ATLANTA, Nov. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- In pursuit of advancing environmental stewardship, HGOR received TWO Awards of Excellence, highlighting significance of sustainability and resilience in public place design.

2022 Atlanta Urban Design Commission (UDC) Award of Excellence: Sustainable Design
Two of Atlanta's most adored public places faced a challenge. Design-build team HGOR, master planner and lead landscape architect, Winter Johnson Group, and Smith Dalia Architects developed cutting-edge solutions producing the world's first triple-certified project, receiving LEED, SITES, and Parksmart Certifications.

Project Tasks:
  • Improve pedestrian safety
  • Develop plan accommodating increased traffic at Atlanta's BeltLine and Zoo Atlanta

A state-of-the-art, people-centric, environmentally acute solution resulted in Grant Park Gateway at historic Grant Park.

Grant Park Gateway delivers a 2.5-acre green roof covering a semi-underground parking garage with 1,000+ parking spaces minimizing vehicular interference. Nearly nine acres of additional green space showcases a plaza, restaurant, water feature, grand lawn, and terraced seating. An entrance gateway bridge, direct ADA circulation, and improved pathways overlooking the stormwater pond provide pedestrian circulation improvements.

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Sustainability infrastructure involved removing mature trees replaced by native species ensuring long-term canopy health. Transportation is encouraged through bike parking, access to a nearby bike-sharing hub, EV charging, and the garage's biophilic design strategies. Ultimately, the project removed an existing parking lot, replacing it with green space benefiting end-users and the environment.

2022 Atlanta UDC Award of Excellence: Resilient Infrastructure
Design-build partners HGOR, Reeves Young, and CERM transformed the under-developed Westside Park into Atlanta's largest gathering space. A design and engineering feat, the park's unique attribute, a 35.5-acre quarry-turned-reservoir implemented by Atlanta Watershed Management, is now Atlanta's major emergency water source, increasing city drinking water to 30+ days.

Supporting Social Connectivity:
  • Five miles - ADA-accessible trails
  • Links Proctor Creek Greenway with Atlanta BeltLine
  • Opportunity zones planned to ensure park sustainability

Green infrastructure and sustainability initiatives were significant factors in the park's design and development. Surrounding park features include a 2.1-acre parking area with vegetated swales and bio-detention cells, EV charging stations, a visitor's center appropriated as an emergency shelter, and the integration of LEED Silver Certified energy and water efficiency facilities illustrate significant resilience efforts that enhance water quality and groundwater infiltration.

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HGOR is an Atlanta-based planning and landscape architecture firm that provides holistic design approaches backed by decades of experience in cross-disciplinary innovation. Founded in 1992, HGOR exceeds client expectations by developing people-centric, innovative, cost-effective, and strategically planned design solutions.

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