Merritt Chase Selected to Pedestrianize Birch Street in Boston's Roslindale Village.

Open Birch Street 2018, Boston, MA. Photo by Roslindale Village Main Street

Open Birch Street 2018, Boston, MA. Photo by Roslindale Village Main Street

Merritt Chase has been selected by A Better City, the City of Boston and Roslindale Village Main Street to design for the temporary pedestrianization of Birch Street in Roslindale Village. The plaza renovation process will include the closure of Birch Street and the design of a tactical plaza in alignment with the city’s newly released Tactical Public Realm Guidelines.

Construction Begins on Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park

Photo by City of Morgantown

Photo by City of Morgantown

This month, construction began on the renovation of Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park in Morgantown, WV, home to West Virginia University. Led by the City of Morgantown, the park renovation includes improvements to the existing trail and amphitheater, a new gathering plaza, and the new Walnut Street Landing landscape. Design and construction is funded by a generous grant from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Foundation. Merritt Chase is leading the site design alongside team members Strada, Thrasher, and March Westin.

Follow along for construction updates on the City of Morgantown’s dedicated website here.

Bow Market named #3 best new Boston restaurant by Boston Globe

Bow Market, Somerville, MA. Photo by Bow Market

Bow Market, Somerville, MA. Photo by Bow Market

It takes a village! Bow Market, a collection of 30+ incredibly dedicated restaurateurs, makers, drink purveyors, comedians, and craft beer nerds, was just named the #3 best new restaurant in Boston by the Boston Globe.

Read about Boston’s 37 best new restaurants here.

Merritt Chase kicks off green infrastructure planning and design with the Western PA Conservancy

Highlands Middle School, Harrison Township, PA

Highlands Middle School, Harrison Township, PA

Merritt Chase, along with team members Ethos Collaborative and JASE Construction Services, have kicked off a series of Community Greening Assessments with the Western PA Conservancy (WPC). Working with WPC and community members in Clairton, PA and Harrison Township, we are working through a three phase process of hydrologic inventory and green infrastructure opportunity mapping, design, and construction of green infrastructure facilities. Keep your eyes peeled for construction in Spring 2019!

“Building a business isn’t a singular act, it’s a series of small steps.”

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“Building a business isn’t a singular act, it’s a series of small steps.” - Eric Reinholdt, Architect + Author Architect + Entrepreneur

This Monday, we’ll be sharing the small steps we’ve taken to build our young practice. Join Nina Chase at 4pm EST for the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s latest Emerging Professional’s webinar featuring Los Angeles-based landscape architecture firm Superjacent and Merritt Chase.

Fun #landarch fact, both firms were founded by past LAF Olmsted Scholars, Chris Torres ‘12, Chris Merritt ‘11, and Nina Chase ‘09.

Update: A recording of the live webinar lives here.

Join Merritt Chase in Philly for ASLA 2018

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This week we’re Philly bound for the National American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting.

We’ll be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholar Program on Friday at the LAF annual benefit. Want to join? Tickets are available here.

You can also join Nina Chase for Monday’s panel Sensing the City to learn how to define, collect, and disseminate site-specific data. Panelists include Rebecca Popowsky of OLIN, Stephanie Carlisle of KieranTimberlake, and Kate DeSantis of Gehl. Keep your eyes peeled for Merritt Chase projects Kit of Parks, Take a Seat, and Bae Bae’s Greenhouse.

We hope to see you there!