The Columbus Redevelopment Commission
The Columbus Redevelopment Commission is leading an initiative to improve the appearance, recreational function, environmental quality, and economic benefit of the East Fork of the White River between the 2nd and 3rd Street bridges. Led by Hitchcock Design Group, the project team was tasked with developing an aesthetic for the riverfront redevelopment concept that strikes a careful balance between the iconic, modern design of the 2nd Street bridge and the historic Pumphouse. Additionally, the design needed to create a compelling concept for the redevelopment of the waterfront that improves access to and along the river while creating dynamic public places that are consistent with the city’s rich cultural history. The team is also considering modifications of the low-head dam that is located within the project site to improve river water quality, safety and navigation.
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“What keeps coming back to me is their willingness, their ability, and their responsiveness to help manage the situation at hand.”
“One of Hitchcock’s strengths is the amount of work they put in when they’re getting to know a community. They show you they really understand the issues your community is considering. They’re very thorough in their approach. It’s clear they’ve done their homework.”
“Some architects will just say ‘how dare you!’ but Hitchcock encourages changes. Relationships and creativity is what it boils down to—it’s why I like them the best and what sets them apart from others.”
“Hitchcock thinks beyond straight lines and 90-degree angles.”
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“They work in a very collaborative manner in discussions and presentations. They make sure you fully understand it. If there are any questions at all, they can help you with it.”
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“Their work comes with a level of empathy with the user to say ‘it’s more than plants. How can this be an uplifting space? How can this invigorate someone?’ That’s different. That’s unique.”
“With Hitchcock, I felt like they really went above and beyond, and they’re extremely responsive. They take more of a leadership role, which is helpful, especially with a complicated project.”
“Communication, creativity, meeting timeliness, meeting institutional expectations; we’re not an easy client. Hitchcock goes out of their way to work with us.”