For multifamily developments in urban areas, land constraints cause developers to waver over the best use of the site. Often, they are forced to choose between increasing building footprints to maximize residential units and offering the plentiful amenities that residents are looking for. But for a proposed project in New London, Connecticut, Bohler’s landscape architecture team devised design solutions that enabled the developer to have it both ways — maximized building footprints and parking as well as plenty of enticing, high-end features to attract potential residents.

Concept of Shipway 221, a multifamily development in New London, Connecticut.

Shipway 221, a six-acre proposed multifamily development is positioned to be the first new construction in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood of New London in 17 years. Bohler’s Senior Landscape Architect Leslie Fanger overcame the developer’s challenges with a creative urban design approach. With 200 units in three five-story buildings and ground floor parking, the site was maximized for living space. To accommodate the other needs, Leslie took the design vertical, locating a host of amenities, including a pool with moveable enclosure for year-round use, a fire bar, two outdoor kitchens, a sunken fire pit with integrated seating and an outdoor movie theater wall feature on the second floor.



Streetscaping and granite water wall feature at Shipway 221_Bohler EngineeringWith the development located across from a hospital and adjacent to a growing submarine-building facility, streetscaping was an important factor for both the developer and the city.

Bohler’s landscape design incorporates community elements and gathering spaces as streetscape improvements. A granite wall water feature that integrates the site signage is strategically located on the street-facing side of the main building with a patio area that provides seating in a high foot-traffic area. The other two buildings feature fire pits, patios and lawn area along the street.


Tiered Levels at Shipway 221_Bohler EngineeringLeslie’s team incorporated retaining walls to create a tiered level area for amenities. They also designed elongated walkways from the ground level for a seamless transition to the second level, without the need for stairs or ADA accessible ramps.

Interested in creative solutions to maximize your urban or Connecticut development? Contact Leslie or Bohler Connecticut Branch Manager Geoff Fitzgerald today. To read more about Bohler’s landscape design capabilities, click here.