lighting and inspiringfountains provide space for residents to find solitude in thisvast community. A bus stop and pedestrian bridge furtheradd to the ambience and unique character of the community.
Washing Pond Residencenantucket, MassachusettsThe goal of the landscape design for this Nantucket estatewas to develop a series of spaces for the homeowners andtheir guests to enjoy while allowing the natural beauty ofthe island to provide the backdrop for the property. A land-scaped circulation plan allows easy access to all parts ofthe property. Sculptured terraces provide convenient con-nectivity between spaces and link the architecture and land-scape beyond. Terraced granite steps within the lawn createminimal visual impact to the landscape and are sensitive toviews from neighboring properties. Terraced Pennsylvaniafieldstone walls provide seating at the pool. Indigenous anddurable plants such as Eastern Red Cedar, Rosa Rugosa,Privet and Lavender were carefully selected to evade deerdamage, complement the island’s character and definethe various spaces through dense buffering and layering.
Salem Winter Island Park Master Plansalem, MassachusettsThe Cecil Group developed a master plan to help the Cityof Salem achieve its goals of energizing and guiding thesuccessful renovation and redevelopment of Winter IslandPark. The proposed park design helps to enhance WinterIsland’s unique natural resources, preserve its historicallysignificant properties, increase the public’s access and en-joyment to the park and enable the park to operate in afiscally sustainable manner. The master plan incorporateslow impact design in order to minimize paving and erosionand preserve shoreline edges and includes learning spacessuch as an interpretive trail and an outdoor amphitheaterand stage for public educational and cultural programs. Asignificant public participation program was undertaken aspart of the master planning process in order to respond toresident and stakeholder suggestions and concerns andto help build public consensus for programming elements.
Falmouth Streetscape ImprovementsFalmouth, MassachusettsThe Cecil Group was responsible for the planning, rede-sign, and construction documentation of the streetscapeand civic space reconfiguration of historic downtownFalmouth. The design process included extensive com-munity participation through a workshop process. Theproject included the redesign of important spaces suchas Town Hall Square, Noonan Park, and Academy Lane.
Marblehead Streetscape andDowntown LandscapingMarblehead, MassachusettsThe Cecil Group designed and supported the implemen-tation of a comprehensive study to create an appropriateand attractive public streetscape. This effort was achievedthrough landscaping, new pavement materials, street fur-niture, and lighting improvements. Through a phased con-struction and design process, the study created a more co-herent downtown and resolved the pedestrian and vehicularcirculation issues along critical streets in historic Marblehead.
institUtionaL Increasingly, the interests of institutions and the com- munities in which they are located are focused on The purpose of this initiative is to provide a com- prehensive professional service center that assists pLanning patterns of growth and development. The traditional institutions and communities in forging successful limits of institutional campus planning and community strategies and relationships for the future that meet services development activities are becoming intermeshed. common goals. This service center will focus on cre- As a practical matter, institutions need a high quality ating an integrated planning approach that combines setting to attract and retain staff, patrons, clients, and physical, economic, institutional and public relations students. Changing needs often require institutions perspectives. The services we will provide our clients to acquire additional land and facilities to accommo- with: date growth. Local neighborhoods and communities Resolution of conflicts are increasingly empowered through regulatory and political process to control their future. Municipalities Shared visions based on shared interests are actively seeking advantages of employment and Facilitation of a Master Plan for Institutions, amenities associated with the institutions within their Neighborhoods and Municipal Development boundaries, along with direct income opportunities in lieu of taxes. Successful investment and redevelopment strategies Guidance for future actions Services
Bates College Master Plan UpdateLewiston, MaineThe Cecil Group, working with Harriman Architects + En-gineers, was engaged by Bates College to update the col-lege’s Master Plan. The resulting plan includes an actionplan ensuring effective alignment of the next phase of in-vestments with the academic mission and campus environ-ment that distinguish Bates College.The refined strategy provides pragmatic adjustments to re-flect emerging campus priorities while adding a clear focusto the steps that will need to be taken over the next fewyears. Specifically, the planning effort involved identifyingpossible areas to expand existing facilities, identifying ap-propriate locations for new facilities, enhancing campusfeatures and spaces,incorporating utility infrastructure improvements and cam-pus sustainability planning, and determining maintenanceneeds of existing facilities.The planning happened through an inclusive process, thatensured the entire campus community was engaged, un-derstanding and supportive.
Jewelry District/Old HarborPlanning Framework Studyprovidence, rhode islandThe Cecil Group prepared a planning framework to helpset the stage for several planning initiatives that will shapethe future of this district, which lies at the edge of the city’sdowntown. The Cecil Group worked with a committee ofstakeholders in the district including representatives of areainstitutions, businesses, and residents of the Jewelry Dis-trict/Old Harbor neighborhood. The project applied a multi-disciplinary team which compiled evaluations of the eco-nomics, land use, circulation and infrastructure to provide apragmatic basis for planning. The process identified sharedgoals among the stakeholders, and provided recommenda-tions and examples of key tools that can be applied to helptransform the district.
Saint Anselm College CampusMaster PlanManchester, new hampshireThe Cecil Group led a multi-disciplinary team to create anoverall master plan for Saint Anselm College. The 115-year-old Catholic college is comprised of 60 buildings situatedon over 400 acres that overlook the City of Manchester. Thecampus master plan directs the physical development oncampus as it refocuses its academic mission for the future.Vehicular and pedestrian circulation, campus infrastructure,signage, and open spaces are some of the key issues ad-dressed. The master plan creates a range of strategies thatencourage institutional growth and excellence, while main-taining the strong Benedictine traditions of Saint AnselmCollege.
