The Jackson Road Gateway project exemplifies a creative and inventive design approach to an environmentally sensitive landscape. As the main entrance & gateway to the emerging Devens community (successfully transitioned from a former US Army base known as Fort Devens) WDG designers developed a place-based identity for the Gateway by incorporating the area’s natural features and highlighting historic elements of the past US Military base. With a simple and cost-effective design approach, walkway materials, landscape signage, native plantings, and elegant landscape structures of natural stone and wood were used to create an identity that will help guide and establish the brand of the new and evolving community.

Waterfield Design was contracted for design services after MassDevelopment rejected a previous design (by others) due to budget problems and environmental impact concerns. Waterfield Design effectively resolved these issues and assisted the quasi-public state agency during construction.