Design of the Scioto Peninsula in Columbus, Ohio



The Scioto Peninsula has seen a significant transformation in recent years in partnership with the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC), with investments and the development of a “ cultural district ” of knitted facilities and new green spaces and is on track for the construction of the first phase of mixed-use development to provide a unique neighborhood experience, work-work-leisure.

Dorrian Green Park in Columbus, Ohio. MKSK served as the park designer.

Implementation of the transformation began in 2017 with the opening of Dorrian Green and the American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery at COSI in which MKSK was engaged as a landscape architect with Corna Kokosing Construction as ‘design-build contractor for the development of the park and as an environmental designer contractor for the exterior signage and interior environmental graphics for the new exhibition at COSI.

The opening of the new National Veterans Memorial and Museum followed in 2018, weaving together world-class cultural destinations and open space for residents and visitors to downtown Columbus. MKSK has since worked with CDDC to develop the Conceptual Urban Framework Plan for new private mixed-use development and with EMH & T for the design of public and private streetscapes in the first phase of peninsula development.

As a park designer for Dorrian Green, MKSK incorporated sustainable design solutions and thoughtful placement of active and passive spaces. Design solutions began with the replacement of the surface parking lot with an underground structure with proper vertical circulation and ventilation.

In addition to dedicated play areas for children and adults, Dorrian Green has a number of garden spaces, including a Sensory Garden, Reading Garden, Butterfly and Pollinator Garden, and Prairie Garden, all compounds of plants native to central Ohio.
In addition to dedicated play areas for children and adults, Dorrian Green has a number of garden spaces, including a Sensory Garden, Reading Garden, Butterfly and Pollinator Garden, and Prairie Garden, all compounds of plants native to central Ohio.

Significant groundwater issues resulted in a creative and sustainable building model developed by MKSK, enabling continuous groundwater flows, energy efficient dewatering practices, and financial efficiency allowing for increased investment in the park. The creation of a central place at COSI and the recognition of the symmetry of the peninsula were strong influences on the layout of the design.

Trail configurations allow connections to and from surrounding facilities, destinations, and crosswalks to better connect the park to the National Veterans Memorial and Museum to the north, COSI and the American Museum of Natural History to the east. , and the future mixed-use peninsula. development in the west.

In addition to the dedicated play areas for children and adults, the park includes a number of garden spaces, including a sensory garden, a reading garden, a butterfly and pollinator garden, and a meadow garden, all composed of of plants native to central Ohio. The rainwater housing is managed for the quality and quantity of water in the tapestry of the garden spaces.

Fountain Square is anchored by an interactive fountain and flanked by two open-air pavilions and cherry blossom plantations. The central plaza contains tree-covered groves, a garage entrance and an elevator to the underground garage, as well as open shelters and bench swings that frame the view of the plaza fountain and COSI’s formal entrance. .

Dorrian Green Park in Columbus, Ohio.  MKSK served as the park designer.
Dorrian Green Park in Columbus, Ohio. MKSK served as the park designer.

Dorrian Green to park

As a result of the construction of this iconic park that complements the downtown waterfront greenway network, the land west of Dorrian Green Park has become the center of development. MKSK worked with CDDC to develop a Conceptual Urban Design Plan that guides development teams for the first phase of redeveloping six acres of land adjacent to the park.

MKSK, in collaboration with CDDC, EMH & T and private developers Daimler, Flaherty & Collins and Rockbridge, created “street character” for public and private streets as part of the development.

In collaboration with EMH & T, MKSK provides the design of public and private streets, including a pedestrian lane at the heart of the development, High Water Alley, as well as sidewalks, middle and corner plazas and crosswalks. (including the integration of a shared use path on the east side of Belle Street and connecting the existing entrance plaza Dorrian Green / COSI).

Streets in the development of the Scioto Columbus Peninsula.
Streets of the development of the Scioto Peninsula.
Streets of the Scioto Peninsula Development in Columbus
Streets of the development of the Scioto Peninsula.

Private development streets

Phase 1 of the construction of the Scioto Peninsula in Columbus is nearing completion and will feature a mix of approximately 240,000 square feet of modern office space, a premier hotel and apartment-style residential living, in a pedestrian and cycling community with easy access to the area. cycle paths and network of river greenways. For the latest information on peninsula development, visit the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation website at columbusddc.com/scioto-peninsula.

MKSK is the landscape architecture designer for the outdoor spaces that were showcased on the 2021 City Life Tour, including the third floor courtyard and the pool deck with dog park at Nicholas and the outdoor areas for Garden apartments with Brooks Building & Yard Club amenities. These features have been included in the Urban Living Tour booklets and are featured on Columbus Underground. For more information visit mkskstudios.com.

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MKSK is a collective of planners, town planners and landscape architects, founded in 1990, passionate about the interaction between people and place. We work with communities and clients to reinvent, plan and design dynamic environments for the benefit of all. We are a firm with a network of eight regional metro studios in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, South Carolina and Georgia. MKSK approaches planning and design with a clear understanding that each place is unique and has economic, social, environmental, historical and cultural influences that should be explored through thoughtful and context-sensitive design. We help communities and our clients meet the challenges of changing global conditions by addressing resilience and sustainability. We shape places to improve lives, and we share our stories of transformation and the power of strong planning and design to inspire us, our peers, and the world to work together for the common good.



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