Mill Ruins Park, Minneapolis, MN
URS Corporation
honor award


Mill Ruins Park area was once known as the Minneapolis West Side Milling District, the largest collection of direct-drive water-powered facilities in the world. This industrial hub was powered by St. Anthony Falls, the principal reason for the founding of Minneapolis. Today, these historic features comprise the St. Anthony Falls Historic District, a National Register of Historic Place. Mill Ruins Park seeks to recapture this heritage and reconnect the city to the river and falls. The project's importance to the history of Minneapolis, and the existence of numerous regulatory requirements all required an unusual level of sensitivity and creativity. The design needed to accommodate unknown conditions and allow for flexibility upon uncovering the ruins. The project also faced difficult technical issues, including the presence of contamination, high river levels during river-abutting construction, provision of handicapped accessibility on a site with significant grade changes, ensuring public safety adjacent to flowing water.



Grand Forks Greenway
Damon Farber Associates
merit award


Ten years after the Flood of the Millennium, Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have rebounded and rebuilt with incredible sacrifice, courage, and determination. To have experienced the cities then, and to see them now, imparts a powerful insight into the human spirit and our ability to deal with incredible adversity and tragedy. The Red River Greenway is one of our nation's first bi-state Greenways and the showcase for a Federal flood control project of vast size and engineering complexity, but it is the influence of Landscape Architects that provides the project with an identity and a soul. It was their planning, design, and determination that transformed an engineering project of extreme pragmatic capability into a useable, attractive amenity for these great cities.



Capen Prairie Garden
Savanna Designs, Inc.
merit award


The Capen Prairie Garden at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is an introduction to the prairie aesthetic. The garden site shows the difference between the wild, untamed native prairie and a deliberately designed prairie which can actually have the feel of a classic perennial border, but more sustainably so. Simple massings of native species share the viewshed with 30 acres of restored prairie, and are complemented by rich local materials. The garden offers alternatives to the perception that prairies are messy and uninteresting, by offering a showcase of native plants in more intentional arrangements. To walk into the Capen Prairie Garden is to experience both faces of the prairie: the wild and the refined.





Medtronic Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management Campus
CLOSE Landscape Architecture+
merit award


This 87acre corporate campus was previously a young 9-hole municipal golf course. The full campus will have 4800 employees requiring 1.2 million s.f. of office and lab space and an additional 1.2 million s.f. of structured parking. The landscape architects were part of the design team at the onset of the project which was led by a developer/contractor and included architects and engineers. The role of the landscape architect was to lead site planning and design and continue work through design, construction documentation and construction administration. The landscape architect's scope of work included all site elements including paving, pools, custom furnishings, arbors, children's play areas and plantings.





St. Croix Valley Retreat, Marine on St. Croix, MN
LHB, Inc.
honor award


The St. Croix Valley Retreat immerses visitors into an artist's world of light, color, detail and form. The contemporary design fits seamlessly into its rich natural context. Each building was carefully positioned by the Landscape Architect and spaces between shaped to create timeless, experiential landscape rooms. Each element, from the dark, lagoon-like pool to a wall built from salvaged rubble, is expressive, functional, and sensitive. Each experience evokes a connection between the landscape and the people who inhabit it.



Cosgriff Residence and Courtyard
coen + partners
merit award


The Cosgriff Residence is located in Jackson Meadow, a residential community east of Saint Paul, Minnesota. The parcel is defined by its unique topography and visual connection to the community village and St. Croix River Valley. The Cosgriff residence and courtyard is a study in topography, proportion and scale. Guided by a spiritual program set forth by the owner, the placement and detail of both residence and courtyard allows it to live in the land, not just on it.





Minnesota River State Trail - Redwood Falls, New Ulm, and Saint Peter, MN
Center for Changing Landscapes, University of Minnesota
award of excellence


Recreation, natural and cultural resource protection, tourism, and community livability are promoted for the Minnesota River State Trail by designs produced through a community engaged process. Working at the regional, district, and site scales, these environmentally sensitive designs celebrate and interpret natural and cultural resources in a large segment of the Minnesota River Valley and include highways, county roads, off-road segments, trailheads, interpretative features, and signature trail elements such as contemplative places, signs, and kiosks. Community leaders, citizens, and state and local governmental officials were all actively involved.



