Design of Maggie L. Walker Memorial Plaza, Richmond, VA

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Mark Olinger will introduce the project form the City of Richmond perspective for the design of this unique public space in the heart of Richmond. This project involved the closure of one block of Brook Road to create a memorial plaza. This memorial was built in honor of a Civil Rights Leader, Maggie L. Walker, who championed many causes in her role as business person, teacher, and as the first women to charter a bank. Nancy Rodrique will pick up the thread with some insight on the concept design and the iterative process in working iwth the sculptor, Antonio Tobias Mendez. She will follow-through with thoughts on detailing this project for construction. BillEubank will continue with the narrative talking about the granite material selection for this project along with granite products available and the color and finish options to consider when designing with stone. Cary Broocks will wrap up the presentation with installation techniques for paving, site furnishings, walls and the pedestal for a monument.
Richmond, VA
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Historic Preservation
Housing & Community Design
Parks & Recreation
Project Management
Site Planning
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
1. Design Objective: Provide the context for the design of this memorial plaza along with the constraints and opportunities. Discuss the program elements and goals that shaped the concept design. Highlights of the collaborative approach to construction detailing that involved the City of Richmond, the Public Art Commission, the Sculptor, Coldspring Granite, an VHB.

2. Material Objective: Describe the different stone materials and proper finishes on each stone used to complete the plaza project.

3. Installation Objective: Provide an overview of the different installation techniques for each aspect of the plaza including paving, benches, statue base, and cobblestones.
Mark Oinger, Dir. of Planning Review, City of Richmond; Nancy Rodrique, LA, VHB; Bill Eubank, Coldspring Granite; Cary Broocks, Empire Granite
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Virginia Chapter of the ASLA

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