March 21, 2017 | Louisville, Ky. | Awards
Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce that the firm received two awards from the Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (KYASLA). GS&P-designed Rsquared 40212/Produce Park
in Louisville earned an Honor Award for Built Work and the GS&P-developed 36 Miles: Revealing the Ohio
art installation received an Honor Award for Communication. GS&P staff accepted the awards at a March 3 ceremony held during KYASLA’s 2017 Annual Meeting, Expo and Awards Ceremony in Louisville.
“I’m proud of our team for the way they brought entire communities together through their work on Produce Park and the 36 Miles art installation,” commented Mickey Sullivan, P.E., executive vice president, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “This awards program is an important recognition of the power of design to positively impact the community and it’s an honor to be recognized by our industry peers for the success of these projects.”
Rsquared 40212/Produce Park
was a comprehensive umbrella initiative using four key elements – education, engagement, empowerment and implementation – to develop sustainable methods for reducing vacancy among Louisville’s Portland, Shawnee and Russell neighborhoods. GS&P, who was retained by Louisville Metro’s Office of Vacant and Public Property Administration and partnered with Patrick Henry, PLA, ASLA, and City Collaborative, helped launch the program in 2015 and established a framework for evaluating potential reuse and redevelopment strategies for underutilized properties. The yearlong effort identified vacant lots for reuse, brought community leaders and residents together to develop creative ideas and solutions and worked with local nonprofits and partner organizations to implement a plan of action. After collecting hundreds of ideas during visioning sessions, the design team vetted numerous re-use concepts including wi-fi parks, community commons, exercise parks, game gardens, sport spaces, open-air markets, food port libraries, pollinator parks and produce parks. As a result, Produce Park was selected for implementation across three vacant lots.
The 36 Miles: Revealing the Ohio
art installation was an educational initiative developed by GS&P in partnership with the University of Kentucky Department of Landscape Architecture and the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute. The exhibition utilized art and design to build comprehensive awareness and advocacy for Louisville’s greatest environmental resource, the Ohio River, through a three week pop-up art gallery installation at the Louisville Visual Arts Association. Pieces featured in the exhibition traced the river’s 36 mile edge and explored the ways the Ohio River has shaped the city of Louisville.
The KYASLA Professional Design Awards provide a forum for the review and evaluation of work currently shaping the industry’s environment and highlight achievements in landscape architecture throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky to a wide audience. Honor Awards indicate a superior professional accomplishment. At the 2016 awards ceremony, GS&P’s CityPlace earned an Honor Award for Built Work, and Rsquared 40212/Produce Park received an Honor Award for Planning and Analysis.