Monday, June 02, 2014

11th Street Bridge Park Updates

We have very exciting news to share about our nationwide design competition. Last week our amazing Jury interviewed design teams from across the country. Some of the most talented architects, landscape architects and structural engineers traveled to Washington D.C. all vying to be selected as one of the four final teams who will create full renderings and plans for our 11th Street Bridge Park. After an intense and thoughtful day of interviews, our jury selected the teams below. We can't wait to see their work! 

Final Design Teams Selected / Meet Your Designers June 10!

Bridge Park RenderingOur jury of nationally recognized designers and professors from across the country selected the following four teams to envision DC's newest civic space. These landscape architects / architects / structural engineers are:
  • Balmori Associates / Cooper, Robertson and Partners
  • OLIN / OMA
  • Stoss Landscape Urbanism / Howler + Yoon Architects
  • Wallace Roberts and Todd / NEXT Architects / Magnusson Klemencic Associates
You can see a slide show of their work and the full list of team members here.
We invite you to meet the designers the evening ofTuesday, June 10 where each team will give a presentation of their work and describe their approach to creating the 11th Street Bridge Park. You can RSVP here

11th Street Bridge Park Receives Prince Charitable Trusts Grant

Brainstorming About HealthWe are very pleased to report that the Prince Charitable Trusts are making a generous $25,000 grant to help support the 11th Street Bridge Park.
The Prince Charitable Trusts were established in 1947 from the bequests of Frederick Henry Prince and his wife, Abbie Norman Prince. The three trusts operate as a family foundation with giving programs in the city of Chicago, the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and the state of Rhode Island.
With this gift, we have secured over $840,000 towards our $1 million pre-captial campaign launched late last summer.

Economic Studies Now Available

Virginia Tech ReportOver four months this spring, graduate students from Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning Program examined community and economic development opportunities related to the 11th Street Bridge Park. Topics included: how nearby small businesses and artists can create synergies as the park develops; how Ward 6, 7 and 8 projects might be leveraged for increased economic opportunities; and creative ideas to maintain and operate the park in the future. We just posted their insightful and compelling reports on our website here. (Scroll down to the "Resources" heading.)
An enormous thank you to Professor Maggie Cowell and her bright students who are informing our work!

What's Next?

We have been invited to give a presentation about the 11th Street Bridge Park to the Near Southeast Community Partners on June 16. Best of all, the presentation will be on a boat cruising the Anacostia River! For more information on the event (which is a fundraiser for NSCP), click here.
Our good friends at Autodesk invited us to participate in a June 27th program entitled "Engaging the American People - Building Support for the Importance of Infrastructure Policy" at the National Press Club. Fellow panelists will include Congressman John Delaney, the Executive Director of the American Society of Civil Engineers and industry leaders. What a wonderful way to share our project and build more champions.
If you know of fairs or events in your community where we can set up a table and help spread the word, please let us know!
All the best,
Scott Kratz, 11th Street Bridge Park Director

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