Soldier Field Landscape Architect Recognized for Design

The Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects is scheduled to honor the Soldier Field project in December with the 2005 Illinois Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award in the Design-Public category.

"This is a particularly special honor because this is the first major design award for this project that we’ve won for our particular profession,” said Peter Lindsay Schaudt of Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture, Inc., the landscape architect. “We will be resubmitting this project for consideration of a National American Society of Landscape Architects Award next year.”

The 2005 Illinois Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award recognizes the improved public landscape, the children’s garden, and the landscape’s creativity and intricate design.

The new Soldier Field has won 16 awards since reopening to the public in September 2003. Praise for the stadium, which was one of the city’s largest public works project in recent history, includes honors from construction associations and publications, civic organizations and environmental groups.

The premier green space includes a children’s garden, which is intended to complement the youth experience at the Museum Campus and Soldier Field, as well as the educational programs of the three museums. The garden is a place primarily of play, enjoyment, discovery and fun.

Another landscaped activity for the young and old is a 33-foot sledding hill set in a winter garden landscape. The hill provides a recreational opportunity never before offered along this stretch of lakefront. Universal access to the top of the hill yields a vantage point to enjoy spectacular year round views of the lakefront and city. To ensure season-long use of the sledding hill, the Chicago Park District keeps a snow-maker on hand for times when snow is light.

The winter garden embraces the sledding hill, features a variety of plants that hold winter interest such as evergreen trees and shrubs, plants with berries, and interesting bark and forms. Additionally, the landscaping offers hard-surfaced sports areas and improved pathways.

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