Bicentennial Park, Lansing, Michigan

This was our first significant commission and the springboard from which the practice was established. We were invited to work with Detroit based Architects, Rossetti Associates, assisting them with the Masterplanning and Urban Design of the Michigan Bicentennial Park. This was to be a major design led investment rivalling many of the world’s expositions. The significance of the project was to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of The United States’ Declaration of Independence.

The designated location for the site was a riverside setting in Lansing, capital city of the State of Michigan. The proposal for the 176 acre site was to create a world stage destination with a variety of buildings celebrating the growth, advancement and prosperity of the Nation. These were to be in the form of Exhibition and Convention Halls supported by the introduction of Auditoriums and State of the Art facilities and infrastructure such as Hotels, Retail and Leisure complexes.

A sophisticated design solution was considered essential to the success of the project and this was achieved by inspirational composition of buildings, space and scale.

Our contribution to this internationally acclaimed design proposal elevated us to a status of recognition and appreciation for our Masterplanning and Urban Design skills. It was a challenging exercise in successfully bringing together the key elements and natural resources of the park.