Three leading landscape architecture firms assembled teams of local and international experts to compete for the chance to design Baltimore’s next great recreational and natural waterfront on the Middle Branch.

Between May 29 and June 12, 2019 the public could visit exhibits (online or in person) and share their comments on the competition entries.

The teams presented their entries to a jury of experts and community leaders in mid-June. Click here to watch team presentations.

Each of the firm’s proposals were evaluated for technical merit, feasibility of the ideas, ability to integrate community feedback, originality of design vision, responsiveness to the competition’s objectives and to the site and its context, as well as the overall quality and clarity of the presentation materials.

Ultimately, West 8 was the firm ranked highest to advance the Middle Branch Waterfront revitalization project.

Parks & People Foundation forwarded to Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young the design competition jury’s assessment of the three competing firms’ proposals and qualifications as well as the competition jury’s ranking of proposals. Mayor Young accepted the ranking and directed City departments to begin analyzing issues that should be addressed in contract negotiations with West 8 in planning for a phased, multi-year design and construction project. If the City and West 8 cannot reach acceptable terms, the City will continue down the list in rank order.