Piggyback Yard Conceptual Master Plan

Piggyback Yard Conceptual Master Plan

What began as a collaborative pro bono effort has become a symbol of the LA River’s potential transformation. The vision is to recalibrate an existing rail facility into a mixed-use development surrounding 80 acres of park land and habitat where the LA River can flood during storm events. The design features a bio-engineered approach to hydrology with a 15-acre constructed wetland, a daylit stormwater culvert, and a series of biotreatment pools to clean urban runoff before it enters the river. New housing, services, and better pedestrian and bicycle connections to USC Health Sciences campus and the Brewery Arts Colony as well as across the river will mend Boyle Heights’ place in the fabric of Downtown Los Angeles.

CLIENT

Friends of the LA River (FoLAR)

SIZE

125 Acres

LOCATION

Los Angeles

COMPLETED

2010

Project team

  • Che Salette Architects Urban Design
  • Michael Maltzan Architects Architecture
  • Perkins+Will Urban Design

AWARDS

  • 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects, National Award in Analysis and Planning
  • 2011 Southern California Development Forum, Un-built Concept Award
  • 2011 Westside Urban Forum, Open Space Award
  • 2010 American Society of Landscape Architects, Southern California Chapter Merit Award

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