The $8.7-million Midway Crossings at University of Chicago locates a series of landscaped interventions resembling bridges along Midway Plaisance Park, a historic, mile-long parcel designed by famed architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
By merging lighting, plants and hardscape materials, the bridges create a more coherent connection between two campus areas by highlighting cross streets that serve as vehicular and pedestrian links.
The project team created a full-scale mock-up for 40-ft-tall cast stainless-steel light masts in order to field test the integration of electrical components and custom sheathing.
Owner/Developer: University of Chicago
GC/CM: Bulley & Andrews LLC, Chicago
Architect: James Carpenter Design Associates Inc., New York
Structural Engineer: Matrix Engineering Corp., Chicago
M/E/P Engineer: DuSable Inc., Chicago
Civil Engineer: DB Sterling Consultants Inc., Chicago