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City of Yonkers Saw Mill River Daylighting Project to be Nationally Recognized for Landscape Design

Post Date:02/08/2017 3:31 PM

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 Mill Street Courtyard

YONKERS, NY – February 8, 2017 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) will recognize the Saw Mill River Daylighting at Mill Street Courtyard in Yonkers with a 2017 Design Award at the ASLA New Jersey Chapter’s Annual Conference on March 13.  Designed by New Jersey based design firm Edgewater Design LLC, the Mill Street Courtyard officially opened in summer 2016 as part of the city’s multi-phased daylighting of the Saw Mill River in downtown Yonkers.

 “The daylighting of the Saw Mill River at Mill Street is a beautifully designed open urban civic space that provides residents and visitors greater access to our waterfront district and revitalizing city,” said Mayor Spano.  “Edgewater Design was a great partner throughout the process and we are honored that our Mill Street project has been selected for this award.”

The Mill Street Courtyard was transformed from a commercial block within the center of downtown Yonkers into a European style piazza which includes a pedestrian and vehicular bridge, a new pedestrian gateway that provides seamless access from the Saw Mill River daylighting at Van Der Donck Park and public artwork.  Also featured in the courtyard is a mill stone that was uncovered during construction and is believed to date back 150 years when the old Yonkers Flouring Mill was once housed there.

Jan Saltiel Rafel, LLA, founder of Edgewater Design LLC, was the lead principal designer for the Mill Street project and worked with three engineering firms as consultants.  

“The City of Yonkers was very engaged throughout the entire design and construction process to make sure the park used the best quality materials and was accessible for all the residents,” said Jan Saltiel Rafel.  “Mayor Spano was very interested in the project from the beginning, wanting to make sure we maximized the views to the newly day lighted river and would regularly visit the project site as construction proceeded.”

The first phase of the Saw Mill River Daylighting, known as Van der Donck Park, also earned national, statewide and regional recognition, including the “National Recognition Award” by the American Council of Engineering Companies, “Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award” by the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, “Project of the Year” by the Westchester/Putnam Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, “Project of the Year” by the Construction Management Association of America, “William White Award” by the American Planning Association, and the “New York Honor Award” by the American Society of Landscape Architecture.

Edgewater Design will be presented with the award at the ASLA New Jersey Chapter Annual Conference at Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

About Edgewater Design LLC

A firm that specializes in Landscape Architecture, that works on a wide range of projects including Urban Design, Schools, Campuses, Parks, Plazas, Streetscapes, Recreational Facilities, Green Roofs, Transportation and Parking, Commercial, Corporate and Residential Gardens. 

About the ASLA

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. 

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