1 mile of Lake Michigan shoreline , 1.6 km of Lake Michigan shoreline , 17 acres, 7 hectares
Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning, Programming, Urban Planning and Design
Engineering Achievement Award, Award of Excellence -- General Design, Paul Waterbury Award -- Outdoor Lighting, International Illumination Design Awards (IIDA)
civil engineering, coastal engineering, ecological restoration, green infrastructure, habitat restoration, landscape architecture, landscape for stormwater control, marina, modeling, park, planning, public outreach, recreation, restorative landscape, shoreline stabilization, stormwater management, sustainability, urban design, urban planning, urban regeneration, walkable community, waterfront
SmithGroupJJR worked with the Port, City and State to create a development plan for a major downtown cultural and recreational district, spanning one mile of Milwaukee's Lake Michigan waterfront. Over the next decade, the firm's interdisciplinary design expertise and community consensus-building played a pivotal role in the implementation of this waterfront vision.
The central public space is Lakeshore State Park, a 17-acre man-made island and Wisconsin's first urban state park, connected to the shore by a signature custom bridge. Several other projects were integrated with park development, including Milwaukee Art Museum expansion, regional trail connections, and the new Discovery World maritime museum and cruise ship center at Pier Wisconsin.
SmithGroupJJR's facilitation skills brought historically divergent groups together around a shared lakefront vision. The design has reshaped Milwaukee's lakefront as a major visitor destination and source of community pride.