The Minneapolis City Council has chosen landscape architect Tom Oslund's firm - oslund.and.associates - to revitalize Peavey Plaza, the sunken courtyard next to Orchestra Hall.
In a press release, the council stated the firm was selected "for the quality of its design for projects such as Gold Medal Park and Target Plaza in Minneapolis as well as its ability to lead projects involving extensive public participation, such as the new I-35W bridge project in Minneapolis."
The first phase of the project entails gathering impressions and input and developing alternative schemes for the redevelopment of the Plaza. Phase II includes design and construction. Approval of the design concept will be complete in June 2011 with construction beginning in spring 2012. A grand opening is planned for summer 2013.
The City and the Minnesota Orchestra are collaborating in the revitalization of Peavey Plaza in conjunction with the Orchestra's $45 million renovation of Orchestra Hall. The goal is to maximize improvements in Peavey Plaza's function and usability, while respecting its original intent.