Indianapolis, IN, October 2014 – Mayor Greg Ballard and community leaders in Indianapolis, announced Design Collective as the winner for their national City-County Building Plaza Design Competition. The Plaza is currently an underutilized 1.94 acre open space which sits on the southern portion of the City-County Building Property, with the City-County Building to the north.
Design Collective’s winning landscape architecture design features a splash park, ice rink, café, game area, presentation platform and outdoor seating area. It also recognizes the former Marion County Courthouse that stood on that site until its demolition in 1962, by outlining the footprint of the building in the ground plane. “The winning plan will recreate the City-County Building Plaza into downtown’s new backyard,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “This design encourages people to come downtown year-round to enjoy the splash park, ice rink and other outdoor areas.”
Design Collective’s proposal was selected from among 23 submissions by a jury of design professionals and community leaders. As the winner, the firm will receive $15,000 and a chance to build the design, when funding becomes available. “The proposal truly fits in with the Inspiring Place Initiative by taking this underused space and transforming it into a high-quality amenity for the community” said Brian Payne, President and CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. The City of Indianapolis and the Central Indiana Community Foundation have begun fundraising efforts to pay for the design and construction of the project.