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President’s Park South National Design Competition Winner

Washington, DC

President’s Park South is one of the most visited locations in the nation’s capital, and represents a unique design challenge that requires sensitive integration of security requirements into a landscape of extraordinary cultural and historic significance. The area includes Sherman Park, the First Division Monument, the Ellipse and its side panels, as well as the associated roadways in the area, including E Street, NW, closed to unauthorized traffic for decade. Our winning design proposal defines the edge of the Ellipse by adding a seating wall with integrated pedestrian lighting, while subtly raising the grade of the Ellipse. This establishes a security feature, reinforces the Ellipse as an event space, and minimizes the visual appearance of adjacent parking. This bold, elegant move allows for a larger, unobstructed interior public area. The design culminates in a new E Street terrace that joins the enhanced space of the Ellipse with the White House South Lawn. The terrace provides another prominent space for public gathering that symbolically joins the people with their President.

National Capital Planning Commission’s website showcases the winning design.
You can also download the team’s official Competition submission here.

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Quennell Rothschild & Partners, LLP – Landscape Architects
Weidlinger Associates, Inc. – Civil Engineering and Force Protection
Ducibella Venter & Santore – Security Consulting Engineers