MassDOT and the City of New Bedford announced the winners of a contest to provide design ideas for the proposed Whale’s Tooth Intermodal Station and opened a display of the entries at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Mayor Scott W. Lang and South Coast Rail Director Kristina Egan presented the awards on behalf of a panel of judges.
As part of the South Coast Rail project, MassDOT and the MBTA are partnering with communities that will host new rail stations to plan the area and design the rail facilities to catalyze economic development while enhancing community character. New Bedford will host two stations, one at Whale’s Tooth and one at King’s Highway.
Two entries received awards for Best Overall Design Response:
Jennifer Benevides, Brandon Correia, Michael Cruz, Patrick Grime, and Catarina Pedro-
created a design, left, judges said reflects New Bedford’s historic mill buildings and including a new station oriented to use solar energy to heat and daylight the building.
Damon May, AIA, created a design, left, he says
“…captures the historic soul of free enterprising New Bedford, it builds a strong basis for reflecting and integrating with the city's complex architectural fabric, and it provides a tried and true form for meeting the energy efficient design mandate.”
The judges awarded Honorable Mention to six other entries for creative design features including incorporation of local art and history and green design. MassDOT will consider elements of these concepts as it advances the South Coast Rail project toward design.
South Coast Rail will restore passenger rail service from South Station in Boston to the South Coast. It will address a long-standing transportation inequity, while encouraging economic development, fostering job-creation and connecting people with affordable housing options, while protecting the natural environment. The project is guided by Sustainable Development principles and includes a regional smart growth corridor plan. More information on the project is available at www.mass.gov/southcoastrail.
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