SEH and its partners EE&K Architects, a Perkins Eastman Company, Chris Baker and Steve Dietz were selected to receive a 2012 Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects Minnesota Chapter (ASLA-MN) for their innovative public plaza redesign of the Mississippi River Bridge Plaza on the University of Minnesota (U of M) campus.
The ASLA Design Awards is an annual competition recognizing excellence in landscape architectural design, planning and analysis, communication and research.
The SEH Team developed the plaza design in response to a 2011 design competition hosted by the Weisman Art Museum’s Target Studio for Creative Collaboration. Four teams were selected to prepare design concepts for the plaza out of a pool of submissions from national and local design teams. Teams As a competition requirement, teams were to include artists with experience in new media. The SEH team led by landscape architect Bob Kost, ASLA, LEED AP involved a close collaboration with artist Christopher Baker from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; arts curator, Steve Dietz of Northern Lights; and EE&K Architects, a Perkins Eastman Company headquartered in New York City.
The Mississippi River Bridge Plaza, located on the east end of the Washington Avenue Bridge and adjacent to the newly expanded Weisman Art Museum, sees more than 20,000 people pass through every day and is a critical public space on the U of M campus. The challenge of the competition involved a complete revamp of the area into a new, inviting, interactive public space where students and visitors and plug-in, recharge and interact physically and virtually.