University Hill Event Street
Russell + Mills Studios provided conceptual design and construction documents for the Pennsylvania Ave. Event Street in University Hill. The project provides unique place-making solutions for this one-half block of Pennsylvania Avenue and maximizes the potential of the space to host a variety of small events including performance, festivals, retail-oriented events and movie-nights. Planters, with steps for seating and as a grade change device anchor the south side of the street with a flexible stage area at the west side of the street. A variety of seating types are provided with gateway elements with fold out event road-closure devices as well as lighting concepts to provide a safe, comfortable environment for a variety of user demographics. The project has been a successful example of preventing loitering by transients and others which has become a significant problem for business owners and stakeholders in University Hill.