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Four teams selected for Chouteau Greenway design competition

chouteaugreenway1ST. LOUIS – Great Rivers Greenway and its partners have finished the first stage in the Chouteau Greenway design competition process. Four selected teams will officially begin working on their respective conceptual plans to connect Forest Park and Washington University to Downtown and the Gateway Arch in early January.

The public will have a chance to meet the project teams and learn more about their qualifications at the “Meet the Designers” night, being held on Jan. 4, and can make their mark on a community mural at a Community Day event, being held on Jan. 6.

Great Rivers Greenway and partners received a total of 19 team qualifications submittals for the first stage of the competition. A jury, comprised of nine local and international experts, reviewed all submissions and recommended the four winning teams. A total of 124 firms from seven countries and 13 U.S. states made up the team submissions, with 44 of the firms being local to the St. Louis region. Teams represent the disciplines of urban planning, economics, cultural programming, art, sustainability, Universal Design, landscape architecture, architecture, civil and structural engineering, hydrology, open space programming, acoustics, lighting and traffic engineering.

The second stage of the competition will require the teams to prepare conceptual designs for the Chouteau Greenway that address the design and experience of the greenway, while also addressing the economic development and equity issues in the region. All four teams chosen include local St. Louis team members and are being led by:

• James Corner Field Operations, based in New York (Members of this team were also part of the Highline, Navy Pier and South Park at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the United Kingdom projects)
• Stross Landscape Urbanism, based in Boston and Los Angeles (Members of this team were a part of the Fox Riverfront + The CityDeck in Green Bay and Harvard Science Center in Cambridge, Mass., projects)
• TLS Landscape Architecture, based in Berkeley, Calif.; OBJECT TERRITORIES, based in New York and Hong Kong; and [dhd] derek hoeferlin design, based in St. Louis (Previous projects submitted by the team as part of the proposal include Railroad Park in Birmingham, Ala., Riverfirst Design Competition in Minneapolis and a public park in De Nang, Vietnam)
• W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, based in New York. (Previous projects submitted by the team as part of the proposal include The Edge in Williamsburg, N.Y., West Harlem Piers Park in New York and St. Patrick’s Island in Calgary).

“Our nation is trying to figure out what equitable cities look like, and this competition is an opportunity to take on those issues and bring St. Louis to the forefront of this dialogue,” according to a statement provided by the Chouteau Greenway International Design Competition jury. “The four teams selected showed that they have the diversity of disciplines, experience and capacity needed to take on such a complex problem. Using terms such as ‘authentic engagement’, ‘radical listening’ and ‘empathy-driven approaches’, they described people as being the center of a transformation that will strengthen the fabric of St. Louis.”

Since September, Great Rivers Greenway has gathered community input on the project in a variety of ways. A survey, which 2,000 regional residents have taken to date, has thus far captured the community’s desire for the project to be inclusive on multiple levels. People have asked that the greenway create a physical common ground, but also that the process and implementation be intentional. Many respondents requested policy around the types of economic development the greenway could bring to ensure opportunities for all. Specific requests listed include small business development, job creation and affordable housing. The survey remains open online at until Dec. 22, 2017.

The Meet the Designers Night will be held on Thursday, Jan. 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Local 36 Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall, located at 2319 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis. The event will feature presentations from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. from project partners and all four design teams, so everyone will have an opportunity to learn about their qualifications and approach. The event is free to attend and will have a cash bar. Residents of the region are also invited to a Community Day on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon at Harris-Stowe State University’s William L. Clay Professional Development Center, located at 3026 Laclede Ave, St. Louis. Local performers will show off their skills, and door prizes will be given out all morning. Information about the project will be displayed, with 10-minute presentations every hour. The event is free and food and drink are provided.

“Please join us for one or both of these events to get to know the project and see how the whole community can bring the greenway to life,” said Susan Trautman, chief executive officer for Great Rivers Greenway. “We are thrilled with the forthright feedback people have given us so far and look forward to this project and process being transformational for our region.”

Teams will work on their designs throughout the first quarter of the year, meeting frequently with technical and community advisors from many disciplines across the region to guide the teams through questions to determine feasibility and relevance. Final design concepts will be presented to the community through exhibits, online surveys, open houses and direct outreach in April 2018. The jury will then evaluate the plans based on design and community goals in late April and choose the winning team to finalize its design, completing the competition, in June 2018. Partners will then determine how to bring the project to life through further design, phasing, engineering, construction, activation, operations and maintenance.

The full list of qualification submittals and the submissions from the four teams chosen, along with information about the jury, Technical Advisory Group and Community Advisory Committee, the open survey and upcoming events are posted online at

About the Chouteau Greenway International Design Competition Project

The Chouteau Greenway International Design Competition is a major public-private partnership to bring a long-time vision to life in the core of St. Louis City. The 10-month process will result in a conceptual plan for a vibrant corridor that will connect Forest Park and Washington University to Downtown and the Gateway Arch. The Chouteau Greenway will be part of the overall network of greenways being built by Great Rivers Greenway and partners. The
competition invites designers to think beyond the trail itself to create active, vibrant spaces and destinations along the way, offering a dynamic and unique St. Louis experience. The competition is privately funded by Arch to Park Collaborative, Forest Park Forever, Grand Center Inc., Great Rivers Greenway Foundation, Green Street St. Louis, Lawrence Group, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and Washington University Medical Center, with the City of St. Louis as an ex-officio partner. For more information, visit

About Great Rivers Greenway

Great Rivers Greenway is the public agency connecting the St. Louis region with greenways, with 113 miles built so far. A vote of the people in the year 2000 created a sales tax that allows the network of greenways, with healthy habitats and watersheds along the way. Visit

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