The overall concept for the landscape design at the Michael P. Schmidt Center (MPSC) uses beautiful and efficient plant and hardscape materials to reflect the Mississippi River ecology and respond to the industrial heritage of the site. Educational signage created in conjunction with the University of Minnesota diagrams and narrates the performative environmental processes on Site including phytoremediation and stormwater biofiltration. Additionally, signage illuminates the industrial heritage of the Site in comparison with the Mississippi River’s significant economic, ecological, and cultural relevance. The signage provides a destination for education in order to foster a comprehensive and engaging learning experience for the greater community and tourists. Poplars and native grasses are specified for their ability to remove pollutants from soils. Demolition debris from the building was reused and in specific instances, the demolition debris was left exposed for educational purposes with visitors.



CLIENT: Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board

LOCATION: Minneapolis, Minnesota


SIZE: 217,800 SF/ 5 Acres