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May 12, 2024

BEAR Project Wins 2024 ASLA Minnesota Merit Award

BEAR’s AON Center South Plaza project wins the 2024 ASLA Minnesota Merit Award for General Design. Per the award entry, “Aon Center’s South Plaza is the front door to the fourth-tallest building in Chicago’s skyline. This redesign project creates a formal entry and a casual front yard to enhance social opportunities for today’s workforce. The client embraced a vision of transforming what was a private garden into a more public park and neighborhood amenity. A ten-foot elevation change from street to plaza level—previously a vertical barrier—was replaced with a lightweight landform creating a seamless transition between public and private realms. Robust planting areas with native, pollinator-friendly vegetation account for four-season interest and the complexities of existing subsurface infrastructure.”

Landscape Architect: HGA

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ASLA Minnesota Merit Award Aon Center