In keeping with the Campus Master Plan, a significant gathering space was designed adjacent to the student center to enhance the landscape and strengthen pedestrian connections.
We worked with the project planners and college to establish the Master Plan's landscape design guidelines. Jon Pate was the project manager and lead designer for the Hogan Student Center while at CRJA.
In collaboration with Boston Parks and Recreation, the Friends of Symphony Park, Warner Larson, and Kulin Modern, Pate Landscape Architecture has been involved with Symphony Park in the Fenway neighborhood since 2009.
The park design emphasizes appropriately scaled gathering spaces with flexible seating for chess playing and the occasional concert.
A visioning process clarified that the park design and the art within it should influence one another. We selected a granite that would unify the sculpture and park elements and local Goshen stone to reflect the Core-Ten steel of the sculpture. Inspired by the name of the park, an engraved Bach score lends character to the granite seatwalls.
Civic concerns about an active lawn for kids, concerts and outdoor exercise lead to Boston Parks and Recreation's first dog free lawn. The rest of the park is dog friendly!
The park and sculpture were designed concurrently and relate in both form and materials.
Roger Williams University
Bristol, Rhode Island
CAMPUS | multiple projects
Working with multiple architects and the University, we designed and promoted a unified campus. We achieved this by developing a consistent material palette and by working closely with the University on maintenance considerations.
*project work while Jon was at CRJA.
North Campus Residence Hall by Perkins + Will
Admissions Office by Newport Collaborative Architects
Global Heritage Hall by Goody Clancy
CAMPUS | multiple projects
Working closely with Bentley University to understand their priorities, all campus projects have focused on promoting gathering places, providing pedestrian accessibility, and improving first impressions.
We evaluate year-around maintenance considerations in our designs, and how every campus project informs the overall landscape. Notable projects include the Student Center and Morrison Hall.
We worked closely with Perkins + Will to relate exterior spaces to their interiors.
Rendered areas show Bentley's campus work by Pate LA.
Existing on-site granite paving was salvaged to build this seat wall.
Student Center by Perkins + Will, rendering to reality (see below)
Morrison Hall by ARC
Native plants selected for fall interest: Arkansas Blue Star's (Amsonia hubrichtii) and Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Carousel'.
Accessible Route to Beaver Street
Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts
CAMPUS | ARC Architects
Bentley's new 76,000 square foot arena earned LEED Platinum certification in 2018 and was named the most environmentally sustainable arena in the U.S. This multi-purpose arena hosts campus-wide events and is the home rink for their NCAA Division 1 hockey team.
The outdoor plaza has been scaled to accommodate 2,000-3,400 person events, yet be approachable with native winter-interest plantings and over 4,000 square feet of permeable paving to reduce storm water.
Image by ARC
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
HEALTHCARE | Healing Garden
Our project’s working group, comprised of both designers and doctors, developed the following approach: “To create an area of quiet respite in a natural environment for patients, families, and staff, with adequate space for reflection and healing amid nature’s beauty." This interior garden was designed with ZGF.
Jon has a certificate in Healthcare Garden Design from the Chicago Botanic Garden. While at CRJA, he was the designer/project manager for this project.
Back Bay Roof Deck
RESIDENTIAL | Boston, Massachusetts
This Back Bay roof deck has expansive views of Boston and the Charles River. As the project lead designer we worked closely with the homeowners, architects and contractors to create spaces for relaxing and entertaining.
We also collaborated with Kulin Modern on the architectural railings which help screen roof utilities and provide additional visual interest at night.
This 100-acre retirement community was created on a former granite quarry. The landscape features help establish a welcoming and unified campus that promote an active lifestyle.
While at CRJA, Jon worked with various project teams in developing multiple Erickson master plans, and provided full site design services at Linden Ponds.
Mid-Century Modern Residence
RESIDENTIAL| Massachusetts - Coastal
Fundamental to the design was to provide an intimate and inviting entry garden that connects the new garage and entries to the adjacent dining terrace. The terrace paving directly relates to the interiors of this mid-century modern home. We worked closely with the homeowner to identify plant material that would provide year-around interest and tolerate the coastal winter winds.
Located within an historic district, this landscape design unifies the home's addition and new garage. A stone wall encloses a bluestone dining terrace and provides privacy from the street. The driveway was relocated to the other side of the property for improved access, and throughout the landscape we used plant species with multi-seasonal interest.
GREEN ROOF | 1330 Boylston
“You now see that residents have opened their blinds. They are enjoying the aesthetic view and air-conditioning pumps are running less.”
Nick Recupero of Samuels & Associates
Project was installed by Valley Crest, and designed while at Warner Larson. Photography by Samuels & Associates.
Pate LA worked with CBT Architects and the property owner to design a welcoming and accessible clubhouse for a multi-family residential community. The building reflects its narrow site and sits atop a rock outcrop. The clubhouse serves as their community center, leasing office, pool house and fitness center.