|May AIA Indianapolis Chapter Program - “Monument Circle Design Challenges and Opportunities"
|Thursday, May 10 2012, 5:00pm - 7:30pm||by
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May AIA Indianapolis Chapter Program - "Monument Circle Design Challenges and Opportunities – Past, Present, and Future"
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Networking – Beer/Wine/Soft Drinks and Hors D'oeuvres
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Presentation – "Monument Circle Design Challenges and Opportunities – Past, Present, and Future" by Benjamin L. Ross, LEED AP BD+C, RATIO Architects, Ben Houle, PE, LEED AP, Associate Owner & Senior Project Manager, Woolpert, Inc., Barth Hendrickson, ASLA, RLA. Associate Partner & Director of Landscaping, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf
Earn 1.5 AIA/CES Learning Units
* 1 FREE DRINK for any non-AIA member and any AIA member bringing a non-AIA member.
* Door prizes will be awarded.
* Attendance at monthly meetings will be tracked - prizes (scholarship to 2013 AIA National Convention in Denver, CO or 2013 AIA Grassroots in Washington, D.C.) to be awarded at the Christmas Party in December.
In the 30+ years since the last major infrastructure upgrade to Monument Circle and its environs, a clear disconnect has emerged between existing infrastructure, the physical space and the programmatic needs of the City, State and Region. With crumbling current infrastructure, major public events and projects scheduled for the future, and the alignment of key stakeholder interests, the time is now to renew the state's most important public space. Along with a variety of pedestrian & connectivity concerns, there are real issues with the dilapidated infrastructure as compared to the grand monument and buildings that the infrastructure serves
Through City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works, Woolpert, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, and Eden Collaborative crafted a Scoping Study which examined the history, culture, land use and future potential for the space and framed it in conceptual space for the City and state to pursue additional funding and a way forward to better utilize the State's most important public space.
• The range of design solutions to the 1887 Soldiers & Sailors Monument design competition and the reasons that the winning entry was selected.
• The process by which the design developed as sculptors and other team members were added through subsequent competitions.
• The history of the Circle, Monument, and buildings around the Circle.
• The role of infrastructure improvements in economic development.
• The ability to tie in modern and traditional styles with high quality materials.
• The relationship of a public space with a high end business address.
Presenter biographical summaries:
Benjamin L. Ross, LEED AP BD+C, is a Lafayette native and became involved with historic preservation efforts through the Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation while he was a student at Lafayette Jefferson High School. He attended Ball State University where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Masters degree in Architecture with a concentration in historic preservation and sustainable design. He was the 2001 recipient of Indiana Landmarks' Sandi Servaas Memorial Award for involvement in a campaign to raise awareness of the loss of rural historic structures amid suburban sprawl development. In 2008 he was awarded the King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Research (graduate research work) by the Architectural Research Centers Consortium and was the recipient of Ball State University's History of Architecture Award. His publications include "Charles B. Clarke's Fagin Building: Aberration or Innovation?" in ARRIS, Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (Vol. 20, 2009). He has served as an historic preservation specialist with Indianapolis-based RATIO Architects since 2008.
Ben Houle, PE, LEED AP, Associate Owner & Senior Project Manager, Woolpert, Inc., is a professional engineer with over 12 years of experience, Ben has successfully managed jobs as large as $300 million and as small as $500. He believes in a collaborative and open process from planning to design to construction. Ben thrives in complex and controversial projects with many moving parts and enjoys the coordination of many different aspects of a project. Through projects like the redevelopment of thousands of military family homes to the largest JW Marriott complex in the world to the Historical Area Master Plan of the Ohio River bank in Clarksville, Ben works as a part of a team and sometimes as leader to incorporate all viewpoints while keeping the project moving forward. As an Indiana native, it is truly an honor to work on Monument Circle.
Barth Hendrickson, ASLA, RLA. Associate Partner & Director of Landscaping, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, has provided project leadership, planning and landscape architecture for civic and institutional clients where exterior urban space is designed to accommodate varied events, functions, traffic, pedestrian and security concern. His notable projects are the City of Indianapolis' Ohio Street Basin Renovation and the Canal and White River State Park Cultural District Interpretive Master Plan, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pagoda Tower Plaza, the Indianapolis Museum of Art site, gardens and grounds, Eli Lilly and Company-multiple campus plans, Herron School of Art and Design, and projects for Indiana University. Many of the projects above involve gathering spaces that are highly urban in nature with complexities of purpose and function both at grade and underground. These projects involve spaces that successfully address safety concerns with large groups of people who mix with automobile traffic; where functioning landscapes play a scientific and aesthetic role and where temporary modifications are necessary in both emergency and planned events.
Location : Columbia Club, 10th floor Ballroom & Foyer, 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46204