RiverFirst Design Team in Minneapolis, Nov 29-30

Meetings will address Mississippi River habitat, hydrology, engineering and other topics

The RiverFirst Design TeamTom Leader Studio (Berekely) and Kennedy & Violich Architecture (Boston) – will be in Minneapolis, Thursday and Friday, November 29-30. This is the second of four planned visits before the Design Team delivers its schematic design for multiple RiverFirst Priority Projects to the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board in June 2013.

Park Board Planning Services arranged the meetings, which this month include garnering information about the local development market, as well as sharing information with the Riverfront Technical Advisory Committee and on-going coordination with the RiverFirst Initiative.

Inter-Agency Coordination

In addition, the Design Team and Park Board staff will have in-depth discussions with four government agencies. One meeting will address coordination with Hennepin County (Transportation and Structural Engineering staff) and the City of Minneapolis (Transportation Planning and Engineering, Traffic and Parking, and Bicycle Coordination staff) on project sites that include bridges and roads that are under the jurisdiction of these agencies.

Mississippi River Habitat, Hydrology and Engineering

Another significant meeting is with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, who are the regulatory and permitting bodies overseeing the RiverFirst stretch of the Mississippi. The RiverFirst Vision could pioneer new approaches Mississippi River hydrology and river engineering, as well as riverbank restoration and stewardship. Included with the Design Team in these meetings will be Minneapolis-based Barr Engineering, Kestrel Design Group and Inter-Fluve (Wisconsin), and staff from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization as a riverfront partner.



Featured image: Model of Scherer Park, Mississippi River West Bank. TLS/KVA

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