Our team is led by Turenscape, an internationally renowned landscape architecture, urban design, and architecture firm in Beijing, China. Turenscape has won an unprecedented eight national ASLA awards over the last eight years, most of them for poetic and powerful urban waterfront parks. Turenscape’s founder, Dr. Kongjian Yu, will be Principal in Charge and lead designer of our team. Turenscape principal, Ling Shihong, will be Turenscape’s project manager. Kongjian and Ling recently led the design and implementation of Houtan Park, a waterfront regeneration framework and catalytic open space for Shanghai’s successful World Expo 2010.
Alta Planning + Design (Alta), with offices around the United States and headquarters in Portland, Oregon, will be responsible for stateside project management and public facilitation. Alta principal, Steve Durrant, will be your main point of contact and will facilitate key public meetings throughout this project. Steve has extensive urban open space planning and waterfront revitalization experience, including leading Minneapolis’ Above the Falls visioning process. Steve will be supported by Alta’s Midwestern office lead, Anne Freiwald.
SvR Design Company (SvR), an integrated practice of landscape architects and civil engineers in Seattle, Washington, will be responsible for synthesizing complex technical input from the broader team for consideration in Turenscape’s creative process, as well as preparation of contract documents. SvR’s Nate Cormier and Tom von Schrader, both Midwest natives, will lead urban green infrastructure design and civil engineering.
As founding principal of Minneapolis-based Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle, Tom Meyer, FAIA, is well-known for his interest in the correlation between old and new, he has deep experience in historic district planning, building rehabilitation and restoration, adaptive reuse projects, and new construction in historic districts. His design for the Mill City Museum has received international recognition, including an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award for Architecture, AIA Minnesota Honor Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award, as well as features in such publications as Architectural Record and L’Arca. Tom was elected into the AIA College of Fellows in 2006.
The team also includes a number of local firms with key expertise. Community Design Group (CDG) and its founder, Antonio Rosell, will be responsible for creative community engagement, building on CDG’s innovative work around non-motorized mobility planning and community health. Summit Envirosolutions and its founder, John Dustman, will be responsible for brownfield remediation technologies as well as cultural resource considerations. Applied Ecological Servies (AES) and its founder, Steve Apfelbaum, will be responsible for ecological restoration strategies and environmental permitting.