Rogers Marvel Architects Named Winner of
President's Park South Design Competition
On July 7 NCPC Chairman L. Preston Bryant, Jr. announced that Rogers Marvel Architects of New York City won the design competition for President's Park South. Rogers Marvel's design best met the goals of beautifying the security components and improving the visitor experience at President's Park South, located between the White House Grounds and Constitution Avenue, NW. "Rogers Marvel's design stood out, offering the most dramatic approach for integrating security and public space design," said Chairman Bryant.
Rogers Marvel's design defines the edge of the Ellipse by adding a seating wall with integrated pedestrian lighting, while subtly raising the grade of the Ellipse. This establishes a security feature, reinforces the Ellipse as an event space, and minimizes the visual appearance of adjacent parking. The design culminates in a new E Street terrace that joins the enhanced space of the Ellipse with the White House South Lawn. Should threat conditions change in the future, this design could also accommodate re-opening E Street, NW without requiring significant changes.
The National Park Service-led interagency Comprehensive Design Plan for the White House and President's Park (2000) set the vision for this important historic public space. The results of NCPC's design competition will inform the development of alternatives for President's Park South that will be undertaken by the National Park Service and the United States Secret Service. The competition's designs, along with the results of public scoping for the project and the alternatives from the EIS for the Comprehensive Design Plan, will be utilized in developing alternatives. These alternatives will be examined through a federal, local, and public review.
Let's Talk Comp Plan:
Help Update Plan at August 10 Public Forum
Do you have ideas about active commuting, bicycling, and/or federal facility location priorities? On August 10 these topics, and many more, will be discussed as part of a public forum on draft revisions proposed for the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital. The Comprehensive Plan is the principal policy document that guides growth and future development in the National Capital Region. The August event will specifically focus on the recently released draft Federal Transportation and Workplace elements. In addition to attending, the draft policy updates are posted online and will remain available for submission of public comment until September 12, 2011.