Bushnell Gardens Final Conceptual Design Gets a Green Light

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Bushnell Gardens Final Conceptual Design Gets a Green Light

The Board of Directors of the iQuilt Partnership has approved Suisman’s design for Bushnell Gardens, a new 1-acre public space in the heart of Downtown Hartford. The Gardens are a centerpiece of the iQuilt Plan, designed by Suisman and adopted by the City of Hartford in 2011. The Bushnell Gardens design was reviewed and endorsed by nearby stakeholders at Bushnell Towers, Center Church, Travelers Insurance, and the Wadsworth Atheneum. Construction documents will be prepared in the spring of 2018, and construction is expected to be completed in 2019. The garden space is an extension of historic Bushnell Park, connecting it directly to Main Street. The recent reconfiguration of Gold Street created room for the gardens, which will lie adjacent to historic Center Church, the Ancient Burying Ground, and Carl Andre’s public art work, “Stone Field Sculpture.” The garden will have three major spaces. The lower “Heublein Terrace” on the site of the former Heublein Hotel will be used for seating, small performances, and a food cart; the middle lawn will face the church house and be used for picnics and ceremonies; and the upper gardens will contain beds of flowers, plants, and a teaching garden. The construction documents team, led by Suisman Urban Design, will include TO Design, Domingo Gonzales Associates, Perrone & Zajda Engineers, RZ Design Associates, and Capitol Projects Group.