The Promenade of Wayzata
Project Type: Urban Design; Wayzata, MN
Client: Wayzata Bay Redevelopment Company (Presbyterian Homes & Services)
LHB collaborated with a dynamic development team to shape a plan and engineer systems for a unique senior housing community in Wayzata, Minnesota. This vertically-mixed development on six blocks was designed on a 14.5 acre site formerly occupied by a 1960s-era shopping mall, garnering input gathered during extensive community engagement process. The project establishes a pedestrian-oriented environment that extends the traditional patterns of downtown across the site, and provides several acres of open space for public use. Buildings, roads, and utilities require unconventional foundation systems to maintain their integrity above the settling soils, making the project essentially a “land bridge.” In fact, when all phases are complete, the project will have driven upwards of over 70 miles of piling, which also provide geothermal heating and cooling for the buildings. Virtually all winter salting of streets and walks is eliminated by hydronic snow-melt systems, protecting the pedestrian environment and landscaping. Combined with green roofs, extensive under-street infiltration and filtration systems, and an under-building pond, this set of interdependent systems mimic the native conditions of this former wetland.
Aerials Courtesy of Brenda Chamberland of Aerial Solutions