Contest Winners Selected For National Mall Redesign Project

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Credit: OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi for Constitution Gardens

Credit: OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi for Constitution Gardens

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - The Trust for the National Mall has selected three separate winners in an ongoing competition of bids to re-design the National Mall.

There are three sites on the National Mall the trust is looking to rebuild, and decided to go with a collaborative effort to revamp our backyard, which aesthetically, has been severely neglected and beaten down by the foot traffic of $25 million yearly visitors.

Rogers Marvel Architects & Peter Walker and Partners have been assigned to redesign Constitution Gardens east of Vietnam Veterans Memorial. OLIN & Weiss/Manfredi is set to redo the Sylvan Theater on the corner of 15th Street and Independence Avenue. Finally, the targeted design for Union Square drawn up by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol & Davis Brody Bond will be carried out by the Architect of the Capitol.

A panel was formed of eight architects, landscape architects, critics and historians to elect the winners of the competition. With 58 entries for each project, the panel whittled it down to four per project and put those proposals on the web for public comment in early April.

Rob Rogers of Rogers Marvel Architects & Peter Walk, explained that when it’s finished, Constitution Gardens will have a restaurant, model boating, as well as ice skating in the winter months.

The Trust for the National Mall would like to raise approximately $700 million for the massive overhaul, but expects to raise #$350 million of that projected budget from private donors over the next seven years.

Don’t cancel your weekend plans waiting for this rejuvenated family-friendly are to be ready. Groundbreaking is set for 2014, with the first of the 3 ribbon cuttings not to be done until 2016.

To view renderings of what to expect and see the proposals that were rejected, visit the website here.

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