City selects oslund.and.associates to lead Peavey Plaza revitalization project

The Minneapolis City Council approved the selection of oslund.and.associates as the landscape architect for the revitalization of Peavey Plaza on Friday, Nov. 19.The firm was selected for the quality of its design for projects such as Gold Medal Park and Target Plaza in Minneapolis as well as its ability to lead projects involving extensive public participation, such as the new I-35W bridge project in Minneapolis.

Oslund’s team additionally includes Charles Birnbaum of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, M.P. Friedberg, original designer of the plaza, Dan Euser Waterarchitecture and Shuler & Shook Lighting Design. The team’s portfolios of additional projects include the World Trade Center Memorial in New York, Mellon Square Park in Pittsburgh and Battery Park City in New York.  

Oslund.and.associates was selected from four finalists picked from a pool of nine national candidate proposals for the revitalization project. The finalist candidates, in addition to oslund.and.associates, were Close Architecture, Coen + Partners and Damon Farber Associates. Public interviews with finalist candidates were held earlier this week and drew a large audience who provided input via a comment process, both online and at the interview sessions.

The first phase of the project entails gathering impressions and input from users and stakeholders and developing alternative schemes for the redevelopment of the Plaza that offers maximum improvement in design quality. Phase II includes design and construction. Approval of the design concept will be complete in June 2011 with construction beginning in spring 2012. A grand opening is planned for summer 2013.

The City and the Minnesota Orchestra are collaborating in the revitalization of Peavey Plaza, which is adjacent to Orchestra Hall, in conjunction with the Orchestra’s $45 million renovation of Orchestra Hall. The Peavey revitalization includes maximum improvements in Peavey Plaza’s function and usability, while respecting its original intent.

Nov. 19, 2010

Published Nov 19, 2010