Pedestrian Plaza in Oklahoma City
Located in downtown Oklahoma City, Pedestrian Plaza is now an urban park that visitors and passersby have been able to stroll through for the last several years. After working on construction documents and going through the bidding process, HFSD as the prime consultant on this project, had to coordinate among many disciplines. To assist in the transformation, HFSD brought in Scott Murase of Murase Associates from Seattle & Portland. The goal of the project was to transform the predominately greyscale theme of concrete passages and parking lots into a brighter oasis, providing an inviting and warmer passive space for pedestrians. The plaza features contrasting linear pavers that flow through the entire space, as well as curvilinear walls with built-in seating and planting beds that make it feel as though you weren't in the middle of downtown Oklahoma City. Pedestrian Plaza specializes in three significant rock features: a giant, granite boulder water feature, rolling stone mounds, and hand selected boulders placed around the entire site. There is also an 8' perforated screen wall which provides a buffer to the on-grade parking in the corridor. Another unique feature to this site is that half of it was built over an existing parking garage. With these conditions in mind behind the design, HFSD had to specialize the features on top of the parking garage deck to a specific weight limit. To accommodate these specifics, we used a variety of lightweight materials: geofoam in the planting berms, air drains under the pavers, and drip irrigation only on top of the deck way.
As seen in LASN magazine, March 2021.