Project 180 Streetscape

  • Location
    Oklahoma City, OK
  • Completion Date
    2017
  • Size
    222 acres
  • Team
    Urban Planner: Jeff Speck & Associates
    Local Landscape Architect: Howard-Fairbairn Site Design; CLS & Associates, LLC; Robert Lewis & Associates
    Landscape Architecture Collaborator: Murase Associates
    Civil Engineer: Cardinal Engineering; Coon Engineering; MacAurthur Associated Consultants; Smith Roberts Baldischwiler, LLC
    MEP Engineer: Rarr & Collins Consulting Engineers
    Traffic Engineering: Tetra Tech
    Geotechnical Engineer: Legacy Engineering, Inc.
    Land Surveyor: Lemke Land Surveying
    Trails and Access Engineer: Myers Engineering
    Irrigation Designer: Carter Design Group
    Guernsey
    Johnson & Associates
    White Engineering, Inc.
  • Awards
    • 2011: ASLA Texas Chapter Honor Award in Planning for Project 180, Oklahoma City
  • Photography
    Lifang International

About

In the early 2000’s, downtown Oklahoma City suffered from a patchwork of sidewalk systems and oversized traffic lanes, which led to a car-dominant downtown where walkability was severely compromised. After a comprehensive study of transportation, access and wellness was undertaken, the public voted to increase funding for parks, transit, bike trails, and senior wellness centers around town. Spurred by the development of nearby Devon Energy headquarters and the renovation of Myriad Botanical Gardens, project 180 was launched. Supported by tax-increment financing, the scope of the project includes rebuilding 50 downtown blocks, infused with long-term reinvestment in the 180-acre urban core area.

This comprehensive design approach to the urban realm includes narrowing and eliminating one-way streets, increasing public parking and bike lanesadding new street trees, understory planting, LED lighting, wayfinding, street furnishings, and public art, and implementing integrated streetscape standards throughout the central core. A new visual language is deployed throughout the city, with generous sidewalks framed by layered planting and anchored by street trees. The trees contribute many benefits, including lowering surface temperatures, absorbing pollutants, and encouraging walkability throughout the downtown core.

Right-sizing the streets for traffic allows people to enjoy the connected and walkable downtown public realm.

Realized over a 10-year period, downtown Oklahoma City is now a model for balancing equity and access with transportation and development interests.

Project 180 Streetscape in the Lab

Project 180 Streetscape

Project 180 Streetscape

  • PLANTING
  • WATER
  • CARBON, ENERGY + AIR
  • SOCIAL

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new street trees were planted, including Shantung maple, Kentucky coffeetree, Chinese pistache, yarwood London plane, Shumard red oak, live oak, bald cypress, and elms

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of water potentially intercepted by the trees, which is equivalent to the water usage for 1,250 American residents in one day

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of annual carbon sequestration from street trees, which offsets 36 cars per year

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new benches installed along the streetscapes, plus 50 public waste/recycling receptacles, 44 bike racks, and 500 street lights

PLANTING

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new street trees were planted, including Shantung maple, Kentucky coffeetree, Chinese pistache, yarwood London plane, Shumard red oak, live oak, bald cypress, and elms

WATER

0gal

of water potentially intercepted by the trees, which is equivalent to the water usage for 1,250 American residents in one day

CARBON, ENERGY + AIR

0lbs

of annual carbon sequestration from street trees, which offsets 36 cars per year

SOCIAL

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new benches installed along the streetscapes, plus 50 public waste/recycling receptacles, 44 bike racks, and 500 street lights