Minnesota DNR Trail Planning, Design, and Development Guidelines
Bauer and Associates, Ltd.
merit award


The primary purpose of this project was to create a manual that focused on preparing a common classification system for local, regional and state trails and creating a set of guidelines for site level planning and design of each type of recreational trail. The manual also provided information on developing sustainable trails that balances trail development with ecological protection. The manual defines principles for planning and designing high quality and sustainable trails of all classifications with state-of-the-art techniques and technical standards for construction and maintenance of the trails.



Lake Elmo Village Area Master Plan
CLOSE Landscape Architecture+
merit award


The proliferation of suburban sprawl has engulfed numerous small towns and villages throughout the country. These communities face a daunting challenge to preserve their character and authenticity in the face of this swift transformation. This Master Plan provides an innovative blueprint for accommodating growth within a small village. Our Landscape Architect-led team facilitated public workshops and stakeholder roundtables to develop a creative framework for new development. Owners of vacant land surrounding the village also participated. This unique public / private collaboration produced a development strategy that targets City goals, resident and business expectations and builder / developer financial models.



Water Quality: Best Management Practice Cards
SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
merit award


The Saint Paul on the Mississippi Design Center is a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary team whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Saint Paul through high-quality urban design based on principles contained in the Saint Paul on the Mississippi Development Framework. Through a water quality capacity building grant from the McKnight Foundation, the Saint Paul on the Mississippi Design Center, a program of the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, engaged the Landscape architect to do three things: Provide stormwater design expertise and increase Design Center staff capacity in this area; work on a stormwater best practices manual; and organize and present the material at a seminar. Although existing water quality manuals contain useful technical information, they can be cumbersome to use and not easily understood by residents, lay professionals or elected policy makers. As an alternative to a traditional book format, water quality information is presented in the form of cards, each highlighting a different best management practice (BMP). The cards can be unbound and laid out on a table, reviewed, and sorted by participants in an interactive and user-friendly manner.





The Bell Museum of Natural History
CLOSE Landscape Architecture+
merit award


The Bell Museum of Natural History, located on the University of Minnesota campus, was created in 1872 by the State Legislature. World-renowned landscape dioramas are the signature of this beloved destination. Cramped quarters, limited outdoor exhibit area and need for expanded programming capacity encouraged University leaders to seek a new home for the Bell. Landscape Architects worked with architects, engineers, Bell staff and the University of Minnesota to create a dynamic and evocative site design that promotes immersion, wonder and learning.



Schaar's Bluff: Visitor Center and Interpretive Site
CLOSE Landscape Architecture+
merit award


Schaar's Bluff is located in a large regional park reserve along the shores of the Mississippi River in Dakota County, Minnesota. The site is rich with cultural and natural history which inspired the County to retain a cultural resource consultant to develop an interpretive plan for the park. The landscape architects created a plan, called the 8000 Year Walk, that celebrates three key themes of the Cultural Interpretive Plan in three alcoves along a ¾ mile looping walk that traverses the bluff edge and connects with the new building, called the Gathering Center. The 8000 Year Walk includes interpretation of the Native American experience of the area, different concepts of stewardship and land use, and the natural history of Spring Lake Park Reserve. Special emphasis is placed on the cycle of the seasons and stories related to the theme of historical gathering and celebration.



Ashalnd Ore Dock Park
SEH, Inc.
merit award


Unused since 1965, the Soo Line Ore Dock in Ashland, Wisconsin has fallen into disrepair and is becoming an increasing liability for both its owner, Canadian National (CN) and the City. Several proposals for reuse of this historic Lake Superior icon have surfaced in recent years, but none have proven workable. With CN set to demolish the iconic structure, the City convinced them to delay the project in October of 2007 and hired the consultant team to explore options for reuse. CN gave the City 1 month. What follows represents 3 weeks worth of effort by a multi-disciplined design team.