Steven Holl Architects

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With Hargreaves Associates and HNTB


Team Statement

Internationally renowned Steven Holl Architects joins with the prominent landscape architecture firm Hargreaves Associates and engineering firm HNTB to propose a plan for the High Line that is both forward thinking and ecologically sensitive.

Steven Holl's work on the High Line began over twenty years ago with his visionary study of the elevated rail, Bridge of Houses, published in 1981. Today, with his firm's offices overlooking the unique strip of green, this deep appreciation of the High Line guides and inspires the team's design approach.

Steven Holl Architects' excellence in urban design is exemplified by the Helsinki Master Plan and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, the revitalization of the Beirut Central Marina District and the new Higgins Hall on Pratt's Brooklyn campus. Hargreaves Associates' award winning projects include the World Trade Center Site Competition, the "Sydney Olympics 2000" and Crissy Field in San Francisco. HNTB Corporation is a nationally recognized leader in all aspects of infrastructure design and rehabilitation. HNTB's bridge designs include some of the most innovative projects in the U.S. such as Boston's Leonard B. Zakim Cable Stayed Bridge, the Roosevelt Lake arch Bridge, and the Second Tacoma Narrows Suspension Bridge. Their extensive local experience with infrastructure rehabilitation for NYC DOT, the Port Authority of NY and NJ, and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority will ensure that the High Line will be cost-effectively rehabilitated with minimal disruption to traffic and the surrounding communities.

The team said "We see the High Line as a suspended green valley in the Manhattan Alps. This steel calligraphy can become a place of quiet and reflection. We have adopted an evolutionary strategy rather than a conventional master plan. Our approach will allow an organic development of the High Line as a public place in a way that maintains its unique phenomenological experience, beginning with the opening of the first section as soon as possible and working towards a future where the High Line will be an ecological street flanked by new West Chelsea developments, urban spaces, and activities."

Public arts consultants Martin and Mildred Friedman's temporary events list includes artists such as Vito Acconci, Shimon Attie, Lothar Baumgarten, Janet Cardiff, Matts Liederstam, and Nancy Rubins.

Other team members include Guy Nordenson and Associates, the Bioengineering Group, Catherine Seavitt Studio, artist Solange Fabiao, AKRF, Ove Arup & Partners, Renfro Design Group, ETM Associates, Weisz and Yoes Associates, Schall & Russo LLC, Davis Langdon Adamson, Munoz Engineering and Metropolis NYC.

Team List

Steven Holl Architects, Design and Management Lead
Steven Holl, Principal, Lead Designer
Martin Cox, Associate, Project Director
Team: Brett Snyder, Garrick Ambrose, Olga Drobinina, Johan van Lierop, Young Jang, Priscilla Fraser, Molly Blieden, Andrew MacNair, Lara Shihab-Eldin, Connie Lee, Heather Waters, Roberto Requejo

Hargreaves Associates, Landscape Architects
George Hargreaves, Landscape Design Director
Team: Megan Mann, Anna Kauffmann, Karen Tamir, Brennan Cox, Justin Hay

HNTB Corporation, Civil Engineering, Existing Structures Engineering
Theodore Zoli, Director of Long Span and Complex Bridges

Schall & Russo Planning Works, LLC, Project Management and Public Outreach
Alyce M. Russo, Principal

Solange Fabião (arTdVision), Artist and Designer
Solange Fabião, Artist and Designer

Guy Nordenson and Associates, Structural Engineering - New Structures
Guy Nordenson, Partner
Rebecca Nixon, Project Manager

ETM Associates, LLC, Public Space Management Consultants
Timothy Marshall, President

Weisz & Yoes Architecture and Urban Design, Zoning and Planning Consultant
Claire Weisz, Principal
Simon Bertrang, Planner

Martin and Mildred Friedman, Art Consultants
Martin Friedman, Partner
Mildred Friedman, Partner

Catherine Seavitt Studio, Landscape Architect
Catherine Seavitt, Principal

Renfro Design Group, Inc., Lighting Consultants
Richard Renfro, Principal
Andrew Thompson, Project Manager
Sarah Randall, Design Staff

Ove Arup & Partners, MEPF Engineering
Mahadev Raman, Principal

Davis Langdon Adamson, Cost Consultants
Ethan Burrows, Project Manager

AKRF, Environmental Strategy Planning, Hazardous Materials, Agency Approvals
Bob White, Project Manager

The Bioengineering Group, Inc., Sustainable Site Development
Wendi Goldsmith, President

Metropolis, Code Consulting
Frank Fortino, President
Brian Redlein, Andy Pisani

Muñoz Engineering, Survey
Al Palumbo, Senior Vice President
Michael Guerriero, Project Manager