15th & High Columbus, Ohio
Public space design for an urban university campus's "front door."
The intersection of 15th Avenue and High Street in Columbus, Ohio, has been the key ceremonial ëfront doorí of the main campus for over a century.
MKSK worked with Campus Partners to develop the 15th & High Urban Framework Plan as a new vision for the private and university-owned land across High Street from the Ohio State University main campus.
The goals of the plan are to: 1) promote a vibrant, mixed use environment, 2) create a new community gathering space, 3) prioritize pedestrians, 4) reconnect neighborhood streets, and 5) address parking issues, all within a dynamic, vertically-integrated mixed-use campus node and university landmark.
MKSK served as the planning and urban design lead on a multi-disciplinary team, to create a set of design guidelines for the area that satisfies both key urban design and economic feasibility considerations. MKSK helped to create the block and street layout, analyze the parking needs and vehicular/pedestrian circulation, and produced the details for the public square, streetscape, and building frontage design. MKSK expressed this new district character in numerous renderings, plans and visualizations to establish a design direction and overall project narrative.
The framework plan sets the groundwork for redevelopment of this six block area. It is being used to build support among the university, city, and surrounding neighborhood for the proposed rezoning, demolition, and reinvestment. MKSK remains engaged as key part of the urban design and landscape architecture team furthering the development of the site and infrastructure, advancing the multi-phase project through design and implementation of all public spaces. Final design and construction will be completed on an ongoing basis over the next 3-6 years.