The corporate headquarters for SandRidge Energy highlights the challenges of American urbanism in the 21st century. The site is comprised of ’recycled’ historically significant buildings, a corporate plaza and public park embedded in a resurgent downtown. Hoerr Schaudt is collaborating with Rogers Marvel Architects to use the interstitial spaces to create a unified campus in the city that is open to the public. Sculpted landforms are designed to evoke the varying topography of Oklahoma while defining spaces, framing views, and mitigating Oklahoma’s persistent winds. This project is a Pilot Project in the Sustainable Sites Initiative, which is being designed to transform land development and management practices with the first national rating system for sustainable landscapes.
Hoerr Schaudt is designing the landscape for the transformation by Gensler of the historic Des Moines Public Library into the home of the World Food Prize, an organization that recognizes the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The landscape design features a grand central fountain plaza, a great lawn, and three private gardens. The site overlooks the Des Moines River in the heart of Des Moines and will connect to the existing Des Moines River Greenbelt.
Apple’s new flagship store in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is scheduled to open in Summer 2010. The site, located at a corner junction of a busy intersection, incorporates land contributed by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to create a public plaza. Simple, streamlined landscape elements complement the store’s iconic brand and create a welcoming space for transit riders and shoppers that gather for new product launches at the store. This is the second Apple Store for which Hoerr Schaudt has designed the landscape.