Jackson Street Plaza Awarded Georgia Section of ASCE Redevelopment Award

Jackson Street Plaza Awarded Georgia Section of ASCE Redevelopment Award

Thomas & Hutton has been awarded an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Georgia Section Project of Merit Award in the Redevelopment category for the Jackson Street Plaza Redevelopment Project. Located in Dublin, Georgia, the plaza breathes new life into space previously occupied by a dilapidated building in downtown Dublin. The Plaza filled the need for a flexible, outdoor public meeting space for the downtown Dublin area. When not in use for organized events, the Plaza can be transformed to accommodate a multitude of purposes by those who live and work in the area. The flexibility of the space enables visitors to create semi-private interactions within a public space.

Thomas & Hutton provided landscape architecture; civil design for grading, drainage, and structural design; water and wastewater analysis; final site planning; and utility coordination and design for the Plaza and parking in downtown. Thomas & Hutton also oversaw master plan refinement, bidding, permitting, and construction services. The redevelopment plan for the Plaza is pursuant of a previously completed master plan for the area, which included the removal of the existing building on the plaza site.

The plaza includes multiple fountains, including an interactive splash-pad that serves as the centerpiece of the activity within the space. Paver hardscapes and raised boardwalks were used extensively within pedestrian areas and various types of lighting were incorporated to make the plaza a nighttime destination. A very diverse plant pallet was used with a specific focus on native species that were designed as part of the stormwater solutions for the plaza and associated parking lot.

The master plan called for the creation of an entry façade off Jackson Street to maintain the block’s character of stores and restaurants fronting the sidewalk, providing a space for community interaction as a distinct civic space, while maintaining unity with adjacent building placement. The entry façade is constructed of a mixture of new and salvaged masonry from the previous structure demolition. The focal point of the façade is a brick-arched entryway purposefully designed to create the appearance of a building front, avoiding the perception of a void in the streetscape for pedestrians strolling along Jackson Street.

We would like to thank our partners at the City of Dublin, Dublin Construction, Orion Planning and Design, and the Dublin Downtown Development Authority for the collaborative effort to make this project a reality for downtown Dublin. We look forward to its continued success for generations to come.

Click here to watch Thomas & Hutton’s presentation during the ASCE Virtual Awards Gala.