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Boston Announces Competition for Harbor Park Pavilion above Big Dig Project

As leaky tunnels grab the headlines, the aboveground portion of Boston's Big Dig continues to take shape. The design competition for one of the first structures to be built on the Rose Kennedy Greenway -- a Harbor Park pavilion -- was announced in late February. The guidelines call for an energy-efficient, "green" 2,500 square-foot visitor center and gateway to the Boston Harbor Islands national park. A key early structure, the $3 million pavilion is expected to set the tone for other Greenway designs. Sited along the axis from the Old Statehouse to Long Wharf, the compact one-story building will house an information desk, cafe, bookstore, restrooms and electronic information system and will function as a mini-hub for the historic downtown area and the recently formed 3200-acre Boston Harbor Islands national park. Registration for the open competition, organized by the Boston Society of Architects, closes April 25. Submissions are due May 2.

Ted Bowen