Timmons Group’s Landscape Architects Win Design Competition

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Timmons Group’s landscape architecture team, led by Scott Wiley and Lu Gay Lanier, won the Jefferson Avenue Pocket Park Design Competition held this fall. The pocket park, an existing undeveloped green space, is located along a major gateway corridor of the Church Hill and Union Hill communities.

Timmons Group’s landscape architecture team, led by Scott Wiley and Lu Gay Lanier, won the Jefferson Avenue Pocket Park Design Competition held this fall. The pocket park, an existing undeveloped green space, is located along a major gateway corridor of the Church Hill and Union Hill communities. The competition was hosted by 3HC, the junior board of The Better Housing Coalition, who teamed with The Enrichmond Foundation and Friends of Jefferson Park to beautify and transform the park into a cherished, environmentally friendly community space.

Participants of the competition were encouraged to address community input, shared community space, low maintenance practices, history, aesthetics, and environmental sustainability into their design concepts. Wiley and Lanier addressed each of these in their “Two Hill Park” design, created to celebrate the rich history of the two adjacent communities through respect and stewardship of the natural environment, while preserving valuable green space for future generations. The design offered a low maintenance, native and adaptive plant palette, and a balance of hardscape materials and green space to encourage a variety of activities.

“The park is a unique, historic space within the City that has the potential to truly compliment the surrounding homes and businesses,” said Wiley. “It is inspirational to see the commitment of 3HC and their community partners for supporting, establishing, and maintaining this park for the future of Church Hill and Union Hill. I am honored to have been selected and am looking forward to seeing the design of “Two Hill Park” come to life.”

A local jury consisting of Better Housing Coalition staff, planning commission and urban design commission members, and other civic leaders first narrowed down entries to five finalists that best addressed the major points of consideration. The final voting was open to the public on the evening of October 30, 2014. Over the next year, initiatives will be taken to finalize the design and gain approval from the City. Fundraising is an ongoing effort for the park and once the design is approved, the project is anticipated for construction in late 2015, or early 2016.

About Timmons Group
Timmons Group is a multi-disciplined engineering and technology firm recognized for nearly twenty years as one of Engineering News Record’s (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms in the country. The firm provides economic development, civil engineering, environmental, GIS/geospatial technology, landscape architecture, and surveying services to a diverse client base. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Timmons Group has regional offices throughout Virginia and North Carolina. For more information, visit http://www.timmons.com.

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