The Harrison W. Smith Award recognizes projects that have contributed substantial and positive impact on the urban environment of downtown Columbus. The Columbus Downtown Commission recognized two MKSK projects this year. The Scioto Greenways and the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library Renovation were both named recipients of the sixth annual Harrison W. Smith Award. The award honors bold, well executed and inspirational projects that embody the “vision and farsighted” ideals of the past Downtown Commission Chairman Bill Smith. Past MKSK projects to receive the award are Columbus Museum of Art Renovations & Expansion (2015), Scioto Mile (2011), and Franklin County Government Center (2011).
MKSK would like to congratulate the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and the Columbus Metropolitan Library as well as the entire design team for their leadership and visionary contributions to these two award-winning projects!
THE SCIOTO GREENWAYS
Opened in November 2015, the Scioto Greenways revitalizes Columbus’ riverfront by adding 33-acres of greenway, 1.5 miles of new bike paths, and pedestrian connectors, and recreational river access for canoeing and kayaking through the heart of Downtown. Additionally, the project fills in the missing link in a 60-mile regional trail network that connects five municipalities across central Ohio. In collaboration with the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, MKSK led the master plan and was Landscape Architect for the Scioto Greenways implementation as part of a multi-discipline team led by Stantec. The project has transformed the heart of Columbus’s downtown riverfront by providing residents and visitors with new park space, recreational opportunities and a restored riverfront. Read more about the Scioto Greenways HERE.
THE COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN MAIN LIBRARY
The Columbus Metropolitan Library reopened is June 2016 following a 16-month long renovation and site improvement project. The reimagined Main Library merges “the old with the new.” The restoration of the Historic 1907 building and renovation to the late 1980’s addition provides a 3 story atrium with increased interior reading rooms, new Children’s and teen areas, meeting rooms and gallery space. The site plan creates a new formal lawn & entry to the Carnegie Building and seamlessly connects the east side of the Library with the historic Topiary park, through a new plaza, reading rooms and outdoor stage amphitheater transforming the Columbus Metropolitan Main from a library beside a park to a library “within a park”
MKSK was part of a multi-discipline team lead by GUND Partnership and Schooley Caldwell Associates. Read more about the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library’s grand opening HERE.