RE-STATE State Street Master Plan and Implementation West Lafayette, Indiana
Urban Design Oversight
2014 Indiana ASLA Award of Excellence
Re-State: A Master Plan for State Street
Enhancing a roadway network through public-private partnership.
RE-STATE is a vision and strategy seeking to RE-imagine, RE-invest, and RE-make State Street, a main thoroughfare that connects Downtown West Lafayette and Purdue University.
It is a commitment to a new State Street that is connected to recreational, educational, natural, and cultural assets; connected to neighborhoods and transportation networks; and most importantly, connected to the heritage, the character, and the people of West Lafayette and Purdue University.
RE-STATE is a shared vision of the City of West Lafayette, Purdue University, and Purdue Research Foundation. Through a series of public meetings, workshops, and stakeholder meetings, MKSK was able to build consensus around outcomes: thriving, vibrant, and economically diverse commercial districts that withstand the cyclical nature of the academic calendar; thoughtful integration of all modes of travel: vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle, transit; a cohesive street character that is of West Lafayette; distinct identifiers for the special districts along State Street; a continuous tree canopy supporting social, environmental, and economic vibrancy; creative use of green infrastructure tying to both functional and placemaking aspects of the street.
MKSK is now serving as the Urban Design consultant to The City of West Lafayette and Purdue University during implementation to redesign State Street, the Perimeter Parkway, and numerous one-way street conversions.
MKSK is also providing technical specifications and 30% reference plans to be used by the developers during construction. MKSK's role includes design and drafting of requirements for street trees, landscape, bioretention cells, sidewalks, site furnishings, public art, plazas, new park spaces, wayfinding, and amenity lighting.