Working Together to Give a Community Access to Lake Michigan


As the first project in the larger Marquette Plan, the City and the National Park Service had to redevelop a former brownfield site and create a better access to Lake Michigan.


The project team worked together to redevelop and design a 60-acre lakefront parcel, creating the City’s first park on the shore of Lake Michigan. This was achieved by taking a former brownfield site and transforming it into a LEED Gold National Park. The team provided structural investigation of the original bridge, access road, traffic studies, site utilities, parking and traffic circulation.


  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Rated Multi-Use Pavilion Building.
  • Model of sustainability including geothermal heating and cooling, passive solar and other low impact design principles.
  • Redevelopment of a former brownfield site.


  • 2010 Environmental Achievement Award | National Park Service
  • 2010 Honor Award for Design| Illinois Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA)
  • 2010 Gold Medal Design Award |Association of Licensed Architects
  • 2010 LEED Gold Certification | United States Green Building Council
  • 2009 Outstanding Park Development |Indiana Parks and Recreation Association

Project Name
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Portage, Indiana

City of Portage, Indiana
National Park Service