July 18, 2018

OJB Landscape Architecture wins the AIA Collaborative Achievement Award for Klyde Warren Park

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced Klyde Warren Park, a freeway deck park in Dallas designed by OJB Landscape Architecture (OJB), as the recipient of the 2018 Collaborative Achievement Award. This award “recognizes and encourages distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.” The park will be honored at the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture in New York.

OJB Founder and President, James Burnett, FASLA, said, “We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the AIA. A project of this scale takes close collaboration with many groups. We teamed with great partners that shared our vision to knit downtown back together by way of this important park.”

Klyde Warren Park is a 5.2-acre urban deck park constructed over the eight-lane Woodall Rodgers Freeway, one of the busiest freeways in Texas. For many years, the freeway severed the city’s Arts District from Uptown, but since the park’s opening in 2012, it has transformed the city by bridging that gap and creating a new heart of downtown.

Creating a world-class park required the collaboration and participation of many dedicated parties. Conceived as a Public/Private Partnership (P3), the park’s construction was funded jointly by the City of Dallas, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the US Department of Transportation and private donations to the non-profit Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation (WRPF). Design and engineering was carefully conceived to overcome the unique site challenges. The community engagement process allowed the citizens of Dallas to have a voice in the program, and was an important part of the park design.

The park has had a strong economic impact on the downtown district, creating new development sites and increased density near the park. WRPF operates the park under a long-term lease with the City of Dallas. The park offers multiple programs for all ages including Dallas Opera simulcasts, free concerts and performances, regular fitness classes and a rotating menu of the city’s most popular food trucks. The park has had a strong economic impact on the downtown district, creating new development sites and increased density near the park. The park’s adjacent area has seen over $1 billion in new developments since the opening in 2012.  Environmentally, this LEED Gold-certified park sequesters approximately 18,500 pounds of carbon dioxide annually and intercepts over 25,000 gallons of stormwater runoff and maintains a strong native plant palette.

Klyde Warren Park has become an integral and endeared open space in the fabric of Downtown Dallas.

To learn more about OJB, visit www.ojb.com and read more about AIA’s Collaborative Achievement Award.

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