Watermark Kendall Terrace

Project Completion
August, 2018

Location
Cambridge, MA

Building Type
Commercial

MODERN RENOVATION OF ROOFTOP TERRACE
The Watermark Kendall Terrace is a 15,000 square-foot amenity space connecting two residential towers in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. In 2018, Recover completed the selective demolition of an older amenity space and worked with CRJA-IBI Group to build a more modern and user-friendly terrace.

The new terrace features a custom outdoor kitchen and a variety of leisure spaces, including: a large exercise safety surface and synthetic turf lawn, bar-top seating under a custom-made steel pergola, a sleek media lounge,  a massive light trellis over cafe style seating, and wood privacy pergolas. Each seating area is buffered by planters of flowering and grassy perennials that provide late-season foraging for pollinators, creating comfortable spaces for groups and individuals on the nearly half-acre amenity roof.

Recover installed pavers, decking, synthetic surfaces, precast concrete steps, custom steel pergola and light trellis, steel planters, irrigation, and an outdoor kitchen including concrete countertops, fixtures, grills and cabinetry. The numerous intersecting surfaces and overhead features were carefully designed and executed to create long parallel lines and clean geometric patterns.  

Sedum mats surround hardscaping pathways, and four large Japanese Maple trees have room to grow in large custom planters along eastern edge of terrace.  

As part of the selective demolition, Recover was able to salvage and recycle both inert materials and organic matter, including four mature Redbud trees that are now happily thriving elsewhere.

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Client Name
Gables Residential 

Size
15,000 sq. ft.

Green Roof Installer
Recover Green Roofs

Landscape Architect
CRJA-IBI Group

General Contractor
Nauset Construction

Selective Demolition
Recover Green Roofs

Hardscaping Installer
Recover Green Roofs

Decking & Carpentry
Recover Green Roofs

Kitchen & Amenities
Recover Green Roofs

Plant Types
Sedum, perennial grasses, Japanese Maples and shrubs

Hardscaping Materials
Bison

Steel Fabrication
Goshange

Waterproofing
Firestone by Boston Roofing



COMMERCIAL

RESIDENTIAL

SCHOOLS

FOOD ROOFS

INTERIORS