Two Rivers Outlook Park, St. Paul, Minnesota
City of St. Paul, Parks and Recreation, Design and Construction
merit award


Named for it's location at the confluence of the Minnesota River and the Mississippi River, Two Rivers Overlook is a quiet stop, rich with interpretive opportunities. Through the use of sculptural elements, paving patterns and decorative interpretive panels, the design creates windows to both literal and symbolic connections including the temporal, ethereal and physical linkages between geology, history, topography and sociology. The result is a site that relays and secures the many stories of this place while serving as a destination for neighbors and a rest stop for walkers, bikers and joggers using the adjacent regional trail. 



Raspberry Island Regional Park, St. Paul, Minnesota
City of St. Paul, Parks and Recreation, Design and Construction
merit award


Maximizing Raspberry Island Regional Park's unique aspect within the Mississippi River and downtown St. Paul, the landscape architect provided the City of St. Paul with an arresting focal point and an unparalleled waterfront experience. The coherent design interlaces forms borrowed from surrounding structures with materials which reflect the heritage of the river and the island. The strong rhythm of the pedestrian path is punctuated with seating areas which align views of the river, downtown and the rest of the park. Public use of the island has been greatly enhanced while respecting the current private ownership of the adjacent boat club property.





Harley Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
honor award


The Harley-Davidson Museum site has several unique factors that make it award-worthy: It brought much needed and loved public open space back to what was an indifferent and unused parcel of land in the downtown core of Milwaukee; it is a sustainable and active reuse of a historic brownfield site; and it uses sustainable technologies & site design components, native species and stormwater-focused planting strategies.



Westminster Presbyterian Church Fellowship Courtyard and Memorial Columbarium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
merit award


The Memorial Columbarium and Fellowship Courtyard are spaces of quiet beauty which embrace the urban context and encourage a greater shift in public thought as it relates to death and burial ritual in American society. The key design element is a perforated metal fence that abstracts the iconography of the church while acting as a permeable membrane between the private memorial spaces and the public realm.





Speckman House Landscape, St. Paul, Minnesota
merit award


This landscape is a comprehensive site redesign for an existing modernist house, designed in 1956 by a University of Minnesota architecture professor. The residence has had few modifications, and is largely faithful to the original architectural vision. The landscape intent is to create a series of linked site interventions respecting the architecture and embracing the modernist ethos in a manner that is functional and responsive to 21st century needs and environmental sensibilities.





City of St. Paul Parks and Recreation Vision Plan, St. Paul, Minnesota
Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc. & Treeline
honor award

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Saint Paul's park system is threatened with aging infrastructure, changing recreation needs, and finite funding. Put simply, it is overbuilt. The difficulty, however, is that city residents have come to expect this high level of park service. How, then, can the amount of facilities be reduced without impacting the quality and usability of the overall system And how can that system be transformed to better meet the needs of current users. The Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Vision Plan answers these questions in two key ways: 1) It sets forth a variety of decision-making tools, which are based on deep research, extensive Department input, and resident desires, 2) It communicates in easy-to-understand language, stripping away unnecessary planning hierarchy, establishing quantifiable initiatives, and creating public information pieces called PARKCARDS.



UMore Park: A University Founded Community, City of Rosemount and Empire Township, Minnesota
Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc.
honor award


The University of Minnesota is currently undertaking the largest new community development in Minnesota history on the UMore Park property, a 5,000-acre site located 25 miles southeast of the Twin Cities. With declining state funding, universities are turning to the monetization of their land assets to fund their mission. This master plan transforms a Brownfield site and mining operation into a sustainable community. The plan goes beyond LEED  to become the first of its kind to be based upon comprehensive budgets for water, energy, carbon and wildlife, as well as metrics for community, economics and cultural factors.



Cold Spring Granite Redevelopment Framework, Cold Spring, Minnesota
Bonestroo, Inc.
merit award


As the Cold Spring Granite Company relocates from within the City of Cold Spring to a new campus west of downtown, five sites in and near downtown will open for redevelopment. The landscape architect created an overall plan to guide future development. The Framework Plan envisions a diverse, mixed use downtown that supports a variety of activities along a dynamic waterfront. The two downtown properties, which occupy nearly 30 acres along the river, are integrated into the fabric of the existing city with a circulation network linking a hierarchy of open spaces, current business districts, and new development areas.



Highway 20/26 Corridor Enhancement Study Plan, Casper, Wyoming
Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc.
merit award


U.S. Highway 20/26 is a principal arterial serving as the main east/west access road in Casper's metropolitan area and neighboring communities. Development pressure is growing and it is the Casper Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's (MPO) hope to enhance the existing corridor's open, unadorned nature and Casper's unique high desert eco-climate, and to establish a framework to improve the corridor's visual character and functionality. The visual quality analysis of this corridor reveals three distinct districts: urban transition, urban, and rural. This enhancement plan proposes a high quality, aesthetically pleasing and economically phased set of landscape enhancements and traffic safety measures.



MacArthur Park Master Plan, Little Rock, Arkansas
merit award


The MacArthur Park Connections Master Plan is unique and worthy of an award because it describes a vision of the park not as an autonomous landscape but as the anchor for a larger urban landscape network. The planning strategy extends sustainable landscape design practices used in the park into local neighborhoods and surrounding districts. The goal of the project is that the renovated park will grow neighboring districts. The result of this vision is an outdoor public room connected to the city by linking the actions of recreation, transit, commerce, entertainment, and everyday life.



Minnesota Ballpark Streetscape Planning, Minneapolis, Minnesota
SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
merit award


The Minnesota Ballpark Streetscape Planning Study is a forward-looking framework for pedestrian-focused streetscape improvements around the new Minnesota Twins ballpark in Minneapolis. Its guidelines establish principles for streetscape amenities that will accommodate both baseball fans and pedestrians and create a distinct identity for the district. Building upon other neighborhood and district plans, the guidelines identify streetscape design needs and potential improvements, with mapping and illustrative examples. Final recommendations provide illustrations and practical cost analysis that will assist stakeholders in prioritizing streetscape improvements for future development.






B.F. Nelson Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota
URS Corp.
merit award

The B.F. Nelson Park site was a highly degraded landscape due to intense previous industrial uses. The river's edge was built of debris of all kinds, including concrete, shingles, glass and steel. A landscape of cottonwoods, locust, elm and boxelder had established on the site, and it was the desire of the neighborhood that trees be preserved whenever possible. The landscape architect worked with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the neighborhood to successfully design a park that fulfilled the program needs of the regional park while respecting the wishes of the stakeholders for a sustainable, naturalistic environment.



University of Minnesota Presidents Club Garden, Minneapolis, Minnesota
HGA, Inc.
merit award


The Presidents Club Garden is designed to recognize individuals who have made significant monetary donations to the University of Minnesota. Currently, donors are recognized by a display of names engraved on small brass plaques on a wall inside the Alumni Center Building. The wall has become too small to include more recognition plaques, so the client asked the landscape architect to design a recognition wall outdoors on the adjacent Alumni Center Plaza. Several locations on the plaza were explored and conceptual designs were developed to invite discussion and determine preferences among various political entities. Eventually a single location was chosen and a preferred design option was further developed. The project stopped when it was decided to instead build the recognition wall indoors within a proposed addition to the Alumni Center Building.