ONE City Plaza

ONE City Plaza

Civitas, Inc.
Greenville, SC, United States | View Map
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Civitas, Inc.

ONE City Plaza

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ONE City Plaza, Greenville’s pedestrian-only city center, is the city’s newest mixed-use hub featuring retail, dining, university and office spaces. Located at Main and Coffee streets, it aims to draw people to the city’s vibrant downtown. The public space offers ample shade, seating and landscaping, which are enjoyed by both the city’s residents and visitors. Reflecting a combination of Southern tradition and contemporary sensibility, the plaza’s design embodies the characteristics that make Greenville unique. Banker Wire mesh forms a shade structure that serves as the centerpiece for the plaza, and meaningfully evokes Greenville’s history. Greenville was previously known as the textile center of the world, and Civitas, designer of ONE City Plaza, wanted to pay homage to the city’s past. That desire led them to consider metal fabric for the shade structure, and they selected Banker Wire wire mesh based on the company’s combination of quality, cost-efficiency and design expertise. The Banker Wire S-12 pattern used has raised facets that draw attention to its woven composition in a nod to the textile industry.

The 20-by-125 foot shade structure, formed by stainless steel wire mesh, provides a beautiful and comfortable place for visitors to ONE City Plaza to relax. Banker Wire S-12 has a low percent open area, which means it can provide shade without blocking light out entirely. By day, it shields guests from the potentially harsh Southern sun, allowing them to dine, lounge and stroll in comfort. By night, small LED lights mounted on the shade structure’s frame illuminate the tables and walkway below. The woven wire mesh filters and reflects the light, giving the plaza a soft glow.

Civitas Re-imagines Downtown Greenville

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New ONE City Plaza creates lively urban destination with historical roots

“It’s gem-like in a gem-like city,” says Mark Johnson, founding principal of Denverurban design studio Civitas about the new ONE City Plaza in Greenville, SC.The project’s simple elements – including urbansofas, trees, water and shadestructure – combine for maximum impact in creating an outdoor experience that attracts pedestrians for shopping, dining or just strolling in the city’s central downtown district. Civitas designed the project in collaboration with Bob Hughes of Hughes Development Corp., 4240 Architects, and the City of Greenville, including Mike Murphy, Director of Public Works, and Dwayne Cooper, Engineering Services Manager, who were instrumental in getting approval on material upgrades that have contributed to the transformed urban space’s success.

The completed project references Greenville’s textile industry history through weaving, layers and folds, both inits overall plan and in the fabric-like canopies that artfully provide shade.At the same time, the elegant simplicity of the design and palette, including the stainless steel sun shades and the granite pavers underfoot,“match the sophistication of Greenville’s growing creative and tech community,” says Johnson.

At a spring dedication and ribbon cutting, Mayor Knox White praised the redesigned plaza as one of the city’s “great places.” The $5 million renovation of ONE City Plazaand the pedestrian Laurens Street helped attract a number of retailers to the area. “With ONE City Plaza, downtown Greenville really joins the big leagues of retail centers in our region,” said White.

Before the Civitas redesign, the area had been called the Piazza Bergamo – named for Greenville’s Italian sister city from the Eisenhower era. The piazza, created in the early ‘80s, was home to events and concerts for 25 years, but in recent years had become worn, with concerts devolving into weekly loud beer parties. A Civitas-led community engagement process highlighted a desire for a more restrained, comfortable and attractive plaza for daily use for downtown workers and visitors alike, with the potential for occasional smaller events.

While Civitas is known for its major urban projects that transform entire cities, “It’s not the scale of a project that draws us,” says Johnson of the smaller-scale Greenville plaza renovation, “but rather the opportunity to make cities more green, more healthy, and ultimately more satisfying for increasingly diverse populations. The next generation of city-building depends on making public spaces that are used and loved by everyone."

With a core purpose of “creating healthier cities,” Civitasis an idea-based practice of urban designers, architects and landscape architects engaged in strategic planning for urban change and project design for built works. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the consultancy and design studio advises on a wide range of strategies for re-imagining urban life and places.

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