The Boston Society of Architects, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, presented the 2009 Harleston Parker medal to the Parker Community Boathouse in Brighton, Massachusetts, and honored Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE), with an award for the firm’s work on the project. WJE provided building enclosure services for the Anmahian Winton Architects designed boathouse. Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI), owns the facility which lies on a triangular parcel along the banks of the Charles River. CRI serves more than fifteen hundred local members and is the largest community rowing association in the country.
The Community Rowing Boathouse is made up of two buildings. The smaller building, the Ruth W. Somerville Sculling Pavilion, is primarily made of glass and stores single and two-person sculls. The larger building of the two, the Harry Parker Boathouse, is a two-story steel-framed building with eighteen-foot-tall bifolding vents clad in high-density wood veneer panels.
The operable wood cladding allows interior ventilation in the absence of repetitive doors. The walls open and close similar to that of a pair of blinds, to accommodate drying of the boats. The movable side walls are an idea taken from tobacco barns to allow air to circulate throughout the facility.
The unconventional organization of the first floor is necessary to accommodate 170 boats within the constraints of the triangular site. Rowers carry the boats in and out of the building through two large accordion doors at each end. The second floor of the Parker Boathouse includes administrative offices, classrooms, and locker room facilities. Wagdy Anis
of WJE's Boston branch served as project manager and enclosure consultant.About WJE
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE), is an interdisciplinary firm of architects, structural engineers, and materials scientists that specializes in the investigation, analysis, testing, and design of repairs for historic and contemporary structures. WJE focuses on delivering practical, innovative, and technically sound solutions across all areas of construction technology. Since the firm’s founding more than fifty years ago, WJE specialists bring the collective experience gained from conducting more than seventy-five thousand investigations worldwide to every construction challenge. WJE combines state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities, nationwide offices, and knowledge sharing systems to provide solutions for the built world. For more information, please visit wje.com