Presentations for redesign of Nicollet Mall Tuesday, Sept. 17

Nicollet Mall, the pedestrian and transit corridor running through the heart of downtown Minneapolis is entering the first phase of its redesign project with a public event on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Guthrie Theater.

Three design teams, which were selected from more than 20 submissions worldwide, will present their visions for the Mall at the Guthrie event and a panel of 13 expert judges will review the submissions. The panel’s selection of the design team will be announced on Thursday, Sept.19. 

The three design teams: James Corner Field Operations of New York, Daoust Lestage of Montreal and Tom Leader Studio/!melk of Berkeley, CA will present at the Guthrie at a 5 p.m. event that is open to the public. Each team has joined with at least one other agency to address the multidisciplinary urban design aspects of the Nicollet Mall project.

The City of Minneapolis and the Downtown Council assembled a team of experts to review the final design submission process at the September 17 event. The panel includes three out-of-town design experts:

Nicollet Mall has remained largely unchanged since its last renovation in the 1980s. Decades of heavy wear and traffic have caused some parts of the 12-block thoroughfare to fall into disrepair resulting in accelerated maintenance costs. Issues throughout the pedestrian and transit space include a failed paver and mortar bed system, water seepage into basements of adjacent buildings and broken light fixtures. In addition to these functional issues the space no longer accommodates the growing population and number of events that take place along the Mall.

Construction is expected to begin in 2015 with an estimated completion date in 2016. Funding for the project is provided by a combination of state bonding and private assessments.

For more information about Nicollet Mall and to read about the project’s progress, visit www.nicolletmallproject.com.

Published Sep 13, 2013