RAI is proud to be the recipient an award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, presented by the Indiana Chapter of ASLA.
The INASLA Professional Awards Program was created to recognize professional excellence and outstanding examples of landscape architecture by Indiana landscape architects. These awards honor works that represent the forefront of the profession of Landscape Architecture and embody high levels of creativity and imagination.
Merit Award, Design - Constructed Works
The design philosophy and design intent, from the beginning of planning efforts to implementation, have been to invest in public infrastructure improvements that improve Franklin’s competitive edge in the marketplace by encouraging private real estate investment; supporting community events and attracting local businesses and industry to downtown and the community at large. The Franklin Downtown Streetscape improvements project has brought to life the original vision set forth in the Downtown Revitalization Plan of 2009.
RAI’s planning study called for streetscape improvements surrounding courthouse square. Phase one included: asphalt streets converted to pavers, new courthouse plinth wall of solid limestone with periodic stone piers and bronze accents, sidewalk improvements with treed landscapes separating pedestrians from auto traffic, all complimented with period appropriate light fixtures, benches and appurtenances.
A byproduct of the planning study is the local incentive grant and loan programs, both of which were established to incentivize private real estate investment in downtown Franklin. Between 2009 and 2012, historic downtown building renovations exceeded $8,000,000, bringing numerous new, and a handful of expanded existing business enterprises into the commercial core of downtown. By the end of 2014, an additional $7,000,000 was invested in the historic commercial core of this City of 24,000 people. Undoubtedly, the City’s investment in these highlighted public infrastructure improvements has rekindled private business interest to be located in downtown. This interest began in 2009 during the depths of the recession, and currently demonstrates increasing investment and interest in Franklin’s historic commercial core.