Endicott College Master Planbeverly, MassachusettsThe Cecil Group created the campus master plan for thispicturesque 300-acre campus. The campus master planprovides a physical framework for the College’s futuregrowth and integration into the community. The campusmaster plan included the renovation of existing buildings,development of a section of campus for a business con-ference center, reconfiguration of vehicular and pedestriancirculation and designation of open space.
The Cecil Group pursues design processes that producehighly creative and functional buildings. The professionals at architectUreThe Cecil Group apply their multi-disciplinary backgroundsto develop an in-depth understanding of the site and its usesto create a design that best meets client needs. The firmprovides end-to-end architectural services, from architec-tural planning and conceptual work to construction docu-mentation.The strength of The Cecil Group lies in its multi-disciplinarypractice - the firm has proven adept at leveraging the powerof its various disciplines to create superior architectural de-sign. The Cecil Group recently completed a series of proj-ects for the Tweeter Center, the largest outdoor performancefacility in the United States. The team brought together ar-chitecture and landscape architecture design principles tocreate an 8000-seat improvement project, which opened in2002.
Oak Bluffs Ferry Terminaloak bluffs, MassachusettsThe Cecil Group was the design architect, site program-mer and site designer for the Oak Bluffs Ferry Terminal.This project solves many pragmatic circulation issues as-sociated with the large numbers of passengers, cargosemi-trailer handling, pick-up and drop-off, and luggagehandling. The Cecil Group prepared evaluations of passen-ger and vehicle flows to determine the most cost effectiveapproach to reconstruction. The firm was also responsiblefor the design of the ferry terminal building and related ticketwindow functions. The Cecil Group worked closely withconstituent groups to ensure that all new enhancementsreflect the historic character of the town and enhance thetravel experience.2011 American Council of Engineering Companies/Massachusetts Excellence in Engineering Silver Award
BosTix Ticket Boothboston, MassachusettsThe Cecil Group recently completed the design and renova-tion of the BosTix ticket booth in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Mar-ketplace. The existing 30 year old structure had deteriorateddue to age and required a complete renovation. The newbooth design creates a dynamic presence for ArtsBostonand a renewed vitality directly adjacent to Faneuil Hall andthe Freedom Trail. The design evokes elements of a theatremarquee with its lit sign band and cantilevered overhangwhile still staying in character with ArtBoston’s other boothlocation in Copley Square. The design further complementsits surroundings with traditional materials including a cop-per roof and restored weathervane. Because of the chal-lengingly small footprint a spatially efficient structure wasrequired. The Cecil Group designed a customized andmulti-functional exterior frame to provide a lively and en-gaging threshold to the arts community through a seriesof digital displays that show theatre posters and upcomingevent information.
Old Salem Jail RedevelopmentPlanning and DeveloperSelection Servicessalem, MassachusettsThe Cecil Group assisted the Salem Redevelopment Au-thority in advancing the redevelopment of the historic andabandoned jail complex in the downtown. The Cecil Groupprepared design studies and redevelopment feasibilitystudies to help establish the range of market-supportableuses, prepared the Developer Request for Proposals,helped market the property. The Cecil Group then providedprofessional assistance in the review of the proposals andin the subsequent designation of a preferred developer anda project. This project included community participationand close coordination with historic preservation agenciesand advocates.
At The Cecil Group we know that the success of aproject is derived from its leadership. To that regard projectour senior professionals manage and staff each of LeaDershipour projects. They’re not just the face of the companythat disappears after the interview, but the centerpieceof the team that will help bring your project goals tofruition.
Steven G. Cecil AIA ASLA principalAs the founding principal of The Cecil Group, Inc., Steve brings over twenty-five years of pro-fessional experience to the firm, including urban design, planning, landscape architecture,and architecture projects throughout the United States and abroad. His practice brings cre-ative solutions to planning and design challenges that are attentive to their cultural, environ-mental and community context. Steve brings a commitment and special skills in communityparticipation as a dimension of the firm’s successful planning and design projects. Prior toforming The Cecil Group, he was a founding principal of Cecil & Rizvi, Inc. and served as Direc-tor of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at both CBT Architects and SOM/Boston. Kenneth J. Buckland AICP LEED AP principalA Principal with The Cecil Group, Ken has over twenty-five years of planning experiencewith expertise in environmental planning, municipal affairs, and zoning. He has worked asa planner in several municipalities, including Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Stamford andNew Haven, Connecticut. He has also worked in the private sector for SEA Consultantsin Cambridge, and Nitsch Engineering in Boston, as well as served as principal in hisown firm. In addition to his significant efforts in visioning, strategic planning and imple-mentation, Mr. Buckland has focused on land use and environmental management plans. Erik Bednarek ASLA Director of Landscape architecture and Land planningMr. Bednarek brings over 16 years experience to The Cecil Group in landscape design forresidential communities, urban/streetscape, parks, commercial and institutional projects.Prior to joining The Cecil Group, Mr. Bednarek was the Principal of EJB Designs LandscapeArchitecture and Planning, whose focus was on sustainable/low impact design practicesfor clients throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic region. Before starting EJB De-signs, Mr. Bednarek was a landscape architect at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. Duringthis time, Mr. Bednarek was responsible for managing and preparing conceptual & de-sign documents for public and private projects including: retail and commercial projects,institutional campuses, streetscapes, airports, bike paths and residential communities.