Forum Studio received two prizes at the 2016 Central States ASLA Awards.
The St. Louis North Riverfront received the Merit Award in Planning in the Analysis Category. The project is a complete vision for the riverfront to fully leverage its location and rich history and develop a world class destination community to live, learn, work and play. At the project’s core is a network of safe, meaningful and well linked open spaces that connect its blocks and the river back to the city and adjacent neighborhoods. The North Riverfront will not only optimize this long dormant public space but also re-energize the STL brand as one of the great American river cities.
Gateway Plaza received the Merit Award in the Design-Build Category. This project is a 1.5-acre streetscape and urban plaza in Richmond, Virginia. The LEED Gold project transformed a pair of under utilized surface parking lots at a prominent intersection at the edge of Richmond’s central business district into an energizing new entrance for downtown. Gateway Plaza derives its name from its prominent location, situated between the historic State Capitol and the James River, at the crossroads of two major highways, serving as a portal to Downtown. The site is now home to an 18-story multi-tenant office tower, with ground floor street-oriented retail that seeks to bring vitality to an area that was formerly regarded as left-over space, with a streetscape design that converts a landscape once dominated by cars into a dynamic pedestrian environment.