2023 Merit Award
Georgia Institute of Technology EcoCommons
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Georgia Tech Capital Planning and Space Management, Barge Design Solutions, Biohabitats, Long Engineering, Newcomb & Irrigation Consultant Services, Turner Construction
About the Project:
The EcoCommons at Georgia Institute of Technology is the largest standalone landscape project ever undertaken by the university. The eight-acre EcoCommons is an ecologically and socially conscious pedagogical space, presenting native regional ecologies and daylighting the difficult and nearly forgotten Civil Rights history of the site. The landscape architect created a design that manifests three primary goals: Learn, Engage, Reflect. Through the capture and reuse of stormwater, habitat and air quality monitoring, areas for outdoor instruction, study, and gathering, and a contemplative site for social justice, the design creates opportunities for learning, research, engagement, and reflection for students, faculty, and visitors.