A community-oriented, mixed-use development integrating public school headquarters, transit, meeting space, and local retail

The Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Boston, Massachusetts is a mixed-use facility integrating public school offices, retail, transit, and the community. Centrally located in Roxbury’s Dudley Square adjacent to a regional transit hub, it was created by the city of Boston to stimulate community development and investment. The 215,000 square foot complex incorporates the restoration of three historic structures, including the landmark Ferdinand building, coupled with new construction and capped with a green roof. The interior includes a light filled-atrium, offices, community meeting space, and first floor retail. The anchor tenant is the newly consolidated Boston Public Schools headquarters. Ground floor restaurants and shops serve building tenants and the surrounding neighborhood. Funding for the $124 million public private development included New Market Tax Credit financing.

Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence staff are developing case studies on the 2017 Medalists that will be published online and in a book in 2018. Each detailed case study will include information about the project’s history, community partners, design and development, financing, and impact, along with highlights from the selection committee discussion. RBA publications and case studies are a great resource for educators, practitioners, and students. In the meantime, to learn more about Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building read the blog post about our site visit.