Created in 1974 to host outdoor events in downtown Albuquerque, Civic Plaza currently has a capacity of 20,000 people. Civic Plaza sits atop a two-level parking structure and suffered from some of the same issues as other large public spaces of the era: expanses of hot, un-programmed paved spaces, failing landscaping, abrupt or absent transitions in scale to smaller spaces, circuitous accessible routes, and deteriorating paving, planters, and fountain.
D/P/S and General Contractor Bradbury Stamm worked together to develop six different options for redeveloping approximately 30,000sf of the southeast quadrant of Civic Plaza. Site investigation was a key element of this, since the cost and technical challenges of developing on the lid of the 70’s era parking structure were significant.
All of the options included removing the large fountain, which was costly to operate, and replacing it with one or more interactive fountains that used smaller, modern and water conserving equipment. All options included improved accessibility, a hierarchy of spaces, and art and shade within the constraints of the structural grid.
The new fountain design uses the original circular shape of the fountain basin for the new interactive display features. Interactive jets with LED lighting are arranged in bands to mirror the shade structures shade elements. Acrylic boxes are lit at night and waves of water and fog are emitted from the tops. When the fountain is not in operation the cubes can remain lit and an amphitheater may be used by musicians or local school classes. A custom prickly pear playground and outdoor instruments were installed to bring youngsters to the plaza.
Article published in Landscape Architect & Specifier News.
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