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Centennial Park architects chosen

Mayor Karl Dean and The Conservancy for the Parthenon & Centennial Park in Nashville Tennessee announced today that landscape architects Gustafson Guthrie Nichol have been selected to lead the design team for the Centennial Park Master Plan. Representatives from the firm are in Nashville today for their first site visit.

The firm was selected through a competitive process lead by the Mayor’s Centennial Park Committee, which was appointed in November 2008 to oversee restoration of the park and its historical monuments and features. The committee received proposals from 23 firms.

The development of the Centennial Park Master Plan will be supported by private donations from HCA, Vanderbilt University and Shoney’s. The plan will serve as a template for long-term planning and landscape development within the park. It will include analyses of existing site facilities and conditions, development recommendations, phasing recommendations, and cost estimates. The plan will be completed over the next 10 months.

“Gustafson Guthrie Nichol designs have enhanced signature public spaces across the country – from Millennium Park in Chicago to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston,” Dean said. “I am thrilled they will be working here in Nashville on Centennial Park. This project is only possible because of the generous contributions The Conservancy has received from the private sector. I appreciate HCA, Vanderbilt University and Shoney’s public recognition of Centennial Park’s significance in our city’s landscape.”

Other members of GGN’s design team are:

Magnusson Klemencic Associates – Sustainability and Civil Engineering (Seattle, Wash.)
Dr. Carroll Van West, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation – Historian (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
Wilmot Inc. – Sustainability Implementation and Community Outreach Consultant (Nashville, Tenn.)
Price Harrison Architect and Associates – Architect (Nashville, Tenn.)
RPM Transportation Consultants (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Davis Langdon – Cost Estimator (Seattle, Wash.)

In the summer of 2008, Centennial Park was added to the National Register for Historic Places, the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. The centerpiece of the park, The Parthenon, has been on the National Register since 1972.

Design Lead Kathryn Gustafson, said: “The completion of this Master Plan will be a major achievement for the creation of a contemporary picturesque landscape. We feel this is a wonderful opportunity to work in Nashville on a site that is unique and singular in the United States.”

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