Barletta Heavy Division Named General Contractor for Armenian Heritage Park


An architectural rendering of the Armenian Heritage Park

BOSTON — Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that Barletta Heavy Division has been named general contractor for Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Construction is slated to begin this spring.

Barletta Heavy Division is a division of the Barletta Companies with headquarters in Canton. Barletta, founded in 1914, is a fourthgeneration family company. Among its many projects is the South Boston Maritime Park, approximately 1.3 acres and designed to provide public green space at the waterfront site. In 2004, Barletta received the Massachusetts Port Authority’s General Construction Contractor of the Year Award for “their excellent construction work exemplified their high quality, on budget, on schedule and safe work, while minimizing disruption to the traveling public and MassPort tenants.”

On December 31, 2010, MassDOT instructed Barletta to commence construction of the park, reported James Kalustian, Heritage Park Foundation president, at a recent board meeting. The 45-member Board of Directors comprises representatives from Armenian-American parishes and organizations within Massachusetts. During this announcement, Kalustian expressed his appreciation to Bruce Bagdasarian, Esq., for his legal work during the negotiations with MassDOT.

The Boston-based firm Tellalian Associates Architects & Planners (TAAP) is designing the Armenian Heritage Park. The initial concept was presented to the Board of Directors by the Foundation’s Design Committee and its chair, Don Tellalian, eight years ago. TAAP will oversee the Park’s construction in collaboration with Stantec Consulting, sub-consultants to TAAP for landscaping and civil engineering, John Soursourian, the foundation’s representative and MassDOT.

Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy is designed to commemorate lives lost during the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923 and all genocides that have followed and to celebrate the immigrant experience, paying tribute to those immigrants who distinguished themselves in the arts, sciences, commerce and public service, contributing to the richness of American life and culture.

Visitors to the park may relax on benches in the shade of trees, walk the labyrinth, a circular winding path paved in granite and set in lawn, take delight as children splash in the single jet of water at its center, or marvel at the 12-sided, abstract geometric sculpture, a split dodecahedron resting on a 16- foot-diameter reflecting pool.

The labyrinth celebrates the journey of life, the symbol of eternity etched in its granite center. The sculpture, resting on a reflecting pool, celebrates those who left their country of origin and reconfigured their lives in this country in new and different ways. The waters of the reflecting pool wash over its sides like tears, commemorating lives lost and re-emerge as a single jet of water at the labyrinth’s center, representing hope and rebirth.

Annually, the sculpture will be reconfigured to commemorate lives lost and to celebrate all who came to these shores and reinvented themselves in new and creative ways.

A&A Industries, with headquarters in Peabody, Mass., is fabricating the sculpture, as their in gift in kind. A&A Industries, owned by the Aurelian family, has been a leader in custom- contract manufacturing for more than 30 years.

To date, $5.3 million has been raised for the construction of the park and the establishment of endowed funds for the reconfiguration of the sculpture, the park’s care and maintenance and public programs including the recent lecture on human rights at historic Faneuil Hall.

A few sponsorship/naming opportunities at the park remain. For information, contact James Kalustian at [email protected]; Charles Guleserian at [email protected]; Haig Deranian at [email protected] or Walter Nahabedian at [email protected].

Tax-deductible contributions may be sent online to www.ArmenianHeritagePark.net or mailed, made payable to the Armenian Heritage Foundation, to Charles Guleserian, Armenian Heritage Foundation, 25 Flanders Road, Belmont, MA 02478.