Waterfield Design Group was founded in 1998 by Craig Miller as a site design, transportation, infrastructure, and planning company with a difference. Within 6 months, work at the new firm rapidly arrived, starting humbly with sidewalks, drainage, ADA compliance, and parking lots. Well before the end of its first year, Waterfield was inundated with new work and began hiring full time staff to help out.
At the beginning of our second year, Waterfield was awarded the Gloucester Station expansion and rehabilitation project from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) – noteworthy because it showed that the 6th largest public transportation system in the United States saw value, technical ability, and integrity in the talents of this young and emerging firm. Waterfield would be recognized again by the MBTA in 2001 with its second major public transit project as a Prime Consultant with the Fairmount Station, more than twice the size of the Gloucester Station project.
Waterfield added to its state and federal transportation and infrastructure base by working extensively with a host of cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth from greater Boston, Cape Cod & the Islands to Central and Western Massachusetts. Waterfield secured new projects in Vermont and New Hampshire, reinforcing its message of vision, planning, and engineering.
In 2001, Waterfield Design acquired the widely acclaimed landscape architecture practice of Paul C.K. Lu Associates, Inc. Paul’s landscape practice was considered by many to be one of the legacy landscape architecture firms in New England. Paul C.K. Lu Associates was welcomed into Waterfield Design after over 35 years of service and built on a 10 year professional relationship with Craig and his background of work.
Adding landscape architecture to the stable of services already in place opened horizons for the firm and for our clients by completing the circuit of full service site design.
As the firm continued to grow, so too did its reputation in the design and construction community.
In 2002, Craig was recognized as the National Young Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). Later that same year, the Boston Business Journal included Craig in its annual list of the 40 most influential business leaders under 40 years of age (known as the 40 Under 40 Award). Both of these awards acknowledged Waterfield’s rapid progress and noteworthy accomplishments.
In the years that followed, Waterfield would play an instrumental role in helping to design and complete the Central Artery / Tunnel project, the largest public works endeavor in the United States. Our role in this $14 billion project involved restoration of the surface arteries, roadways, parks, streetscapes, and public pedestrian spaces after the 6 lanes of traffic on the old overhead viaduct was relocated to become 10 lanes in a new underground tunnel. Waterfield worked on more CA/T surface artery sections than any other site single designer (D001C, D0018A, D009C, and D007A) and was responsible for leading the design for the renowned Chinatown Gate section of the project. We are proud to proclaim that our surface artery design work was separate from the cost and construction controversy that enveloped the underground tunnel portion of this complicated public works project.
Beginning in 2002, Waterfield began providing a greater amount of its services for private sector clients in the residential, retail, and entertainment industries. The firm was awarded design, permitting, and planning services for Pigeon Falls Village, a $500 million entertainment based mixed-use project in Tennessee. The company has worked on dozens of sites for Pulte Homes, one of the country’s largest homebuilders. We have played significant roles in the development of over 20 million square feet of retail at sites that cover the eastern United States for a wide variety of some of the most successful retail developers.
In 2003 Waterfield opened a second office in Manchester, New Hampshire. Noteworthy of our New Hampshire projects was the successful completion of over $30 million worth of new construction for Concord Hospital. Late in 2004, Waterfield opened a third office in Tampa, Florida, serving both coasts and anchoring our southeastern U.S. division. Waterfield would open 2 new offices in Tennessee in early 2007.
In 2004, Waterfield President Craig Miller was invited by the United States Federal Transit Administration (US-FTA) to speak to the governments of Haiti and Nigeria. In Haiti, Craig met extensively with that country’s Prime Minister and his Cabinet Ministers of Public Works, Tourism, and Finance. In Nigeria, Craig spoke at a large symposium of the country’s highest state governing officials, illustrating how strategic investments in certain public infrastructure (notably transportation and energy) could rapidly accelerate economic development in their country in all sectors.
For much of the last 2 years, Waterfield Design has helped Royal Caribbean Cruises Lines design and build the 2 largest ships in the world. Each project (Oasis of the Seas, launched for revenue service in November 2008 and Allure of the Seas, launching in November 2010) requires over $2 billion in construction costs. Each vessel is establishing a new standard of luxury, elegance, capacity, and earnings in an incredibly competitive global industry.
Our involvement with Boston College’s Master Plan will help guide this top ranked college as they embark upon a 10 year, $300 million process to greatly enhance its campus facilities.
Waterfield has served as planner, designer, and engineer for Mr. Sandy Beall (owner of the national restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday’s) for his creation of an elite high-end residential destination in the Smoky Mountains on over to 4,000 acres. Designed as an extension of Blackberry Farm (already world renowned as an elite resort and spa), Sandy’s Chilhowee Mountain project will tastefully expand Blackberry’s unmatched high standard of luxury and service.
Today, Waterfield Design Group is a multi-faceted collection of talented design professionals focused on 1 mission – to provide full service site design services that enhance the sense of place, brand, and value of our client’s projects and the land that are built upon.