MKM is collaborating with NYC Parks to redesign the playground at McDonald Park in Gravesend, Brooklyn. The schematic design includes new swings, playground equipment and a spray play area for kids of all ages. The park will also include a new area for adult fitness equiptment and enhanced green spaces.
Litchfield County Residence
For the past several years, MKM has been transforming a 35 acre estate in Salisbury, CT to maximize landscape views and uses. Our latest site improvement replaces an asphalt roundabout with a formal courtyard for driving, parking, and access to the house. The courtyard is framed by columnar trees and combines cobblestones with linear granite bands to extend the formal architecture of the house into the landscape.
MKM is working with the NYC Parks department on a new design for Faber Park on Staten Island. The project is a part of the city's Parks Without Borders initiative and is focused on creating a more welcoming entrance, a multi-functional plaza and new play spaces in front of the historic Rec Center and pool house.
MKM looks forward to collaborating with NYC Parks on three additional projects, McDonald Playground in Brooklyn, Sakura Park in Manhattan and Starr Playground in Queens.
New York Presbyterian / Lawrence Hospital
New York Presbyterian / Lawrence Hospital has invited MKM back to continue to develop the hospital grounds for their Bronxville, NY campus. Building on our prior work designing a green roof and restoring the grounds around a new wing, MKM is working with the hospital to create a more beautiful, healthful and restorative natural environment to benefit their clients, visitors, staff and community.
Bilkent University Student Residences
MKM has been working with Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, to design a campus plan for the university’s new student residence hall. The new building is located on top of a hill between an existing older dormitory and a gymnasium. MKM design includes a sloped quad with integrated seat walls, stairways with bike runnels for students, and gathering areas on several levels. All storm water from new and existing roofs will be treated in bio-retention swales with native plantings. The project will break ground early in 2017.
1 Columbus Place
P.S. 11 - KATHRYN M. PHELAN SCHOOL
Originally built in the 1950s, the existing school building will see a new addition as part of a major renovation project overseen by Omni Architects. The architecture firm reached out to MKM Landscape Architecture to spearhead the design and construction of a new playground that will provide a prominent link between the new and existing wings.
To promote sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices, the design incorporates storm water management, use of recycled materials, and accessible gardening spaces for the students. Active play is emphasized with the inclusion of a new playground structure, running track with synthetic turf field, basketball hoops, and raised berms integrated into the plan.