Last month, DTLS added to our growing list of award-winning work with a Merit Award from the St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Recognizing Traditions Plaza at the University of Missouri – Columbia, the award was presented at the ASLA Annual Awards event. A fun night for all, and a delightful honor!
A little about Traditions Plaza at University of Missouri – Columbia:
Blends into the campus backdrop. Nice use of accessible features. – Jury Comments
Situated at the north end of the Carnahan Quad and facing Jesse Hall, Traditions Plaza celebrates the history and values of the University of Missouri, Columbia. This new alumni plaza in the heart of the campus consists of a low-rise stage, memorial plazas and a terraced amphitheater integrated into the landscape. The Landscape Architect’s role was prime designer and coordinated with the Campus Landscape Architect and Facilities team.
A very functional and well-integrated design that clearly supports the campus community. – Jury Comments
Six arcing low brick walls with limestone pilasters define the amphitheater. Lawn panels stretch between each terrace providing informal seating for approximately 250 people, with additional lawn seating beyond for 750. The stage at the north end is a focal point for pep rallies and performances.
Over 4000 square feet of donor pavers commemorating alumni and UM traditions adorn the surface of the stage. A permeable plaza, memorial walks and seating circles radiate outward from the stage to the terraces beyond. Delicate grading was required to preserve eight existing memorial trees along the perimeter while accomplishing the necessary site interventions.
The project was awarded in March 2014 and Construction Documents were successfully delivered on a tight 3-month time frame. Traditions Plaza was opened on Homecoming weekend, October 25, that same year, the 175th anniversary of the University.