Gateway Plaza Master Plan

Schenectady, New York


The City of Schenectady and the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) commissioned a Master Plan for a new downtown park that would act as a gateway to downtown Schenectady. In order to serve both the pedestrian and the vehicular user, the design for the park is organized around two strong cross-axes that share a central focal point and establish within the park a series of rooms and spaces that cater to a diversity of uses and users. Key elements in the park include a richly detailed pedestrian axis, a vehicular view corridor, a traditional urban plaza, and a great lawn that can also serve as an amphitheater. The design also incorporates mixed use infill along a new “Park Street."A contemporary style seating area near the new student housing and an interpretive walk celebrating a historic sub-grade rail line used early in the City’s history will improve student connections to the downtown.

Work done by Mary Moore Wallinger while employed by Synthesis Architects, LLP. © Synthesis Architects LLP.