The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick, received The Monumental Award at the 35th annual A Monumental Affair awards ceremony on November 15, 2012. The Monumental Award is the highest honor presented at this annual event sponsored by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. Kevin Osburn, Principal at Rundell Ernstberger Associates, accepted the award on behalf of the project team.
Indy Chamber President and CEO, Scott Miller, described the Indianapolis Cultural Trail (ICT) as “…a bold and transformative project featuring a world-class bike and pedestrian path that connects neighborhoods, cultural districts and entertainment amenities.” Serving as the downtown hub for the Indianapolis greenway system, the ICT has established a framework of green infrastructure that creates a more connected and sustainable community in which to live, work, play and learn. The ICT provides a new prototype for urban transportation corridors that integrates green infrastructure, clean transportation, community revitalization, economic development, and sustainable design. Funded by private donations and federal transportation grants, this eight-mile, $63.5 million project was designed and constructed in multiple phases over a six-year period.
Rundell Ernstberger Associates, LLC was the lead design firm responsible for landscape architecture, urban design, and coordinating and overseeing the multidisciplinary team selected to complete the project, from conceptual design to construction documentation. The design solution pioneered a “Complete Streets” approach, integrating fully accessible and sustainable design features, as well as a variety of public art forms to provide a distinctive journey to the city’s primary cultural destinations. Whether traveling by foot, bike, wheelchair, rollerblades or Segway, users are able to safely navigate the urban environment in a green, park-like setting that promotes and enhances sustainability, mobility, and beautification.
At this year’s ceremony, The Indianapolis Cultural Trail also received the Honor Award in the (re)thINk category, presented by the Indiana Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of the project’s sustainable design, as well as additional awards for engineering, landscape architecture, public art, and downtown development.
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To learn more about the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, click here to visit their website.