Georgia Street Improvements

Georgia Street Improvements at Night

Georgia Street Improvements Aerial

Signature Streetscape Gives Pedestrians Priority

Georgia Street Improvements

City of Indianapolis, IN in Partnership with Indianapolis Department of Public Works and the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee

Crawford, Murphy & Tilly (CMT) led the design of the award-winning urban redevelopment project for downtown Indianapolis, a test case in cutting edge infrastructure programming, delivery and design.

News that Indianapolis would be hosting the 2012 Super Bowl placed an unmovable deadline upon this project, which would go on to serve as the hub for Super Bowl Village. The vision for this project was to transform a section of Georgia Street from a four-lane urban road with dedicated parking against the curb and sidewalk, into a pedestrian corridor with increased green space and safer walkways with only two-lanes dedicated to vehicles.

This section of Georgia Street is the primary connector of the Indiana Convention Center to Banker’s Life Fieldhouse and sees heavy pedestrian traffic during conventions and festivals. The improvements enhanced the street’s character, accommodating increased activity during special events, but also providing landscaped oases for those needing a break in a busy urban environment.


CHALLENGES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 

  • Sustainable elements are integrated throughout the space, including an innovative boardwalk with an infiltration trench that runs the center of the three blocks, as well as pedestrian accommodations, electric car chargers, bicycle accommodations and a curbless ADA-compliant street design.
  • We were also able to successfully achieve DOT and FHWA approvals for non-standard elements, including the curbless design.
  • CMT balanced the needs and desires of over 25 active stakeholder groups, including elements and features that would provide the best cost-benefit.
  • The design schedule was compressed into just seven months – a feat complicated further by the process requirements for federal funding. CMT was tasked with leading this effort, providing design services, project management services, public involvement and utility coordination.
  • Utility coordination also figured prominently in the project’s success by engaging companies early in the process to limit impacts and offer opportunities to upgrade facilities.

Project Contact(s)

Adam Burns, PE, Cassie M. Reiter, PE, ENV SP

Project Award(s)

  • American Council of Engineering Companies - Indiana, Honor Award 2012
  • American Society of Civil Engineers - Indiana, Civil Engineering Project of the Year 2011

Project Service(s)

  • Best Management Practices (BMP)/Green Design
  • Complete Streets & Streetscapes
  • Construction Administration
  • Design and Construction Engineering
  • Economic Development
  • Electrical
  • Environmental Services
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Lighting Design
  • Planning
  • Practical Design
  • Public Involvement Coordination
  • Railroad
  • Sewer Coordination
  • Signalization Design
  • Stormwater Management
  • Structural Engineering
  • Sustainable Design
  • Traffic Studies, Management and Design
  • Utility Coordination
  • Value Engineering