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The Office of Landscape Architect, Tom Benjamin (413) 687-1135 tom@wellnesscapes.com
At The New England Patriots Gillette Stadium, Tom Served As Lead Designer For Daylighting And Restoration Of A One Mile Long Section Of The Neponset River (formerly Confined In Clogged Underground Culvert Pipes).  Riparian Edge Also Softened Stadium's Extensive Parking Areas.
At The New England Patriots Gillette Stadium, Tom Served As Lead Designer For Daylighting And Restoration Of A One Mile Long Section Of The Neponset River (formerly Confined In Clogged Underground Culvert Pipes).  Riparian Edge Also Softened Stadium's Extensive Parking Areas.

At the New England Patriots Gillette Stadium, Tom served as Lead Designer for daylighting and restoration of a one mile long section of the Neponset River (formerly confined in clogged underground culvert pipes). Riparian edge also softened stadium's extensive parking areas.

At The New England Patriots Gillette Stadium, Tom Served As Lead Designer For Daylighting And Restoration Of A One Mile Long Section Of The Neponset River.  Design Restored River's Natural Form And Function With Such Elements As Placed Logs, Rock And Extensive Native Re-vegetation.

At the New England Patriots Gillette Stadium, Tom served as Lead Designer for daylighting and restoration of a one mile long section of the Neponset River. Design restored river's natural form and function with such elements as placed logs, rock and extensive native re-vegetation.

At The New England Patriots Gillette Stadium, Tom Served As Lead Designer For Daylighting And Restoration Of A One Mile Long Section Of The Neponset River (formerly Confined In Clogged Underground Culvert Pipes).  The Bioengineered Restoration Solved Acute Flooding Problems While Greatly Expanding Habitat Opportunities.

At the New England Patriots Gillette Stadium, Tom served as Lead Designer for daylighting and restoration of a one mile long section of the Neponset River (formerly confined in clogged underground culvert pipes). The bioengineered restoration solved acute flooding problems while greatly expanding habitat opportunities.

At The New England Patriots Gillette Stadium, Tom Served As Lead Designer For Daylighting And Restoration Of A One Mile Long Section Of The Neponset River.  Design Restored River's Natural Form And Function With Such Elements Periodically Placed Rock Rapids.

At the New England Patriots Gillette Stadium, Tom served as Lead Designer for daylighting and restoration of a one mile long section of the Neponset River. Design restored river's natural form and function with such elements periodically placed rock rapids.

Gillette Stadium River Daylighting
Foxborough, MA

Client | New England Patriots/Kraft Group

Tom was engaged to execute every piece of the landscape design for this project- from the master plan through to construction documents, all as a part of the planning and construction of the new Gillette Stadium. Specifically, Tom was engaged to enhance daylighting and re-create the riparian habitat for a one mile section of Neponset River.

The daylighting project removed two blocked culverts and reconnected disrupted sections of the river, diverting flow back to river’s historic alignment. Wetland mitigation and flood control provided major drivers for this fast-tracked project that proceeded from concept to implementation in less than one year. The flood control structure served as an access path to the stadium’s railroad station, adding to the project’s visibility. Tom leveraged complex wetland compliance elements to maximize the visual impact of natural edge to developed portion of site.

Project Highlights

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Award for Excellence (2002)
  • Extensive bioengineering and revegetation efforts
  • A river corridor functioning as an established natural system
  • Project featured on National Public Radio

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