The Plaza: Hazelwood Green's first public space, and civic heart.
The Conceptual Design
The design for the Plaza balances softscape (i.e. lawn, vegetation, rain gardens, etc.) with hardscape (i.e., paved surfaces) to facilitate a range of uses and flexibility for the space. The design includes a gentle water feature with low water flow that acts as a tranquil and interactive element for visitors. Additionally, swings on the Plaza add an element of play for all ages. Building from the Big Tent Event (in October 2017) and guided by the RFQ/RFP objectives, the design team met with several focus groups to discuss the Plaza and learn from experiences in Pittsburgh. Focus groups included experts in park and public space, Hazelwood neighborhood representatives, site tenants, sustainability experts, Hazelwood youth, and programming and event managers, to name a few. The design team is also investigating other elements, incuding sustainability education/awareness, temporary installations, and long-term maintenance and operations.
This space also enables a wide-range of programming. The ability to host community events and small-scale concerts were a major consideration in the design and layout of the Plaza. By providing future-proof infrastructure - electrical plug-ins, water fountains, different sized spaces, and programmed lighting - the space will be able to evolve over time responding to changing surroundings and needs.
About the Plaza & Design Team
The Plaza is Hazelwood Green’s first public open space. The two-acre public space is bounded by the Mill 19 building to the north and Hazelwood Green’s Lytle Street to the west, both of which are under construction and expected to be complete by Spring 2019. The two remaining two sides of the Plaza will be framed by future buildings that will have active first floor uses facing the Plaza. The design team is led by the landscape architecture firm, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) with offices in Seattle and Washington, D.C. GGN is working with local Pittsburgh firms, including Klavon Design Associates, KU Resources, Santangelo & Lindsay, and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, as well as DCW Cost Management, SITEGreen Solutions, and Tillett Lighting Design Associates.