City of Grand Rapids
OCBA was retained by the City of Grand Rapids to completely redesign and renovate the Louis Campau Promenade between Monroe Avenue and Campau Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids. Although the Promenade had always been an important link between the heart of downtown and the Grand River, the visibility and prominence of the space was about to increase significantly with completion of the new JW Marriott Hotel and Grand Rapids Art Museum, renovation of the Founders Trust Building and the reconstruction of Campau Avenue.
OCBA’s primary design focus was to incorporate the surrounding buildings and microclimate they create, into a new public plaza for the City for everyday pedestrian use and a significant display area for public art. The snow melted brick and concrete sidewalks now provide barrier-free access to all adjoining buildings, integrated with raised planting beds, seating areas, an existing skywalk, bicycle parking, access to parking ramps and streetscape improvements on Monroe Ave.
OCBA led the design team, which included Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc., civil and mechanical engineering and site survey services; Materials Testing Consultants, geotechnical investigations; and Geotech, site lighting.