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Moore Square Implementation

Last updated Jul. 07, 2015 - 5:03 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Park
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
  • Strategic Planning, Communications and Analytics
  • Sasaki Associates

Current Activity

From April 28th to May 1st, Sasaki Associates spent four active and engaging days leading over thirty meetings with staff, stakeholders, citizens, nonprofits, business owners as well as the Mayor and City Council to discuss the implementation of the Moore Square Master Plan. Support and enthusiasm for the project moving forward was overwhelming. Stakeholders expressed the desire to move the project forward beyond the ongoing planning dialogue to design and construction. Sasaki used this successful week of engagement to develop the Implementation Priorities Report.

The purpose of the Implementation Priorities Report is to inform the upcoming schematic design process that will adjust the master plan to reflect the most current desired experiences of park visitors.

The Report is currently available for public comments. Sasaki will present the Report to the Public Leadership Group on July 15th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the IMAX Theater at Marbles Kids' Museum, 201 E. Hargett Street and to the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board on July 16th at The Jaycee Module, 2504 Wade Avenue.

The Moore Square Implementation Priorities Report will be presented to City Council in August which concludes Phase One of the process. Staff will seek Council authorization to proceed with phase two that includes the master plan adjustment and development of preliminary Schematic Design (SD) process.

For online participation, visit: www.yourparksyourfuture.com

Design Team: Sasaki Associates’ Urban Studio is an interdisciplinary collaborative of exceptional minds focused on the improving quality of life in urban centers. The core tenets of their practice are partnerships with clients toward shared positive outcomes, meaningful and memorable community outreach, and transformation through exceptional planning and design.

Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) District: Central

Summary

Moore Square was originally conceived in 1792 when it was designated as one of four public spaces in Raleigh. Today, Moore Square is a historic, signature destination.

The square serves as host for a number of high-profile, public events including concerts, Artsplosure, area school activities, summer movies and is the home of Raleigh's most recognized icon, the acorn sculpture, which sits in the square's southwest corner. The square, however, was not designed as a venue for large events, and the heavy traffic has created significant maintenance issues and impacted the attractiveness of the square.

In the new Moore Square, visitors will experience a sense of welcome, safety and excitement. The central lawn and entry plazas function as civic theaters, the Square’s edges as a dignified frame, and the central landform as an iconic social generator. The topographic design feature energizes and organizes the site into visually and functionally distinct spaces that accommodate a wider range of uses than the Square currently offers. Walking through Moore Square, one could expect to experience a sequence of unfolding views and a range of diverse landscape types and social activities while still feeling a connection to the surrounding neighborhood underneath the shade of the preserved historic oaks along the Square’s perimeter.

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2011 Moore Square Master Plan

Schedule

Project schedule with dates and descriptions
DateDescription
2009Competition Phase - complete
2010/2011Master Plan Phase – complete
2012/2013 - completeComprehensive Tree Strategy
July 15, 2015 6:30 pmPriorities Report Presentation to the Moore Square Public Leadership Group
July 16, 2015 6:00 pmPriorities Report Presentation to the Parks, Recreation and Greenways Advisory Board
August - November of 2015Schematic Design & Development
2015/2016Construction Documents
2016/2017Anticipated Construction

History

Moore Square was originally conceived in 1792 when it was designated as one of four public spaces in Raleigh. Today, Moore Square is a historic, signature destination.

Large events, and the heavy traffic has created significant maintenance issues and impacted the attractiveness of the square.

Moore Square Design Competition
In 2009, Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker issued a 'call for ideas' to re-conceive the four acre square to best serve a new era and inform potential applicants of the City of Raleigh's first design competition.

Christopher Counts Studio in Charlottesville, Virginia, was selected the winner of the jury-based competition approved by the City Council and representatives from the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. The design concept creates a new Moore Square respectful of tradition while looking forward. The design builds upon the square's unique and significant characteristics while expanding the square's sense of space and programmatic range. It also organizes the site into visually and functionally distinct areas that accommodate a wide range of uses.

Master Plan
In May 2011, the Raleigh City Council approved the Moore Square Master Plan as presented. This concept design honors the Square’s historic heritage while establishing a forward looking vision for a 21st century urban space.
Download the Moore Square Master Plan

Comprehensive Tree and Soil Strategy
The Moore Square Comprehensive Tree and Soil Strategy provides confirmation of design appropriateness of the Master Plan, analysis of soil samples, a long term succession strategy and recommendations for design refinements to be explored during Schematic Design.
Download the Moore Square Comprehensive Tree and Soil Strategy

2013 American Society of Landscape Architects Award

In the fall of 2013, Christopher Counts Studio and the Moore Square Master Plan received a 2013 ASLA Professional Honor Award in the Analysis and Planning Category

Project Statement: Elevated Ground: A 300 Year Vision for a 220-Year-Old Square

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