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Gateway Plaza Implementation Study

Schenectady, New York


The City of Schenectady and the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) commissioned an Implementation Study 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 was 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 included 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 incorporated mixed use infill along a new “Park Street." This study was used to secure grant funding for the eventual implementation, which was designed and overseen by LAndArt Studio. More images of the constructed park can be found under projects.

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